Tag: 081915

Wanted: Bargains on the Bricks Vendors

In just one month the Second Annual “Bargains on the Bricks” flea market will transform the brick Main Street of La Porte City to become a shopper’s haven on Saturday, September 19. This amazing event runs in conjunction with the City-wide garage sales, also to be held that day.
Organizers are very pleased and impressed with the number of vendors expressing interest in this year’s event. Last year, two city blocks were filled with booths and it appears that this year’s event size will expand that number to at least three. Additionally, sandwich and mini donut vendors will on hand for shoppers wanting to grab a quick bite as they search for that “just right” treasure.
Wanting to keep Bargains on the Bricks as much a flea market as possible, organizers have had to regretfully decline some requests for booth spaces. Because the event is a flea, antique and artisan market, home sales opportunity type vendors and individuals offering garage sale type items have had to be turned away. The intent is to promote the event so shoppers know they will be attending a true flea market, which offers rusty, antique, unique, refurbished, recycled, collectible, vintage, junky, retro and artisan items.
With the list of vendors rapidly growing, shoppers will have a wide variety of items, but more are always welcome. Those interested in joining Bargains on the Bricks as a vendor are encouraged to contact organizers on the Bargains on the Bricks Facebook page or by sending an e-mail to bargainsonthebricks@gmail.com. Be sure to include a list of the type of items for sale and a mailing address where organizers can send additional information and contract. Booth spaces start at $25. On September 19, shoppers can enjoy Bargains on the Bricks from 9 AM – 4 PM, with vendor setup taking place from 6-9 AM.

Meditations – August 19, 2015

By Christopher Simon
Are Your Goals SMART?
“The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.” ~ Proverbs 21:5
Having meaningful goals is an important part of a happy, fulfilled life. We should always have some worthy goals to work towards, both in the short-run and the long-run.
If your goals are worth having, it helps to think about them systematically, and there is a nice acronym from the discipline of project management that can help in that regard. The acronym SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic (or Relevant), and Timely.
Specific goals are better than vague ones; “I want to give $10.00 to charity each week” is better than just saying you want to be more giving.
Goals that can be measured are easier to keep track of; better to keep a log of those weekly charitable contributions than to just guess at how much you’ve given. The goal should be both achievable and realistic. Don’t try to give $100.00 out of every paycheck to charity if you earn $300.00 a week.
And finally, your goals should be timely. That is, you should put a timeframe on your goals and it can also help if your short- and medium-term goals support your long-term goals. For instance, if one of your long-term goals is to leave a large sum of money to a favorite charity, then it will help to have short-term saving goals which support that.
God wants us to be happy, and one of the ways in which we can fulfill God’s plan is to make our goals align with His.

