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January 16, 2014 The Wright County Monitor • Page 13

Dows Area News Spirit of Dows completes 13th year

DOWS COMMUNITY CALENDAR Thursday, Jan. 16 • Library Story Hour for kids ages 3-5 from 10-11 am. Questions contact the library at 852-4326. • JV/Var. wrestling at Hampton, 6:30 p.m. • 9th grade basketball at Clarion, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17 • JV/Var. basketball at Eagle Grove, 3:45 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18 • 9th grade girls’ basketball at Garner, 9 a.m. Monday, Jan. 20 • JV/Var. wrestling at Belmond, 6:30 p.m. • 9th grade basketball at Clarion, 6:30 p.m. • Dows School Board to meet at Superintendents office, 7 p.m.

By Co-chairs - Jeanie Agena & Judy Ritter The Spirit of Dows were $8,272.61. Spirit of Dows is a local program to helped 52 children this year. We help families in need purchased coats, boots, snow pants, at Christmas time. jeans, shirts, sweatshirts, underwear, Parents complete a socks, shoes, and pajamas. written application Local quilters donated 11 that asks them to children’s quilts. Each child received a requested toy from their personal prioritize each child’s needs. From wish list. this information, organizers shop After Christmas, any clothes that specifically for each child. Shortly did not fit were exchanged for a before Christmas, parents receive more useable size. Total amount the gifts with supplies for wrapping. spent this year was $9,164.92. (Of This year each family also received that total $1,425.00 was spent on a $75 gift certificate to the Dows groceries.) The Spirit of Dows is Community Grocery. The program a nonprofit program. Our volunteers is made possible by generous donate all time and expenses. contributions from local individuals, A balance of $156.92 will remain churches, clubs and organizations. in the Dows United Bank & Trust Our beginning balance this year was for children’s needs. $1,049.23. If you know of a child in need at Local December donations were any time in the coming year, please $5,522.61. Several groups and let us know. individuals outside the community Dows cares for its kids. Thank continued their support, contributing you to everyone who makes this all $2,750. Total donations this year possible.

Tuesday, Jan. 21 • JV/Var. basketball at Algona, 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23 • 9th grade boys’ basketball at West Hancock, 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24 • JV/Var. basketball at Clarion, 3:45 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25 • Wrestling at St. Edmonds, 10 a.m. • Varsity basketball at Belmond, 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27 • Senior Dinner at noon at Senior Center. Call for reservations. • 9th grade basketball at Humboldt, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28 • JV/Var. basketball at Clear Lake, 4:30 p.m.

News from the Historic District By Velma Butt How are you coming with your bucket list? I gave you number one on the list-send a hand written note to someone. I got at least one done, working on another one and I also cheated and did one on the computer to two of my friends. It was a letter more than a note. So give it a try. Another item on the bucket list was to thank a policeman, fireman, farmer and teacher. We do use the

teacher, fireman and policeman but every time we open our mouth to take a bite of food, who do we have to thank for that food? Just think of how many times each day we take a bite of food and how much food we consume each day. One of my daily e-mails is Beef Daily which comes from the Beef Industry. The one I received today talks about how we need to

understand how farmers farm; it is much different from farming many years ago; as in how it was way back fifty years ago when Ivan and I were married and he was a beginning farmer. There were more people farming because we did not have the modern technology that we have today. We worked hard but we were appreciated more than farmers are today. When I think about all the promotions I did some twenty years ago more or less I would not even think of trying something like that

From the Korner

By Marillyn Korth At last, a little warmth for the day. It wasn’t bikini hot, but a welcome respite from below zero. I went to church today, for the first time in three weeks. It was so good. I don’t usually miss two in a row, but I am a wimp and didn’t go out in the cold. I haven’t accomplished a thing this week. Wednesday I went to the doctor in Clarion to discuss what to do about my hip and we decided to plan surgery. It will happen in March, so I have time to get my taxes done and a few other things. There is flu going around. I hope you are all escaping it. Seems like all there is to write about is the weather and our health reports.

Since I don’t have much to tell you this week, I went into my files and picked a couple of interesting things. The first is called a wise answer. The cop got out of his car and the kid who was stopped for speeding rolled down his window. “I’ve been waiting for you all day,” the cop said. The kid replied, “Yeah, well I got here a fast as I could.” When the cop finally stopped laughing, he sent the kid on his way without a ticket. And this beautiful rule: When praying, don’t give God instructions…just report for duty. Till next time. MK

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High school equivalency classes (formerly GED classes) begin their second term on January 13th on the Ellsworth Community College Campus. Sherilyn Hitch, instructor, invites anyone who does not have a high school diploma to contact her about these classes. The cost for tuition is $25, the textbook is $25, and the testing fee is $50 with a $10 diploma fee at the time of your last test. There is no authentic high school equivalency test/diploma offered online. Students must go through a continuing education course to receive a valid diploma. The State of Iowa will no longer

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HSED through class attendance is to prepare students for the world of work or increase success if they choose to seek a degree. If you or someone you know needs to earn their high school equivalency diploma, contact Sherilyn Hitch at Ellsworth Community College, (641) 648-8644. She would be happy to answer any questions you have. Spring term HSED classes meet from January 13 through May 21, in room 104, in the Trades and Industries Building, on River Street, on the Ellsworth College Campus. Students can start the class at any time during these months.

40 hours of instruction and reach a specific level of reading ability before they can begin final testing. Hitch also supervises an online study course for students who qualify and prefer to study on the computer. HSED final testing will be offered once a month in Iowa Falls however, appointments are required through an online registration program. Hitch will assist students in setting up their online testing registration during class preparation time. All students will be required to show identification as well as a verification form before they will be allowed to test. The focus of the

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use the GED testing service to issue the General Equivalency Diploma (GED). A new test, the HiSET, will be given starting in January 2014 to assess competency in reading, math, science, social studies, and writing. This test will be given entirely on the computer. When all of the tests are successfully completed, the student will receive a High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED) from the Iowa Department of Education. Individuals can begin working toward their HSED at any time from January 13th through May 20th; classroom instruction is offered Monday through Thursday and students are required to attend

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Last week's heavy frost painted all of the trees in Dows white; while accentuating the tower near the football field against the blue of the sky. Temperatures have taken a turn for the warmer this week, giving us a welcome respite from last week's cold

High school equivalency (formerly GED classes) begin in January

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today. As the article concluded “You need to understand what farmers do and how they do it. Why? Because they do it for you”. So thank a farmer each time you eat a bite of food. We hope the bitter cold is behind us for this winter, but still cold enough to stay inside so pick up that travel guide and select another Iowa attraction to visit come warmer weather. Until next time “KEEP ROLLING”.

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