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Game, Set and match: Tennis Courts Resurfaced

BEFORE AND AFTER – Aerial photos illustrate the transformation resurfacing work has made at the tennis courts adjacent to the La Porte City Family Aquatic Center near Union High School. The resurfacing work is a joint project funded by Union Community Schools and the City of La Porte City. Along with a new surface on which to play, the project will also restore lighting to the facility, allowing the courts to be used during the evening hours. Photos by Mike Whittlesey.

Motorcycle Safety: A Shared Responsibility

Motorcycle accidents can be deadly, and statistics indicate just how deadly such accidents can be compared to those that involve just automobiles. According to the National Highway Safety Administration, the fatality rate per registered vehicle for motorcyclists in 2015 was six times the fatality rate for passenger car occupants.
While some people may be quick to blame rider error as the leading cause of multiple-vehicle accidents, the failure of motorists to detect and recognize motorcycles in traffic also contributes heavily to motorcycle accidents. Nearly two-thirds of accidents involving motorcycles are caused by the other vehicle violating the motorcycle’s right of way.
Drivers must respect the rights of motorcycle riders, and riders would be wise to acknowledge their own vulnerabilities to cars and trucks. 
In addition, motorists can heed the following tips to reduce their risk of being involved in accidents with motorcycles.

Carefully check vehicle mirrors before changing lanes, as motorcycles are often obscured behind larger automobiles.
Drivers should be on even higher alert at intersections and turns, actively looking for motorcycles. Forty-four percent of two-vehicle, fatal motorcycle accidents in 2013 were the result of cars trying to turn left while the motorcycle went straight, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Allow for greater passing distance when passing a motorcycle. The gust of wind that results as cars accelerate and pass motorcycles could cause the bike to become unstable. Signal all intentions to pass and allow several car lengths before returning to the lane.
Direct Auto and Life Insurance advises drivers to give motorcycles the entire lane. It is not alright to pass a motorcycle in the same lane even though they take up less room. Many bikers ride tandem in lanes for this reason.
Drivers driving behind bikes should increase the distance between the back of the motorcycle and their own vehicles. Increasing this safety cushion makes drivers more able to react to the unexpected.Be mindful of changes in the weather. Driving in the rain or other adverse conditions can be challenging for cars and trucks, but inclement weather is even more hazardous for bikers. Allow for a little extra breathing room and drive slowly when sharing slick roads with motorcycles.
Check blind spots often, as motorcycles can be hard to spot, especially when attempting to pass other vehicles.
Exercise extra caution at night, when riding can be especially treacherous for motorcycle riders. Cars should refrain from passing and avoid using their high beams unless it’s necessary.

All motorists, whether on four or two wheels can navigate safely when they are courteous to others.

Three Candidates for Mayor; Five to Vie for Two Council Seats

Voters in La Porte City will have several candidates from which to choose in November’s municipal election, which will decide who will serve as the City’s mayor and fill two of the five City Council seats. Incumbant David Neil will face two challengers who presently sit on the  City Council for the office of Mayor. Eric Allsup will not seek to retain his Council seat when his term expires at the end of the year, seeking instead the office of mayor. Fellow Council member, Mike Johnson, will also be running for mayor. Johnson’s term on the City Council expires in 2019. 
In the race for City Council, voters will fill two of the five available seats. Along with incumbent Brent Sadler, four other candidates- Stuart Grote, Sarah Logan, Gary Murphy and Tim Smith have declared their candidacy.
Election Day is Tuesday, November 7, 2017.

Cedar Valley Walks to End Alzheimer’s

 The Alzheimer’s Association is inviting Cedar Valley residents to join the fight to end Alzheimer’s by participating in this year’s annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s. 
Registration for the walk will begin at 8:30 AM on Saturday, September 30 at Riverfront Stadium, 850 Park Rd., Waterloo. This family-friendly event is open to all ages and the walk will begin at 9:30.  Participants will complete a one or a two mile walk and will learn about Alzheimer’s disease, advocacy opportunities, opportunities for enrolling in clinical studies and support programs and services from the Alzheimer’s Association. Walk participants will also join in a meaningful tribute ceremony to honor those affected by Alzheimer’s disease. In addition to the walk, participants will enjoy entertainment by Stackhouse and refreshments.

Yoga Classes Offered at Community Center

Area residents interested in learning yoga still have time to join classes being taught at the La Porte City Community Center. Joanne Morend, a certified yoga instructor, is offering classes on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, 5:30 – 6:30 PM, as well as Wednesday and Friday mornings, 6:15 to 7:15 AM. Classes run for a total of six weeks and cost $60 for a twelve session punch card. For additional information about yoga classes, contact City Hall at 342-3396.


Community Calendar

  • NO SCHOOL - Union Schools

    Monday, September 25 2017

  • Morning Coffee, Hawkins Library

    Monday, September 25 2017 @ 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

  • Seniors in Motion, LPC Community Center

    Monday, September 25 2017 @ 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
    LPC Community Center

  • Family Friendly Movie, Hawkins Library

    Monday, September 25 2017 @ 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

  • UMS Volleyball at Denver

    Monday, September 25 2017 @ 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM

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