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Physicals Required Before Student Athletes Can Practice

A physical examination must be obtained from a doctor before any student is allowed to participate in Union athletics. Forms for this purpose are available in the superintendent’s office, the middle school and high school offices, and the district’s webpage ( Sports physical forms must be returned with the doctor’s signature before a student will be allowed to practice.
Parents of students participating in school athletic programs must sign a form indicating they have adequate insurance (health & accident), or they must sign a form saying they accept full responsibility for expenses resulting from athletic injuries.

La Porte City Council Proceedings – July 27, 2015

The City Council of La Porte City, Iowa met in regular session on July 27, 2015. Mayor David Neil called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM with Council Members Todd Butler Sarah Craft, and Brent Sadler present. Absent was Council Member Eric Allsup. Council member Mike Johnson arrived at 7:06 PM.
After listening to Roger Ohrt and MaryJo Albright’s comments related to the issue of rezoning a tract of land adjacent to the Anton Addition and East Reinbeck Road, the Council approved the second and third readings of Ordinance 495 and Mayor Neil declared it adopted and effective upon publication. The change in zoning paves the way for the land at that location to be developed for the construction of a Dollar General store. The timeline for construction remains uncertain at this time.
In other business, the Council approved the sale of another lot in the Sweet Addition and set the date of a public hearing to consider the City’s revised Comprehensive Plan as recommended by the Planning and Zoning Commission. The Council will consider the revised plan at its August 10 meeting.
Another zoning request was tabled following discussion related to the construction of proposed rental storage units on the south side of La Porte City near the Sweet Addition. While the Planning and Zoning Commission made the recommendation to change the zoning of the property in question from R-1 (low density residential) to C-2 (commercial district), Zoning Administrator Jennifer Sparks informed the Council that such a change would allow that tract of land to be used for any principally permitted uses that fall under the M-1 classification. She recommended the Council refer the matter back to Planning and Zoning with the recommendation to add rental storage units as an allowed use exception under the City’s C-2 classification. This would allow the City’s Board of Adjustment to grant permission for the construction of storage units on the property while preventing other development the City may deem as undesirable adjacent to the neighboring residential area.
Prior to adjournment, the Council approved hiring an appraiser to determine the valuation of the City’s Public Works Shop and adjacent properties. The decision to appraise the properties came after East Central Iowa Cooperative expressed interest in the acquiring the properties.

Susan Loeb Scholarship Recipients Announced

Longtime La Porte City resident, Susan Loeb, was an educator at Hawkeye Community College with a passion for preparing students entering the field of nursing. Following her death on July 27, 2013 due to cancer, a memorial scholarship fund was established for graduating high school students, with a preference given to those interested in the field of nursing. In 2014, the first $1,000 Susan Loeb Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Brenna Allen. In 2015, two scholarships were awarded- $1,000 to Lydia Lorenzen and $500 to Dayton Powell.
Last weekend, the second annual Susan Loeb Memorial Golf Tournament was hosted by the La Porte City Golf Club, with proceeds used to support the scholarship fund in her name. Anyone wishing to make a contribution may due so by forwarding it to the following address:

Susan Loeb Scholarship Fund
P.O. Box 42001
Urbandale, IA 50311

Wartburg Grads Announced

Wartburg College awarded diplomas to 298 students during Spring Commencement May 24, 2015.
Alexandra Becker of Gilbertville graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in fitness management. She is the daughter of Jeffrey and Trina Becker.
Ashley Frush of La Porte City graduated with a degree in fitness management. She is the daughter of Bart and Kimberly Frush.
Haley Peters of Dysart graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in elementary education. She is the daughter of Jeff and Michelle Peters.
Jacob Reiter of Buckingham graduated with a degree in mathematics. He is the son of Hal and Deanne Reiter.
Brandon Welter of Gilbertville graduated with a degree in fitness management. He is the son of Robert and Jammi Welter.

Auditions Set for Little Shop of Horrors

The Waterloo Community Playhouse (WCP) is announcing upcoming auditions for its presentation of the musical, Little Shop of Horrors on Thursday, August 6 at 7 PM and Sunday, August 9 at 2 PM. Production dates are October 16-25. This will be the directing debut at WCP for new Artistic Director, Greg Holt. Music Direction will be by Linda Sharp and Choreography by Jordan Makinster. The show focuses on Seymour Krelborn, a meek and dejected assistant at a floral show who happens upon a strange plant, which he affectionately names “Audrey II” after his crush at the shop. Little does he know that this strange and unusual plant will develop a soulful R & B voice, a potty mouth, and an unquenchable thirst for human blood. As Audrey II grows bigger and meaner, the carnivorous plant promises limitless fame and fortune to Seymour, as long as he continues providing a fresh supply of blood.
All people interested in auditioning should bring piano music and be prepared to sing between 16 and 32 bars of an up tempo song, preferably in the style of Little Shop (50s/60s Rock, R & B or Doo-Wop). We want to hear how people sing with piano accompaniment, so no a capella or pre-recorded music please. A prepared monologue of 1½ minutes or less is encouraged but not required. Cold reading from the script will also happen.
Full audition details can be found at WCP’s website For further information please contact (319) 235-0367 Tuesday-Friday from 8 AM-6 PM.