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Governor Branstad to Recognize Centenarians

In an effort to recognize Iowans who are celebrating 100 years or more of life, Governor Terry Branstad and the Iowa Department on Aging are launching a call for centenarians and are planning a number of regional Centenarian Recognition events throughout the state.
For the purposes of this program, a centenarian is any older adult who will be 100 or older by Dec. 31, 2015, and whose primary residence is Iowa.
To assist the State of Iowa in recognizing centenarians, the public is encouraged to inform a centenarian, or the person’s family or caregiver, about this call for centenarians and where to access and submit an application. The application is posted on the Iowa Department on Aging’s website at or may be requested by calling 800-532-3213 or emailing
Each centenarian will receive a signed certificate from Governor Branstad that is suitable for framing and will be invited to attend a Centenarian Recognition event hosted by the Governor and sponsored by the Iowa Department on Aging and Iowa’s Area Agencies on Aging. The event in Northeast Iowa will be held at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Dubuque on October 7 at 11 AM.
The deadline for submitting biographical forms to the Iowa Department on Aging is Monday, Aug. 31.

UHS After Prom: They’ve Got the Meats (Raffle)

The Union High School After Prom Committee is sponsoring a raffle that begs the question, “Burgers or sausage?” One lucky winner will receive 100 lbs. of ground beef, while another will win 50 lbs. of pork sausage. Both prizes are being donated courtesy of Cory and Jan Ahrendsen. Tickets, which are $5 each or five tickets for $20, will be sold during home football games, select home varsity volleyball matches and also at the high school vocal concert.
Proceeds from the sale of raffle tickets will be used in support of Union High School’s After Prom activities scheduled for April 16, 2016.
The raffle drawing will be conducted on October 23 at the last regular season home football game.

Two Arrested on Drug Charges

The La Porte City Police Department along with the Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant on August 25, 2015, on the home of Cody Michael Tarrance, age 27 and Michelle Meyer, age 32. The warrant was served at 111 West Main Street, La Porte City. Items seized in the residence led authorities to charge Tarrance and Meyer with several charges. Both were both transported to the Black Hawk County Jail.
Michelle B. Meyer was charged with: Possession of Methamphetamine with intent to deliver, Child Endangerment, Unlawful Possession of Prescription Drugs, Possession of Controlled Substance 2nd Offense (Marijuana)and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Cody Michael Tarrance was charged with: Child Endangerment, Possession of Marijuana 3rd Offense, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Controlled Substance 3rd Offense (pills).

One Iowa Welcomes Erica Barz

Erica Barz and Sandra Zapata have joined One Iowa, the state’s leading lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organization. Barz filled the communications specialist position in early July, while Zapata filled the Iowa Pride Network (One Iowa’s gay-straight alliance program) coordinator position in mid-August.
“As One Iowa moves past the marriage narrative and into supporting equality and justice for LGBT people from cradle to grave, we are excited to bring on new staff to this next chapter in the LGBT movement,” said Executive Director Donna Red Wing.
“One Iowa appreciates the legal advancements protecting LGBT Iowans from de jure discrimination. It is now time to work against the de facto discrimination, hate speech, bullying and intolerance that diminish the lives of all Iowans,” she said.
“And that is why we invited Barz and Zapata to join our team.”
Barz graduated from Simpson College in May with a B.A. in English. She spent her last semester in Washington, D.C. as a policy and communications intern with PFLAG National.
“I’m thrilled to be back with One Iowa after interning with them last summer,” Barz said.
“I’m excited to work to further One Iowa’s goal of full equality for LGBT Iowans.”
Barz is a 2011 Union High School graduate and the daughter of Jim and Melanie Barz of La Porte City.
Before coming to One Iowa, Zapata was an ESL teacher with middle school students and adults, a therapist for adolescents and adults with substance abuse issues, a domestic abuse advocate and an outreach specialist. She has always worked to lift up the voices of oppressed populations in the community.
“I’m hoping to continue creating safe spaces for diverse populations,” Zapata said. “I’m especially ready to bring attention to people of color and create recognition for the diversity that exists within the LGBTQ community.”