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					Pleasant Hill
 april 2012

 50327
                Living                                   magazine




                Preparing for
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                                                                                                                            Preparing for college


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By Marci Clark
     or Southeast Polk High School students,

F    the road to college begins on the first day
     of ninth grade. Everything they do from that
day forward — grades, volunteerism, course
selection — all adds to the foundation of fur-
thering their education.
    One of the first steps the school takes
in assisting students is Ninth Grade Career
Seminar. This class helps students narrow down
interests so they can choose a career and start
making choices to help them prepare for the
proper training.
    Lanny Brand, guidance counselor at
Southeast Polk, says some kids walk in the door
and know what they want to do and have a goal
from day one. However, it’s not that way for
everyone.
    “Take the college prep route,” Rosemary
Freel, also a school guidance counselor, says.
This includes four years of English, science,
social science and foreign language.
    Freel suggests this route for most students
because by the time they reach high school
graduation, their chosen path could change.
    The school also interviews seniors within
the first few weeks of school to again ask them
what they are planning to do. This helps them
reassess and make sure they are still on the right
path. Brand says this isn’t just to prepare stu-
dents for college, but it also gets them ready to
start interviewing if they don’t plan to continue Southeast Polk students Whitney Blakemore and Rylee Ames look at college information in the school’s guidance office.
their education.                                   there.”                                                  this night, parents are prepared for starting the
    Southeast Polk offers a variety of post sec-       Both Brand and Freel state the importance college application process.
ondary classes that will help students be a step of doing college visits and job shadowing. This,                The guidance counselors will help students
ahead when they head to college. These classes they say, helps a student get a much better idea fill out college applications, but say they feel it
count as college courses, eliminating many of of what the reality of their choices will be.                 is important for the students to try it on their
the core requirements that take up so much of          “We’ve got kids who think they’ve always own first. The school offers a financial aid night
the first year at university.                      wanted to be a teacher,” Brand says, “and then in December.
    “We try to keep it a little broad so they they spend a day with 25 second graders, and                       “That kind of gets the ball rolling for most
don’t get too focused on one thing,” Brand they say they don’t want to do this.”                            people,” Brand says. “Now we’re talking money.
says. “Obviously, if they like a certain area, we      Brand says the big push to get students That’s when they really start thinking about it.”
do what we can, but we don’t want them to ready to apply for colleges comes at parent’s                          During that night, they discuss grants and
over focus and forget there are other things out night during the student’s junior year. During scholarships, as well as Free Application for

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Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).                                                                                                                     at GVU is four years of English,




                                             Photo by Marci Clark
     Brand says a common miscon-                                                                                                                 three years of math, science and
ception is that families don’t need                                                                                                              social sciences, as well as two years
to file the FAFSA if they have a                                                                                                                 of a foreign language. High school
higher income.                                                                                                                                   transcripts and official ACT or SAT
     “To get some of the govern-                                                                                                                 scores are required. Heither also
ment loans at the low interest rate,                                                                                                             looks for post secondary courses.
if they need one, they have to file                                                                                                                   She recommends that the math
the FAFSA,” Brand says.                                                                                                                          courses be sequential to assure
     Southeast Polk offers ACT                                                                                                                   they cover the college require-
testing in June and October. Freel                                                                                                               ments. She also suggests that stu-
says the test should be taken dur-                                                                                                               dents look into taking Advanced
ing junior year. When the test                                                                                                                   Placement and post secondary
is taken, students should list the                                                                                                               classes such as Finite Math or
schools they plan to apply to so                                                                                                                 Statistics.
the ACT can send the test to the                          Southeast Polk High School guidance counselors Lanny Brand and Rosemary Freel               “Southeast Polk has an awe-
schools. Otherwise, Freel says, the                     work with students as early as ninth grade to prepare them for life after high school.   some post secondary enrollment at
student has to pay a small fee every                                                                                                             their schools,” Heither says. “They
time he or she wants test scores            at many aspects when considering                       son individually and take his or her          do a really great job of getting
sent to a college or university.            a student.                                             circumstances into consideration              those opportunities to their high
     Brand and Freel say that more              “We don’t have a black and                         during the application process.               school students and almost all have
colleges are looking beyond the             white admissions criteria as far                           Heither reinforces that stu-              at least one college class.”
ACT score and more at the classes           as minimum GPA or ACTs,” she                           dents need to be aware of their                    Many students opt to go
students take during high school            says. “We’ll typically call a guidance                 high school performance as early              to community college to finish
and volunteer work they were                counselor to get a recommenda-                         as ninth grade.                               required core classes before mov-
involved in.                                tion. One of the things I really like                      “When I review their high                 ing on to a four-year school.
     Grand View University fresh-           about our admissions process is                        school transcript, I’m looking at all              Students making that move into
man admissions counselor Katie              that it is individualized.”                            four years.”                                  Grand View University are likely
Heither says the university looks               She says they look at each per-                        Recommended for admission                 to work with Luanne Knudsen,


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assistant director of transfer admis-        Knudsen also warns that it




                                                                                                                                                                 Photo by Marci Clark
sions.                                  isn’t always cheaper or faster to
     “For transfer admissions, I like   go to a two-year school before
to see a minimum grade point aver-      transferring to a four-year college.
age of 2.2,” Knudsen says. “We          She recommends students talk to
look at less, obviously, because        the admissions office of the four-
there are always extenuating cir-       year school they plan to attend to
cumstances. We’re looking for           assure that attending community
someone who will be successful at       college first won’t create bigger
the college level.”                     challenges.
     They also look for students             Knudsen also says that if stu-
who have proven leadership skills       dents are planning to attend a pri-
or community involvement.               vate college, they should apply for
     “We’ll consider a provisional      the Iowa Tuition Grant, which can
acceptance,” Knudsen says of stu-       pay up to $4,000 per year toward
dents who may not have a high           tuition.
                                                                                Grand View University admissions counselors Katie Heither and Luanne Knudsen work
GPA but have experience in vol-              Knudsen says that the applica-
                                                                                             hands-on with students during the application process to the university.
unteerism. “Usually they do really      tions are online now, making it
well because they are persistent,       easier to apply. She also refers       year for scholarship information                Heither points out that many
and we like to see that.”               people to Iowa College Access          sent to the high schools.                   of the national scholarships are
     Knudsen recommends that            Network, which has an office near           “I encourage students to con-          very specific, so not many people
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ing for financial aid during the stu-        Colleges will then send out an    think a scholarship is small —              look at the scholarships, they may
dent’s junior year of high school.      award letter to accepted students      maybe it’s $200 or $500 — but if            find that they are eligible for more
     “There are a lot of good           notifying them of grants for which     you get four of those, it adds up,”         than they think.
opportunities out there, but stu-       they have qualified. For other         Heither says. “At our school, we                “If they’ve been active or
dents have to come in and talk to       scholarships, Heither suggests stu-    match up to $500 of a Dollars for           involved in anything, whether it’s
us,” she says. “That’s really impor-    dents check with guidance counsel-     Scholars Scholarship, and that $500         a national organization or a local
tant.”                                  ors at the beginning of their senior   all of a sudden turns into $1,000.”         organization, they need to look




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back and make sure they’re exhausting all of            the school newspaper, debate and broadcast-                       and also learned to deal with the rejection for
their options,” Heither says. “There is a lot of        ing.                                                              scholarships.
money every year that goes unused.”                          “The hardest part is knowing that some                            “It’s hard to swallow, but I think it’s made
    Beyond money and majors, Knudsen says               people aren’t going to accept you,” Blakemore                     me a little bit tougher,” she says.
the students have to feel comfortable with              says.                                                                  Colton Mienke says high school has been a
their college. She urges students to visit cam-              She managed to get into the top seven for                    “bit different.”
pus when it is full of students rather than over        a major scholarship she’d applied for, but in the                      “I have Tourette Syndrome.”
the summer when it is quiet.                            end, didn’t get it. She says that was a big lesson                     This has encouraged Mienke to study the
    “One question I always ask,” she says, “is          for her.                                                          disease in college. He’s going to Wake Forest
can you see yourself here?”                                  Rylee Ames says she took a lot of classes                    University in North Carolina to study neuro-
                                                        to try to find what she wanted to do. She                         science. He says the process was overwhelm-
Crunch time                                             finally decided to major in animal science at                     ing at first, but he decided the best way for him
Several Southeast Polk students nearing grad-           University of Iowa. She’s also been focused on                    to get through it was to pick something and
uation have spent the last few years paving             other activities to help prepare her for applying                 focus on it.
the way toward college with scholarship                 for colleges. For her, the biggest challenge has                       “You have to make a decision if you’re
searches and campus visits. All have taken              been filling out scholarship applications.                        going to do a lot of scholarships and kind of
Advanced Placement classes that count as col-                “They ask all these questions about you                      rush through them or if you’re going to take
lege courses and have been conscious of their           that are kind of personal,” Ames says, “and you                   your time and do it right but not get as many
grades and activities as they worked their way          don’t know who’s reading it.”                                     filled out,” Mienke says.
through their time at Southeast Polk.                        Ashley Armantrout is going to University of                       No matter what the challenges, these
    Whitney Blakemore will be going to the              Northern Iowa.                                                    Southeast Polk students all agree that they are
University of Iowa in the fall. She spent the last           “I took a lot of different types of classes                  ready to leave the high school nest and spread
four years focusing on her grades and studied           just to figure out what my interests were, and                    their wings in college.
hard for the SATs to get into the school of             I realized I had strengths in science,” she says.                      Guidance counselor Freel says the antici-
her choice. She’ll be majoring in journalism                 Armantrout is planning to major in biology                   pation is normal but also sometimes the most
and mass communications. She’s also hoping to           and hoping to get a job in the medical field.                     difficult part of the entire process for the
make the dance team.                                         She narrowed down her colleges by check-                     students. “I don’t think they realize how much
    To help with her goals she took a role in           ing out the sizes of the school and location                      their life is going to change.”




