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New Sharon Sun

Thursday, October 31, 2013 ☼ Volume 10, Number 44 ☼ ☼ 641-637-4031 ☼ $1 Single Copy

Maddi McGriff (Back Row, second from left) and her Dental Assisting Class from Indian Hills Community College.

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Locals Help with Mission of Mercy The Iowa Mission of Mercy is held on a yearly basis in a different location throughout the State of Iowa. The Iowa MOM provides two days of free dental care on a first come-first serve basis. Iowa dentists served nearly 4,500 patients with more than $2.5 million in free dental health services during the first three Iowa Missions of Mercy in Waterloo, Newton, and Cedar Rapids. This year, the free two day clinic was held in Des Moines at the Varied Industries Building on the Iowa State Fairgrounds on October 18-19. Approximately 300 dentists, 150 hygienists and more than 400 dental assistants and staff volunteered their time and resources. Among those volunteers were Osky Dental employee Sam Hudson, (New Sharon) who was in charge of making sure patients were dismissed properly and Maddi McGriff, (NM Sam Hudson(R) at IMOM at the Varied Industries Building at the Iowa graduate) who was volunteering with State Fairgrounds. her Dental Assisting class from Inand hundreds of people waited overnight for cleanings, dian Hills Community College. The free clinic was open to children and adults of all ages fillings and extractions.

North Mahaska School to Present ‘Guys & Dolls’ Musical

Guys & Dolls Jr. revolves around a certain Broadway citizen by the name of Nathan Detroit, who maintains the “Oldest Established Permanent Floating Crap Game in New York.” Seeking a location for his latest high-stakes game, Nathan has an opportunity to rent out the Biltmore Garage, but he needs $1000 to do so. He decides to get the money from the smooth-talking player, Sky Masterson, known for his willingness to bet on anything. Nathan wagers that Sky will not be able to talk the “Mission Doll” Sarah Brown (accompanied by her Mission Band) into going on a date with him. While Sky tries to convince Sarah, Nathan endeavors to fend off his girlfriend Miss Adelaide, who has developed a bit of a “cold” because of her ongoing 14-year engagement to Nathan Detroit.

Will Sky be able to take Sarah on that date? Will Adelaide finally get her wish and marry Nathan? Will the gamblers get caught by Lt. Branigan? Will the Hot Box Girls WOW you with their performance? Be sure to find out at this year’s NM musical on November 8th and 9th at 7:00 P.M. in the High School Auditorium.

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Bunker Hill & Beyond by Mary Jo Watson

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What beautiful weather lately, a light rain this week that settled the dust, a hard freeze that did in the plants but still yesterday Sunday it was 64 degrees. We are to have a good week ahead. Farmers are getting the crops out in good time. A lot of guys are finishing up this week. This is for all you Iowans who live out of State that I send this news too. Trees are so beautiful with color. And Bluebirds, I know who cares but I guess I do. I have had them everyday in October and the past two days and this morning they have come in flocks. What a beautiful blue that scatters in the bean field and in the trees in the yard. Already this morning there have been a doz or more at the water bowl. A group of nine or more a week ago spent the night in the hoop building at Brian’s a half mile away. How much longer will they come by, I have never had them this long before. They land on the patio right outside the kitchen so we have a good view. Short notes: Little girls got their flu shots at the school clinic in Montezuma on Monday. Elliott almost 4 gave himself a hair cut with the clippers on the top of his head. We tried to fix it, ha ha! Kieren 5 had to go to Dr. for antibiotic, Husband fell off of ladder going up the roof of grain bin onto a rib of the roof. Luckily did not fall of the roof onto the ground and then to X-ray’s of himself on Saturday to find two broken ribs. Daughter Karol a RN came over to give him advice on what to do. At school this week the grade classes’s who signed up saw a Bug Zoo from one of the State colleges and she got

to pet a tarantula spider I said be sure and wash your hands. Saturday evening we went over to Barnes City to the cat fish supper for the firemen. Took the little people. Then took carry out to Barb and Dale as he was working and got home late. Meta Carey who worked at the Sale Barn for years called to see if we could all get together in the near future. Good to hear from her. And we will when the crops are out. I ran into Evelyn Arthur Felper formally from Searsboro. I had not see her for a long time. She is the mother to Carolyn, Steve, Warren, Boyd, Neil and Marsha. She was the Scout leader in Searsboro for many years. She did so many things for the people of Searsboro for years. Now they live in Grinnell. Oct. 20th, found Dale and Barb Heishman along with Dean and Beverly Heishman going to Rochester, MN to meet with Dale and Dean’s niece and her husband, Pamela and Dan Maher from Ohio. This was the first time they had met the niece and had a lot to catch up on with family events. Oct. 27, Barb and Dale met with several friends at the visitors Center at Seeland Park in Grinnell for supper and a time of fellowship. The Hamilton family has moved into Montezuma. Son Kyle still goes to LS every day as he is a Senior and Beth works in the kitchen at school. Zane is in school there also. Beth is my niece. Well this is all she wrote and have a good safe week. Slow down this too will pass!!!

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by Ada Kay Van Maanen Enjoying Sunday dinner and the afternoon together on October 13 at the Crumm Park were Eloise, Collins, Duane and Joni Collins and family, Lynn and Bruce Dunsbergin and family, Vicky and David Bell and family, Tim and Sam Collins and family. Duane and Joni Collins and family were presented a gift in honor of their 25th wedding anniversary. October birthday wishes for Dan Berman not eh 27th and Hadley Tice not he 30th. Wanda Dunsbergen attended a quilt retreat on Friday and Saturday, OCtober 18 and 19 near Montezuma. Lois Klyn attended the fall Bible League breakfast on October 14 at the Pella First Christian Reformed Church. John Scafe, director of the Bible League’s thrift stores in the United States, was the guest speaker. He spoke about his trip to South America as these countries are the project of the Bible League to send Bibles to those countries. On Tuesday, October 22 David and Garnet Gertsma, Cora Scholtus, John Andrew Gertsma and Annete and Derrick Zimmerman were guests of Mark and Sarah Schalter and Allen to help mark celebrate hi birthday. The Men’s Prayer breakfast was held in OCtober 26. Pray fro Pastor Mike Murrell as he has been leading revivals in Illinois and Ohio. Enjoy the beauty of the fall colors. Daylight saving time ends November 2.

Letter to the Editor Dear Editor, I am taking this opportunity, both as a citizen of New Sharon and a local pastor, to put in writing my incredibly positive experience with the New Sharon Police Department and its sole officer, Mr. Kevin Lamberson. A few of my sentiments were expressed in person several weeks ago to the city council at one of their meetings that I attended briefly, but I just wanted to let it be known on a broader scale in the community of New Sharon through this means. In late August, the New Sharon United Methodist Church was burglarized sometime within a 24 hour period following a Sunday morning service. Several thousand dollars worth of music, audio and visual equipment were stolen from the church sanctuary. Upon discovery of the theft, I immediately contacted our local police department. I have been in several similar settings in other places where I have pastored and have not had as positive an experience as I had right here in New Sharon. In my urban pastoral assignments, when something like this happened it seemed that we often got lost in the multitude of police reports that are filed on a daily basis, and it didn’t seem all that important to pursue the perpetrators of the crime. For most police departments, it’s considered petty theft and not worth pursuing. It’s just another day in the life of a police officer. But not here in New Sharon! Mr. Kevin Lamberson treated me with utmost courtesy, respect, kindness, and professionalism throughout the experience: from the first phone conversation, coming to my office to begin work on the police report, going on site and taking a look at the facility, taking pictures, multiple phone calls to my house, completing the police report, clear communication on what was being done, bringing some important recovered items back to us and staying with me while we checked to see if they actually still worked, and lots more followup. Yes, he even came to my house

on several late night runs with recovered items to ask for their proper identification! Within a few days of the burglary, I received a phone call that the first batch of items had been recovered. Within a week to ten days, all items except one had been recovered, along with items we didn’t even know had been stolen! Our local police officer pursued this case with incredible persistence and effort and due diligence - so much so that he was able to recover the stolen guitar late at night that had been throw some ten rows into a local corn field days before! Now, as I write this letter, all items stolen from the church have been recovered and several items we needed to facilitate our use in worship were arranged to be returned to us at the officer’s request of the county attorney. The perpetrators were soon arrested and are awaiting the consequences of their actions. So, let me just say that my experience the past few months with the New Sharon Police Department and its one officer has been one of the most efficient and personal experiences I can ever remember. I salute publicly by this letter Mr. Kevin Lamberson, our community police officer. I truly believe we have one of the best! He should receive due affirmation and commendation for his fine police work in this community. Please pass the word in the New Sharon community that our police officer, when given the information and the opportunity, will pursue with utmost diligence those who need to be brought to justice! And when you see him around town, don’t forget to thank him for the public service he renders to this community on a daily basis. It should always be remembered. Sometimes, it’s a thankless vocation – but it shouldn’t be! So, I salute and say “Thanks, Mr. Lamberson! Public service welldone!” Sincerely, Pastor Terry Pollard, New Sharon United Methodist Church

