The PaperOur Town , Our Paper!Laurens, IowaVol. 16 No. 15www.thepapernow.comSeptember 22,2021Local NewsFirst Evening Tot TimeHeld at the LibraryMany happy kids attended the first evening TotTime at the Laurens Public Library with theirfavorite adults recently.Kylie Maurer, PA-C from Unity Point Clinic,was a guest reader. She read a couple books aboutgoing to the doctor, she showed the tools she uses,then let the kids listen to their own heartbeat withher stethoscope. The kids then enjoyed bubbledancing and a craft.Everyone had so much fun, regular evening TotTimes are being added to the Library’s calendar.Biggest Little Paper In Town! Copyright My Laurens, Inc., 2010 All Rights Reserved.1

Local NewsAt the Librarywith Glenda MulderSeptember 22, 2021Did you know that on Tuesday,December 28, 2021, Iowa will marka major milestone? 175 years ofstatehood!So throughout 2021, the IowaDepartment of Cultural Affairsinvites Iowans of all ages to learnmore about the people and placesthat have shaped the land formore than 13,000 years. Sincenot everyone can get to the StateHistorical Museum to view theexhibits, they are sending displaysout across the State. Our displayarrived last week and is now availablefor your viewing. We have alsopulled books relating to the State ofIowa, in case your interest is piquedand you want more information.New novels this week include:Daughter of the Morning Star byCraig Johnson, Cloud Cuckoo Landby Anthony Doerr, As Good As Deadby Holly Jackson, Beginning byBeverly Lewis, Christmas WeddingGuest by Susan Mallery, Santa Cruiseby Fern Michaels, The Wish byNicholas Sparks, Impossible Promiseby Jude Devereaux, Burning byJonathan Kellerman, Never Saw MeComing by Vera Kurian and JailhouseLawyer by James Patterson.New nonfiction includes:Shutdown: how COVID shook theworld's economy by Adam Tooze,The Afghanistan papers: a secrethistory of the war by Craig Whitlockand Travels with George: in searchof Washington and his legacy byOur Town Our Paper!Nathaniel Philbrick. That last oneis a Marilyn Dubbert memorial byDorothy Runneberg & family.Book Club choice for Septemberis Before We Were Yours by LisaWingate. This fiction book is basedon actual events in Tennessee in the1930’s. Our catalog describes it,“Learning that her grandmother wasa victim of the corrupt TennesseeChildren's Home Society, attorneyand aspiring politician Avery Stafforddelves into her family's past andbegins to wonder if some things arebest kept secret.” It’s a great book,that I think will lead to an interestingdiscussion Monday, September 27that 7 p.m.Remember to bring your jigsawpuzzles to the library and trade themin for ones you haven’t done yet!UPCOMING EVENTSSeptember 27 @ 7 p.m. - Book ClubBefore We Were Yours by Lisa WingateSeptember 28 @ 6:30 p.m. Cardmaking Class with Brenda &MilissaOctober 5 @ 6 p.m. - Take it TuesdayScarecrow Wine BottlesOctober 12 @ 5:30-8 p.m. - OpenCardmaking with Deb & Laura2

Local NewsFonda Arts Center- “Vintage ImagesRevisited”The Fonda Arts Center presents “VintageImages Revisited”, Sunday, October 3,beginning at 2:00 p.m. This is your chanceto view again or for the first time, thevintage fashions and other items artfullyassembled by the crew at the Arts Centerfor the town’s 150th celebration.In doing research for these displays,Cheri Wernimont discovered reasonswhich prompted the fashion trends.She will share these stories with you,along with great old songs of the timesperformed by Larry Heschke.All this at the Fonda Arts Center, onthe Northwest corner of 4th and Mainin Fonda. We hope you can share thisafternoon with us: Good friends, goodmusic, and good refreshments! Admissionis free - donations gratefully appreciated.Powerful Tools for CaregiversThirty-nine percent of all adult Americans are caring for an adult with a chronic health condition. Caregiving can be astressful responsibility leading to poor health, mental distress and less life satisfaction for the caregiver. It can be challengingfor caregivers to find the support that they need, says Malisa Rader, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State UniversityExtension and Outreach.ISU Extension and Outreach offers Powerful Tools for Caregivers, an educational program for caregivers who providecare for a spouse, parent or friend with a chronic condition such as dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. The program providesinformation, support strategies, communication techniques, stress reduction ideas and resources to assist family caregiverswith their concerns related to caregiving.A Telehealth Powerful Tools for Caregivers of Adults with Chronic Conditions series is scheduled for six Tuesdays,October 12 through November 16, from 7:00–8:30 p.m.“The virtual series will provide you with the tools you need to take care of yourself,” Rader said. The program costs 40per person and registration can be found online. “Caregivers who thrive, rather than just survive, understand that by takingcare of themselves they are better able to provide meaningful care,” said Rader, who specializes in family wellbeing issues.To learn more, visit c-tools.Contact human sciences specialist Malisa Rader at [email protected] or 515-708-0622 for more information.Biggest Little Paper In Town!3

