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CONTINUE GROWTH IN CLIVE
By Kenzie Stroud
he winter, spring and summer of
2012 happened in a flash. If you
blinked, you may have missed
all the exciting growth that happened
around the city during the past nine
months. There is much to be excited
about in the city of Clive.
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Scott Cirksena is nearing the end of
his first term as Clive mayor. He is proud
that Clive has been able to rebound from
an economic downfall and move forward.
New business is coming to the area, new
houses are being built and project phases
continue to be checked off the 86th
Street Redevelopment list. The Art on
the Trail is proving to be a great showcase, and even a survey of Clive citizens
suggests that the quality of life in this city
is on the up and up.
While Cirksena is mayor, he hopes
to continue to find new and innovative
ways to provide high-quality services to
residents and promote the city’s worldclass parks and trail system, a healthy
lifestyle, well-planned housing developments and an 86th Street corridor that
is an attractive destination.
In April, the City of Clive contracted
with National Research Center Inc. to
perform a citizen satisfaction survey of
Clive residents. Clive planned to use the
results for community planning, program
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Les Aasheim pays a visit to Aasheim Plaza, named in his honor. He served as Clive’s mayor from 2001-2009 and on
the City Council from 1986-1997.
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improvement and policy making.
The five-page survey was administered by mail to 2,100 random households. A total of 667
were compiled and compared to
a national database of 500 other
cities.
The survey results showed
that 94 percent of Clive residents
rated their quality of life as excellent or good. Residents indicated
a strong trust for the city of Clive
government and feel they receive
good value for their city tax
dollar. More than 90 percent
of Clive residents would recommend living in Clive to someone
else, which is certainly a great
thing for any city.
“The city has seen a significant interest in new home construction during the past year. At
one point, we were nearly out of
lots but fortunately several new
subdivisions have been developed this summer to replenish the number of lots available.
New home construction in 2012
will likely be near 100 units,”
Cirksena says.
While new business has been
sporadic across central Iowa in
2012, the city of Clive has tried
to emphasize business retention as a priority. Cirksena has
held meetings dubbed “Business
Conversations” with business
owners in Clive, and he is happy
to report that the visits have
been very positive.
“I’ve heard owners expressing optimism and telling me that
they are doing well. Our city is in
the midst of formalizing five key
economic development strategies working with stakeholders at
the University level and with the
Clive Chamber of Commerce to
attract, cultivate and retain businesses. These strategies include,
but are not limited to, the review
and creation of more creative
economic incentive packages and
a formalized strategy to market
Clive’s distinctive strengths,” he
explains.
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Clive Mayor Scott Cirksena says the city
has seen increased interest in new home
construction since last year.
The strategic plan for 2012
– 2017 is being finalized this
month. This and the public facility
planning have proven to be substantial endeavors that Cirksena
is proud to have been a part of
this past year.
“We determine the facility
needs for a full build-out population. This will have an impact
on the placement of our public
safety, community development,
parks and recreation, parks maintenance and city hall staff within
the community. The comprehensive plan is also being updated,
and this is significant because
these plans will be the roadmap
for the city as we grow to our
capacity in 15-20 years.”
In 2013, the city is planning
improvements to the Greenbelt
Trail and streetscape enhancements on the South end of the
N.W. 86th Street corridor. This
will include decorative enhancements to the Walnut Creek
Bridge and trail access enhancements at the N.W. 86th Street
bridge. Cirksena is also excited about the project involving
the Greenbelt Trail connectivity, which will be improved with
a bridge connection from the
Aquatic Center to the trail on
the north side of Walnut Creek.
There will be a new link to
Waukee at Lions Park this fall,
and a recent connection with
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“As we work to accentuate a
unique Clive neighborhood identity, we will be launching a new
signage program for our major
and minor gateway street areas
and for our parks network,” he
says.
Kelly Canfield works as Clive’s
Director of Parks and Recreation
to maintain and improve Clive’s
trails and 15 parks, as well as the
aquatic center. At a recent city
council meeting, approval was
given for improvements that residents can look forward to seeing
in the months ahead.
“The aquatic center has been
in operation for 10 seasons now,
and our attendance numbers
have gone just over 600,000,”
Canfield says. “The improvement
that the patrons will notice most
will be the addition of a splash
pad,” a nearly 2,000-square-foot
play area that Canfield says will
feature fountains and nozzles and
allow small children to play in the
water without actually being in
standing water.
“The work begins this fall and
is slated to be completed before
the pool opens next season. We
are also working on improvements
that will focus on safety and changes needed to meet new ADA
requirements,” Canfield added.
“We are also starting work
on improvements at Campbell
Park. The ball fields at Campbell
Recreation Area have been in
operation for 20 seasons with
over 22,000 league games played
during that time. The facility has
also hosted a large number of
tournaments and pick-up games
including the Senior Softball
World Series,” Canfield says.
“This year marks four years of
co-hosting the big event.”
Improvements will include
new scoreboards, replacement
of the irrigation systems, outfield
fences and backstops along with
additional sidewalks to better
accommodate spectator access
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and some other minor fixes and
repairs. The work will begin this
fall and be completed before the
leagues open in late April of 2013.
