Sunday, April 12, 2009


The Washington High School National Honor Society recently announced their newest inductees. Seniors Sarah Emry, Lauren Linge, Brad Sievers and Madelyn Walsh were chosen for the organization. Fourteen juniors were also elected to membership. Those chosen, had a grade point average of 3.25 or higher. They were also considered for membership on the basis of character, leadership and service. New members will be inducted into the National Honor Society at a ceremony May 12th at 7:30 PM at the Washington Presbyterian Church.

Learn at Lunch

According to the U-S Census Bureau, Hispanics and Latino's are the fastest growing demographic in the country. How do they adjust to the U-S? how is the U-S adjusting to them? Himar Hernandez is a community development specialist with the ISU Extension in Ottumwa. He says one aspect of American culture he struggled with, was some of the unwritten rules. Hernandez says the U-S has become less like the "great melting pot" it was once labeled, and has allowed immigrants of all cultures to maintain their heritage, while still participating in the American way of life. Hernandez will be in Washington for a Learn at Lunch Monday April 20 at the ISU Extension Building. Contact the Washington Chamber of Commerce for more information.

Tax Deadline

To some the most hated day of the year is April 15th, Tax day. Dan Bontrager with Bontrager tax in Kalona says to make sure that you get everything you need done before the due date because the penalties can be high. He says most people know about getting a penalty for filing late, but he says most people dont know that there is a second penalty for paying late as well. Bontrager says an extension to file doesnt always mean an extension to pay. He says if you think you might be late it is better to be safe than sorry and file for an extension, and if you question anything to contact a professional, he says it could save you more money than you think.

Quilt Cake

The Kalona Chamber of Commerce as part of the annual Kalona Days Celebration, June 19 and 20 is attempting to construct the largest quilt cake of its kind. Dave Finley, co-chairperson with Kalona days says Participants will enter a 9x13 sheet cake decorated with their family, business or organizations design. These individual cakes will be assembled into a single large cake resembling a quilt. For applications and information contact the Kalona Days Headquarters at the Kalona General Store (319) 656-3535 or email