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La Porte City Garage Sales – September 10, 2016

Zone A
117 Palmer Dr. Multi-family Sale Thur. 5:30-7, Fri. 5:30-7:30 & Sat. 7:30-2:30. Girls size 18m to 10, Thirty-One, Girl Scout cookies, adult clothes – some plus size, household, toys, books, lots of misc., shoes, Longaberger, bikes, purses and lots more.

128 Palmer Dr. Pudil/Boger Fri. 9-6 & Sat. 7:30-1. Two door cabinet, four drawer dresser, end tables, Hurricane lamp, card table & chairs, twin comforter set, twin sheets, new set of silverware, holiday decor, china dolls, clothes – girls to adult, toys, kids books, and lots of misc.

Zone B
17 Bruce Ln. Fri. 1-5, Sat. 7-Noon. All kids clothes 25 cents!! Boys newborn to size 7 and girls 12 mo – 24 mo/2T. Variety of adult clothing size small to plus. Home decor and many other items.

121 Meadow Lane Schmitz Thur. 4-7, Fri. 8-3 & Sat. 8-12. House decor, toys, name brand clothes (girls 8-12, boys 5/6-youth large, misc.

206 Case Rd. Harkness Fri. 4-8 & Sat. 8-2. Egg rolls, crab rangoon, pancit, fried rice (we take orders), porcelain double bay sink, 2 overhead cabinets, kids clothes and miscellaneous.

405 Oak St. UHS Student Inauguration Trip Fundraiser Fri. 5-8 & Sat. 8-?. Help support Union’s group of students who are attending the 2017 inauguration in Washington, DC! Multi-family, all sizes clothing! Men’s up to 3 & 4X. Toys, books, DVDs! Saturday serving breakfast sandwiches and burritos! Let our junk be your treasure and help a great cause!

Zone C
216 Main St. The Rusty Pig Fri. 8-7 & Sat. 8-4. Selling party room and other items. Furniture including a dry sink, table, chairs, shelves, Lane cedar chest, pool table. Home decor, both old and new.

805 E. Main St. Fri. 10-4 & Sat. 8:30-1. More than a garage sale – also 2 rooms in house full of items. Elder couple down sizing. Some furniture, cement birdbath, desk, corner TV stand, china closet, microwave, toaster oven, handicap equipment, 16’ extension ladder & more.

402 Poplar St. Fri. 6-8 PM & Sat. 8-3. Lots of home decor, antiques, wicker set, furniture, microwave, blenders, coffee pot, women’s clothes size small and shoes, etc. Come check out all the great items!

730 Commercial St. Fri. Noon-7 & Sat. 8-1. Household items, kids clothes 3T-6T (girls & boys), garage items, tools, Bostitch roof nailer w/nails.

400 Bowers St. Sat. 8-1. Antiques, Christmas decorations, household goods, young kids clothes and lots of other stuff.

710 Fillmore St. 5 Family Moving & Downsizing Sale. Fri. 4-6 & Sat. 8-4. 220 volt wall air conditioner; student desk & chair; office supplies; wireless headphone; White sewing machine in cabinet; 2 kitchen tables, 1 wood, 1 Formica; long table, card table, 2 small tables; wood step ladder; metal shelves; 2 canes; pictures and picture frames; 2 wood chairs; mugs, dishes, serving pieces; holiday decorations; pillows; afghans; rugs; cookbooks; jewelry; all kinds and sizes of linens (some embroidered); suitcases; jeans; toys (some John Deere); cross stitch supplies; lots of free stuff; many more items too numerous to mention.

1021 Poplar St. Sacred Heart Church’s Garage Sale Sat. 8-?. Holiday decor, couple of hutches, and LOTS of miscellaneous treasures!

806 Benton St. Henson Sat. 8-2. Name brand teen/young womens clothes & shoes, XL twin dorm sheets (2 sets), name brand 3T girls clothes, misc motorcycle parts, Peavey PA equipment, lights, 100 ft. 16-channel snake.

