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t Thursday, January16, 2014 • The Carlisle Citizen • Page Seven MidAmerican Energy Company Offers Winter Weather. Safety Tips • With below zero tempera- tures in the forecast, MidAmerican Energy Com- pany wants to remind its customers about winter weather safety tips and the need to be prepared in the event of an unexpected power or natural gas out- age. An emergency prepared- ness kit can help custom- ers during a variety of emergency situations• Items the kit should con- tain include a flashlight, nonperishable foods, a manual can opener, bottled water, blankets, a battery- operated or wind-up radio and clock, and extra batter- ies. Should a power outage impact a home or business, customers should check fuses or circuit breakers first, then call MidAmerican Energy at 800-799-4443 to report the outage• Customers should never assume someone else has repoted a power out- age. The information MidAmerican Energy col- lects from customers can lelp pinpoint the source of the outage and accelerates the restoration process. MidAmerican Energy of- fers'the following safety tips in the event of a power outage: Never use kerosene or propane heaters inside without proper ventilation. They create dangerous fumes• Also, never burn charcoal in your house or garage• Always Use caution and common sense when using candles and oil lamps for light• Never leaye candles burning when you go to bed. Keep them away from drapes and other materials that could catch fire. Avoid placing candles on low tables where pets or chil- dren can knock them off. • If you have a standby gen- erator, make sure it is in- stalled safely and properly. If it is not, you risk damag- ing your property and en- dangering yourself and MidAmerican Energy line workers who may be work- ing on power lines some distance from your home. • Never operate a portable generator inside your home or garage as it requires proper ventilation• Gaso- line-powered generators produce carbon monoxide and the fumes can be deadly• As an added pre- caution, ensure that carbon monoxide and smoke detec- tors are installed and work- ing properly• • As much as possible, do not open refrigerators and freezers - food will be kept cold for a longer period of time if the door is not opened. Preserve body heat by wearing multiple layers of clothing. Add a hat and blanket to stay warm. " Place blankets and tow- els around windows and doors to help keep the heat inside• Protect pipes during freezing weather by wrap- ping them with insulation• Also leave faucets dripping so water cannot freeze and crack the pipes. • If you see a downed power line, do not touch it or drive over it. If it is in contact with a vehicle you are in- side, remain inside and wait for emergency person- nel to arrive. If someone is in contact with a downed power line, call 911. Oth- erwise, eall MidAmerican Energy immediately at 80{}-799-4443 to report it. Touching an energized elec- tric line can cause serious injury or even death• The following safety tips can help keep a customer's natural gas supply uninter- rupted and operating safely in the event of a snow or ice event: Avoid plowing or piling snow against meters or gas regulators. • Use a broom rather than a shovel to clear snow from meters or gas regulators. • In a safe manner from the ground, care.fully remove icicles from the section of roof or gutter above the meter• Water that drips On meters or gas regulators can freeze and cover the equipment in ice. • Ifa meter or gas regulator becomes encased in ice, do not try to melt or chip the ice. Call MidAmerican Energy at 888-427-5632 for service. For customers whose meters have not been upgraded to automated meter reading, clear a path to the meter. A clear path to the meter will help MidAmerican Energy meter readers stay safe and prevent estimated reads and inaccurate bills. Additional information about the causes of power outages, preparing for a winter storm, and how MidAmerican Energy re- stores power is available by selecting the Storm Center" tab on MidAmerican Energy's website at www. " midamericanenergv.com. MidAmerican Energy, Iowa's largest energy com- pany, provides electric ser- vice to 734,000 customers and natural gas service to 7.14,000 customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota• It is head- quartered in Des Moines, Iowa. Information about MidAmerican Energy is available on the company's website and its Twitter, Facebook a-nd YouTube pages, which can be ac- cessed via www.midameric anenergv.com. "Hoopster Booster" Sponsors Announced .... .... Thank You! Dollars for scholars would like to thank several local busi- nesses that have stepped up and sponsored our varsity basketball teams and dollars for scholars. Thanks to their generosity we are able to announce an exciting change to our half-time shooting challenge ........ everyone shoots for free! That's right, these businesses have donated $100 to cover any and all participants who want to try and make a three point shot during half-time of the boys var- sity basketball game. Make it and win a $5 gift card from one of our other wonderful sponsors..Fiss', Subway, or Tasty Taco. Sponsorship schedule (all home games) December 14th versus Clarke Sponsor: .Stark Redemption December 20th versus Winterset Sponsor: Ohnemus Construction January 10th versus Carroll Sponsor: Peoples Bank January 24th versus Perry Sponsor: TMC Auto Body January 28th versus Boone Dponsor: Subway of Carlisle February 4th versus Bondurant Dponsor: Avondale Large Animal Clinic February llth versus ADM Sponsor: Great Western Bank February 14th versus Ballard Sponsor: Dot's Gallery and Frame Shop Gift card sponsors: Fiss', Subway, Tasty Taco We still need one more sponsor!  