Fall Festival Fun to Benefit 1861 Cabin

Approximately 700 people turned out to enjoy a family fun-filled day sponsored by La Porte City FFA Historical & Ag Museum’s Fall Festival. They were treated to a wide variety of entertainment  and vendors offering anything from jewelry to pottery to pumpkins and fall décor. Nostalgia reigned supreme as old Oliver, John Deere and Allis Chalmers tractors lined the 500 block of Main.   Kids had a busy day with long lines for the pony rides, balloon man, hay-fort, face painting and artist’s easels, as well as petting and feeding animals at  Hovick’s Farm Zoo. Contests were offered for pedal tractor pull, nail pounding and chore relays.  Those attending also had a chance to tour the new Herb Hake exhibit at the main Museum, watch the Spinners and Weaver’s Guild as they demonstrated how pioneers made fabric, and of course see the new exhibits at the Fire Station and Jail House.  All proceeds from the day will go toward the renovation of the 1861 log cabin.

Caregiver Conference Nov. 6

Are you a caregiver for an older family member or friend or a person with disabilities? Do you help with your parents’ household chores and finances? Do you drive an elderly or disabled friend to their doctor appointments? If so, then you are among approximately 300,000 caregivers in Iowa who provide 319 million hours of informal care each year.
In recognition of all caregivers do, Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging (NEI3A) is inviting caregivers to a day full of fun, information, and relaxation. The Caregiver Conference and Resource Fair will be held at Cedar Valley Community Church, 3520 Ansborough Avenue in Waterloo. The event will be held on Thursday, November 6 from 10 AM until 2 PM. Keynote speaker will be Elaine Eshbaugh, PH.D, Associate Professor at the University of Northern Iowa. If you are a caregiver, make plans to attend this valuable event, enjoy a much needed break, and interact with other caregivers. There is no cost; however space is limited. Registration is required by October 31. To register or find out information about respite care while you are attending this event call LifeLong Links toll-free at 1-866-468-7887.

Sheriff’s Department: Recent IRS Phone Calls a Scam

The Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Office is warning the public about a telephone scam that has been reported in the area. The Black Hawk County Communications Center has received over 50 calls from area residents stating they received a phone call from someone claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The message states that the IRS is filing a lawsuit against that person and they are asked to call a phone number. One particular number was 719-201-6296. Once the person calls that number they are asked for their name, birthdate and the last four numbers of their social security number.
The Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Office encourages the public not to give out their personal information and that these phone calls are nothing more than a scam.

Union Students Among Merit Scholar Semifinalists

Allison Johanningmeier, daughter of Bill and Marcy Johanningmeier, and Gabriel Klein, son of Shane and Sara Klein are among approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 60th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth about $33 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition.
To become a Finalist, the Semifinalist and his or her high school must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about the Semifinalist’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received. A Semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT® scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test.
Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies, without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference.
NMSC, a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 specifically to conduct the armual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Fire Prevention Poster Contest

FirePostersFIRE PREVENTION POSTER CONTEST – Six La Porte City Elementary School students, winners in a Fire Prevention Poster Contest, were presented smoke detectors, courtesy of the Sing Me to Heaven Foundation. The theme of the 2014 contest was Working Smoke Detectors Save Lives. Test Your’s Every Month. Pictured in the front row, from left: Nash Evans (kindergarten), Lauren Frush (1st grade) and Alex Tank (2nd grade). Middle row: Gracie Klima (3rd grade), Sam Klien (4th grade) and Belle Olson (5th grade). Back row, representing Sing Me to Heaven Foundation: Diane McIntosh, Jennifer Mehlert and Deena Jeffries. Photo by Mike Whittlesey.