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Wreaths Across America Comes to Mt. Auburn

The Mt. Auburn Cemetery has been accepted into the Wreaths Across America Organization’s program to honor fallen Veterans. Wreaths Across America started in 1992 when a wreath company in the state of Maine had a surplus of handmade wreaths for the Christmas season. The owner of the company called his state senator to see what options were available for the wreaths instead of disposing of them. Through coordination, it was decided to place the wreaths on Veteran’s graves in Arlington National Cemetery in Washington DC. The program has expanded over the years and is now active in all 50 states. Mt. Auburn Cemetery is the sixth location in the state of Iowa to be accepted into the Wreaths Across America program.
Ruth Ann Coots Intlekofer became aware of the program and coordinated submission of Mt. Auburn into the program. As Location Coordinator, she stated “the goal is that every single Veteran in the Mt. Auburn Cemetery will have a wreath placed on their grave for Christmas. This vision turned into reality and all Veterans in the Mt. Auburn Cemetary will have a wreath on their grave, thanks to the many donations that were received. I am so proud of our little community as donations were submitted from friends and family that still live in the area as well as those that live in other states,” she added.
This year, placement of the wreaths will occur nationally on December 13 at 11 AM (Central Standard Time). This event is open to the public and will occur regardless of the weather at the Mt. Auburn Cemetery. A special ceremony will include a guest speaker in addition to the laying of the wreaths. A local cub scout troop will assist as will families and friends of the fallen.
“Anyone can come help place the 90 wreaths in the cemetery on December 13,” Ruth stated. “It is also an excellent way to honor our Veterans and teach our children what those serviceman sacrificed for our freedom.” Fellowship following the forty-five minute ceremony will be at the Mt. Auburn Methodist Church.
To learn more about this program visit www.wreathsacrossamerica.org and visit the group page I Love Mt. Auburn Iowa on Facebook to keep updated with the most recent information about Wreaths Across America.

La Porte City Council Proceedings – November 24, 2014

The City Council of La Porte City, Iowa met in regular session on November 24, 2014. Mayor David Neil called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM with Council Members Eric Allsup, Todd Butler, Sarah Craft, Mike Johnson and Brent Sadler present.
Library Director Jolene Kronschnabel presented the Hawkins Library Quarterly Report for July – September, 2014. During the third quarter of 2014, the library circulated 7,828 items, saving patrons approximately $115,000 borrowing from the library, as opposed to purchasing them outright.
The City Council held a public hearing on the Façade Improvement Grant application. If approved, a grant from Iowa Economic Development Authority would provide up to $500,000 in funding for façade improvements to Main Street businesses. The Council also approved a resolution that commits $150,000 in matching funds to the program if the City’s application is approved.
The Council reviewed the recommendation from the Planning & Zoning Commission that the City make no changes to the current ordinance that excludes structures from the zoning exemption for essential services. Maintaining the exemption means that when structures related to essential services are built, they must conform to the zoning requirements in effect at their location.
A request to rezone City owned property from R1 (Residential) to M1 (Manufacturing) was forwarded to the Planning & Zoning Commission. The property is located at the termination of Elm Street where the City currently keeps recycling containers. Rezoning the property would allow for the construction of Public Works Facility at that location. The Planning & Zoning Commission will consider the request and submit a recommendation to the Council at a future meeting.
Bill Bergmeier addressed the Council on issues encountered with the construction of his new home. Bergmeier contends that the inspections and requirements being placed on his project are not consistent with those of other contractors. Mayor Neil will meet with Bergmeier, the City’s Building Administrator and the building inspector to review the situation.
The Council approved the FY 2016 TIF Certification. The certification is the City’s request for Tax Increment Financing revenues for Fiscal Year 2016 and must be submitted to the Black Hawk County Auditor by December 1, 2014. The Certification includes $120,000 for the La Porte City Aquatic Center general obligation bond payments, $339 for the Witham Auto incentive agreement and approximately $10,825 for the Sweet Addition general obligation bond payment.
Bryce Miller and Brent Vobr were appointed members of the La Porte City Fire/Rescue Service.
An update to the Ambulance Billing Policy was approved. The update adds fire billings to the policy which sets forth collection methods for fire and ambulance billing, as well as the procedure for submitting unpaid bills to the State’s Income Offset Program.
The Council reviewed bids for a new grass fire truck for the La Porte City Fire Department. Bids for the truck included Karl Chevrolet: $29,812 (no trade); Stivers Ford Lincoln: $28,303 (no trade); Witham Auto Center: $23,895.00 (includes $4,000 trade). Other expenses for the truck include paint, bed liner and radio and light installation totaling $5,525.
The bid from Witham in the amount of $23,895 was accepted for the truck. The other expenses were also approved for a total cost of $29,420.
An Expense reimbursement policy was adopted and will be added to the employee handbook. The policy sets forth requirements for submitting requests for reimbursement, as well as a list of acceptable expenses.
Sherry Sheffler was reappointed to the FFA Historical & Ag Museum Board of Directors. Sheffler’s term will begin immediately and expire October 31, 2019.
The Council took no action on a request to designate December 26, 2014 as a paid holiday for the City’s non-bargaining unit employees.