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by Wilma Kaldenberg This is a beautiful Friday afternoon at Fair Haven East in Pella, and I’ve just taken my seat in front of my computer, sitting on a fairly comfortable wheeled chair with curved armrests in the southwest corner of my bedroom! The sun is shining brightly through the west window and the leaves on the trees are waving as the wind is blowing; I’m reminded of the little poem that’s stuck in my mind since country school days: “Who has seen the wind? Neither you nor I! But when the trees bow down their heads, the wind is passing by.” And now I’m leaving my computer since I just received a phone call from my sister, Tana Van Roekel, inviting me to go with her and husband Bernie to visit our sister, Dorothy Vander Linden. Of course, I chose to accept their invitation since we enjoy being together for a time of visiting. But just now, the city’s fire alarm is going off, just as it was earlier this afternoon. Evidently, this windy weather is creating some havoc today. And now as I’m typing these words I can still hear what I describe as the “fire whistle,” and am praying that the fire is under control. And what’s been going on in my life this week? On Tuesday morning I had the pleasure of having my great-grandson, Sayer Turnbull, spend the morning with me while Mother Sarah was filling a request she had received to speak to a class at Central College about children with special needs. I admire her willingness to find time in her busy schedule to fulfill such requests. Yes, as a family, we are all so pleased that in spite of being unable to walk or talk, their daughter Stella is in first grade, is provided special transportation and is able to attend school and spend time in the classroom with other children. She also receives some private hours. And she is a bright-eyed girl and communicates with loving facial expressions, too. And how did Grandma and five-year-old Sayer spend Tuesday morning together? Since I know that he likes to watch the morning children’s programs on TV, we enjoyed some TV time together. And I happened to have a small file box that was filled with 3 x 5 cards, each having a letter of the alphabet printed on them. I also soon found out that he knew his alphabet and the names of the letters. So he became the “teacher” and I the student. He would hold the card up and say the letter, and I would follow by saying a word that began with that letter, giving special emphasis to it. He seemed to agree with my responses and would pull out another card! It was gratifying to see how interested he was in that activity as a five-year-old! On Tuesday afternoon fifteen of our residents boarded the Fair Haven’s mini bus for a ride out into the country. Usually we take such a “country ride” about once a month. And I had special reason to enjoy it since the driver took us out of town towards Galesburg, and that was the area where my husband Gilbert Steenhoek and I lived when we were first married, so it brought back many happy memories. And, of course, the sad memories, too. Gilbert had been classified as 4-F for military service at that time because of poor eyesight, and just after we had rented a farm and planned our wedding, he was put in 1-A and left for the army in December, 1950. However, he remained in Fort Benning,Georgia, serving as an army cook, and I was able to live with him there. In fact, our daughter Lila was born in Georgia in the Fort Benning Hospital. But tragedy hit our home in 1955 when he and his father were dismanteling an old house on our farm and it suddenly crashed and he was caught under the debris. And I’ve been so thankful for our two children, Lila and Kyle, who have always been loving children for me. Soon, the Lord willing, Lila will be moving into Pella and living in a house just a block away from Kyle and a block away from my “home” in Fair Haven. I have been so grateful through all of my life that my parents, Hubert and Dora (Van Ommen) Van Gilst

were good parents - devoted Christians and faithful members of Third Reformed Church in Pella. Like I am doing, they also spent their last years in a care facility - and I believe it was located in the same place as Fair Haven is located today, but I remember we called it the “Old People’s Home.” This is Saturday, October 26, 2013 as I put my hands to the keyboard. Yes, I’m in my apartment at Fair Haven and again the sun is shining brightly on the parking lot below me. I just opened the door to the veranda and breathed in some fresh, cool air, and that felt invigorating. I’ve had a pleasant week here enjoying a couple outings as well as some activities in our building. Great grandson Sayer Turnbull was with me on Tuesday mornng, and he didn’t lack any energy! I was happy that he could be with me so that Mother Sarah was able to speak at Central College to a class that was interested to learn more about SMA, Spinal Muscular Atrophe, the title for the disability Stella endures from day to day. And I am so happy that she is able to be in school and to be in the regular classrooms part of the day. Naturally, it’s a challenge for Sarah to prepare Stella, as well as her two brothers, for school each day. Sayer is in a four-day a week preschool class if I understand correctly. As soon as Sayer arrived on Tuesday morning, It wasn’t long until I realized that he was an avid kindergartner. (I just stopped to check my dictionary to verify that “avid” seems to be a good description!) He had foujnd a small metal file box, about 6x3 inches, in which were cards - each with a letter of the alphabet in one of the upper corners. They were in alphabetical order, and it wasn’t long until he had demonstrated that he knew the names of almost all the letters - in order. Then he began taking out one card at a time and I joined in his “exercise” by saying the letter and then saying a word that had the sound of the letter, e.g., “bus” for the letter B. He would be delighted when I would do that and would quickly pull out another one. Channel 11’s TV programs served as a background to our activities, and occasionally he would stop to watch the programs. But it was when he discovered that the electric cord on my large easy chair was able to tip the chair forward that he had another “activity” to enjoy - seeing how well he could “hold on” as the chair tipped up and forward! Mother Sarah returned about noon and Sayer would be spending the afternoon in preschool while I was having a ride in Fair Haven’s mini-bus along with about fifteen other residents. Our driver took us north of Pella, crossed the Skunk River and took a left turn and we “explored” the country-side from our bus windows. I was particularly pleased because we eventually were in the Galesburg area where my husband, Gilbert Steenhoek, and I had lived when we were first married. A local couple operated a grocery store in Galesburg, and I remember how Gilbert would sometimes join the neighborhood “gathering” in the store on Saturday night and take Lila with him while I took care of Kyle at home. .Lila had been born in Fort Benning, Georgia, and Kyle in the Galesburg neighborhood about thirteen months later. And it was on January 4, 1955, that their Daddy was killed when an old building he and his father were taking down suddenly crashed, catching Gilbert under the debris. Life took a very sudden turn at that time and after several months the children and I moved to Pella where I was able to purchase a house with an upstairs apartment. I rented that to a young couple-he was studying at Central and she provided child care for Lila and Kyle while I earned a teaching degree by attending classes, also at Central. Yes, my life has been very challenging at times, but I’m so thankful for the blessings I have enjoyed. I believe in God’s divine Providence, and I can say that He has helped me through the many roads where life has taken me.

