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Vaughn – 50

Roger and Janice Vaughn of La Porte City will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a card shower.
Roger Vaughn and Janice Larsen were married August 16, 1963, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Coulter, Iowa.
They have four children: Steve and Beth Vaughn of Garrison; Kathy Vaughn of Olathe, KS; and Dan and Chet Vaughn of La Porte City; eleven grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Mr. Vaughn is retired from farming.
Cards may be sent to 403 W. Main Street, La Porte City, IA 50651.

Back to School: Open Houses, Orientations Prep Union Students for New Year

The teaching teams at both Dysart-Geneseo and La Porte City Elementary Schools will be hosting an Open House on Monday, August 19 from 6-7 PM. All classrooms will be open and teachers will be available. Parents and students are encouraged to bring their school supplies, find classrooms, and meet with teachers during the hour-long event.
All students, parents, and patrons of the school district are invited. This time provides the opportunity for students to find their new rooms and meet this year’s classroom teacher. The open house is not designed to be a parent-teacher conference.
At the middle school level, an orientation is planned for Union Middle School sixth graders, as well as seventh and eighth grade students new to the district on Monday, August 19 at 5 PM. During the orientation, students and their parents will be given a tour of the building as they walk through a typical day’s class schedule. The Middle School academic and activity programs will be explained by Principal Mark Albertsen and counselor Julie Flores. Students and/or their parents who need transportation to Dysart for orientation can catch a shuttle bus in front of the high school at 4:30 PM.
A freshman welcome is also planned for Union High School freshmen and other high school students new to the district on Monday evening, August 19, at 6:30 PM in the cafeteria of the high school in La Porte City. High School students who live in the Dysart area and need transportation to the event can catch a shuttle bus in front of Union Middle School at 6 PM.
The bell signaling the start of the 2013-2014 school year for students in the Union District will ring Wednesday morning, August 21. The first bell of the day will be at 8:19 AM at Union High School, followed by the two elementary buildings and the middle school at 8:20 AM. Office hours in all buildings are 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM.
Parents are reminded to have an early dismissal plan in place with your child(ren) in case of heat, weather or early dismissals. It is very important that your student knows in advance where to go if you are not at home and how to get in the house should it be locked when they arrive home. Please take a few moments and make arrangements ahead of time to avoid confusion and possible miscommunication at school.

Practical Money Matters – August 14, 2013

By Jason Alderman
When budgeting for back-to-school expenses, parents generally include routine fare like clothes, school supplies and maybe a new backpack. But if your kids participate in extracurricular activities, whether it’s sports, music lessons or art classes, you could be on the hook for hundreds – or even thousands – of dollars in additional expenses throughout the year if you’re not careful.
As parents, we hesitate to stifle our children’s athletic and creative urges, especially when it can be so difficult to drag them away from their iPods and Xboxes. But sometimes you’ve just got to step back, weigh the different options available and decide what you can afford without upsetting your other financial goals and responsibilities.
You’ll face tough questions like, “Is it better for my child’s future to spend $500 on a soccer day camp he’ll really enjoy or to invest the money in a 529 College Savings Plan?”
My wife and I commonly wrestle with these types of questions. For example, last fall our son had outgrown his baseball equipment and was begging us for a new bat that cost $125. A year later, it sits on the sidelines because he prefers to use a friend’s bat. (We’re not complete pushovers, however: When he recently obsessed over a $200 pair of high-tech gym shoes, we said no.)
Among the best advice I’ve received from other parents is, when your kids are exploring new activities, don’t overcommit your time or money until you know whether they’ll stick with it or quickly move on to the next thing.
For example, before you sink a small fortune into private swimming lessons, start small with a summer class at your local Y or recreation center. If your kid shows a genuine aptitude and doesn’t balk at long hours of practice, then you can explore more costly alternatives. Just remember who’ll be driving to practice and out-of-town swim meets; in other words, make sure you can honor the time commitment before signing on.
Here are a few tips for prioritizing extracurricular events and keeping your costs down:

Focus on one sport or activity per kid, per season, especially if they involve multiple practice sessions or games per week.

Form carpools with other parents. You’ll save gas money and time, especially if your kids are practicing at different locations.

Learn how much equipment and instruction the sport requires. Some, like soccer and basketball can be relatively inexpensive; while others, like horseback riding, golf and ice skating involve expensive equipment or facility rental time.

Rent or buy used sporting equipment (or musical instruments) until you’re sure they’ll stick with the activity. Visit Play It Again Sports stores, online ad sites like Craigslist and yard sales.

Seek out or form a sports equipment exchange in your community where families can donate outgrown or cast-off equipment and uniforms for others to use.

It’s probably better to invest in new safety gear, like helmets and masks, than to buy it used – and potentially damaged. The same goes for items like shoes or baseball gloves that become molded to a child’s body – unless they were hardly used.

Sometimes the cost of an elective program is worth making sacrifices elsewhere in your budget. Our daughter loves theater arts, so we decided it was worth shaving our vacation budget to send her to theater camp. She’ll make new friends and hone her dramatic and social skills in an environment that public school just can’t duplicate.

Meditations – August 14, 2013

The Power of Faith   by Rev. Ray Atwood, Sacred Heart Parish
 Zoos are wonderful places to visit in the summer. Much can be learned about God’s creation as we wander through various pens, cages, and enclosures. Take the African impala, for example. The African impala can jump to a height of more than ten feet over a distance of greater than thirty feet. Yet these magnificent creatures can be kept in an enclosure in any zoo with a three-foot wall. Why? These animals will not jump if they cannot see where their feet will land.
Some people are like that. They will not take the leap of faith if they cannot see how things will turn out. They find it hard to submit to a power greater than them. They live in a world that questions everything and encourages us to live independently of an all-powerful God.
Faith is a theological virtue. It is the ability to submit mind and heart to God. Catholics distinguish between virtus fidei and actus fidei. Virtus fidei (virtue of faith) is the capacity to believe planted in the human heart at Baptism. On the other hand, actus fidei (act of faith) is an explicit personal acceptance of Christ in mind and heart. The capacity to believe is planted at Baptism, but only a personal act of faith can turn that capacity into a lived reality. Disciples of Christ may be baptized, but without a personal act of faith, they will not live out their calling as followers of Christ.
The Letter to the Hebrews reminds us: “Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen” (11:1). Faith lets us see beyond senses and enables us to experience the power of God in the midst of a dark world. People are trapped in various enclosures (e.g., dysfunctional families, broken marriages, abusive relationships, unfulfilling jobs, mental or physical handicaps). But faith shows us God’s Hand at work in the difficult situations of life. Faith can liberate us and enable us to be witnesses to Christ. When we “see” with the eyes of faith, we are freed from the flimsy enclosures of life.
May we make a personal, daily commitment to Jesus Christ and activate the virtue of faith planted within us.

Grand Opening at Country Living Massage

Visit Country Living Massage’s Grand Opening on Saturday, August 17 from noon to 4 PM and welcome Catie Ott and Zoie Krop as they open their new shop at 423 Main Street, La Porte City. While there, enjoy snacks and punch and receive a free five minute chair massage. Guests may also register for door prizes or purchase a Grand Opening special: $10 off any service with purchase of a gift card or 10% off any appointment booked that day. Stop in and get acquainted with Catie and Zoie or if unable to attend, call either one with questions (Catie: 319-215-8929 or Zoie: 319-404-5797) or to schedule an appointment.

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