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Senator Ernst Seeks Interns for 2018 Spring Semester

The office of U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) is seeking Iowa college students and recent graduates for internship opportunities in her Washington, D.C. and Iowa offices for Spring 2018. Internship applications are available at https://www.ernst.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/internships
“An internship in one of my offices in Iowa, or in Washington, D.C., can be a great opportunity for folks to gain hands-on experience in public policy, communications, constituent services, and more,” said Senator Ernst. “Interning in a congressional office allows our next generation of leaders to serve their communities and learn more about the issues most important to our great state.”
Interns will have the opportunity to experience a wide-range of responsibilities. In the Iowa offices, interns will assist constituents and attend local events. In the Washington, D.C. office, interns will learn about communications, the legislative process, give tours of the U.S. Capitol, and help with constituent services.
Applications for Spring 2018 can be submitted to Ernst_Internships@ernst.senate.gov and are accepted on a rolling basis. For student/parent questions, please contact Gabrielle Cirenza at Gabrielle_Cirenza@ernst.senate.gov.

Consumer Counselor – November 22, 2017

Black Friday Safety Tips
The unofficial beginning to the holiday shopping season, Black Friday compels many people to get out of bed in the middle of the night in the hopes of landing great deals on gifts for their loved ones. The competition to find deals on Black Friday can sometimes get heated. As a result, some shoppers have found themselves in unsafe situations in the past.
Many retailers have taken steps to make the atmosphere in their stores on Black Friday less hectic and more consumer-friendly. Shoppers can follow suit and take the following precautions to ensure this Black Friday is as safe as possible.
Recognize you might not get everything on your list. Inventory may be limited in regard to sale items on Black Friday. Make a list of the items you hope to buy and where you hope to buy them, ranking each item in terms of importance. Then calmly move from store to store, recognizing that you may not end up with every item on your list. Accepting this ahead of time can make the day seem less hectic and more safe.
Protect and conceal your purchases. Shoppers might not be as sharp when shopping Black Friday sales in the wee hours of the morning. That could make them more vulnerable to thieves. Protect and conceal purchases at all times. If necessary, bring items to the car after each purchase, making sure to place them in a concealed vehicle trunk where they are not visible to prospective thieves.
Leave small children at home. While horror stories of Black Friday holiday shoppers stampeding through stores are few and far between, malls may not be the safest places for small children to spend the day after Thanksgiving. Overstressed shoppers running on fumes and long lines at the checkout counters can make things unsafe for small kids and try their patience. Shoppers who plan to shop on Black Friday should leave their small children home with a spouse or relative to avoid accident or injury.
Park in well-lit areas. Parking can be hard to find on Black Friday. But shoppers should not give in and park far away from stores in poorly lit areas of parking lots. Doing so makes shoppers vulnerable to theft or attack.
Be attentive in the parking lot. In addition to keeping an eye out for prospective thieves or attackers, Black Friday shoppers should be mindful of motorists in the parking lots. Tired shoppers may be focused on getting home and speed through parking lots. Stay alert to avoid exhausted drivers.
Finding deals might be the ultimate goal of Black Friday, but shoppers also must be mindful of safety when shopping during the unofficial beginning of the holiday shopping season.

Hawkins’ Happenings – November 22, 2017

By Jolene Kronschnabel, Library Director
 Hawkins Memorial Library wishes you a very blessed Thanksgiving holiday. Please travel safely.
The library will close at 5 PM on Wednesday, November 22, and remain closed all day on Thursday and Friday, November 23 and 24, for Thanksgiving. We will open again at 9 AM on Saturday, November 25.
Preschool Story Time will not be held on Thursday, November 23, due to the holiday.
I Still Dream About You by Fannie Flagg is the Book Club selection for November. Read it before November 27, and join the group at 1 PM for the discussion. 
Kick-off the Christmas season at Preschool Story Time with cookies on Thursday, November 30. Youngsters can join us at 10:30 AM for some cookie fun and stories. Remember, there will not be Story Time if there is a late school start, or no school due to inclement weather.
There are only a few more days in November to bring in non-perishable food and personal care items to pay fines. Your fine total is reduced by $2.00 for each item brought in during Food for Fines Month. 
Meet Santa Claus in front of the library on Saturday, Dec 2, at 11:30 AM when he arrives on a fire truck, courtesy of La Porte City Fire and Rescue. Visit with Santa from 11:30 AM to 1 PM, and order keepsake pictures taken by Photographic Images by Georgia. And don’t miss making Christmas crafts between 9 AM-1 PM. The library has all the supplies for a great morning.
All ages are welcome to build at LEGORAMA on Tuesday, December 5, from 4-5:30 PM. Christmas is the building theme for December.
Designate Hawkins Memorial Library as your favorite charitable organization on AmazonSmile. This is an automatic way to support the library at no cost to you when you shop on Amazon.  Sign in and order on smile.amazon.com, select “Change your Charity” in your account, type Hawkins Memorial Library, and select City of La Porte City.

