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District Honors for Middle School Band Members

Three Union Middle School Band students were chosen to participate in the NEIBA Honor Band held at Oelwein High School on Saturday, December 3, 2016. The students selected were Sarah Roberts on flute, daughter of Steve and Diane Roberts; Emma Deaton on clarinet, daughter of Travis and Susan Deaton; and Marcus Albertsen on trombone, son of Mark Albertsen and Cindy Albertsen.
Students were chosen from 68 participating schools in the northeast district of Iowa. From those schools, two bands of 130 highly qualified middle school musicians were formed. An Honor Band concert was presented at the Oelwein High School gymnasium following a day of rehearsals. The two bands were under the direction of Mr. Jay Kahn of the Maquoketa Community School District and Mr. Gerald Ramsey of the Cedar Falls Community School District.

Freckles’ Adopt-A-Pet – December 14, 2016

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Freckles and The Progress Review encourage potential pet owners who are loving and responsible to consider adopting a pet from the Cedar Bend Humane Society.
 Yes…I am available to fill your home with love! My name is Rhaegar and I am searching for my FURever home. I am a friendly boy who just wants to be loved. I am 6 years old, current on vaccinations, microchipped, FELUK tested, and started on flea/tick prevention. Swing by Cedar Bend today and come meet me….I will melt your heart!
For more information about adopting a pet, contact:
Cedar Bend Humane Society
1166 W. Airline Highway • Waterloo, Iowa 319-232-6887


Hawkins’ Happenings – December 14, 2016

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By Jolene Kronschnabel, Library Director
Christmas Spirit abounds while reading about reindeer when preschoolers drop in for Story Time on Thursday, December 15, at 10:30 AM.
Remember to stop for a hot cup of coffee on Monday mornings at 8 AM.
Lila by Marilynne Robinson, is the December Book Club selection. Check out and read this book by the meeting date, and join the discussion on Monday, December 19, at 1 PM.
Grownups create and color together from 6-8 PM on Tuesday, December 20, to Color and Connect for Christmas. You need to try this!
Stories and activities about the Jolly Old Elf will thrill children on Thursday, December 22 at Preschool Story Time. Bring the kids in at 10:30 AM for Santa fun!
The time for adult crafting is 1-3 PM on Thursday, December 22, at Hawkins’ Handcrafters. Bring any inspiring project you need to complete.
Hawkins Memorial Library will be closed on Saturday, December 24, for the Christmas holiday, so dash in and grab extra books and movies early.
The Secret Life of Pets shows on Tuesday, December 27, at 1:15 PM. The quiet life of a terrier named Max is upended when his owner takes in Duke, a stray whom Max instantly dislikes. Rated PG, animation/adventure/comedy, plays 87 min.
Get out of the house and get creative with crafts for kids, available Wednesday through Friday, December 28-30.
Help us empty the tags from the Adopt a Book tree. Choose a children’s book, purchase it, and then receive recognition for your donation with a bookplate placed in that book. Your generosity helps young readers in our community.
An I Spy Christmas Tree with a list of ornaments to search for is in the library. Test how observant you are by stopping and participating in this fun holiday hunt.


Meditations – December 14, 2016

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By Rev. Ray Atwood   Sacred Heart Catholic Church, La Porte City

Optimists and Pessimists
In each of us is an optimist and a pessimist. The story is told of two boys who were given a Christmas present by their father. One boy was put in a room full of toys, while the other was put in a room full of manure. A short time later, the father went to each boy. The first boy was crying because he didn’t find a toy he wanted. Then the father went to the other boy’s room. The second boy was smiling, laughing, and digging away at the manure pile. When asked what he was doing, the boy replied, “I’m looking for the pony. With all this manure, there must be a pony in here somewhere!”
Christ addresses the pessimist in each of us. Isaiah 35 talks about the exultation of the desert and parched land. The Lord will strengthen feeble hands, firm weak kneels, and vindicate fearful souls. This is an important and relevant message for twenty-first century Christians.
There are many disappointments these days. Family, friends, government, society, and even Church are sources of disappointment. But we should remember that every disappointment is also an appointment with Christ. God can turn the greatest disasters into grace-filled moments. The message of Advent is we have a God who chose not to abandon us when times are bad, but One who keeps coming back to us, calling us to Himself.
The Lord is always watching over us. He calls us to be strong, have no fear, and trust Him at all times. He can turn the pessimism of life into optimism. This is no guarantee against struggle. But it is a guarantee of divine support and guidance. So we can be a pessimist and despair of God, or we can be an optimist and trust that He will be with us always. His precious presence is the greatest reason for optimism now and always!


Classifieds – December 14, 2016

Lift Chair, blue petite size – $350. Call 319-342-2691 or 319-342-2713.       50-2-pd
The City of Winterset is accepting applications for the position of Police Officer. ILEA certification is preferred but not required. Applicants must meet minimum hiring standards as set by ILEA. For an application packet contact: Winterset Police Department, P.O. Box 517 Winterset, Iowa 50273. 515-462-1423. Completed applications must be received by December 30th, 2016. (INCN)
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