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Norwalk, Iowa
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Thursday, September 12, 2013 N/Warren Town and County News 1 Page Seven ( BUSI 00IESS REVIEW HOWELUS DRY FLORALS & GREENHOUSE WINS AWARD a hard time getting the kids to load up on the bus to go hbme," said Warren County Farm Bureau member Gary Denniston. "They were having so much fun on the farm and wanted to stay and do more things." The Howell's farm has activi- ties and larning experi- Warren County Farm Celebrated for Showcas- ing Farm Life and Food Production to Visitors As he headed to kinder- garten, Fred Howell's fa- ther started, a row of Christmas trees for his son on the multi-generational farm as a project designed to introduce Fred to farm- ences for all ages. Children can .pet goats and other small animals, see fresh produce growing in the fields and learn more about where their food comes from. Adults also enjoy the leaming experi- ence and the popular gift shop with seasonal deco- rative items and gardening tools. Local community lead- ers relish the benefits and positive contributions the Warren County farm and greenhouse have on the local economy "In a small rural community like ours, a destination like Howell's Dry Florals & Greenhouse that draws large amounts of people has a big impact in the community," said IFBF regional manager Tim Prunty. Renew Rural Iowa (RRI) is an IFBF initiative supporting new and exist- ing businesses through education, mentoring and financial resources. The next Renew Rural Iowa- Business Success Seminar takes place November 6, 2013 at Iowa Farm Bureau's Auditorium in West Des Moineg. For more information, go to ing and help finance a fu- "ture college education. Today, Howell's Dry Florals & Greenhouse helps bridge the gap be- tween the farm and con- sumers and has been rec- ognized as this month's Iowa Farm Bureau Federa- tion (IFBF) Renew Rural Iowa Award winner for the month. Fred and Cindy Howell operate a diverse farm, producing dried flowers, pumpkins, Christmas trees, asparagus, various berries and also raises small animals. The Howell's Cumming-based farm is different from many other farms across the state because of the huge influx of visitors each weekend. "Our farm has become a really fun place to visit," said Fred Howell. "It is completely unique to many of Our urban visi- tors. Each fall we have about.4,000 kids visiting on school field trips and on weekends we have up to 10,000 visitors on the farm." Young visitors on the farm have so much fun they don't want to leave. "I came out with a group of school kids from Carlisle for a few hours and we had FOR SALE BY BLACK GOLD REALTY 14 Acres, 2 mi. south of Norwalk on the SIN comer of Hwy 28 and Elkhom St., 4 Acres buildable, 10 Acres in Flood Plain, $106,000. Townhome - 2003 E. 1st St., Indianola. Beautiful, immaculate 3 BR, 2 bath, 2 car gar., 1733 finished living area. Bargain priced at 88.22/sq. ft., only $152,900. Larry Hughes 515-681-6310 !00iiii! I Photo submitted. AEDs Placed in Stadium and Performing Arts Center Norwalk Schools received a $2,000 grant from War- ren County Philanthropic Partnership 0NCPP) to pur- chase two Automated External Defibrillators (AED). The Warren County Philanthropic Partnership was orga- nized to promote and enhance community-based phi- lanthropy in Warren County. The WCPP recently re- ceived a state award to facilitate endowment building and grant making. The contribution to the foundation was made possible by the Iowa General Assembly. In 2004 the Iowa Legislature passed several bills to encour- age foundation building and community-based philan- thropy. Among these measures was H.F. 2032 which provided that non-gambling counties, initiating a county-wide community foundation would be eligible to receive one half of one percent of the state's gross gambling tax receipts. Donations toward the purchase were also received from the Norwalk Athletic Booster Club, Music Booster Club and the NHS National Honor Society. One AED has been the hall adjacent to the Performing Arts Center and Eastview Cafeteria. The other AED is located in the concession stand in the Stadium. Early defibrillation in the event of cardiac arrest is the standard of care by the American Heart Association. Research shows that every minute of delay in defibril- lation decreases the rate of survival by 10%. A new AED trainer was also purchased and several school employees and coaches will have CPR/AED train- ing in September and October. The grant was submit- ted by the Norwalk School nurses, MPO Meeting The Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) will host a public meeting to receive input and com- ments on amendments to