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Hawkins’ Happenings – January 4, 2017

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 By Jolene Kronschnabel, Library Director
Preschool Story Time returns on Thursday, January 5, at 10:30 AM with children celebrating the New Year. If there is a school late start, or cancellation, Story Time will not be held.
Warm up with coffee on Mondays at 8 AM in the library when you pick up your books, magazines and movies for the week. Or just come in and visit!
On Thursday, January 12, preschoolers will read about snowmen at Story Time. Snowmen stories start at 10:30 AM.
Bring a project to work on and join the Hawkins’ Handcrafters group from 1-3 PM on Thursday, January 12. It’s a great break in your week.
Storks is the movie on Monday, January 16, at 1:15 PM. Storks have moved on from delivering babies to packages. But when an order for a baby appears, the best delivery stork must scramble to fix the error by delivering the baby. Rated PG, animation/adventure/comedy, plays 87 min.
Reduce stress and anxiety, help your fine motor skills and vision, train your brain to focus, and be social by coloring! Color and Connect, a coloring program for adults, is 6-8 PM on Tuesday, January 17. The library has supplies, or you can bring your own.
Borrow your e-Books and audio books from the library through the BRIDGES program. Click the BRIDGES link on our website, www.laportecity.lib.ia.us, and browse the BRIDGES library. E-Books and audio books are loaned for two weeks at no cost to you.
Do you own DVDs that you no longer watch? Consider donating them to the library. We will take new or used movies that are rated G, PG, PG-13, or TV series. DVDs are added to the library’s collection and replace movies that have been damaged or are missing.
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Meditations – January 4, 2017

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 By Reverend Ray Atwood    Sacred Heart Catholic Church, La Porte City
The Word was Made Flesh
Christmas is one of the most beautiful times of the year. It (and the Advent Season preceding it) are reminders that God is present to us. We see His presence in the eyes of children, in Christmas carols sung by choirs in streets and rest homes, in Nativity scenes, in church services, in the forgiveness of past faults and offenses, in generous Christmas gifts. Christmas is an anointed time of year.
While the culture tells us Christmas ends on December 25, Christians know better. For us, Christmas Day is the beginning of a week-long celebration of the Savior’s birth. Catholics call it an octave. This is an extension of Christmas celebration. We celebrated the feast of St. Stephen on December 26th. We celebrate the feast of John the Apostle, who wrote those powerful words heard on Christmas Day, “And the word became flesh and dwelt among us” (Jn. 1:14). The feast of the Holy Innocents, whose deaths are recounted in Matthew 2, was celebrated on December 28th and December 29th is the feast of Saint Thomas Becket, one of the great martyrs of the Middle Ages, and December 29th is also the feast of the Holy Family.
In these feasts, we celebrate new beginnings: Stephen was the first Christian martyr, John was the Apostle who wrote of the beginning of our salvation at the opening of his Gospel, the Holy Innocents were the first children to die for Christ, and the Holy Family is the celebration of the Christian family.
Christmas is a season to relish, cherish, and enjoy. So as you spend time with family and friends this year, remember to extend your festivities for one week, and enjoy the mystery of God-made-Man.


Classifieds – January 4, 2017

GUN SHOW! Open to the public. January 13-15. Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds, Davenport, IA. 5-9pm Friday, 9am-5pm Saturday, 9am-3pm Sunday. Www.bigboreenterprise.com Buy/Sell/Trade! (INCN)
GUN SHOW January 6-8. La Crosse Center, South Hall, 300 Harborview Plaza. Fri 3-8pm, Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 9am-3pm. Admission: $6 (14 & Under FREE) BUY/SELL/TRADE 608-752-6677 www.bobandrocco.com (INCN)
Large round net wrapped hay bales. Duane Craft, La Porte City. 319-342-2184.  51-9 pd
Union Community School District has the following open positions:
Anticipated Head Cook La Porte City Elementary
Head Cook Union Middle School
Accepting applications until January 9 or until filled. Send resume, references, and Union CSD Employment application to: Union CSD, Attn: Supt Travis Fleshner, 200 Adams, La Porte City, IA 50651
EOE/AA    52-2-c
Class A CDL Drivers/Tankers. Great Pay, Home Weekends, and Benefits! Potential of $60,000 plus per year! Contact Tony 608-935-0915 Ext 16 www.qlf.com (INCN)
IF YOU HAD HIP OR KNEE REPLACEMENT SURGERY AND SUFFERED AN INFECTION between 2010 and the present time, you may be entitled to compensation. Call Attorney Charles H Johnson 1-800-535-5727. (INCN)

