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OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR N"00J AND NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT I:,b;: S M!XI f,liC ":i,O?O:? :f"i'.:l i!ib)riJ!:i!I I;  '., i . ,'., L ,:'d i I i :1 ;:,! r.q j : :-; "7  S td I1,1,,I,,I .... II,,ll,,ll,,,,,ll,,I,IIh,,I,,I,,,I,l,ll,,,I,,ll Warren Town and Countlj, ws 50 Vol. 42 No. 29 Norwalk, Iowa 50211 USPS No. 395-120 Phone 981-0406 Thursday, December 9, 2010 Open Houses, Food, Toy Collections Area residents are reminded that Norwalk Hardware, 729 Main St., and N/Warren Town and Cotmty News, 727 Main St., will host a joint Christmas Open House Saturda3 Dec. 11, from 8 a.m. to 12 noon. Refreshments will be served at both places. Area residents are invited to sign up for a drawing of a 4 ft. Teddy Bear with toys at Norwalk Hardware. Drawings for a poinsettia and your choice of a turkey or ham Christmas Feast for eight to 10 people prepared by Scott's Foods will be held at the newspaper office. The two businesses are also collecting non-perishable food items for the Norwalk Food Pantry and toys for Norwalk Clergy to distribute to families in the area. Food items and toys may be dropped off any time until just prior to Christmas week. Donor Plates for New School Auditorium Donation to Auditorium Fund Drive Makes Great Gift, Tax Deduction This Christmas, give your music-loving student, friend, or family member a gift that will last forever: his or her name permanently displayed in the lobby or on an armrest of the new Norwalk Performing Arts Center (NPAC). The NPAC, which is scheduled to open on the Norwalk High School campus next fall, includes a state- of-the-art, 925-seat auditorium, plus new band rooms and enlarged and improved educational space for the vocal music department. Each armrest in the auditorium will have a brass plate that can be custom-engraved with your family name, business name, or the name of someone on your gift list. Prices for the donor plates range from $50 to $500, and the larger the donation, the farther front-and-cen- ter your seat plate will be in the auditorium. The donor plate "doesn't guarantee you'll get to sit in that seat for performances," says Dave Campbell president of the Norwalk Music Boosters who are running the fundraising campaign. "But more people will know of your support of music education on the Norwalk schools." For a donation of $400 to $3,000, you could gift your favorite music fan with a donor-recognition plaque that will be displayed permanently and prominently in the lobby of the auditorium. The plaques range in size from 4x4" to 12x12". Because the Norwalk Music Boosters are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, your donation is completely tax deductible and eligible for many com- panies' matching gifts programs. "A matching gift from your employer can double the size of your donation, so check with your human resources department to see if these gifts grants are available," says Campbell. Campbell emphasizes that all of the funds raised through this "Notable Donors" campaign will contrib- ute directly to music education in Norwalk Schools, grades K-12. "None of this money is going toward con- struction costs for the NPAC," he says. "It will all be put into an endowment that will continue to support the performing arts programs for all grades far into the future." For your convenience, donations can be made through automatic withdrawal from your checking ac- count. For more information, or to download and print seat- plate and recognition-plaque order forms, visit www.norwalkmusicboosters.com and click on the No- table Donors link. Hanrahan's Norwalk High School Baseball Jersey to be Retired Warrior fans will want to mark on their calendar the date of Friday, Dec. 17 as a day to make it to the basketball doubleheader when Norwalk will host Oskaloosa. On that night the high school jersey of former Norwalk baseball standout and cur- rent Major League Pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Joel Hanrahan, will be retired in a ceremony at halftime of the boys' game. Hanrahan, who just completed his third full season in the major leagues and his second with the Pirates, will be in attendance for the ceremony. He will hold an autograph session at some point during the evening in which there will be a Pirates action photo available that Hanrahan will sign for free or personal paraphernalia that fans may bring with them. Jazz Choir and Choral g)epartmont Concerts Choird2oncert The Norwalk High School North Avenue Jazz Choir will be presenting their Holiday Concert at the Norwalk Christian Church (located south of Norwalk Hardware) Sat- urday, Dec. 