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Lower Grove News Country Girl’s Corner by Rosemary Schmidt

Well here we are in Missouri at my sister’s house visiting for a few days. She has been taking Shirley and I to garage sales, flea markets and other fun places. Of course we have been eating a lot too. Patty fixed fish, fried potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers and white beans. Delmar used to catch a lot of white catfish, but now relies on a good friend, Lyndall, to supply his fish. Her friend Phyllis brought some good old southern cornbread. We were rather stuffed when we finished that meal. Sunday morning we went with Delmar and Pat to the Pape Christian Church for Sunday School and Church services. It is a little country church and reminds me of Lower Grove Community Church. Dennis Walker, the Associate Pastor opened the service with a song. They sang the old songs, “I Need Thee Every Hour” and “Praise Him, Praise Him”. The pastor is Howard Mc Peak and delivered a good message. Sunday school teacher was Wyona Nelsen and she seemed like an old friend as I had received cards and get well wishes from her when I was sick. Marcia Abbot was one of my faithful ‘prayer warriors’ even though I didn’t realize it, because I was in a coma. I asked the minister if I could speak to the congregation. I was so happy to be there, so I thanked them for their prayers and told them what a blessing their cards had been to me. Shirley and I also went to Branson and took in some shows. The Presley Show is the best show on ‘76’ strip. We went early and attended the gospel pre-show. Then the regular show started at 8:00 PM. During the intermission, I talked to Gary Presley (the comedian). I asked him if he remembered Glenn and Charlene De Kock. He said he sure did! They worked for the Presleys in the 1980’s. Charlene sold tickets and Glenn parked cars. They did not know that Glenn had passed away, but sent their condolences. We also went to the Mickey Gilleys’s Show and was glad to see that he is still performing. H e was helping a friend move a piece of furniture. He fell off the step suffered many injuries including his back. It has taken him a long time to recu-

perate and to walk again. It is doubtful that he will ever play the piano again, but they have a great piano player on the show and he accompanies Mickey when he sings. The comedian, Joey Riley, is no longer on the show and if I understand right, he is longer living. Things seem to be changing in Branson and some places have been closed. The big mall on the hill with the orange roof and all of its stores are no longer open. We boarded the Branson Belle and took a ride on the lake. It was a dinner cruise with a show which consisted of a band (the Rockin Oldies) and 5 men singers called the Showmen. A young very talented gal named Janice Martin played violin, piano, sang and did an act on a long white sheet rope. The delicious meal consisted of beef, chicken, green beans, potatoes, ice tea, and ice cream dessert. I had ridden the boat before, but told Shirley to walk around and see the sights including the wheel house where the boat is steered from. She met the captain and his mate. It was enjoyable trip on a nice sunshiny day. We also traveled down to my friend, Joan Schippers in Rogers, Arkansas. We visited, ate, went shopping and just had a great time. Joan had bought another house and moved. (Just when I was familiar with how to get to her old place). After she came to meet us and show us the way, it was very simple to get to her new place. While there we went to Bentonville, Arkansas to the site of the first Walmart. We went through the museum, watched a film about Walmart. I had been there a few years ago, but now they have commercialized it. The nostalgia was gone. The old displays were gone. I remember they used to have a small old desk that Sam Walton used when he first was in business. Now they have a whole room with a big desk ( I think it would have been the desk that he used shortly before he died.) He drove an old beat up 1979 Ford pickup and it was still displayed. It looked to me like the family had been embarrassed with how frugal he was and how he got his start. Guess this will do for now and will visit with you next week.

Barnes City News by Mollie Loving

Last week Burdell Hensley mentioned the House of David baseball team in his column. When he was a young man my grandpa, George Grove, who lived near South English, was invited to tour and play with the House of David. According to my dad, the bearded ball players came to Wellman for a game. My grandpa pitched for the team of area men that was assembled to take them on. Grandpa was an exceptional athlete. At Mount Morris College in Illinois he played football, basketball, and baseball. Sometimes pitchers have good days, and sometimes they have bad days. Dad said that grandpa told him he was really “on” that day. The House of David won the game by the score of 1 – 0. It was not a huge, lopsided House victory as might have been expected. After the game grandpa was invited to tour the country and play with the team. He turned them down because he wanted to stay in Iowa and farm. Dad said that years later grandpa wondered if he could have made it as a pitcher in major league baseball. The North Mahaska cross country runners were at the district meet last Thursday at Wildwood Park in Ottumwa. Megan Goemaat finished in 5th place, qualifying her for the state meet on Nov. 2nd at Lakeside Municipal Golf Course in Fort Dodge. The 1A race starts at 2:00 P.M. Good luck, Megan! Alva Calvert celebrated his birthday on Oct. 26th. The American Legion Auxiliary held their pheasant day breakfast and lunch last Saturday at the Legion Hall. Biscuits and sausage gravy, cinnamon rolls, and an egg casserole were served for breakfast. Lunch included beef and noodles, meatloaf, mashed potatoes, corn, green beans, cole slaw, and homemade pies. The food was superb, as usual. The fire department held their annual catfish fry last Saturday evening at the fire station. They served a delicious meal of catfish, baked potato, baked beans, coleslaw, and a roll. The fire department is raising funds

for a new building. I missed the catfish supper because we already had other plans for that evening. Saturday night found Bruce, Brian, Andrea, and I at South English to celebrate Andrea’s 16th birthday with my family. The plan was to have a fire and roast hot dogs at my dad’s house, but it was too windy. We grilled hot dogs and brats instead. Joining us were my dad, Maryl Grove; Aunt Saralee Hawkinson; John, Melinda, Adam, and Audrey Grove; Dan, Jen, Nolan, Bryson, Myles, and Cael Grove; and Bobur Yuldashov, an exchange student from Turkmenistan who is staying with Dan and his family. The streets of Barnes City will be filled with witches and ghosts on Oct. 31st. Kids will be trick-ortreating from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. Those wanting to participate, leave your outside lights on. Daylight savings time ends this coming weekend. It’s time to turn the clocks back one hour. The next city council meeting will be held on Nov. 4th at 7:00 P.M. at City Hall. Nov. 5th is Election Day. Don’t forget to vote. The Barnes City Methodist Church will be having a soup supper next month on Saturday, Nov. 9th from 4:30 – 7:00 P.M. Chili and potato soups will be served, along with sandwiches, cake, and bars. A free will offering will be taken. A worship service will be held at 7:00 P.M. The Barnes City scrapbookers and card makers will be getting together next month on Nov. 16th from 9:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. at 700 Cherry Street. The Barnes City Betterment Club is having a community pop can drive. The money from donated pop cans will go to the Christmas toy fund for the Barnes City Community Christmas to be held in Dec. Cans may be dropped off in the trailer at Don Baker’s at 500 Elm Street. It’s almost time to turn our calendars over to November, National Peanut Butter Month!

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by Sheryl Carter

Into the Mist

We are so enjoying this beautiful, pleasant fall weather. Grateful for the rain the Lord has given and delighting in the colorful trees both here in town and as we drive out in the country and view an entire bank of woods. The other day my husband drove us around town to show me some spectacular foliage—one massive tree was full of golden color as if a huge candle had lit it within. Another tree close by exhibited green leaves on one side and red on the other! Now how did that happen? There are so many pure red trees around here as well—the Master Painter-Designer has been at it again. We have some sad news this week—at least for us. Our longlived friend, our kitty Chloe, passed away. She was 14 ½ and very ill, so it was a kindness, but oh, so hard. We brought this sweet little calico tiger girl home in 1999 and what a sweetheart she has been. Always charming and loveable, Chloe brightened our days for nearly a decade and a half. The last six months were not so good, however, when she began exhibiting signs of illness that unfortunately, we mistook for mere old age. I kept putting off what I knew probably had to happen—but I couldn’t bear to put us all through that. I kept praying the Lord would just let her pass away peacefully on her own, but that wasn’t occurring either. Last Monday, October 21, my husband took the bull by the horns and went out to our vet clinic and told them about Chloe’s symptoms. I hate taking the cats to the vet— they are so frightened—they smell the other animals, the fear, and the strange chemicals. The kind lady at the desk, whom I call Dr. Deb, because after working out there for so many years, she is pretty knowledgeable, said, “She probably has kidney disease.” This explained the out of the ordinary hair loss and other symptoms Chloe had been having. She was still friendly, still enjoyed being petted, eating her food and the warm sunshine, but I knew she was miserable. Cold weather was coming on and she hated the cold but we could no longer let her in the house, which was a grief both to her and to me. I felt sorry for her every single day. When Loren came home and told me what the vet assistant had said, I was shocked. It hadn’t occurred to me she might have a disease. I saw Chloe was sitting out by the clothesline post, so went out and sat on the ground with her and held her—sobbing. This was so hard, but as I went back inside, I knew what we had to do. Loren had also inquired if the vet would come to your home and take care of a beloved pet—as I did not want to have dear Chloe pass away out in some cold unfriendly room. Dr. Loomis was available and consented to come down to our home. An hour and a half later he drove in. Loren led him to the little garden shed where I sat on the cot with Chloe on an old quilt on my lap. I had given her some of her favorite tuna and had been sitting with her. She had come up on my lap and purred, kneading my soft jacket with her paws. Dr. Loomis was kindness itself. He gently explained to us how we would handle this. I said I want this as gentle and as painless as possible. He assured us it would be. And it was. In no time, our sweet girl was at peace and at rest—lying comfortably on my lap—where I knew she had to be—I could not let her go with strangers or in fear or without me to comfort her. It is hard to write this, but I hope this will encourage anyone who might have a beloved pet—a dog or a cat—a dear one that has been loved, but now needs the most help their person can give them—a release from a painful life. As he left, Dr. Loomis hugged

