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Robotics Team to Recycle Cans, Bottles

Union’s FRC Robotics Team 6630 has constructed a can and bottle shed to collect can donations year-round in La Porte City. The new can shed will be placed behind Neil’s Texaco gas station on Main Street.  The shed was built entirely by mentors and students on the team, down to the painting. It features a chute for bags of cans and a side compartment for glass bottle donations. The proceeds will benefit various activities of the robotics team, including robot parts, competition expenses, and community outreach activities. 

Collegiate Honor Band Selects Wartburg Students

Twelve Wartburg College students were selected to perform with the prestigious Iowa Collegiate Honor Band at the Iowa Music Educator’s Conference on Saturday, November 19.
Those selected include Kassie Hennings, trombone, of Dysart and Brianna Schares, bass clarinet, of Gilbertville.
“This band is made up of the best of the best college players at Iowa colleges and universities,” said Craig Hancock, Wartburg director of bands. “No other school has more representation in the group, and no other school had every nominated student selected.”
The 110-member band, conducted by Jack Stamp, conductor at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, represents 19 schools from around the state.

Don’t Let a Silent Killer into Your Home This Winter

It can be tough to believe you can draw parallels between Florida and Iowa.
But recent hurricane events provided a sobering reminder whether you’re on the coast or landlocked: Carbon monoxide is dangerous for everyone. 
For Floridians and others left in the wake of devastating hurricanes, the danger is coming from generators that are keeping the power on. 
But for those of us in Iowa, there’s just as much risk from a furnace that hasn’t been maintained.
“Natural gas is a clean, safe fuel that keeps more than 70 million homes and business warm,” said Summer Wade, Operations Supervisor for the Newton area. “But it’s vital to make sure your heating system is working properly. Just like you take your car to the mechanic for oil changes and maintenance, do the same thing with your furnace; hire a professional for an annual tuneup.”
As the weather keeps getting colder, here are some tips to keep you and your family safe:
Hire a certified professional to perform an annual heating system inspection.
Install and maintain carbon monoxide detectors and have them inspected regularly. That includes making sure their batteries are fresh.
Watch for signs of a carbon monoxide leak that can include:
Flu-like symptoms, including a scratchy throat, runny nose, headache, drowsiness or nausea
Frosted windows because of excessive humidity or a draft from the front of the furnace when it is not turned on
If you think you have a carbon monoxide leak, get out of your home immediately. Once you’re safe, call 911 or Black Hills Energy’s emergency service line: 800-694-8989 from your cell phone or nearby location.

Halloween Open House at ASPIRE

ASPIRE Therapeutic Horseback Riding Program is hosting its 3rd annual Halloween Open House. Come dressed in your family friendly costumes and join in the fun on Friday evening, October 27th at ASPIRE, 8100 Kimball Avenue, Waterloo, between 5-8 PM.
This year’s activities include a haunted barn, hayrides, pumpkin painting, pet the minis, trunk-r-treating and a hot dog supper. For more information about attending or volunteering at this event, please call 319-296-0964, email or visit ASPIRE Therapeutic Riding Program on Facebook. It’ll be an evening of Halloween themed activities for the whole family.

New Book Recalls Horse Racing in Independence

 “It is 1879—four years after a great fire ravages Independence, Iowa—when a well-dressed creamery businessman shows up in the small town, looking for a horse to buy. When Charles W. Williams meets young orphaned horse groom, Gilbert Fenny, the two find a kinship in their mutual love for horses without any idea that together, they will soon transform horse racing history. A few years later when Mr. Williams returns to Independence to raise trotting horses, he purchases several animals that include a lame mare he intends to breed. After he offers Gilbert a job caring for his horses and a warm bed to sleep in, the horse groomer’s life suddenly changes for the better. As Gilbert grows older and Mr. Williams continues to nurture his long-held dream, the two eventually raise a pair of horses, Allerton and Axtell, to become world champion stallions. But what no one knows is that they are not done yet, as plans to build the fastest race track in the world begin to develop. Gilbert and Clara find each other after several years of separation to pursue their love, despite her father forbidding it.”
from Allerton and Axtell: The Rush by Gary Lee Martinson
In Allerton and Axtell: The Rush, La Porte City author Gary Lee Martinson blends historical facts from his hometown of Independence, Iowa with must-read, page turning fiction to transport the reader back in time to learn the story of Charles W. Williams and how he turned the world of harness (trotting) racing upside down in the late 1800s. This unique mixing of fact and fiction stays true to the contributions Williams made to the community of Independence, including the stunning development of Allerton and Axtell, a pair of horses who, much to the dismay of the blue-blood establishment of trotting horses, came from virtually nowhere to become world-champion stallions. Williams also went on to build a premiere racing venue in Independence, a kite-shaped track that was considerably faster than the traditional oval-shaped tracks of the late 1800s.
The fiction Martinson uses to retell the facts comes primarily in the form of young Gilbert, a character who shares a love of horses with Williams. What begins as a modest arrangement between the two soon immerses the reader into the pre-1900 world of Equestrian.
Hawkins Memorial Library will welcome Gary Martinson for a book-signing event on October 25 at 6:30 PM. Following a brief book talk, Martinson will autograph copies of his latest book, which can be purchased for $25 (hardcover) and $20 (softcover). Allerton and Axtell is his second book, which features a cover designed by his daughter. Martinson’s first book, Ball of String, was published in 2013.


Community Calendar

  • LPC Residential Garbage Pick Up

    Friday, October 20 2017

  • Seniors in Motion, LPC Community Center

    Friday, October 20 2017 @ 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
    LPC Community Center

  • UHS FR/V Football at Cascade

    Friday, October 20 2017 @ 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

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