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Archive - Jul 2011

Date

July 18th

Walkin'

Inside the Wieboldt’s distribution center was as close to hell as I ever care to get.
William A. Wieboldt owned and operated a general retail store in Chicago in the late 1880s. By the time I took my job during the summer of 1969, between my junior and senior years of high school, the German immigrant who survived the Great Fire was long dead but there were 15 stores in the Chicago area still bearing his name. Wieboldt’s slogan was “Where You Buy With Confidence!” In a way it was a precursor to Walmart, where you buy at your own peril.

Food For Thought

The farm near Perry and Woodward in Dallas County, was in my memory the place where my grandparents lived the longest of all the farms they had rented and worked during their life together. Possibly because Grandpa’s health was failing and he had pretty much turned the running of the farm over to his two eldest sons, his wanderlust had abated and he was content to stay in one place. Most of my farm memories take place in that oddly-put-together house, which apparently had been two houses joined into one, with a couple of small additions tacked on when more space was needed.

Solon youth football camp Aug. 1-4

SOLON– The 2011 Spartan Youth Football Camp for students entering second through eighth grade will be held Aug. 1-4 at the Spartan practice field located behind the high school. Second through fifth-graders will attend from 9-10:30 a.m., and sixth through eighth-graders will attend from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The fee is $55, with checks payable to Solon Football.
This camp will allow each camper to learn and apply the various skills and techniques applicable to football.

Bands bring cool shade of blue to hot weekend fest

NORTH LIBERTY– Now reappearing: the fifth annual Liberty Centre Blues & BBQ festival, with the help of some new and additional talent.
This Saturday, July 23, the grills will be re-fired, the tents re-staked and the amps rewired, as blues fest organizers prepare for a rescheduled date. Originally scheduled for May 29, morning thunderstorms damaged tents and left inches of standing water on the grassy fields of the event site.

July 17th

The taming of the flue

NORTH LIBERTY– The Renshaw House is getting a new ‘do.
As part of the house’s ongoing upkeep, the City of North Liberty recently contracted with Bryan Bunting Construction, Inc., to put a new roof on the aging structure. The building also received new soffits, rafter tail and repairs to its crumbling chimney.

July 11th

Trojans reign supreme over City High baseball

IOWA CITY — When West High meets City High in football it’s “The Battle for the Boot.” In volleyball, “The Spike” is on the line. When these two schools meet on the baseball diamond only pride and bragging rights are at stake, but that’s okay with the guys in green.
For the second year in a row, the Trojans reigned supreme over their cross town rivals in a two-day doubleheader.

West’s Women of Troy sweep Waterloo East

IOWA CITY — Green and yellow streamers and chalked tributes marked the sidewalk down to the diamond. “Alise #15” was chalked on the roof of the visitors’ dugout. At first glance, one would think it was shortstop Alise Miller’s birthday.
Actually it was Senior Night, and Miller is the only senior on West’s young varsity softball team.
The Women of Troy disposed of the Waterloo East Trojans 11-7 and 5-1.
In game one, the East Trojans scored one run in the top of the fourth inning, four in the fifth and two in the seventh.

Local author Don Lund featured

IOWA CITY– Local author Don Lund of North Liberty will be promoting his book “No Hands, No Feet No Problem?” as part of the Jones Harvest Publishing Book Tour at the Iowa City Book Festival Saturday, July 16, at 10 a.m. at Gibson Square next to the University of Iowa Library in Iowa City. The Book Festival, which runs July 15-17, is presented by the University of Iowa.

NL Pantry Thanksgiving in July food drive

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Community Pantry will be conducting a Thanksgiving in July community-wide food drive.
All the food collected in North Liberty goes to the North Liberty Community Pantry. Drop off food or financial donations at these participating financial institution during the entire month of July. The financial institution that collects the most pounds wins the Traveling Turkey Trophy to display throughout 2011.
Drop-off locations:
• Collins Community Credit Union
• Hills Bank
• Liberty Bank
• MidWestOne Bank
• University Of Iowa Community Credit Union
• US Bank

Free southern gospel concert

NORTH LIBERTY-A free Southern Gospel Concert featuring Master’s Voice will be held at the North Liberty Baptist Church, Saturday, Aug. 6, at 6 p.m. A free-will offering will be taken following the concert.