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State Ombudsman Program Seeks Volunteers

Are you interested in advocating for residents of Iowa’s long-term care facilities? The Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman is seeking volunteers in Benton, Black Hawk, Johnson, Linn, Muscatine, Scott, Washington and other surrounding counties to become members of its new Volunteer Ombudsman Program (VOP).
Volunteer Ombudsmen are trained, certified volunteers that visit long-term care facilities to assist residents with problems or concerns, monitor the quality of care provided residents, help protect residents’ rights, work to ensure dignified and respectful treatment of residents, and encourage participation in resident councils. This unique and rewarding opportunity requires a minimum commitment of 3-5 hours per month for one year.
As a Volunteer Ombudsman, you will receive:

Training, resources and continuing support from the VOP Coordinators

Rewarding relationships with residents and other volunteers

The opportunity to partner in fostering the dignity of residents of long-term care facilities

Trainings are scheduled in Eastern Iowa from late October through mid-February.  Applications to volunteer must be submitted prior to attending training. To learn more about the Volunteer Ombudsman Program, and to request an application, contact: Merea Bentrott or Sarah Hinzman, Volunteer Ombudsman Program Coordinators at 866-236-1430, or visit the VOP website at www.iowaaging.gov/vop.

Signs of Fall

The beauty of the local countryside is evident in this photo, which is also posted at mainstreetlpc.com, a photo blog featuring, in part, images of La Porte City past and present. Photo by Jane Whittlesey.

Meet the Candidates for City Council – Eric Allsup

Eric Allsup
Age 36
Firefighter/Paramedic for the City of Waterloo
Single; my parents are Carroll Allsup and Tana Hinz
I went to La Porte City schools (Union) and lived here all my life.
Why are you running for office?
I am running for office because I want to take an active role in my city and to bring new ideas to the table. My vision for the city is that if we can continue to work on our infrastructure, we can gain a solid base to attract new businesses and new residents.
In four years, how will the community know if you’ve accomplished your goals?
In four years, the community will know I have accomplished my goals because hopefully there will be better streets and better communication. I know some things can’t be seen such as sewer repairs and water improvements. The public should be informed. I am only one person but it takes a community to get things done.

Meet the Candidates for City Council – Ted Steffens

Ted Steffens
Age 44
Assembler – John Deere
Wife, Rachele; children Eric, Conner and Olivia
Graduate of La Porte City High School; former board member, vice-president and president of La Porte City Lions Club
Why are you running for office?
I have been a citizen of LPC for over 40 years and I want to be involved in my community to help maintain and improve in any way I can for current and future residents.
In four years, how will the community know if you’ve accomplished your goals?
 In four years my goals are to have helped make the right decisions for the concerns and improvements brought to me in the best interest of the city.

Meet the Candidates for City Council – Gary R. Forney

Gary R. Forney
Age 60
Retired Musician, Actor
Wife, Bonnie; sons Joshua and Logan, daughter Laura Lee
University of Northern  Iowa; I starred in a movie that aired on PBS, and Netflix. I wrote songs and did a music video for another film that starred Alice Cooper’s daughter, Calico Cooper; I currently have a song in an off-broadway musical; I was featured in the New York Times in 2003.
Why are you running for office?
I have lived in LPC for 25 years, and have seen the best and worst the city has to offer. I care about what happens here as this is my hometown now. I have seen a few events that concerned me and decided to run for election to see what I could do about things.
In four years, how will the community know if you’ve accomplished your goals?
Inside four years, it is my belief, LPC will either prosper or perish as a city based on what is done now. I hope to prioritize spending to see the city grow. If it has within four years, I feel I will have helped and people will know.

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