802 Lincoln Dr. Sadler Fri. 3-6, Sat. 8-12. Girls clothing 3T-6 and 8-12. Boys clothing 6-10. Womens clothing size medium and mens size XL and XXL. Toys, shoes and household items.

Zone D
302 Cedar St. Veterans Memorial Hall Sat. 11-1. Take a break from your garage sale shopping and come to the Open House for a lunch of maid-rites, hot dogs, chips, lemonade and water for a free will offering. Check out the new wall color, flooring and other renovations – hope to see you!

806 3rd St. Fri. & Sat. 9-4. Huge Garage Sale – home decor, housewares, linens, collectibles, lamps, holiday, electronics, small appliances, inspirational items, games, books, DVDs, clothing S-XXL, coats, heaters, furniture, goodies & lots of misc…Priced to sell!

324 6th St. Bruce Sat. 7-2. Free freezer, clothes L to XXL, sealed oil heaters and some miscellaneous.

Brothers in Arms

16th Waterloo Honor Flight a Shared Experience for La Porte City Brothers
The 16th Cedar Valley Honor Flight departing from the Waterloo Regional Airport on September 13 will be a family affair for three La Porte City brothers, Cliff, Dennis and Darryl McFarland, veterans who served their country after graduating from high school in the early 1960s.
The Honor Flight program was conceived by Earl Morse, a Physician Assistant and retired Air Force Captain, who was working in a small clinic in Springfield, Ohio when the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. was completed and dedicated in 2004. Working with other pilots in his aero club, he helped launch the inaugural Honor Flight, which took place in May 2005. Six small planes flew out of Springfield, Ohio that day, taking twelve World War II veterans to visit their memorial in the nation’s capital. Shortly after that, the Honor Flight Network was formed and now includes more than 130 hubs throughout the nation. Waterloo is one such hub, having provided an Honor Flight experience for nearly 1,500 veterans since 2011.
Growing up, the McFarland brothers each graduated from La Porte City High School; Cliff in 1961 and twin brothers Dennis and Darryl in 1963. At that time, the choices for graduating high school seniors were somewhat limited- find a job, go to school or join the service. While John, their oldest brother, was drafted into the service of the United States Army, the lack of available jobs led the younger brothers to choose enlistment.
At 18 years of age, Cliff, along with two of his high school buddies, wasted no time starting his military career after graduation, departing the very next day to San Diego to join the United States Navy. Younger brother Dennis also served in the Navy, enlisting in the Naval Reserves before being called to active duty. Darryl, as his brothers quickly point out, was not cut from the Navy cloth, opting for the Army instead.
“He couldn’t stand the water,” Dennis said.
“My thought was I didn’t want to be inside something, anything- no ship, no nothing,” Darryl explained.
Following boot camp in San Diego, Cliff was off to Norfolk, Virginia for schooling before being assigned to work as ship’s crew aboard the aircraft carrier USS Forestal. As a Yeoman 3rd Class, his duties included office work as a member of the admiral’s staff, before transitioning to Aviation Intelligence. After leaving the Admiral’s staff, Cliff went to Pre-Flight Command in Pensacola, Florida, the place where pilots were trained. While in Florida, he worked in the personnel office and taught some swimming and survival training.
Darryl’s journey in the military began at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri for basic training. From there, he transitioned to Fort Knox, Kentucky for armor school, learning all about tanks. As a tank crewman, he was stationed overseas in Germany for two and a half years. There he learned the skills of a turret mechanic, in addition to those of a track mechanic, mastering the operations of the M48 Patton tank.
When called up from the Navy reserves, brother Dennis spent six weeks preparing to serve on the USS Okinawa as a Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class (BM3). Some would describe the duties of BM3 as a versatile member of the Navy’s operational staff. Older brother Cliff uses a different label, preferring the term “Janitor the Ship.”
Listening to the McFarland brothers share stories of their time in the military, it’s not surprising to hear good-natured ribbing bantered about.
“One thing about the Navy, if the ship goes down, you just gotta know how to reach the bottom of the ocean and run like heck,” Dennis said with a chuckle.
All kidding aside, the brothers agree their Mom was proud of the decisions they made to opt for military service. And so would their dad, they believe, had he not passed away when the boys were young.