Some exciting changes are
coming to Westview Bend Park.
City staff and neighbors will work
together to replace the 25-yearold play equipment, and a portion
of the sidewalk retaining walls
and update the landscaping features of the small neighborhood
park.
The Greenbelt Trail is getting a makeover as well between
149th Street and 156th Street.
Canfield explained that this area
of the trail will be removed and
repaved with asphalt. This marks
the beginning of an ongoing trail
replacement program. The first
section should be finished this fall.
Alice’s Road Greenbelt Trail
and bridge were completed with
the assistance of grant funds
from the Iowa Department of
Transportation State Recreational
Trails Fund. There was also an
addition of the Greenbelt land
west of Alice’s Road. With the
assistance of REAP grant funds,
the city purchased 53 acres along
Little Walnut Creek. There is still
land that the city owns and is in
the process of developing plans
for amenities down the road.
One piece is 20 acres along the
west side of Alice’s Road just
north of Little Walnut Creek.
Plans will be developed in the
coming years for amenities for
this new park.
It is Dennis Henderson’s job
to oversee of all the city departments, finances and budget, project development and implementation.
It has been a busy spring
and summer with new residential
family homes being constructed.
Although the city does not have
the new home construction numbers that it did in the 90s, an
upswing can be seen recently.
“This has largely been a
planning year, and 2013 will be
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when we begin implementation
of those plans,” Henderson says.
“Our growth in 2012 has primarily been in residential single family homes. From January through
July, 45 homes have been or
are under construction, which
will likely lead to 100 - 125
homes constructed in calendar
2012. There have been 20 commercial remodels or additions
and one new commercial project,
which is a bank,” Henderson says.
“We anticipate growing by about
another 6,000 to 8,000 people
before the open areas have been
all developed.”
Clive City Manager Dennis Henderson
says 2012 was a planning year, and
2013 will focus on implementation of
those plans.
The street once named Clive
Road has been under construction for some time now. This
historic street served as the center of Clive for many years and
was a link to the Greater Des
Moines metro area through the
depot at Swanson and 86th. The
N.W 86th Street Redevelopment
Project began as a way to reawaken a corridor for the city. Since
Clive does not have a downtown
or main street area per se, the
86th Street project was started
as a way to foster a greater sense
of community for residents and
businesses.
The goals have been: to
improve traffic flow and accessibility; to consolidate and focus the
commercial land use within the
corridor; to enhance the interac-
tion of the activities and businesses
on the corridor with the Greenbelt
Park; and to create a unique place
through the use of distinctive urban
design elements and features.
“86th Street continues to see
improvements. This construction
season we completed full depth
patching of areas that were in
poor condition and the bridge
deck is currently being redone.
Next year we plan to complete
phase III of the streetscape, which
will be on the south end of our
portion of N.W. 86th Street. The
final work will be to overlay the
street with an asphalt overlay,”
says Henderson.
Another notable accomplishment in 2012 has been the
Art Along the Trail program,
implemented by the Public Arts
Advisory Commission (PAAC) in
conjunction with city staff and
elected officials. On May 22, the
city conducted the formal dedication of the program at Campbell
Park. The ceremony was held
next to the site of “The Catch” by
Anna Modeland, which is one of
the six pieces of art to be exhibited along the Greenbelt Trail.
“This has been our first year
for the art along the trail project, and it has generated a lot
of interest. Clive has been able
to be very involved with public
art projects with a very small
amount of local funding,” says
Henderson.
For the 2012 program, the
city received 26 applications
from 13 artists. The six art pieces that were selected will be
on display into the fall. This
will be an annual exhibit where
Iowa artists will have their work
displayed for the community’s
enjoyment. The PAAC will evaluate the two pieces receiving the
highest votes and recommend
one of the pieces to the Clive
City Council for purchase into
the city’s permanent public art
collection.
“I am excited to see this program evolve over time, as collectively we work to promote the
appearance of our community
and enhance the artistic vitality
of Clive,” Cirksena says. Q
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jawbone meets, also known as the TMJs.
Any activity like nail-biting that involves holding the teeth in an unnatural position for extended periods increases the possibility of injury to
the TMJ. Over a long period, the unnatural position of the jaws involved
in nail-biting will stretch the muscles in the jaw, causing pain and throwing off balance of the TMJs. If a very young child begins the habit, it can
contribute to a gap developing between the front two teeth. Also, the
type of person who is prone to nail and finger biting may also be prone
to picking at their gums.
Some dentists and physicians recommend putting a non-toxic,
unpleasant-tasting lotion in the fingers. Other believe putting a bandage
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Meet Susan Buising
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Western Hills alumni
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school
By Michael Swanger
econd grade teacher Susan
Buising has a fondness for
Western Hills Elementary
School in West Des Moines that
perhaps reaches a little deeper
than most, if not all of her peers.
As a child growing up in the
western suburb, she attended
Western Hills, so each day she
walks through the halls of the
school is like taking a walk down
memory lane.
