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Summer Reading Begins July 8

Learn about rocks and minerals from a geologist in the Rocks Rock program on Tuesday, July 8.  Kids can start a rock collection and there will be real dinosaur bones found on dinosaur digs. Sherman Lunde, Geologist with BMC Aggregates, will provide this program at Hawkins Memorial Library and the La Porte City Historical FFA & Ag Museum.
On Tuesday, July 15, Jennifer Gates, Union High School Science Instructor, will host a “polymer party” with some “ooey, gooey” materials and take-home fun.  Students will learn about large chains of particles called polymers by creating and investigating substances such as “gak”, “floam”, and “oobleck”.
Colorful Chemistry is on Tuesday, July 22.  Discover reactions between several solutions as we explore the colorful, and sometimes surprising, world of chemical reactions. Jason Dornbush, Science Outreach Coordinator, Grout Museum District will present this colorful program for kids.
An A to Z Gardening Recipe for the Earth is the topic on Tuesday, July 29, with the WASTE TRAC Education Team. Learn about gardening and composting by transforming banana peels, apple cores and more into compost.  Kids will work in teams to complete an alphabet stew scavenger hunt of items to compost.  Everyone will have the opportunity to mix compost with potting soil and plant seeds.
Tuesday programs will begin at 6 PM. The Summer Reading Program is designed for children age 3 through 5th grade. Pick up a schedule and reading log when you register at Hawkins Memorial Library.  There is no charge for this series of fun, hands-on learning programs.
Additionally, Summer Reading Craft Days are from 1 to 5 PM on Fridays, July 11, 18, 25, and August 1, These are drop-in craft sessions where kids can create theme related projects to make and take, or to hang in the library’s Summer Reading Art Show, allowing library goers to marvel at the artistic skills of these crafters.

Food Preservation Lesson in Vinton July 7

Learn safe, research-based methods for food preservation during a workshop on Monday, July 7 from 6-8 PM at the Old School Produce Company (811 D Ave, Old West School Building, Vinton). The program is offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach of Benton County in partnership with Old School Produce Company. Rachel Wall, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach nutrition and health specialist will lead the workshop.
To register, call Rachel Wall at (319)768-8777 or e-mail wallr@iastate.edu. The registration deadline is June 30, 2014. Workshop is $5. Please bring cash to workshop.
The workshop covers the basics in canning, freezing, and dehydrating. Participants will also be able to practice their knife skills and make fresh salsa to take home. Pressure canner lid testing will also be available for dial-gauge pressure canners. All-American and Burpee models cannot be tested.
“We want Iowans to gain the knowledge of safe food practices,” Rachel Wall said. “We also want them to be able to identify safe recipes that are tested, as well as understand that there is a risk to food preservation. We want them to know the steps to avoid those risks.”

Area Hunters Embark on African Safari

SAFARI – Area hunters making the trip to South Africa for a bowhunting safari include, from left: Matt McIntosh, Dave Stueve, Scott McIntosh, Randy Nielsen, Andrew Steege, Ron Steege and Chuck Eastman. Photo by Mike Whittlesey.
Impalas. Kudu. Blue and black wildebeests. Warthogs and yes, even baboons. These are just some of the species a group of area hunters hope to encounter on a bowhunting safari trip to South Africa.
Dave Stueve is the owner of the La Porte City pro shop, Double Lung Archery. He is the exclusive bowhunting booking agent in the United States for Infinito Safaris, which offers 30,000 acres devoted to bowhunting in the western side of the Limpopo province. Each year in June, Stueve makes the trip to South Africa with a group of clients to hunt in an environment unlike anything bowhunters will find in Iowa. Joining Stueve this year are two father-son  duos, Ron and Andrew Steege, and Scott and Matt McIntosh, in addition to Chuck Eastman of Evansdale and Randy Nielsen of Mason City.