the Federal Fiscal Years 2014-2017 Transportation Improvement Program (FFY 2014-2017TIP). The meeting starts at 5 p.m., Wednesda)6 Sept. 25, at the MPO Office, 420 Watson Powell, Jr., Way, Suite 200, Des Moines. The MPO of- fice is accessible via the numerous DART routes that pass through down- town Des Moines. To service our customers even better, we have a Brand New State-of-thai-Art HUNTER ALIGNMENT S'(STEM All work is guaranteed by a 12 months/12,000 Miles Warranty NAPA Auto Center Complete Engine Specialist 981-0649 Auto Repair Intake Specialist 802 Sunset Drive Towing ASE Certified Mechanics Norwalk The City of Des Moines requests the following amendments: Project: SW 9th Street: Intersection of SW 9th and Kenyon Ave.; Update project description to SW 9th Street widening - Titus Avenue to Kenyon Avenue and add $600,000 in HSIP funds. The City of Waukee re- quests the following amendment: PROPOSED ALICES RD - From Ash- worth Road to University Avenue; Update project desCription to Traffic Sig- nalization/Trail - Alice's Road - University Avenue to Ashworth Road. If anyone has questions or comments, contact the MPO staff by telephone at 515-334-0075 or via email at . Regency Care Center and Assisted Living- Growing with the Community Regency has announced a rehab to home program with private rooms for those people who have the goal to return home after their stay with us. Through their drive to be the best they can be, Re- gency is growing with the community. They had a booth at the July 4th celebration, deliver Meals on Wheels to local residents on a monthly basis and most recently, adopted a stretch of road south of Norwalk and just north of Martensdale on Highway 28. You may notice the signage coming and going. Staff at Regency feel it is so important to show the community they care. The process of adopting a high= way was seamless and staff will pick up any trash two times a year and of course more if need be! As they get involved, they are also opening their doors up to tours. If you know of a group that wants to be a difference in the lives of others, Regency is a great place to volunteer. Feel free to contact Regency if you are interested in volunteering for the numerous programs for seniors, in need of care for a loved one, O r you would like to set up a tour. Contact Michelle Kelsey at mkelseyCnidwestg or 515-974-9675. Solid Waste Collection Changes in Norwalk Starting'in October, Metro Waste Authority will ad- minister the garbage collection contract for the City of Norwalk and ASI will collect the garbage. This means new collection days, new and different sized carts and different large and extra item stickers. Garbage, Recycling and Yard Waste Collection: Will your day change to Tuesday? Effective October 1, residents living WEST (or on the west side) of Highway 28/Sunset Drive will have col- lection for all three services (trash, recycling arid Com- post It!) on Tuesday instead of Wednesday. Residents living EAST (or on the east side) of Highway 28/Sunset Drive will continue to be collected on Wednesday. New Garbage Carts: What size will you receive? In mid- to late-October, residents, will receive new, tan garbage carts. Carts can be viewed at Ci.ty Hall, Norwalk Easter Public Library and Scott's Foods. The new carts are available in two sizes, 96-gallon and 48- gallon. These are the same sizes as the green Curb It! recycling carts. New Garbage Carts: When will mine arrive? New garbage carts will be delivered on October 22 or 23, whichever day is your collection day. Residents should set out their old cart (with their garbage in it) on their collection day and LEAVE THE OLD CART AT THE CURB after it is emptied. Crews will be around that day to collect the old carts. CIRTPA Meeting The Central Iowa Regional Transportation Planning Alliance (CIRTPA) will host a public meeting to receive input and comments on an amendment to the Federal Fiscal Years 2014-2017 Transportation Improvement Program (FFY 2014-2017 TIP). The meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 12, at the CIRTPA Office, 420 Watson Powell, Jr., Wa3 Suite 200, Des Moines. The City of Indianola has requested the following revision to the FFY 2014-2017 TIP: Project: U.S. High- way 65/69 Reconstruction from south of Hillcrest Av- enue to north of Hoover Street; Grading and Paving; Funding: $1,800,000 in Surface Transportation Program funds. If anyone has questions or comments, contact the CIRTPA staff by telephone at 515-334-0075 or via email at You Got Stuffg, We have the WRIGHT Storage space for you! Contact us to learn how we can help you.., r  make space in the garage or basement! Units from 5'x10' all the way up to 14'x50' LSTORI,i 515-981-oo44 s0 w Wright Rd, Norwalk