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Page AS-- Sioux County Index-Reporter NEWS Wednesday, CALLING ALL WRITERS we're looking for freelance writers in Boyden and Rock - Valley for occasional feature pieces. If you have the skills, call the Index-Reporter office at 439-1075 Good Humor Club ] CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS Kiwanis Meetings The Boyden Kiwanis chapter meets Thursday morning at 6:30 a.m. at Demco Community Center. The Hull Kiwanis chapter meets Thursday morning at 7 a.m. at the Family Bowl. The Rock Valley Kiwanis Club meets each Wednesday morning at 7 a.m. in the basement of The Towne House. Business Club Meetings The Boyden Community Club is scheduled to meet the second Wednesday of each month at noon in the Demco Community Building. The meeting lasts an hour or less. The Hull Business and Professional Club is set to meet on the second Monday of each month at noon in the Pizza Ranch. The Rock Valley Chamber of Commerce is set to meet on the second Wednesday of each month at noon in the Towne House. Christian Women's Club Rock.Valley Christian Women meet the third Wednesday of each month. Concerned Women of America Concerned Women for America meet the last Thursday of each month. Mothers of Pre-schoolers (MOPS) MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) meet on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 9 to 11:30 a.m., in the Trinity Christian Reformed Church, Rock Valley. Call 476-9635 for more information. ] LOCAL/STATE NEWS ] Center continues on schedule SIOUX CENTER -- Entering into the first couple of weeks of 2003 and with a mild winter so far, work continues on schedule at the Sioux Center All Seasons Center. The $9.5 million facility, whch includes indoor/outdoor swimming pools, an ice arena, and a senior center is a community project includ- ing the City of Sioux Center, Dordt College, and the Sioux Center school district. In addition, part of the funding was provided through a private fund- raising drive and a grant and loan through Community Attractions and Tourism program, through the Vision Iowa Board. Last week, the All Season Center's new manager Brandon Klement, began to formally assume his position in preparation for the center's opening next spring. Plans are that the swimming pools will be open by June 1 and that the ice arena will be finished in August or September. Offenburger to speak at second HAPP banquet HAWARDEN -- The second annual Hawarden Area Partnership for Progress banquet is set for Saturday, Jan. 18, at St. Mary's parish hall. A social hour will begin at 6:30 p.m., with the meal beginning at 7 p.m. Topping off the evening will be Chuck Offenburger who has been a journalist in Iowa for 40 yfars and is known to many as "Iowa Boy." Offenburger got his start in print journalism at age 13 in his home- town of Shenandoah and began the Iowa Boy column while at the Des Moines Register. He was co-host of RAGBRAI for 16 years. l NATIONAL/WORLD NEWS Another 7,000 U.S. Marines to head for Gulf WASHINGTON, D.C. --The United States will soon send 7,000 Marines from Camp Lejeune, N. C., to the Gulf to join a major U.S. military build-up in the region for possible war with Iraq, the Marine Corps said on Friday. Marine officials said a final deployment order had not been received, but that the troops, tanks, warplanes and helicopters from the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force based at Camp Lejeune were told to pre- pare to begin moving within days. The United States has this month already begun sending more than 12,000 armored and infantry troops from the state of Georgia and from Germany and thousands of Marines from California to the Gulf to join some 60,000 U.S. troops now there. Another 10,000 Army National Guard and Rese e soldiers have been put in alert for rapid mobiliza- tion. In Miami, a spokesman for the Florida National Guard said more than 1,2()0 soldiers in one of the guard's combat units had been called to active duty and another 600 put on alert for mobilization. It was the biggest call-up of Florida National Guard units since World War II. Police may have found body in missing woman case MODESTO, Calif. --Sonar surveys of the marina where the hus- band of a missing pregnant woman says he went fishing the day she disappeared have revealed an object "that is possibly a human body," the Modesto Police Department said in a statement issued late Thursday. However, poor weather prevented divers from investigating further Thursday to determine if the object could be the body ofLaci Peterson, the statement said. Expected inclement weather will prevent further dives Friday, but divers will return to the scene Saturday, weather per- mitting. Divers and search crews on Thursday again scoured the Berkeley Marina, about 85 miles from Laci's home. The officer in charge of the search said the investigation at the marina is only a matter of making sure they've thoroughly searched the area. The day before, crews at the marina used a side-scan sonar, a sophis- ticated tool that can produce images of what it sees on the bottom of a body of water. At a Thursday afternoon news conference, police had received more than 2,600 calls to a police tip line. Multi-talented R~NI)~ M, C.~WIIIRO~, A PAIR of Western Christian's Pure Energy dancers took some time and put their musical skills to work in the Pep Band at a home off1 y Loss group 11 meet m Va ey green thumb with African violets On Jan. 22, at 6:30 p.m., theGroup, fomaerly the Memory Loss Awareness Group Support Group, provides will hold an Organizational caregivers and family Meeting at Four Seasons, 1305who are dealing with a 22nd Ave., in Rock Valley. A light who suffers from memorY supper will be served before the dementia. Information meeting. This particular meeting presented at the meeting will focus on building our group, port is also obtained Discussions will center around tact with other care times and dates for future meetings. For more The Memory Loss Awareness Stephanie at 712-476-8214" PLANTS -- from Az flower. The second African violet plant had a purple flower and was given to the Van't Huls at the funer- al of their 2-year-old son in 1951. The third type of plant with a blue .flower is a relative youngster, only about 20 years old. Van't Hul took a leaf from the plant of her niece in Boone and propagated her own plant. The 50-year-old plants don't look ancient; in fact Van't Hul can't remember which the original African violets were. If they get too much stem showing, she simply replants them a little deeper in the soil. Over the years, these plants grew and produced "suckers," which Van't Hul cut off and repotted. She calls them "moms' and babies." While Van't Hul is proud of her flowers, she doesn't think it excep- tional to have 50-year old African violets. Her plants receive rain water and not much else. Only in the last year, she splurged and gave them some fertilizer. So, what is her secret? Van't Huls only answer was that her mother was a plant lover and she inherited that love. She recalled that her mother's favorite plant was the gloxinia ald had a big indoor win- dow box filled with gloxinias and Christmas cactus. Van't Hul also had a big fern box in her house, full of ferns and philo- dendrons. But when she moved to the Homestead only the African violets came along. She likes them because they flower and they're compact plants that don't take up much room in her small space. During the summer months she collected gallons of rain water and poured it in used milk jugs. The jugs are lined up in the bottom of a closet and hopefully there is enough to last the winter. Van't Hul admit- ted that collecting the water is "monkey work" but the plants need the soft water. Twelve of the African violet plants are lined up in front of her north- facing patio door. Van't Hul recalled being con- cerned that her only windows faced north when she moved in last February. But the plants have thrived in their new location. One of the purple plants has a new suck- er and will get its own pot soon. This proud grandmother was pleased to say that one of her great granddaughters had taken a leaf and was trying to propagate it for a 4-H Free STD/HIV testing scheduled Beginning in February 2003, Community Health Partners will offer free and confidential STD and HIV testing. The tests will be avail- able on the third Mofiday of every month between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Community Health Partners Office. Call (712) 737-2971. project, raising orchid plants. She hopes that Van't Hul is also talking about a her green thumb works on orchids new project. 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