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Nine seniors lead the way for 2011 West baseball

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY — Coach Charlie Stumpff’s West High Trojans have been the State Class 4A Runner-Up team for two years in a row. With nine seniors on the 2011 squad, the smart money would look for West to be back in Des Moines again this year.
The Trojans lost Sean Moore, Neil Madsen, Colton Rogers, David Rachke, Neil Flynn, Ryan Raaf, Chris Lauer and Tom Heinrich to graduation, but a core of veteran starters remains.

West girls tennis to State

IOWA CITY — The 2011 Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union (IGHSAU) Singles and Doubles Regional Tennis Tournament was held at the Hawkeye Tennis Complex on Thursday, May 19. Class 1A and 2A competition was held with the champion and runner-up advancing to the State Tournament, which will be held Thursday and Friday, June 2 and 3. The State Tournament will also be at the Hawkeye Tennis Complex.
In singles action West High’s Addy Riley won the championship with teammate Olivia Lofgren the runner-up.

Optimists Club releases June calendar of activities

NORTH LIBERTY– The Optimist Club of North Liberty May and June calendar is as follows:
May 26: Regular Thursday Dinner Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Pizza Ranch. Speaker: Natalie Wilkerson will present Tender Care Apparel.
May 29: Blues & BBQ Festivities. Optimist food trailer will be positioned to serve beginning at 11:30 a.m. Volunteers needed.
June 9-12: Fun Days. Parade on Friday, June 10, and the food trailer in operation during the weekend. Volunteers needed.
June 13: Board Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Bill and Darlene Smith’s home.

Kent Park beach to open May 28

OXFORD– The F.W. Kent Park Beach will open for the season on Saturday, May 28. Daily hours are 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Park officials remind the public that no lifeguards are provided; swim at your own risk, swim only at the designated beach. No alcohol is allowed on beach. Cans, bottles and food items are not permitted in the beach area.
For further information, contact the Johnson County Conservation Board at 319 645 2315.

Food For Thought

It’s long been said that necessity is the mother of invention. I don’t know who said it first, possibly Benjamin Franklin– it’s the sort of thing he is given credit for, but I can only guess since I’ve misplaced my book of famous quotations. I suspect that all those famous pronouncements weren’t exactly original to Franklin in the first place. It’s more likely that he decided to write down all the wise and apt pronouncements he heard from other people and put them in Poor Richard’s Almanac, thus getting credit for them.

Walkin'

“What’s going on down there?” Sabra yelled from the bedroom to me in the kitchen.

David Becicka

David Emil Becicka, 61, of Coggon, died Monday, May 16, 2011, at Mercy Medical Center. Services were held May 20 at Brosh Chapel in Cedar Rapids. Burial followed in Czech National Cemetery.
David was born Nov. 6, 1949, in Cedar Rapids, the son of Joseph and Lila (Pierson) Becicka. He married Shirley King Lubbock on May 23, 2003, in Cedar Rapids. He was a union electrician for over 42 years, most recently with Nelson Electric.
David is survived locally by a brother Jerry (Bonnie) Becicka of Swisher.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Joan Stansbery.

Rick Griffin

Rick A. “Griff” Griffin, 54, of North Liberty, lifelong resident of the Iowa City area, died Thursday, May 12, 2011, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics after a courageous battle with cancer.
Funeral services were held May 17 at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established in his memory. Online condolences may be sent for his family through the web at www.gayandciha.com.

Richard Krause

A memorial celebration for Richard Krause will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 29, at the Brandon Community Center, Brandon. Richard’s family lived in the Solon area for 17 years before moving to Arizona where Richard died December 10, 2010, in Sun City West.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the charity of the donor’s choice in Richard’s name.
Van Steenhuyse-Russell Funeral Home is caring for Richard’s family. Condolences may be left and a full obituary may be viewed at www.vsrfh.com.

Marcia Morris

Marcia Dee Morris, 81, a resident of Willow Gardens, Marion, formerly of Anamosa, died May 14, 2011. Memorial services were held May 18 at Cedar Memorial Park Chapel of Memories, Cedar Rapids. The Rev. David Hagstrom of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church officiated. Inurnment was at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery, Cedar Rapids.
Surviving locally is her son, Matt Allbee of North Liberty and grandchildren, Shawn and Jessica Allbee.