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V.5 ISSUE 1 AUG. ‘18

On the Cover

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FEATURES: 4 FEELS LIKE HOME by Hans Madsen

1 8 CLASSIC SUMMER FUN by Troy Banning 2 2 TECHNOLOGY GIFTS AND SCHOOL TECH TO WATCH

EVERY ISSUE: 8 1 0 1 1 1 2 1 4 1 6 2 4 2 5 2 6

Savvy Senior Let’s Eat Featured Libations Landmarks City Scene Kid’s Corner Tidbits by Tiff Picture Perfect Pets Parting Shot

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MANAGING EDITOR - ANNE BLANKENSHIP WRITERS - HANS MADSEN, TROY BANNING PUBLISHER - TERRY CHRISTENSEN ADVERTISING - DANNY BAESSLER, GLORIA RASMUSSEN

Mandy Ross, the new superintendent for the Webster City Community School District

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Direct inquiries to: 720 Second Street, Webster City, Iowa 50595 • 832-4350 Our Hometown is published monthly by The Daily Freeman-Journal, with all rights reserved, Copyright, 2018.

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Feels like

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andy Ross, the new superintendent for the Webster City Community School District, is bringing with her a long career in education that began in the classroom. She feels that having classroom experience is an asset.

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I think it’s difficult to create a vision for teaching and learning if you haven’t had classroom experience.” - MANDY ROSS

Webster City Community School District, superintendent

“I’ve really been blessed that way,” she said. “I really do. I think it’s difficult to create a vision for teaching and learning if you haven’t had classroom experience.” That classroom experience began with substitute teaching, then went on to teaching English, reading and science in Saydel. From there, she moved on to teaching eighth-grade English and seventh-grade reading in Ankeny. She’s joining the Webster City school district after 16 years in the Ames district. “I was the assistant superintendent,” she said. “I started as an elementary principal at Northwood.”

During her career, she also had the fun experience of spending three years as the director of teaching and learning in the Waukee District. There’s a cool twist to that story. “That’s also where I went to sixth-grade,” she said. Her record from those days must have been pretty good. “I did not know where the principal’s office was,” she said. “My brother knew right where to go.” She is joining her son, Michael Ross, in Webster City, along with her son’s wife, Helen. Both are teachers in the Webster City system.

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She’s already spent time here with them. “Webster City is a familiar and comfortable place already,” she said. There are other things she likes about the community. “One of the big draws,” she said, “I like the smaller community where you feel everybody knows everybody.” She’s also in the process of becoming familiar with some of the many places and things to do and visit in Webster City and the area such as the bike trails and Briggs Woods Park. “There’s some nice dining,” she said. “I’ve walked the downtown area. I think the downtown is cute.”

She said the district has been doing many things right, including its progress in curriculum. “We’re looking at that foundation and asking how do we grow and build on that,” she said. “We really want to look at what’s going well and grow professionally to have a positive impact on our students.” She is also working on making the transition with the Northwest Hamilton. “It’s been a very positive thing so far,” she said. In March, she visited all of the schools in the district and enjoyed a walk-through with each principal. She has an approach to the job mapped out.

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“It’s important to come in and listen and learn,” she said. “You have to understand the community as well as the school district.” Even with a newly-purchased bicycle awaiting the trails, Ross has little time for hobbies. Except a very important one. “My hobbies are Calvin, Jonah and Bennett,” she said of her grandsons. For members of the community who would like to meet Ross, she will be hosting two open houses on Aug. 16. The first is at All Cultures Equal, 1440 E. Second St., from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and then at Morning Glory, 710 Des Moines St., from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


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SAVVY SENIOR by Jim Miller

Where Seniors Can Get Help With Home

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Small Jobs Dear Savvy Senior,

What’s the best way to find good, trustworthy, qualified people who can help seniors with home chores or small jobs?

Looking for Mom

These are on-demand service companies that can quickly and easily connect you to skilled workers to handle a wide variety of household chores and small jobs, like cleaning and housekeeping, moving and packing, lawn and yard cleanup, handyman tasks, grocery shopping, running errands, furniture assembly, picture hanging, closet organizing, and much more.

Dear Looking, Getting help at home for any number of household tasks is a lot easier than it use to be thanks to a number of web-based tools that can quickly and easily connect you and your mom to a wide variety of skilled, carefully vetted workers. Here’s what you should know.

