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Advisory Council formed for Children’s Autism Center



Tuesday, 24 December 2013 09:53

An Advisory Council has been created for the Opportunity Village Children’s Autism Center in Clear Lake, Iowa.

The role of this group of volunteers will be to advise the Village on OVCAC activities, make suggestions, and review whether the center is meeting the needs of the community. This group will meet at least four times a year, starting in January 2014. 

“We have a wonderful group of volunteers on the Advisory Council who will help guide us,” said Jim Aberg, services director at Opportunity Village.


Early deadlines in effect for next two weeks



Wednesday, 18 December 2013 15:34

Early deadlines will be in effect for the next two issues of the Clear Lake Mirror-Reporter due to the Christmas and New Year’s holiday.  All news and advertising is due on Friday, rather than Monday, both weeks.  The newspaper will arrive in mailboxes 


Ventura fire service area still in question



Wednesday, 18 December 2013 15:25

One township fails to return new contract

Fire protection services remain up in the air for a portion of one township served by the soon-to-be disbanded Ventura Protective Association.

According to VPA Fire Chief and Ventura City Council member John Quintus, the Dec. 10 deadline given to townships served by the VPA has passed without a signed contract from the Clear Lake Township for fire protection services with 


Local investigator warns: Clear Lake businesses not immune from fraud



Wednesday, 18 December 2013 15:23

Would your business or non-profit organization turn down a 5 percent increase in revenue every year?  If the organization has no anti-fraud controls, then that may be exactly what it’s doing. 

According to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), organizations lose an average of 5 percent of their revenues to fraud each year.  Clear Lake businesses and volunteer organizations aren’t immune from the problem.

“Fraud hits small businesses particularly hard,” says local CPA and Certified Fraud Examiner, Kelly Westphal Murphy.  “Oftentimes small businesses and non-profit organizations don’t have the resources to devote to putting effective anti-fraud controls in place.” 


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