If you are a business interested in supporting our scholar athletes please call Rachael Hagedorn at 249-7362• All proceeds goes to Dol- lars for Scholars which provides scholarships annually to every Carlisle graduate who applies and is gbing on to college• Last year alone we distributed 74 scholarships worth $38,100 and in the fifteen years we have been in existence the totalsare 975 scholarships worth $498,500. If you are a business, please consider a sponsorship. If you are a fan, come out to a game: support our teams and win a gift card! Warren County Master Gardeners Offer Mini-Grants Warren County Master Gardeners announces the of- fering of mini-grants to not-for-profit organizations. The goal of the Warren County Master Gardeners mini-grant is to provide financial, and possibly volunteer assistance, for gardening ond landscape beautification projects throughout WarrenCounty. Qualified applicants are not- for-profit organizations such as service or youth groups within Warren County. Projects may include, but are not limited to, community flower and vegetable gardens or classroom projects. Grants up to $500.00 will be awarded. Please g'o to the Warren County Master Gardener website to access the application and contact informa- tion, or go to httv://www.extension.iastate.edu/warrerY node/7530. Completed applications must be submitted by March 7, 2014, with notification to successful applicant(s) on April 1, 2014. "Iowa State University Extension and Outreach pro- grams are available to all without regard to race, color, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, sex, marital status, disabil- ity, or status as a U.S. veteran." Legislative News Senator Julian B. Garrett Julian.Garrett@legis•iowa.gov 2014 Session Convenes The new legislative session convened January 13. Among the first orders of business are Governor Branstad's State of the State address, and the State of the Judiciary address by the Chief Justice of the Iowa Supreme Court. The Governor is also presenting his budget recommendations for' the next fiscal year. Committee meetings are already being held. My committees for this year are Appropriations, Judiciary, Government Oversight, and the Justice Systems Appropriation Subcommittee. I' am the Ranking Member (meaning the lead Republican) on both the Government Oversight Committee and the Justice Systems Appropriation Subcommittee. I am'especially pleased to be a member of the Appropriations Committee, where I can continue working to be sure we spend less than the State receives in revenue. You will probably recall that I was a member of the House Appropriations Committee and was Vice Chair of the Justice Systems Appropriation Subcommittee, for the three years that I spent there• As always please feel free to contact me with your ideas or concerns. City of Carlisle 195 North 1st Street - Carlisle Iowa 50047 - 989-3224 Ruth Randleman, Mayor ~ Andrew Lent City Administrator City Council Meetings are held the 2nd and 4th-Mondays of eve_ry month at 6:30 pm in the Council Chambers. Everyone is invited to attend. = Carlisle Police Department Public•Information Report DISCLAIMER: All defendants are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. November 6 An officer reported re- sponding to the 600 block of N. 9 th Street to investi- gate the report of a dog run- ning at large in the area. November 7" An officer reported re- sponding to the 8900 block of NE 25 th Street to inves- tigate the report of a hit and run accident in the area. An officer reported re- sponding to the 700 block of Elm Street to assist a motorist in the area. An officer reported investi- gating the 300 block of School Street for suspicious activity: An officer reported re- sponding to the area of N. 5 th and Main Street to in- vestigate the report of ani- mals running at large in the area. An office reported re- sponding to the area of Highway 5 and 165 th Street to assist a motorist in the area. An officer reported re- sponding to the 500 block of W. Locust Street in Hart- ford to serve a civil notifi- cation• November 8 An officer reported re- sponding to the 500 block of S. 8 th Street to investi- gate and open door in the area• An officer reported re- sponding to the 900 block of Circle Drive to assist a motorist in the area. An officer reported re- sponding to the 15000 block of Highway 5 to investigate a suspicious vehicle i the area. An officer reported re- sponding to the 300 block of Scotch Ridge Road to as- sist a juvenile in the area. An officer reported re- sponding to the 800 block of N. 18t Street to investi-: gate the report of a dog run- ning at large- in the area. November 9 An officer reported re- sponding to the 6400 block of SE 52 "d Street to inves- tigate a burglary report in the area. An officer reported re: sponding to the area of N. 1 "t Street and Park Street to investigate a suspicious vehicle in the area. An officer reported re- sponding to the area of ' Highway 5 and S.E. 52 "d Street to assist a motorist in the area. An officer reported re- sponding to the 200 block of Pennsylvania Street to. Continued on page eight Photo Printing is00a full commercial printer located in Carlisle, Iowa If youhave a flyer, le'tterhead, envelope, brochure, magazine, newsletter, book, etc., that you would like .to have printed, give us a call for a FREE ESTIMATE. Photo Printing, Inc. 210 S 1st Street Carlisle, Iowa 50047 515-989-3251