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OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR r-'00wotk nor00 NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT Norwalk Warriors Warren Town and Count.It ws 50 Vol. 46 No. 21 Norwalk, Iowa 50211 USPS No. 395-120 Phone 981-0406 email: news@norwalknewspaper.com Thursday, October 9, 2014 Workshop on Radon Gail Orcutt Radon is a natural ra- dioactive gas that can cause cancer. You can't see, smell or taste it, but radon may be in your home and it cannot be detected, by smoke and carbon monox- ide geas detectors. The Iowa Radon Survey has indicat- ed that Iowa has the larg- est percentage (or 71.6%) of homes above the US Environmental Protection Agency action level of 4pCi/L. Join Radon Awareness Advocate, Gail Orcutt, who is the guest speaker at Norwalk Easter Public Li- brary Thursday, Oct. 16, at 3 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. The following is found on the American Lung As- sociation site: In May of 2010, Gail Orcutt was di- agnosed with radon-in- duced lung cancer and had her entire left lung re- moved. Her experience led her to become a passion- ate, driven advocate for radon-induced lung can- cer awareness and she serves as an active volun- teer and spokesperson for the American Lung Asso- ciation in Iowa as well as the Iowa Radon Coalition. Orcutt's goal is to edu- cate the general public, legislators and health care professionals on radon. She shares her personal story which includes an education piece on what radon is and how high lev- els can be harmful to your health. She also demon- strates how easy it is to test your home for radon. Or- cutt says: "If I can keep just one person from going through this, I'd feel it was all worth something-not to mention the tremen- dous spiritual journey I'm on!" Warning From County Recorder Polly J. Glascock, War- ren County Recorder, is asking residents to be cau- tious if they receive a piece of mail asking them if they want a copy of their deed and property assessment. Recorder's offices across the state have received phone calls from con- cerned citizens about let- ters they received saying there was "deed activity recorded in public record" and that they should ob- tain a "current property deed." The company, Record Transfer Service, is charging $83 for the ser- vice. The notice is de- signed to cause a home- owner to believe there has been a recently recorded document, which is often not accurate. Anyone re- ceiving this notice should not be alarmed or feel that it is necessary to respond to it. A copy of your deed can be obtained at the Recorder's Office for a few dollars in copy fees. If you have any questions or to inquire about obtaining a copy of your deed, please contact the Recorder's Of- fice at 515-961-1089. Sheriff Seeks Robber In Martensdale September 26, a 15- year-old female from War- ren County reported being robbed outside the Martensdale Jiffy Express gas station on September 23 about 3:30 p.m. The Sheriff's Office is trying to locate the sus- pect, who was described as a heavyset male, between 5'-02" and 5"-10", wearing a black sweatshirt or sweater with a hood up over the head. He was wearing gray shorts and gray and black shoes. He was last seen running westbound from the area of the gas station. The Sheriff's Office is requesting anyone that may have witnessed this robbery to contact the War- ren County Sheriff's Office at 515-961-1122. Questions can be di- rected to Detective Ser- geant Mike Morrison. Deadline for ads, legals and stories is Noon Friday! LETTERS QUR POLICY We publish letters to the editor when they are not libelous and when they are signed by the person or persons submitting them. Opinions expressed are not necessarily the opinions of the N/Warren Town and County News staff. Letters are printed as received. We do not correct spelling and grammatical errors. Monday, Sept. 29, the Warren County Sheriff's Of- fice was called to 8203 Leisure Lane for a theft of a mo- tor vehicle. The vehicle that was reported stolen was a silver Mercedes Benz. A Warren County Deputy was looking for the stolen vehicle when he met the vehicle driving eastbound on County Line Road. The Deputy who was traveling westbound at the time turned his vehicle around and attempted to catch up with the sto- len Mercedes Benz. The Deputy was not able to catch up with the vehicle and the stolen Mercedes Benz was involved in a single vehicle accident. The stolen silver Mercedes Benz was driven by Yanik Nicholas Audain who died at the accident scene. Yanik Audain was a 29- year-old male from Des