Category: Features

Freckles’ Adopt a Pet – May 17, 2017

Freckles and The Progress Review encourage potential pet owners who are loving and responsible to consider adopting a pet from the Cedar Bend Humane Society.
Sienna is about 2 years old and has a good deal of puppy energy! She loves to be outside and on walks and would enjoy the playful company of other canines. She would also play with a cat if given the opportunity, this being said, some cats may find her energy a bit overwhelming. She should meet all young children in the home prior to adoption to assure that her energy won’t be too overwhelming. She is a wonderful girl!  Adoption fee: $190.
For more information about adopting a pet, contact: Cedar Bend Humane Society, 1166 W. Airline Highway, Waterloo, Iowa 319-232-6887  –

Hawkins’ Happenings – May 17, 2017

By Jolene Kronschnabel, Library Director
Preschoolers visit the FFA Historical & Ag Museum for the final morning preschool program of the school year. They will make, learn and read about music at Story Time at 10:30 AM on Thursday, May 18.
Traffic alert! It will be a busy and packed house when the LPC Elementary students learn about their public library. We are thrilled to have the La Porte City Elementary students visiting on Friday, May 19.
Book Club meets on Monday, May 22, at 1 PM for the discussion on The City of Falling Angels by John Berendt.
You should try our adult Color and Connect program on Tuesday, May 23, from 6 to 8 PM. The library has coloring pages, markers and pencils for you to use, or bring your own.
Bring your knitting, crocheting, cross stitch, quilting, or other handwork to Hawkins Handcrafters from 1-3 PM, Thursday, May 25.
The library will be closed for Memorial Day on Monday, May 29. Remember to pick up books, movies, and magazines for the long weekend.
May is Get Caught Reading Month. Thousands of items to read – books, magazines, and newspapers – are on hand and available to you at the library!
SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens. SYNC will give away two complete audiobook downloads a week – pairs of high interest titles, based on weekly themes. Sign up for email or text alerts and be first to know when new titles are available to download at

Meditations – May 17, 2017

By Rev. Ray E. Atwood    Sacred Heart Parish, La Porte City
True Love
Do you love me more than these? (Jn. 21:15)
There are two kinds of love: love for the sake of pleasure, and love for the sake of another person. The first is also called carnal, or fleshly love; the second is called spiritual love. Carnal love sees the other person only as a biological partner, a means of exciting one’s desire for physical pleasure. Spiritual love, on the other hand, sees the other person in his/her own fullness, spiritual, emotional, and physical. In erotic love, the burdens of the other are regarding as impeding one’s own happiness; in spiritual love, the burdens of the other are opportunities for service and growth.
Somewhere along the line, our world has been duped into attaching the label “love” to everything that advertises itself on billboards, Facebook, plays, dramas, best-selling novels, music, and perfumes. Love has become so vulgarized that those who really love are afraid to use the word.
Today love is often a desire to intensify its own self-centeredness. You sometimes hear people talk about their “soul mate.” This is, in my opinion, a mere desire for self-gratification. A soul mate is someone who has the same likes/dislikes as you (e.g., tennis, movies, long walks in the sunset), which is the reason you want that person. You don’t want to go to the trouble of relating to someone different than you.
The Savior did not come for Himself, but for us! Hence true love is about the other and not us! Jesus did not extinguish the flame of love that burned in Mary Magdalene’s heart when she came to anoint Him that first Easter morning (Jn. 20:11-18). Instead, He was transformed into a new object of affection. He met her where she was, and brought her to a new awareness of who He was. In addition, the woman who poured ointment on Our Lord’s feet was a reminder to us that true love is that which dies for the beloved (Lk. 7:38). Love reaches beyond itself to the beloved.
True love is Godly love. The flesh has a role in that love. God uses the love of the flesh as a stepping stone to love for God. A well-regulated moral heart is one in which, as times goes on, erotic love diminishes and spiritual love increases.
As Easter progresses, may our love be strengthened and purified so that we will more perfectly reflect the love of the One who loves us.


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