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December 27th

Food For Thought

I’ve decided that the frantic feeling of being rushed, running out of time, too much to do that we face during the holidays every year is a phenomenon related to nothing more than the calendar. This sense of urgency, and the vague suspicion that we have somehow failed to get it all done, spring from a false assumption that time runs out on December thirty-first, and if we haven’t done as much or as well as we thought we would or should, we’ve run out of time and opportunity. And then there’s a feeling of unease about the coming year.

Walkin'

It’s been an interesting week.
Gretel, our short-term, short-tailed, feline roomer, stayed on a few more days after I last wrote.
She was no trouble at all the first few days as she dwelled inside the kennel Sabra set up for her with great care using feng shui, the ancient Chinese system using the laws of both Heaven and Earth to help improve life by channeling positive qi.

Bruce Larkin

Bruce A. Larkin, 57, of Iowa City, died unexpectedly on Friday, Dec. 16, 2011.
Services were held Dec. 21 at the Gay and Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City.
Bruce Anthony Larkin was born Sept. 27, 1954, in Ricketts. After high school, Bruce served in the U.S. Marine Corps and spent time stationed in Japan during the Vietnam War.
Local survivors include a son, Shawn Larkin (Rebecca) of North Liberty.
Memorials may be made to the Bruce Larkin Memorial Fund. Online condolences may be sent to Bruce’s family through the website www.gayandciha.com.

William K. Smith

William K. “Bill” Smith, 56, of North Liberty died peacefully Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, surrounded by his family.

Clifford Smith

Clifford Smith, 82, of Lone Tree, passed away on Monday, Dec. 19, 2011, at his home in Lone Tree. Funeral services were held on Friday, Dec. 23, at the Sorden-Lewis Home for Funeral and Cremation Services in Lone Tree. Burial was at the Lone Tree Cemetery, with full military honors.
Clifford Henry Smith, Jr. was born April 17, 1929, in Iowa City, the son of Clifford Henry and Velma Margaret (Hartsock) Smith. Clifford served the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict. On October 23, 1951, Clifford was united in marriage to Mary Margaret Forwald in Lone Tree.

Thomas A. Miller

Thomas A. Miller, 65, of rural Solon, died suddenly, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011, at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City.
Funeral Mass was held on Dec 23 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Solon, with burial at Oakland Cemetery in Solon. A memorial fund has been established in Tom’s memory. Online condolences may be sent for his family through the website www.gayandciha.com.

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Burning passion to serve

ELY– For 35 years, when the fire phone or pager would signal an emergency in Ely, volunteer firefighter Jim Miller would respond. At the age of 79, like the fire horse of old, he still turns out when the alarm sounds.
And he’s not going away anytime soon if he can help it.
“I told them I’ll quit when they carry me out or throw me out, and I’m sticking to it,” Miller said.

Gerdin family grants $400k to OEC

SOLON– The Gerdin Family Foundation has pledged to donate $400,000 toward the completion of the Solon school district’s Outdoor Events Center (OEC).
“Last month, the Gerdin family donated new lighting at Solon Middle School gymnasium and with the announcement of this large donation, they continue to show they are major supporters of the Solon Community School District,” said School Superintendent Sam Miller, adding, “the Gerdin donation may allow the district to complete the OEC.”

Solon veteran gives presentation during Veterans Day dinner

NORTH LIBERTY– Veterans Day was declared a national holiday- originally Armistice Day- in 1919, to mark the signing of the agreement that ended WWI.
But for veterans of war, it is never over.
Even those who serve in our nation’s military in times of peace know loss, hardship, and the strength of a fraternity that no amount of time or separation can weaken.
That familiarity with sacrifice was evident during the North Liberty American Legion Auxiliary’s annual Veterans Day dinner, held Nov. 15 at the South Slope Community Room in North Liberty.
Also evident was gratitude.