“The building has changed a
lot, but the basic feel is still here,”
says Buising who graduated from
Valley High School in 1985, Iowa
State University in 1989 and later
earned her master’s degree from
the University of Missouri-Kansas
City in 1993. “Last year, I worked
with a teacher who was here
when I was a student, which was
fun.”
This marks her seventh year
of teaching at Western Hills and
23rd year overall in the profession.
She teaches second grade students
about the fundamentals of reading,
writing, math, science and social
studies. She also includes units like
“What Makes Me Sick” in her lesson plans to teach students how
to practice good hygiene.
Buising says she likes working with second grade students
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Susan Buising teaches second grade at
Western Hills Elementary.
because they are eager to learn.
“They still love their teacher
and they are full of enthusiasm.
They want to please,” she says.
“It’s fun to watch their reading
and math skills improve throughout the school year. By the time
they leave here, they are ready for
third grade.”
Buising says in addition to the
students, the staff and parents
at Western Hills make her job
rewarding.
“There’s a lot of diversity
here, and I love that. Everyone is
very accepting of one another,”
she says. “The parents are a huge
support to the staff, which has the
best interest of the kids in mind
and that’s why I love to work
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Nutella cookies
Recipe was entered in Iowa State Fair
By Beth McDonald
he Iowa State Fair just
wrapped up, and I hoped
to be sharing with you a
blue ribbon cookie recipe, but
unfortunately my recipe did not
win this year.
I am going to share my recipe
anyway because my family and
everyone else who tried these
cookies before I submitted them
to the fair loved them.
If you have not entered anything into the state fair or any food contest, it is nerve wracking. I spent
six months trying to perfect my cookie recipe, making several different
versions of it. One of the biggest challenges was reviewing the classes
and reviewing all the rules for the food contests. What should have
been the easiest thing to prep for the contest was the most challenging
— finding white small plastic plates to display the cookies. I had to go
several places before I found white plastic plates. Once at the fair, turning in the cookies is a little scary, too. There were several people ahead
of me in line turning in their canned items, and they all seemed to know
each other and exactly what to do.
The last thing I wanted to do was upset a potential judge. Once it
was my turn, I got a couple of “Oh, those look good,” and I left thinking
those are winners. Oh well, there is always next year. I hope you enjoy
these cookies and consider entering something into the fair next year. Q
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Nutella cookies
Ingredients
1 c. lard
1 c. packed brown sugar
1 c. granulated sugar
3/4 c. Nutella
2 eggs, beaten
2 ½ c. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. amaretto
Directions
1. Cream together lard and sugars.
Add Nutella and eggs.
2. Sift together flour, baking soda
and salt. Add to creamed mixture;
stir in amaretto.
3. Form into balls and roll in sugar.
Place on ungreased baking sheets.
4. Bake in 350º oven 12 to 15
minutes.
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Divorce agreements are legally
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Friday, Sept. 14
Monday, Sept. 17
Q Toddle Time, Clive Public Library,
10 and 10:30 a.m.
Q Story Time, Clive Public Library,
11 a.m.
Q DHS 10/V football vs. Urbandale
at VHS, Homecoming game,
4:15/7 p.m.
Q WHS 10/V football at Johnston,
4:45/ 7:30 p.m.
Q Toddler Time, Clive Public
Library 9:30/10/10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Q Baby Lap Time, Clive Public
Library, 11- 11:15 a.m.
Q Story Time, Clive Public Library,
1:30- 2 p.m.
Q Baby Sign Language Class, Clive
Public Library, 6:30- 7 p.m.
Q DHS V Boys Golf Invitationval
vs. WDM Valley at Briarwood Golf
Course, 10 a.m.
Q DHS JV Boys Golf at Newton,
3:30 p.m.
Q VHS 9 Boys Golf vs. Waukee at
Willow Creek Golf Course, 3:30 p.m.
Q DHS JV FB vs. Valley, 4:30 p.m.
Q WDM City Council Meeting, City
Hall, 5:30 p.m.
Q WHS 9 VB at Pella, 5:30 p.m.
Q WHS JV FB vs. DSM East, 6 p.m.
Q VHS 9 FB vs. Johnston, 6 p.m.
Q DHS 9 VB vs. Valley, 6 p.m.
Q Visiting Nurse Services Flu
Shot Clinic, $32, Clive City Hall
Community Room, 6- 7 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 15
Q Tales with Tails, Clive Public
Library, 9:30- 11:30 a.m.
Q VHS 9 VB Invitational at Waukee,
9 a.m.
Q VHS JV Girls XC Invitational at
Iowa State University Cross Country
Course, 10 a.m.
Q WHS V XC Inviational at Iowa
State University Cross Country
Course, 10 a.m.
Q VHS V Girls SW at Iowa City,
10 a.m.
Q VHS JV Boys XC Invitational at
Iowa State University Cross Country
Course, 10:30 a.m.
Q VHS V Girls XC Inviataional at
Iowa State University Cross Country
Course, 11 a.m.
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Tuesday, Sept. 18
Q Toddler Time, Clive Public
Library, 9:30, 10 and10:30 a.m. and 1
and 6 p.m.
Q Baby Lap Time, Clive Public
Library, 11- 11:15 a.m.