me and Loren. And a few days later we received a sympathy card in the mail. We have a kitty burial location here at our place and prepared a nice spot for her. I wrapped her in a soft old towel and laid her in her own little corner, covering her with hosta leaves—she enjoyed taking naps under them. We set a little stone angel over the grave and surrounded it with rocks. Later Loren stuck two small American flags beside the angel. I can look at her place and know we finally did the right thing. My biggest regret is that I did not take Chloe out to the vet sooner where her disease, which I mistook for old age, would have been properly diagnosed and we could have taken care of her earlier. She was sick and I should have seen that. I won’t do that again. I am grateful to our daughter for giving me the resolve to do the hard thing and to my husband for taking matters into his own hands. And I will always be grateful to Chloe for the dear patient companion she always was to us. After that painful start, the rest of the week continued normally. Tuesday, we were in Pella for appointments and weekly shopping. On Wednesday, I wrote up the monthly Missionary Prayer Calendar and attended our ladies evening Bible study at church. There were only four of us, but it was a blessing. Friday was a solid day of work as I cleaned out the refrigerator, did up some dishes, and worked outside. I transplanted the lettuce in the garden to the cold frame beside the shed and also moved some of the healthy batch of kale to a better location. I hope I can winter over these greens. It was also time to dig out any herbs that can’t stand cold weather and bring them in. This year I got smart and used smaller clay pots and was able to set the thyme, sage, rosemary, parsley and sweet basil on the old potting table I bring in on the porch for winter. They look fine there and will add nice green to our surroundings and our food as winter comes on. I can go out there anytime and take a few snips to add to a pot of this or that. I also brought in a couple of nice geraniums, sticking a few branches of the rose mint geranium in the pots. Sometimes these root right up and become additional healthy plants. We usually have bloom throughout the cold months, encouraging to see when the snow is flying outside. I also pulled a bunch of turnips and dug the sweet potatoes—not a big crop of the latter and they were rather small. Perhaps the drought affected their growth. We still need to dig potatoes. Saturday morning, our two sons, Wes and Chris, drove in with their tools and quickly and efficiently removed the corroded top section of our outside stove pipe, replacing it with a shiny new one. After 30 some years, the old pipe had more than done its’ job. I fixed an oven dinner of meat loaf and baked potatoes plus a big vegetable salad with apple crisp for dessert. We feasted and then the boys loaded up and drove the three hours back home to assist their neighbors with more harvest. We so appreciate their helping us out with a job we could not undertake for ourselves. Today, we went to Sunday school and church and hosted our old pastor’s wife for lunch. It was so good to reconnect with her again after about 20 years, recalling old times as we drank cups of fragrant tea from china cups. Well, that about sums up our week. Some trauma, some joy, some satisfying work, fellowshipping with good friends, good food, some family visits—all surrounded by the colors and smells of fall. Enjoy this season and see you next time!

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North Mahaska Events

October 31 ~ Halloween! November 1 ~ 7pm Volleyball Regionals (TBA) November 2 ~ State Cross Country at Fort Dodge November 3 ~ Daylight Saving Time Ends! November 4 ~ 7pm Football Playoffs November 5 ~ Election Day! November 8 ~ 7pm Football Playoffs and Musical November 9 ~ 7pm Musical November 11 ~ Veterans Day! November 13 ~ 10am State Volleyball (TBA) November 14 ~ 7pm Football Playoffs and Volleyball Regionals (TBA)

November 19 ~ 7pm Honor Choir @ Iowa Valley November 22 ~ 6pm F/S Girls Basketball vs Belle Plaine (H), Girls Basketball vs Belle Plaine (H) 2 Girls Games and 7pm Football Finals November 25 ~ 4:15pm JH Wrestling @ Tri-County November 26 ~ 6pm F/S Girls Basketball @ Keota and Girls Basketball @ Keota 2 Girls Games November 27 ~ 2:00 Dismissal November 28 ~ No School! Thanksgiving! November 29 ~ No School Thanksgiving Break

North Mahaska Lunch Thursday, October 31 B: Cinnamon Roll, Peaches, Milk L: Pig in a Blanket, Oven Fries, Baked Beans, Seasoned Peas, Fruit Cocktail, 100% Grape Juice, Milk

Thursday, November 7 B: Cereal, Toast, Pears, Milk L: Hot Roast Pork Sandwich, Mashed Potatoes, Frozen Mixed Veggies, Cucumbers/Ranch, Mandarin Oranges, Grapes, Milk

Friday, November 1 B: Breakfast Cookie, Fruit Cocktail, Milk L: Cheeseburger on Whole Grain Bun, Baked Onion Rings, Sliced Tomatoes, Dark Green Leafy Lettuce, Apple, Grapes, Milk

Friday, November 8 B: Apple Turnover, Mandarin Oranges, Milk L: Sub Sandwich on Whole Grain Bun, Sliced Tomatoes, Green Peppers, Red Onions, Banana Peppers, French Fries, Broccoli/ Ranch, Strawberries, Fruit Salad, Milk

Monday, November 4 B: Sausage Patty, Applesauce, Toast, Milk L: School Made Pizza, Red Lettuce/Kale/Spinach Salad, w/ Ranch, Corn, Peaches, Raisins, Milk Tuesday, November 5 B: Breakfast Pizza, Peaches, Milk L: Grilled Chicken on Whole Grain Bun, Sweet Potato Wedges, Baked Beans, Sliced Tomatoes, Pineapple, Apple Salad, Milk Wednesday, November 6 B: Warm Blueberry Cake, Pineapple Juice, Milk L: Nacho/Beef/Cheese, Salsa, Seasoned Green Beans, Mexican Chili Beans, Diced Tomatoes, Pears, Fruit Cocktail, Milk

Monday, November 11 B: Pancake, Sausage on Stick, Juice, Milk L: Chicken Nuggets, Mashed Potatoes, Broccoli/Cheese, Cherry Tomatoes, Pears, 100% Apple Juice, Rolled Oat Muffin, Milk Tuesday, November 12 B: Egg Patty, Pears, Muffin, Milk L: Tomato Soup/Crackers, Toasted Cheese, Baby Carrots/Broccoli w/Ranch, Peaches, Banana, Milk Wednesday, November 13 B: Sizzlers, Toast, Banana, Milk L: Breaded Beef Patty on Whole Grain Bun, Sweet Potato Fries, Pasta Salad, Cooked Carrots, Mandarin Oranges, Cantaloupe, Milk

Senior Meal Site NEW SHARON SENIOR CENTER 641.637.4550. FOR MEAL RESERVATIONS, PLEASE CALL THE MEAL SITE THE DAY BEFORE. This meal is offered on a contribution basis for persons 60 years of age and over and their spouse of any age. Please contribute what you can to allow us to continue to serve you. Participants under 60 years of age must pay full cost of the meal as posted at the meal site. Responsibility for compliance with any dietary restrictions rest with the participant. Menus subject to change upon approval of Licensed Dietician. Milk, Whole Wheat and Whole Grain Bread/Muffins, and Margarine are offered with all meals. This menu provides a general balanced diet that meets the RDA’s/RIA’s for adults. In addition, Frozen or Shelf Stable meals can be provided for evenings, weekends and holidays, etc. on a contribution basis as stated above. NOTE: menus are subject to change, be sure to check with your local Senior Center/Meal Site for menu changes and reservations one day in advance. Tuesday, November 1: Ham an beans, tomato spoon salad, corn bread, cottage cheese and tropical fruit Wednesday November 2: Baked chicken breast, sour cream mashed potatoes, gravy, brussel sprouts and strawberries

