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2017 Senior Spotlight – Taylor Clapp

Taylor Clapp
Parent’s Name: Sarah Clapp
Hometown: La Porte City
Birthday: Dec. 17, 1998
Favorite color: Purple
Favorite TV show: Scandal
Favorite Movie: Divergent Series
Favorite restaurant: Olive Garden
Favorite class: Anthropology
Hobbies/Activities: Cheerleading and Tennis
What is your favorite memory from high school? Friday night football games.
My biggest pet peeve is: When someone argues with me when I know I’m right.
Who is the most influential person in your life? My mom
What will you miss most about high school? Seeing all my friends everyday.
Where do you see yourself in 20 years? Being either a psychologist or police officer. I also want to be married with two kids.
What is the best thing about being a senior? Late in’s, early out’s, and seniority.
What are your post-high school plans? Go to Kirkwood for gen eds.
Your best advice to underclassmen? Don’t be annoying.

Boat Show Comes to Cedar Falls

Boating and outdoor enthusiasts will get the first look of summer at the 29th Annual Iowa Boat, RV, and Vacation Show, presented by Ford, January 20-22 at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls. Marine and recreational vehicle dealers will showcase the state’s largest indoor showroom of dealers and new models. More exhibits and special performances for families and anglers will also be featured and are included with admission to the show.
Boat and RV displays will be featured by over 25 dealers at the Iowa Boat & RV Show. Attendees can shop hundreds of new models at pre-season prices and take advantage of last chance close-out units. A wide variety of fishing boats, runabouts, pontoons, tritoons, center consoles and deck boats along with jet boats, and personal watercraft, kayaks and canoes will be on display. More marine exhibits include motors, covers, boat repair, marine service and water toys. A large selection of floating and stationary dock and boat lifts will also be on display.
RV enthusiasts can shop an expanded selection of recreational vehicles showcased by eastern Iowa dealers. This is a one-stop experience to compare models, floor plans and features of light-weight campers, travel trailers, fifth wheels, and class A & C motorhomes. The RV lifestyle has fueled a surge in recreational vehicle ownership to a new peak of 8.9 million households, up one million from 2005.
More exhibits at the Iowa Boat, RV, & Vacation Show include family resorts, U.S. and Canadian fishing camps, Lake Michigan sportfishing charters, campgrounds and tourism destinations. Truck enthusiasts can shop bed liners, toppers, covers, and other accessories. Tow vehicles and golf cars will also be featured. Fishing tackle will be offered at this year’s show with everything for ice fishing and those getting ready for spring action.
Special Feature, local magician and Las Vegas showman are one in the same Kevin Barnes appearing at Iowa Boat, RV and Vacation Show. Now You See Me 2, the movie, has nothing on the skills of Kevin’s card scaling or throwing able to reach heights of the Dome ceiling! That’s just a part of his act that includes a floating table, and a few select audience volunteer routines that will have you amazed and entertained with the fun comedy magic. With over 11,000 performances at the Excalibur Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip, Kevin is an amazing illusionist and magician who has mastered audience participation and is a true showman. Shows will be held on the upper north concourse of the UNI-Dome and are included in the price of admission.
Seminars will offer anglers tips on bass, walleye, crappie and ice fishing. Tommy Skarlis, area professional angler, will share tactics on catching crappie and walleye all three days. Mike DelVisco will also be featured throughout the show sharing numerous bass fishing tips. Ice fishing expert and product representative, Todd Reed, will be on hand Saturday.
Iowa Boat, RV, and Vacation Show
UNI-Dome, Cedar Falls
Fri., Jan. 20 3-9 PM
Sat. Jan. 21 10 AM-8 PM
Sun. Jan. 22 11 AM-4 PM
Admission: $7/adult
Youth 12 and under FREE
Friday Specials: $5 All Day
Free Parking!
Detailed show information and discount coupons can be found at: http://iowashows.com/ or follow Iowa Shows on Facebook.

2017 Senior Spotlight – Wes Powell

Wes Powell
Parents’ Name: Scott and Kris Powell
Hometown: La Porte City
Birthday: Jul. 5, 1998
Favorite colors: Red, white, and blue baby!
Favorite TV show: Impractical Jokers
Favorite Movie: Benchwarmers
Favorite restaurant: Texas Roadhouse
Favorite class: Lit and Media
Hobbies/Activities: Playing golf and hanging out with friends.
What is your most embarrassing moment at Union High School? Dropping my popcorn chicken at lunch on Mr. Slack’s foot.
What is your favorite memory from high school? Dunking on Ms. Sibenaller in class with John Boisen.
My biggest pet peeve is: When people hate on the greatest country… USA baby.
Who are the most influential people in your life? My parents and Jack Ollendieck.
What will you miss most about high school? Being with friends.
Where do you see yourself in 20 years? Married with kids living in Iowa.
What is the best thing about being a senior? Late in’s and early out’s
What are your post-high school plans? Attend the University of Iowa.
Your best advice to underclassmen? Get a friend like Jack Ollendieck.

