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Operation Threshold to Accept Energy Assistance Applications

Black Hawk, Buchanan and Grundy Counties- Operation Threshold will be taking limited applications for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) beginning October 1, 2015. The income eligibility limits for the program increased to 175% of the Federal poverty level this year, allowing more households to qualify for the program.
Please note, at this time ONLY households with individuals age 60 or older, or are disabled, or have a written disconnection notice. or are currently disconnected from their heating or electricity provider, can apply starting on October 1st.
All other households may apply beginning November 2nd.
Each applicant will need to provide proof of social security number for all household members (unless proof is already on file with Operation Threshold). Applicants will also need to bring proof of all household members’ gross income for the past three months and copies of their most recent heating and electric bills.
The program is funded by the Department of Health and Human Services through the Iowa Department of Human Rights/DCAA, and has been established to help qualifying low-income Iowa homeowners and renters pay for a portion of their primary heating costs. The assistance is based on household income, household size, type of fuel, and other factors.
All low-income Iowans are encouraged to apply, including senior citizens and individuals with disabilities. Eligibility for participation is established according to the following federal income guidelines, which list the number of household members followed by the maximum annual income:
1 – $20,598
2 – $27,878
3 – $35,158
4 – $42,438
5 – $49,718
6 – $56,998
(Add $7,280 for each additional member)

For further information regarding energy assistance or LIHEAP assistance, contact Operation Threshold at the numbers listed below or at
Black Hawk County: (319) 291-2065
Buchanan County: (319) 334-6081
Grundy County: (319) 824-3460

Serving Those Who Have Served


Fourteen flights made over a five year period of time. Over 1,200 veterans transported to Washington D.C and back. More than one million dollars raised. The commitment to sponsor Waterloo Honor Flights by Sullivan-Hartogh-Davis Post 730 has been no small measure, indeed.
Black Hawk County Board of Supervisor Craig White, the public face of Waterloo Honor Flights, shares the story of how Waterloo’s Honor Flight program got off the ground with each group of Honor Flight veterans attending their pre-flight meeting. What began as a conversation with Jim Coloff about potential community projects in 2010, has blossomed into a campaign that has sent hundreds of World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War veterans on an all-expense paid trip to Washington D.C. While there, the veterans make stops at the World War II, Lincoln, Korean War, Vietnam War and United States Air Force Memorials. They also visit Arlington National Cemetery to witness the Changing of the Guard Ceremony.
Such a commitment to the veterans of the Cedar Valley comes from a group of volunteers very passionate about serving those who have served their country during a time when they were very much needed. When Waterloo Honor Flight organizers, including La Porte City’s Janet Liming, began preparing for the first flight which lifted off in May 2011, they were literally creating the infrastructure necessary to organize the project as they went along. Five years later, established procedures put in place by the Honor Flight Board may make the work easier to manage, but it is no less challenging. In 2015, oxygen, wheelchairs and medications are common accessories for the men and women who served their nation more than 50 years ago, and every detail regarding the care of veterans is checked and double-checked. And while the volunteers and medical personnel assigned to each flight make a day in D.C. look easy to manage, such appearances are only made possible with absolute thorough preparation.
While Honor Flights can be many things for the veterans that enjoy them, one thing they are not is cheap. Each flight costs in excess of $100,000. In 2010, Waterloo Honor Flight organizers got an unexpected gift to jump-start their fundraising campaign, when Burk “Skeet” Miehe and his wife, Julie, along with the employees at American Pattern and CNC Works made a $100,000 donation to sponsor one of the first flights from Waterloo. Since then, other corporate donors have made generous contributions, including John Deere, which sponsored a flight in 2014. The Waterloo area Hy-Vee stores have been major supporters of Waterloo Honor Flight from day one, catering the pre-flight meals and supplying each veteran with a “goody bag” stocked with several travel items, including a disposable camera and the pledge to develop the photos taken with it at no charge. Still, the challenge to raise more than $300,000 needed annually to keep the program going remains an immense one.

Friends of Mike: With the price tag for three Honor Flights from Waterloo to Washington D.C. costing more than $300,000, organizers are hoping to solicit 3,000 $100 donations from residents of northeast Iowa. If successful, these 3,000 “Friends of Mike” would allow Honor Flights from Waterloo to continue in 2016, making them available to area veterans of the Vietnam War. For additional information or to make a donation, logon to or visit the Waterloo Honor Flight Facebook page.

Did You Know? Since the first Waterloo Honor Flight lifted off in May 2011, nearly 30 veterans from La Porte City and Dysart have made the trip to Washington D.C.


4-H, FFA Foundation to Hold Annual Meeting

The Black Hawk County 4-H and FFA Foundation will hold its annual meeting at 7 PM on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at the Black Hawk County Extension office 3420 University Ave. in Waterloo.
Election of new directors and director officers will take place.
Anyone interested in the Foundation is welcome to attend. The Foundation’s main function is to raise funds to perpetuate the annual Black Hawk County 4-H and FFA Fair held each July. Anyone wishing to donate can call Dresden Wulf at 234-6811.

Halloween Vein Drain

LifeServe Blood Center is celebrating Halloween by helping drain veins this October.
Every two seconds, someone somewhere needs a blood transfusion. The only way a hospital patient can receive that life-saving blood is if a generous donor rolls up his or her sleeve. Unlike fake blood used in horror movies, real human blood cannot be manufactured. It must be supplied by healthy donors.
Starve a vampire and donate blood at the upcoming La Porte City Community Blood Drive, Wednesday, October 14, 2015 from 1:30-5:30 PM at Veterans Memorial Hall, 302 Cedar St., La Porte City.
Schedule a blood donation appointment online at or call 800.287.4903. As always, walk-ins are also greatly appreciated.

Union Homecoming 2015


Jadin Hennings, daughter of Drew and Peg Hennings, was crowned Union High School Homecoming Queen Friday evening. Mitchell Hanson, son of Maureen and Robert Hanson was crowned Homecoming King during halftime of the Powderpuff game.