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April 6, 2010

Pony Express rides into Centerville

CENTERVILLE — Horse enthusiasts of all ages took part in the Pony Express ride through Centerville Friday afternoon. Leading the ride around the Centerville Square with the American flag is Roger Hildebrand, southeast Iowa Pony Express ride chairman. Hildebrand said he had 18 riders in Bloomfield and 22 in Centerville. "I didn't think there would be this many," he said. "Three years ago it was just me. And each year it just got a little bigger and a little bigger." Pony Express Riders of Iowa raise money for Camp Sunnyside. Pony Express Riders of Iowa is a non-profit organization. Anyone wishing to make a donation with the proceeds going to Camp Sunnyside can contact Carole Bailey, Pony Express state coordinator, by calling (515) 309-9779 or by e-mail at cbailey@eastersealsia.org. Or mail a check payable to Pony Express Riders of Iowa to Pony Express Riders of Iowa, Inc., P.O. Box 4176, Des Moines, IA 50333. The organizations Web site is www.ponyexpressridersofiowa.org.

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The Iowegian wants readers to think about the solicitation ordinance that will prevent groups or individuals from entering a roadway to solicit money. The Centerville City Council in June by a 5-0 vote passed the first reading of just such an ordinance. Public pressure and during a subsequent special meeting, the council voted 3-2 to table the ordinance. A second special meeting to discuss the solicitation ordinance is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7 at City Hall. So, the question of the week is, "Do you or do you not support the ordinance to prevent solicitation of funds in city streets?"

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