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Area Memorial Day Services

Monday, May 26 (8:30 AM)
Members of American Legion U.S.S. San Diego Post #207 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Normandy Post #3983 will honor fallen veterans by conducting a memorial service at St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Church in Eagle Center.
Monday, May 26 (9:30 AM)
Members of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars will conduct a brief Memorial Day service at the Veterans Memorial Tribute, located at the corner of Chestnut and Main Street in La Porte City. At approximately 10 AM, the service will reconvene and conclude at West View Cemetery in La Porte City.

Volunteers Sought to Raise Avenue of the Flags

With a Memorial Day service to be conducted at West View Cemetery, members of American Legion U.S.S. San Diego Post #207 and V.F.W. #3983 are seeking assistance with the raising of the “Avenue of the Flags.” Volunteering for this important task is one way to make Memorial Day a more meaningful holiday and honor those who have served their country.
The raising of the flags will commence at 6 PM at West View Cemetery on Thursday, May 22. Volunteers need not be a Legion or VFW member. Silver cord service hours are also available for Union Community School District students.
Help will also be needed to lower the flags at 6 PM on Tuesday, May 27.

Practical Money Matters – May 21, 2014

By Jason Alderman
Keep a Lid on Vacation Costs
Summer vacation is right around the corner. I’m not a big believer in pre-planning every single detail, sometimes the best vacation moments are spontaneous. But unless your rich uncle is paying for the trip, you’ll need to do a certain amount of preparation or your budget will fly out the window.
You do have a vacation budget, right? If not, here are a few suggestions for creating one and some cost-saving ideas to help keep expenses down:
First, be realistic about what you can afford. If your vacation will take more than a month or two to pay off, you may want to scale back on this year’s trip and start setting aside money now for next year.
When building a trip budget, try to anticipate all potential expenses. Consider things like:

Airfare-related expenses. Include taxes and fees for items like changing flights, extra leg room, priority boarding, Wi-Fi access, meals, and checked, oversized or overweight baggage.
Kayak.com, Airfarewatchdog.com and Travelnerd.com provide handy charts that compare various fees for popular airlines; however, always double-check the airline’s own posted rules before booking your flight.
Transportation to and from the airport – at home and all travel locations.
Car rentals. Factor in taxes, gas, fill-up penalties and insurance (check your auto insurance and credit card policies to ensure you don’t pay for duplicate coverage).
Hotel/lodging. Don’t forget taxes and other local fees, charges for phone/Internet, room service, early check-in or departure, gratuities, etc.
Hotel room rates often are based on double occupancy. Although kids usually can stay for free, many hotels charge extra for additional adults.
Entertainment. Include meals and snacks, event admission and ticket-ordering charges, transit passes or taxis, sporting equipment rental, babysitters, and special clothing or accessory requirements (sunscreen, hiking boots, etc.)
Throw in an extra 10 or 15 percent for unanticipated expenses – lost luggage, flat tire, etc.

Search for deals on flights, hotels and rental cars at comparison sites like Orbitz.com, Kayak.com, Priceline.com, Hotwire.com, Hotels.com and Travelzoo.com. But beware: Before clicking “confirm,” make sure the final price matches the initial quote. I’ve seen fares jump $50 or more in just minutes or had the seat I was booking suddenly become unavailable.
A few additional tips:

Follow and “like” airlines and ticketing sites on Facebook and Twitter. They’ll often share sales, discounts and promotional codes with their followers.
If the airfare goes down after you’ve purchased your ticket, ask the airline or ticketing site to refund the difference; it couldn’t hurt to ask.
Print and carry a copy of your airline’s Contract of Carriage, which outlines your rights and the airline’s obligations should your flight be cancelled or delayed for reasons besides weather or other “acts of God.”
Consider vacation rentals listed on sites like Airbnb.com, VRBO.com and HomeAway.com. You can often find cheaper accommodations with more space and amenities than hotels offer.
Before booking a hotel room online, call the individual property to see if they can beat the company’s posted rate. Also ask for member discounts for organizations you belong to like AAA or AARP.

Practical Money Skills for Life, a free personal financial management program run by Visa Inc., has a handy web-based travel calculator that can help you estimate travel costs and rejigger them to meet your budget needs (www.practicalmoneyskills.com/calculators). It’s also available as a free iPhone app, which you can download from iTunes.
Bottom line: A little preplanning now can ensure you don’t blow your whole budget on unexpected vacation expenses.

City Council Proceedings – May 21, 2014

The City Council of La Porte City, Iowa met in regular session on May 12, 2014.  Mayor David Neil called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM with Council Members Eric Allsup, Sarah Craft and Brent Sadler present. Absent were Council members Todd Butler and Mike Johnson. Also present were Jen Sparks, Gerald Rife, Heather Weideman, Madison Dierks and Mark Bergmeier.
The City Council passed the first reading of an Ordinance that would allow operation of golf carts on certain streets in the City. Carts would need to be registered with the City, and could only operate during daylight hours. The second reading will take place at the May 27th City Council meeting.
The City Council set May 27, 2014 as the date for a public hearing to consider an offer to purchase Lot 29 at Sweet First Addition.
The Council approved an updated Nuisance Abatement procedure. The procedure details the City’s process for inspecting, citing and/or abating weeds, junk and junk car violations in the City. City staff will develop recommendations for a nuisance abatement fee schedule for civil citations.

La Porte City Police Report – April 2014

La Porte City Police Report – April 2014
7 Warnings
18 Citations
3 Complaints
Traffic
2 – Failure to Obey Stop Light
3 – No Driver’s License
1 – Expired Driver’s License
3 – No Registration
2 – Unsafe Backing
3 – OWI, 1st
1 – OWI, 2nd
Criminal
1 – Indecent Exposure
1 – Harassment
1 – Interference w/Official Act
Arrest Log
Carter Johnson, 18, of La Porte City, OWI/Drugged 1st on 4/2/2014.
Sidney Hansen, 22, of Waterloo, Indecent Exposure on 4/9/2014.
Kayla Kennedy, 23, of La Porte City, OWI/Drugged 2nd, on 4/13/2014.
Cameron Peters, 21, of Garrison, OWI/Drugged 1st, on 4/13/2014.
Juvenile, 17, of La Porte City, Interference With Official Acts, on 4/20/2014.
Terry Greek, 59, of La Porte City, OWI/Drugged 1st, on 4/21/2014.

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