FINDING QUALIFIED HELP

One of the best ways to find qualified, reliable, trustworthy people that can help with home chores and other small jobs is through referrals from people you trust. But if your friends or family don’t have any recommendations, there are a number of online companies you can turn to now like TaskRabbit.com and Takl.com.

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TaskRabbit currently has more than 60,000 Taskers (workers) in 47 U.S. cities, while Takl currently serves 75 U.S. cities with around 35,000 workers. All you need to do is download their app, or go to their website, and select the service your mom wants done and set a time when she would like the worker to show up. The software then matches your request and provides you a list of qualified, feedback rated workers (including their hourly rate) from which to choose. Once the job is complete, payment is done through the company’s app. You should also know that all TaskerRabbit and Takl workers have to go through a thorough vetting process before they can join their respective company including extensive background checks.


NEED A TRADESMAN

If your mom primarily needs of a tradesman like a plumber, electrician, painter, roofer or carpenter for home repairs or remodel projects, you should also check HomeAdvisor.com and AngiesList.com. Both of these sites can connect you with prescreened, customer-rated service professionals in your area for free.

SENIOR SPECIFIC

Another option you should know about is AskUmbrella.com, which is a fee-based membership service for seniors 60-plus that provides qualified, vetted workers to do small jobs in and around the house for only $16 per hour. Currently available in New York, they are expanding nationally over the next year.

LOWER-INCOME OPTION

If your mom is on a tight budget, you should also contact her nearby Area Aging Agency (call 800677-1116), who can refer you to services in her area, if available. For example, some communities have volunteer programs that provide chore and handyman services to help seniors in need. And some local non-profit’s offer residential repair services that offer seniors minor upgrades and adaptations to their homes.

If, however, you can’t find a skilled worker through TaskRabbit or Takl, or if they don’t serve your area, another option is Amazon Home Services at Amazon. com/services. Like TaskRabbit and Takl, Amazon will connect you to qualified workers that handle dozens of household chores and other small jobs. Amazon also screens all workers through media searches, online interviews, reference checks, and background checks. And all experts need to have licenses and insurance. To purchase and book a service, you can either buy a pre-packaged service with a fixed price (like two hours of cleaning) or you can submit a custom request and receive estimates. When booking, you select three different dates and time frames and the pro confirms an appointment. All payment is done through your Amazon account. Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit SavvySenior.org. Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of “The Savvy Senior” book.

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LET’S EAT

Our Hometown Recipe Corner

Roasted Banana Coffee Cake Serves 8

8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled, plus 1 tablespoon at room temperature for the pan 2 tablespoons granulated sugar 2 bananas 3⁄4 cup chopped pecans 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar 1 teaspoon ground cinanamon 11⁄2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon baking powder 1⁄4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg 1 cup granulated sugar 2 large eggs, lightly beaten 1⁄4 cup sour cream 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract Preheat the oven to 350 F. Butter a 9-inch round cake pan with the 1 tablespoon room temperature butter and dust with the granulated sugar and tip out any excess. Place the bananas on a small rimmed baking sheet and roast for 15 minutes. Remove and set aside to cool. In a small bowl, combine the pecans, brown sugar and cinnamon. Set aside. Sift the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and nutmeg through a finemesh strainer into a medium bowl. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the butter and sugar on low Webster City Hy-Vee, Inc.

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CITY OF WEBSTER CITY BUDGET JULY 2018 TO JUNE 2019 The 2018/19 fiscal year budget for the City of Webster City was submitted to the State of Iowa in March. The budgeted revenues without transfers are $25,695,379. Transfers are monies that are moved from fund to fund within the City. They would include transferring money from operational funds to reserves to pay for projects, transferring from utility funds to General Fund for tax relief and moving revenue from LOSST to specific project fund.

