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Thursday, October 24, 2013 N/Warren Town and County News Page Three OFFICE INFORMATION Pick up registration forms 24 hours a day at the Parks and Recreation office or print them off our website: Www.d.norwalk.ia.us. You can mail registration forms, place them in our drop box or walk in. Our office is located at 1100 Chatham Ave. (Public Safety Bldg.). Of- fice hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday. The drop box is open 24/7! If you have any questions, call us at 981-9206. Online registration is available. (See website: www.ci.norwalk.ia, us). UPCOMING REGISTRATIONS Pair-up w/Potter through December 6; Adult Open Basketball, closes when full; Adult Community Ed Classes, through February 28; Lakewood Craft Club, through January 31; Glass Fusing, th.',ugh December 6; Wine! What's it all about?, through October 25; Youth Day Off Activities, through March 14; Eabysitting Clinic, through November 1. NON-REGISTRATION VEN__K_N.T Shuffleboard League, Mondays, 4:30 to 6 p.m. at City Park; Senior Exercise, Mondays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. at Norwalk Christian Church; Gbo,fiy Good Times, October 30 at Norwalk Public Safety, 5:30 p.m. ADULT COED VOLLEYBALL LEAGUE FALL 2013 Team Total Court Jesters 6 6 5 4 32 Just Do It 6 4 5 6 32 All Out 5 5 5 5 28 Old Farts 3 5 4 6 28 123 Team 4 4 4 3 23 Hit for Brains 3 3 4 3 19 Team Net Assets My Bad Back That Pass Up 6 Safe Sets 3 Watch DOGS 3 Bumpin Uglies 3 Total 6 5 6 6 34 6 6 4 6 32 6 5 3 29 3 5 6 24 4 4 3 22 3 3 3 21 LEAGUE-2013 MEN'S FLAG FOOTBALL Team Wins Losses Rookies 4 I Prestige Worldwide 3 2 Off in the Shower 2 3 Real Men of Genius 1 4 WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL S*!ANDINGS WINTER 2013 Team Total Beavis & Bumpheads 12 12 Volley Girls 7 7 Chicks with Hits 6 6 Can You Dig It? 6 6 Power Tippers 6 6 Huge Jugs 6 6 Spiked Punch 5 5 Big Bumpers 3 3 Notorious D.I.G. 0 0 NORWALK PARKS & RECREATION DEPARTMENT I I LEISURE LINE "7 By Nancy Kuehl, Director [ PAIR-UP WITH POTTERY (PARENT/CHILD) Pottery is a well-known art of painting a dry clay fig- ure and then firing it in a kiln to produce a beautiful finished product. In this class we will be making a Fall leaf bowl, Trick or Treat item, turkey time platter or Cookies for Santa plate in time for the holiday season. Parents needed for children (K-3rd), not required for older children. Registration Date: Through December 4; Class Date: Sunday, Nov. 10, Dec. 8; Time: 2 to 3:30 p.m.; Location: Norwalk Easter Public Library; Cost: Norwalk residents $23, non-residents $26.45 per class; Minimum/Maximum: 6/15. CRAFT CLUB Get out your glue guns and imaginations for this pro- gram. Children in 3rd through 5th grades at Lakewood Elementary are invited to join. They meet once a month after school on Thursday to make special arts and crafts projects. Registration: Through January 27; Time: 3:15 to 4:15 p.m.; Dates: November 14, December 5, January 9, February 6; Location: Art Room at Lakewood; Cost per class: Norwalk residents $11.50/class, non-residents $13.25/class; Mini-mum/Maximum: 6/20. ADULT PICK-UP BASKETBALL GAMES Pick-up basketball games will be offered for adults. Bring clean tennis shoes to wear for the games. This program is only for residents who live within the Norwalk School District. Program Dates: October 30, November 6, 13, 20, 27, December 4, 11, 18, January 8, 15, 22, 29, February 5, 12, 19, 26, March 5, 12, 19, 26; Time: 7 to 9 p.m.; Location: Middle School Gym; Reg- istration: (closes when full); Cost: $31.80 (includes sales tax) Norwalk residents, $37.20 (includes sales tax) non- residents; Maximum number of participants: 40. ADULT ED COMMUNITY EDUCATION AT MAIN STREET MONTESSORI SCHOOL Different classes are being offered at the Montessori School on Main St. Registrations began September 23 either online or at the Parks and Rec office. Homemade Soap- Cleanliness is next to godliness and you will feel like a celestial being when you bathe in your own luxurious homemade soap. Break free from the store bought variety with unwanted chemicals and artificial fragrances and declare your soap indepen- dence. You will learn the basic techniques of soap mak- ing and have a chance to get creative with your choice of additive oils and scents. Each participant witl take home a batch of soap (10-14 bars) that will be cured and ready for gift giving by Christmas. Date: November 14; Time: 7-8:30 p.m.; Cost: $20/batch; Limit: 10 individu- als. Jewelry Design- Join