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Support Union After Prom: Christmas Gift Ideas

Needing gift ideas for that hard to buy for Union fan? The Union After Prom Committee has several suggestions to offer this Christmas season:
Union Knights Cinch Bags – these spacious, lightweight bags are great for carrying odds and ends. Price: $10.
Union Knights Power Banks – charge your USB powered devices, such as cell phones and tablet computers. Price: $15
Vendor Food/Activity Discout Card – enjoy discounted savings from more than 15 area business through November 1, 2016. Price: $20
If interested in purchasing any of these items, please contact Julie Schmitz at 319-239-0463.
Vendor Discount Card (participating businesses)
Popeyes-Free 2 Pc Dinner W/Pur. Of 3 Pc Combo
Long John Silvers-10% Off Total
Famous Daves -Free Onion String W/Pur. Of 2 Entrées
Coldstone Creamery- $1 Off Any Love-It Size Creation Or Lgr. Ice Cream Creation
Panda Express-Free Entrée W/ Pur. Of A 2 Entrée Plate
Gino’s Pizza-Buy Q #1 Combo Get A #1 Combo @ 1/2 Price
Papa Murphy’s-Free Cookie Dough W/ Pur. Of A Family Size Pizza @ Reg. Menu Price
Palmer’s Family Fun-$1 Off A Kart Ticket or 18 Holes of Mini Golf
KFC-$1 Off Any Combo
Cadillac Lanes-$1 Off Galaxy Or 1 FreeGame W/Pur. Of The Same
IHOP-$5 Off A Total Pur. Of $25 Or More *M-F*
Village Inn-10% Off Total Pur *Dine In Only*
LJ’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill-$5 Off Pur. Of $25 Or More *Dine In Only* 4X Use-Clip Off*
Pizza Ranch-Free Small Cactus Bread W/ Pur. Of A Lg. Pizza @ Reg. Price
Arbys-Free Reg. Roast Beef Sand. W/ Pir. Of The Same
Culvers-$1 Off Any Combo
Applebees-10% Off Total Pur. *Excl. Alcohol*

Meditations – November 11, 2015

By Reverend Ray Atwood  Prince of Peace Cluster, La Porte City, Eagle Center, Traer
Heaven
“Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we shall be has not yet been revealed. We do know that when it is revealed we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is” (1 Jn. 3:2).
“At present we see indistinctly, as in a mirror, but then face to face. At present I know partially; then I shall know fully, as I am fully known” (1 Cor. 13:12).
“They will look upon his face, and his name will be on their foreheads” (Rev. 22:4).
When we think of Heaven, pictures of angels floating on clouds playing harps, choirs singing magnificent hymns, and a parade of saints worshipping almighty God come to mind. The fact is that we have no idea how magnificent Heaven is. The Catechism of the Catholic Church describes Heaven as “eternal life with God; communion of life and love with the Trinity and all the blessed. Heaven is the state of supreme and definitive happiness, the great and deepest longings of humanity” (CCC 1023). Heaven is the face-to-face encounter with our Creator. It is a constant renewal of the human soul and the most joyful place imaginable.
Bishop Fulton Sheen once described Heaven this way: “Look at your heart! It tells the story of why you were made. It is not perfect in shape and contour, like a Valentine Heart. There seems to be a small piece missing out of the side of every human heart. That may be to symbolize a piece that was torn out of the Heart of Christ which embraced all humanity on the Cross. But I think the real meaning is that when God made your human heart, He found it so good and so lovable that He kept a small sample of it in Heaven. He sent the rest of it into this world to enjoy his gifts, and to use them as stepping stones back to Him, but to be ever mindful that you can never love anything in this world with your whole heart because you have not a whole heart with which to love. In order to love anyone with your whole heart, in order to be really peaceful, in order to be really wholehearted, you must go back to God to receive the piece He has been keeping for you for all eternity!” (You, by Fulton Sheen, p. 7).
So there you have it. Heaven is the place where God is keeping that tiny piece of your heart, and the place where you will be whole again. That is worth any sacrifice and worth the wait!