Q Story Time, Clive Public Library,
1:30- 2 p.m.
Q DHS JV/V Boys Golf Invitational
vs. Southeast Polk at Copper Creek
Golf Course, 9 a.m.
Q VHS 9 Boys Golf at Newton,
3:30 p.m.
Q VHS Student Government/
Homecoming Activity at VHS North
Gym, 3:30 p.m.
Q VHS 9 VB vs. Ames, 4:45 p.m.
Q WHS 9 VB at Urbandale, 4:45 p.m.
Q VHS JV/V Girls SW vs. Ames,
5:30 p.m.
Q JV/V Girls SW vs. Waukee,
5:30 p.m.
Q VHS 10/JV VB vs. Ames, 5:45 p.m.
Q WHS 10/JV VB at Urbandale,
6 p.m.
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Q WHS V VB at Urbandale, 7:30 p.m.
Q VHS V VB vs. Ames, 7:30 p.m.
Q Business After Hours at Lincoln
Savings Bank 12345 University Ave,
free for members and $10 for non
members, 5 p.m.
6 p.m.
Q VHS 10 FB at Indianola, 7 p.m.
Q DHS 10/JV VB vs. Ankeny
Centennial, 7 p.m.
Q Clive City Council Meeting, City
Hall, 7- 8 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 21
Wednesday, Sept.19
Q Toddler Time, Clive Public
Library, 10 and 10:30 a.m.
Q Story Time, Clive Public Library,
11- 11:30 a.m.
Q DHS President’s Council Dinner,
DSM Golf and Country Club,
6:30- 9 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 20
Q Toddler Time, Clive Public
Library, 10/10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Q Story Time, Clive Public Library,
11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Q DHS 9 Boys Golf Meet vs.
Southeast Polk at Toad Valley Golf
Course, 3:30 p.m.
Q WHS JV/V Boys Golf vs. Fort
Dodge at Beaver Creek Golf Course,
3:30 p.m.
Q WHS 9 Boys Golf vs. Urbandale
at Sugar Creek Golf Course, 3:30 p.m.
Q VHS 9/JV Boys Golf at Johnston,
3:30 p.m.
Q JV/V XC at Indianola, 4:30 p.m.
Q DHS JV Boys/Girils/ Boys V XC
at Indianola, 4:30 p.m.
Q DHS 9 FB vs. Mason City,
4:30 p.m.
Q DHS 9 VB vs. Ankeny Centennial,
Q Toddler Time, Clive Public
Library, 10 and 10:30 a.m.
Q Story Time, Clive Public Library,
11 a.m.
Q DHS JV Boys Golf vs. Ankeny at
The Legacy, 3:15 p.m.
Q DHS 10 FB at Mason City,
4:45 p.m.
Q VHS 9 FB vs. Indianola, 4:45 p.m.
Q WHS 9 FB vs. Roosevelt, 4:45 p.m.
Q DHS V FB at Mason City, 7:30 p.m.
Q VHS V FB vs. Indianola, 7:30 p.m.
Q WHS V FB vs. Roosevelt, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 22
Q Metro Arts Rock ‘N Run, $25$30, 1 Mile or 5 K Run, Clive Aquatic
Center, 8 a.m.
Q JV VB at Indianola, 8:30 a.m.
Q VHS V VB at Pella Christian High
School, 8:30 a.m.
Q WHS 10 FB vs. Roosevelt, 9 a.m.
Q V Girls SW Invitational, 9 a.m.
Q WHS V VB at Cedar Falls, 9 a.m.
Q WHS 9 VB at Johnston, 9 a.m.
Q VHS 9/10 VB at Johnston, 9 a.m.
Q DHS V Girls SW Invitational,
9 a.m.
Q DHS 9/10 VB Invitational at
Johnston, 9 a.m.
Q DHS V VB Inviational at Cedar
Falls, 9 a.m.
Q Valley Homecoming Dance,
Hy-Vee Hall, 8 p.m.
Q DHS Marching Contest at Pella
Monday, Sept. 24
Q Toddler Time, Clive Public
Library 9:30/10/10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Q Baby Lap Time, Clive Public
Library, 11- 11:15 a.m.
Q Story Time, Clive Public Library,
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1:30- 2 p.m.
Q Baby Sign Language Class, Clive
Public Library, 6:30- 7 p.m.
Q DHS 9/10 Boys Golf vs. Valley at
Willow Creek Golf Course, 3:30 p.m.
Q WHS 9 Boys Golf at Ames,
3:30 p.m.
Q VHS JV Boys Golf vs. Ankeny
Centennial at Willow Creek Golf
Course, 3:30 p.m.
Q WHS JV/V Boys Golf vs. Ankeny
at Beaver Creek Golf Course. 3:30 p.m.
Q VHS JV FB vs. Waukee, 6 p.m.
Q DHS JV FB at Ankeny, 6 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 25
Q Toddler Time, Clive Public
Library, 9:30/10/10:30 a.m. and
1/6 p.m.
Q Baby Lap Time, Clive Public
Library, 11- 11:15 a.m.
Q Story Time, Clive Public Library,
1:30- 2 p.m.
