dnrSince 1982, when the Iowa legislature created the Fish and Wildlife Fund Tax Check-off, Iowans have been able to bring a little wildness into the tax season. The Fish and Wildlife Tax Check-off, affectionately called the Chickadee Check-off was created to allow people to make a charitable donation to wildlife conservation in Iowa out of their tax refunds or by tacking a few dollars on to any taxes owed.

When filling out the state income tax form, just look for the contribution line (usually somewhere between lines 55-60) and write in any dollar amount next to Fish/Wildlife. All the money contributed through the chickadee check-off helps support the Wildlife Diversity Program at the Iowa DNR. This program has statewide responsibility for all the wildlife that can’t be hunted, fished or trapped from Peregrine Falcons to Poweshiek Skipperling butterflies. You can learn more about the program on their website: www.iowadnr.gov/wildlifediversity.

Please consider donating to the Chickadee Check-off this tax season and supporting wildlife conservation in Iowa!

roast beef dinnerFirst Reformed Church free Thanksgiving meal

  • Thursday, Nov. 27
  • 12 pm
  • Serving a complete turkey meal
  • At First Reformed Church
  • Call the church office 472-3729 to RSVP
  • Eat in, carry out & deliveries available

Peace Lutheran Church free dinner

  • Sunday, Dec. 21
  • Serving from 5-6 (stick around for fellowship)
  • Serving roast beef, pork loin, potatoes, vegetables & dessert
  • At Peace Lutheran Church

The Lyon County Farm Service Agency (FSA) and Iowa State University (ISU) Extension will be hosting an informational meeting at the Forster Community Center in Rock Rapids, IA on December 2, 2014 at 1:30 PM.FSA_masthead_logo

Farmers and landowners will learn about the new programs authorized by the Agricultural Act of 2014 (commonly referred to as the Farm Bill). The meeting will focus on the Price Loss Coverage (PLC) and Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) programs that will be administered by USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA), and the Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO) administered by the USDA Risk Management Agency through Federal crop insurance providers.

Melissa O’Rourke, the ISU Extension Farm and Agribusiness Management specialist in this region will discuss decisions farmers and landowners will need to make in the coming months regarding Price Loss Coverage, County Agricultural Risk Coverage, and Individual Agricultural Risk Coverage options. Timelines for program decisions along with information about online Farm Bill decision tools will also be shared. FSA staff will discuss the program procedures, policies, rules and forms. The meeting will end with a question and answer period.

Please call the local ISU Extension office at 712-472-2576 to pre-register. There is no registration fee. Pre-registration will assure adequate materials, seating and refreshments can be provided.


island park entrance closedThere is going to be an Island Park Planning public information session on Thursday, December 4th in conjunction with the Chamber Soup Supper before the Parade of Lights. It is to start at 4 PM.

The meeting is your chance to find out what’s being planned at this point, and tell the City Council your thoughts and ideas.

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There will be a Soup and Pie Supper Wednesday, November 19 at Holy Name Catholic Church, Rock Rapids.

Soups, sandwiches and pie will be served from 5 pm to 7 pm for a free will offering. New this year is a Silent Auction.

Congratulations to the Central Lyon girls volleyball team and coaches for earning a trip to the state volleyball tournament in Cedar Rapids!  The following is the information we have at this time with more details coming as available.better central lyon logo

Central Lyon will play Bellevue Marquette at 4pm on Wednesday, November 12th in Five Seasons Center in Cedar Rapids.  There will be no school in honor of this achievement to allow for staff and students to attend.  The team tentatively plans to leave early afternoon on Tuesday the 11th, exact time yet to be determined. We anticipate holding a K-12 pep rally at 11am in the gym on Tuesday immediately following the Veteran’s Day Ceremony which begins at10:30am.  Once again a reminder we do have school on Monday November 10 with a 1pm dismissal.

Please note it is at least 5+ hours to Cedar Rapids.  Also please pay attention to speed limits particularly in Cedar Rapids as they have speed monitoring cameras on the main highway system.

