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3 ket Volume 119 No. 46 Home Of The Quilt Capital of Iowa KALONA, WASHINGTON COUNTY, IOWA 52247 *November 17, 2011 Council to get FEMA Update on Nov. 21 The Kalona Council will get a FEMA floodplain mapping update at the 7:30 p.m. Nov. 21 meeting. Other agenda items will include A Avenue bridge project update, discussion of golf cart ordinance, TIF certification, report on an- nual audit of Fiscal Year July 2010 to June 30, 2011, and discussion of naming of ditches. Chamber luncheon Nov. 28 The November Kalona Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon will be hosted by the Kalona His- torical Village at noon, Monday, Nov. 28. Lunch will be provided by Bull Town Pizza and a mini-tour of quilt displays will be given by Marilyn Woodin. Examining Board meeting Nov. 21 The Washington County Exam- ining Board will hold an organi- zational meeting on Monday, Nov. 21 at 9 a.m. the meeting will be held in the conference room at the Jones-Eden Funeral Home at 116 E Main St., Washington. 'Bingo Night' at Village The next 'Bingo Night' at the Kalona Historical Village will be Thursday, Nov. 17, at 6:30 p.m. Kalona Historical Society (KHS) hosts Bingo Night on the first third Thursday of each month at the KHS Visitors Center at the His. torical Village starting at 6:30 p.m. Anyone 18 or older is welcome to come and play bingo. Cost is 25 cents a card with 15 games played each night. You can play as many cards and as many games as you want. Concessions are available. Thanksgiving dinner in Richmond Holy Trinity Parish in Rich- mond will host a Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Thurs- day, Nov. 24 from Noon to 2 p.m. Please RSVP to Joyce Mattes at 656-3276 by Tuesday, Nov. 22. Kalona Christmas Craft Show Nov. 25 The annual Kalona Christmas Craft Show will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 25 and 26, in the Kalona Community Center. More than 25 vendors will be at the show. Library cookie walk This is the secound annual cookie walk sponsored by the Kalona Public Library Founda- tion will be from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 3. Cookies and can- dies will be sold for $5 lb. in the Veima Skola Room. Learn at Lunch BRIEFS - see page 12A Life Crossings ..................... 2A Clubs .................................... 3A Opinion ................................ 4A Looking Back ...................... 5A Farm News .......................... 7A Sports ................................... 1B Education ................. , .......... 4B Classifieds .......... , .............. 8-9A Professional Directory ..... 10A Legal Publications ........... 2-3B Probate - Cox City of Kalona Board of Supervisors |Y nil llll Mid-Prairie students would have to leave at ing events and not arrive back until late at night. And when the TheKalonaNews 1 p.m. to make many of the sporting events and coachesalsohavetoleaveearlyin The Mid-Prairie Community not arrive back until late at night, the afternoon, substitute teachers School District will be contest- would have to be used. ing the addition of the Camanche day, for an Iowa Department of members about such realignment, David E. Kummel, president Community School District to the Education (IDE) mandated medi- Schneider said, is the impact the of the Cedar Valley Conference Cedar Valley Conference (CVC), ation between CVC members and two-drive take to and from Ca- Board of Control, wrote director Superintendent Mark Schneider Camanche school officials. The manche would have on the ath- of the IDE Dr. Jason Glass, "The told school board members Men- mediator is then to make a recom- letes' academics. Mid-Prairie Cedar Valley Conference (CVC) is day, Mid-Prairie representatives mendation to the IDE. students would have to leave at 1 a young conference mainly cam- were to meet the next day, Tues- What is of concern to CVC p.m. to make many of the sport- posed of the smaller schools that III I ~ . ~m ZI~I I I I Fnlll Iflf I II f~l I I IIII r I II II I I I III Mid-Prairie High School students Jasmine Fugate, Brlanna Price and Amanda Stout care for their babies." iy laalolle David Taking the baby to a ina classroom, it' ]ust kind of awkward.., and at night too, I M~l-Prairie Student Reporter public place is a dreamt about it crying." The Parenting and Life Man- challenge for some Yes, there are the students who enjoyed the assignment. agement baby simulation, is an students, and tending "It wasn't as horrible as I assignment most high school se- niors at Mid-Prairie get excited to it at night is as we//. thought it was," says Fugate. "I about.., until they actually re- thought it would be a lot hard- ceive their "bundle of joy." teenager." er." And there are the students Many seniors look forward to Embarrassing moments, sac. getting through the assignment riflces and patience; it all comes who despised it. smoothly, thinking, "It's just a with the package. The simula- "It was horrible! I hated it. It doll, what trouble can it really tion is a two-day project, day seemed pointless. All it did was give me?" and night, you tend to the baby, aggravate me," adds Trafton. These babies mimic the "The babies are sometimes There is a lesson to learn from sounds of a real newborn baby, too over sensitive to movement, these babies though, and for from fussing to cooing. Later, It woke me up at 4 a.m., and every student, it gives a differ. you realize that these dolls are when I bent over to pick it up, I ant message. harder to take care of than a fell over because I was so tired," The simulation is called real life baby, exclaims senior, Troy Trafton. "Baby Think It Over," and it However, not everyone Taking the baby to a public does give you that chance to thought it was impossible to place is a challenge for some think and decide when you'd care for such a "toy," students, and tending