Q DHS JV Boys Golf at Newton,
TBD
Q Iowa Get Your Business Online
with Google seminar, WDM Learning
Center, 9:30- 10:30 a.m.
Q Lapsit Lambs, WDM Public
Library, 10 and 10:30 a.m.
Q WHS 9 Boys Golf at Ankeny,
3:30 p.m.
Q WHS JV Boys Golf vs. Ottumwa,
3:30 p.m.
Q VHS 9 VB vs. Waukee, 4:30 p.m.
Q VHS JV/V XC Invitatioanl vs.
Waukee at Centennial Park, 5 p.m.
Q DHS 9 VB at Southeast Polk,
4:45 p.m.
Q WHS 9 VB at Mason City, 4:45 p.m.
Q VHS JV/V Girls SW at Ankeny,
5 p.m.
Q VHS 9 VB at Ankeny, 5 p.m.
Q VHS 10/JV VB at Ankeny, 6 p.m.
Q DHS JV/V Girls SW at Southeast
Polk, 5:30 p.m.
Q WHS 10/JV VB at Mason City,
5:45 p.m.
Q DHS JV/V VB at Southeast Polk,
5:45 p.m.
Q WHS JV/V Girls SW at Mason
City, 6 p.m.
Q WHS V VB at Mason City,
7:30 p.m.
Q DHS V VB at Southeast Polk,
7:30 p.m.
Q VHS VB at Ankeny, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept.26
Q Toddler Time, Clive Public
Library, 10 and 10:30 a.m.
Q Story Time, Clive Public Library,
11- 11:30 a.m.
Q V Boys Invitational at TCI, 10 a.m.
Saturday, Sept. 29
Q
Q DHS JV Girls/ V XC Invitational
at University of Minnesota Les Bolstad
Golf Course
Q VHS V XC Invitational at
University of Minnesota Les Bolstad
Golf Course
Q VHS V VB at Urbandale, 8 a.m.
Q VHS JV VB at Ankeny, 8:30 a.m.
Q DHS JV VB Initational at Ankeny,
8:30 a.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 3
Thursday, Sept. 27 Sunday, Sept. 30
Q Toddler Time, Clive Public
Library, 10/10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Q Story Time, Clive Public Library,
11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Q VHS 9 Boys Golf at Newton,
3:30 p.m.
Q WHS 9 Boys Golf vs. Ankeny
Centennial at Woodland Hills Golf
Course, 3:30 p.m.
Q DHS JV Girls/ V XC at Ankeny,
4:30 p.m.
Q DHS 9 FB vs. Ankeny Centennial,
4:30 p.m.
Q VHS JV/V XC at Ankeny, 4:30 p.m.
Q DHS 9 VB at Boone, 5 p.m.
Q DHS V Girls SW at Southeast
Polk, 5:30 p.m.
Q WHS 9 FB at Southeast Polk 6 p.m.
Q DHS 10 FB at Ankeny, 6 p.m.
Q WHS 10 FB vs. Southeast Polk,
6 p.m.
Q VHS 9 FB at Urbandale, 6 p.m.
Q Nobbies Haunt Fair, Nobbies
Party Store 100th & University, kickoff the best Halloween season,
11 a.m.- 3 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 1
Q No Class for DHS
Q Todder Time, Clive Public Library
9:30/10/10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Q Baby Lap Time, Clive Public
Library, 11- 11:15 a.m.
Q Story Time, Clive Public Library,
1:30- 2 p.m.
Q Baby Sign Language Class, Clive
Public Library, 6:30- 7 p.m.
Q DHS 9 VB at Valley SW HS,
4:45 p.m.
Q VHS JV FB vs. Ankeny, 6 p.m.
Q Toddler Time, Clive Public
Library, 10 and 10:30 a.m.
Q Story Time, Clive Public Library,
11 a.m.
Q Faith Lutheran Church First
Notes Music Class, Free, 10395
University Ave, 10- 10:30 a.m.
Q Lunch on the Plaza, $5, Aasheim
Plaza corner of 86th and University,
11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m.
Q VHS 10 FB vs. Urbandale, 4:45 p.m.
Q VHS V FB vs. Urbandale, 7:30 p.m.
Q WHS V FB vs. Southeast Polk
7 p.m.
Q Toddler Time, Clive Public
Library, 10 and 10:30 a.m.
Q Story Time, Clive Public Library,
11- 11:30 a.m.
Thursday, Oct. 4
Q Toddler Time, Clive Public
Library, 10/10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Q Story Time, Clive Public Library,
11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Q VHS/WHS JV/V XC at Fort
Dodge, 4:30 p.m.
Q DHS 10 FB vs. Ottumwa at
Schafer Field, 5 p.m.
Q WHS 9 FB vs. DSM East, 5 p.m.
Q VHS JV/V Girls SW vs. Mason
City, 5:30 p.m.
Q WHS 10 FB at DSM East, 6 p.m.
Q VHS 9 FB vs. Lincoln, 6 p.m.
Q VHS 10 FB at Lincoln, 6 p.m.
Q VHS 9/10 VB vs. Ankeny
Centennial at Ankeny High School,
6 p.m.