If the team wins, they will play at 6pm on Thursday, November 13th and there will be no school for this date as well.  If the team does not win the first round game, there will be school on Thursday with a 2 hour late start.   If the team does not win there are no consolation games.

If the team wins on Thursday they will play in the championship game at 7pm on Friday, November 14.  If this is the case, we will not hold school on Friday. If the team does not win the Thursday second round game, school is planned to go as scheduled on Friday with a 2 hour late start.

KIWA  has indicated they will be broadcasting all the Central Lyon games and those interested in radio advertising should contact the stations. We will not be broadcasting on the High School Cube for these games.

We anticipate tickets may be purchased in advance at the high school office on Friday and Monday for Wednesday’sgame, they are $10 per person.

State volleyball t-shirts order forms will be available now on the website and by color flyers.  Orders with payment are due by this Friday at 3pm. Amy will send out an email once the order forms are available.

Team and individual “goodie bags” will be available in the high school office starting today.  You may drop off items for this at this time.

We are attempting to secure charter busses to the state tournament for Wednesday.  If this can be done, more details will follow.  If any individuals or businesses care to contribute to the cost of this or make donations to the team, please contact Steve Harman at 712-472-4051 or steveharman@centrallyon.org or Jackie Wells at 712-472-2664 orjwells@centrallyon.org.

More information can be found at our district website at www.centrallyon.org.

Individuals and businesses may be contacted by Royal Advertising who handles the state tournament program for advertising needs.  I believe the contact’s name is Kim Wilson.

Feel free to forward this email to anyone who may interested or needs additional details.

Go Lions!

Dave Ackerman, Superintendent
Central Lyon Community School District
PO Box 471
1105 S. Story Street
Rock Rapids, IA  51246
Fax: 712-472-3543

Central Lyon girls will be playing at 4pm on Wednesday, November 12th in the Five Seasons Center in Cedar Rapids. If the girls win Wednesday, they would play at 6pm on Thursday, November 13th in the Five Seasons Center.  If the girls win on Thursday, they would play at 7pm on Friday, November 14th in the Five Seasons Center.

Several businesses & individuals have generously donated funds towards fan charter buses.  The first day bus will leave from the high school parking lot at 8:30am Wednesday morning.  The cost will be $40 per person, which does NOT include the cost of the tournament ticket.  Advance tickets will be on sale for Wednesday’s game in the high school office for $10.00 each or you can purchase a tournament ticket upon arrival at the Five Seasons Center.  The district will need a minimum of 40 riders to secure the charter bus each day.  Children, 7th grade and under, are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.  Please note that return time will depend on the length of the match, and it is a 5+ hour drive.

Fifty six seats are available and will be based on a first contact, first reserve basis, starting immediately. You may contact Jackie Wells to reserve your seat and arrange payment at jwells@centrallyon.org or 712-472-2664 or 712-472-4051.  Sign-up must be complete by Tuesday at 4pm.  You may put your name on a waiting list for a potential Thursday and Friday bus when making reservations for Wednesday.  Riders will have priority to reserve their seat the following days.  Additional reservations may be taken for a portion of the evening, following a Lion win with Jackie Wells at 605-595-2697.

Wednesday, November 12th:
Departure time – 8:30am from the HS parking lot, with a quick stop in Albert Lea both ways
Cost – $40.00, NOT including the cost of the tournament ticket

Thursday, November 13th (tentative):
Departure time – 10:30am from the HS parking lot, with a quick stop in Albert Lea both ways
Cost – $40.00, NOT including the cost of the tournament ticket

Friday, November 14th (tentative):
Departure time – 11:30am from the HS parking lot, with a quick stop in Albert Lea both ways
Cost – $40.00, NOT including the cost of the tournament ticket

This information will be forwarded to the Chamber and posted on the district’s website and social media.

Thank you,

Jackie Wells
Business Manager/Board Secretary
1105 S Story Street
Rock Rapids, IA 51246