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     Once you step inside their           gathering spot for all family and
tastefully decorated home, you            friend dinners.
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decorative accessories. The living        the pool out back and serve a
room is a warm mocha color with           potluck-style dinner. “The more
a wonderfully large antique map of        the merrier,” says Patty. “We don’t
Italy. Two large sconces are placed       want anyone left out — at times we
on either side. Soft throw blankets       just have an open house-style party,
cover a cozy couch.                       and people come and go all day.”
     It’s beautifully decorated, ideal         The burn pit and two extra
for entertaining and equally func-        patios make for easy entertaining
tional, as laptops and legal pads         in the summer. “My favorite thing
sneak their way into the couple’s         we added, is the remote control
weekend.                                  awning,” says Mike.
     A “kindness matters” acces-               Another favorite part of their
sory adorns the fireplace coupled         locale is their neighbors. “Our
with another long-stemmed candle          neighbors we’ve met here in the
and unique mirror.                        last 12 years have become some
     “I decorate my home so peo-          of our best friends,” Patty says.
ple come in as friends and leave as            Being Italian, Patty’s family is
family,” says Patty.                      large, and no one is more than 15
     She uses different textures          miles away. “Our grandkids are in
and styles to get this feel. She          this neighborhood,” she smiles.
likes antiques to traditional. She             And that’s the real fun and
enjoys using leathers, Vanier floor-      fashion of this family — when all
ing, wood and rattan. Her style is        60 of them are gathered around
classy, chic and very friendly.           Mike and Patty’s dining room table
     The living room is open to           together.
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Meet Mary Mason                                                                                                                           SPECIALS!
                                                                                                                                                    MONDAY
From cotton to                                                                                                                                   Beef & Noodles




                                                                              Photos by Becky Hammar
                                                                                                                                              over Mashed Potatoes
kindergarten                                                                                                                                      & Garlic Toast
                                                                                                                                                    TUESDAY
By Becky Hammar                                                                                                                               Chili Cheese Dog & FF
                                                                                                                                                  WEDNESDAY
          ary Mason’s journey to a                                                                                            $6.99
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          dergarten classroom had
its beginnings in the cotton fields
                                                                                                               Tuesday
                                                                                                                               each
                                                                                                                                                        Hot Beef
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                                                                                                                                              Cavatelli & Garlic Toast
of Oklahoma.
     Mason grew up there, picking
                                                                                                       CRUISE NIGHTS                                    FRIDAY
                                                                                                                                               Chicken & Noodles
                                                                                                           beginning in May
cotton and taking care of her fam-          Mary Mason teaches kindergarten at                                                                over Mashed Potatoes
ily farm.                                                Four Mile Elementary.                                                                    & Garlic Toast
     “Oklahoma was a lot like Iowa,     everything, they surprise you,” she
but we grew lots of cotton,” she        says.
says. “I had to pick up the cotton           When her sons were grown
after the machines went through.        and established in their careers,
It was hot, hard work. My grand-        Mason started working in a school                                                                                      open
mother taught me that you have to       and found it to suit her. That even-                                                                             7 days a week
work hard for what you have.”           tually led her to Four Mile.
                                                                                                                                                            at 7am
     Mason’s years on the farm               “I ended up teaching at the age
helped her decide what she didn’t       of 50,” she says. I fell into this job.                                5015 E. University Avenue
want to do with her life.               Teaching kindergarten has really
     “I had a lot of chores on the      been a learning experience for me.                                         Pleasant Hill       262-1711
farm; I had to churn milk, feed         I am really proud of (the students’)
the chickens and gather eggs,” she      achievements. It is never a dull
says. “I was really afraid of the       moment. The last day of school,
chickens because they would peck        all of the teachers go outside and
you. I knew that I didn’t want to       wave goodbye to all the students. I
grow up and be a farm wife.”            want to be remembered as some-
     To prepare herself for life off    one who cares about their kids.”
the farm, Mason decided to attend            Mason lives in Knoxville with
college and received a degree in        her husband, Jerry, and her garden
                                        of pet rocks. They plan on travel-
                                                                                                          nl      the P tential    u usiness
political science. She married and
moved to Iowa.                          ing this summer; Mason hopes to                                        ith e st ne avin s an s
     “I like Iowa because of the
four seasons and viewing the farm
                                        visit the Pacific Northwest. She
                                        enjoys reading, playing with her
                                                                                                                 uite    usiness P u ts
land — as long as I don’t have farm     grandchildren, white water rafting,                                   ash ana e ent     usiness e it a s
chores,” she says.                      camping, zip lining and parasail-                               Ele t ni he      lle ti n E ui ent inan in
     Instead of raising chickens, she   ing. Mason dreams of volunteering                               e atin ines    e it         e ial eal Estate ans
stayed home and raised four boys.       at national parks, participating in
     “It was always an adventure.       an archeological dig and helping
Just when you think you’ve seen         Habitat for Humanity.

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     QUALIFIED ADVICE FOR YOUR MORTGAGE LOANS                                   finance              By Lori Slings

               WHEN THE NEED ARISES!

                                                                                Exciting world
                                                                                of mortgages
                                                                                No two home loans are the same
                                                                                By Lori Slings, mortgage consultant, Valley Bank, Altoona

                              LORI SLINGS                                       T
                                                                                        here is nothing more excit-
                                                                                        ing than talking about mort-
                                                                                        gages.
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       SATURDAY, JULY 14                                                        work each day to come up against
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                                                                                                                        solving skills are at their peak while
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                                                                                remind you that no two mortgage         excitement.
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                                             Wells Fargo Arena, 7:05 p.m.                p.m., ages 7 and up from 6 - 6:30 p.m.,         p.m., ages 7 and up from 6 - 6:30 p.m.,
Friday, April 27                                                                         adults from 6:30 - 7:45 p.m.                    adults from 6:30 - 7:45 p.m.
                                                                                              SEP JV/V boys tennis vs. Dowling                SEP 9/JV/V girls soccer vs.
    Arbor Day
    Drake Relays
                                             Sunday, April 29                            Catholic, 4:15 p.m.                             Indianola, 4:45 p.m.
                                                                                              EHS JV/V boys tennis vs.                        SEP JV/V boys soccer at Indianola,
    Showcase 2012, The Orange
                                                 Iowa Cubs vs. Nashville at              Roosevelt, 4:15 p.m.                            6 p.m.
Planet, 6 p.m.
                                             Principal Park, 1:05 p.m.                        EHS JV/V boys soccer at Fort                    SEP Jazz Spectacular Concert,
    Iowa Cubs vs. Nashville at
                                                                                         Dodge, 6 p.m.                                   7 p.m.
Principal Park, 7:05 p.m.
                                                                                                                                              EHS JV/V girls tennis vs.
    SEP 9/JV boys soccer vs. Pella,
                                                                                                                                         Ottumwa, 4:15 p.m.
4:45 p.m.
                                                                                         Wednesday, May 2                                     EHS JV/V boys and girls track at
                                                                                                                                         Hoover, 4:30 p.m.
                                                                                              Story Time, Pleasant Hill Public                EHS 9/JV/V boys soccer vs.
                                                                                         Library, 10 a.m.                                Lincoln, 4:45 p.m.
                                                                                              Creative Kids Craft, Pleasant Hill              EHS JV/V girls soccer vs. Lincoln,
                                                                                         Public Library, 4 p.m.                          6 p.m.
                                                                                              Prayer Group, Rising Sun Church
                                                                                         of Christ, 6390 N.E. Rising Sun Drive,
                                                                                         5:30 p.m.
                                                                                              Woodland Hills Church of Christ
                                                                                         Youth Group meeting, 2484 S.E. 68th
                                                                                         St., 6:30 p.m.
                                                                                              Haywire performs. Striker’s
                                             Monday, April 30                            Sports Bar, 7:30 p.m.


