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Nation's Highest Honor Meet The Candidates Norwalk Area Chamber of Commerce will host two Meet the Candidates nights for residents to meet and Shannon McLaughlin greet those who are seeking election as either Norwalk Mayor or members of the Norwalk City Council. Award-winners receive Dr. Denny W ulf will be the moderator for the ques- $10,000 and a trip to Wash- tion and answer forum Monda3 Oct. 21, from 6:30 to 9 ington, D.C:, where they p.m. at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, 720 Or- will participate in an chard Hills Dr. award ceremony and re- Jimmy,DeMatteis will moderate the question and ceptions, professional de- answer forum Thursday4 Oct. 24, from 6:30 to 9p.m. at velopment programs and Fellowship Community Church, 225 North Ave. discussions with policy- makers on how to improve Lakewood Halloween Party math and science educa- Saturday, Oct. 19, 5-6:30 p.m. at Norwalk Middle School for grades 3, 4 and 5. Admission is $4. There will be dancing, fun, food, games, contests and prizes. It is sponsored by Norwalk Dance Team. Monster Mash Bash Saturday, Oct. 19, 7-8:30 p.m. at Norwalk Middle School for grades 6-7. Admission is $4. There will be dancing, fun, food, games, contests and prizes. It is sponsored by Norwalk Dance Team. Lions Club Blood Drive The Norwalk Lions Club will sponsor a Blood Drive Thursday, Oct. 24, at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, 720 Orchard Hills Dr., from 3-7 p.m. Register to donate blood online at www.lifeserve bloodcenter.org or contact Sharon Burns at 981-4184. IG YOUR CITY OVERNMENT IN ACTION| By Sally Huntoon J Members of the Norwalk City Council met in coun- cil chambers Monday, Oct. 7, a rescheduled meeting for the regular October 3 session which was postponed due to lack of a quorum. Present were Mayor Doug Pierce and councilmembers Mike Leto, Dave Murillo and Jamie Sylvester. Eric Delker was absent. The Agenda was approved as presented. Approval was also given for the Consent Agenda, which included expenditures, tax abatements, receiving and filing the treasurer's report for August, proclamation for National Food Bank Week; block party for 200 block of Hawthorne Drive and request from city staff to dispose of indus- trial park property to the planning and Zoning Com- mission. The council considered a Resolution amending the City Manager's employment agreement. Cotmcilmem- ber Sylvester moved to have the 12-month severance pay be increased to 24 months. Stephanie Riva, a member of Concluded p. 11 Five Iowa teachers have been named state fi- nalists for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. The finalists in math "are Allysen Lovstuen of Decorah High School, Brian Reece of Central Academy in Des Moines and Jeff Marks of Roosevelt High School in Des Moines. The finalists in science are Marcia Powell of West Delaware High School in Manchester and Shannon McLaughlin of Norwalk High School. The Iowa. finalists" ap- plications have been sub- mitred to the national se- lection committee. One math and one science award-winner may be se- lected to represent Iowa. Concluded p. 11 Pam Nichols Named Iowa Technology Educator of the Year Norwalk's own Pam Nichols has been named the ITEC (Iowa Technol- ogy & Education Connec- tion) K12 Educator of the Year! Tkfis is a very presti- gious award given once a year to deserving instruc- tors nominated by their peers, parents and stu- dents. The award is given once a year to the instruc- tor who best embodies "an innovative classroom teacher who uses technol- ogy to improve instruction and student achievement." Nominees come from all over the state of Iowa and are chosen by a board of their peers in the educa- tional technology field. Why is Nichols so de- serving of this award? Here are a few quotes from her nomination paper- work: "She has so much en- Pare Nichols thusiasm; I want to go back to school." Tammy Randal, Parent "Mrs. Nichols is a great team member and under- stands how technology can impact a student's life as well as anyone I have ever met." - Tim Geyer, Tech Director "I marvel each day how Concluded p. 11 OES Dinner This Sunday Members of Good Will Chapter, Order of the East- ern Star will host their monthly dinner Sunday, Oct. 20, from 11 a.m. to I p m. at the Masonic Hall on Main Street. The meal is open to the public. The menu includes Audrey and Gil Mote's popular homemade chicken and noodles, green beans, mashed potatoes, coleslaw, bread and homemade pie. The cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children 10 and under. Register To Vote By October 25 All new residents of Warren County must be pre-reg- istered by 5 p.m. Frida) Oct. 25, in order to vote in City Elections (including Norwalk and Cumming) set for Tu6sda) Nov. 5.Individuals may register in person at the Auditor's Office or register 15y mail, All pre-regis- trations must be received in the Auditor's Office no later than5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, 2013. Ballots are available for absentee voting for persons who will be absent from the polls on November 5. The ballots may be mailed to the voter upon a signed re- quest or a person may come into the Administration Building and vote through November 4, 2013. Persons applying for absentee ballots should mail these ballots back to the Auditor's Office as soon as possible, as the envelope must be postmarked no later than November 4, 2013. Address of the Warren County Auditor is 301 N. Buxton St., Ste. 101, Indianola, IA 50125. The Auditor's office began testing the voting equip- ment Thursday, Oct. 17, at 9 a.m. in the Auditor's elec- tion office. Testing will continue each day until all ma- chines are set for the election. Mike Leto Announces Run For Re-Election to Norwalk City Council As a 20-year resident, local business owner and current member of the Norwalk City Council, I have established my life here in Norwalk. I first moved to Norwalk in 1993 with my family and gradu- ated from Lincoln High School in 1996. In 2006, I established my compan) Norwalk Construction Services, here in our city. Both of my sons, Brett (17) and Jarid (14), are current students at Norwalk High School. I have watched Norwalk develop from a small township to a thriv- ing city over the past 20 years. I am honored to serve my community as a current City Council mem- ber and am seeking re- election into a four-year position within the Coun- cil on November 5. With four years of pre- vious experience serving the citizens of N6rwalk as a City Council member, I have personally been in- volved in the development and implementation of Mike Leto multiple city improve- ment projects. Through fostering a five-year capi- tal improvement plan to begin and fund construc- tion projects based on the findings of the Lakewood infrastructure study, to bringing the 2014 Home Show to our city and working hand-in-hand with our school district on projects such as the Public Works]Bus Barn facility along with the joint 1T and fiber optics projects, I have proven to be both a posi- tive and productive mem- ber of the Council. gain- Concluded p. 11 Linn Grove Chicken Noodle Supper Members of Linn Grove United Methodist Church, 7483 50th, Prole, will host their annual Chicken and Noodle Supper Saturda Oct. 19, from 4 to 7 p.m. In addition to chicken and noodles, the menu will include ham balls, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans, salads and homemade pies. The cost is $8 for adults, $4 for children 5 - 12 and free for those under 5 years of age. 1~" ,i