Letter to the Editor – Dale Barnett

To the Editor:
While we can all rejoice this Veterans Day that the steady flow of U.S. casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan has slowed to a trickle, we must never forget the incredible sacrifice that America’s defenders continue to make on our behalf.
Such is the case of Master Sergeant Joshua Wheeler, who died leading a Delta Force rescue mission of ISIS hostages held in Iraq on Oct. 22. A veteran of 14 combat deployments, his sacrifice is shared by four boys who are now fatherless and his wife, who became a widow far too early. But another important part of his legacy are the 70 hostages who were spared brutal executions by an enemy that is as ruthless as any that America has faced.
The willingness to face pain and death so others can be spared isn’t unique to just the fallen. Consider the case of two American veterans and their longtime friend when they bravely stopped a terrorist attack aboard a train bound for Paris this summer.
Airman First Class Spencer Stone, Army Specialist Alek Skarlatos and Anthony Salder could have run from the danger when a heavily armed gunman boarded the train.
Instead, Specialist Skarlatos said, “Let’s go,” as the men ran toward a future that could have easily meant instant death or maiming for them and all of the other innocent people within range.
Fortunately, this story is remembered not for the horrific tragedy that nearly happened but for the heroism that did. Even after enduring serious stab wounds that were inflicted as he disarmed the gunman, Airman Stone administered life-saving first aid to a passenger that was shot.
The terrorist was carrying 270 rounds of ammunition. But because of the actions of these three young Americans, and two Europeans who assisted them, the death toll aboard the train was zero.
There is also the incredible story of Chris Mintz. As others were understandably fleeing from a mass shooting at Oregon’s Umpqua Community College on Oct. 1, the 30-year-old former Army infantryman bravely confronted the gunman at a classroom door, as he attempted to save others who were inside. Mr. Mintz survived the attack and continues to recover after being shot five times.
These stories are inspiring, but certainly not surprising to me. As national commander of The American Legion, I meet veterans all of the time who have demonstrated tremendous heroism yet blend in our communities without fanfare.
There are many ways to thank the men and women who have served in our Armed Forces, but I cannot think of a better method of showing gratitude than to hire one. Employers who make this smart decision will usually benefit from the discipline, skills and loyalty that are found abundantly in today’s military.
Isn’t it likely that people who have survived firefights in Afghanistan can handle whatever tasks are thrown their way at the office without too much stress?
My old classmate, C. Hughes Clark, summed up the humble nature of most veterans. “I can say without regret that I wouldn’t have done anything different through it all, simply because it has given me a sense of accomplishment that I couldn’t have accomplished any other way.”
Dale Barnett, The American Legion

Hawkins’ Happenings – November 11, 2015

By Jolene Kronschnabel
It will be tool time at Story Time on Thursday, November 12, 10:30 AM. Preschoolers will trek to the La Porte City FFA Historical & Ag Museum to marvel at their display and to read about tools and building that morning.
Stories and activities with turkeys and pilgrims will create holiday happiness for preschoolers on Thursday, November 19, at 10:30 AM, when they read about Thanksgiving at Story Time.
People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks is the November 23, 1 PM book club discussion selection. Pick up a copy of this book and join the group.
Thanksgiving crafts can be made Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, November 24-26, at the library.
The movie on Tuesday, November 24, at 1:15 PM is Tomorrowland. Bound by a shared destiny, a teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor embark on a mission to unearth the secrets of a place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory.
Hawkins Memorial Library will close at 5 PM on Wednesday, November 25, and remain closed all day on Thursday and Friday, November 26 and 27, for the Thanksgiving holiday. We will open again at 9 AM on Saturday, November 28.
Your fine total will be reduced by $3.00 for each item brought in during Food For Fines Month. Bring non-perishable food and personal care items to the library to pay fines during November. Distribution of donated goods will be local through The Lord’s Food Pantry.
Think about Christmas shopping at the library. We have candles, wax melts, magnets, bookmarks, album bowls, and hand-stamped cards for purchase. Buy locally and support your library!

County, City Seek Trail Bridge Solution

A gap in the Cedar Valley Nature Trail has the Black Hawk County Conservation Board and the City Council of La Porte City searching for a solution to make the trail whole once again. At issue is the bridge identified as Bridge L3, which spans Wolf Creek in La Porte City. Earlier this year, a scheduled inspection revealed serious structural decay in some of the support timbers, prompting the restriction of all motorized traffic on the bridge. In September, the bridge was closed to all traffic after a follow-up inspection revealed additional decay that prevented the determination of the bridge’s load capacity.
The gap created by the closure of the bridge prevents access to La Porte City from the north by nature trail hikers and bikers. Likewise, trail users in La Porte City have discovered that a trip north abruptly ends at the gazebo.
At a meeting last month in La Porte City, the Black Hawk County Conservation Board presented four options to resolve the issue, along with preliminary cost estimates. At this time, it is unclear where the revenue to fund any of the solutions offered can be found.
The first option is a short-term repair, which is expected to extend the life of the bridge 5-10 years, at a cost of $1.34 million. A long-term repair, adding 30-50 years to the lifespan of the bridge, comes with an estimated 1.49 million price tag. The cost to totally replace the bridge, the third option presented, is estimated to cost 2.39 million. The fourth option to be considered is a realignment of the trail, which would by-pass the bridge altogether. Such an option has an unknown cost at this time, as a realignment of the trail would involve routing it through privately owned property.
The consensus of the County Conservation Board is to continue studying the possibility of realigning the trail and the costs associated with moving it in a new direction. The proximity of U.S. Highway 218 to the trail as it enters city limits from the north is one of the major concerns, as officials look for the most cost efficient way to restore the integrity of the trail in a manner that protects the safety of its users.

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