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Walking for Awareness and Support

The “Splash of Color Breast Cancer Support Group” will have their 4th Annual 3K Fundraiser Walk on Saturday, October 11, 2014. The walk is at Sullivan Park on East Fourth Street in Waterloo. The cost to participate is $18 for Adults and $10 for children, age 12 and under. Money raised will go toward furthering the activities of the Splash of Color (SoC) group, which provides support for women of color in our community who are surviving breast cancer.
SoC is a program of the Beyond Pink TEAM focused specifically on the needs of women of color who have breast cancer. This is the only fundraiser that specifically raises funds to support their activities. The funds raised allow SoC to provide additional programming and services for women in the community who are newly diagnosed with breast cancer, as well as women living with cancer.
All registered participants will receive an event t-shirt. Registration for the event will start at 7:30 a.m. and the 3K Walk will start at 8:30 a.m. When participants return to the park, there will be a brief program, entertainment, and light refreshments provided by Panera Bakery-Café. There will also be a $1 raffle, baked goods and items for purchase at the walk.
Event organizer, Cathy Ketton says the support of the community is very important to the work Splash of Color is able to do. “Living with breast cancer can be lonely, scary and can lead a family to financial hardship,” Ketton said. “Women newly diagnosed and women living with breast cancer do not have to be alone or carry this burden. Having the community come out for this event, shows them that support is there for them.”
For five years the Splash of Color group has been providing support, resources and services to women living with breast cancer. “Our goals have not changed,” said Ketton. “We need to reach women and let them know that there is support and resources available to them.”

Heartland Church to Host Third Day Power Team

On October 5th at 10 AM, Heartland Community Church will welcome Third Day Power, the husband and wife team of Ray and Jannet Clark. Ray and Jannet travel the world demonstrating the power of God in their lives!
Ray bench presses 450 lbs and can smash through a 5-foot wall of concrete with his forearm! Jannet can bench press 345 lbs. Her story will motivate and encourage all who have ever been in a difficult place at some point in their in their lives! She was the first woman ever on the all male “Power Team,” where she met her husband, Ray Clark. Ray and Jannet have been married for more than five years.
Come see their amazing strength and hear their amazing story of faith. For more details about their ministry, logon to their website at www.thirddaypower.com.

Weather Conditions Could Nip Soybean Yields

A record soybean crop may be projected nationwide, but Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) leaders don’t expect a bumper harvest due to adverse weather.
Iowa farmers will harvest an estimated 512 million bushels, up 10 million from August estimates, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Crop Production Report released today. The average yield is estimated at 51 bushels per acre, up 1 bushel from last month.
“In my part of Iowa the crop looks good but I am not certain it will be one of the best we have raised,” said Tom Oswald, ISA president, who farms near Cleghorn.
“I expect our crop to be above average but feel the overall wet, cloudy and cool conditions have taken the top end off of our yield potential.”
Until combines start rolling, ISA CEO Kirk Leeds said projecting yields is difficult.
“I suspect soybean yields are going to be even more variable this year depending on late season stress brought about by wet conditions,” Leeds said.
Nationally, record soybean production is on tap, the report said. The harvest is projected at 3.91 billion bushels, up 3 percent from the August forecast. If realized, the crop will exceed the largest in a decade by more than 500 million bushels.
Soybean yields nationwide are projected at 46.6 bushels per acre. While a new high, the primary reason for bin-busting production across the country is a substantial increase in harvested acres at 84.4 million, up 11 percent from last year. Soybean ending stocks are projected at 475 million bushels, which would be the highest since 2006/07.
Soybean prices have tumbled in recent months due to anticipation of a monster crop. Grant Kimberley, ISA market development director, said that will create buying opportunities which may strengthen prices.
China and other countries purchased more than 800,000 tons of U.S. soybeans this week, government data shows.
“We have seen strong global demand recently,” Kimberley said. “Given the U.S. Soy Global Trade Exchange conference is taking place next week in Milwaukee, we anticipate demand will continue to gain momentum.”
Several soybean purchasing contracts are expected to be signed between Chinese buyers and U.S. exporters for the next marketing year at a signing ceremony during the conference, according to industry officials. That coincides with comments ISA officials heard from Chinese buyers during a trade mission in July predicting the nation would import 75 million metric tons, which is 1 million more than the latest USDA estimate.
“These recent projected commitments are probably a result of how these prices are stimulating additional demand that hasn’t been accounted for,” said Kimberley.
Soybean export projections were raised 25 million bushels to 1.7 billion for the upcoming marketing year due to increased supplies, according to the World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) Report released today. The domestic soybean crush was raised 15 million bushels to a record 1.77 billion, mostly on increased soybean meal exports.
The U.S. season-average soybean price is projected at $9 to $11 per bushel, down 35 cents on both ends of the range, according to the WASDE report.
To learn more about ISA, go to www.iasoybeans.com.

Computer Classes Offered

October is Computer Learning Month. Now is the perfect time to sign up for Hawkins Library’s Monday afternoon Basic Computer Class or the Tuesday morning Tech Time Class.
The Basic Computer Class, for individuals with some computer experience, is scheduled to begin Monday, October 20, 4:30 to 5:30 PM. Learn proper start up and shut down, safe web browsing, email basics, Windows Explorer, and how to change computer settings.
Tech Time is for persons needing help and who want to learn to use the programs on their computers.Tutorials are available through LearningExpress which has introductory training courses on how to use a computer, search the internet and take advantage of social networking. This program starts Tuesday, October 21, from 9 to 10 AM.
Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops for use in these monthly one-hour classes. Several desktop computers will also be available. Class sizes are limited. Register at Hawkins Memorial Library or call (319) 342-3025.

Brandon Church to Serve Chicken Noodle Supper

With the fast paced world of modern society, making things from scratch is a thing of the past. Not so for the ladies of the Brandon United Methodist Church, who have found that when it comes to old-fashioned chicken and noodles, home-made wins every time. That is why each September they get together to make egg noodles from scratch, lots of them, to serve at their annual Chicken Noodle dinner.
This year, a group of 15 volunteers, ages five and up, gathered together to carry on a tradition that has been passed from generation to the next. In just a few hours the group mixed, rolled, cut and hung thousands of noodles, enough to make more than 30 gallons of noodles!
Chicken and noodles, circa 2014, required more than 12 dozen eggs and 50 pounds of flour to create the noodles, all 185 pounds of them. Along with the featured main course, the Brandon church will be serving mashed potatoes, squash, green beans and rolls, along with a full salad bar, and dessert. The dinner is served from 4:30-7:30 PM on Saturday, September 27th at the Brandon United Methodist Church, located at 507 Main Street in Brandon. Cost for the meal is $8.00 for Adults, $4.00 for children ages 5-12, and free for those four and under.

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