REVENUES BY REVENUES BY CATEGORY REVENUES BY CATEGORY CATEGORY

The 2018/19 fiscal year budget for the Property Taxes (3,659,683 - City City of Webster Property Taxes (3,659,683 14.24%)14.24%) was submitted to the Other Taxes (1,070,747 State of Iowa in 4.16%) Other Taxes (1,070,747 March. Licenses & Permits (107,460 The budgeted 4.16%) .42%) revenues without Use of Money & Property Licenses & Permitstransfers (107,460 are (440,933 - 1.72%) $25,695,379. .42%) Intergovernmental (1,709,166 - 6.65%)

Use of Money & Property Transfers are monies (440,933 - 1.72%) that are moved from

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PROPERTY TAXES • City Levy for FY19 – 16.24219

• General Fund Regular & Tax Fund Departments Levies (9.04 of Levy) - $2,043,216. Proprieta  Special Revenue & Debt Service Levies (7.2 of Levy) - $1,634,452 – General Obligation debt include • LOSST – Local Option Sales Tax – operational money for General service payments and benefits for General Fund employees (FICA, Retirement, Unemployment, • State backfills for lost tax revenue This isfund the – $700,000 – 1% additional sales Fund Departments money from operational funds reserves to pay projects, transferring from utility Work Comp, Healthto Insurance). due for to the Commercial & Industrial tax on purchases in Webster City. payments SSMID (Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District)–- $15,410 – this is a non-city use levy – rollback 121,657. taxrevenue relief and from LOSST to specific project fund. is tomoving bedowntown spentrevenue on • Special Revenue & Debt Service Fund forThis only the businesses pay this optional tax that is used for universal expenses such as The itemi street, water and sewer lines per Levies (7.2 of Levy) - $1,634,452 flowers in the vases, garbage clean up, etc. The City collects the tax and writes the checks. CHARGES FOR FEES & resolution andTAXES voting ballot. OTHER – General Obligation debt service SERVICES PROPERTY TAXES TIF - $233,437 – City collects and rebates back to the business under a development agreement TIF payments and benefits for • Electric Utility $11,258,197; Water  Taxes Hotel/Motel we budget and the- expense - city collects revenue Home – $100,000 for both the revenue General Fund employees (FICA,  • Mobile City Levy for FY19- $3,915 – –16.24219 The City c Utility - $1,811,643; Sewer Utility and writes checks & debt operations (2,000) benefits Retirement, Unemployment, Work $2,771,189; Landfill $265,200;  LOSST – Local Option Sales Tax – $700,000 – 1% additional sales tax on purchases in Webster  General Fund Regular & Tax Levies (9.04 of Levy) $2,043,216. – operational mone the water service (1,915). Comp, Health Insurance). City. This revenue is to be spent on street, Recreation water and sewer -lines per resolution and voting $110,600; Cemetery collects th Fund Departments ballot. $34,700; Miscellaneous - $20,775 USE OF MONEY & PROPERTY • SSMID (Self-Supported Municipal  Mobile Home Taxes -Service & debt service (1,915). andObligat rebat  • Loan Special Revenue & Debt Levies(2,000) (7.2benefits of Levy) - $1,634,452 – General payments, interest on $3,915 – operations Improvement District) - $15,410 – this USE OF MONEY & PROPERTY MISCELLANEOUS investments and money received is a non-city use levy – only service payments and interest benefits for General (FICA,  Loan payments, on investments moneyFund receivedemployees from rentals •and Donations towards projects suchRetirement, Une from rentals INTERGOVERNMENTAL the downtown businesses pay Please vis as Mulberry Church, Depot, Work Comp, Health Insurance). this optional tax that is used to see our Playground Equipment at Parks  INTERGOVERNMENTAL SSMID (Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District) - $15,410 – this is a non-c for universal expenses such as • Road Use $1,072,540 estimated flowers in the vases, garbage • Reimbursements – Electric andfor universal expe only thethat downtown businesses pay this optional tax that is used revenue can only be used clean up, etc. The City collects the Fuller Trust Loan Reimbursements for roads,in bridges, sidewalks and clean up, etc. The City collects the tax and writes the flowers the vases, garbage tax and writes the checks. & Corn Belt Energy Efficiency storm sewers Rebates OTHER TAXES OTHER TAXES • Local, State & Federal Funds – this  TIF - $233,437 – City collects and rebates backmiscellaneous to the business under a developmen • TIF - $233,437 – City collects and • All other revenues would include State and Federal rebates back to the business  Grants Hotel/Motel – we budget $100,000 for both the revenue and the expense - city co (482,725) and Township under a development agreement Fire Contracts (31,097) and writes checks

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ity Department Council, Manager, Clerk, sources Finance Office, Public Works are allare split doing. They include et isAttorney, fundedBuilding, by various depending on Director what they etween General, Electric, Water and Sewer according to their main job duties or how much time is spent ,orking General, Water in certain areas.and Sewer funds.