While the McFarland brothers’ service in the Navy and Army came after the Korean War and prior to the escalation of conflict in Vietnam, the world in the early and mid-1960s was not without danger. Each of the brothers have vivid recollections of the events that transpired shortly after President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963.
In the immediate chaos that followed the fateful events in Dallas that day, Cliff, who was in Washington D.C. at the time, received a call with orders to return to the ship within four hours. In the event the president’s death was somehow connected to another country or foreign government, the United States military was put on high alert.
At the time Kennedy was shot, Dennis, his ship at anchor, was “running liberty boats, ferrying people back and forth.” Upon news of the president’s death, everything stopped, he remembers.
For Darryl, stationed in Germersheim, Germany near a small missile base, news of the assassination was met with disbelief, followed by a grim realization.
“Someone came in and said the President has been shot. We said, ‘You don’t joke about that.’ So they asked me, ‘Can you do down and find out for sure?’ I did and I came back and said ‘It’s true.’ We went on alert for two days. No one was allowed to leave the barracks.”
More than 5,000 miles from the scene of the crime, Darryl and his fellow soldiers knew they were a target if another country, perhaps Russia, decided to start shooting.
“We would have had 30 seconds to live because we had a small missile base,” he said.
“We’d be taken out right away.”
One year earlier, missiles were at the forefront of world news, when the United States discovered the construction of a Russian nuclear missile base in Cuba. Over a 13 day span, as the Cuban Missile Crisis played out, the threat of a nuclear war was very real. Aboard the USS Forestal during the crisis, Cliff could literally see Cuba from the ship for a time. Though a peaceful resolution was negotiated after two weeks of high drama, U.S.-Soviet relations remained frosty during this period of time, the height of the Cold War. As a result, the Forestal remained at sea for six months.
By late 1966, the McFarland brothers had completed their military service. Each returned home to Iowa where they eventually got married and raised a family. Each enjoyed long careers working for John Deere. Fifty years later, the lessons they learned in the military remain with them today.
“Before [the military], I wouldn’t have ever talked to a stranger. I can meet anybody on the street and talk to them now,” Cliff noted.
“I think the work ethic has stayed with me,” Darryl added.
Dennis credits the difficult experience helping shipmates carry the injured off damaged aircraft as one of the motivating factors for continuing his work as a fireman the past 37 years.
All three brothers credit the military for helping learn discipline in life.
As Cliff, Dennis and Darryl tour the memorials of Washington, D.C., thoughts of their oldest brother, John, who decided not to make the trip, will be on their minds.
“It hurt when John said he wouldn’t go because I was looking forward to the four of us being out there together,” Darryl said.
Among the monuments they look forward to seeing, the Vietnam Memorial Wall and the number of Iowans whose names are engraved, beckons.
Sullivan-Hartogh-Davis Post 730 is now in its sixth year as the sponsor of the regional Honor Flight hub in Waterloo, a remarkable feat considering each flight to Washington D.C. costs in excess of $100,000. Given the advanced age of World War II and Korean War veterans, Waterloo’s first 14 flights were limited to those who had served during that era. When it was announced last year that applications from veterans of the Vietnam War era would be accepted, the McFarland brothers were initially hesitant to apply.
“If we weren’t going together, I probably wouldn’t go. I just feel that maybe there’s somebody in bad health who might not be able to get to the next one,” Cliff explained, a sentiment echoed by his brothers.
By the time Cliff, Dennis and Darryl had completed their military service and returned home to Iowa, little did they know that a grateful community would offer to honor that service some fifty years later. Making this day even more special for them is that each will have a son by their side serving as a guardian. As they pondered the significance of the trip, Darryl noted there was only one thing that could possibly spoil the experience.
“It depends if he (gesturing to Cliff) pulls rank,” he said with a straight face that, after a split-second, burst into laughter.
Brothers to the end, indeed.

