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Wednesday, September 10, 2014
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SPENDING IS UP, SO ARE SALES TAX COLLECTIONS
 The city of Winterset could receive as much as $365,409 in sales tax collection during the 2014 state fiscal year, according to state revenue department officials.
 That is nearly $34,000 – or a nearly 10.2 percent increase – over the $331,488 the city is expected to receive this year. It should give the city wiggle room, as only about $199,483 of that amount is spoken for – to be used for debt service.
 The money comes from the one-cent Local Option Sales Tax (LOST), in place in Winterset since 2004.
 In Winterset, local option sales tax money has been used to pay off the Winterset Aquatic Center, purchase land for a soccer park and to pay off the re-financing of the park related projects.
SCHOOL BOARD BACK TO FIVE WITH ADDITION OF JAMES BAUR
 The Winterset School Board voted Monday to appoint northeast Madison County resident James Baur to the board, bringing the number of people on the panel to a full five again.
 Baur replaces Mike Motsinger, who resigned unexpectedly last month, citing time constraints with his job with the state.
 Baur has a grain farming operation in Jefferson Township, south of Badger Creek.
 Baur is a fifth-generation resident of Madison County. He is descendant of one of the first three pioneers to the area, according to Baur.
LOCAL NEWSPAPER ARCHIVES AVAILABLE ONLINE
 More than 100 years of Madison County history is now available right on your desktop.
 This is great news for local historians, genealogical researchers and anyone wanting to know when so and so happened.
 The Library is thrilled to announce the availability of a new online historical research tool free for anyone who has access to the Internet. 
 Physical scans of microfiche of the historic newspaper, known by a number of titles in addition to the Winterset Madisonian have been imported into a digital repository, showing researchers an exact replica of the original newspaper. Now researchers can find information that was once largely cumbersome, requiring the use of frustrating microfiche readers.
AIRPORT TO SEEK FUNDS FOR RUNWAY SAFETY FIX
 Saying the FAA wants the local airport to bring its existing runway “up to snuff” before a new runway is built, Winterset airport officials are saying they will ask for about $10,000 for runway safety improvements.
 The $10,000 will be used as a local match for an 85-15 grant from the state of Iowa for a $66,000 project. Winterset’s share is the 15 percent.
BEWARE EV-D68, IT’S CATCHY
 So what’s EV-D68?
 It’s what medical professionals are calling the late-summer virus that has been spreading through the Midwest.
 It has made its way to Iowa.
 Iowa Department of Public Health officials say the virus has caused outbreaks in Illinois, Ohio, Kansas and other states, and Iowa, too.
VFW POST PRESENTS FLAG TO LOCAL VETERAN
 Friday, Sept. 5, the residents of Madison Square were entertained by the Winterset VFW Post 8142 and the Auxiliary.
 Cecil Berry, Senior VC, Steve Chandler, Chuck Hannon, Junior VC Tim Pierce and Irvin Jones presented the Flag Folding Ceremony. Cecil Berry narrated the ceremony, explaining each fold and what each represents.
 Dean Merrill was presented the flag on behalf of Madison Square.
WINTERSET SCHOOLS “A HAPPIER PLACE TO BE”
 “I thrive in a positive environment and am pretty sure most every human does.  Let’s keep this going ... for our kids, ourselves and the WCSD culture!”
 Those were the words of Winterset Superintendent of Schools Dr. Susie Meade in a recent personal message she sent out to all of her staff.
 It is so true. The power of positive thinking is the key to success.
 Google returns millions of inspirational posters with quotes about positive thinking. Like this, “Positive thinking evokes more energy, more initiative, more happiness.”
HOSPITAL CLINIC TO OFFER ONOCOLOGY SERVICES, RESUME UROLOGY SERVICES
 The Winterset hospital will be resuming urology services, and will be providing separate oncology services, according to officials with Madison County Health Care System.
 Dr. Tara Graff has joined Health Trust Physicians Clinic at the MCMH as attending oncologist. She will be seeing patients in need of cancer treatments.  Dr. Graff will provide a full-service oncology clinic with cancer treatments available at the hospital outpatient facility.
 “We are so pleased to have oncology services available again for our residents,” said MCHCS CEO Marcia Hendricks.
 “It is a wonderful service we are proud to provide so area residents don’t have to travel to Des Moines for treatment.”
MIKE FLETCHER, RICH CORKREAN REAPPOINTED TO AIRPORT BOARD
 The Winterset City Council Monday reappointed Mike Fletcher and Richard Corkrean to four-year terms on the Winterset Airport Board.
 The other members of the five-member panel include superintendent of schools Dr. Susie Meade, Jerry Clyde and Jean Sherrard-Fifo.
WET WEATHER INUNDATES MADISON COUNTY
 Portions of Madison County received another round of unseasonably wet weather again this week, with as much as an inch of rain falling in about 30 minutes in Winterset,Tuesday.
