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Plan Ahead: Nov. 3 City Elections Around the Corner

City elections will be held on November 3, 2015. Here’s some of the vital information for the elections held in Black Hawk County:
Polls will be open from 7 AM until 8 PM on Election Day, November 3 in the cities of Cedar Falls, Dunkerton, Elk Run Heights, Evansdale, Gilbertville, Hudson, La Porte City, Raymond and Waterloo.
Absentee ballots are now available at the Election Office, Room 210 of the Courthouse at 316 E. 5th St., Waterloo, IA 50703. Ballots may be voted there 8 AM-4:30 PM, Monday-Friday, through Monday, November 2. To vote by mail, send an absentee ballot request form (found at www.sos.state.ia.us or www.co.black-hawk.ia.us) to the Election Office at the above address and a ballot will be mailed to you. Absentee ballot request forms must be received in the Election Office by the deadline of 5 PM, Friday, October 30, or no ballot will be mailed.
Pre-paid return postage is provided for all ballots returned by mail to the Election Office. A mailed ballot received after November 3 must be postmarked on or before November 2, or it WILL NOT be counted. Postmarks are not always affixed by the Post Office, so mail your absentee ballot early enough so that it arrives by Election Day. Even if the ballot is postmarked on time, mailed ballots must also be received in the Election Office by the deadlines of noon on Thursday, November 5 for cities with possible runoff elections (Waterloo and Cedar Falls), or noon on Monday, November 9 for all other cities in Black Hawk County, or they will not be counted.
Persons who are admitted to hospitals and Health Care Facilities (HCF) within three days of the election (Saturday October 31 through Election Day, November 3) may make a request by telephone to the Election Office (319-833-3007) and an absentee ballot will be delivered to them. On Election Day the telephone request must be made at least four hours prior to the 8 PM close of the polls. These ballots will be personally delivered to the voter at the hospital or HCF by two election officials who will assist the voter in voting (if requested) and return the sealed, voted ballot to the Election Office to be counted on Election Day.
Absentee ballots MAY NOT be turned in at a polling place except to be surrendered and voided, in which case the voter would vote in person at the polling place. Hand-delivered ballots need to be taken to the Election Office by 8 PM on Election Day, Nov. 3. Persons who did not receive or have lost their absentee ballots will be provided the option of voting provisional ballots at the polls.
The last day to pre-register at the Election Office for this election is Friday, Oct. 23 before 5 PM. Any new or moved voter who registers before the deadline will not be required to show proof of residence and identity at the polls. Following the deadline and on Election Day, new and moved voters will be processed using the requirements of Election Day Registration and must provide proof of residence and identity. Voter registration forms may be found at www.sos.state.ia.us or www.co.black-hawk.ia.us Regular Election Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 AM-4:30 PM.
A person who is eligible to register to vote may do so on Election Day at the polling place for the precinct in which the person lives. The person must complete a voter registration form, sign an oath, and provide acceptable proof of both identity and residence. The most common example of an acceptable form of identity and residence is an Iowa driver’s license that is not expired and shows the person’s address on Election Day. Other acceptable forms of identity may be found at www.sos.state.ia.us or www.co.black-hawk.ia.us.
If you are unsure where you are supposed to vote, go to the Elections Page of the county website at www.co.black-hawk.ia.us, or use the Iowa Secretary of State’s website at www.sos.state.ia.us, where users may select “Find Your Precinct/Polling Place” and/or “Am I Registered to Vote?”
For questions, contact the Election Office at 319-833-3007 or elections@co.black-hawk.ia.us The Elections office is located in Room 210 of the Black Hawk County Courthouse, 316 E. 5th St, Waterloo, 50703.

Union Vocalists to Present Concert Oct. 20

On Tuesday, October 20, the Union High School Vocal Department will present their Fall Vocal Concert as the first public event of the 2015-2016 Concert Season.
Tim Mitchell, Vocal Director at the high school stated, “This will be a great way for the public to experience the great things to come from the Music Department this year at UHS. We have a great mix of experience and new talent that are working towards a fine cohesive vocal sound for the department.”
In addition to the performances by the Union High School Concert Choir, the event will feature the students auditioning for the Iowa All-State Chorus.
Admission to the concert is $5.00.
 
Union High School Fall Vocal Concert: 7:30 PM on Tuesday, October 20, Matt Auditorium, Union High School
Concert Choir Playlist
“Morning Trumpet” 19th century southern American Spiritual by B. F. White
“Shenandoah” – an arrangement of a classic America Folk song arranged by James Erb
“Baba Yetu” – a Swahili piece written as a backdrop to the “Civilization IV” video game by Christopher Tin
“May The Good Lord Bless and Keep You” – written by Iowa’s own Meredith Willson
“Rockin’ Jerusalem” – a rousing African-American spiritual by Andre Thomas.

