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Women’s Club to Sponsor Cutest Kid, Critter Contests

The La Pote City Women’s Club will sponsor the Cutest Kid Contest during the week of the Festival of Trails Celebration, June 12 – June 17. Two cutest kids will be selected, one boy and one girl.
To enter, bring a 3×5, 4×6 or a 5×7 photo of your favorite child under the age of five to LPC Connect by 4:30 PM on Thursday, June 8. Please write the child’s name on the back of the photo, along with a contact name and phone number so the photo can be returned following the contest. There is no entry fee to enter the 2017 Cutest Kid Contest.
During the week of June 12-17, vote by purchasing tickets at LPC Connect. Each vote will cost one dollar.
Winners will be announced at 7 PM on Saturday, June 17 on the Main Street stage before the La Porte City Lions Club Car Cruise.
Prizes will be awarded to the top three placewinners: First prize is $50 in cash provided by Cedar Valley Bank & Trust and Farmers State Bank. Second prize is a $20 gift certificate from the Pizza Palace. Third prize is a $10 gift certificate provided by Tootsie’s Ice Cream & More.
All proceeds from the 2017 Cutest Kids Contest will benefit the Knox Blocks Foundation.
During the same week, June 12-17, the Women’s Club will also sponsor the Cutest Critter Contest. To enter, submit a 5×7 or smaller photo of your favorite pet with its name written on back to the LPC Connect office by June 8th.
There is no entry fee to enter. Photos will be returned to pet owners following the contest, provided a contact name and phone number is provided with the photo.
As with the Cutest Kid Contest, votes are cast June 12-17 at the LPC Connect office for one dollar each. The pet with the highest vote total wins a $50 gift certificate to Petsmart for its owner.

La Porte City Walking Tour Continues to Evolve

The La Porte City Historic Preservation committee and City Council are collaborating to create another outdoor display board for the evolving walking tour of La Porte City.
The new board will be the sixth in a series that has been managed by the Historic Preservation committee, in cooperation with the La Porte City FFA Historical and Ag Museum. It will feature the historic Waterloo, Cedar Falls and Northern Railroad, which ran from 1885 to 1928. Often referred to as the “Interurban” railway, this passenger rail system transported travelers on a route that spanned from Cedar Rapids to Waverly.
The current City Hall is the building that was La Porte City’s Interurban depot. The new board will be displayed outside City Hall, near the Jesse Wasson statue. Other boards already on display throughout the city include:
“Sharing Historical Perspectives,” outside the FFA Historical and Ag Museum.
“The Pioneer Spirit” and “Rural Iowa Heritage Center,” both displayed around the museum’s Chestnut Street location.
“The Historic Wasson Building,” displayed outside David and Vi Neil’s building at 203 Main Street.
“Live. Play. Connect,” currently on display near City Hall, with a plan for relocation near the Cedar Valley Nature Trail.
All of the boards are constructed of sturdy, weather-resistant resin with metal display stands, and feature historic and contemporary photos of La Porte City and the surrounding area. The new Interurban board is planned for completion by early fall.

May is School Board Recognition Month

The Iowa Association of School Boards (IASB) invites communities to celebrate and thank their local school board members during School Board Recognition Month, May 1-31, 2017.
This commemorative month recognizes the impact school boards have on public education and the work they do on behalf of Iowa’s students. More than 2,000 K-12 public school, area education agency and community college board members volunteer their time to ensure all students have access to a strong and meaningful education. These locally elected citizens oversee billions in educational expenditures, develop policies and make critical decisions that impact their entire community.
As the 2016-17 school year comes to a close, IASB thanks school board members for their hard work and dedication governing Iowa’s public education system.

Northey: Cost Share Dollars Still Available for Water Quality Practices

Cost share assistance available for cover crops, no-till/strip till or nitrification inhibitor
Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey has announced the 2017 sign-up period is open for statewide cost share funds to help farmers install nutrient reduction practices. This program has been popular with farmers interested in adding additional practices to their operation. Practices eligible for this funding are cover crops, no-till or strip till, or using a nitrification inhibitor when applying fertilizer.
“Iowa farmers are continuing to take on the challenge of improving water quality and this program has played an important role in helping farmers get started with a new practice on their farm focused on protecting water quality. We have seen thousands of farmers try cover crops on hundreds of thousands of acres through this program,” Northey said. “We were excited to have funds available again this year and encourage farmers to contact their local Soil and Water Conservation District to learn more and potentially sign up to participate.”
The cost share rate for farmers planting cover crops is $25 per acre ($15 per acre for past cover crop users) and for farmers trying no-till or strip till is $10 per acre. Farmers using a nitrapyrin nitrification inhibitor when applying fall fertilizer can receive $3 per acre.
Any farmer not already utilizing these practices will receive priority consideration for this assistance. Farmers interested in cover crops, but have already used this practice on their farm are also eligible for this funding, but at a reduced rate of $15 per acre. Farmers are only eligible for cost share on up to 160 acres. The funds will be made available in July, but farmers can immediately start submitting applications through their local Soil and Water Conservation District office.
Farmers are still encouraged to visit their local Soil and Water Conservation District office to inquire about additional opportunities for cost share funding through other programs offered at their local SWCDs.
“As farmers are busy planting, we wanted to get the announcement out as soon as possible so our staff and partners can prepare to sign-up interested farmers if there are rain delay or as field work is wrapped up,” Northey said.
The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship received $9.6 million for the Iowa Water Quality Initiative in fiscal 2017.
In the last four years this program has been available, over 3,750 farmers put in new nutrient reduction practices on over 480,000 acres. The state provided about $9.4 million in cost share funding to help farmers try a water quality practice for the first time and Iowa farmers provided more than $9.6 million of their own resources to support these water quality practices.

Area Memorial Day Services

May 29 at 8:30 AM – St. Mary of Mt. Carmel
Members of American Legion U.S.S. San Diego Post #207 will honor fallen veterans by conducting a memorial service at St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Church in Eagle Center.
May 29 at 9:30 AM – La Porte City
Members of the American Legion U.S.S. San Diego Post #207 will conduct a brief Memorial Day service at the Veterans Memorial Tribute, located at the corner of Chestnut and Main Street in La Porte City. At approximately 9:45 the service will reconvene and conclude at West View Cemetery in La Porte City.
May 29 at 10:30 AM – Mount Auburn
Following Memorial Day service at the Mount Auburn Cemetery, followed by a service at Mount Auburn Methodist Church, a meal will be served at the church. A free-will offering will be accepted.

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