Local News & AnnouncementsSave the Date!Please plan to attend the Laurens Volunteer Firefighters Association’s annualPancake & Sausage Breakfast or Biscuits and Gravy on Sunday, October 3rdfrom 8:00 am to noon. Come and enjoy a great breakfast and support your localFirefighters!The PaperPublished weekly byMy Laurens, Inc.112 Walnut St.Laurens, IA 50554Phone:(712) 841-2684Fax:(712) [email protected]:Rodney JohnsonEditor:Amanda TendalRights to Use Content: The Paper, its content, archivedmaterials, and our websites, are provided solely foryour personal, non-commercial use. The Paper, itscontent, our websites and all the materials available onour websites are the property of My Laurens, Inc., andare protected by applicable copyright, trademark, andintellectual property laws. You may download, print ortransmit The Paper for your personal, non-commercialuse. Any commercial use of copyrighted materialsrequires prior authorization from My Laurens, Inc.Unless explicitly authorized by My Laurens, Inc., youmay not modify copy, create derivative works,reproduce, republish, transmit, sell, or distribute in anymanner or medium (including by email or otherelectronic means) any material from The Paper or ourwebsites for commercial purposes. You may not useThe Paper or materials available on our websites, in amanner that constitutes an infringement of ourintellectual property rights/copyrights or that has notbeen authorized by My Laurens, Inc.For information about requesting permission toreproduce or distribute materials from The Paper, pleasecontact My Laurens, Inc. at (712) 841-2684or [email protected] Town Our Paper!4

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Local NewsUSDA ExtendsDeadline to Applyfor PandemicAssistanceto LivestockProducers withAnimal LossesThe U.S. Department of Agriculture(USDA) is providing additionaltime for livestock and poultryproducers to apply for the PandemicLivestock Indemnity Program (PLIP).Producers who suffered losses duringthe pandemic due to insufficientaccess to processing may now applyfor assistance for those losses and thecost of depopulation and disposal ofthe animals through Oct. 12, 2021,rather than the original deadlineof Sept. 17, 2021. PLIP is part ofUSDA’s Pandemic Assistance forProducers initiative.“Livestock and poultry producerswere among the hardest hit bythe pandemic,” said Farm ServiceAgency (FSA) Administrator ZachDucheneaux. “We want to ensurethat all eligible producers have theopportunity to apply for this criticalassistance. The October 12 deadlinealso aligns with the Coronavirus FoodAssistance Program 2 deadline.”PLIP provides payments toproducers for losses of livestock orpoultry depopulated from March 1,Biggest Little Paper In Town!2020 through Dec. 26, 2020, dueto insufficient processing access asa result of the pandemic. Paymentsare based on 80% of the fair marketvalue of the livestock and poultryand for the cost of depopulationand disposal of the animal. Eligiblelivestock and poultry include swine,chickens and turkeys.PLIP Program Details.PLIP payments are calculated bymultiplying the number of headof eligible livestock or poultry bythe payment rate per head, andthen subtracting the amount ofany payments the eligible livestockor poultry owner has received fordisposal of the livestock or poultryunder the Natural ResourcesConservation Service (NRCS)Environmental Quality IncentivesProgram (EQIP) or a state program.The payments will also be reducedby any Coronavirus Food AssistanceProgram (CFAP 1 and 2) paymentspaid on the same inventory of swinethat were depopulated.Eligible livestock and poultryproducers can apply for PLIPthrough the Oct. 12, 2021 deadlineby completing the FSA-620,Pandemic Livestock IndemnityProgram application, and submittingit to any FSA county office.Additional documentation may berequired. Visit formore information on how to apply.Additional Pandemic AssistanceOther programs within the PandemicAssistance for Producer initiativewith upcoming deadlines include: Oct. 12 - Coronavirus FoodAssistance Program 2, which providescritical support to agriculturalproducers impacted by COVID-19market disruptions. Oct. 15 – Pandemic Assistancefor Timber Harvesters and Haulers,which provides financial relief totimber harvesting and timber haulingbusinesses that experienced losses in2020 due to COVID-19.To learn more about USDA’scommitment to deliver financialassistance to farmers, ranchers andagricultural producers and businesseswho have been impacted byCOVID-19 market disruptions, touches the lives of allAmericans each day in so manypositive ways. In the BidenHarris Administration, USDAis transforming America’s foodsystem with a greater focus onmore resilient local and regionalfood production, fairer markets forall producers, ensuring access tohealthy and nutritious food in allcommunities, building new marketsand streams of income for farmersand producers using climate smartfood and forestry practices, makinghistoric investments in infrastructureand clean energy capabilities in ruralAmerica, and committing to equityacross the Department by removingsystemic barriers and building aworkforce more representative ofAmerica. To learn more, visit