Friday, November 4: Beef tips in gravy, mashed potatoes, broccoli, mandarin oranges and banana pudding Tuesday, November 8: Roast pork, mashed potatoes, gravy, scalloped cabbage and banana orange cup Wednesday November 9: Baked chicken, candied sweet potatoes, broccoli cauliflower raisin salad and fruit crisp Friday, November 11: Pulled pork, wheat hamburger bun, acron squash, creamed peas, tropical fruit and vegetable juice Tuesday, November 15: Chili with beans, sweet adn sour coleslaw, cereal muffin and strawberries and bananas Wednesday November 16: Glazed ham ball, baked potato, sour cream, broccoli and peach crisp Friday, November 18: Beef patty, wheat hamburger bun, potato wedge, sliced carrots, ambrosia salad and orange juice Tuesday, November 22: Cream turkey, mashed potatoes, green beans amandine, tossed lettuce salad, balsamic vinagrette adn red banana gelatin Wednesday November 23: Roast pork, gravy, baby red potatoes, broccoli and fruit crisp Friday, November 25: Potato crusted fish fillet, sour cream mashed potato, spinach strawberry salad and apricot halves

School Calendar

New Sharon Sun

Just Sayin’

by Ralphi Munson There were a few things that happened around New Sharon last week that could use some attention. For instance, the NM Warhawk football team celebrated a big win for their final game of the season. It’s nice that the graduating Seniors can end their high school playing days with a victory. But it’s more than just the boys in pads who are part of the team. It’s also the cheerleaders, statisticians, trainers, parents, siblings, coaches, fans, etc. that make everything possible. So congratulations to all of you on your hard work and support this year. The Cross Country team also ran their last race of the year in Ottumwa. It was a beautiful day for a grueling run. I am fairly new to this sport but I have to say....I LOVE it! To the runners, it takes intense determination and athleticism to keep the constant pace for approximately 20 minutes. I’m not going to get into what sport is the toughest because one of the things that I like the most about XC is the sportsmanship aspect. Everyone cheers for everybody! The only athlete they try to beat is themselves. Yes, the main purpose is to finish in the top 10, but what they also focus on is constantly improving themselves. For example, in the last competition Jac didn’t finish anywhere near the front so when he walked over to us after the race, I was anticipating some frustration. What we got instead was his excitement that he shaved a whole minute off of his previous best time. Then he turned and continued to cheer on the other participants who were almost to the end. Wouldn’t it be nice if the world was like cross country? Only worrying about making yourself better while encouraging others to do the same. What a concept, huh? The Junior Class (with the help

of their parents) held their annual Haunted Hallway at the school last weekend. This is a great fundraiser because it offers exciting entertainment to the public while also letting the Juniors have a little fun thinking of ways to make their fellow Warhawks scream. I am amused at the irony of how they can transform a building normally considered a safe place full of fun, energetic kids into a temporary tunnel of fright. Make sure you mark your calendars to attend the upcoming musical, “Guys and Dolls”, at the school on November 8 & 9. The cast members and directors have put in long hours of practice, painting, and perfecting details to perform for you. Come on out and witness the talents of the young adults in our community. I’m in awe of what all they can do. And, I have to admit, I want to be there to see the hidden side of those kids they don’t always get to display in public. Be grateful that our school offers this opportunity to our students. Here’s something I’m really excited about: there is a new business in town. And guess where it is? At North Mahaska High School. Yep! You heard me right. They have a laser machine out there that is incredible. While at conferences, I spoke with Mr. Groom and he displayed a few of the items that the students have made. They ranged from engraved pictures of tractors on small blocks of wood to family pictures on metal. He explained that the students have been doing work for the school, such as making the plaques for ‘Student of the Month’ and engraving drinking glasses for the Boosters to sell. Their work is amazing! Then he told me that ANYONE can order an item to be custom made. I was directed to talk to Mr. Augustin, who

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tin Fariss 4, Malcom Myers 22, Clayton Essery 24, Ryan Millikin 29, Christian Little 35, Avery Bennett 42 and Nate Keilkopf 77. North Mahaska places were; Jac Munson 66, Shaun Clark 81 and Chris Kubli 103. In thinking about the state meet this weekend, I was reading through some cross country history compiled by the IHSAA and some teams and individuals in our area were included. The Thornburg team of Berl Edmundson, Kenneth Guyer and Richard Rogers won the Class C title in 1938 and the Tri-County team of Dave Briggs, Chuck Moore, Den Green and Jeff Goldsmith won the Class C title in 1972. In 1950 the Fremont team of Paul Roquet, Paul Abernathy and Lawrence Schmitz won the Class C crown. From the Pekin area, the 1939 Martinsburg team of Ralph Zepp, Willis Knaak and Gary Hollingsworth won the Class C title and in 1949 the Ollie team of Neal Bottger, Eugene Kessell, and Charles Scearcy won the Class C crown. Pekin on Class B titles in 1967 and 68. The 67 team included Larry Greiner, Vern Wonderlich and Randy Lowenberg while Wonderlich, Lowenberg and Joe Adam made up the 68 team. There were several individual champions in the area headed by Thornburg’s Edmundson wjo won in 1938, 39 and 40. In 1949 Ollie’s Bottger won Class C while Cedar’s Richard Beaver won Class C in 1957. In 1958 Hedrick’s Arvene Bradley won Class B and Fremont’s Loren Jasper captured the Class C title. Pekin’s Don Greiner won Class A in 1964 and Steve Greiner won Class B in 1978. In 1970 Hedrick’s Art Millikin won the Class D title. The football season has wound down and now it is playoff time. Wednesday night’s games include Pekin hosting Lone Tree in Class A and Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont traveling to Clayton Ridge at Guttenburg and Pella Christian going to Council Bluffs St. Albert in Class 1-A. In Class 3-A Pella will host Fairfield and Oskaloosa will host Centerville. Saturday was soccer day and it was freezing cold with a bitter north wind. I had not been able to see Emily’s team play for a while and they had a big day. They beat a Norwalk team 2-1 and then beat another team 5-4 and I had to miss that one.

by Burdell Hensley

We are being treated to a beautiful fall season. The hardwood trees in town are spectacular, but I have to admit some of the trees in the country are not real colorful. The late flowers just before the mid-week frost were stunning and the sunsets and sun rises have been something to behold. I have traveled this country from border to border and I have seen some of the most beautiful sights. I can only say that I am so glad God planted me where He did. I love Iowa and the changes of the seasons. Other places are great and I can travel to them, but the bottom line is that I can come home to Iowa. I managed to get to the golf course twice last week and the trees on the course are lovely even if they do swallow my golf ball occasionally. The hardest thing on the golf course right now is trying to find your golf ball. The abundance of leaves in the fairways make it a real tough search. Apparently I am not the only person with that problem. I have found several balls while looking for mine. I was able to attend the district cross country meet in Ottumwa Thursday afternoon and I was so pleased that North Mahaska’s Megan Goemaat took fifth place and qualified for her second consecutive state meet. The Warhawks took eighth place in the team race. Warhawk places were; Tressa Watts 24, Caitlin Sampson 34, Andrea Loving 46, Hailey Casteneda 71, Kimmie Renaud 73 and Shelby McGriff 74. Pekin, Lynnville-Sully and Durant were the team qualifiers and the Panther blew the competition away with a 1-2-3 finish in the individual race. Gwynne Wright took the gold while Shea Dahlstrom notched the silver and Taylor Lock grabbed the bronze. Other Pekin finishers were; Sloan Reighard 14, Sam Wright 19, Payton Lock 26 and Taylor Winn 31. North Mahaska did not have enough runners to compete for boys team honors, but Pekin was able to grab the final team qualifying slot with a fantastic effort. Few expected the Panthers to qualify, but you can never count Coach Davis Eidahl’s teams out at district time. Pekin places were; Aus-

teaches Business, Accounting, and Computer Apps. Those 2 teachers have joined forces to allow their students to be a part of running a business that also serves the community. Genius! Mr. Augustin pulled out his cell phone cover that he just had done in just a few minutes that day. There was the NM Golf logo delicately etched on his black, rubber cover. He said it took about 5 minutes to do and the cost would be approximately $5. He is having his classes make a business plan and determine the amount to charge per item. They are also in charge of marketing and keeping books for this adventure. I have to admit that I have so much more to learn about what all is involved in this entrepreneurship, but I got so excited about what I was finding out (and being the Dutch woman that I am) that bystanders might have misinterpreted my arms flailing about as a bad thing. Quite the opposite! This is one of the greatest things I’ve ever heard a school do! I encourage all of you visit the school or contact someone from there about what all is available and what they have already done.