                                                 SEP JV/V girls soccer vs.

Saturday, April 28                           Ottumwa, 6 p.m.                             Thursday, May 3
                                                 SEP JV/V boys soccer at
                                             Ottumwa, 5:30 p.m.                               Eastern Polk Co. Conservative
    Drake Relays
                                                 EHS JV/V girls soccer vs. Fort          Club, Village Inn, 3410 Eighth St. S.W.,
    Teen Advisory Board meeting,
                                             Dodge, 4:45 p.m.                            Altoona, 7 a.m.
Pleasant Hill Public Library, 10 a.m.
                                                                                              Story Time, Pleasant Hill Public
    Arbor Day Celebration, Enabling
                                                                                         Library, 10 a.m.                                Friday, May 4
Garden, just south of Hy-Vee on First
Ave. S., Altoona, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
                                             Tuesday, May 1                                   High Voltage Toastmasters meet-
                                                                                         ing, East Side Library, 2559 Hubbell                 Iowa Cubs vs. New Orleans at
    Iowa Cubs vs. Nashville at
                                                 May Day                                 Ave., 12:05 - 12:55 p.m.                        Principal Park, 7:05 p.m.
Principal Park, 7:05 p.m.
                                                 Tae Kwon Do Classes, Clay                    Tae Kwon Do Classes, Clay                       SEP JV/V girls golf vs. Dowling
    Iowa Barnstormers vs. San Jose,
                                             Elementary, ages 5 - 7 from 5:30 - 6        Elementary, ages 5 - 7 from 5:30 - 6            Catholic at Copper Creek, 3:30 p.m.



                                      FIREWORKS EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT!                                                                                   UPCOMING
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                                                                                                                                                     HOME GAMES
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                                      FRIDAY, APRIL 27 vs.                                   FIREWORKS                                               17–20 Salt Lake Bees
                                                                                                                                                     21–24 Tacoma Rainiers
                                      SATURDAY, APRIL 28 vs. Nashville                       CUBBIE GARDEN STATUE NIGHT                                            JUNE
                                                                                                                                                      7–10 Nashville
                                      SUNDAY, APRIL 29 vs. Nashville                         IOWA OAKS THROWBACK DAY/JERSEY SHIRT                    11–13 Omaha
                                      FRIDAY, MAY 4                                          FIREWORKS/MAGNET SCHEDULES                              14–17 Albuquerque Isotopes
                                                                                                                                                     23–26 Round Rock Express
                                      SATURDAY, MAY 5 vs. New Orleans                        CINCO DE MAYO/MAGNET SCHEDULES                          27–29 Oklahoma City


  SOMETHING                           SUNDAY, MAY 6
                                      MONDAY, MAY 7
                                                                              .
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     SEP 9 girls and boys soccer vs.            Dodge, 6 p.m.                             Youth Group meeting, 2484 S.E. 68th       Altoona Hy-Vee Club Room, $10 -
Ankeny, 5:30 p.m.                                   EHS 9/JV/V boys soccer vs.            St., 6:30 p.m.                            $15, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
                                                Waukee, 4:45 p.m.                              Haywire performs. Striker’s              SEP 9/JV/V boys soccer at A
                                                    EHS 9/JV/V girls soccer at            Sports Bar, 7:30 p.m.                     nkeny, 4:45 p.m.
                                                Waukee, 4:45 p.m.                                                                       SEP 9/JV/V girls soccer vs.
                                                                                                                                    Ankeny, 4:45 p.m.
                                                                                          Thursday, May 10                              EHS JV/V boys soccer at
                                                                                                                                    Ottumwa, 5:30 p.m.
                                                                                               Story Time, Pleasant Hill Public         EHS JV/V girls soccer vs.
                                                                                          Library, 10 a.m.                          Ottumwa, 6 p.m.
                                                                                               High Voltage Toastmasters meet-
                                                                                          ing, East Side Library, 2559 Hubbell
                                                                                          Ave., 12:05 - 12:55 p.m.
                                                                                               Tae Kwon Do Classes, Clay
                                                                                          Elementary, ages 5 - 7 from 5:30 - 6
                                                                                          p.m., ages 7 and up from 6 - 6:30 p.m.,
                                                                                          adults from 6:30 - 7:45 p.m.
                                                                                               Pleasant Hill Park & Rec
Saturday, May 5                                                                           Commission meeting, 6 p.m.
                                                                                               SEP JV girls soccer at Dowling
     Cinco de Mayo                                                                        Catholic, 6:30 p.m.
     Lip Balms for Kids, ages 8 and up,         Tuesday, May 8
Pleasant Hill Public Library, $20,
1 - 3 p.m.                                          Pleasant Hill City Council meet-      Friday, May 11
     Amanda the Panda Charity                   ing, 6:30 p.m.
Auction, “A Night for Hope and                      Tae Kwon Do Classes, Clay                  SEP 9/JV/V boys soccer vs.           Tuesday, May 15
Healing,” Capital Square, 400 Locust            Elementary, ages 5 - 7 from 5:30 - 6      Dowling Catholic, 4:45 p.m.
St., DM, $40 per person, register               p.m., ages 7 and up from 6 - 6:30 p.m.,        EHS 9/JV/V boys soccer vs.               Tae Kwon Do Classes, Clay
online at amandathepanda.org, 6 p.m.            adults from 6:30 - 7:45 p.m.              Roosevelt, 4:45 p.m.                      Elementary, ages 5 - 7 from 5:30 - 6
     Iowa Cubs vs. New Orleans at                   SEP JV/V boys tennis vs. Johnston,         East High Double Decade              p.m., ages 7 and up from 6 - 6:30 p.m.,
Principal Park, 7:05 p.m.                       4:15 p.m.                                 Reunion, classes from 1960 - 1979,        adults from 6:30 - 7:45 p.m.
     State Large Group Band Festival                SEP 9/JV girls soccer vs. Valley,     $10. Hy-Vee Community Center, E.              SEP 9 girls and boys soccer at
                                                5 p.m.                                    25th and Euclid, 6 - 10 p.m.              Ankeny, 4:45 p.m.
                                                    EHS JV/V boys tennis vs. North,                                                     Varsity girls golf tournament at
Sunday, May 6                                   4:15 p.m.                                                                           Grandview, 9 a.m.
                                                    EHS JV/V girls soccer vs.             Saturday, May 12
     Iowa Cubs vs. New Orleans at               Roosevelt, 4:45 p.m.
Principal Park, 1:05 p.m.                                                                      Iowa Barnstormers vs. Kansas         Wednesday, May 16
                                                                                          City, Wells Fargo Arena, 7:05 p.m.
                                                Wednesday, May 9                               SEP 9 girls and boys soccer vs.          Story Time, Pleasant Hill Public
Monday, May 7                                                                             Ames, 9 a.m.                              Library, 10 a.m.
                                                    National School Nurse Day                                                           Creative Kids Craft, Pleasant Hill
     Pleasant Hill Planning & Zoning                SEP Schools 2 hour late start                                                   Public Library, 4 p.m.
Commission meeting, 5:30 p.m.                       Story Time, Pleasant Hill Public      Sunday, May 13                                Prayer Group, Rising Sun Church
     Iowa Cubs vs. New Orleans at               Library, 10 a.m.                                                                    of Christ, 6390 N.E. Rising Sun Drive,
Principal Park, 12:05 p.m.                          Creative Kids Craft, Pleasant Hill         Mother’s Day                         5:30 p.m.
     DM Big Band performs,                      Public Library, 4 p.m.                                                                  Woodland Hills Church of Christ
Adventureland, 6:30 p.m.                            Prayer Group, Rising Sun Church                                                 Youth Group meeting, 2484 S.E. 68th
     SEP 9/JV/V boys soccer vs. Fort            of Christ, 6390 N.E. Rising Sun Drive,    Monday, May 14                            St., 6:30 p.m.
Dodge, 4:45 p.m.                                5:30 p.m.
     SEP JV/V girls soccer at Fort                  Woodland Hills Church of Christ            Congressman Boswell Reception,