ChurchThis Week atLaurens UnitedMethodist ChurchThis Week atBethany LutheranThis Week at FirstChristianPastor David E. KlappenbachPastor Rev. Rita CordellPastor Deb ParkisonThursday: September 23, 20216:30 PM Pastor’s Discipleship ClassSunday, Sept. 269:30 a.m. - Sunday School10:30 a.m. - WorshipWed., Sept. 22:Confirmation with confirmands,parents & mentors @ 6:30 p.m. hereat the churchFri., Sept. 24:AA meeting from 7 p.m.-8 p.m.Sun., Sept. 26:Sunday School (Cherubs-high school)from 9:15 a.m.-10:15 a.m.Fellowship Coffee @ 9:30 a.m.Worship @ 10:30 a.m.Laurens Area Community YouthGroup KICK OFF from 5-7 at the Laurens UMCSunday: September 26, 2021Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost9:15 AM Adult SS9:30 AM Youth SS & CoffeeFellowship10:30 AM Worship5:00-6:30 PM Laurens CommunityYouth Group at UMCTuesday: September 28, 20218:30 AM Prayer Group9:30 AM Tuesday coffee at Bethany7:00 PM Handbell RehearsalWorship, Love, Accept Togetherin Christ’s NameThursday, Sept. 301-4 p.m. - Clothes Closet OpenNew Hope BaptistChurch202 Byron St, LaurensNew Hope Baptist Church invitesyou to join us for Sunday School at10 a.m. and our Worship Service at11 a.m. Additionally all are welcometo attend our weekly Bible Study heldeach Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m.Resurrection of Our Lord Catholic ChurchPocahontas, IA -- Pastor: Very Rev. Craig Collison, VFOur Town Our Paper!MASS TIMES:Daily Mass as scheduled in the weekly bulletinSaturday at 5:00 PM and Sunday at 10:30 AMConfessions: Saturday 4:15 pm at Resurrection8

ObituariesServices Heldfor Dr. RonaldVerdell HarmsDr. Ronald Verdell Harms, 91, ofMorehead City, passed away onTuesday, September 14, 2021.A private graveside service washeld on Sunday, September 19,2021 at Greenwood Cemetery inMorehead City.Ron was born on May 6, 1930 toThomas and Alice Saupe Harms inArcher, Iowa. He gained a lifelonglove for natural history and theoutdoors growing up hunting andfishing on the Harms Family Farm.In high school he excelled at baseballBiggest Little Paper In Town!and basketball, and was guard on theArcher basketball team that went tosubstate. He attended the Universityof Iowa for undergraduate and dentalschool, earning his DDS in 1954. Incollege he met his wife-to-be, PatriciaTempleton, at a church groupsoftball game and was impressed withher glove work. He got her attentionby tossing a ball at her, hitting her,apologizing, and asking her out fora date. After graduating he served 2years in the US Navy as a Lieutenantand dentist on the USS Staten Islandice breaker on missions supplying theDistant Early Warning Line in theArctic and the Ellsworth Station inthe Antarctic. In 1956 they settled inLaurens, Iowa, where Ron practiceddentistry for nearly 40 years (he wasknown for giving outsugarless Trident gumfor Halloween), Pat waslibrarian, and they raisedtwo children. He plantedtrees throughout hislifetime, including manyof the trees on the Laurensgolf course, and planteda live oak tree in his backyard this summer, becauseit is never too late toplant a tr