Ask the students/teachers/staff. Check out their facebook page under “North Mahaska Industrial Technology Department”. Start thinking about Christmas presents. What a better gift idea than giving something so personal to them? That will show your recipients that you truly put thought into their present. Have someone’s picture put on brushed steel, have their dream car laser cut into a sanded block of oak, have your favorite quote embedded in a decorative tile....oh the possibilities are endless!!!! And on the practical side, in this day and age of crime, it would be a good idea to have your name permanently engraved on your computer/iPad/smart phone/etc. Sometimes we complain about how busy our lives are. But then I look at all of the positive things our community offers, and I am glad to be so tired. We have the Capri Theatre, volunteer civic organizations, quaint retail shops, numerous church activities, a wonderful Country Club, endless events going on at North Mahaska, and so much more. It’s good to be exhausted in New Sharon. Haha!

Later in the day they lost to an Ottumwa team 3-2. This team’s better players were boys and they were bigger, stronger and faster than our 12 and 13 year-old girls. But our kids gave them a good tussle. Sunday afternoon they lost 6-3 to a very good West Des Moines club. I can say that our girls have really improved and they will make an impact on some varsity teams when they reach the high school level. Also Saturday Rob and the twins, Chris and Alec came up and winterized our house. Those guys did a heap of work for a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken and we are grateful. The World Series is driving me crazy. My Cardinals seem so inept with the bat and they are causing me way too much anxiety. By next week it will be over and hopefully we will have another championship in St. Louis where it belongs. It is time once again to see what happened in our yesterdays. 75 years ago: Oct. 28, 1938- Pella packed too much power for New Sharon in a 26-0 Pella win. Pete Van Ooyen and Howard Grundman led the Little Dutch. Oct. 31- Oskaloosa won its third state cross country title in four years. Stanley McCarger led the Indians with a 2nd place finish while Rex Lee was 5th and Warren McCulley was 11th. The Thornburg team of Berl Edmundson, Kenneth Guyer and Richard Rogers won the Class C title and Edmundson was the individual winner. Nov. 2- New Sharon has scheduled 21 games in their new gymnasium for the winter season. 50 years ago: Nov. 2, 1963- Lynnville-Sully tops North Mahaska 20-12 to gain a share of the DMRC title. Daryl De Ruiter scored on runs of 80 and 4 yards to lead the Hawks. Jim Sharp and Dick Winegardner scored for the Warhawks. Nov. 2- Tri-County beat LeGrand 26-18. James Striegel scored twice and Fred Young and Wendell Hannum each scored for the Trojans. 25 years ago: Oct. 29- Tri-County finishes with a 27-0 win over HLV. Scott Edmundson scored twice and Terry Bell and Roger George each scored once for the Trojans. Oct. 31- Eddyville’s Holly Barnes won her second consecutive state cross country title. Montezuma’s Lance Elliott was 2nd and North Mahaska’s Travis Beyer was 18th in the boy’s race. Nov. 1- A field goal with two seconds left gave Preston a 3-0 win over North Mahaska in the Class A playoffs. Have a great week. Let’s get the crops finished up and then take in a little playoff football and regional volleyball.

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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Parson to Person: Quit Complaining

Election to be held on Nov. 5

On Tuesday, Nov. 5 polls are open from noon to 8:00 pm. Get out and vote! Barnes City Mayor – Unexpired Term Ending 2015: Barbara Jean Davis Councilmember (elect 3) – Four Year Term: NO CANDIDATES New Sharon Councilmember (elect 3) – Four Year Term: *Jeff Foster, *Keri Lamberson and*Kenneth Ward

Okay. I have a confession to make. May I? Well, thanks. So, here’s my confession. I have a really hard time dealing with people who complain. Can I just tell you that I don’t even like to be around people who complain and whine? How about you? Here are a couple of questions to ask. Do you complain? If your answer is yes, then I have another question. Why do you complain? Now, here something to think about. What do you do when things go wrong? How do you react? Are you a person who steps up and puts on a positive attitude or are you a complainer? Sometimes it is easy to fall into a whiney state-of-mind, but the Bible, the book of life, has some advice and inspiration about complaining. Yes, we have all done it from time to time. Things don’t go our way and we are complaining about this and whining about that. We make excuses. But did you know that the Bible clearly says that com-

Remembering Our Loved Ones

Bret L. Van Rees

Bret L. Van Rees, 54, of St. Cloud, MN died October 15, 2013. Born January 3, 1959 in Edinburg, TX, Bret was the son of DeLoris Van Weelden Wallace and the late Larry Van Rees. He is survived by a son Josh Van Rees and his friend Jillian Beyer of West Des Moines; a daughter Whitney (Jacoby) Tremmel of New Sharon; his mother and step-father Dale Wallace of Estero, FL; a sister Shawn (Craig) Retman of Newton; a niece Jodi Brown of Newton, a great niece Tinneille (Mitch) Collins of Newton; and great nephew Treaver Brown of Baxter; a nephew Justin (Erin) Good, great nephew Austin and great niece Hope of Baxter; a niece Tarrah (Chris) Salsman, two great nephews Skylar and Peyton and great niece Jaydan of Waukee; also a brother Kirk Van Rees and nephew Jordan of Hollywood, FL; half brother Eric Maple, niece Malloy and great nephew Brantley, and nephews Marcas and Marshall of Colfax; step brother Donovan (Pat) Wallace and nephew Mitchell of Turlock, CA, and niece Lauren of Ireland; step sister Regina Wallace of Newton, niece Heidi (Randal) Kirkpatrick, and great nephews Brice Bebout and Branden Telepnev of Newton, and nephew Michael (Lisa) Reavis of Newton; step brother Kent Wallace of Hollywood, FL; and a very special Aunt Diana Agan of Newton and many special cousins. Bret enlisted for two terms of service with the United States Marine Corps as a Radio Field Operator and Marksman Instructor, earning an Honorable Discharge in 1981. A graveside service with military rites were held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct 26 at the Sully Cemetery with Rev. Kevin Glesener officiating. A family visitation will follow at the Lynnville Friends Church in Lynnville.

Richard Lee Talbert

Richard Lee Talbert, age 56, of Knoxville and formerly of New Sharon, Iowa, passed away at his home in Knoxville on Saturday, October 19, 2013. Richard was born in Albia, Iowa, on July 12, 1957, the son of Merle and Wilma May (Mart) Talbert. Richard was raised in New Sharon and graduated from North Mahaska High School. After high school Richard served in the United States Army. He was stationed in Germany. After his service Richard worked many types of construction. He was very handy and was very talented at painting and grain bin construction. Richard enjoyed fishing, the outdoors, and western movies. He especially enjoyed riding his bicycle around Knoxville and spending time with his nieces and nephews. Richard is survived by his mother, Wilma Talbert of New Sharon; his siblings, Mike (Heather) Talbert of New Sharon, Blain (Angie) Talbert of Dows, Anita Talbert of Montezuma and Rhonda Lee Herman of Ottumwa. He is also survived by his nieces and nephews; Jenny, Dustin, Brandie, Amy Jo, Amanda, Danny, Joey, Shannon and Zack. Richard was preceded in death by his father, Merle Talbert, and his sister, Charlene Talbert. Richard’s wishes were to be cremated. Condolences may be sent to The Winfield Funeral Home of Knoxville is assisting Richard’s family with services.

plaining is a sin? It shows an attitude that you are ungrateful and bitter. It often tests God’s patience. So here’s a couple of verses to remind you about this thing called complaining. The Bible says, “And do not grumble, as some of them did—and were killed by the destroying angel” (1 Corinthians 10:10).You’ll have to research that story in the Bible a bit. And learn from it. Okay, you likely won’t be killed by a destroying angel today, but the fact is grumbling has a destroying effect, not only on you but everyone around you. One more verse from the Bible. Here it is: “I loathe my very life; therefore I will give free rein to my complaint and speak out in the bitterness of my soul” (Job 10:1). Have you ever done that? Just let it go in complaint and whining. The Bible says when you do that you are showing everyone around you the bitterness that is in your soul. And while the Bible says that complaining is a sin, it also states

Upcoming Blood Drive

Mahaska AM will host a community blood drive from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm on Thursday, November 7 at 1229 C. Ave. East, inside Cedar Bluff Learning Center. To donate, please call 800-452-1097 or visit Donors who last gave blood on or before 9/12/13 are eligible to give at this drive. Donor Eligibility Criteria: Potential donors must be at least 17 years of age (16 with parental permission form available through and weigh more than 110 pounds. A photo I.D. or MVRBC Donor Card is required to donate. To schedule an appointment for donation, please call the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center at (800) 747-5401. About Blood Donations: Blood donation is a safe, simple procedure that takes about 45 minutes to one hour. Individuals with diabetes or controlled high blood pressure may be accepted as eligible donors. ABOUT MVRBC: Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center is the provider of blood and blood components to more than 87 hospitals in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin. In your area, MVRBC is the exclusive provider to Mahaska Health Partnership.

