Tag: 042716

Ready, Set… Weld!

Hawkeye Community College hosted the annual High School Weld Off on Friday, April 15, in Buchanan Hall on Hawkeye’s Main Campus.
Student welder competitions effectively promote quality, productivity, and the image of welding – one of America’s key production skills. The contest is comprehensive and consists of a written assessment and hands-on welding to test students’ skills and knowledge. There were 21 Cedar Valley high school students who competed, representing the following schools: Union Community, Tripoli, Waverly-Shell Rock, Dike New-Hartford, Cedar Falls, Jesup, and Clarksville.
The winner was Adam Schwickerath from Dike-New Hartford High School. He earned the top score on the written exam and the hands-on welding. He earned a new welder for himself and for his school courtesy of Lincoln Electric. His instructor is Gerald Warren.
Second place went to Josh Osterhaus from Cedar Falls High School. He received a new welding helmet. His instructor is Adam Reilly. Third place went to Seth Walker, Waverly-Shell Rock High School. He also received a new welding helmet. His instructor is Bryan Benham.

Union High Vocalists Perform at State FFA Convention

Congratulations to Union High School vocalists and FFA members Hallie Spore, Nicole Lowe, Wesley Hanson, and Brady Rempe for being selected to perform at the Iowa State FFA Convention in Ames, Iowa. The mixed quartet was selected to perform twice from an audition tape they sent in. They performed first in the Iowa FFA Idol talent contest. For that performance, the group put together a section of the song “All I Owe Ioway” from their recent stage production of State Fair.
The group was also selected to perform the National Anthem at the Closing ceremonies for the convention. Their choral director is Tim J. Mitchell and FFA Advisor is Louis Beck.

Letter to the Editor – Phil Norris

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To the parents , families, and friends that use Gates Street to pick up their children at La Porte City Elementary School:
As all of you know that use Gates Street, there is a spot in the street that needs to be fixed. I want you to know that Gates Street does not belong to me. I’m saying this because a majority of you have decided that you have to drive on our grass adjacent to the street. I realize that the city owns a certain amount of land on both sides of every street in La Porte City, but the property owner adjacent to the street is responsible for the upkeep (mowing, etc.) on the city property. Many of you don’t own your own property and are probably not aware of this and I would guess not over 1 percent of you have ever been to a council meeting.
In the past year, I have hit large broken pieces of the blacktop with my mower that have been thrown 15-20 feet into the yard. Again, I do not own the street. The reason the street has not been repaired is because of it being of low priority and the funds are not available to make the repairs. About two weeks ago I took a push broom and swept all of the loose pieces of blacktop together and had them picked up, and will try to keep them cleaned up. The spot is not bad enough to damage any vehicle whether it be a car, a truck, or a bicycle. So I am asking you to PLEASE not drive in the grass.
In looking at the new and UN-improved city website, I see that there is NO way to e-mail or call a council member to ask questions. If you have questions regarding this message please call Mayor David Neil at City Hall, 342-3396, and he will be happy to answer any questions you have. Thank You.

Phil Norris, La Porte City

Editor’s Note: While the City expects to roll out a redesigned website in the coming weeks, area residents may contact the Mayor and City Council via e-mail by accessing the current website at www.lpcia.com. Selecting the “Mayor & City Council” link under the Government link on the Main Menu Bar will bring up a listing of the mayor and five City Council members. Two of the six links on that page that provide direct e-mail access were not functioning properly and have since been restored. Residents may also contact City Hall, open 8-4:30 PM weekdays, by phone at 342-3396. -MW


Freckles’ Adopt-a-Pet – April 27, 2016

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Freckles and The Progress Review encourage potential pet owners who are loving and responsible to consider adopting a pet from the Cedar Bend Humane Society.
Hey guys! My name is Sparkles! I came to the shelter as a 6 week old kitten. I have been in a foster home so I could get big and strong, and now I am ready for adoption! I am now around 9 weeks old. I am not neutered yet, so you will have to take care of that for me a little while down the road. I am not currently at the shelter, as I am in a foster home with my brother, Sprinkles. If you are interested in adopting me, please fill out an application and one of the staff at the shelter will set up a meet and greet with us at the shelter!
Sparkles is current on vaccinations according to his age. He has been microchipped, FeLuk tested and started on flea/tick prevention and de wormed. His adoption fee is $55 + a $50 deposit that will be refunded upon proof of his neuter.
For more information about adopting a pet, contact:
Cedar Bend Humane Society
1166 W. Airline Highway • Waterloo, Iowa 319-232-6887


Hawkins’ Happenings – April 27, 2016

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By Jolene KronschnabelA tisket, a tasket, come create a May Day basket from Wednesday, April 27 through Saturday, April 30, and be prepared for May 1st.
We’ll let the cat out of the bag on Thursday, April 28, 10:30 AM at Story Time when children read books about kittens and cats. Preschoolers will also make May baskets.
Skip in for creative work time at Hawkins Handcrafters from 1 to 3 PM on Thursday, April 28. Bring whatever handwork you enjoy.
May is Get Caught Reading Month and the library loves readers. So…if you get caught reading at the library in May we’ll have a reward for you!
Kids create with bins of fun and exciting LEGO pieces at LEGORAMA on Tuesday, May 3. Drop in for this fun hands-on building program held from 4 to 5:30 PM.
There will be decorations, stamps, and embellishments to choose to use when you design a special Mother’s Day card for your adored parent from Wednesday, May 4 through Saturday, May 7. Remember grandmothers too!
At Story Time on Thursday, May 5, at 10:30 AM preschoolers will read about mothers, and make something special for mom for Mother’s Day.
Our Color and Connect program is growing and we want you to join us. Coloring for adults is on Tuesday, May 10, from 6 to 8 PM. The library has a variety of coloring pages, markers and pencils for you to use – or bring your own.
The Lion Guard, Return of the Roar is the movie on Wednesday, May 11, at 1:15 PM. Kion assembles the members of the ‘Lion Guard’, with the diverse team of young animals learning how to utilize each of their unique abilities to maintain balance within the Circle of Life. Rated TVY, Animation/Adventure/Family, plays 44 minutes.
Designate Hawkins Memorial Library as your favorite charitable organization on AmazonSmile. This is an automatic way to support the library at no cost to you when you shop on smile.amazon.com. Sign in to smile.amazon.com, select “Change your Charity” in your account, type Hawkins Memorial Library, and select City of La Porte City. Thank you.



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