us for an evening of jewelry and fun! A relaxed, casual atmosphere means no-stress jewelry- making and you .will go home with a sheet of reminders and tips on technique. Necklaces...earrings...bracelets...a whole new world will open to you when you can make your own jewelry. Our instructor is a professional artist who will walk you through the simple basic techniques. You needn't bring anything with you...we will supply all the tools and materials you will need for the class and you will receive a list of suppliers. Join us...making JOl# tic FOIl OUR AIII#UAL Two categories: Fruit & Cream PIE C0NTE, CT!: O RttOAY, let. Community judges Pies must be dropped off 7am-8 am Pie served in the lobby from 9 am Prizes. awarded! jewelry is easier than you think! Date: January 16; Time: 7-8:30 p.m.; Cost: $15; Limit: 10 individuals. Home Brewing- Beer Making 101- It's time to truly test your skills and give brewing a try. In this class you learn the basics of home beer making from brewing to bottling. This class will run two sessions- the first month to brew, the second to bottle. Each participant will leave with the knowledge to start their own home brewing, a list of supplies and suppliers and of course, their own six pack of home brew. Date: February 6 and March 6; Time: 7-8:30 p.m.; Cost: $30; Limit: 8 individuals. Switch Plate Decorating- Tired of those dull and boring switch plates (you know, the plate that holds down your light switch)? Come learn a fun and func- tional technique to personalize your plates. Alcohol ink stamping involves little skill and can be applied to many Concluded p. 13 I believe it is important for the health of Norwalk to speak out at this time. I was quite vocal during the debate over whether we would welcome in a ca- sino. This question was answered with a record turnout and an over- whelming defeat for the proposition. This one issue awak: ened me to look around as to why our city leaders welcomed this blight in while every other metro city government shunned the same often What I discov- ered cried out for changes in our city council and mayoral occupants. The earlier ill-fated franchise fee tax was not well conceived, but the problems don't end with these two alone. Norwalk has been well served for 14 years by the tireless efforts of former Police Chief Ed Kuhl. Ed worked closely with many entities that coalesce to provide educational, spiritual and financial health to our community. Less than two years short of age sixty-five, Ed was forced to retire, i While this injustice was being perpetrated, our lead- ers attempted to secretly create a golden parachute for our new city manager. No city in Iowa offers over one year's salary upon termination without cause to a city manager. We would have been required to pay up to seven years or at least $750,000 to terminate ours. I also recently learned that in spite of our very tenu- ous city finances, the council has been handing out Tax Increment Financing money as if it was a party favor. TIF is intended as a brick and mortar tool for economic development. Note the following: $200,000 to Warren County Economic Develop- ment, which partnered with them to stick Norwalk with a casino. $4 million on a new maintenance building $1 million for renovation to City Hall There are other areas of malfeasance and derelic- tion, but space prohibits further elaboration. The good and the bad news is because of these issues, many good people have risen to say enough is enough. The bad part of this is that so many challengers will splinter the vote. This might well not allow for the changes we need. Therefore, I want to briefly profile the four can- didates I have decided to support. (1) Tom Phillips, who has provided exemplary ser- vice for 16 years on the school board. I know Tom to be a man of integrity. (2) Kyle Jackson, who provided wise counsel to guide the effort that defeated the casino. Kyle is a vet- eran attorney skilled in real estate and acquisitiOns. (3) Jaki Livingston is an assistant prosecutor with Polk County for many years. She has demonstrated temperament and judgment well suited for the job. (4) Erika Isley led the efforts to defeat both the fran- chise fee tax and the casino. Erika has shown the ifitel- ligence and energy to provide wise leadership, which we have soely lacked in.recent years. I know that others challenging for seats are good men and women, but the need to focus our votes is a top priority. Please turn out on November 5th and help reclaim our city. Paid for by Tom Coates