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Thursday, December 10, 2015 N/Warren Town and County News Page seven LETTERS M 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 errors. To the Editor: America recently observed Veterans Day. First and foremost, a big thank you to everyone who served in the armed forces. Secondly, also a big thank you to the Norwalk 8th grade class for the awesome Veterans Day program and kudos to Gen. Doug Pierce who gave the address to all veterans from all the wars. What a great mes- sage he gave! The American Legion holds a membership dinner for all members who have paid this year’s annual dues. We usually have about 50 in attendance. It is always a time to renew acquaintances and get to know new members. Following the dinner, we recap several duties and programs that we take great pride in doing. We gather at military fu- nerals to honor the veteran with the same farewell — For a Four Star General or a Private — the 21—gun salute followed by a bugler playing Taps. During this past year, we attended 17 such funerals. Some of the 17 were members from our American Legion post in Cumming. Some were veterans from far away being buried in the Veterans’ Cemetery at Van Meter and since we are close, the cemetery calls the Cumming Legion to do the service. Resthaven Cemetery in West Des Moines calls our Legion post to do the service if the veteran did not belong to a local Legion post. The Le- gion also provides this service to local veterans who do not belong to the American Legion as well as veterans who served between the wars known as "peace-time" veterans. On Memorial Day, the Legion travels with approximately 20 Boy Scouts by tour bus to seven local cemeteries. The cemeteries included each Memorial Day are: Webb, Linn Grove, Churchville, St. Patrick’s, St. John’s, Pleasant Ridge of Orilla and Norwalk. We begin at 8:00 am. and finish in Norwalk at 11:00 am. It is a long morning, but all 25 or so Legionnaires and the 20 Scouts deem it an obligation and an honor. Besides donating our services, we also donate money to wi‘ir‘thwhile community projects such as the Norwalk Food Pantry with matching funds from Scott’s Foods and F areway. The Legion gave an American flag with a stand to the Pleas- ant Hill Residential Vets’ home. An American Legion sign was donated for the Norwalk baseball field. The Legion gave a donation to the MS Walk-a-thon in Des Moines with a member from the Cumming Legion participating. Other community events that the American Legion par- ticipatedin are: letting Santa Claus use the Legion Hall to local children with the help of the Legion Auxiliary and dieiCumming Park Board. The Legion went to the .Vets Cemetery at Van Meter to place flowers on the veterans’ headstones for “Wreaths Across America”. The Legion is also asked to come to Resthaven Cemetery a few days prior to Memorial Day to assist in placing about 3,000 flags on veterans’ graves. This takes five to eight Cumming Legionnaires two days — usu— ally 4-5 hours each day. Irish veterans along with other members of the Legion in Cumming led the St. Patrick’s parade through downtown Des Moines. This practice is about 30 years old and is an event many Legionnaires look forward to. Again, the Cumming Legion was invited to the high school to present the colors before the program on Honor night. Once or twice a year, the Scouts assist the Legionnaires by helping with a flag burning ceremony. We gather so many old and used flags that is usually takes 2 — 3 hours to com- plete the job. A lunch is enjoyed by all following the cer- emony. At the lunch we learned that two of the Boy Scouts were promoted to Eagle Scouts! This takes a lot of work to earn the rank and the achievement will last a lifetime. Con- gratulations to Matt Taylor and Michael Atkinson, both from Troop 30. Our Legion post is very proud of your accom- plishment! Once a year, the Scout District hosts ‘a luncheon at Prairie Meadows to receive donations to assist the Scouts in their programs for the upcoming year. Usually, about eight to 10 Legionnaires from the Cumming Post attend and a generous donation is presented. During the fall, the Cumming Legionnaires gather at the football field to present the colors at each home game while the Norwalk High School Band plays the NationalAnthem. Other community events include the 4th of July Parade. We have included military Jeeps and other vehicles in the parade with WW II veterans as honored passengers. The Legion Auxiliary participate in the 4th of July parade also. Members of the Scottish Bagpipes march and play with the Legion which is a welcome addition to the parade. ' Following the Memorial Day program at the Norwalk Cemetery, the Legion goes to the Library to give