Beermanns Cast in Les Miserables

The Waterloo Community Playhouse (WCP) has cast three members of a La Porte City family in roles for its upcoming production of Les Miserables! Kyle, Kristin and Asher Beermann are cast in the production which runs from July 11-26 in the Hope Martin Theatre located within the Waterloo Center for the Arts.
Kyle has been cast as the Bishop and Lesgles. He is a teacher at Union High School. He has appeared in several productions at WCP including roles in Fiddler on the Roof, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Sound of Music, 12 Angry Men and most recently as “Professor Moriarty” in Sherlock Holmes and the Jersey Lily. He recently had the chance to go skydiving for the first time. Kyle is a graduate of North Fayette High School in West Union and Central College in Pella.
Kristin is cast in the role of Fantine. A nurse at La Porte City Elementary she is returning to the WCP stage after a 10 year absence. She holds degrees from the University of Iowa, Allen College of Nursing and Philadelphia University. She is currently working on her second Master’s Degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Previous productions at WCP include Little Women, State Fair, Annie, Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and her last performance in Steel Magnolias.
Asher will be making his WCP debut although technically he has appeared on stage one other time. His mother was pregnant with him when she appeared in Steel Magnolias. Asher will be in 4th grade this fall at La Porte City Elementary. He enjoys reading and recently ran a mile in 6:40.
Come discover a nation in the grip of revolution, where convict Jean Valjean is on the run. Hunted relentlessly by the policeman Javert for breaking his parole, he must leave his past behind and keep his vow to raise the young orphaned Cosette. But with revolution in the air and Javert closing in, Jean Valjean has no choice but to fight for his life and sacrifice everything to protect the people he loves.
Tickets are now available on-line at wcpbhct.org or by calling the business office at (319) 235-0367. Box office will open on July 1st at 1 PM and can be reached at (319) 291-4494.

Simply Put – June 25, 2014

By Mike Whittlesey
Last week, on the return flight from Washington DC, Jim Coloff encouraged the Honor Flight veterans and their guardians to thank the corporate sponsors that help make such flights possible. Coordinating the effort to transport area veterans to Washington DC and back is a massive undertaking. It is also a costly one, as the bill for airfare, meals, bus transportation and other expenses incurred during the one day field trip to the nation’s capital typically exceeds six figures.
At the heart of Sullivan-Hartogh-Davis Post 730 is a group of volunteers, a committee responsible for organizing the trips, along with raising the money to pay for them. When the final Waterloo Honor Flight of 2014 is made in September, nearly 1,000 veterans in the Cedar Valley will have received an all expense paid trip to Washington DC since the group’s inaugural flight in 2011.
As long as there is a need, the good folks associated with Waterloo Honor Flight remain committed to the task of sending area veterans to Washington DC. The cost to do so, however, is not measured solely in dollars. It takes a tremendous amount of time and energy to organize each flight, from the paperwork associated with each applicant and guardian, to preparing for potential medical emergencies that may arise during the journey. These duties come with a cost, as the amount of time available for family and friends is compromised.
Over the past four years, the success of the Waterloo Honor Flight program can be traced back to the people and organizations who have stepped up and made a commitment to the veterans of the Cedar Valley when it was needed most. Last month, for example, John Deere followed the example of Burke Miehe and American Pattern & CNC Works, sponsoring a flight with a six figure donation. Likewise, as members of the Honor Flight organizing committee have relinquished their roles, other volunteers have come forward to take their place, offering a renewed sense of energy that has allowed the Honor Flight program to continue.
While dates for Waterloo Honor Flights in 2015 have yet to be confirmed, applications from veterans, guardians and other volunteers are still being accepted. To learn more about the program and to access the application forms, logon to www.shdpost730waterloohonorflight.org
Earlier this month, the La Porte City Lions Club hosted the 28th Annual Festival of Trails Celebration. While the weather cooperated nicely for the Friday evening parade and fireworks, attendance on Saturday was noticeably lighter, perhaps as a result of My Waterloo Days being held on the same weekend.
Sustaining a citywide celebration for nearly three decades is a challenge. At the heart of the Celebration is a group of volunteers, a committee responsible for organizing the weekend’s activities. As the number of members in the Lions Club has dwindled in recent years, this task has proven to be a difficult one.
The success of the Festival of Trails Celebration the past 28 years can be traced back to the volunteers who have stepped up and made a commitment when it was needed most. This year, for example, volunteers helped coordinate and organize a public relations campaign to effectively promote the Celebration. And Friday night’s parade was bigger and better than ever, thanks to those who worked diligently on the project.
Planning for next year’s Celebration has already begun and you can help. How? Take a few minutes to complete the survey posted online at www.theprogressreview.co. Your responses will be transmitted directly to Celebration organizers. As you look forward to the 29th Annual Festival of Trails in 2015, what are some of the ways you can contribute?

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