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Donate Blood at Union High School on April 7

Donating blood is safe, simple and it saves lives. It takes just one hour to make a blood donation, which will impact the lives of up to three different hospital patients. You can make a difference!
Please give your life-saving gift at the Union High School Blood Drive on Tuesday, April 7 at the high school between the hours of 8:30 AM and 1:30 PM.
Schedule a blood donation appointment online at www.lifeservebloodcenter.org or call 1-800-287-4903. Walk-ins are greatly appreciated.

Union Concert Choir to Perform at Luther Choral Invitational

By Tim J. Mitchell
The Union High School Concert Choir, under the direction of Tim J. Mitchell, has been invited to be one of the guest choirs at the 2015 Luther College Choral Invitational. Annually, one of the most prestigious choral events in the Midwest, the Dorian Invitational Choral Festival is held annually in April to provide top-quality performing and listening experiences for entire high school choirs.
Three or four of the finest high school choirs from the upper Midwest are invited by Luther’s choral faculty to visit the Luther College campus for an entire weekday. During the Festival day, the combined voices create a large Festival choir which works with Luther choral directors on two select pieces.
Guest students rehearse in morning sectionals with other Luther faculty, then rejoin forces to cap off the day with a late-afternoon concert. The concert also includes 15-20 minute performances by each of the participating school ensembles. Three of the six Luther College choirs also perform during the day, giving the Dorian students a chance to hear choral music performed at a higher level and a chance to imagine where they themselves might be musically in the near future.
Union High School’s individual repertoire will include Ching-A-Ring Chaw adapted by Aaron Copland, Ballade To The Moon by Daniel Elder, Zum Gali arranged by Maurice Goldman, Over My Head arranged by Luther Senior Scott Senko and The Battle of Jericho arranged by Moses Hogan. Joining the Union High School Choir for this prestigious festival will be the Davenport Central Singers under the direction of Michael Reese and the Waukesha North High School Choir under the direction of Joseph Hyland.
The groups will be traveling to the festival on Wednesday, April 15th with a concert open to the public at 3 PM in the famed Center For Faith and Life Concert Hall on the Luther College campus in Decorah.

Variety Shows Pledge Allegiance to Veterans

The Sullivan-Hartogh-Davis, Post 730, Waterloo Honor Flight, with the assistance of an incredible group of talented cast and crew, will present two Variety Show to Honor Veterans, a matinee starting at 1 PM and an a evening show starting at 6:30 PM on Friday, April 25, 2015, at Electric Park Ballroom in Waterloo. With patriotic surroundings of red, white, and blue, the show will feature song and dance acts along with skits and a variety of talent from the five-county area. Preceding the shows, a dinner will be served. Guests will also have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for a number of very nice items offered throughout the evening.
The show is not limited to Veterans. The general public is welcomed and encouraged to attend. Tickets may be purchased at any area Hy-Vee stores in Waverly, Cedar Falls, or Waterloo. Cost is $25 per person for both shows. A table of eight is $200 and can be reserved by calling 319-830-8807 or 319-215-7104.
All funds raised through the USO Show will go to help fund future Waterloo Honor Flights.
Due to the generous sponsorships of many local individuals, businesses and organizations the post is able to continue to provide the Waterloo Honor Flights. Sponsorships are available by contacting Frank Magsamen at 319-830-8807, by April 17, 2015 Cost is $200 for a sponsorship; your company logo will be displayed at the event.
Tickets must be pre-purchased and there are a limited number of tickets available. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

New Ranger at McFarlane Park

With the retirement of Ranger Leon Lindley, a new (and familiar face) will take the reins of managing McFarlane Park and all the duties that accompany it. Earlier this month, the Black Hawk County Conservation Board, in its quarterly newsletter, The Oak, announced that Troy Peterson is the new McFarlane Park ranger, taking over Leon Lindley, who has retired.
Lindley has devoted more than 20 years of service to county conservation efforts in Black Hawk County. As part of the announcement of his retirement, he offered words of thanks in a brief essay also published in The Oak:
“It has been a great twenty-some years,” he wrote.
“I have been most fortunate to pursue an occupation in the out-of-doors that I love. While carrying out my charge; I have been privy to the witnessing of nature’s cycles. I have enjoyed sharing with the public insights into nature’s wonders and exploring their possible opportunities and responsibilities in the natural world. Additionally, I have had the privilege of sharing in the lives of campers, trail users, and recreation users. For a person that can get bored easily, this has been a perfect job: ‘there is adventure everywhere.”’Now, there are many people to thank. Thanks to the people of La Porte City for accepting and supporting me these many years. Thanks to the public at large, for kindly working with me. Thanks especially to all the volunteers over the years—they have made my job both extraordinarily rewarding and uniquely productive.
“So where from here? If fate allows both health and time, I see many more adventures; if not, it has been a great run. I am still not comfortable with the word retire, so I will be just moving on. ‘Thank you.’”

2015 Dream Team Classic Back in Iowa

The Cliff Keen Athletic/Wrestling USA Dream Team Classic is well known to wrestling fans in Iowa, featuring Iowa’s top high school senior wrestlers at each weight class, taking on the nation’s top ranked wrestlers at their respective weight class. In the 19 year history of this event, the host state has only beaten Team USA in a dual one time. The most recent Dream Team competition in Iowa was held at Iowa City West during the Olympic Team Trials in 2012. Many feel the state’s talented senior class, which includes Union’s Max Thomsen and Jacob Holschlag, Team Iowa has the chance to pull off the win this year.
The Wrestling Classic takes place on April 11th at the Independence Jr./Sr. High School at 6 PM.
For advance purchase tickets visit www.thepredicament.com and click on Dream Team Banner for order forms. Tickets may also be purchased at the event.
Team Iowa Tentative Lineup
Weight – Wrestler (USA National Ranking)
113 – Brennen Doebel (#15) – Clear Lake
120 – Jacob Schwarm (#11) – Bettendorf
126 – Nolan Hellickson (#10) – Southeast Polk
132 – Paul Glynn (#22) – Bettendorf
138 – Josh Wenger – CR Prairie
145 – Max Thomsen (#3) – Union
145 – Fredy Stroker (#4) – Bettendorf
152 – Chase Straw – Independence
160 – Bryce Steiert (#7) – Waverly-Shell Rock
170 – Jacob Hoschlag (#11) – Union
182 – Evan Hansen (#16) – Elk Horn Exira
195 – Cash Wilcke (#8) – OA-BCIG
195 – Steven Holloway (#10) – Mediapolis
220 – Ryan Parmely (#6) – Maquoketa Valley
285 – Jake Marnin (#3) – Southeast Polk

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