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February 24th

The history of a moment

NORTH LIBERTY– To attend this year’s presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C. was nearly a historical feat in itself. The cold temperatures, unprecedented turnout and increased security did not deter an estimated two million people from trekking to the national mall on Jan. 20 to witness the swearing in of our nation’s first black president.
But Penn Elementary School teacher Jake Cummer made sure his students had front row seats.

‘I do’ it all over again

CORALVILLE– In traditional Valentine’s style, candles flickered, soft music wafted and words of romance were whispered between couples in love.
It was no less romantic that this Valentine’s Day, these couples spoke their vows in a church sanctuary within earshot of about three dozen strangers.
The Coralville United Methodist Church hosted a vow renewal ceremony on Saturday, Feb. 14, one event in the church’s year-long commemoration of its own 50th anniversary.
Lisa Beal is a church member who organized the vow renewal ceremony.

Balancing act

TIFFIN– “We don’t have all of the data we need to tell you concrete things yet,” said Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Superintendent Dr. Paula Vincent, speaking to the district’s school board at their meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 18.
The agenda items were to be staffing projections for 2009-2010 and presentation of the 2009-2010 proposed budget. Recent changes and a host of variables instead made the presentation a preliminary one, as Vincent sought guidance from the board in preparation for an upcoming budget work session.
The district must have its budget certified by Wednesday, April 15.

Food For Thought

Do you ever wonder where the names of things came from? I often do, especially when the word is a colorful one that rolls off the tongue and delights the ear. There is an old legend that it was the baby angels who were delegated to designing the world’s insects, which is why they’re so varied and fanciful. Unlike mammals, which can usually be identified as being members of different families, rodents, marsupials, etc., insects very often don’t much resemble some of their close relatives.

Men’s Basketball goes into OT win

IOWA CITY– Back in 1939, the Iowa football team was called the “Ironmen” because most of the players played the whole game.
Heisman trophy winner Nile Kinnick played nearly seven straight games without going to the sidelines until a shoulder injury sent him to the bench.
Fast forward 70 years and four of Iowa’s starting five in basketball played the whole game… and the five-minute overtime.
Jake Kelly, Matt Gatens, Aaron Fuller and Devan Bawinkel did not come out in the 70-60 overtime win against Michigan Sunday at Carver.

Wrestlers Stay Unbeaten

IOWA CITY– The wrestlers finished their dual season undefeated, beating Indiana and Northwestern. That’s the first time since the 1999-2000 season that the Hawks were perfect and the 24 wins are the most in school history.
On Friday, the Hawkeyes knocked off Indiana, 24-12, winning six matches and losing four, including a forfeit at heavyweight as Dan Erickson’s ankle continues to heal.
A great win by Charlie Faulk at 125. Charlie beat the defending NCAA champ and Big Ten champ Angel Escobedo 3-1 in overtime to get the Hawks off to a good start.

Hawk Women Continue to Roll

IOWA CITY– The Hawkeyes have four games left in the regular season. They went into the Wisconsin game last week with 16 wins, 10 in the Big Ten conference.
It looks like they will need to win at least three games to get a shot at the Big Dance which would give them 19 wins for the season.
They picked up two with victories over the Badgers and Wolverines last week.
Nobody said it would be easy, and the 72-65 win over Wisconsin last Thursday at Carver showed that to be true.
Iowa didn’t match Wisconsin’s intensity in the first half and trailed 32-30.

Clarence E. Young

Clarence E. Young, 85, of Homestead, died Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009, in Colonial Manor, Amana, following a brief illness. Services were held Tuesday at St. John’s Lutheran Church, rural Homestead, with the Rev. Wayne Woolery officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Visitation was held Monday at the church. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be contributed to Lutheran Interparish Schools, Williamsburg, or St. John’s Lutheran Church, rural Homestead.

Katherine M. Lee

Katherine M. Lee, 85, of Newton, lost her battle with heart disease Tuesday, Feb. 17, at Mercy Hospice in Johnston. Kathy was born on Nov. 23, 1923 to Charles and Frances Ziska. She graduated from St. Cloud, Minn., high school in 1940. While working in Minneapolis, she met and married Robert E. Lee on Dec. 27, 1945. Their married life led them to several places in Iowa, including Leon, Centerville, Coralville, Marshalltown, and Newton. Many friendships were formed from these places and from their travels.

Donald L. Kayser

Donald L. Kayser, 75, of Sebring, Fla., formerly of Independence, died Thursday evening, Feb. 12, 2009, at the Palms of Sebring Care Center following a long illness.
Memorial Mass was held Saturday at St. John’s Catholic Church, Independence, by the Rev. Don Plamondon, with inurnment in the church cemetery. Visitation was Saturday at the church. Arrangements are with Reiff Funeral Home & Crematory in Independence.