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                                                                                                                                          Greater Des Moines Garden
Thursday, May 17 Sunday, May 20                                                         Wednesday, May 23                            Club, Tour the World Food Prize
                                                                                                                                     Building and Garden, Second Ave.,
    Story Time, Pleasant Hill Public          Southeast Polk Commencement                    TOPS meeting, Berean Assembly
                                                                                                                                     between Locust and Walnut,
Library, 10 a.m.                              Iowa Cubs vs. Salt Lake City at           of God Church, 8:45 a.m.
                                                                                                                                     1:30 p.m.
    High Voltage Toastmasters meet-       Principal Park, 1:05 p.m.                          Congressman Latham Reception,
                                                                                                                                          Tae Kwon Do Classes, Clay
ing, East Side Library, 2559 Hubbell                                                    Altoona Hy-Vee Club Room, $10 -
                                                                                                                                     Elementary, ages 5 - 7 from 5:30 - 6
Ave., 12:05 - 12:55 p.m.                                                                $15, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
                                                                                                                                     p.m., ages 7 and up from 6 - 6:30 p.m.,
    Regional After Hours, Copper                                                             Story Time, Pleasant Hill Public
                                                                                                                                     adults from 6:30 - 7:45 p.m.
Creek Golf Club, 5 - 7 p.m.                                                             Library, 10 a.m.
                                                                                                                                          Iowa Cubs vs. Tacoma at
    Tae Kwon Do Classes, Clay                                                                Creative Kids Craft, Pleasant Hill
                                                                                                                                     Principal Park, 12:05 p.m.
Elementary, ages 5 - 7 from 5:30 - 6                                                    Public Library, 4 p.m.
                                                                                                                                          SEP JV/V softball at Waukee,
p.m., ages 7 and up from 6 - 6:30 p.m.,                                                      Prayer Group, Rising Sun Church
                                                                                                                                     4:15 p.m.
adults from 6:30 - 7:45 p.m.                                                            of Christ, 6390 N.E. Rising Sun Drive,
                                                                                                                                          SEP 9/JV/V girls soccer at
    Iowa Cubs vs. Salt Lake City at                                                     5:30 p.m.
                                                                                                                                     Marshalltown, 4:45 p.m.
Principal Park, 6:35 p.m.                                                                    Woodland Hills Church of Christ
                                                                                                                                          SEP 10 baseball vs. Waukee,
    SEP 9/JV/V girls soccer at                                                          Youth Group meeting, 2484 S.E. 68th
                                                                                                                                     5:30 p.m.
Johnston, 4:45 p.m.                                                                     St., 6:30 p.m.
                                                                                                                                          SEP varsity baseball at Waukee,
    EHS varsity girls soccer at North,                                                       Haywire performs. Striker’s
                                                                                                                                     5:30 p.m.
6 p.m.                                                                                  Sports Bar, 7:30 p.m.
                                                                                             Iowa Cubs vs. Tacoma at
                                                                                        Principal Park, 12:05 p.m.
Friday, May 18                            Monday, May 21                                     SEP JV/V softball at Boone, 6 p.m.
                                                                                             EHS varsity baseball vs. Johnston,
    State track tournament at Drake           Eastern Polk Quilt Guild meeting,         3:30 p.m.
    Iowa Cubs vs. Salt Lake City at       Lutheran Church of the Cross, 1701                 EHS 9/JV/V softball vs. Johnston,
Principal Park, 7:05 p.m.                 Eighth St. S.W., Altoona, 7 p.m.              4:30 p.m.
                                              Iowa Cubs vs. Tacoma at                        EHS 9/10 baseball at Johnston,
                                          Principal Park, 6:35 p.m.                     5:30 p.m.
                                              SEP varsity baseball vs. Carlisle,
                                          5:30 p.m.
                                              SEP JV/V girls soccer vs. Lincoln,
                                          6 p.m.
                                              EHS JV/V girls soccer vs.
                                          Marshalltown, 6 p.m.
                                                                                                                                     Friday, May 25
                                                                                                                                          Iowa Barnstormers vs. Spokane,
                                          Tuesday, May 22                                                                            Wells Fargo Arena, 7:05 p.m.

                                              Pleasant Hill City Council meet-
Saturday, May 19                          ing, 6:30 p.m.
                                              Tae Kwon Do Classes, Clay
    Armed Forces Day                      Elementary, ages 5 - 7 from 5:30 - 6
    State track tournament at Drake       p.m., ages 7 and up from 6 - 6:30 p.m.,
    Adventureland Park opens for          adults from 6:30 - 7:45 p.m.                  Thursday, May 24
season at 10 a.m.
    Madcap! Teen Improv, CAP
                                              Iowa Cubs vs. Tacoma at
                                          Principal Park, 12:05 p.m.                         SEP last day of classes
                                                                                                                                         It’s free!
Community Theatre, Altoona, $5,               SEP JV/V softball vs. Oskaloosa,               Story Time, Pleasant Hill Public            Submit calendar items for
7 - 9 p.m.                                6 p.m.                                        Library, 10 a.m.                               your school, church, business,
    Iowa Cubs vs. Salt Lake City at           EHS 9 baseball vs. Ankeny, 4 p.m.              High Voltage Toastmasters meet-              organization or family to
Principal Park, 7:05 p.m.                     EHS 10 baseball at Ankeny,                ing, East Side Library, 2559 Hubbell             darren@dmcityview.com.
                                          5:30 p.m.                                     Ave., 12:05 - 12:55 p.m.
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                                                  Thursday, June 14th                     Home                   Dowling                  5:30pm
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                    homemade                      Thursday, June 21st                     Away                   Johnston                 5:30pm
                      Italian!                    Monday, June 25th                       Away                   Urbandale                5:30pm
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SUMMER 2012
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 Wednesday, May 23rd           Away             Boone                         7:30pm
 Thursday, May 24th            Away             Waukee                        6:15pm
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 Saturday, June 2nd            Away             WDM Valley                    11:15am
 Monday, June 4th              Home             Johnston                      6:15pm
 Tuesday, June 5th             Away             DM East                       7:30pm
 Thursday, June 7th            Home             Urbandale                     6:15pm
 Friday, June 8th              Away             CR Jefferson                  TBD
 Saturday, June 9th            Away             CR Jefferson                  TBD
 Monday, June 11th             Away             Indianola                     6:15pm                       All-You-Can-Eat for $6.60
 Thursday, June 14th           Home             Dowling                       6:15pm
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out & about                        Submit photos to darren@dmcityview.com               health Q&A

                                                                                        Q: What is hospice?
                                                                                      A: Often when people hear the word
                                                                                      hospice, they think of a quiet, home-like
                                                                                      facility where the very sick go to die. While
                                                                                      many communities have a hospice facility,
                                                                                      hospice is not a place. Hospice is a kind
                                                                                      of health care that provides relief from
                                                                                      physical symptoms such as pain, anxiety or
                                                                                      shortness of breath and provides emotional
                                                                                      and spiritual support to the patient and
                                                                                      their loved ones.
Hudson Bethards, Gracie Bethards, Kinley Bethards and Rylie Roberts at the Eisenlauer      Most people prefer to remain at home
                                                Egg Hunt on April 7 at Sunrise Park. during the last months of their life. Hospice
                                                                                      care was designed to provide care in the
                                                                                      patient’s own home, wherever they call
                                                                                      home. Home might be their house, the
                                                                                      house of a loved one caring for them, an assisted living facility or even a
                                                                                      nursing facility. With the support of the hospice team of nurses, aides,
                                                                                      social workers, spiritual care counselors and volunteers, patients receive
                                                                                      the best care possible in their own homes surrounded by people they
                                                                                      know and love.
                                                                                           Very importantly, hospice care is not just for the last few days of life.
                                                                                      Hospice focuses on comfort, so the patient and the family can focus on
                                                                                      living, making the very most of the time that they have.
                                                                                        Information provided by Patti Cutler, Hospice Director, WesleyLife, 944 18th
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senior living                 By Shelly Charter


                                                                                   met 90-year-olds who look and

Putting empathy                                                                    feel like they are in their 60s and
                                                                                   vice versa.
                                                                                       So how can we learn the art
                                                                                   of empathy? Start by thinking of

into action                                                                        your top five favorite things you
                                                                                   enjoy. Perhaps it’s eating, reading,
                                                                                   exercising, shopping and biking.
                                                                                   Whatever those things are, think
Imagine yourself in someone else’s situation                                       about what it would be like if
                                                                                   suddenly you weren’t able to do
By Shelly Charter, Valley View Village                                             any of these things because of
                                                                                   physical limitations. What then?
             e talked last month                 I think we can relate to this     How do you fill your time? What

W            about respecting our
             elders, and perhaps
as a society we all need to make a
                                            best if we’ve ever heard the say-
                                            ing “Don’t judge someone until
                                            you’ve walked a mile in their
                                                                                   do you find your enjoyment in
                                                                                   then? Couple this with not hear-
                                                                                   ing, seeing or feeling well, and it
conscious decision to do just that.         shoes.” Perhaps that best defines      shouldn’t take long for a sense of     empathy as a noun — if you ask
     I think something that may             empathy down to its simplest           empathy to kick in.                    me I think it needs to be a verb.
help us with developing that                definition.                                Once that happens, we                 How can we begin doing this
respect might be learning the                    Some of us have to really         should begin understanding and         today?
art of empathy. The dictionary              imagine growing older; for oth-        appreciating exactly what our
defines empathy as the power of             ers we can see it on the horizon,      elders might be experiencing, and
understanding and imaginatively             and some of us are currently           hopefully this will help us respect    Information provided by Shelly
entering into another person's              living in that reality. Of course      and understand their situation.        Charter, Valley View Village, 2571
feelings.                                   “older” is a relative term. I’ve           The dictionary classifies          Guthrie Ave., Des Moines, 265-2571.