11, starting at 7 p.m. The Jazz Choir will perform some wonderful holiday favorites such as: "Carol of the Bells," Jingle Bells" and "Angels We Have Heard on High." Much of the repertoire will be presented in non-tradi- tional styles. The singers will also present individual solos and duets featuring mod- ern settings that will en- hance the holiday spirit. The admission charge for this concert is $3 for adults and students, $1. Members of the North Avenue Jazz Choir are Colby Campbell, Sam Bergan, Zach Schroeder, Nick Friesen, Branden Lange, Austin Diedrichs, Blake Raymond, Kara Huen, Lana Carlson, Shan- non Stephany, Sarah Saltz, Kelsey Norris, Calyn Th- ompson, Kes Smith and Lauren Hoover. Holiday Norwalk High School Choral Concert The Norwalk High School Choral Department will be presenting their Holiday Concert in the high school gym Tuesda Dec. 14, starting at 7 p.m. The choirs will perform some wonderful holiday favorites such as: "Be- lieve" from "The Polar Ex- press," "Jingle Bells" and "Carol of the Bells." The repertoire will be pre- sented in both traditional and non-traditional ways. Some non-holiday se- lections will include: "The Very Best Time of Year," "Ain't Misbehavin'," "Fruitcake" and "And We Sing Gloria." The concert will conclude with the "Hallelujah Chorus" from The Messiah. All choir alumni and family mem- bers will be invited to come and perform this with the Gold and Jazz Choirs. Come relax, slow down the hurried season and en- joy an evening of beautiful choral favorites. The Music Boosters, staff members and stu- dents would like to thank everyone who supported the recent fruit and candy fundraiser. All products can be picked up in the high school band room Tuesday, Dec. 14 from 2 until 6 p.m. New Hours At Post Office Area residents are re- minded that the Norwalk Postal Service has adjusted the hours of operation for the Post Office. The service window is now open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday. The change went into effect Monday, Nov. 29, 2010. Online services have been expanded at www.usps.com and at Stamps by Mail/Phone/ Fax 1-800-STAMP24. Norwalk Fire Department's Adopt-A-Hydrant Program If a fire were to occur in your neighborhood, would the firefighters be able to find the fire hydrant near your home? The Norwalk Fire Department is encouraging residents to "Adopt-A-Hydrant" near their home. Resi- dents who adopt fire hydrants will help the Fire De- partment by keeping them clear of snow in the winter. Make it a point to uncover your fire hydrant after each snowfall. Clear a path approximately three feet around the fire hydrant. This will allow firefighters enough room to attach hoses to the fire hydrant if the need should arise. Remember water is the main tool firefighters use to extinguish fires. Delays in locating and hooking up to the fire hydrant could hamper fire suppression and possibly raise the risk of injury and property damage. The "Adopt-A-Hydrant" program is a volunteer pro- gram and it is not necessary to advise the fire depart- ment of which fire hydrant you have adopted. On be- half of the Norwalk Fire Department we thank you for helping keep the community safe. Contact the Norwalk Fire Department at 515-981-4316 if you have any ques- tions. Santa In Cumming Members of the Cumming American Le- gion have announced that Santa will be in Cumming Sunday, Dec. 12, from I to 3 p.m. Santa will be at the American Legion Build- ing, which is located on Main Street in Cumming. Cumming Park and Recreation Cumming and Norwalk residents are invited to drop in and visit with Santa Claus Saturday, Dec. 11, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Ted Lare Design Build and Garden Center, 2701 Cumming Avenue (Hwy G14) in Cumming. The Cumming Park and Recreation Board will pro- vide kid-friendly bever- ages as well as a cookie decorating table. There will be crafts and, of course, Santa! Santa's help- ers will have treat bags for the kiddies. Bring your camera to capture this spe- cial moment. Early Deadline Due to the holidays, there will be several early deadlines. The newspaper office will close at noon Thursday, Dec. 23 and be closed Friday, Dec. 24. Friday, Dec. 17, at noon is the deadline for the Thursday, Dec. 23, issue. Wednesday, Dec. 22, at noon is the deadline for the Thursda Dec. 30 issue. Wednesday, Dec. 29, at noon is the deadline for the Thursday, Jan. 6 issue. The office will close at noon Thursda)6 Dec. 30, and be closed Friday, Dec. 31. Please make sure your name and telephone number are included on all items that are either dropped off in the box, mailed or brought into the office. We must know who is submitting articles. g