Staying Safe Online – September 7, 2016

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Most people looking at their bank statements would probably notice if their credit or debit card were used without their approval to purchase a big ticket item, and they would quickly call their bank or card issuer to report the error or fraudulent transaction. But consumers are less likely to be suspicious of very small charges, including those less than a dollar … which is why criminals like to make them.
‘These small transactions might be signs that someone has learned your account information and is using it to commit a crime,” said Michael Benardo, manager of the FDIC’s Cyber Fraud and Financial Crimes Section. “That’s why it’s important to be on the lookout for fraudulent transactions, no matter how small.”
He added, “When thieves fraudulently obtain someone else’s credit or debit card information and create a counterfeit card, they might test it out with a small transaction – like buying a pack of gum or a soda- to make sure the counterfeit card works before using it to make a big purchase. If this test goes unnoticed by the true account holder, thieves will use the card to buy something expensive that they want or that they can easily sell for cash.”
In one example, the Federal Trade Commission alleged that a group of individuals stole nearly $10 million by making charges to more than a million credit and debit cards that went unnoticed by most of cardholders because
the transactions ranged from 20 cents to $10.
Even a small deposit in your checking or savings account that you weren’t expecting could be a sign that criminals have learned your account information and are trying to link your account to theirs so they can fraudulently withdraw money, perhaps your entire balance.
Note: Be aware that if you ask to link your accounts at two different financial institutions, such as when setting up automatic transfers for investment or payment purposes, many banks and other payment providers may make test charges or deposits of less than $1 to verify that the proper arrangements have been made.
What can consumers to do protect themselves? Be on the lookout for small transactions you don’t think you’ve conducted or authorized. “The best way to catch this kind of fraud is to regularly and thoroughly review your bank and credit card statements to look for transactions that you didn’t initiate,” Benardo said. “If you have online access to your bank and credit card accounts, it is a good idea to check them regularly, perhaps weekly, for suspicious activity.”
Immediately contact your bank or credit card issuer if you see a transaction that you didn’t authorize and ask for it to be reversed. Debit card users in particular should promptly report an unauthorized transaction. While federal protections for credit cards cap losses from fraudulent charges at $50, a consumer’s liability limit for a debit card could be up to $500 or more if you don’t notify your bank within two business days after discovering the theft.
Also ask your bank or credit card issuer about additional precautions it could take to prevent fraud on your account. “For a period of time, it might monitor your account more closely for fraudulent transactions,” Benardo said. “Or, it may determine that the best course of action is to close your current account and issue you a new card with a new account number.”

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Practical Money Matters – September 7, 2016