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Spring into action
Local churches plan a variety of activities
By Amber Williams
         he cold winter has warmed       in at 6390 N.E. Rising Sun Drive,

T        to an unpredictable spring
         filled with high tempera-
tures, blustery winds and buckets
                                         call 265-7393, or search online
                                         at www.risingsunchurch.org for
                                         more information.
of rain.                                     Also, join the church for its
     But that’s as God’s grace com-      Junior Choir Musical at 6 p.m. on
mands. Pleasant Hill congregations       Sunday, April 29, featuring addi-
are gearing up for a spring and sum-     tional music and drama from the
mer filled with activities, outings      Cherub Choir and Junior High
and other amazing things to keep         Choir.
people busy and their spirits lifted.
     Vacation Bible camps are a
great way to enjoy grace, fellow-          Spread the Word
ship, community and sometimes the          Have an upcoming event or
great outdoors all while worship-          church news you would like to
ing the Lord. Oakwood United               announce? Send information
Methodist Church, 400 N.E. 56th            to darren@dmcityview.com.
St., is inviting kids from second to
fifth grades to join in the Summer
Games Junior Vacation Bible Camp              NewLife Church, 6036 N.E.
from Sunday, July 29 to Wednesday,       12th St., is hosting an “Answers
Aug. 1. Activities include outdoor       in Genesis” Conference with Dr.
games, horseback riding, swimming,       Tommy Mitchell, from April 29
low ropes and more at Wesley             - 30. As a scientist, a physician
Woods. Contact Judy or Tania for         and a father, Mitchell considers it
more information at 262-6007, or         his duty to provide solid answers
go to www.summergamesuniver-             from the Bible to better equip
sity.org to learn more.                  people for surviving personal trag-
     The 15th Annual Seniors in the      edy and “popular evolutionary mis-
Ozarks Conference will be held in        information.”
Branson, Mo., from June 4 - 7 and             To learn more about this
June 11 - 14. Rising Sun Church          event, contact Max VandeLune at
of Christ leaders hope all its           299-5433, or send him an email
seniors get a chance to attend this      at maxvan@prairieinet.net. Learn
year. This is a vacation with a pur-     more about Dr. Mitchell by fol-
pose, and it’s only for people age       lowing the links provided online at
55 and older.                            www.newlifedsm.com, where there
     Brochures are available at the      is also information available about
OWLS table, or Lois at the church        the church and its many activities.
can also answer questions. Stop          Or, call the church at 299-5433.
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                                                                               tax advice                  By Tim Tarbell




                                                                               I owe the IRS
                                                                               how much?
                                                                               What to do when you get the dreaded letter
                                                                               By Tim Tarbell,
                                                                               Tarbell & Company

                                                                                 magine for a moment that you

                                                                              I  pick up your mail one day, and
                                                                                 there is a letter from the IRS.
                                                                                   Immediately your heart skips
                                                                               a beat and your palms become
                                                                               sweaty. I hate getting letters from
                                                                               the IRS as much as anyone.
                                                                                   Now imagine that when you
  Serving a diverse group of                                                   open that letter it says that you
                                                                               owe the IRS $915,000. Think
   businesses, individuals,                                                    about how you might react. Some
                                                                               would faint, panic, get angry, or       the IRS showing tax due are incor-
associations and organizations                                                 perhaps you would start laugh-          rect about 50 percent of the time.
                                                                               ing because you know that it is         This is not necessarily the fault of
              – large and small –                                              not possible for you to owe that        the IRS, because often they are
                                                                               amount. Whatever your response          dealing with incomplete informa-
     Financial Statement Preparation                                           may be, there are a few things that
                                                                               you should know.
                                                                                                                       tion. Also, if penalties and interest
                                                                                                                       apply to a situation, it is often in
     Auditing and Review Services                                              happened to one of your fel-
                                                                                                                       your best interest to ask forgive-
                                                                                                                       ness for the penalties. Sometimes
     Payroll Preparation                                                       low Pleasant Hill residents in
                                                                               February 2012. I am sharing
                                                                                                                       the penalties cannot be reduced
                                                                                                                       by law, but there are other times
      Income Tax Preparation                                                   their story with permission. When
                                                                               I received the call I could tell that
                                                                                                                       when the penalties can and will
                                                                                                                       be forgiven. It never hurts to ask
     and Planning                                                              something was definitely wrong.
                                                                               As we talked over the phone, it
                                                                                                                       the IRS to remove the penalties.
                                                                                                                       The worst they can do is say,
     Small Business Acquisition,                                               became clear what had happened.
                                                                               The taxpayer had prepared the
                                                                                                                       “No!” It must be done respectfully
                                                                                                                       and with a plausible explanation.
     Expansion Dissolution and                                                 tax return for the year in question
                                                                               but had inadvertently left off some
                                                                                                                       Emotion should not play a role in
                                                                                                                       a response to the IRS.
     Buy-out Planning                                                          key information. The IRS only had
                                                                               one part of the story on which          sional to assist you with your
     Cash Flow Projections and                                                 they based the tax assessment.
                                                                               You must remember that with the
                                                                                                                       response. There are things that
                                                                                                                       should be made known to the IRS
     Financing Arrangements                                                    IRS you owe the tax until you can
                                                                               prove that you don’t owe the tax.
                                                                                                                       to get the desired outcome. At the
                                                                                                                       same time, there are things that
     Retirement Planning                                                       We were able to file an amended
                                                                               tax return, and the taxpayer actu-
                                                                                                                       may go better left unsaid. Knowing
                                                                                                                       the proper information to include
     Divorce Litigation Support                                                ally ended up receiving a refund of
                                                                               a few hundred dollars once all of
                                                                                                                       is critical. Unless you deal with
                                                                                                                       the IRS on a regular basis you may
                                                                               the information was available.          cause yourself some unintended
                                                                                                     In my experi-     headaches.
                                                                               ence over the last 23 years, it is          Please contact us if we can be
 2130 Grand Avenue Des Moines                                                  very typical that the letters from      of assistance.

            515.282.0200                                                       Information provided by Tim Tarbell, CPA MBA, Tarbell & Company PLC, 2130
                                                                               Grand Ave., Des Moines, 515-282-0200.
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East High School
Varsity Sport Schedules SPRING 2012
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                                                  06-25-12   5:30pm    DM Hoover             DM Hoover
                                                  06-28-12   3:30pm    DM East               DM Lincoln             DM East HS
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         Let us help                                                             banking              By Brenda Reicherts