Q WHS 9 FB vs. DCG, 7 p.m.
Q VHS JV VB at Ankeny, 7 p.m.
Q Clive City Council Meeting, City
Hall, 7-9 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 5
Tuesday, Oct. 2
Friday, Sept. 28
DHS V VB at Valley, 7:30 p.m.
Q Toddler Time, Clive Public
Library, 9:30/10/10:30 a.m. and
1/6 p.m.
Q Baby Lap Time, Clive Public
Library, 11- 11:15 a.m.
Q Story Time, Clive Public Library,
1:30- 2 p.m.
Q DHS V Boys Golf Disctrict
Tournament at Fort Dodge Country
Club
Q DHS 9 VB at Valley SW HS,
4:45 p.m.
Q DHS JV/V Girls SW vs. Valley,
5:30 p.m.
Q DHS 10/JV VB at Valley, 5:45 p.m.
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Q Toddle Time, Clive Public Library,
10 and 10:30 a.m.
Q Story Time, Clive Public Library,
11 a.m.
Q V Boys Golf State Tournament,
Q DHS 9 FB vs. Ottumwa, 4:45 p.m.
Q Cityview’s Martinifest, West Glen
Town Center, $15 advance $20 door,
5- 9 p.m.
Q DHS V FB vs. Ottumwa, 7:30 p.m.
Q VHS V FB at Lincoln, 7 p.m.
Q WHS V FB at DSM East, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 6
Q
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Q WHS JV VB Invitational 8:30 a.m.
Q 9 VB Invitational at Ankeny,
8:30 a.m.
Q VHS 10 VB Invitational at
Waukee, 8:30 a.m.
Q DHS V VB Invitational at Cedar
Rapids Jefferson, 8:30 a.m.
Q DHS 9 VB Invitational at Nevada,
9 a.m.
Q WHS V VB at Bettendorf, 9 a.m.
Q WHS V Girls SW at Johnston,
9 p.m.
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Q Todder Time, Clive Public Library
9:30/10/10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Q Baby Lap Time, Clive Public
Library, 11- 11:15 a.m.
Q Story Time, Clive Public Library,
1:30- 2 p.m.
Q Baby Sign Language Class, Clive
Public Library, 6:30- 7 p.m.
Q DHS 9 FB vs. Valley, 4:30 p.m.
Q VHS 9/10/JV VB vs. Ames, 6 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 9
Q Toddler Time, Clive Public
Library, 9:30/10/10:30 a.m. and
1/6 p.m.
Q Baby Lap Time, Clive Public
Library, 11- 11:15 a.m.
Q Story Time, Clive Public Library,
1:30- 2 p.m. Q
WHS 9/10/JV
VB vs. Southeast Polk, 4:45 p.m.
Q VHS 9 VB at Johnston, 4:45 p.m.
Q DHS 9 VB vs. Urbandale, 4:45 p.m.
Q WHS JV/V Girls SW vs. Southeast
Polk, 5 p.m.
Q DHS JV/V Girls SW at Newton,
5:30 p.m.
Q VHS JV/V Girls SW at Johnston,
5:30 p.m.
Q VHS 10/JV VB at Johnston, 6 p.m.
Q DHS 10/JV VB vs. Urbandale,
6 p.m.
Q WHS V VB vs. Southeast Polk,
6:30 p.m.
Q VHS V VB at Johnston, 7:30 p.m.
Q DHS V VB vs. Urbandale,
7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 10
Q Toddler Time, Clive Public
Library, 10 and 10:30 a.m.
Q Story Time, Clive Public Library,
11- 11:30 a.m.
Thursday, Oct. 11
Q Toddler Time, Clive Public
Library, 10/10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Q Story Time, Clive Public Library,
11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Q V Boys XC Tournament, TBA
Q DHS/ WHS JV/V XC Meet at
Marshalltown, 2:30 p.m.
Q DHS 10 FB vs. DSM Hoover,
4:30 p.m.
Q VHS 10 FB vs. DSM East, 5:30 p.m.
Q VHS 9 VB at DSM East, 6 p.m.
Q WHS 10 FB vs. Council Bluffs
Abraham Lincoln, 6 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 12
Q Toddle Time, Clive Public Library,
10 and 10:30 a.m.
Q Story Time, Clive Public Library,
11 a.m.
Q Faith Lutheran Church First
Notes Music Class, Free, 10395
University Ave, 10- 10:30 a.m.
Q WHS 9 FB at Council Bluffs
Abraham Lincoln, 4 p.m.
Q DHS 9 FB at Hoover, 4:45 p.m.
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7 p.m.
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Jump start your own recovery
By Steve Forrest, MBA, CPA/PFS, CFP® and Pete Deacon, MBA, CPA, CFP®
challenge for investors is to
generate returns in light of low
interest rates and deteriorating economic growth.
Ideally an investor would buy quality stocks and hold them in a portfolio.
These times are clearly less than ideal.
Investors who want to persevere need
new ways to increase returns and minimize risk.
An opportunity exists in the
options market. The sale of well-placed
puts and calls generates a dividend-like
payment from the options market. The
condition of this payout is that investors must be willing to buy the stock
at a lower price, or sell the stock at a
higher price, which is the fundamental
tenet of successful investing.