to it at be ready to have children. The "I had to pull over for 40 rain- night is as well. project teaches responsibility utes to feed it," says senior, You have to work around the and it is a test of readiness. Amanda Stout. "Four people child, as you would do a real Test results indicate: no mat- stopped to ask if I had car trou- one. Although, dealing with the tar how ready you think you are ble, also in DJ's an old couple embarrassment is one of the for a child, as teenager, there is thought the baby was real. They hardest tasks, always something new to learn looked really disappointed at Senior Jasmine Fugate says, along the way and reasons to me, like I was an irresponsible "When it goes off and it's quiet "think it over" until you're truly ready, 'BabyThink It Over' a taste of reality By Glenda Seward learned during the semester, the end of the experience that FCCLA AdvlaorlNHS Advisor The first taste of reality comes parenting was best left to a later Mid-Prairie High School Par- with the Baby Think It Over stage of life. ant Education students ended project, where students must The second simulation acttv- the first semester exploring provide care for an electronic ity allows students to partner up what parenting and life man- infant simulator for 2 days. Dur. with a classmate to experience agement can be all about. The ing this time students have the the 'Life In the United States' Fi- required Parent Education opportunity to experience what nancial Education Slmtdation. course culminates with two it might be like to be responsible The 'Life In' simulation creates challenging simulation activi- for parenting an infant at this a statistically representative ties that require the students to stage in their life. This year's put into practtce what they have class unanimously agreed at * - see 11A :L~ i : ~]]L I t :.t Ir i~ [llllllllllrl I [ TI I ........ ! IIIIII .: :~ remained after the dissolution Of the Eastern Iowa Hawkeye Con: ference in 2008. The CVC was es- tablished to preserve tradittonai rivalries while maintaininga close geography, All the mdmb schools have a stable enrolh en and comparable atkletic antl-aba; demic programs. " - - "The academic achievem l f 0f our students is our number one SCHOOL - see page 3A by Llrry |llflltsalOl for The Kalona News County Engineer David Pat- terson submitted his resigna- tion effective Jan. 13, 2012 to the Washington County Board of Su- pervisors at the Tuesday Nov. 15 meeting. Patterson stated he was proud of the accomplishments of the Secondary Roads Department staff and considered it a privilege to work with the Board. As of January 2012, Patterson will have served seven years as County Engineer and was em- ployed in the Engineering Depart. the service calling came after the person in that position recently passed away, In early 2010, Patter- son had taken a four-month leave of absence from his County em- ployment and worked in Brazil to oversee the installation of a Water system in a rural village. The Board conducted a hear- ing concerning the refunding of the County Correctional Facility General Obligation Bonds and ap- proved a motion to authorize the preparations to implement refi- nancing of up to $3.25 million Of bond debt. Auditor Bill Fredrick stated that currently the interest ment over five years prior to that. rate is not favorable to complete Supervisor Chairman Jim Mikac the process and having the docu. stated that it was with regret aff~d mentation ready will a11ow the sorrow that the Board accepted County to act relatively quickIF the resignation for the citizens of when the rates become more the County, Miksch stated is was a growing experience working with Patterson. All of the Supervisors expressed their gratitude to Patterson for his service and appreciated his devo- tion to being available at all times. Patterson's immediate plans after the end of his contract with the County would be to provide con- struction supervision services for projects in the US and Brazil for his Fellowship of Churches. Pat- terson stated the opportunity for vorable. Fredrick stated the tential to save $100,000 or over the approximately three maining years of the debt woul be possible with a reduction fron~ the current 4.47 percent to 2.5 pe~ cent interest. The review of the contract witli Shive-Hattery Architects of low City was again rescheduled by Board. Fredrick stated that addi,ldi tional revisions in the contra | i % COUNTY - see page:t1 4 J David Patterson Chamber luncheon set for Nov. 28 at Historical Village In a spirit of cooperation, the commented. Kalona Historical Society will "The general public, along with be hosting the November 28 fun- members are welcome to attend cheon of the Kalona Chamber of this and all Chamber luncheon Commerce in the Historical Vfl- meetings," stated Hochstedler. lage Visitor's Center. Monthly luncheon meetings are The meal will be provided by held at noon the last Monday of Bulltown Pizza, owner Bret Kron each month, (except December- - cost $7 (RSVP with Chamber of- due to holidays) at the Chamber rice by Nov. 22) - and will be fol- building. lowed by a mini-tour of a very Monthly Chamber board meet- rare quilt display currently at the Ings are held at 7:30 a.m.- the museum. This lunch and learn third Tuesday of each month. As experience will be one to remem- Chamber members have items ber as narrated by Curator Marl- for discussion, you are welcome lyn Woodin and Tours Director to e-mail the Chamber Office at Nancy Roth. charnber@kctc:net. "We welcome excellent opportunity for comments and participation by Chamber members and the gen-members and the general public," eral public to see what tourists To be a member of the Kalona 'rant and rave about' when they Chamber of Commerce is to sup. visit the Village," Kalona Cham- port the community that supports bar President Gloria Hochstedler our businesses. i_