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OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR 00wQtk nort NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT No]-*valk Warriors SMALLTOWNPAPERS 2i7 WEST COTA ST. I  , SHELTON WA 98584-2263 ,' iJ I,lii,,ll,l,,I,Iliq,Ni,h.l,,I.Ilii,,.iliv;,hl ..,llqJ ,. :: .. ........................ Warren Town and County Norwalk City Council Agenda p. 6 I. Vol. 45 No. 25 Norwalk, Iowa 50211 USPS No. 395-120 Phone 981-0406 emaih news@norwalknewspaper.com Thursday, November 7, 2013 SCHOOL UPDATES Notes from f00"00NORWALK fl0f00 By Kate Baldwin , . IlL Business Manager CITY HALL Norwalk Community School District Marketa Oliver, ICMA-CM, SPHR, MPA Summary of Action Plans the School Board Has Norwalk City Manager Followed to Determine the Future of School Property Located at 906 School Avenue 981-0228 exL 234 Below is a chronological summary of the process uti- lized by the Norwalk School Board to evaluate and de- termine the future purpose of original school property and buildings. The "Old School" has served the school district and community well for nearly 100 years. Through consolidation, the Norwalk Community School District has built several new buildings and was forced to say "good-bye" to a few older school build-" ings. As time marches, new doors will open and old doors will close. The School District has arranged for the contractor to provide a brick pile that will be located on the south- west comer of the school property. Community mem- bers and alumni are invited to salvage bricks from this stock pile for a-memento. The demolition contractor is scheduled to start work Monday, Nov. 11. The salvage brick pile will be available approximately between No- vember 19 through December 4. I will provide further updates as I learn more information from the contrac- tor. The demolition contractor is DeCarlo Demolition of 260 NE 44th Ave., Des Moines. DeCarlo is a qualified and experienced demolition contractor that has demol- ished several old school buildings. They understand the Concluded p. 12 f Mayor's Moment By Mayor Doug Pierce k, ..... " j As you know, Monday, Nov. 11, is Veterans Day. That day is an opportunity for Americans to recognize the tremendous accomplishments and proud heritage of all who have worn the uniform of the United States mili- tary. Throughout our histor millions of Americans have served in uniform - and many have made the ulti- mate sacrifice in order to preserve the freedoms enjoyed by the people of the United States. Veterans have served with distinction to protect the founding ideals and prin- ciples of this Nation and to extend those same ideals to those oppressed by forces of evil. Like those who wore the uniform before them, today's Armed Forces continue this proud legacy. As I write this article, American service men and women - active and reserve - from every walk of life and a myriad of backgrounds are se .rving in harm's way. From the moun- t "ai.ns in Afghanistan to a litany of obscure places around this globe, they are giving hope to millions that liberty, justice and a lasting peace are possible and may be achieved in their lifetime. A veteran, whether Active Duty, Retired, National Guard or Reserve, is someone who, at one pofiat in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to 'The United States of America' for an amount up to including his or her life. That is Commitment and there are too many folks in this country today who do not understand what that means. During WW II, 1 in 17 wore the uniform - Concluded p. 12 Candidate Meet and Greet There will be a Iolice Chief Candidate meet and greet at Norwalk City Hall Friday, Nov. 8, from 4:30 until 6 p.m. Please stop by City Hall on your way home from work and meet candidates who could become our next Police Chief. Norwalk Funeral Home Now Conducting Business Eric E. O'Leary is the Funeral Director for the new O'Leary Funeral & Cremation Services, lo- cated at 1020 Main St. in Norwalk. Although re- modeling and construc- tion are taking place fol- lov/ing this week's groundbreaking, O'Leary is already conducting business. He conducted his first Norwalk funeral Monday, Oct. 28, for David Eric O;Leary Mineart. Anative of central Iowa, a funeral home contracting O'Leary was raised