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N Page Nine Thursday, November 30, 2017 N,. ATarren Town " c -' " Give Thanks for By Dorothy Rosby 'Tis the season to give thanks for our many blessings, spend quality time with our loved ones, and gripe about the leftovers--sometimes while we're spending quality time with our loved ones. Of course, some people gripe about leftovers year round. But almost everyone complains about them in the days after Thanksgiving. And some are still complaining in the weeks and months after the Thanksgiving. Despite their apparent frustration with holiday leftovers, they keep roasting turkeys the size of Plymouth Rock. For heaven's sake, if you really don't want leftovers, stuffa Cornish game hen. Or roast a couple of hotdogs. I, for one, will never give up the colossal Thanksgiving turkey. Nor will I ever complain about leftovers. I love leftovers--not eating them. Serving them! The benefits of serving leftovers far outweigh the benefits of cooking something new--especially if I'm doing the cooking. Feeding your family leftovers saves time. Not only do you spend less time grocery shopping, cooking, and washing pots and pans; your family doesn't waste nearly as much time eating. If I were cooking for my extended family this Thanksgiving, which I am not, but if I were, I would cook the biggest turkey I could fina in order to avoid cooking the next meal--or the next 25 meals. Think of the time I could save. (Of course, this may explain why I was not asked to host Thanksgiving dinner.) Actually, if you plan carefully--and buy enough freezer bags--you can save enough leftovers between Thanksgiving and New Years Day to last through the Fourth of July. Now there's something to be thankful for. Feeding your family leftovers also saves money, which you can spend eating out--with or without your family. Bonus: with portion sizes what they are in restaurants, you can also bring home some high quality leftovers after dining out. "High quality" because you don't have to cook them. (I realize there are those who think it's gauche to ask for a doggy bag. These are not people I want to go to dinner with. But if I ever do, I'll ask for their leftovers.) Forcing your family to eat leftovers saves the whole family calories. Forget the low carbohydrate eating plans and the low fat diets. Try the leftover food diet. After eight or nine days of leftover turkey and stuffing, or leftover tuna surprise, or leftover oatmeal, I guarantee your appetite will be depressed. I mean suppressed. Those of us who are unencumbered by good taste regularly enjoy these and many other benefits of serving leftovers: We only have to plan meals every three or four days. Our spouses frequently want to take us out to dinner. Our unwelcome guests rarely return. And if they do, they bring food. That's why I was so surprised to read the following startling statistic: Despite all the benefits of leftovers, at least 28 billion pounds of food are wasted each year in America. On average this figures out to more than 100 pounds of edible food per person, per year. If you are tossing away 100 pounds of food per family member per year--how can I say this nicely--you are not only average, you are nuts. Think of the time, money and calories you could be saving! At my house we do not throw away edible food, we eat it. And occasionally we eat some inedible food too. Dorothy Rosby is the author of the humor book, I Didn't Know You Could Make Birthday Cake from Scratch: Parenting Blunders from Cradle to Empty Nest. Candy Cane Hike Join the Warren County Conservation Board for a wintery hike at the Annett Nature Center on Saturday, December 9th at 1:00 p.m. This will be a guided hike to explore nature and wildlife in the winter and find hidden candy canes. There will be light refreshments and hot cocoa after the hike. Please dress warm as the hike will be 45 minutes in length. Please register at http://www.warrenccb.org/ events/candycane/. IDPH Launches YourLifeIowa.org Website By Polly Carver-Kimm A new website created by the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) offers a one-stop hub for Iowans looking for help with suicide prevention, problem gambling, and substance abuse. The YourLifeIowa.org website integrates information and resources previously found on three separate sites. "Data shows a correlation and interconnection between the issues YourLifeIowa.org addresses and providing an ll-encompassing website is a meaningful way b assist Iowans searching for help," said IDPH Bureau of Substance Abuse Chief DeAnn Decker. %Ve recognize this website is not a substitute for counseling, but it can be a useful resource." YourLifeIowa.org incorporates information previously found on the IDPH Suicide Prevention web page, as well as the 1-800-BETS OFF and DrugFreeInfo (formerly the Iowa Substance Abuse Information Center) websites. The