Some critics will say it clouds
investing with some complexities and
expenses of trading. But it can position
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investors to increase returns, lower
the price of stocks already owned, and
manage risk.
Selling cash-secured puts is ideal
for an investor who would like to
acquire shares in a particular security,
but is willing to wait for them to trade
at a target price that is below current
market level.
Writing Covered Equity Calls is
appropriate for an investor who wishes
to generate income in addition to any
dividends from shares of underlying
stock owned. They must be willing
to limit upside profit potential on a
specific stock holding in exchange for
limited downside protection. Generally
the investor is neutral to moderately
bullish on the investment owned.
Consider Apple (ticker: AAPL) at
$675 on Aug. 27. Investors who want
to buy the stock, or already own
shares and are willing to buy more at a
lower price, could sell Apple’s January
$665 puts for $44.50. The strategy is
known as a put-write. If Apple’s stock
rebounds and trades higher, investors
keep the money received for selling
the put. If Apple’s stock declines below
$665 (the put’s strike price) investors
must buy the stock for $665. The purchase price is effectively lowered by the
amount of money received for selling
the put ($44.50) to $620.50.
Selling calls against stocks already
owned is known as over-writing or
a covered-call strategy. With Apple’s
stock at $675, investors who own the
stock can increase returns and modestly hedge against a decline, by selling
January $700 call for $37.50. If the
stock advances above $700, investors
are obligated to sell the stock. If the
price remains below $700, investors
keep the money received for selling the
call.
Sell puts and calls that expire in
three to six months. Those expirations
tend to be actively traded since many
investors repeatedly sell options against
their stocks. Options that expire in
three to six months also tend to trade
at $1 or more, which is the minimum
amount many investors want to pocket
when trading options against stocks.
A CPA or CFP can assist you in
evaluating option strategies. Make sure
you can find a professional with experience in executing these tactics. Q
Information provided by Steve Forrest,
MBA, CPA/PFS, CFP® and Pete
Deacon MBA, CPA, CFP®, Forrest
Financial Services, L.L.C., Windsor
Heights, www.forrestfinancialservices.
com, 277-3495.
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what’s in your garage?
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Out to pasture
Bodin’s old printer helped start his business
ucked in the corner of
most peoples’ garage is
most likely a dusty old relic
of some sort from days gone by.
Back behind a couple of bikes,
serving as a shelf for a few boxes
of odds and ends, sits the beginning of a business for Clive’s Jeff
Bodin.
Fresh out of school with his
degree, Bodin — an architect by
trade — worked for 15 years as
a staff designer in two area firms.
Never one to let moss take root,
Bodin felt the urge to spend more
time out of the office, working to
build the designs he’d drawn.
In 1998 he showed his wife,
Jennifer, some drawings. Those
drawings would become their new
home.
“It was a bit of an experiment,”
says Bodin. “I wanted to see if I
had what it took to build one of
my designs. It worked, so I left the
firm and started my own designbuild company.”
His first major purchase was a
large format HP DesignJet printer,
needed for printing architectural
drawings of buildings, both new
and existing.
“I used it until about two years
ago, but it’s such old technology, I
can’t seem to give it away,” Bodin
says. “I thought I’d give it to our
school to use (Valley), but when
I saw the equipment my son was
using in class, I could see they had
no need for it.”
After being replaced, it sat
in his basement office for several
months. A few ads on Craigslist
turned up no leads.
“I moved it into the garage for
a garage sale and put a ‘make-offer’
sign on it,” he says. “No one knew
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Living Faith Church reminds parents and guardians that there are still openings in the
Little Friends of Living Faith Preschool for the 4-year-old classroom.
Little friends
Christian preschool seeks new students
By Rebecca Bowen
Dave Bodin has been unsuccessful in
trying to get rid of his large format HP
DesignJet printer.
what it was. I didn’t even get a
nibble.”
More than what it is, the printer is special for what it represents.
“This old printer got me off
the ground. I would never have
been able to start my business
without it,” says Bodin. “In the
beginning, I really worked that
thing hard. We were doing a lot of
custom homes. Ninety percent of
our work was building the custom
homes I designed and printed on
that old HP.”
“I’m not sure what I’ll do with
it,” he says, knowing it needs to
make its way out of his garage.
“I’ll probably have to take it to be
recycled. I’m sure there is someone who needs spare parts to
keep theirs running.”
Still living in the home he built
as an experiment, he feels he got
most of it right.
“I would do a couple things different,” he says, “but not much.” Q
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iving Faith Church holds a
number of different family
get-togethers throughout the
year and believes strongly in the
connection between families and
preschool.
These activities include the
Sharing Day Feast and the Happy
Birthday Jesus party, which is held
a couple days before Christmas.
“We actually sing the Happy
Birthday song to Jesus with the
families present,” says Sandy
Nelson, preschool director. “After
the formal part of the program
the children get to go to craft and
snack centers, and the parents get
to enjoy it as well.”
“For the parents, we offer a lot
of family activities,” says Nelson.
