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What we're reading: The Hidden Life of Cecily Larson

Last night I started reading "The Hidden Life of Cecily Larson" by Ellen Baker. It tells the story of young Cecily, taken to an orphanage by her mother where she is sold to a mysterious man who owns a traveling circus. Fast forward to present day, when Cecily has a bad fall at home and must move into a care facility. Her family learns more about her childhood than they ever have before, and family secrets are brought to light.

Accepting College Financial Aid

 If a student in your household applied for college financial aid for the 2024-2025 year, financial aid offers should arrive in the next few weeks. With the delayed release of the 2024-2025 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the resulting delay in the FAFSA results being processed and sent to the schools to calculate an individual student's financial aid offer, you may feel pressure to compare offers and make decisions quickly.
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What we're reading: Belkadonna

I loved this book! It's definitely one of my favorites so far. Signa has the ability to see spirits and use belladonna berries to travel the world between life and death. Her mother died when she was an infant. She has no choice but to live with guardians who are only after her inheritance. However, her life changes when she receives a letter offering her residence at Thorn Grove, home to the Hawthorne family: Elijah, Lillian, Percy, and Blythe.

IHCA Foundation Offers Health Care Scholarships

IHCA Foundation Offers Health Care Scholarships for Long-Term Care Employees, High School Students, Veterans and Rural Iowa Residents88 scholarships now available; applications due May 31The Iowa Health Care Association (IHCA) Foundation announced today the opening of its application cycle, which in 2024 will make more than $200,000 available to individuals interested in pursuing or advancing their career in long-term care.

What we're reading: Final Girls

Eek! If you're a fan of horror, Riley Sager's "Final Girls" is perfect for you! I couldn't put it down until I found out who the true villain was at the very end. Suffice to write, I'm a big fan of Sager but I had to sleep with the lights on after reading this book!"Ten years ago, college student Quincy Carpenter went on vacation with five friends and came back alone, the only survivor of a horror movie–scale massacre.
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$10,000 in College Savings Deposits Available

Ten Parents to Win $1,000 Each in College Savings Deposits in Special DrawingRegistration is open for a special drawing of a $1,000 college savings deposit that 10 Iowa parents and guardians of students in eighth through 12th grades will be randomly selected to receive after April 30, 2024. The drawing is sponsored by ISL Education Lending.Current registrants and any parent or guardian registered for the information service, SP3 or Student Planning Pointers for Parents, by April 30, 2024, will be entered into the special drawing.

What we're reading: March

After reading this book, I felt as though I had travelled back in time, to an America that I didn't live through, but which now I understand in a new way. To begin with, Ms. Brooks does an excellent job of embodying not only characters from the past, but also of evoking the time period itself.Of course, as a child of the 50s and 60s, I read "Little Women" by Louisa May Alcott, and wondered how the family managed without the father of the family.

Lake Land College Congratulates Students

Congratulations to the Lake Land College Agriculture Students on a successful 2024 National Professional Agriculture Student Conference. Results are as follows:Champion Beef Team Sydney Sanders Champion IndividualKaylee Blackford 3rd IndividualWalker HousleyCh
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What we're reading: A court of mist and furty

Last week I finished reading "A Court of Mist and Fury", which is the second book in the "A Court of Thorns and Roses" series. Feyre, now a High Fae herself, has to learn and navigate the new world she is in with her new powers. Since she has been back from Under the Mountain, she has terrible nightmares of the things that had happened and what she had done.

Hawkeye Community College to Host Transportation Open House on April 16

Hawkeye Community College will host an open house showcasing transportation careers on Tuesday, April 16, from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at the Regional Transportation Training Center, 6433 S. Hammond Ave, Waterloo, Iowa. Attendees have an opportunity to tour the center, talk with instructors, learn about tuition assistance, and hear from former students with successful careers in the industry.
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