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/ OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR AND NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT Warren ]I-,,IP}]H MIXFt) AI)C 0902 5IDA[ I l tJWHFJAPEI{5 ,)?. CAt II-{]RNIA AVE -W I1,1,,I,,1 .... I1,,11,,11 ..... II,,I,IIl,,,h,l,,,l,l,ll,,,l,,ll Town and County ws 50 Vol. 42 No. 23 Norwalk, Iowa 50211 USPS No. 395-120 Phone 981-0406 Thursday, October 28, 2010 LETTERS OUR 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 errops. ./ qualify for the state meet more than one year. He has qualified for state all four years. Megan is only the second female runner from Norwalk to qualify as an individual more than one year. She has gone three consecutive years and narrowly . missed as a freshman. This is a great accomplishment for both of these run- ners. Good luck to both of you at state Saturday, Octo- ber 30% /s/Roger Huff More letters on page 2 Kit Anderson Megan Patava Letter to the Community: I would like to congratulate Kit Anderson and Megan Patava on their return to the state cross country meet. Both of these individuals qualified at the regionals on Thursday, Oct. 21. Kit is Norwalk's only male cross country runner to Public Meeting for New Prevention Council Individuals in Warren County are coming together to reduce the incidence of unhealthy choices made by area youth. The newly formed Warren County Preven- tion Council will have their first meeting Friday, Nov. 5, at 7:30 a.m. at the Warren County Administration Build- ing, 301 N. Buxton in conference room 2 in Indianola. The meeting is open to the public. The goals of this group will be to increase awareness of the many dangers fa(ed by our youth today and help prevent more tragedies resulting from these negative influences and decisions. According to the 2008 Iowa Youth Survey, 88% of Warren County youth do not use marijuana, but that means that 12% do use. Also 47% of Warren County youth did not have an alcoholic drink in the past 30 days, but 37% not only drank but have had at least one episode of drinking five or more alco- holic drinks. Unfortunately there are also new dangers created every day. Recently art energy drink containing 12% al- cohol was introduced in the market place and has be- come extremely popular with underage drinkers. Syn- thetic marijuana called Spice or K2 has recently become a drug of choice for teens even after the tragic death of an Indianola youth whose death has been attributed to its use. Be a voice for your community's youth by attending this very important meeting. Discuss how to keep up with the ever increasing challenges faced by youth to- day in Warren County. Please RSVP by November I st if you plan to attend so we can assure adequate space and refreshments. Future meeting times and locations will be discussed during the first meeting. To RSVP or if you cannot attend this meeting but are interested in becoming involved contact Mike Wenger, Prevention Specialist at Employee & Family Resources, 5157471-2395 or mwenger@efr.org. MADRIGAL DINNER THEATER IN NOVEMBER Hear Ye! Heat Ye! ..... Come join us, Lords and Ladies fair, for an Evening of Festivities, Pageantry, Wondrous Music and Delec- table Cuisine...Huzzah and good tidings to you! Our Lord and Lady of the Manor request your presence in what will surely be a feast for thine eyes, ears and stom- ach. The Norwalk HS Choral Department will present its 12 th Bi-Annual "Madrigal Feaste" Friday and Satur- day, Nov. 12 and 13 in the Norwalk Gym at half past six in the evening. Treat yourself like Royalty by indulging in the deli- cious five-course meal fit for a King (or a Queen!). While you are dining in high Renaissance style marvel and enjoy our audience-oriented performances. The Kingdom's finest entertainers shall have ye laughing, crying and humming a sweet tune. Along with many English customs such as the pro- cession of the Boar's Head and the Wassail Toast, a com- petition of the highest skill and bravery will transpire. We'll try to keep you out of the 'stock', however, as with any live theater, anything is possible! Especially/if thou hast failed to pay their yearly taxes to the King! Renais- sance costumes will be worn by the 130 performers, but are optional for our honored guests. Lo the cost for each reservation is $27 which are now available. Mind Ye! The orders must be placed by No-. vember 5. Orders are available from any HS Choir mem- ber, the HS Office or through the school's website www.norwalk.kl2.ia.us under "the music department page. Make your reservations without delay to assure your place with our cheery troupe. Hark! For additional information contact the Queen Mum Kim Ward at 981-4201 #3191 or kward@ norwalk.k12.ia.us. Come and celebrate the gallantry, beauty, romance and adventure of the 16 th Century with us! Trick-or-Treat Might 6 - p.m. aturdag, Oct.. 90 Drive Carefully! County-Wide Emergency Notification System To Be Tested MOnday, Nov. 8 Warren County Emergency Mafiagement will be uti- lizing the CodeRED Emergency Notification System Monday, Nov. 8, to call the entire county. The calls will be in the morning and will continue until the entire database has been attempted. This call will give-Warren County Emergency Management per- sonnel the chance to operate the system as if there has .been a community-wide disaster. The' message that is being delivered directs recipi- ents to the Warren County website toadd additional contact numbers and it also asks that recipients spread the word by mentioning the system to family, friends and neighbors. Mahala Cox, the Warren County Emergency Man- agement Coordinator, suggests that "all individuals and businesses should take the time to visit our website and add contact information to include cellular phones and other non-traditional phones, as well as email and text addresses. If your contact information is not in the da- tabase you will not receive a call when an urgent mes- sage is sent." In particular, businesses should register, as well as individuals who have unlisted phone numbers, who have changed their phone number recently, and those who use a celluIar phone exclusively or have VolP phones (such as Mediacom, Mahaska Communications Group and Vonage) as their primary numbers. Message recipients Caller ID will read Emergency Communications Network or 866-419-5000, depending on local telephone providers. If you are registering a cell phone, program the number 866-419-5000 as a CodeRED contact in your phone. This is a toll-free num- ber and may be called back from the phone that received the call. It will replay the message in its entirety, with a time and date stamp. Cox.urges citizens to log onto the Warren County website at www.cowarren.ia.us and follow the CodeRED link in the middle of the page. Those without Interne.t access may call 515-961-1109 Monday through Friday from 8 a,m. to 12 noon. Required information inclu.des a street address (physical address, no P.O. boxes) for location purposes and a primary phone num ber. Additional phone numbers, email and text ad- dresses may also be entered. More information about the CodeRED system is on the website. Any questions should be directed to War- ren County Emerge.ncy Management at 515-961-1109. VOTE TUESDAY Traci VanderLinden, Warren County Auditor and Commissioner of Elections, has announced that quali- fiedvoters in Warren County will go to the polls Tues- day, Nov. 2, for the General Election. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. Norwalk polling sites are as follows: Norwalk 1 - Norwalk Library, 1051 North Avenue; Norwalk 2- New Site Location: New Life Lutheran Church, 4380 Wakonda Dr., and Norwalk 3 - St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, 720 Orchard Hills Dr. Linn Precinct voters will go the former Community Church, 5225 Birch St. in Cumming. Greenfield I residents will vote at Mt. Zion Church, 8383 Ridgeview Dr. in Greenfield Plaza, Des Moines, and Greenfield 2 will go to the Northern Warren Fire Station, 2300 R63 Hwy, Norwalk. A complete list of voting sites for Warren County along with a sample ballot were published in the Thurs- day, Oct. 21 issue.