Moines. The Warren County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Des Moines Police Detment and the Iowa State Patrol. The accident is being investigated by the Iowa State Patrol. /s/Sheriff Brian S. Vos Routh Added To Cast of "Arrow" Norwalk Native Bran- don Routh has been added as a regular cast member on the television show "Arrow," which began its third season Wednesday, Oct. 8, on the CW. (Check your local listings.) His role is Ray Palmer a/k/a "The Atom." Executive producer An- drew Kreisberg said, "We are overjoyed and beyond thrilled that Brandon is willing to come on. First of all, he's such an amazing guy. Beyond that, he's just such an amazing actor. One of things we really wanted to inject more into the show was humor. What's great about having Brandon on the show is Brandon's an old-time movie star. He's like Jimmy Stewart. He's obvi- ously got the superhero looks and superhero phy- sique, but he has the fun and funny charm." Series star, Stephen Amell, said that during their first scene together Ray was giving a big speech and Amell said he "couldn't stop laughing. He's [Brandon] great, su- per professional, really good actor and an element to the show we haven't had before." He added that somebody like Brandon helps keep everything " fresh. Routh is the son of Norwalk residents Katie and Ron Routh. Youth Wrestling Sign Ups Norwalk Youth Wres- tling will be holding sign ups Saturday, Oct. 25, 10- 11 a.m. at Norwalk High School. All wrestlers grades 3-8 are welcome to sign up at that time. Parks and Rec beginners wres- tling program for grades K-2nd will have sign ups open October 13-24. For additional information, see https://sites.google. com/site/norwalkwarrior wrestling/home. Norwalk Educator is Iowa Superintendent of the Year Superintendent Dr. Denny Wulf of the Norwalk Community School District has been named the 2014-15 Iowa Superintendent of the Year by the School Administra- tors of Iowa (SAI). SAI Executive Director Dan Smith emphasized, "Denny Wulf is a leader of leaders. He has been se- lected by his peers to head a local superintendents group and has served on multiple Department of Education task forces. Dr. Wulf is well grounded in the use of research to drive improvements to teaching and learning and the dis- trict is a first-year recipient of the Teacher Leadership and Compensation grant beginning this school year." Wulf has been superin- tendent of the Norwalk district since 2004, He pre- viously served as Norwalk's middle school principal from 1994-2004. He began his education career as a high school sci- ence teacher and coach, also in the district. A graduate of the University of Iowa with a bachelor's degree in science educa- tion, Wulf earned his master's in educational leadership and his doctor- ate in educational leader- ship from Drake Univer- sity. He has also earned ad- ditional recognition dur- ing his career, including his selection as the 1999 Iowa Middle Level Princi- pal of the Year and as a National Milken Educator in 2000. "I am excited to accept this award for my district and our school board. It represents the efforts of hundreds of staff mem- bers. Their work improves achievement for thou- sands of Norwalk students and their families. It is nice to know these efforts are noticed inside and outside of Norwalk," Wulf ex- pressed. The Superintendent of the Year is chosen based on Superintendent Dr. Denny Wulf the Iowa Standards for School Leaders. This set of knowledge and skills fo- cuses on the ability of a leader to promote the suc- cess of all students with: his/her shared vision of learning; the presence of a school culture and instruc- tional program favorable to student learning and staff professional develop- ment; a safe, efficient and effective learning environ- ment; his/her work with parents and the commu- nity; fairness, integrity and ethics; and an understand- ing of the larger political, social, economic, legal and cultural context. Wulf was nominated by his peers and selected for the award by a committee of Iowa superintendents. Administrator of the Year recipients will be honored at a governor's awards cer- emony in late spring and SAI's awards reception next August. He will also represent Iowa in the Na- tional Superintendent of the Year Program, spon- sored by the American As- sociation of School Ad- ministrators. SAI, a statewide organi- zation founded in 1987, represents more than 1,800 Iowa educational adminis- trators. SAYs mission is to support, encourage and develop Iowa's educa- tional leaders and learners. Congratulations, Superintendent Dr. Denny Wulf