Tag: 072016

Leading a Girls Nation

When the 70th American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) Girls Nation gathers this weekend in Washington, D.C., La Porte City’s Wendy Riggle will be there as one of 30 volunteers who have been selected to work with 100 high school seniors at one of the nation’s premiere leadership conferences. At each of the 50 ALA Girls State sessions held throughout the nation, two outstanding citizens are selected to serve as senators and represent their respective states at ALA Girls Nation.
Girls Nation provides aspiring young women leaders with practical insight into the workings of government, instills a sense of pride in our country, promotes youth civic engagement, and creates friendships and memories that last a lifetime.
Riggle was chosen to be a part of this year’s ALA Girls Nation staff because of the exemplary service she has given to her community and the American Legion Auxiliary.
“I am honored and excited to be a part of the 70th ALA Girls Nation,” said Riggle.
“To watch these bright, young women actively learn and immerse themselves in our political process makes me proud to be an ALA member and gives me great hope for the future of our country.”
A key component of the ALA Girls Nation program is the mock senate sessions in which the senators write, caucus, and debate bills. Campaigns are held to elect party officials and an ALA Girls Nation president and vice president. In addition to their legislative forums, the senators hear from distinguished guest speakers and visit the Pentagon, Arlington National Cemetery, Washington D.C. monuments, the White House and also meet with their respective state senators and representatives on Capitol Hill.
“The ALA Girls Nation experience is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for young women across our nation to learn firsthand about the inner workings of the federal government before they are of voting age,” said Pamela Ray, American Legion Auxiliary Girls Nation chairperson.
“After attending their local ALA Girls State program and then ALA Girls Nation, the girls return home filled with knowledge, patriotism, and pride.”
Ray, along with Riggle and other ALA volunteer leaders, will encourage the young senators to continue serving their communities following their Girls Nation experience by becoming members of the American Legion Auxiliary, as well as leaders in their communities and local governments.

Meditations – July 20, 2016

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 By Rev. Ray Atwood, Sacred Heart Catholic Church

A Culture of Death
“You shall not kill” (Ex. 20:13)
The story is told of three children who lived on a deserted island in the South Pacific. The island was surrounded by a huge wall, which protected the children and also shielded their view of the ocean. The children danced and sang all day long. They were happy.
One day some visitors to the island spoke with the children. They said, “That wall is really limiting you. You should be able to see the island. Tear down that wall, children! Tear down that wall and be free!”
The visitors left the island, and the children thought about their words of “secular wisdom.” They decided that the visitors were right, and proceeded to tear down the wall. Months later, other visitors came to the island, and found the children. They were huddled in the middle of the island, sitting around a campfire, shivering and speaking in whispers with each other. When the strangers asked the children why they were not enjoying their youth, they replied, “Ever since we tore down the wall, things haven’t been the same. Then we were free. Now we are afraid that the ocean tide will wash over our island and devour us.
God’s holy Law is like a wall. It limits us for the sake of protecting us. The command not to kill applies always and everywhere to innocent persons. We are commanded by our loving God to protect and cherish the gift of human life. We disregard this law at our peril.
Once again our news channels were filled with details of the killing of 77 people in Nice, France. Bastille Day, July 14, 2016, marks another tragedy in this great country. It follows the shooting of five police officers in Dallas and the shooting of black citizens in our country.
We are witnessing the growth of the culture of death. Sadly people see a bullet or bomb as the solution to every problem. Civil society is being devoured. Abortion and contraception are seen as solutions to the so-called “problem” of fertility. When we, through these practices, tear down the wall of the Commandments, there is no real security for any of us, and we can expect more violence in the future. Abortion and contraception must be replaced by natural means of fertility regulation and the holy virtue of chastity.
May we take this Commandment seriously, and make the necessary changes to restore a true culture of life.
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Wyatt Samuelson Wins National FFA Scholarship

  The National FFA Organization awarded a $1000 Theisen’s Home-Farm-Auto scholarship to Wyatt Samuelson of the La Porte-Dysart FFA. Samuelson plans to use the funds to pursue a degree at Iowa State University.
The 2016 scholarship recipients were selected from 8,383 applicants from across the country. Selections were based on the applicant’s leadership, academic record, FFA and other school and community activities, supervised agricultural or work experience in agricultural education and future goals.

Hawkins’ Happenings – July 20, 2016

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 By Jolene Kronschnabel

The LEGORAMA theme is birds on Thursday, July 21, when kids transform into brilliant builders from 2-3:30 PM.
Friday, July 22, is a Summer Reading Program Craft Day. Color a pennant, make a sports magnet, and complete other crafts between 1 and 5 PM.
On Monday, July 25, parachuting is the Olympic challenge. Students design a parachute to hold an egg and then compete in the egg-drop challenge. Sessions run from 1-2 PM for Preschool-2nd grade and 2:30-3:30 PM for 3rd-5th grade.
Secretariat by William Nack is the Book Club selection for Tuesday, July 26, at 1 PM. When Meadow Stables is faced with closure following her father’s illness, housewife and mother Penny Chenery agrees to take over, despite her lack of horse-racing knowledge. Stop in, read this book, and join the discussion.
The FFA Historical & Ag Museum Butterfly Garden is the destination on Tuesday, July 26, for week three of the Summer Reading Program. Learn about and identify butterflies, make a craft, and play butterfly BINGO. This adventure begins at 6 PM at the library.
Miracles from Heaven is the Wednesday movie at 1:15 PM on July 27. In this flick a young girl suffering from a rare digestive disorder finds herself miraculously cured after surviving a terrible accident. Rated PG, drama, plays 1 hr. and 49 min.
How many crafts can Handcrafters craft if Handcrafters can craft crafts? Find out on Thursday, July 28, from 1 to 3 PM. And bring your craft.
Drop in from 1-5 PM on Friday, July 29, to make pom poms, decorate visors, and more, for Summer Reading Program crafts.
Kids create robotic hands to simulate how athletes with prosthetic limbs perform sports, at STEM Olympics on Monday, August 1. Sessions run 1-2 PM for Preschool-2nd grade and 2:30 -3:30 PM for 3rd-5th grade. Provided by the Black Hawk County Extension Service.
Jester Puppets appear on Tuesday, August 2, at 6 PM for our final evening Summer Reading Program. Learn respect and manage bullying situations in person or online with the H.E.R.O.s – Captain Obvious, Mr. Oblivious and Recycle Rabbit.

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Adventures at the Museum – July 20, 2016

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  The La Porte City FFA Historical and Ag Museum will host Sheri Lesh, author of creative blog spot, 4 and Fifteen, (4andfifteen.blogspot.com) on Thursday, July 21st from 6:30-8 PM. Lesh will talk about how learning to sew in fifth grade translated into a passion for quilting. She will also focus on how the quilting world has changed with the advancement of new technologies and the current resurgence in quilting. She will have several of her own quilts on display in addition to the 30+ quilts on display currently in the Museum.
Admission is $3.00 and light refreshments will be served. The La Porte City Museum is located at 408 Main Street. For more information you may contact the Museum at 319-342-3619 or visit our website at www.lpcmuseum.com.

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