Classifieds – November 22, 2017

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Staying Safe Online – November 22, 2017

 Shopping Online Securely
The holiday season is nearing, and soon millions of people around the world will be looking to buy the perfect gifts. Many of us will choose to shop online in search of great deals and to avoid long lines and impatient crowds. Unfortunately, this is also the time of year many cyber criminals create fake shopping websites to scam and steal from others. 
Fake Online Stores
While many online stores are legitimate, there are some fake websites set up by cyber criminals. Criminals create these fake websites by replicating the look of real sites or using the names of well-known stores or brands. They then use these fraudulent websites to prey on people who are looking for the best deal possible. When you search online for the absolute lowest prices, you may find yourself directed to one of these fake websites. When selecting a website to make a purchase, be wary of websites advertising prices dramatically cheaper than anywhere else or offering products that are sold out nationwide. The reason their products are so cheap or available is because what you will receive is not legitimate, may be counterfeit or stolen, or may never even be delivered. Protect yourself by doing the following:
When possible, purchase from websites that you already know, trust, and have done business with previously.
Verify the website has a legitimate mailing address and a phone number for sales or support-related questions. If the site looks suspicious, call and speak to a human. If you can’t get a hold of someone to talk to, that is the first big sign you are dealing with a fake website.
Look for obvious warning signs, like deals that are obviously too good to be true or poor grammar and spelling.
Be very suspicious if a website appears to be an exact replica of a well-known website you have used in the past, but its domain name or the name of the store is slightly different. For example, you may be used to shopping online at Amazon, whose website is https://www.amazon.com. But be very suspicious if you find yourself at websites pretending to be Amazon, such as http://store-amazoncom.com.
Type the store’s name or URL into a search engine and see what other people have said about the website in the past. Look for terms like “fraud.” “scam,” “never again,” or “fake .” A lack of reviews can also be a sign indicating that the website is very new and might not be trustworthy.
Before purchasing any items, make sure your connection to the website is encrypted. Most browsers show a connection is encrypted by having a lock and/or the letters HTTPS in green right before the website’s name.
Remember, just because the site looks professional does not mean it’s legitimate. If you aren’t comfortable with the website, don’t use it. Instead, find a well-known website you can trust or have safely used in the past. You may not find that absolutely amazing deal, but you are much more likely to end up with a legitimate product and avoid having your personal and financial data stolen.
Your Computer/Mobile Device
In addition to shopping at legitimate websites, you want to ensure your computer or mobile device is secure. Cyber criminals will try to infect your devices so they can harvest your bank accounts, credit card information, and passwords. Take the following steps to keep your devices secured:
If you have children in your house, consider having two devices, one for your kids and one for the adults. Kids are curious and interactive with technology; as a result, they are more likely to infect their own device. 
Always install the latest updates and run up-to-date anti-virus software. This makes it much harder for a cyber criminal to infect your device.
Your Credit Card
Regularly review your credit card statements to identify suspicious charges, especially after you used your cards to make many online purchases or used a new site. Some credit card providers give you the option of notifying you by email or text messages when charges exceed a set amount. Another option is to have one credit card just for online purchases. That way, if it is compromised, you can easily change the card without impacting any of your other payment activities. This is also why you want to use credit cards for all online purchases and avoid using debit cards whenever possible. Debit cards take money directly from your bank account, so if fraud has been committed, it can be far more difficult to get your money back. Finally, consider using credit cards that generate a unique card number for every online purchase, gift cards, or well-known payment services, such as PayPal, which do not require you to disclose your credit card number to the vendor.
A Public Service Announcement Courtesy of Cedar Valley Bank & Trust


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