 August turned out to be the third wettest August on record with over 11 inches. August is not traditionally a wet month.
 The Farmer’s Almanac is predicting a wet and cold winter.
LOCAL STUDENTS TAKING ACTS ON THE RISE, SO ARE SCORES
 More Winterset students took ACT assessments last year, during the 2014 school year, with most Winterset students testing above the state average.
 A trend in recent years has seen more and more students attending community college, with fewer students taking the ACTs.
 In Winterset, however, 79 students took the ACT exams during the 2013-2014 school year, the highest number in recent years. In 2009, 85 students took the ACT. The next four years, fewer students took the college readiness tests. A total of 57 Winterset students took the tests in 2010, 66 in 2011, 65 in 2012, and 54 in 2013.
  The number of students taking the tests jumped 46 percent, to 79 last year.
40 YEARS OF SUCCESS: SPECIAL BLOOD DRIVE SEPT. 16
 LifeServe Blood Center wants to congratulate Winterset on their continued commitment to saving lives through blood donation.
 The Winterset community has been a supporter of LifeServe for almost 40 years. During this time, citizens have donated over 14,200 units of blood at the community and high school blood drives – impacting the lives of over 42,650 hospital patients.
 “LifeServe could not be more grateful for our partnership with such a fantastic community,” said a LifeServe spokesperson.
BEGGAR’S NIGHT ALREADY?
 The Christian Children’s Fellowship and Lighthouse Youth groups from First Christian Church will be going door-to-door “begging” for contributions of canned goods or money donations for the upcoming CROP Walk. They will be having a hayride around town, stopping in neighborhoods to “beg” on Wednesday, Sept. 17 (rain date Sept. 24).
THE MAKING OF AN HISTORIC DISTRICT: 68 E. COURT AVE.
 Most people still refer to it as “the old J.C. Penney store”, but the building on the south side of the square adjacent to the present Winterset Ben Franklin was known first as the Bevington building. The Bevington building replaced another store – the 1856 J.G. Vawter store, hewn out of stone – which caved in in early 1896 while crews attempted to carve out a basement under the building. The collapse caused catastrophic damage to the J.G. Vawter building, and adjacent buildings on the south side of the square.
 The new building was constructed in 1896.
 Like many of the buildings in the downtown Winterset area, the building, located south across Court Avenue from the Madison County Courthouse, is a brick Italianate-style structure constructed as a commercial building.
 In recent weeks, the building has come to be used as a church, the Winterset Redeemer Church.
TRAINING PROTECTS YOUTH FROM ABUSE
 “One person can create change in a community and together, a community can create new cultural norms that nurture children and protect them from child sexual abuse.”
 That is the program goal of a new service CRISP (Community Resources In Service to People) will be offering the called “Stewards of Children: Sexual Abuse Prevention Training.”
 It is a trademark of the Darkness to Light program geared towards ending child abuse, according Lynette Judd.
MOUNT EVEREST – WELCOME THE PLAIDS!
 What does “plaid” make you think of? Scotland? 1980?
 Whether you knew it or not, plaid draws upon quite a rich history, dating way back to the 1700s when plaid, believe it or not, was banned for 40 years by the British because of the Scottish Rebellion. 100 years later, Woolrich, the famous company that continues to manufacture wool products and clothing, unveiled the plaid flannel shirt. Since then, plaid has symbolized many things over the years: lumberjacks, Paul Bunyan and general rugged living.
 “Forever Plaid”, the off-Broadway musical playing right now at The Winterset Stage, takes plaid to a new sentimental level. It’s a story about the afterlife of four, clean-cut men from the 1950s, who personify the symbolism in what has become a mainstay in wardrobes for decades.
“FANCY CARS” STOP IN WINTERSET
 Dozens of Corvettes lined the streets on downtown Winterset last week as a Canadian tour came through town to see the sights.
 The Western Canada Corvette Caravan pulled into town after have been in Bowling Green for the 2014 National Corvette Caravan and home to the National Corvette Museum.
 One of many such groups around Canada and the United States, left British Columbia on Sept. 22 for a two-week driving tour which took the caravan to Kentucky to join up with between 8 and 10,000 like-minded Corvette owners and enthusiasts.
 Leaving B.C., the group took an extensively long tour through parts of Canada, joining other caravans along the way, making stops for food, sights and Corvette-friendly “rabbit trails.”
LOCAL SCENIC BYWAYS ROUTE
Another draw for Madison County. An 82-mile scenic byways route is being proposed for Madison County. Officials will submit the proposal to DOT officials later this month, asking for the Madison County designation, which include a combined loop of hard-surface and gravel roads with historical, cultural, scenic, archaeological and recreational destinations, as well as natural resource sites as drive-by attractions. Madison County would get a DOT web page, and have its own web page for motorists to consult. Not counting the proposed local scenic byway, there are eight state scenic byway routes and two federal scenic byway routes throughout Iowa.