“It’s not just preschool but a time to
be a part of the larger community.”
Parents are welcomed on any
given school day. The classrooms,
which are arranged in separate
learning centers, give the children
more than enough of what they
need to grow and learn in the
areas of art, music, Bible stories,
literacy and math activities, as well
as free playtime both indoors and
outside. Not only does this give
children a wonderful opportunity
to make friends, it is also in the
perfect setting to grow in faith and
knowledge of the Bible.
Children attend chapel each
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week and enjoy learning and growing by hearing Bible stories and
singing songs together. Teachers
of the Little Friends of Living Faith
are actively working to create
Christian lesson plans specific to
each child’s age and classroom.
“The Christian education is a big
piece of it,” Nelson says. “Because
we’re a longer program, we offer a
lot more opportunities for personal
interaction with the children as well
as with the families.”
Spread the Word
Have an upcoming event or
church news you would like to
announce? Send information to
[email protected]
The class runs from 9 a.m. – 1
p.m. each day, and is one of the
only four-hour preschool programs
in the Des Moines area. It recently
received a four-star rating from the
Iowa Quality Rating Systems. Now
Little Friends is looking forward to
achieving level five.
Information about registration
for the 4-year-old class or the
waiting list can be found by contacting Sandy Nelson at (515) 5565576, or by emailing her at sandy.
[email protected] There is
no cost to be placed on the waiting
list. Q
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library news
By Clive Public Library
Library card
sign-up month
Bring your children in now and celebrate
By Clive Public Library
ring your children into the
library during the month of
September to get his or her
very first library card. All kids will
get a special something to celebrate the occasion and get their
picture put on a display.
B
Baby Sign Language – Session I
Monday, Sept. 17, 24; Oct. 1, 8
6:30 - 7:15 p.m.
These four-week classes are for
hearing parents and babies (0-18
months) and will teach different
vocabulary and techniques from
American Sign Language to communicate with your baby. Each
week will build on the previous
week’s lesson. Register online at
www.cityofclive.com/departments/
library or in person at the library.
Clive Book Club
Tuesday, Sept. 25
6:30 p.m.
The Clive Book Club invites
adults to join this reading discussion group. The club meets in
the Community Room at the Clive
Public Library on the last Tuesday
of each month at 6:30 p.m.
Informative discussions are held
on the chosen novel with impressions and opinions being shared by
all. Anyone interested may attend
any or all of the monthly discussions, and new members are
always welcome. There is no cost
to participate and some copies of
most selections are available for
checkout at the library.
In September, the book
club will be discussing “A Walk
Across America” by Peter Jenkins.
Bookin’ With Judy
Sept. 4, 18; Oct. 2, 16
4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Painters and Poets I
Judy invites 6- to 10-year-old
children to share in book discussions, reading and crafts.
Books to be read and discussed
will be distributed the first program of each session. Register
online at www.cityofclive.com/
departments/library or in person
at the library.
Clive Public Library
1900 N.W. 114th St.
453-2221
Hours:
Mon. - Thur. 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday 1 - 5 p.m.
Debbie Doo Wop And
Dynamite Dan
Saturday, Sept. 22
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Get ready for a fun morning filled
with songs, music and dance. Join
guitar/keyboard singing duo Debbie
Doo Wop and Dynamite Dan for
some original and educational children’s music. They are outrageously and contagiously Community
Room. Register online at www.
cityofclive.com/departments/library
or in person at the library.
Dinosaur ROAR!
Thursday, Sept. 27
6 - 6:45 p.m.
Dig your way to the library for a
roaring good time with dinosaurs.
We’ll gnash our teeth and stop
our feet with some great stories,
songs and crafts. Community
Room.
Register
online
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wellness
Q: How do I know when it’s
time to seek help?
A: We need rain. Desperately, unequivocally, we need the rain to come
down. Crops are seriously suffering, and dire warnings of increased food
prices are being issued by experts everywhere. But just like we couldn’t
stop rain from flooding communities last year, we can’t force the rain to
come. All we can do is conserve as much water as possible.
It’s really not a good comparison but trying to control the weather is
like trying to control anything else in our lives except ourselves. (Sometimes
managing our behavior is challenge enough). We can’t control our loved
ones, or the car following too closely on I-235. Or in my case lately, one
very young, 16-pound black pug, who is proving to be highly uncontrollable.
I can choose to yell and stomp my foot at said pug, or I can seek out professional help. Believe me, the foot stomping is completely not working. Mr.
Pug believes I’m inviting him to play a game of chew Mom’s shoe.
One thing I know for sure is that dealing with my pug’s issues is far less
important than trying to work on a marriage or trying to help a child cope
with emotions. Seeking help is nothing to be ashamed of, and unfortunately
so many people feel just that way when they ask for help. They assume
that they should be able to fix whatever issues they have without help. And
maybe you can, but why not seek help from whatever avenue you can? Talk
to a friend, a pastor or a therapist. If you’re experiencing issues in your
relationships, you can do more than just hurt while waiting for change. Q
Information provided by Jenny Rainey-Gibson, LMFT, 6600 Westown Parkway
#240, West Des Moines, 515-401-1016.
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