     map your future!
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     Pleasant Hill
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     Urbandale                                                                   By Brenda Reicherts, branch manager, Midland Credit Union
                            2891 - 106th street                                             customer recently asked
                            278.1994
                                                                                 A          “I know my spending is
                                                                                            out of control, but I am
                                                                                   not sure where the problems are.
                                                                                   I mean, there is no money left at
                                                                                   the end of the month, and I have
                                                                                   no idea where it went. Whatever
                                                                                   you advise, please do not tell me
                                                                                   to use a budget. I am just not that
                                                                                   kind of person.”
                                                                                        Congratulations on reach-
                                                                                   ing the point where you know
                                                                                   something has to change, we
                    www.midlandcu.org                                              replied. This is truly something to
                                                                                   be proud of. Many people realize $10,000.
                                                                                   their spending is out of control             Having said that, here are
out & about                     Submit photos to darren@dmcityview.com             but do nothing about it. Instead, three alternatives for getting your
                                                                                   they hope the problem will resolve finances under control:
                                                                                   itself. However, inheritances and
                                                                                   lotteries aside, it never does.          much you want to dedicate to
                                                                                        As in every area in life, you savings and how much goes
                                                                                   need a solution that works for toward your bills. When each
                                                                                   you. If you feel constrained by a paycheck arrives, put the desig-
                                                                                   budget, as many people do, there nated savings amount directly into
                                                                                   are other ways to get a handle on an account you can’t touch. (Come
                                                                                   your money. But before you write into Midland Credit Union to dis-
                                                                                   off budgeting as something that cuss your saving options). Do the
                                                                                   would cramp your style, give it same for bills. This is known as
                                                                                   some honest thought.                     “paying yourself first.” Provided
                                                                                        What is the problem with a you are not using credit cards, this
                                                                                   budget? If the tracking and paper- system will keep you from spend-
                                                                                   work seem too overwhelming, and ing the money you would rather
  The Pleasant Hill Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for the The We-List you would like a system that is           be saving.
                                                                Store on April 13. easier to maintain, I can under-
                                                                                   stand that. But if you do not like menting a spending plan. No,
          ant your photos!
     We w
                                                                                   the thought of having to make this is not a budget by another
                                                                                   decisions on what you will and will name. A spending plan gets you
                                                                                   not be able to purchase because organized, and lets you know how
     Iowa
        Living  magazines
                                                                                   there is not an infinite amount of much you have for each category
                                                                                   money to work with, it is time of spending, not how little.
    Celebrating a big                                                              for a reality check. Any system
 birthday, anniversary                                                             will do the same thing because cash. When it is gone, there is no
  or other milestone?
                                                                                   the fact is this: Everyone has only more discretionary spending until
Send us your milestone
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                                                                                 By Beth McDonald


summer reading R                                                                        ecently we were on a family
                                                                                        vacation, and since it was a
                                                                                        car trip it was easy for me
Programs scheduled for adults and childen                                        to pack some treats for us to snack
                                                                                 on along the way.
By John Lerdal, Library Director                                                      I usually make sure we have
                                                                                 trail mix, granola bars and choco-
         et set for the summer           Professor Timothy B. Shutt              late chip cookies. Chocolate chip

G        reading program at the
         library. All ages are invited
to participate. For the kids, there
                                         “Behold the Mighty Dinosaur” by
                                         Professor John Kricher
                                                                                 cookies are easy to make and trav-
                                                                                 el well. They will easily stay fresh
                                                                                 for a week at room temperature
will be plenty of great activities.      Juvenile/Children                       in a sealed container.
Adults are urged to sign up as well.     “Oh No, George!” by Chris                    Chocolate chip cookies are something you can adapt with a variety
Stay cool this summer, come to           Haughton                                of different ingredients; peanut butter, dark chocolate chips or M & M’s.
the library.                             “Z is for Moose (That’s Me!)” by        If you are going to use peanut butter you need to use a half-cup of pea-
    The library will be closed on        Kelly Bingham                           nut butter and a half-cup of butter or Crisco. This trip I just made the
the following days: Sunday, May          “Pugs in a Bug” by Carolyn Crimi        traditional cookies, but I frequently make them with peanut butter.
13, for Mother’s Day and Sunday,         “Mr. Burke is Berserk!” by Dan               There is a great debate between chewy cookies vs. crunchy cookies.
May 27 and Monday, May 28 for            Gutman                                  My family prefers soft cookies, and this recipe is one that looks crunchy
Memorial Day.                                Many more new items are also        but is still soft. My tip is to use the butter-flavored Crisco vs. butter. If
                                         available.                              you use butter, be sure it is at room temperature because your cookies
Anniversary year                             Story times are held on             will turn out better if it is. I also use a cookie scoop. This helps to make
The library opened in January of         Wednesday and Thursday morn-            sure each cookie is the same size and shape. By having the cookies the
1982. We are celebrating our 30th        ings at 10 and 10:30 a.m. Crafts are    same size, they will cook evenly.
anniversary this year. Stop in and       held every Wednesday afternoon
share your remembrances!                 at 4 p.m.
      For information on all of the
library’s programs and events, check
out our website: www.ci.pleasant-
                                          Pleasant Hill Public Library             Chocolate chip
                                          5151 Maple Drive,
hill.ia.us/library. And check out the     266-7815                                 cookies
library’s Facebook page.                  Hours: Sunday: 1 - 4 p.m.                Ingredients                               2. Cream together the butter and
                                          Mon. - Thur.: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.           2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour              brown sugar until smooth. Beat in
NEW BOOKS                                 Friday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.                 1 teaspoon baking soda                    the eggs one at a time, then stir in
Fiction                                   Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.               1 teaspoon salt                           the vanilla.
“Calico Joe” by John Grisham                                                       1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
“Capitol Murder” by Phillip Margolin                                               ( I use 1 cup butter-flavored Crisco)     3. In a small bowl combine flour,
“Elegy for Eddie” by Jacqueline          Download books on WILBOR                  1-1/2 cup packed brown sugar              baking soda and salt. Add to bat-
Winspear                                 WILBOR now has e-books avail-             1 teaspoon vanilla extract                ter. Once mixed add the chocolate
                                         able. WILBOR is an online site            2 large eggs                              chips.
Nonfiction                               accessible through the library’s          2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
“Homemade Pantry: 101 Foods              website. Downloadable audio                                                         4. Drop by large spoonfuls onto
You Can Stop Buying and Start            books are also available WILBOR           Directions                                ungreased pans. Bake for 10 - 12 min-
Making” by Jennifer May                  including titles for IPod use. Kindle     1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.         utes or until golden brown.
“Driving Mr. Yogi: Yogi Berra, Ron       users, access is now available.
Guidry, and Baseball’s Greatest          You’ll need your library patron
Gift” by Harvey Araton                   number to access the WILBOR
                                         website. There is a link at the
Books on CD                              library’s website, www.ci.pleasant-
“Monsters, Gods, and Heroes” by          hill.ia.us/library.
                                                                                 Beth McDonald is a wife and mother and works full time in Des Moines.
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fitness              By David Charleston, The Orange Planet


                                                                                days, but it is the truth. When you         How well do your heart and lungs


Triumph                                                                         hit the gym five days a week and
                                                                                discipline your body to consume
                                                                                foods that are good for you, vic-
                                                                                tory is sure to follow. There are
                                                                                certain victory steps you must take
                                                                                                                            handle physical activity challenges?
                                                                                                                            In studies reported in medical jour-
                                                                                                                            nals, participants with the best heart
                                                                                                                            rate recovery after exercise had
                                                                                                                            much less chance (up to four times)


over defeat                                                                     in order to rise above defeat and
                                                                                win.
                                                                                     We highly recommend five days
                                                                                a week being in the gym, raising
                                                                                your heart rate to your maximum
                                                                                                                            of dying in the years of follow-up.
                                                                                                                                  If you want victory in your life,
                                                                                                                            it will cost you something. Decide
                                                                                                                            what you’ll pay to taste victory.
                                                                                                                            If you struggle from defeat, today
An Easter lesson in victory
                                                                                level. When sustaining that heart           you can put it behind you and start
By David Charleston, director/founder of The Orange Planet                      rate for 20 to 30 minutes at a              again. Don’t give up in the struggle.
                                                                                time you are sure to tone and               Spoil the naysayer’s negative com-
        he meaning of Easter is           you ever watch sports competi-        drop unwanted fat. Adding weight            ments. Be an overcomer. Victory

T       Jesus Christ’s victory over
        death.
     His resurrection symbolizes
                                          tion, you have seen what kinds
                                          of feelings are brought out when
                                          victory comes. It is exhilarating.
                                                                                training to your routine three days
                                                                                a week builds muscle which also
                                                                                prevents osteoporosis. Other ben-
                                                                                                                            is close at hand. Soon you’ll delight
                                                                                                                            in the fruits of your labor. To a
                                                                                                                            happy Easter and victory in your
the eternal life that is granted to all   It is payoff for all the hard work.   efits include increased lung capacity,      life. Thank you for reading.
who believe in Him. It also verifies      People identify with winners. Even    protection against heart disease,
all that Jesus preached and taught        people who have never played          balance of energy and weight loss,
during His three-year ministry. It        competitive sports are moved to       building muscle strength and stam-
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                                                                               health Q&A

                                                                               Q: What is the safest way to
                                                                               remove a tick?
                                                                               A: The warm weather has been great. Plants and insects are thriving.
                                                                               Ticks are out and about, so it is a good time to review how to handle
                                                                               those little critters. They can be found in low brush and grass and live in
                                                                               warm, wooded areas. It is easy to remove one that is moving across your
                                                                               body — get a tissue, grab the tick and flush it down the toilet.
                                                                                   However once the tick is attached, its removal becomes more of a
                                                                               challenge. The biggest problem in removing a tick is the possible spread
                                                                               of germs causing disease.
                                                                                   Any method that makes the tick spit out blood or saliva might spread
                                                                               disease. Some common methods of tick removal can cause this, such as
                                                                               touching a hot match head to the tick or painting the tick to smother it.
                                                                               Spreading Vaseline on it will prolong the exposure time, causing the tick
                                                                               to eject more infectious germs into the body. These methods should not
                                                                               be used.
                                                                                   Using tweezers, flip the tick on its back. Grasp with the tweezers as
                                                                               close to the skin as possible and gently pull it out. Wash your hands and
                                                                               the bite area with soap and water. Monitor the area for a month or so
                                                                               for any sign of a lesion in the area. If you become ill after a tick bite see
                                                                               your health care provider. Simply keep ticks off of the body by covering
                                                                               exposed skin, and use repellants. Wearing light-colored clothing helps by
                                                                               making it easier to see the ticks.