the fare— Concluded p. 10 BIG LOTTERY WINNERS Jason Dooley of Milo claimed the third of eight top prizes of $100,000 available in the lottery’s “Winter Winnings” holi- day scratch game. Dooley purchased his winning ticket at Casey’s, 5150 NE 14th St. in Des Moines. Megan Johnson of Indianola claimed the ninth of 19 top prizes of $30,000 available in the lottery’s "Jolly Cash Cross- word” holiday scratch game. Johnson purchased her winning ticket at Casey’s, 1101 E. Second Ave. in Indianola. Both Dooley and Johnson claimed their re- spective prizes at the lottery’s headquarters in Clive. From a botanical point of view, there is no such thing as a pumpkin. Pump- kins are certain varieties of squash, which through V local traditions, have-come to be called pumpkins. Call 911 for emergencies! Contimed from p. 1 Troy ‘eported that the club has$86,000 in check- ing at ths time. Troy rec- ommenied we move a portion nf this to a money market ccount or another ladderecCD. Al indicated there isn any type of capi- tal impnvement projects at this tine so it shouldn’t be a pnblem to move some of this money. Troy felt the laddered CD would be the best option. If we need the money at some pont we would only lose the nterest if we had to make an early with- drawal. If we were to put the morey in a money market account we would receive )nly .1% on our money, herefore the CD is a bettei return on our money. Troy recom- mendedmoving $40,000. Motim to approve five ladderei CDs of $8,000 each was made by Nancy LaVelle, seconded by Stacy Rosonke. Motion carried. Troy and Al determined the money for the pur- chase of the med bed should be taken out of Al’s activity pass account. The purchase of the gator and BUSINESS REVIEW Norwalk Lions Club Years of Service The Norwalk Lions Club provided 40 holiday fruit boxes with homemade candy to the Norwalk Food Pantry for distribution. Lions, thank you for your service! 2 cars — Mary Cain, Mary Sue Demerath and Sharon Burns 10 Years Linda Bussanmas Back row, left to'righ‘t: Jim Watts, Andrea Johnson, Ed Chapman and Jan Reece. Front row: Vicki Logue and Linda Bussanmas. Photos submitted. BOOSTER MINUTES the Ed Thomas leadership conference should be taken from the booster’s general account. Motion to approve the current financials was made by Jennifer Kreider, seconded by Sara Neil. Motion carried. Concession Report Mary Knickerbocker re- ported she is getting ready for the basketball season. Mary indicated that one freezer is working, but we should really get one for the high school conces— sions stand, preferably a cubic inch freezer. The board discussed the best option would be to get the 9 cubic inch for the visitor side concession of the foot- ball stadium and move the 7 cubic inch freezer to the high school concession stand. Matt reported the cost to purchase a 9 cubic inch Frigidaire freezer would be about $300. A motion to purchase the 9 cubic inch Frigidaire freezer for $300 was made by Matt Leek, seconded by Jennifer Kreider. Motion carried. Mary questioned get- ting a hot water line in the football stadium conces— sion stand. This would make the hot chocolate making much easier among other things. Darin going to check with HyVee and see what type of hot chocolate machine they have in their convenience stores so we can deterrnine what the best route to go on this would be and then we. will discuss at a later date. Mary reported the baked potatoes went over well for football. She is going to take the Graziano’s sausage off the football menu and add the baked potatoes going for- ward. Mary indicated the All Conference Music Festival is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 17, in the'high school gym. The music depart- ment wants to use the pizza warmer. The board discussed and determined this shouldn’t be a prob— lem. Coaches Wish List Volleyball Coach Bixby requested $234 for coach’s polo shirts. A mo- tion to approve this expen- diture was made by Darin Hirl, seconded by Mary Knickerbocker. Motion carried. Volleyball Coach Bixby requested $1,385 for team uniforms and anten- nas for the net. Motion to accept this expenditure was made by Darin Hirl, seconded by Troy Downs. Motion carried. Cheerleading — Coach Moede requested $335.34 for coach’s pullovers. The board discussed why this was so expensive when it was only three pullovers. Al indicated the indi- vidual monograms on each accounted for the in- creased expense. Motion to accept this expenditure was made by Jennifer Kreider, seconded by Troy Downs. Motion carried. Girls Golf — Coach Gavin requested $799 for gloves and golf balls. Mo- tion to accept this expen- diture was made by Nancy LaVelle, seconded by Stacy Rosonke. Motion carried. Girls Cross Country Coach Weidmann re- Concluded p. 9