Readers Choice: 2014 Picture of the Year

Editor’s Note: Each year, The Progress Review invites readers to vote for their favorite picture published during the calendar year. We have narrowed the field to ten photos taken during 2014 from which to choose, using the following criteria: 1) The photo is connected to an important news event, 2) The photo is visually appealing (“postcard” quality), or 3) The photo is interesting, unusual and/or humorous.
TWO WAYS TO VOTE: 1) Readers may vote for their favorite photo using the postcard ballot inserted in December 3, 2014 print edition; 2) Readers may vote by using the form below. Voting ends December 19, 2014. The readers’ choice for 2014 Picture of the Year will be published in the December 31, 2014 edition of The Progress Review, as part of the commemorative special section, 2014: The Year in Review.

Hawkins’ Happenings – December 3, 2014

By Jolene Kronschnabel
Children celebrate the season with Christmas tree stories and activities at 10:30 AM on Thursday, December 4, at Preschool Story Time. Remember, Story Time is cancelled if there is a late school start, or no school, due to inclement weather.
Register your 2nd or 3rd grader for the Reading is Fun Book Club, meeting on Thursday, December 4, at 4 PM. Kids read a chapter book of their choice then meet to tell the other readers about it. It is a great way to hear about good books!
Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will be in the library on Saturday, Dec 6, during La Porte City’s Home for the Holidays celebration. When visiting Santa and Mrs. Claus from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM, you can order keepsake pictures and gifts from Photographic Images by Georgia. And be sure to stop to make Christmas crafts and snatch up gift items and goodies at our bake sale between 9 AM and 2 PM.
Maleficent is showing on Wednesday, December 10, at 1:15 PM. A vengeful fairy is driven to curse an infant princess, only to discover that the child may be the one person who can restore peace to their troubled land. Popcorn comes with the movie.
Preschoolers will have fun with cookies on Thursday, December 11, at Story Time.
Hawkins’ Handcrafters meet on Thursday, December 11, from 1-3 PM. Bring any project you are working on and join other creative people at the library for work time.
Computer Tech Time is on Tuesday, December 16, at 9 AM. Get computer help and learn programs you choose using LearningExpress, available through the library. Please register to attend. This program is for anyone who needs help on the computer.
Books by Margaret Peterson Haddix will be discussed at the Kid’s Wild About Books Club on Tuesday, December, 16, at 3:45 PM. Kids age 4th grade and older should register and read at least one Margaret Peterson Haddix book before the discussion.
Fortune Hunter, by Daisy Goodwin, is the December 22, 1 PM book club discussion selection. This is a brilliant novel containing a lush, irresistible story of the public lives and private longings of grand historical figures. Get a copy of this book at the library and join the discussion.
How many books does it take to build a tree? Take a gander at our book tree and make a guess on the number of books used to build it.