                                                                               Information provided by Alice Kerr, ARNP, Pleasant Hill Family Physicians, P.C.,
                                                                               1205 Copper Creek Drive, Pleasant Hill, 266-1199.


                                                                               Q: How can chiropractic care
                                                                               relieve my spring allergies?
                                                                               A: Spring is here. Unfortunately for many, springtime means allergy time.
                                                                               When exposed to an allergen, the body triggers the immune system to
                                                                               go into action. The immune system releases histamine that attaches to
                                                                               receptors in blood vessels causing them to enlarge. Histamine binds to
                                                                               receptors causing redness, swelling and itching. Over-the-counter allergy
                                                                               medications are focused only on relieving the symptoms. These medica-
                                                                               tions do not get to the source of the symptoms, and they come with many
                                                                               side-effects. While treating the symptoms may seem easiest, it’s important
                                                                               to understand that the side-effects of these chemicals increase in sever-
                                                                               ity with long-term usage and may even eventually worsen the symptoms.
                                                                                   One of the primary causes of allergies is an impaired immune system,
                                                                               which substantially increases the risk of allergic reactions. The immune
                                                                               system becomes stressed due to an overload of toxins. To improve
                                                                               immune system function and reduce allergic reactions, avoid sugar as
                                                                               it overtaxes the body during digestion. Avoid dairy products as they
                                                                               increase the production of mucus and can mimic allergic reactions. Eat
                                                                               only whole foods. Healthy foods build the immune system and actually
                                                                               help to alleviate allergic reactions.
                                                                                   Chiropractors recognize the important role a healthy nervous sys-
                                                                               tem plays in a healthier immune system. Most over-the-counter and pre-
                                                                               scription allergy treatments adversely affect the nervous system, which
                     515.967.9300                                              means that they will adversely affect your overall health and wellness.
                                                                               Chiropractic adjustments remove interferences to the nervous system
                                                                               and improve immune system functioning. Many people report allergies
                                                                               improve with regular chiropractic care.
                                                                               Information from The Wellness Family, provided by Dr. Kari Swain, Swain
                                                                               Chiropractic, 410 Center Place S.W., Altoona, 967-9300.
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health Q&A
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Q: What’s normal regarding
memory loss, and what’s not?
A: You begin to lose brain cells starting in your 20s. Thus, the older
you are, the more your memory is affected. Aging changes both the way
information is stored and your ability to recall the information.                   Jennifer               Illa                Casey                      John
                                                                                   Abler, D.O.        Chandani, M.D.         Clor, M.D.               Rhodes, M.D.
     Some things to help with memory impairment include keeping lists,
following a routine, repeating names when you meet new people and
keeping important objects such as keys in a consistent place.
     Many things other than aging can also affect memory. These include
dementia, depression, medications, strokes, head injury and alcohol
abuse.
     Memory problems are a concern if they affect your daily living signifi-
cantly. If you sometimes forget names, you shouldn’t be concerned. But              Joseph                Priscilla            Steven                    Reagan
                                                                                 McGargill, M.D.         Ruhe M.D.          Strang, D.O.               Barry, PA-C
you may have a more serious problem if you can’t remember how to do
things that you’ve done many times or you have trouble doing tasks that
require following steps (such as a recipe). A major difference between
normal and “serious” memory loss is progression. If it’s dementia, it usu-
ally gets worse over time. Additional things not part of “normal” aging
are repeating stories in the same conversation, not being able to keep
track of what happens each day and having trouble making choices.
     It may be difficult to really know if you have a significant problem                         Sally              Stacy                 Amy
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 YOUR TIMING WON’T BE OFF investment
                                                                                                                    By Karl Ritland



     WHEN YOU INVEST REGULARLY.
                                                                                     Can you turn ‘Be
                                                                                     a Millionaire Day’
                                                                                     into reality?
                                                                                     Steps for meeting your investment goal
                                                                                     By Karl Ritland, financial advisor, Edward Jones
                                                                                            ou can find many obscure

      To learn how investing on a regular basis can help you
      reach your financial goals, call or visit your local financial
      advisor today.
                                                                                     Y      holidays, but few of them
                                                                                            capture people’s interest
                                                                                     as much as Be a Millionaire Day,
                                                                                                                               As an investor, one of the best
                                                                                                                               things you can do to build your
                                                                                                                               wealth is to increase the number
                                                                                     May 20.                                   of shares you own in your invest-
                                                                                         Most of us would like to              ments. So, look for buying oppor-
                         .
                   Karl P Rittland, AAMS®
                   Financial Advisor                                                 someday attain “millionaire” sta-         tunities, especially when prices are
                   1100 N. Hickory Blvd., Suite 201
                                                                                     tus. While there are no perfect           low. Also, consider reinvesting any
                   Pleasant Hill, IA 50327                                           formulas, here are some steps to          dividends or distributions you may
                   515-266-8188                                                      consider when working toward              receive from your investments.
                                                                                     any investment goal:
             www.edwardjones.com                                                                                               For your money to grow, you need
                            Member SIPC
                                                                                       The earlier you begin saving and        to put a portion of your investment
                                                                                       investing, the better your chances      dollars in growth-oriented vehi-
                                                                                       of reaching your financial goal.        cles, such as stocks. It is certainly
out & about                         Submit photos to darren@dmcityview.com
                                                                                       You can’t expect to “strike it rich”    true that stock prices will always
                                                                                       immediately with any single invest-     fluctuate, sometimes quite sharply,
                                                                                       ment, but by investing year in and      and you may receive more or
                                                                                       year out, and by choosing qual-         less than your original investment
                                                                                       ity investment vehicles, you have       when sold. But if you avoid stocks
                                                                                       the opportunity to achieve growth       entirely in favor of more stable
                                                                                       over time.                              vehicles, you run the risk of earn-
                                                                                                                    If you     ing returns that may not keep you
                                                                                       wait until you “have a little extra     ahead of inflation. As you approach
                                                                                       money lying around” before you          retirement, and even during retire-
                                                                                       invest, you may well never invest.      ment, your portfolio will probably
                                                                                       Instead, try to “pay yourself first.”   still need some growth poetential.
                                                                                       Each month, move some money             Work with your financial advisor
                                                                                       automatically from a checking or        to determine the appropriate
                                                                                       savings account into an invest-         approach for you.
     Melissa Smith and Rusty Smith at the Pleasant Hill Chamber Lunch Club at Strikers ment. When you’re first starting                                      By cre-
                                                                       on March 22. out in the working world, you              ating a long-term investment strat-
                                                                                       might not be able to afford much,       egy and sticking to it, you’ll be less
                                                                                       but as you advance in your career,      likely to take a “timeout” from
                                                                                       you can increase your contribu-         investing in response to perceived
                                                                                       tions.                                  negative news, such as market
                                                                                                                        It’s   downturns and political crises.
                                                                                       easier said than done, but if you             Following these suggestions
                                                                                       can keep a lid on your debt pay-        may someday allow you to reach
                                                                                       ments, you’ll have more money           the point when your financial goals
                                                                                       with which to invest.                   become a reality for you.



