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M-P School Board election Sept. 10 Sept. 10 is the date for the Mid-Prairie School Board election. The candidates are Incumbents Jim Hussey, Stacla Bontrager and Jeremy Plckard (appointed) and Jeremy Statler and William Klnneer III. A questionnaire was sent to the candidates and the first of the responses are on page 11. ket. ...... Vume 121 No. 35 Home Of The Quilt Capital of Iowa KALONA, WASHINGTON COUNTY, IOWA 52247 August 29, 2013 3 Sections 4 Insert $1.00 INBR Marr Park Education Center closed Monday In observance of the Labor Day Holiday, the Conservation Educa- tion Center at Marr Park will be closed on Monday, Sept. 2. The Washington County Con- servation Education Center will also be changing over to its Win- ter Hours effective Sept. 5. The winter hours are: Monday, Thursday, Friday - 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday - 8 a.m. 4 p.m.; and Sunday- 1 to 5 p.m. Old Settlers Picnic Sept. 8 The Old Settlers Picnic will be held in Walker Park, in River Junction, on Sept. 8. Activities begin at 11 a.m.. The Polkadot Band will play from 11 a.m. to noon. There will be a potluck lunch at noon. Attendees are asked to bring a covered dish to share and table service. The Best of the River Junction Theatre will be at 12:45 p.m. The public is invited to come and have a good old fashion time. Possible reward for bridge burning The apparent arson of the his- toric Bunker Mill Bridge last week remains under investiga- tion by the State Fire Marshall Di- vision. Sheriff Jerry Dunbar says his office would coordinate any re- wards offered by area groups be- tween them and the individual/s that give information leading to the investigation and conviction of suspects. Any groups willing to collect rewacd money can contact the sherdf's office. St. Mary' Labor Day Celebration Sept. 2 St. Mary's Catholic Church in Riverside is holding its annual Labor Day Celebration Monday, Sept. 2. The dinner is from from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The celebration includes a Mil- lenninm Raffle with a grand prize of $1,000, farmer's market, crafts, tractor pull, kid's games and auc- tion. The dinners are smoked Iowa chops, fried chicken and kid's hot dogs that includes mashed pota- toes, gravy, coleslaw, apple sauce, green beans, corn, rolls, dessert and drinks. Special District 5 County Supervisors election Oct. 8 There will be a special election to fill Washington County Su- pervisors Ran Bennett's vacated District 5 seat Oct. 8. Democrats and Republicans will hold special conventions to appoint their can- didates. Individuals can run lade- *BRIEFS - see page 4A Life Crossings ..................... 2A Clubs .................................... 3A Opinion ................................ 4A Looking Back ...................... 5A Farm News .......................... 7A Sports ............................... 1-3B Education ............................ 6B Classifieds ......................... 8-9A Professional Directory ..... 10A Legal Publications ........... 4-5B . IIIUI!!!IJIII$!I!I!I!IIIII, County moves on likely demolition of bridge by Din lbl The Kalona News County Engineer Jacob Thorius minced no words Tuesday at the Washington County Board of Su- pervisors - spending money to re- pair the recently burned Bunker Mill Bridge would be a poor use of funding, and any such expendi- ture would not be coming from his department. Now or never for community effort to save Bunker Mill Bridge. Thorius noted that the bridge held sentimental value for many in the Kalona-Richmond area, but it has been two weeks since the fire and so far no one has stepped forward with an alternative fund- ing plan. Law enforcement officials be- lieve the fire that destroyed the planking and warped some of the bridge structure was a planned arson. Thorius related some of the 125-year-old bridge's recent his- tory. It was closed in 2004 because it was structurally not able to carry vehicular traffic. At that time an informal bridge commit- tee organized to save the bridge, but it never got off the ground. In 2008, he said, a study was complet- ed with funding from the county, Kalona, Washington County Riv- erboat Foundation and a couple area churches. It found that it would cost an estimated $135,000 to make it safe for pedestrian traf- fic. Since then, there has been no effort to restore the bridge, he stated. That $135,000 would be more today