rojects cil, Manager, Attorney, Building, Clerk, Finance Office, Public Works Director are all split he City has General, 3,157,469 Electric, Water and Sewer according to their main job duties or how much time is spent General Fund (4,191,330 - 16.54%) udgeted for areas. n certain Special Revenues (2,435,739 - 9.61%) rojects TIF Special Revenues (200,077 - .79%) etween all Debt Service-General Obligation (602,686 - 2.38%) Capital Projects-Non Utility (969,900 - 3.83%) unds. Our Proprietary (16,941,315 - 66.85%) IP and state has udget show 69 n expense in General Fund (4,191,330 - 16.54%) hefor upcoming Special Revenues (2,435,739 - 9.61%) scal year of TIF Special Revenues (200,077 - .79%) 17,500,000 all Debt Service-General Obligation (602,686 - 2.38%) hat is not Capital Projects-Non Utility (969,900 - 3.83%) Our cluded in the xpense by Proprietary (16,941,315 - 66.85%) tate und chart. how he City is currently evaluating its wastewater plant capacity needs before determining the direction 18/19 se in fiscal equired to sustain the community’s existing and future wastewater needs.

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Senior Center, he itemization of all city projects budgeted for the current fiscal year its can be found on ourplant website.generated from the TIF, verifies the es without Recreation, evaluating wastewater is currently evaluating wastewater plant capacity needs before determining the direction Health & SocialitsService Program capacity needs before determining tax receipts from the developing rs are IF sustain contributions, Planning & Zoning to the community’s existing and future wastewater needs. the direction required to sustain company and rebates the eligible 5,379. he City currently 9 TIFentirely development agreements are has almost funded throughas well as internal TIF to pay back internal loans for thesewer community’s existing andThe funds he water improvements in the SW part of Webster City and work on Fairmeadow Drive. 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Classic Summer FUN BY TROY BANNING

The year is 2018, but for one sunny afternoon in the early days of summer it could have been 1968 on the residential Summit Drive in Webster City. Kids were outside playing and laughing. Parents and grandparents sat around and enjoyed each other’s company as their children and grandchildren provided the entertainment. There was food, music and America’s Pastime — a throwback to perhaps simpler times when technology didn’t occupy so much of our time. OK, so it wasn’t baseball that served as the centerpiece. In this instance, it was wiffle ball. As the country celebrated Independence Day on July 4, Webster City resident Marty McKinney and a group of friends staged what they hope will be the first annual Summit Drive wiffle ball tournament on a vacant lot, affectionately known as the Summit Drive Sandlot. “Everybody had a great time and it was a great day,” McKinney, a teacher and coach in the Webster City school system, said. “The kids, you fight that they’ve always got the phone in their hands or they’re playing video games, but they were out playing wiffle ball all day for hours. Neighbors were out watching the kids play … it was just great.” The idea came to McKinney when he saw a picture of a field cut into a backyard on the Internet. The idea for the tournament came to him, but he knew he would need help.

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And that’s where his friends came into the picture. Scott Peterson, McKinney’s neighbor, got involved, as did McKinney’s wife, Lynn. Chad and Jama Hisler, Dr. Jim Kumm, Tim and Kasie Doering, Jamie Staley and Jeff Felts all played roles as well. They went all out. The lot was transformed into a ball diamond, complete with base lines mowed into shape and chalk between the bases. A silt fence was purchased and stretched across the outfield and Jama Hisler was put in charge of putting the graphics onto the fence.


“It came together pretty quick because we had enough help and volunteers,” McKinney said. “We really had no idea how long it would take to put together, but we got it done the night before.” The hope was that there would be enough kids to have three or four players on each of the four teams. McKinney designed a double-elimination tournament bracket. As it turned out, the tournament was a hit. There were at least six players on each team ranging in age from fourth grade through high school as buzz about the event spread throughout town. “At one time somebody counted and there were over 70 people sitting around watching or playing at one time,” McKinney said. “We had some high school kids show up … it was just a lot of fun.” A draft was used to choose the teams. Four captains were picked randomly out of a hat and they chose their teams for what turned out to be the competitive tournament.

The kids, you fight that they’ve always got the phone in their hands or they’re playing video games, but they were out playing wiffle ball all day for hours.

Tents and couches were set up around the field. There was a scoreboard and announcer. And the day concluded with a fireworks display.

