Tag: 072915

Susan Loeb Scholarship Recipients Announced

Longtime La Porte City resident, Susan Loeb, was an educator at Hawkeye Community College with a passion for preparing students entering the field of nursing. Following her death on July 27, 2013 due to cancer, a memorial scholarship fund was established for graduating high school students, with a preference given to those interested in the field of nursing. In 2014, the first $1,000 Susan Loeb Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Brenna Allen. In 2015, two scholarships were awarded- $1,000 to Lydia Lorenzen and $500 to Dayton Powell.
Last weekend, the second annual Susan Loeb Memorial Golf Tournament was hosted by the La Porte City Golf Club, with proceeds used to support the scholarship fund in her name. Anyone wishing to make a contribution may due so by forwarding it to the following address:
Susan Loeb Scholarship Fund
P.O. Box 42001
Urbandale, IA 50311

View Point – Federal Crop Insurance – July 29, 2015

Federal Crop Insurance Gets Failing Grade
By John Crabtree, Center for Rural Affairs
At the Center for Rural Affairs, we’ve heard from farmers across the Midwest and Great Plains about the negative impacts of federally subsidized crop insurance for over a decade. A farm safety net is important to help family farmers mitigate risks, but there are real concerns with the current crop insurance program. The best way to begin addressing those concerns is through honest assessment of the crop insurance system.
Toward that end, the Center for Rural Affairs recently released a crop insurance report card, entitled: Promises vs. Performance: A Report Card Evaluating Federal Crop Insurance. Most of the grades awarded are not what parents would hope to see on their own child’s school report, and the accompanying Policy Brief offers further analysis and recommended reforms to improve the performance of the crop insurance system. In overall performance, crop insurance received a failing grade (www.cfra.org/crop-insurance-reform).
Subsidizing the nation’s largest and wealthiest farms on every acre, every year, regardless of crop prices, production or farm profitability, puts America’s natural resources at risk. And, absent reform, crop insurance gives mega-farms an advantage in bidding up land costs, driving their smaller neighbors out of business, and preventing the next generation of farmers from ever getting started.
The impact crop insurance will have on future years of farming practices is significant, making reform of the federally subsidized crop insurance system vitally important to the future of rural and small town America.

Republican Women Host Rep. Walt Rogers

Black Hawk County District 60 representative Walt Rogers will give a legislative update on legislation that passed, and failed, in the Iowa legislature this past session, at Republican Women of Black Hawk County “First Friday” luncheon on Friday, August 7, 2015. In addition, there will be a short planning session to set goals for 2016.
The location for the luncheon is the Clarion Inn, 5826 University Avenue, Cedar Falls. Event begins at 11:15 AM and concludes at approximately 1 PM. Reservations are required by calling 319-268-0547 or 319-296-2363 by Tuesday, August 4th. Lunch is $12.00, payable at the door.
Republican Women of Black Hawk County, founded in 1938, is a grassroots organization, educating and empowering women for better government. RWHBC does not endorse candidates, but provides a forum for all Republican candidates and Republican elected officials. www.rwbhc.org.

Healthy Conversations – July 29, 2015

Incorporating Healthy Activities Into Your Vacation Plans
It’s summer time and that means vacation is on the forefront of everyone’s mind. Just because you’re taking a break doesn’t mean you should take a break from being healthy. As you gather items to pack your suitcase, don’t forget to pack clothing and shoes to get in some exercise during your time away.
There are plenty of ways to keep up a healthy lifestyle while still enjoying your time off. For starters, be realistic. There’s a good chance that you will break from your normal routine while on vacation. Set obtainable goals and find alternate ways to stay healthy as you enjoy vacation.
Fit in casual physical activity – The change of scenery can give you added motivation to explore — and burn some calories in the process! Moving naturally throughout the day can be just as good for you as a run or workout. Walking on the beach burns more calories than walking on pavement. Swimming is a low-impact activity and great workout for those near the water. Skip the cab – biking to and from destinations is an easy way to soak in the surroundings and fit in a little exercise.
Have a glass of wine – According to a study at the University of Alberta, consuming a glass of red wine has the same physical performance, heart function and muscle strength benefits as working out for an hour at the gym. Two four ounce glasses are recommended for men and one for women. Enjoy the heart healthy benefits of wine responsibly. Consume more than the recommended amount and the health benefits are lost.
Relax – Vacation is vacation, so let the stressors float away. According to the Mayo Clinic, if left unchecked, stress can contribute to health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes. Read a book or sit and watch the sunset. Taking time away from your work is important. Shut off the phone, wait on the emails and live in the moment.
Regular exercise has been shown to help control weight, cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar. It’s also a natural antidepressant and can help you generally feel better. In order to reap those rewards, you need to develop good habits at home and take them with you anywhere you go, including vacation.
Have a creative way to add exercise and healthy activities into your vacation routine? Visit Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s social network, MyBlue Community on Wellmark.com, and share your ideas with other Wellmark members. It’s full of real people having real conversations. People with similar questions, interests, ideas and challenges — all helping each other.

Classifieds – July 29, 2105

Thank you to everyone for coming to my 90th birthday party. You all made my day very special. Thank you for all the birthday cards. Thank you for celebrating this milestone with me.   Wilbur Engelkes   30-1-pd
A GIANT thank you to the RAGBRAI Committee:
Jane Whittlesey, Sarah Craft, Mel Barz, Andrea Wester, Deb Yordt, Mike Whittlesey and Zach Loeb (Bike Art) and the many volunteers and City staff for making RAGBRAI’s visit to our town a great hit. The riders’ thanks and appreciation was expressed by many of the 15,000 RAGBRAI participants. It was noticed and appreciated how the LPC citizens made sure their yards were beautiful, whether on the RAGBRAI route or not. Great job, LPC!
– Mayor David Neil
Union Community School is accepting sealed bids for the sale of 1998 Ford Van 4.2L V6 –197,199 miles (approx.), newer brakes, tires, battery and starter. Sold as is and may be seen at the La Porte City Bus Barn. Bids will be accepted in the District Office located at 200 Adams, La Porte City until noon on August 10, 2015. Board may accept or deny any or all bids. Contact Michael Stanford, Transportation Director, at 319-342-3286 for any questions.   30-2-c
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