Healthy Conversations: Five Easy Ways to Improve Your Health – October 14, 2015

From Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield
We are constantly bombarded with messages on how to live a healthier lifestyle. The airwaves are filled with offers to help us lose weight fast, shake our muscles into shape, and prevent chronic illness.
For the low price of $49.95, we can get a six-month supply of fat-burning tablets or a new exercise contraption. If we want to spend more, we can even invest in elective medical procedures that will undo the damage we’ve already done to ourselves.
But living a healthier lifestyle is really much simpler than that. A lot simpler. In fact, we have the power to make changes at any time. Here are five easy (and free!) things you can start doing today:
Lose 5-10 pounds: “Nearly all of us could stand to lose a little weight, and even five or 10 pounds can make a significant difference in our health,” says Paul Karazija, M.D., Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield chief medical officer. “Losing weight can improve blood pressure, lower cholesterol and blood sugar levels, and make it easier to exercise.”
Find simple ways to exercise: When was the last time you parked in the far corner of the parking lot? Or took the stairs instead of the elevator? It’s these simple things, according to Karazija, that help promote a continually active lifestyle.
“Even with all the gyms, exercise equipment and youth sports, most Iowans exercise less than their parents and grandparents,” he says. “Taking a walk each night after dinner, or helping the kids rake autumn leaves will keep you up and moving, and also provide more family time in your hectic schedule.”
Eat one more serving of fruit, and one more serving of vegetables, each day: Most Iowans have a hard time dieting, and one of the main reasons is that they feel restricted in what they can – and can’t – eat. One way to ease into healthier food habits is simply to include more fruits and vegetables into your diet.
Fruits and vegetables generally have no fat, and are high in fiber, vitamins and other nutrients. Karazija suggests adding a salad, or including fresh or frozen vegetables with your dinner entrée. Fresh fruit can be incorporated into your diet as part of breakfast, or as snacks throughout the day.
Keep track of your preventive exams: Now that we’re losing weight, moving more and eating better, we can’t forget about taking care of the rest of our bodies. Most Iowans don’t receive the preventive medical services they should, Karazija says, starting with an annual physical exam from their primary care provider. Other services (depending on age) include screenings for breast, prostate and colon cancers; blood testing to monitor cholesterol and blood sugar levels; and getting an annual flu shot.
Volunteer: Volunteering won’t necessarily help you lose weight, exercise more or eat right (unless you volunteer to run through the orchard picking apples, perhaps). What volunteering does do is contribute to your sense of purpose, which in turn can improve your relationships, your community, and your overall outlook on life.
“Volunteering is easy, and the best part is that you always get back just as much as you give,” Karazija says. “Contact your local school, hospital or church If you have some free time, but aren’t quite sure where to start. You won’t regret it.”

Freckles’ Adopt-A-Pet – October 14, 2015

Freckles and The Progress Review encourage potential pet owners who are loving and responsible to consider adopting a pet from the Cedar Bend Humane Society.
Chica is a sweet and fun-loving young American Staffordshire Terrier with a million dollar smile. At around 2 years old, Chica is very smart and knows her basic commands and then some. She can be timid at first, but warms up quickly once she gets to know you. Here at the shelter, Chica gets along well with other dogs, but we recommend a home without cats for her. Because of her nervous tendencies, Chica can sometimes be easily startled, so if you have any small children in your home, Chica should meet them first, and interaction should be supervised until trust is established. Chica is current on vaccinations, heartworm tested, microchipped and started on flea/tick prevention. She will be spayed before adoption.
For more information about adopting a pet, contact: Cedar Bend Humane Society, 1166 W. Airline Highway, Waterloo, Iowa 319-232-6887
cbhsadoption@mchsi.com – www.cedarbendhumanesociety.com

Meditations – October 14, 2015

By Christopher Simon
Help Yourself
“I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” ~ Philippians 4:13 NIV
Those who are lacking in self-reliance are fortunate that there are people who enjoy helping others. But even the most helpful and giving person gets tired of helping those who could easily help themselves but won’t. In a similar vein, people who are frugal are likely to feel they are being taken advantage of if asked to give money to those who are spendthrifts. There is something in us that feels the justice of Paul’s remark to the Thessalonians that “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.”(2 Thessalonians 3:10 NIV)
Clearly there is a difference between those who are unable to work (or help themselves) and those who are unwilling. Most of us welcome the opportunity to help those who are unable, but we chafe at helping those who just don’t feel like helping themselves. As Thomas Jefferson put it, “Never trouble another for what you can do yourself.”
Self-reliance, in all its wonderful varieties, from knowing how to take care of your basic needs, to making do with what you have,to being resilient after a setback, is surely one of the most useful of character traits.

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