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Sunday, March 16, 2014
CHS Harvest for Hunger
events set in county
Noon meals planned for
Bowbells & Lignite
SunPrairie Grain is gathering donations of money, food and crops to help fight hunger.
As part of CHS Harvest for Hunger food and fund drive, SunPrairie Grain has scheduled two meals in Burke County cities.
SunPrairie Grain will host a noon luncheon in Bowbells, Thursday, March 13 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the city hall. The meal will be “Build Your Own Burger.”
A silent auction will also be held at this time with 100% of the proceeds donated to Harvest for Hunger.
Homestead Tax Credit
With tax season in full swing, the Homestead Credit may provide relief for some interested in applying it to their taxes.
Geared towards senior citizens, the Homestead Credit is a property tax relief program for qualifying homeowners who are age 65 or older.
The tax credit reduces the taxable value of the homestead on a sliding scale, based on income.
Those who are younger may qualify if they are permanently and totally disabled.
For a husband and wife who are living together, only one may apply for the Homeowner’s Credit. Only the spouse applying for the credit or refund needs be 65 years of age or older.
In order to qualify, the applicant’s income, including the income of a spouse and any dependents, may not exceed $42,000 for the calendar year preceding the assessment date. Income is considered from all sources and includes social security benefits, pensions, salaries, unemployment benefits, dividends, interest, net gains from the sale of property, net rental income and net profit from any business, including ranching and farming. Life insurance death proceeds paid to a surviving spouse or dependent are not included as income under this act.
Highlights for 2013-14
By John Albertson
The last few years have been a prosperous period for the City of Powers Lake.
The city has been selling a great deal of water and at the same time making sure the residents’ supply is not jeopardized.
The city is permitted by the State Water Commission to sell 65 million gallons of water. In 2011 and 2012, we reached our limit in October each year. In 2013, we sold 53 million gallons. The city has been selling the water for $20 per 1000 gallons.
The city sold less water in 2013 for a variety of reasons.
Some of the reasons are:
*The oil companies are developing techniques to reduce the amount of water needed as well as ways of recycling the water.
*The oil companies have found surface water sources that can be treated and used.
*Other water depots have been developed.
The city has had excellent income the last few years, but the water sales might change even more in the next few years because of the reasons stated as well as possible changes or stoppage of the fracking process.
The city council has been trying to improve the infrastructure of the city as well as help various community groups that are trying to meet the challenges at this time.
In the last year, three blocks of 1st Ave. East and three blocks of 2nd Ave. East were resurfaced at a cost of $180,000.
Fifth Ave. W on the north side of town was widened and dust control was used on all gravel streets.
A new RV park sign was put up and trees were planted in the parks as well as several new dumpsters and signs.
New street lights for Main Street were purchased and they will be erected in 2014 with underground wiring to improve the appearance.
Slices of Life
By: Jill Pertler
EMBRACING LIFE AS AN APPLE
There’s a buzz circulating in small-town USA, and I’m not talking about the anticipation of Justin Bieber’s upcoming birthday. I came across a new item at the grocery store.
There, between the strawberries and pre-cut watermelon, sat an unassuming bag containing three fruits. At first glance, I thought they were apples because that’s what they looked like. Then I saw the label: “grapples.”
I read the word with a short “a” so it rhymed with, well, apples. The association seemed pretty obvious. Upon further inspection, I noted the label provided instructions to give the word a long “a” as in, well, grapes. You know you’ve invented a new vocabulary word when you’ve got to tell people how to pronounce it. Problem is, that was a few days ago and I’m still stuck on the short “a.” Some people never learn. You say gray-pull I say grap-pul.
However you say it, the discovery was pretty exciting – and not just because it’s the end of February. It isn’t every day you find a new fruit sitting on the shelves at the grocery store. In fact, I can’t recall ever discovering a new fruit anywhere, unless you count the dark day someone told me tomatoes aren’t vegetables. But I digress.
We were talking about grapples – apples lusciously infused with a grape immersion (according to the label) to create an apple that tastes like a grape, or a grape that looks like an apple. Take your pick.
This got me wondering. Why would an apple want to taste like anything other than an apple? The crisp, crunchy fruits are pretty darn luscious and tempting on their own. This has been a documented fact since nearly the dawn of time.
On the other side of the vineyard, grapes possess their own powerful appeal. I enjoy popping them in my mouth, eating them whole. Freezing them for a snack. Drinking them fermented. Grapes are great.
For one reason or another, we must assume grapes got the notion they’d be more appealing as apples, and vice versa. It’s an issue we humans wrestle with all the time: I’d be so much better if only I were infused with (fill in the blank here).
I’d like to be a little less than myself at the moment – especially around the middle. And taller. Like one of those super-models. While we are on the subject, I’d like to immerse my being with the perfect mom down the street. The one who never raises her voice or makes accusations before collecting all the facts. I’d like to get by on less sleep.
Get more work done. Be more successful. Cheerier. Perkier. And have a cleaner house. Oh, and I’d like to be the person who makes all her bread from scratch and has never ever even considered buying cupcakes from the bakery. Yeah, I want to be her.
I’m a grape who wants to be an apple – or maybe a cantaloupe – although we understand that’s more silly than possible. For me, or for any of us. Despite our collective insecurities (and we all have them) most of us are in the same predicament.
We’re apples looking to become more like grapes or grapes looking to become more like apples or peaches or cherries or pomegranates or anything other than what we are right now. We are stuck and uncomfortable in our own skins.
A grape looks at an apple and sees everything it is not. The apple does the same. If all fruits followed this path we’d find ourselves with the choices like limegranates, crananas, and maybe even zucchiwi (botanically, zucchini are fruits, much like the savory tomato). It would be a crazy, mixed up produce section – not to mention world.
But then again, it already is. Perhaps it’s time to simplify. To get comfortable in our own skins and call a spade a spade – or in this case an apple an apple. I’d like to try, but I’m not sure I’m ready for it. I’m still grappling with the idea of which fruit I was born to be – or if I’m even cut out to be a fruit in the first place.
Jill Pertler is an award-winning syndicated columnist, playwright and author of “The Do-It-Yourselfer’s Guide to Self-Syndication” You can read more and follow her column on the Slices of Life page on Facebook.
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LENTEN SERVICE SCHEDULED IN BOWBELLS
The annual Bowbells community Lenten Services have been scheduled for 2014.
United Methodist Church will host the first soup and sandwich supper at 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 12 with the service beginning at 7:00 p.m.
Bethlehem Lutheran Church hosts March 19; St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, March 26; Bethlehem Lutheran Church, April 2 and United Methodist Church, April 9.