Simply Put – January 18, 2017

 
By Mike Whittlesey
When it comes to elections involving city government and the local school district, recent history has shown that La Porte City, like many small communities throughout the state, has had a limited number of candidates from which to choose. In the 2015 school board election, four open seats on the seven member Union Community School District Board of Directors were filled. Of those, voters had just five candidates to consider, leaving three of the four races uncontested. That same year saw just three candidates run for election on the La Porte City City Council. With three seats available, voters were again left without a choice. Each candidate ran unopposed.
Last week, announcement was made that a special election will be held in La Porte City on February 7. The election will give voters the opportunity to select the person who will complete the remainder of David Williams’ term on the City Council, which expires on December 31, 2020. You may recall that Williams resigned his seat last month prior to his move out of state.
In situations like this one, the Code of Iowa gives local government a couple of options to fill a vacant seat. The four remaining members of the LPC City Council could have filled the vacancy by way of temporary appointment, or called for a special election to let the voters make the final decision. Regardless the action taken by the Council, the matter would have eventually come before the voters anyway, as state law dictates that temporary appointments are only valid only until the next regularly scheduled municipal election, November 2017 in La Porte City’s case. Should voters not wish to wait until the next election rolls around, the law allows them to request a special election by way of petition.
At a special meeting on January 29, the LPC City Council met to address the issue of the vacant Council seat. Their task, however, was no simple one, as three candidates, Jasmine Gaston, Stuart Grote and Chad Van Dyke, submitted letters indicating their desire to serve. With one seat to fill, the Council had something not seen at the last municipal election- an abundance of candidates.
Had just a single candidate come forward, the decision to appoint would have been an easy one. Following a brief question and answer period where Council members had the opportunity to address each of the candidates, the decision to appoint Chad Van Dyke was made on a 3-1 vote. Five days later, voters filed a petition to call for a special election. As this edition of The Progress Review went to press, the names of the candidates running for election were not yet available.
The announcement of the upcoming election has portions of the community buzzing, and that’s a good thing. Nearly every decision made by a governing body opens the door for scrutiny and criticism. In this case, the City Council was faced with the unenviable task of choosing someone when, for the first time in years, there was more than one candidate to consider. Imagine how difficult it would be to choose one of your fellow citizens to represent you with little more than a letter of introduction and a 15 minute Q&A session. No small task, indeed.
Given the level of interest in serving on the City Council at this time, it is appropriate that the voters of La Porte City decide who should represent them.
The County Auditor’s estimate of $2,500 to conduct a special election is a small price to pay to ensure that every La Porte City voter has an opportunity to cast their vote. The candidates who have come forward and expressed a desire to serve the community should be commended for their efforts. They give the citizens of La Porte City a choice to make for who they believe will best represent their interests over the next three years.
In so many ways, the upcoming special election is a sign that our community is alive and well. Casting your vote on February 7 is the best way to prove it.

Meditations – January 18, 2017

By Pastor Nathan Richardson   Heartland Community Church, La Porte City
The Voice: Choose Life
Have you ever watched The Voice? It is a popular singing completion on NBC. It is different than American Idol as The Voice has coaches instead of judges. The opening round is called Blind Auditions. The coaches are facing away from the stage and listen to the singer. If they like what they hear they turn the chair around. If they do not they stay in place.
This is obviously nerve racking for the singer. They are hoping the coaches turn around. After they are done singing, the coaches try and persuade the singer to join their team. Once on their team, they want to help them become the best singer possible. They encourage, teach and help them reach their potential. There is a big difference between being a coach and a judge. A judge can tear one apart with no consideration of a relationship with the other. But a coach lifts up because they are on the same team. Everyone wants a coach and not a judge. This is why people like Blake Shelton over Simon Cowell.
The singer than has to make a choice who the best coach will be. Choosing the right coach can make or break the competition for the singer and might be the difference between winning or losing in the first round.
The Israelites had a coach in their leader Moses. In Deut. 30:19 the Israelites are about to enter into the Promised Land. Moses is not going with them. He wants to give them one last piece of advice to help lead their decisions.
“I have set before you today life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life…”
To me it seems like an easy choice. But we see people making choices of drug and alcohol abuse, making poor decisions that will not add to life but only take away.
Making choices are an important part of The Voice and life in general. Choices can build up or tear down, bring life or death. I heard a pastor speak on choosing life so I would like to use that here. It uses four questions to help you choose life.
LORDSHIP: Who/what is in control? Are you the decision maker? Are you in control? Does it make you a different person? Are you willing to follow someone that wants the best for you?
INVESTMENT: Who/what is most important? How do you spend your time? How do you spend your money? With time and money you can see what is important.
FELLOWSHIP: Who/what is with me? The people you surround yourself with can build up or tear you down? Or you can have that same effect on others?
EMANCIPATE: Who/what frees me? Are you controlled by something/someone?
I truly believe if you ask yourselves these questions and seek out the answers through the Bible that it would change you life. It would give you life.

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