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Saturday Helen and I attended the open house of the new Kalona Community Center and Y. The building is impressive with all of its exercise equipment and other facilities. The basketball court and walking track (on second level) are nice.
The Kalona building that has impressed me the most is the public library. My wife has used the library for checking out the latest books and served on the library board for a short time.
I’ve gotten an even greater appreciation of the library this summer. I first introduced our youngest grandson, Logan, 17 months, to the Toddler Time and other programs for children this summer.
We have also discovered a great children’s library with books and toys for youngsters. Logan has gotten familiar with the library and enjoys it very much.
Those of you who are not now utilizing the library are missing out. The new rec center offers much for those wanting to do physical activity, but the library offers much more to a larger share of the community.
Check both buildings out. I am sure you will be impressed with both the new recreation center and the library. There is no charge to get a library card so that you can start in enjoying everything that is available there from books and toys to computers with access to the web.
The complete files of The News are available online through the library website Kalona.Lib.ia.us. The library has the newspaper files on microfiche.
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I would like to clarify my column last week because I incorrectly stated that Dr. Patrick McNamara, director of the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital Neonatal department, delivered a speech before the Rotary convention. It was the Optimist convention at which three Kalona Optimists (Ed Yoder, Emil Schlabaugh and JD Boyd) were honored for being 50-year charter members of the Kalona Optimist.
There were 24 Kalona Optimists among the more than 130 present at the awards presentation, and Lynn Merck did a great job as master of ceremonies.
The Optimist convention was made possible by financial ($3,600) contributions by 30 Kalona and area businesses and 31 businesses and individuals who donated items for the convention gift bags, silent auction items and door prizes. The Optimists appreciate the financial assistance and other gifts.
The University of Iowa Athletic Department donated two tickets to a Hawkeye football game to help raise funds for the Stead Family Children’s Hospital.
The Optimist Club is having an ice cream social at the Kalona United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 13, as a way to thank everyone who helped make the convention such a success.
Anyone who wants to know more about the Optimist or being an Optimist is welcome to attend this free event.