even without the additional fire damage. And even if the funds were spent to make it safe, Tho- rius said, the county would still have a bridge built in 1887 that would continue to need mainte- nance. He also said that an engineering firm did not want to do a physical assessment of the structure be- cause it would be too dangerous COUNTY - see page IOA Hurry up and wait Photo by Den Ehl A bicyclist on the annual Courage Ride waits for traffic to clear on Highway I with local farmer. The fide hosted by Bicyclists of Iowa City raises money for cancer research. The routes vailed from 16 to 100 miles and began at the Iowa nnonite School. The ride began in memory of Seth Bailey who died from cancer in 2003 at age 25. (left) end hvH Condl with ,elu of tt radio controlled aircraft he wil be flying at the Sept. 8th Iowa City Aerohewks Air Show. Flying without ever leaving the ground by Ban lbl The Kalona News Andy Conwell became intrigued by remote controlled aircraft 10 years ago after his father David bought him and his brother a model Piper Cub. Before that, Conwell said, the hobby with its gasoline engines was too expensive. "Now they are next to nothing," Conwell said of the cost for the battery-powered aircraft, with heli- copters beginning at $20 and planes at $30. The cost rises to around $100 for FLING - see page 11A Cain one of four county residents contracting Lyme's this year |l Bin llll The Kalona News The first sign that something was amiss were the continuing backaches a couple months ago, said Tyler Cain. He had no idea that he was going to become a member of a not so exclusive group of people as previously thought - one of 300,000 Ameri- cans each year who contract Lyme disease. Until this month's report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), statistics showed only 20,000 to 30,000 cases of the illness being annually reported by doctors each year. Though the CDC knew that doc- tors did not report every case, it was only after the agency made a comprehensive survey of seven national laboratories, a national patient survey and a review of insurance information that it dis- covered the true rate was 10 times higher. "We know that routine surveil- lance only gives us part of the picture, and that the true number of illnesses is much greater," Dr. Paul Mead, chief of epidemiology and surveillance for CDC's Lyme disease program, said in a press release. "This new preliminary estimate confn-ms that Lyme dis- ease is a tremendous public health problem in the United States, and clearly highlights the urgent need for prevention." According to Lynn Fisher, RN, BSN, with Washington County Public Health, "We have had four cases of Lyme disease so far this year, all occurring in the spring and summer months. Washington County typically has one case per year (usually in the summer). All of our cases have been adults." No one has to tell Cain about the seriousness of a Lyme disease infection. It was more than one month ago when he felt his toes go numb. It was followed over the next couple days with a tingling to his fingers and tongue. A visit to the doctor on a Thursday resulted in a diagnoses of a viral infection. "They told me there was noth- ing that could be done," he re- members. But on Friday when his lips be- came immobilized and the right side of his face became numb, he was rushed to Mercy Hospital in Des Moines. By Monday his full face was basically paralyzed and he received an initial diagnoses of Bell's palsy. According to Wikipedia, "Bell's palsy is a form of facial paralysis resulting from a dysfunction of the cranial nerve VII (the facial lyler Cain is slowly regaining control of his facial muscles after contracting Lyme disease. nerve) causing an inability to control facial muscles on the af- fected side. Several conditions can cause facial paralysis, e.g., brain tumor, stroke, myasthenia gravis, and Lyme disease. However, if no specific cause can be identified, the condition is known as Bell's palsy." It took a later examination by a neurologist for Cain to be diag- nosed as suffering from Guillain Barre Syndrome - a disorder in which the immune system attacks nerves. Weakness and a tingling in hands and feet are typically the first symptoms. R can be followed by these sensations spreading and eventually even paralyzing the en- tire body. By now Cain had no control over his facial muscles, lips and tongue. 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