and business, providing re- educated in Newton, spite care to funeral direc- where he graduated high tors and owners through- school and he attended out Iowa, Minnesota and Des MoinesArea Commu- Michigan. He returned to nity College. In 1996 he Iowa in 2010 to be near his earned his Degree in Mor- family and partake in their tuary Science from daily lives. Worsham College of Mor- O'Leary believes in tuary Science in Wheeling, honoring and celebrating a IL'Following college life well lived. During the last two decades he ha O'Leary returned to New- provided exceptional fu- ton and completed his fu- neral service .throughhon- neral director apprentice- esty, integrity, trust and ship and license require- attention to detail, He is ments under the direction here to honor, your loved of Harold Reese. During ones' lives and has chosen . this time he learned com- Norwalk as a community passion for the families to fulfill a lifelong goal of served, as well as invalu- having his own Funeral able funeral home man- Home & Celebration of agement skills. In the fall Life Center. Here family of 2000 he continued his and friends can come to- career at Ochiltree Funeral gether to Remember time Service in Winterset. spent together, to Cel- In 2002 O'Leary became ebrate a life full of memo- a managing-partner at ries and to Heal the sorrow Haley Funeral Directors in of their loss. Southfield, MI. There, he He is a member of the was successful in manag- Norwalk Chamber of ing and growing a funeral Commerce; Norwalk Li- home business. In the ons Club; St. John Catho- summer of 2009 he started Concluded p. 5 ,rt Observing Veterans Day Leon Wilson III By Sally Huntoon Veterans Day is Mon- day, Nov. 11. It is a time we all should remember those who have served in our country's military in the past, as well as those who are currently'protecting our nation. A number of area families have been in various branches of the United States Armed Forc- es throughout the years. The Wilsons are one such Norwalk family serving at this time. Leon Wilson IL who re- sides in Lakewood, is a 1982 graduate of Norwalk High School and a Retired Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army. He is proud that four of his children are following his footsteps by enlisting to serve. Leon Wilson III is a 2007 NHS graduate and is in the Army. Daughters, Julia, a 2009 NHS graduate and Kathleena, a 2011 NHS graduate, are both in the Navy. Son Cristopher will graduate from NHS in 2014 and is scheduled to leave in July for Ft. Ben- ning, GA to begin his ser- vice in the Army. Leon Wilson III is cur- rently serving in southern Afghanistan. His father received a letter in July from William G. Jacobs IL Lieutenant Colonel U.S. Army, commending the young man for doing ex- tremely well on his first deployment conducting combat operations. The letter stated that when the Special Forces Mechanic left Afghanistan, Wilson volunteered to serve as the VSP's De Facto Mechanic. "Wilson's background working on engines made him invaluable. He has single-handedly kept the VSP's generators up and Julia Wilson Kathleena Wilson running. He worked hard for hours on end, without complaint, to rebuild the VSP's generator that runs the Chow Hall and Living Quarters. Without his dil- igent hard work, the VSP would have been a very miserable place to live," wrote Jacobs. In August the Norwalk father received a letter from Bryan D. Jones, Cap- tain, Infantry Command- "" ing. He, too, compliment- ed the younger Wilson stating, "Leon's mechani= cal has proven indispens- able in keeping the camp and its vehicles operation- al." He further stated, "The heart and soul of the American foot soldier re- mains intact and inviola- ble. The men that fought in the trenches of World War I, stormed the beaches of Normandy and slogged through the jungles of ,qm Vietnam are the same men that are patrolling the mountain passes and riv- er valleys of Afghanistan today." Following are the ad- dresses of the three Wil- sons currently serving their country: Julia Wilson, Ship 14, USS Arizona, DIV 273, 3410 Sailor Dr., Great Lakes, IL 60088-3510; Kathleena Wilson, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), Deck/lst, FPO AP 96616; Leon Wilson III, TU Tri- dB dent, VSP Shajoy/FB Bal- lard, APO AE 09383.