Free Computer Seminars Offered at William Penn University

The William Penn University Training Practicum class announces its fall 2013 seminar series. All sessions will be held on the William Penn campus and are free and open to the public. Reservations are not required, but do help in planning. The topic list for the upcoming seminars is as follows: · “Storing and Sharing your Data on the Cloud.” Tuesday, November 5, 3:30–4:30 pm, Musco Technology Center 104. · “Exploring Apps for your Android Phone.” Be sure to bring your device along! Thursday, November 7, 3:30–4:30 pm, Wilcox Library Electronic Classroom (downstairs). Those interested in attending any of the above seminars should contact Assistant Professor of Applied Computer Science Judy Williams at

that it can lead to further disobedience. Along with complaining comes pouting. If you complain too much or focus on all the negative things, you can lose sight of all the good things God does in your life. This can lead to an attitude where you lose faith and cause others to lose faith, too. Check out this verse in the Bible. “They grumbled in their tents and did not obey the LORD” (Psalm 106:25). So, what to do? Let me suggest that you choose to keep a positive attitude. As much as you choose to complain, grumble and whine about life, so also you can choose to speak well and “think on good things” as the Bible suggests. Yes, you’re right. Things will go wrong in your life. That’s not new news to anyone. A pop quiz. A long term paper. A break up. A bad relationship. An unkind word spoken. Somebody’s bad attitude towards you. Some injustice. Some hypocrite in the church. A verbal fight from your friend. These things happen.

You can spend your time complaining, taking your eyes off of God, or you can find a way to make things better. You can remember all the other things God has provided. Not only will you be happier, but you will be a positive and, yes, Christian example to everyone around you. So here’s a final word from the Bible to remember. “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen” (Ephesians 4:29). That’s quite a prescription for living, I’d say! Wow, I wonder what would happen if in New Sharon we posted a sign at the city limits on all sides of town, “No Grumblers, Whiners, Complainers Allowed to Live Here.” Would there be anyone left in this community? Actually, I believe there would be. But the question is, would you be here? Think about it. Have a grateful day!

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John Stam helps Dordt College team win ethics competition

The Musco Rovers FLL Team Members as they learn about fighting fires for their research project. The Musco Rovers Team is coached by Mike Mitchell. They appreciated the Oskaloosa Fire Department for taking time to meet with the team.

2013 FIRST Lego League Season is Underway Several Mahaska County 4th8th graders are taking part in an extraordinary learning opportunity called, “FIRST Lego League” or “FLL”. FLL is a program that promotes teamwork, communication and professionalism through hands-on robotics programming and research. FLL is being offered through a partnership between Mahaska County 4-H and the Mahaska County YMCA. FLL is a worldwide program that has been in existence for many years. This is only the second year that we have offered FLL through 4-H & the Y. This year’s FLL Challenge theme is, “Nature’s Fury”, and covers all aspects of natural disasters. The challenges are completed by a

Lego Mindstorms EV3 robot that is programmed by the youth participants. The challenge mat contains Lego pieces that have been built by the team members to represent different situations. The situations must be fixed by the robot. Some of the challenges the robots will face are to move a Lego ambulance through the course into the safe zone, removing a Lego branch from power lines, and triggering the Lego helicopter to fly over the course for a rescue. There are many more interesting challenges that the robot must complete, which means the youth team members must put a lot of time and effort into the programming aspect of the challenge. Another aspect of the challenge

is a research presentation. Teams have selected various topics to focus on; the Musco Rovers Team has selected wildfires as their research project and the Cargill OskyBots Team has selected earthquakes as their research project. The regional competition at Indian Hills in Ottumwa will be held on December 7. At this time we are in need of extra volunteers to help the teams gain more skills in robotics programming and to complete their research projects. If you are interested in helping the teams, please contact Amy Ver Meer-Brainard, Mahaska County Youth Coordinator, at 641/673-5841 or email her at vermeera@iastate. edu. We are accepting assistance from adults and youth who are 16+. To learn more about FLL and when the teams meet, please visit http://

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A Dordt College engineering team took first place in the annual Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Region 4 Student Leadership Conference this month. Senior John Stam of Oskaloosa, Iowa, and Junior Craig Disselkoen of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, made up the two-person team competing at the conference held at the University of Minnesota: Twin Cities. “I think that we won largely because of our ability to link specific elements of the case to the IEEE Code of Ethics,” said Disselkoen. “We were able to demonstrated a thorough understanding of their code and present our findings in a clear and organized fashion with logical progression.” This is the second time that Dordt students have attended the conference on behalf of the college’s IEEE Student Branch. Both times, Dordt took the top honor in the ethics competition. In 2011, the Dordt College winners were then seniors Nathan Gross and Joshua Pearson, both engineering majors. The competition presents a realistic case study to the students and is similar to gaining on-the-job experience. Teams were given two hours to analyze the case study for ethical issues in light of the IEEE Code of Ethics and then create a PowerPoint presentation of their findings. “Craig and John are strong students and no doubt that is one reason they won the competition,” said Engineering Professor Dr. Douglas De Boer. “I also know that the breadth of Dordt’s engineering curriculum and the way it is interwoven with the core curriculum and other non-engineering courses make our students thoroughly equipped for the competition. Students see a bigger picture than just the technical aspects of a situation.” Both students serve as leaders in the college’s IEEE club: Stam is president and Disselkoen is secretary. For their win, they earned a $500 prize for the Dordt College Branch of IEEE. The conference included engineering students from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. To learn more about the engineering program at Dordt College, visit

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Ya Gotta Love the Post Season

Coach Jim Woods has led the Warhawks to quarterfinal action in the 2013 Regional Volleyball tournament road. by Coach Jim Woods One of the perks of writing your own sports stories is that occasionally you can indulge yourself. This first paragraph will be just that, so if you want to go right into the volleyball match against Melcher Dallas, then you should skip to paragraph number two. As Mary and I walked into the MD gymnasium last Tuesday evening, we were met by their Athletic Director, Jim Crozier. I informed him immediately that the last time we had seen him was 5 or 6 six years back when the IGHSAU sent us there to officiate a regional volleyball match. He said we looked familiar to him, but was more interested in our last name. He asked, “Did you have a daughter that

played softball for North Mahaska?” “Yes we did, I replied.” “Catcher?” “Yes she was.” I said, “I can’t believe that you would remember her since it would have been 17 years ago that she played softball.” All the while I had a huge smile on my face as we talked. He then informed me that he had coached for 26 years and could still remember the really “good” ones. Now my smile was beginning to hurt. I said, “Now it’s my turn to ask a question.” “Does your softball field have a home run fence?” “Yes it does, but back when Jody played we played behind the elementary building and no, it did not have a fence.” I then explained to him that I could remember the night when she hit a ball so far that it rolled up to the elementary building. She was back in the dugout before the ball got back to the infield and bear in mind Jody was strong, but not exactly fleet of foot. That was one of those high school memories that I sincerely hope that Mary and I can help to provide for our young women who participate in the volleyball program at North Mahaska. Now on to the first round match up between NM and MD. The crowd that came to watch a first round tourney match-up was probably three-fourths North Mahaska to one-fourth Melcher Dallas, in their gym. Truthfully, the only negative remarks I heard after the match were that the NM faithful spent more time on the road than they did watching us sweep the Saints. It was

a good night for the Warhawks. We played loose, we played with confidence and we took care of business yet again. In any match it is good to bust out of the gate and take control, which is exactly what we did in each set. The scores on the night were: 25-11, 25-16 and 25-16. The scores do not reflect the total domination showed by the red & white. It was a total team effort and the players should be as proud of their effort as the coaching staff is. Offensively, Michaela Heys led the Warhawks with 13 kills and.423 kill efficiency. She also had an ace serve, 12 defensive digs and 2 blocks. Rachel Sherburne knocked down 10 kills, had 4 aces and 10 digs. Statistically, both players had double doubles. Carly Ehret had 8 kills, an ace and 12 digs. Caprice Dye handed out 27 assists had 2 aces and 9 digs. Nicole Brand added 5 kills, 3 ace serves and 8 digs. Julia Groenenboom had a pair of kills and 8 digs. Next up for the Warhawks, now in quarterfinal action will be yet another Bluegrass Conference opponent, Twin Cedars. The match will be held at Twin Cedars (Bussey) on October 29th at 7:00 PM. At the timing of this reading, the Twin Cedars match should be in the books and hopefully, the Warhawks are preparing for a regional semi-final matchup. I would like to thank Warhawk Nation for their support on the road. It has always been said that the Warhawk fans travel well. I for one can confirm that as the truth.