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By Nathaniel Sillin

 Back-to-School Tech for Your Children
It’s increasingly common to find classrooms filled with the blue hue of computer and tablet screens. Early education or postgraduate work, there’s a shift towards technology-driven, or at least technology-aided, schooling.
Students that learn to use technology to stay organized, conduct in-depth research and collaborate with peers can also use these skills in college and their professional lives.
What devices might students need? Laptops, tablets and smartphones are the primary devices that many students use. Although your child likely doesn’t need one of each, a graphing calculator is sometimes a second necessity for classes and standardized tests.
Some high schools have a one-to-one program and issue students a laptop or tablet that they can bring home. Other schools let students borrow devices while in class, or let students bring their own device.
While the upfront costs of purchasing a device are understandably higher, you might want to buy one anyway. You won’t need to return it, and it can be used during summer breaks and subsequent years at no extra cost.
Saving money when purchasing your own tech. If you decide to buy a device, you may be able to save money by timing your purchase and comparison shopping.
Find discounts during annual sales. Back-to-school sales often include electronics, making this a good time to buy. Some manufacturers release new models between June and August, which can lead to an even better discount on last year’s models. Labor Day and the holidays sales are prime deal times later in the year.
Use retailers’ outlets. Manufacturers sometimes offer older models, open-box items, and refurbished electronics for a discount at their online outlet sites. The product might even be as good as new, but can’t be sold at full price because the box is damaged. Check back often because the sites frequently post new items.
Look for student deals. Some software companies and electronics manufacturers offer student discounts to high schoolers, while others restrict the savings to current or incoming college students. Research policies from manufacturers, as well as online retailers, and compare them with your local stores’ policies.
Educational discounts for homeschooling parents. Homeschooling parents may be eligible for manufacturers’ educational discounts even if their child doesn’t qualify for a student discount.
Shop at resellers. If you’re looking for a particular type of tablet or laptop, search far and wide for the best price. There’s no guarantee that buying directly from the manufacturer is cheapest.
Trade in old devices. Some retailers give you store credit for your old electronics. It’s a good option if you have a device that’s just gathering dust on a shelf.
Buy used. While used electronics may be older and slower than the latest model, that’s not always a problem. For example, some standardized tests forbid test takers from using newer web-enabled graphing calculators. You can find used items online, at garage sales and in local Facebook buy/sell/trade groups. If there isn’t a warranty or guarantee from a reputable company, determine the device’s quality before making a purchase.
Always check for coupons and rebates. Whether you’re shopping online or in a store, always check for coupons and discount codes. Researching the store’s name plus “coupon code” will often result in a list of sites with the latest codes. Look for more savings by searching the product’s name plus rebate.
Consider budget laptops. There are laptops available for just a few hundred dollars. Although these less expensive options may come at a compromise on performance or storage capabilities, they can be well suited for students’ basic tasks.
Where you find the best deal can depend on what you’re looking for, the time of year and one-off promotions. Consider all your options and weigh the pros and cons of buying an older or used device.
Bottom line: Understanding technology is a necessity for many of today’s students and professionals. Ensuring students have access to technology at home could help them excel at school and later in life. While some devices can be costly, there are programs and opportunities that can help you save money if you know where to look.

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Meditations – September 7, 2016

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 By Rev. Rose Blank, St. Paul United Methodist Church

 It’s back to school time and families are finding a new routine after a summer of varying schedules and activities. I always loved going back to school. There was an excitement about the new classes I’d be taking, what new things I might learn, seeing old friends and perhaps making some new ones. This experience can be a bit scary as well; filled with apprehension about many of the same things. And yet all of life really provides opportunities for us to learn, to stretch ourselves and to grow in ways we may not have anticipated.
In Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, he reminds us that we are invited to “come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ… we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body’s growth in building itself up in love.” (4: 13, 15-16) Growing up into Christ – that sounds like a life-long process to me! We are always learning, always ‘in school’ to become those people God desires for us to be.
We are strengthened in our life of faith as we immerse ourselves in God’s Word, being shaped and transformed by it. I recently attended an event at a retreat center where one of the topics was entitled “Attentiveness to the Word: Spiritual Formation and Scripture.” The faculty person led us as we reflected on the importance of dwelling in God’s Word that comes to us, not only in the scriptures, but through prayer and through God’s creation. She said the practices of reading and reflecting on scripture are grounded in these words and images from Ephesians 4.
As I think about the children going back to school, perhaps it’s time for all of us to be more deeply schooled in the Word of God that comes to us throughout all the stories of scripture – stories that remind us of the deep and abiding love of God; stories that call us to find our own story in the larger story of God’s presence in all of human history. It is in this immersion in the Word of God that we become transformed, not just for our own sake. It is for the sake of the world as we pour out our lives for others as Christ gave his life for all. The invitation as we move into this autumn season is to “go back to school” to learn from and be shaped by the love of God that comes through the amazing stories of scripture. What might our communities look like and what would our world look like if each of us spent time being schooled in the Scripture, shaped and transformed by the Word of God?

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