new YourLifeIowa system also offers a telephone helpline (all three previous toll free aumbers will still be active), mobile- friendly internet-based communications (e.g., online chat), and texting capabilities. One of the major enhancements of the site is a facility locator, which will allow treatment facilities to feature a welcome video, contact information, services offered, z map, picture, and description. All services offered by YourLifeIowa are free and confidential. Private Pesticide Applicator Recertification Warren County Extension will host a Private Pesticide Applicator Certification Instruction Course (CIC) on Monday, December 4, 2017. Presented by Mark Johnson, the program is provided by the ISU Extension and Outreach Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP). The program will be held at Annehse Winery, 15110 Highway 92 East just east of Indlanola. Registration will begin at 9:00 a.m., followed by the session from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. To pre-register or to obtain additional information about the CIC, including cost of the CIC, contact Warren County Extension at 515-961-6237. Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Warren County will host a Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training. Fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and co-management of natural resources and food safety should plan to attend. The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in 112.22(c) that requires "At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration." The training will take place at the Warren County Extension Office in Indianola, Iowa on January 11, 2018 from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Iowa State Extension and Outreach faculty and specialists will lead the course. The fee is $20 per person for Iowa growers and $120 for out of state growers. The fee includes the Produce Safety Alliance manual, a certificate of completion, and lunch. To register and pay with a credit card, go to the Safe Produce website, or contact Cortney Garrington at 515-961-6237 or cortneyg@iastate.edu. OFFICIAL PUBLICATION STATE OF IOWA 2017 FINANCIAL REPORT FISCAL YEAR ENDED JUNE 30, 2017 CITY OF NORWALK , iOWA ALLFUNDS 16209101000000 CLERK 705 NORTH AVE NORWALK, IA 50211 1417 Item description Revenues and Other Financing Sources Taxes levied on property Less: Uncollected propert], taxes-levy year Net current property races Delinquent property taxes TIF revenues Other city taxes Licenses and permits Use of money and propert, Intargovemmental Charges for fees and servce Special assessments Miscellaneous Other financing sources Total revenues and otl~r sources Expenditures and Other Filanclng Uses Public safety Public works Health and social services Culture and recreation Community and economic development General government Debt service Capital projects Total governmental activities expenditures Business type activities Total ALL expenditures Other financing uses, including transfers out Total ALL expenditures/And other financing uses Excess revenues and other sources over (under) Expenditures/And other financing uses Beginning fund balance July 1, 2016 Ending fund balance June 30,2017 Note - These balances do not include $0 held in Pension Trust Funds;$20,289 Governmental (a) 5,384,093 0 5,384,093 0 2,374,560 1,204,905 523,566 113,994 1,430,413 1,074,472 79,345 679,990 9,700,904 22,566,242 "'"" L', 1,735,669 9,926 1,138,315 2,723,024 683,901 2,606,444 5,692,193 17,912,215 O 17,912,215 2,608,005 20,520,220 2,046,02,'; 7.213,732 9,259,754 Prepdetaw (b) mlmBmamBlmmllm== Bmmmmmml =mmmmlmlmBmmmmmml ==lmBmmmi ==mlmlmmlBmaBlm= ======== =wmwmmmm =mmwmmmm ==wmm=mm unlnnuuu mmmm=m== m=m=lmll eBBBBeB| 3,06! 4,581,08" 177~86! 355,19( 5,117,20" Total actual (c) 5,384,09." Budget (d) 3,319,20: 3,319,20: 406,19( 3,725,39: 1,391,81~ 3,203,71, 4,595,52! heid in non-budgeted ~1 service funds; held in Private Puq~se Trust Funds and 5,338,88; O 6 5,384,09." 5,338,88; 0 0 2,374,56( 2,452,48! 1,204,90.= 1,047,77~ 523,56E 339,30( 117,05~ 218,2~, 1,430,41 ~ 1,454,31 ( 5,655,55~ 79,34E 4,675,49( 75,60( 857,85.= 447,34i 10,056,09~ 6,985,00( 27,683,44c, 3,322,742 23,234,49~ " 1,735,66~ 1,776,30( 9,926 10,50( 1,138,31E 2,723,024 683,901 2,606,44~ 5,692,193 1,143,04i 2,836,62; 703,40( 2,766,00; 7,938,27; 17,912,21.= 20,653,35{ 3,319,20,~ 3,680,94. 21,231,41"~ 24,334,29! 3,614,19.= 3,225,49". 24,245,61; 27,559,79' 3,437,837 -4,325,29( 10,417,44E 13,855,28~ 13,855,28." 9,529,98 $0 $0 held in agency funds which were not budgeted and are not available for city operations. Indebtedness at June 30, 2017 General obligation debt $13,520,00( Revenue debt $326,141 TIF Revenue debt I $8,535,00( i= ii li g_ _ _i_ _ =_ I_l .I .i.l.i .i.I .i.i _l.l.l.I.I.l_l .... I__W I_1 I W_ Other long-term debt $( Short-term debt $( General Obligation Debt Limit $35,756,82