Megan Goemaat receiving her medal at the District Cross Country Meet at Wildwood Park in Ottumwa.

Goemaat Moves on to State North Mahaska Senior Megan Goemaat qualified for the State Cross Country Meet to be held in Fort Dodge. on Saturday, November 2.

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Zack VanderBeek, (New Sharon), part of Rowland Racing powerhouse team.

Rowland Racing Assembles Powerhouse Team

Warhawks Dominate SEW 72-28 After five weeks of losses, the North Mahaska football team got a much needed victory Friday night. On a night where individual goals were met and team records broken, the Warhawks had some fun. The team broke three records: most points in a game, most rushing yards in a game (535) and total yards in a game (585). Karrson Stodghill passed the 1000 yards rushing mark which is a credit to the offensive line and his hard running. Brock Pollpeter went over 100 tackles for the season. NM stuttered on their first drive but after that they never took foot off the gas pedal.

Karrson Stodghill rushed for 235 yards with touchdowns of 10, 67, 6, 2, 39 and 29 yards. He also had two 2 point conversions. Trey Rutledge ran for 56 yards with a 25 yard touchdown run and one 2 point conversion. Justin Richards rushed for 84 yards on 6 carries and 1 touchdown covering 22 yards. Senior Brock Pollpeter scored 1 touchdown and one 2 point extra point. Jakob Bortell had a 54 yard touchdown run. Chase Koehler caught one 2 point conversion and Cole Spoelstra also added a 2 point conversion. Justin Richards was 5 of 8 passing for 50 yards. Koehler caught 2

for 28 yards, Trent Wanders 1 for 18, Stodghill 1 for 9 and Aaron Boender 1 for -5. Boender also rushed 1 time for 9 yards. Senior linemen Taylor Legvold rushed 1 time for 1 yard. Pollpeter led the team with 5 tackles, AJ Hibler 3, Legvold 3 and Bortell 3. Pollpeter and Stodghill each recovered fumbles and Clay Gleason had an interception. NM ended the season 3-7 finishing 6th in the district. It was a great way to end the season for the seniors and a building block for the 2014 Warhawks. The Warhawks would like to express appreciation to all the fans that have supported them all season.

Story By: Trenton Berry of RacinDirt Original 2014 is shaping up to be a historic and game changing year for Woodward, Oklahoma’s, Bryan Rowland and Rowland Racing. A multi-faceted makeover has taken shape and the team is preparing itself to compete on the biggest stages in both Dirt Late Model and Dirt Modified Racing. The first domino fell into place at the USMTS Fall Jamboree with the hiring of Joe “Joe Bob” Ciechanowski. Ciechanowski is the former crew chief for Gressel Racing and Ryan Gustin. He oversaw Gustin’s rise to the forefront of Modified racing, before stepping away from travelling this season. In his new role he will oversee the Rowland Racing program in a sort of General Manager capacity. The task at hand is monumental with Jason Hughes set to compete for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Rookie of the Year, and Stormy Scott rejoining the fold, gunning for his first USMTS National Championship. Hughes recently ended one of his most successful seasons behind the wheel of his Modified. A late season surge saw him capture not only the World Modified Dirt Track Championship, but also the finale of the Fall Jamboree. Over the weekend he debuted with Rowland Racing in the 34th Annual Spooker, finishing the event with a 2nd place run on Sunday. “This opportunity is something I have ben waiting to do,” said Hughes. “We’ll have the opportunity to run with some of the best in the business and when you have those chances you have to take advantage of it. Bryan wanted to run nationally, and I think we’ll be alright once we get a few laps in.” The team will continue to pilot Team Zero Bloomquist cars. Rowland has three on hand. One has less than ten races on it, and there is another one which is brand new. The third car is used, but was a personal car of Bloomquist. When Hughes doesn’t have Late Model races scheduled, he plans to compete in his own Modified, but he stressed that the Late Model will be the priority. Prior to joining Eagle Motorsports for the 2013 World Modified Dirt Track Championship and Hunt, Stormy Scott raced for just over a year with Rowland Racing. The team made news over the winter with their switch to LG2 Chassis, built by three-time Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Champion Jimmy Owens. “This is going to be a big, big team for sure,” stated Scott. “We have high expectations and need to get that USMTS National Championship taken care of right off the bat. Joe Bob and I think this will be a po-

tent combination. This team is much more organized this time around. It will be much better for me just having to drive the car.” Late this season, Rowland Racing welcomed Zack VanderBeek into the fold. VanderBeek competed in three marquee USMTS events, with a best finish of 7th in the Sunflower Showdown at Lakeside Speedway. For the coming season he will take back control of his racing program, but will be supplied with an LG2 Chassis, as Rowland Racing has also become the primary dealer for the LG2 Chassis. “This was kind of a mutual decision,” said VanderBeek. “We’ve built a good team over the years, and my dad and I weren’t ready to give it up. We’ll run our own engines and have our own sponsors, but Bryan will keep us in cars. This arrangement will just work better for us and we couldn’t be happier.” To pull of this transformation, several key individuals have been hired. The first is former USMTS Rookie of the Year, Brad McEwan. Before spending the past season with Tommy Weder Jr., McEwan was with Rowland. He will now oversee the Late Model Program. Modified standout Corey Dripps is also expected to help on at least a part-time basis, which could turn into full-time. Ciechanowski is planning on travelling close to full-time with the Modified team, as he looks to add another USMTS National Championship to his resume, and bring Rowland Racing its first. They are still evaluating candidates to assist with the USMTS team. While Woodward, Oklahoma is Rowland’s hometown and base of operations for his successful Road Runner Trucking business, it is not exactly the epicenter of the dirt racing world. To accommodate the teams, a brand new shop is in the process of being erected in Ciecha-

nowski and McEwan’s hometown of Alta, Iowa. This shop will house the entire program and is expected to be completed in May. “Bryan wants to accomplish big things obviously,” said Ciechanowsi. “He wants National Championships and also longevity with all of the people involved with the team. He knew logistically a change needed to be made to accomplish what he wanted. For the USMTS tour, our location in Iowa is perfect. To run the Late Model program, we’re a lot closer than Woodward too.” There are very clear goals and objectives in place, not only for this season, but moving forward too. The organization is committing to at least the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Road to Wheatland, which will trek through the eastern part of the country the first half of next year. They will then reevaluate for the second half of the season, but Hughes will throw his name in the hat for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Rookie of the Year. On the USMTS side, a National Championship is the clearly the goal. Long-term, they are hopeful to have Hughes race as long as he wants, then fill the Late Model seat with Scott and continue on. “It’s a bit overwhelming, “commented Ciechanowski. “However with the people Bryan has allowed us to put in place, I think we will be able to shorten the learning curve. We know teams aren’t built in a year, and we’ll be preparing Stormy just like we did Ryan Gustin, when we were with Gressel Racing. We are comparing this to how Terry Phillips runs his operation. His ability to run a Modified and Late Model team out of his shop, and to do it seamlessly is just incredible. I know we’ll have two drivers, but TP has set the bar on how to run two operations successfully.

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