- Marty McKinney

THE SUMMIT DRIVE SANDLOT

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IT CAME TOGETHER PRETTY QUICK BECAUSE WE HAD ENOUGH HELP AND VOLUNTEERS,”

The team of Briar Klaver, CJ Hisler, Braden Doering, Claryssah Hanson, Ty McKinney and Jayce Neuroth navigated its way through the field to claim the title. And when the kids got done playing in the mid-afternoon hours, the parents took a turn on the field with the short porch that begged for home runs to be hit. “We wanted the kids to be able to hit dingers,” McKinney said. “And then some of the adults got involved and we played kids versus parents. I bet there were some people that were pretty sore the next day.” For one day, today’s kids got the chance to see what the summer life was like when their parents were their age. For one day, social media was an afterthought. For one day, wiffle ball became the most interesting thing on this one street in the middle of America. Laughing and smiles were the norm. And everybody went home happy.

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Gifting students with tech is a surefire way to help them with their educations. In a 2013 Harris Interactive poll, 86 percent of teachers thought it was important or absolutely essential to use edtech in the classroom. In addition, 96 percent of teachers felt edtech increased student engagement in learning. Today’s students are more tech-savvy than ever before, so hot gadgets figure to be coveted items this holiday season. Here’s what to add to holiday shopping lists.

E-reader: Digital e-readers enable students to carry an entire library of books in one small device. Full backpacks or small dorm rooms bogged down by piles of books are a thing of the past. E-readers have highlighting and notetaking features that can facilitate learning. Earbuds: Students can never have enough quality earbuds for personal use or school study. Whether walking around campus listening to music, using a classroom chromebook or catching up on an audiobook, earbuds are a must-have for modern students.

Digital assistant: Digital assistants pack a lot of intelligence into their diminutive size. When paired with smart home devices, digital assistants can be used to turn on lights or small appliances, making them an asset in a bedroom or a dorm room. Smart bulbs or alarm clocks: The importance of lighting on mood and function has been well-documented. Innovative LED bulbs and technology can simulate various times of day and even be used for mood lighting. Instead of waking up to a blaring alarm buzzer, students afraid of sleeping in can set special lighted clocks to gradually brighten, simulating the rising of the sun.

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Streaming media players: Devices like Roku, Amazon Fire stick and Apple TV can broaden media horizons. These players are paired with viewing apps (some free; others requiring subscriptions) that can do everything from stream TV, movies and music, and offer connectivity to the internet. They’re a boon when setting up a functional student spot for hanging out. Digital tracking devices: Students can keep tabs on prized possessions by using Bluetooth-enabled tracking devices, like TrackR. These plastic gadgets can be placed on or in items and paired with Android and iOS apps on smartphones. The user then locates the item through a locate network. Computer workstation: Even though handheld digital devices are functional and in demand, a student can always use a quality laptop or desktop computer for writing papers or doing research.

Classroom tech trends to watch Technology continues to evolve. With computers, tablets and smartphones, people of all ages are immersed in technology. According to the Pew Research Center, 56 percent of teens between the ages of 13 and 17 go online several times a day. Teens are not just relying on technology at home or while on the go, but they’re also doing so in school. Schools are now recognizing how influential mobile technologies are on students and how they can shape teaching and thinking. As a result, technology is now a major component in the classroom, where educators are implementing technology to help students succeed not only in school but also after they graduate. The following are some of the growing tech trends inside of the classroom. Internet connectivity: Students most often connect to the Internet using their mobile devices. Many schools have replaced their older computer labs with tablets and other mobile devices. Students can simply sit at their individual desks and connect directly to the Internet. Once online, students can access shared drives where assignments can be found or homework can be posted. Tech homework: Rather than homework in the traditional sense, students are being asked to research information online and then submit assignments directly through an application like Google Classroom. Homework also may involve spending time on educational apps that help reinforce lessons learned in school that day. Personal mobile device access: In addition to tablets, students also have access to Internet-connected smartphones, which may even be their own phones when personal phones are allowed in the classroom. In a 2013 Speak Up Survey from Project Tomorrow, 89 percent of high school students have access to Internet-connected smartphones, while 50 percent of students in grades three through five have access to the same type of devices. Those numbers only continue to grow. Classroom smartboards: Described as large tablets, smartboards have all but replaced chalkboards and even dry erase boards in many schools. Teachers can present lessons through the display, and students interact with the board to answer questions. grow more accustomed to using technology in all aspects of life.

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