        Becca Squiers and Tammy Haugen at the Pleasant Hill Chamber Lunch Club at
                                                                                     Information provided by Karl Ritland, Edward Jones, 1100 N. Hickory Blvd.,
                                                             Strikers on March 22.
                                                                                     Suite 201, Pleasant Hill, 266-8188, www.edwardjones.com.
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                                                                                           TED’S
auto             By Adam McRoberts




Gas-saving tips
What really works, and how well                                                             BODY SHOP, INC.
By Adam McRoberts, Ted’s Body Shop Inc.
              ith gas prices so high,

W             the media is awash
              with lists of gas-saving
tips. Well, how’s this for a tip?
                                                                                           TIME FOR
If you listen to us, you can see
hybrid-type savings without having
to buy a new car.
                                                                                       SPRING CLEANING!
                                                                                        $150ALL!
     By changing your driving hab-
its, you can improve fuel econo-
my up to 37 percent right away
(depending on how you drive).
Combine several tips and perform
routine maintenance and you will         way to save gas. Cold Hard Facts: Up
save real dollars, not just pennies.     to 14-percent savings, average sav-
     A miracle? All we did was take
several of the most common tips
out there and put them to the test
                                         ings of 7 percent. Recommendation:
                                         If you’ve got it, use it.
                                              Test No. 4: A/C on, win-
                                                                                      WE CLEAN IT
over a remote 55-mile route in the       dows up vs. A/C off, windows                            Engine detail, interior




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high desert of California. Some of       down. Result: Nice in theory;
them worked like a charm. Some
of them didn’t work at all. We’ll
                                         not true in practice. Cold Hard
                                         Facts: No measurable difference
                                                                                                     and exterior
                                                                                                  All Makes and Models. Call for appointment.
give you the breakdown.                  (unless you open the sunroof,                                   Allow for 6–8 hours minimum.
     These tests were done under         too!) Recommendation: Please,                                          Expires 5/25/12.
real-world conditions — not in a         make yourself comfortable.
government lab somewhere. Our                 Test No. 5: Check your
results can be matched by anyone         tire pressure. Result: Important
— even you.                              for safety and to reduce tire wear.
     The wonderful part about            Cold Hard Facts: No measurable
what we found is that improving          effect on the vehicles we tested.
your car’s mileage is just a matter      Recommendation: Check your tire
of changing your habits. Stack a         pressure often but don’t expect a
few of these winners together and        big savings.
we’ll bet that you’ll see a substan-          Test No. 6: Avoid exces-
tial savings at the pump — without       sive idling. Result: More impor-
the need for a new car.                  tant than we assumed. Cold
     Test No. 1: Aggressive              Hard Facts: Avoiding excessive
driving vs. moderate driving.            idling can save up to 19 percent.
Result: Major savings potential. The     Recommendation: Stopping longer
Cold Hard Facts: Up to 37 per-           than a minute? Shut ’er down.
cent savings, average savings of              Conclusions: The good news
31 percent. Recommendation: Stop
driving like a maniac.
                                         is that you can drastically improve
                                         your gas mileage. The caveat is
                                                                                  COLLISION REPAIR and UNIBODY SPECIALIST
     Test No. 2: Lower speeds            that you have to change your driv-                             All makes and models
save gas. Result: Substantial sav-       ing habits. If you are willing to
ings on a long trip. Cold Hard           change, you’ll find many related
Facts: Up to 14 percent savings,         benefits, too: no speeding tickets,
average savings of 12 percent.           greater safety, reduced stress and               DUZMOR PRECISION BODY SQUARING & ALIGNMENT
Recommendation: Drive the                lower repair bills for tires and brake
speed limit.
     Test No. 3: Use cruise con-
trol. Result: Surprisingly effective
                                         pads. In the long run this will save
                                         you money. And who knows? You
                                         might like the new you.
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                                                                                         5571 NW 2nd STREET DES MOINES
Information from Edmunds.com, provided by Adam McRoberts, Ted’s Body
Shop Inc., 5571 N.W. Second St., Des Moines, 280-6500.                                          www.tedsbodyshop.com
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             Nightly sponsors: Anytime Fitness & Okoboji Grill                                                             beer serving, set up and clean up,
                                                                                  but just don’t. Well, my solution
                          JUNE 29 GIMMIK                                          — volunteer your time in lieu of         etc. Volunteers will be asked to
                                                                                  money and reap in the benefits.          wear their company shirts to help

              GOLF OUTING
                                                                                       What benefits, you ask? Well,       promote their business.
                                                                                  first off you have the opportunity            Please contact Cathy Jensen
                                                                                  to meet more fellow Chamber              at the Chamber office to have
 Friday, June 22                                                                  members as well as those in the          your name put on our list as well
      Copper Creek                                                                community. Secondly, you set how         as to discuss your possible date
 4825 Copper Creek Dr.                                                            much or how little time you can          requests. Due to the popularity
       Pleasant Hill                                                              offer. Third, free marketing for         of volunteerism for this event, I
                                                                                  you and your business. Finally,          would recommend you call earlier
  This year’s golf outing                                                                                                  rather than later so we can try to
                                                                                  build lasting relationships that
     starts at 12:00pm                                                                                                     accommodate everyone who is
                                                                                  may just turn into future business
        Lunch and                                                                 opportunities.                           willing to help out.
   Business to Business                                                                We are currently calling                 I want to thank you all in
        networking                                                                for volunteers to help with our          advance for giving your time, and
      1:00pm Tee Off                                                              upcoming Chill on the Hill events        I look forward to seeing each of
$75 includes admission to Chill on the Hill                                       which will be taking place every         you soon. Until then... Grow. Play.
                                                                                  Friday this June. We need support        Live.
                               Saturday, July 28
                                        Watch for more
                                     information to come!                                Volunteer your time in lieu of money
                                                                                                  and reap in the benefits.


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       Ashley Williams and Tate Williams at the         Jon Weist and Bill Eisenlauer at the Eisenlauer Egg            Sylvia Hageman at the Eisenlauer Egg Hunt on
 Eisenlauer Egg Hunt on April 7 at Sunrise Park.                           Hunt on April 7 at Sunrise Park.                                  April 7 at Sunrise Park.




        Anna, Olivia and Myrna Eisenlauer at the          Harold Otis and Creighton Otis at the Eisenlauer              Kamen Carico at the Eisenlauer Egg Hunt on
 Eisenlauer Egg Hunt on April 7 at Sunrise Park.                      Egg Hunt on April 7 at Sunrise Park.                                  April 7 at Sunrise Park.




    Marta McCauley and Claudia Hoskins at the            Layne Brown and Cher Brown at the Pleasant Hill           Tim Tarbell and Archie Webb at the Pleasant Hill
Pleasant Hill Chamber Lunch Club at Strikers on             Chamber Lunch Club at Strikers on March 22.               Chamber Lunch Club at Strikers on March 22.
                                    March 22.




  Janelle Reese and Ron Patterson at the Kraze           Len Murray and Jill Meyer at the Kraze Outfitters             Nicci Baker and Christine D’Amico at the Kraze
          Outfitters ribbon cutting on March 30.                              ribbon cutting on March 30.                       Outfitters ribbon cutting on March 30.

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391 Becky Lynn Boulevard     4560 Parkridge Avenue       4900 Copper Creek Drive     6334 Little Leaf Lane   5200 Copper Creek Drive   5186 Windsor Court
PLEASANT HILL                PLEASANT HILL               PLEASANT HILL               PLEASANT HILL           PLEASANT HILL             PLEASANT HILL

$174,900                     $129,900                    $249,900                    $99,500                 $279,900                  $164,900


                                                          PLEASANT
                                                                                                                    LAND
                                                            RIDGE
 6045 E Oakwood Drive        1625 Waters Edge Drive      Townhomes/Singles           5335 Jordan Boulevard   787 SE 61st Street        509 W 4th Avenue
 PLEASANT HILL               PLEASANT HILL               PLEASANT HILL               PLEASANT HILL           PLEASANT HILL             INDIANOLA

 $229,000                    $169,900                    Custom Build                $334,900                $28,000                   $103,900




 5250 Jordan Blvd.           1820 Andrew                 5380 Pleasant Ridge         4448 Independence       5381 Pleasant Ridge       6510 Sundancer Swing
 PLEASANT HILL               PLEASANT HILL               PLEASANT HILL               PLEASANT HILL           PLEASANT HILL             PLEASANT HILL

 $339,000                    $269,900                    $205,000                    $149,900                $180,000                  $189,900


                                                                                            LAND
 300 W Hancock Street        7280 SE 32nd Avenue         157 - 25th Place            3099 – 3243 SE 116th    301 McKinney Street       1476 SE 78th Street
 RUNNELLS                    RUNNELLS                    RUNNELLS                    RUNNELLS                RUNNELLS                  RUNNELLS

 $149,000                    $219,900                    $174,900                    $125,000                $89,900                   $324,900




 433 6th Street              1033 Green Hills            2205 E. 12th Street         3901 11th Street        1509 Thompson Avenue      725 SE 27th Street
 WEST DES MOINES             NORWALK                     DES MOINES NE               DES MOINES NE           DES MOINES NE             DES MOINES E

 $124,900                    $193,900                    $124,900                    $144,900                $89,700                   $49,500




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