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Surprise Open House to Honor Phyllis Clark

La Porte City Specialty Care is hosting a surprise Open House in honor of Phyllis Clark’s 30th anniversary as Business Office Manager. On Monday, December 12 from 1:30-3 PM, La Porte City Specialty Care will celebrate this milestone by serving cake, coffee, and punch.
In 1986, Phyllis began her career in the laundry department at the facility, known as Colonial Manor at the time. She soon changed to dietary, working as a cook in 1987. Five years later, Phyllis became the Business Office Manager. Over the years, her duties (and workload) have grown immensely. So too, have her knowledge and skills, which have expanded exponentially to keep up with the changes associated with human resources, insurance and other healthcare regulations.
Phyllis, a member of the Brandon United Methodist Church, is the mother of three children and has six grandchildren. She is the coordinator and member of the Brandon Area Community Club, which raises money to benefit the community and hosts the semi-annual Cowboy Breakfasts. She also enjoys to traveling across the country and around the world with family and friends.

Giving Blood: The Ultimate Holiday Gift

Recent events and reports of violence as close to home as Des Moines serve as important reminders of the need for an adequate blood supply. In response to the urgent need for blood, the La Porte City Lions Club, in conjunction with LifeServe, will host a local blood drive on December 14, from 1:30-5:30 PM at Veterans Memorial Hall.
Each time a donor gives blood, up to three hospital patients’ lives are saved. As an additional incentive, LifeServe now offers reward points that can be redeemed at an online store. Featured this month are festive holiday socks, which can be purchased for 100 points, the same amount one regular donation earns! Other promotional items include keychains, t-shirts, hats, insulated lunch bags and more.
For those who wish to, blood donation appointments can be scheduled online at or by calling 800-287-4903. No appointment is necessary for the December 14 blood drive in La Porte City, as the LPC Lions will gladly welcome walk-ins.

City Council to Dump Recycling Center?

Reduce, reuse, recycle. These three R’s are the hallmarks of conserving natural resources, reducing the amount of space occupied by landfills and, ultimately, saving energy.
In La Porte City, a curbside recycling program has been in place for several years, supplemented by a Recycling Center, which affords residents the opportunity to drop off materials such as metal, plastics, paper and cardboard. This recycling program benefits the City and, in turn, its taxpayers in two ways.
Materials that are recycled are materials that get diverted from the landfill. Fewer materials hauled to the landfill translates to a lower cost to the City for waste management.
Another benefit is a small grant of around $9,000 the City receives annually in support of the recycling program it maintains.
The rewards the City reaps for recycling are dependent upon running a clean program, however. Unfortunately, the City’s Recycling Center has become a dumping ground of sorts, with little respect paid to the recycling guidelines the City publishes each year. When non recycle materials are discovered mixed in with recycle materials, the entire load must be taken to the landfill, costing the City additional money. Each load of recycled materials collected from the Recycling Center’s dumpsters are examined prior to leaving the city. If non-recyclable materials are present, the entire load has to be taken to the landfill, for which the City is billed accordingly. So instead of saving resources, each tainted load of recycled materials actually costs the City money that could be spent in support of other services.
The dumping of items such as motor oil, furniture, and even appliances, has the City Council searching for answers to the questions that are currently dragging the recycling program down. Setting aside an area that can be secured with fencing and monitored with video surveillance is one possible solution. Such an arrangement requires available land, however, and would come at a cost not planned for in the
FY17 budget. Another possibility the Council could consider would be to close the Recycling Center altogether.
In the coming weeks, The City Council will discuss the fate of the recycling center at it December 12, 2017 Council meeting. the issue will continue to be discussed. Area residents who wish to share their thoughts and opinions on the matter can find contact information for the mayor and members of the City Council online at

Acceptable Materials – La Porte City Recycling Program

La Porte City residents are encouraged to participate in the City’s recycling program, which includes metal, mixed paper, plastics and cardboard. Please note: These guidelines apply to both the curbside recycling program AND the City’s recycling drop-off location:

METAL – Metal containers may be recycled. Remove all food and rinse clean. Labels do not need to be removed. Clean aluminum foil, pie tins, beverage cans, empty non-hazardous aerosol cans and tin cans may be recycled.

Not Acceptable: Batteries, syringes, knives, blades, needles, nails or oil filters.

PLASTICS – Plastics marked with a recycling number can be recycled, including milk jugs, food, detergent, juice, beverage and shampoo bottles or containers. Please rinse clean and air dry. Labels do not need to be removed. Plastic caps and lids should be removed and discarded. Do not place other objects inside the bottles and jugs.

Not Acceptable: – Unmarked plastics, film plastics, auto lubricant containers, antifreeze containers, soiled or unclean containers.

MIXED PAPER – Newspaper, magazines, coupons, junk mail, newspaper inserts, envelopes, paper bags, labels from cans, paperback books, phone books, TV guides, colored paper, file folders, white ledger computer paper, etc. may be recycled, provided it is clean and dry. All paper can be mixed.

Not Acceptable: waxed paper, carbons, photos, tissues, napkins, paper towels, plates, crayon drawings, smoking materials, pet food or fertilizer bags.

CARDBOARD – Chipboard, cardboard, cereal and cracker boxes, tissue boxes, egg cartons, clean and dry pop and beer case cardboard may be recycled. Must be clean and flattened. Any contents inside boxes should be removed prior to recycling.

Not Acceptable: Waxy, coated cardboard such as milk or juice cartons.

Free Cancer Screenings Offered for Women

  The Black Hawk County Health Department wants women to know that lack of money or insurance are no longer reasons to put off getting their well woman physical.
The Care for Yourself program at the Black Hawk County Health Department has immediate openings for women seeking their annual pap smear and mammogram. Enrollments are being accepted through May 1, 2017. Qualified women can obtain screening at the provider/location of their choice.
The program covers:
Well woman physical
Pap Smear and/or pelvic exam
Diagnostic testing if needed

To qualify women must:
Be between the ages of 40-64
Live in Black Hawk, Buchanan, Fayette, Tama or Grundy counties
Have no insurance or have a high deductible/co-pay on their insurance.
Meet income guidelines (Household of 2 can make up to $39,825/net per year)

For more information or to enroll in the program, women are encouraged to call 319-292-2225. Women who live outside of these counties can call 1-866-339-7909 and they will be directed to the program serving their county.

Opportunity to Help Homebound Seniors

  Drivers are needed to deliver lunch meals to homebound senior citizens (currently six) every Monday in La Porte City.
Pick up the meals at the City Hall and drop off empty bags there – you don’t need to leave La Porte City!
Meals arrive shortly before noon and delivery takes 30-40 minutes.
If interested, please contact Brenda Biere at North East Iowa Area Agency on Aging (NEI3A) in Waterloo at 319-874-6849, or email


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