Important Rules Help Ensure School Bus Safety

Editor’s Note: The first day of school for students in the Union Community School District is Monday, August 24.
Each day thousands upon thousands of children board school buses to take them to and from school. Parents and caregivers entrust their children’s well-being to the care of school bus drivers and aides. Although parents may worry about school bus accidents, such accidents are few and far between.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration advises that school buses are designed to be safer than passenger vehicles in avoiding crashes and protecting against injury. Buses are arguably the safest mode of transportation for getting kids to and from school. By keeping millions of cars off the roads surrounding schools, school buses contribute to less crowded roadways, which are less conducive to accidents.
Danger zone
Though parents may feel buses are most likely to be in accidents while in transit, experts advise that children are more likely to get hurt during pickups and drop-offs when they’re in the “danger zone” of the bus. The danger zone is a 10-foot radius around the outside of the bus. Bus drivers and other motorists find kids in the danger zone are more difficult to see, and children can get struck by either the bus or oncoming cars that fail to stop when the bus is picking kids up or dropping them off.
Knowing the safety rules
While a large part of protecting children is on the shoulders of the school bus driver, it is also vital for passengers to learn the basics of school bus safety. Kindergarteners or children who are riding the bus for the first time should be taught the rules of school bus safety.
Some schools offer a school bus tour prior to the new school year. This lets youngsters acclimate themselves with the look and feel of the school bus. This introduction also may include information about bus safety, but parents can also educate their children (and themselves) about using caution in and around the bus by following these guidelines.
Get to the bus stop 5 to 10 minutes prior to the assigned pickup time. Rushing last-minute can lead to injury, especially if you’re chasing down the bus.
Remain on the sidewalk or grass at the bus stop. Do not step off the curb into the street until the bus has arrived and is completely stopped.
When boarding the bus, go directly to a seat and sit down. Buckle up if there are seatbelts on the bus.
Remain seated while the bus is in motion.
Keep voices low so as not to distract the driver.
Keep your head and hands inside of the bus, and never hang out of the window.
Do not throw things on the bus or play rough with friends or classmates.
Keep the aisle clear at all times.
Be careful when getting off the bus. Hold on while going down the stairs.
Only get off at your designated stop unless you have permission to get off elsewhere.
When exiting the bus, walk at least 10 steps past the front of the bus and cross in front where the driver can see you. Do not cross behind the bus.
Wait for the driver to give you a signal that it is safe to cross. Be sure to check that all cars on the road have come to a complete stop.
Get to the sidewalk or off the street as quickly as possible.
If you’ve forgotten something on the bus, do not run back and attempt to retrieve it. The driver might not see you and start the bus. Rather, call the bus company and see if you can pick it up at another time.
Do not get into the cars of strangers waiting around bus stops, even if they offer to take you home.
Parents can arrange to meet with bus drivers so that they will recognize their faces. Adults also can encourage schools to host bus safety courses to further ensure their youngsters are safe.

View Point: The Importance of Back-to-school Physicals – August 19, 2015

It’s that time of year again. In a few short weeks, students will return to the classroom, and back-to-school preparations are in full swing. Readying your child for a successful school year involves more than simply purchasing the trendiest clothes and supplies.
One of the first steps in ensuring students have a safe and healthy start to the year is taking them to get a back-to-school physical examination. These exams, also known as well-checks, are especially important because they are often the only time a child visits the doctor each year. Physical exams not only detect potential health problems before they arise, but they can also provide an assurance of good health.
Back-to-school physicals typically consist of:
Routine Physical: During a routine physical, the physician will record your child’s height and weight, blood pressure and pulse. In addition, the physician will perform a comprehensive check of your child’s heart and lungs, abdomen, skin, eyes and ears, nose, mouth, teeth and throat to ensure that no abnormalities exist.
Medical History Review: The doctor will review the medical history of your child and any close relatives to detect illnesses or diseases which might run in the family. This portion of the exam will also include listing any medications your child is taking, as well as previous or current illnesses.
Preventative Screenings: Through routine examinations and blood tests, doctors have the opportunity to monitor a child’s overall wellness and screen for problems such as high cholesterol, diabetes and lead poisoning.
Immunizations: Children are required to receive certain immunizations before entering public schools. Back-to-school physicals are the perfect time to make sure that your child is up-to-date on all necessary vaccinations.
As the first day of school approaches, finding time for a visit to the doctor may become difficult. Therefore, it’s important to schedule your child’s physical exam as soon as possible. Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield makes it easy to locate a physician in your area with its online “Find a Doctor” search tool. Searches can be filtered based upon a doctor’s location, specialty and health insurance plans accepted. To access this tool, and to learn more about health insurance, visit www.wellmark.com.

Classifieds – August 19, 2015

Our thanks to Katherine Ollendieck and her “Silver Cord” students who did an outstanding job serving dinner to the La Porte City High School Alumni, to Dick and Dee Hutton for preparing the delicious meals and to the La Porte City Golf Club for their accommodations and extra time and effort extended to us in making the reunion a success. Members of the 1956-57 La Porte City Alumni Reunion Committee 33-1-pd
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