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2015 Senior Spotlights – Michael Timmer

Michael Timmer
Parents’ Name: Jennifer Riesberg-Timmer and Raymond Timmer
Hometown: La Porte City
Birthday: August 20, 1997
My favorite color: Green
My favorite movie: Undercover Brother
My favorite class: Computer hardware, software, and networking
Hobbies/Activities: Yu-gi-oh
My biggest pet peeve is: People who try to justify their wrong doings to avoid consequences
Who are the most influential people in your life? My friends
What will you miss most about high school? No bills to pay
Where do you see yourself in 20 years? Working
What are your post-high school plans? College

2015 Senior Spotlights – Jacob Raub

Jacob Raub
Parents’ Name: Rick and Donna Raub
Hometown: Dysart
Birthday: November 17, 1996
My favorite color: Turquoise
My favorite TV show: Family Guy
My favorite movie: The Hangover
My favorite restaurant: Pizza Ranch
My favorite class: Shop
Hobbies/Activities: Farming and woodworking
What is your favorite memory from high school? Meeting new friends
My biggest pet peeve is: Sitting by myself at lunch
Who are the most influential people in your life? My dad, grandpa, mom and friends
What will you miss most about high school? Seeing friends every day
Where do you see yourself in 20 years? Working on a farm, living with my family and wife.
What is the best thing about being a senior? It’s the last year, plus, being older
What are your post-high school plans? Maybe welding classes and farming
Your best advice to underclassmen? Get work done and have fun.

2015 Senior Spotlights – Nick Tovar

Nick Tovar
Parents’ Name: Libby Tovar
Hometown: Washburn
Birthday: October 6, 1996
My favorite color: Green
My favorite TV show: South Park
My favorite restaurant: Panda Express
My favorite class: American Government
Hobbies/Activities: Gun shooting, jogging, video games, archery and watching movies
What is your favorite memory from high school? Wigg and Rieks classes
My biggest pet peeve is: Slow walkers
Who are the most influential people in your life? Mr. Wigg and Mr. Rieks
What will you miss most about high school? Mr. Wigg and Mr. Rieks classes
Where do you see yourself in 20 years? Being a cop
What is the best thing about being a senior? The benefits
What are your post-high school plans? College and then the Marine Corps
Your best advice to underclassmen? Don’t walk too slow.

Talking Turkey at Thanksgiving

Few foods receive the fanfare of turkey come the holiday season. The National Turkey Federation says Americans eat 46 million turkeys each Thanksgiving and another 22 million on Christmas. An additional 19 million enjoy turkey as part of their Easter celebrations.
Though turkey is enjoyed throughout the year, it is most popular during the holiday season. Some celebrants may want to know more about this beloved bird before sinking their teeth into their next holiday meal. The following turkey tidbits may surprise you:
Turkeys are large game birds that are closely related to chickens, pheasants and quail.
The turkey’s scientific name is “meleagris gallopavo,” which is the wild turkey from which the domesticated turkey many people eat descends. There is another species of turkey known as the ocellated turkey, which is native to the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico.
By the early 1900s, the wild turkey neared extinction. Restoration projects have increased the number of turkeys from approximately 30,000 birds back then to nearly seven million now.
Despite their size, turkeys can fly in the wild. They often perch in trees to sleep to protect themselves from predators. Some domesticated turkeys may not fly because they have been bred to be overly large to produce more breast meat.
The heaviest turkey ever raised was 86 pounds.
A male turkey is called a “tom” or a “gobbler,” while female turkeys are referred to as “hens.” Only the male will make the familiar gobbling sound, which is used to attract mates.
A hen is smaller than a gobbler and does not have the distinctive beard of modified feathers that gobblers have on their breasts. Males also have sharp spurs on their legs for fighting.
Both genders of turkey have snoods (the dangling appendage on the face) as well as red wattles under their chins.
A hen can lay about 10 to 12 eggs over a period of two weeks. The eggs will incubate for 28 days before hatching. Baby turkeys are called “poults.”
Turkeys and peacocks may look similar, but they are not closely related.
Turkeys have excellent vision due to their eyes being located on the sides of their head. This gives the birds periscopic vision.
The gizzard is a part of the turkey’s stomach that contains tiny stones that the bird has swallowed. The stones facilitate the digestion process.
Benjamin Franklin did not support the bald eagle as the nation’s symbol, feeling the turkey would be a better choice. In a letter to his daughter, he wrote, “He [bald eagle] is a rank coward; the little king-bird, not bigger than a sparrow, attacks him boldly and drives him out of the district. For in truth, the turkey is in comparison a much more respectable bird, and withal a true original native of America. Eagles have been found in all countries, but the turkey was peculiar to ours .”
Turkeys will have 3,500 feathers at maturity. Rumor has it the costume worn by the “Sesame Street” character “Big Bird” is made of turkey feathers.
The turkey shares its name with a country. But why? A turkey bears some resemblance to the guinea fowl. Though it is native to eastern Africa, the guinea fowl was imported to Europe through the Ottoman Empire and came to be called the “turkey-cock” or “turkey-hen.” When settlers in the New World began to send similar-looking fowl back to Europe, they were mistakenly called “turkeys.”
Despite an abundance of turkeys being eaten between November and January, June is National Turkey Month.

2014 Holiday Home Lighting Contest

The sudden shift to unseasonably cold temperatures may have area residents rethinking their holiday decorating plans. Regardless, area residents are still encouraged to light up their homes and share some holiday spirit with their neighbors and friends, as once again, The Progress Review is partnering with La Porte City Utilities to sponsor the city’s annual Home Lighting Contest.
Homes placing in the top ten in the contest will receive a $20 credit on their utility bill, courtesy of La Porte City Utilities. To receive the utility credit, winning homes must receive utility service from La Porte City Utilities. Additionally, the top three homes will be awarded La Porte City Chamber Checks in the amounts of $75, $50 and $25, respectively.
In addition to the Home Lighting Contest, three La Porte City businesses will be recognized for their lighting displays, along with the winners of the 2014 Holiday Home Lighting Contest, which will be announced in the December 24, 2014 edition of The Progress Review.
The judging of the lighting contest will take place December 12-14 between 5 PM and 7 PM. Area residents who wish to participate in the contest are encouraged to leave their holiday lights on during that time.


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