Leslie B. Newton

Leslie B. Newton, age 96, of La Porte City, died Friday, December 30, 2016 at Keystone Place in North Liberty, Iowa.
He was born February 9, 1920 in Waterloo, the son of Albert C. and Eva (Romine) Newton. He graduated from Waterloo West High School with the class of 1937 and attended Iowa State University where he studied architecture until being drafted to serve in World War II. Leslie was united in marriage with Geneva Riley on September 10, 1942 in Waterloo. She preceded him in death on September 2, 2003.
Leslie was a veteran of the US Army, serving his country during World War II as a field artillery unit commander in the Pacific theater of operation. Following the war, Leslie and Geneva lived in Cedar Rapids for a time until returning to La Porte City to farm the family farm. Leslie followed and admired the prairie-style architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, designing and building the family home in that style. Their home was featured in Better Homes and Gardens Magazine in the early 1960’s
He raised and showed horses for many years; was actively involved in Black Hawk County 4H and served as a past president of the Black Hawk County Farm Bureau. Leslie was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church in La Porte City, the Iowa Paint Horse Association, and the American Legion.
Survivors include a daughter, Julie (Michael) McLaughlin of Coralville, IA; a daughter-in-law, Nancy Newton of Orlando, FL; a son-in-law, Judd Bristow of Adel, IA; 7 grandchildren, Blair (Merilee) McLaughlin, Blaine (Chris) McLaughlin, Ryan McLaughlin, Jessica Bristow, Emily (Jay) Kauffman, Sam (Fasha) Newton and Meghan (Kiley) Ferguson; and 8 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Geneva; a son, Joel Newton; a daughter, Cathie Bristow and 2 sisters.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 4, 2017 St. Paul United Methodist Church, 501 Sycamore St., in La Porte City. Burial will be in West View Cemetery with Full Military Honors accorded by USS San Diego American Legion Post 207 of La Porte City. Public visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 3 at La Porte City Funeral Home, 606 E. Main St in La Porte City and an hour prior to the services on Wednesday at the Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials directed to a hospice facility of the donor’s choice; or the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 230 E. Ohio St., Suite 500, Chicago, IL 60611, or the family.
Condolences can be expressed at www.KearnsFuneralService.com
The family would like to thank the staff at Keystone Place in North Liberty for their loving care.

James Hanna

James R. “Jim” Hanna, Sr., age 87, of La Porte City, died Monday, December 26, 2016 at his home.
He was born November 20, 1929 on the family farm near Onslow, Jones County, Iowa the son of John Manley and Helen E. (Harvey) Hanna. Jim attended Frozen Hill Country School and later graduated from Onslow High School Class of 1948. Following graduation, he enlisted in the US Navy and served for a year, returning home to help farm in 1950. He was united in marriage with Violet M. Shedeck and 2 sons and a daughter were born to this union. He later married Suzanne Grabanski and adopted her 2 daughters. He later married Marla McBride.
Jim farmed in the Onslow area for 10 years and then bought the Lasher farm south of La Porte City in Benton County. He was a Dekalb Seed Dealer and also worked as a rural mail carrier and a handyman. Jim painted many houses in La Porte City, repaired roofs and cut trees. He always dreamed of being a border patrol agent.
Jim was a member of the La Porte City Lions Club, the National Farm Organization, the National Rifle Association and the Easy Bleeders Wood Carving Club. He loved spending time outdoors hunting and fishing and his hobbies included wood carving, story-telling and gardening.
Survivors include his wife, Marla of La Porte City; 2 sons, James R. (Suzanne) Hanna Jr. of Middleboro, MA and Lynn (Tina) Hanna of La Porte City; a daughter, Krista (Mike) Mangrich of La Porte City; 2 adopted daughters, Nona Paige Sampson of New Zealand and Autumn Hayes of Oelwein; 4 grandchildren, Jason (Holly) Hanna, Jessica (Micah) Wilson, Nic (McKaila) Hanna and Kortney Brustkern and 6 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Johnny Hanna; and 3 sisters, Lorraine Herron, Mary Jane Hanna and Delores Kanda.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 7, 2017 at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 501 Sycamore St. in La Porte City. Burial will be in Westview Cemetery with Full Military Honors accorded by USS San Diego American Legion Post 207 of La Porte City. Public visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Friday, January 6 at La Porte City Funeral Home, 606 E. Main St., La Porte City and an hour prior to the services on Saturday at the Church.
Memorials may be directed to La Porte City Fire & Rescue, 202 Main St., La Porte City, IA or Cedar Valley Hospice, PO Box 2880, Waterloo, IA 50704.


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