Union High School Honor Roll – First Trimester 2014-21015

9th Grade
Mikayla Allen, Koby Alpers, Alexandra Bonner, Carter Brehm, Hailee Brown*, Kortlyn Ewoldt, Blake Faber*, Hunter Fleshner*, Jace Glenn, Wesley Hanson*, Troy Hanus, Payton Hellman, Daniel Johanningmeier*, Abigail Johnson, Brittany Kalvig, Haylee Keune, Autumn Kies, Quentin Kinsel, Preston Kruckenberg, Joshua Lawrinenko*, Morgan Niebergall*, Emma Peters*, Lauren Phillips, Audrey Powers*, Cade Rahlf*, Delaney Schares, Emily Schmidt*, Isaac Sebetka*, Taylor Short, Austin Timmer*, Isabelle Werner, Emily Wilson*
10th Grade
Jackie Barz, Kaeli Block, Taylor Brown, Taryn Davis, Daycen Douglass, Maggie Driscol*, Anna Garwood, Chloe Grosse, Veronica Haas, Brock Hadachek, Haley Harkness, Bri Harvey, Jacob Higgins, Bobbie Hilmer*, Derek Holschlag*, Kaitlin Holschlag, Megan Hudson, Grace Huffman, Samuel Johnson, Elizabeth Klein, Micki Loeb, Maci McLaughlin, Cole McNeal*, Jordyn Nagel, Keaton Newgren, Colton Osborne, Peyton Parker*, Mason Pelke, Courtney Powell, Wes Powell, Krystal Putz, Bradyn Rempe, Payton Sash, Connor Sherwin, Hallie Spore, Dylan Stech, Alek Stone, Heather Vaughn, Madison Winter, Kassidy Zeien
11th Grade
Tanner Bachelder, Callie Brandanger, Bailey Bruce, Kaila Brustkern, Ryan Connolly*, Laryn Ewoldt, Keiara Faiferlick*, Katie Freeland, Alyssa Frost, Jon Hellman*, Jadin Hennings*, Kassie Hennings, Jared Jolley, Callyndora Jurgemeyer, Charles Kronschnabel, Trevor Krug*, Weston Krug*, Allison McLaren, Cole Moody*, Carter Moore, Candace Morrison, Aubri Mossman*, Lauren Peters, Will Reiter, Braxton Rottinghaus, Natalie Sallee, Wyatt Samuelson*, Zane Seuser*, Bethany Steffen, Anna Walker, Caleb Wandschneider, Emma Wilson, Samantha Wordehoff
12th Grade
Taylor Bandfield, Brock Barnhart, Alex Barz, Dylan Bear, Nelia Bechkalo, Kyele Clapp, Trey Davis, Colton Dietrick, Noah Dobson, Dobson Douglass, Brady Driscol*, Nathan Dvorak, Kylee Faber, Torri Flickinger*, Noah Garwood*, Megan Gloede*, Tate Hadachek, Gina Harrill*, Blake Havran, Travis Heth, Brandon Hill, Jacob Holschlag, Trey Hookham, Allison Johanningmeier*, Austin Kiler, Gabe Klein*, Caleb Larison*, Jess Larison*, Lydia Lorenzen, Trevor McLaughlin, Grant Mullen*, Abby Ollendieck*, Jazmyne Owens, James Peters, Morgan Phillips*, Dayton Powell, Kimberlee Reed, Tia Renaud, Amber Rottinghaus*, Justin Rottinghaus, Kaylee Sherwood, Kim Sides, Brooke Thiele, Amanda Trimble*, Dani Wandschneider*, Trevor Weber, David Wildeboer, Bryce Wirtz, Maria Wrage*
*A TEAM: Student has earned A’s in all academic courses


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