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Archive

April 9th, 2012

Can-structing a can-do cat

NORTH LIBERTY– Have you seen the “Nyan Cat?” No, not the Neon cat nor the nano cat.
The “Nyan Cat,” pronounced “Knee-ahn,” is a worldwide web video sensation with millions of fans, and one local junior high art club is tapping into the viral power of the feline animation to fight hunger.
How are they fighting hunger with a cartoon cat?

NLD to host breakfast business mixer April 17

NORTH LIBERTY– In an effort to promote the city’s growing business community, North Liberty Development, a not-for-profit group of business owners and advocates, will host a breakfast business mixer Tuesday, April 17, from 7:30 until 9 a.m. at Hills Bank & Trust, 590 Forevergreen Rd. in North Liberty.
At the event, local business people and city leaders will have the opportunity to mingle, network and meet one-on-one over breakfast. Also, city representatives will give a presentation about the new North Liberty Small Business Assistance Program.

ICCSD parents to approach council April 10

NORTH LIBERTY– A group of concerned Iowa City school district parents scheduled time to appear on the North Liberty City Council’s meeting agenda this week.
Parents requested an audience with the council for Tuesday, April 10, to revisit the topic of a third Iowa City Community School District regular high school, which many parents in the North Liberty area would like to see built in North Liberty. The group’s presentation is scheduled for a pre-meeting work session at 6:30 p.m. in the council chambers, 1 Quail Creek Cr., North Liberty.

CCA girls’ soccer driving the Demons out

TIFFIN — The Washington Demons woke a sleeping giant. Four and-a-half minutes into the season opener between Washington and Clear Creek Amana Monday, April 2, a Demon scored a goal. Sara Bleeker’s Clippers went to battle stations and delivered a withering attack, ending 11 goals later under the 10-goal mercy rule.
“It would’ve been a really different game if we hadn’t come back,” Bleeker told her ladies after the match. The early score shocked the Clippers, Bleeker said, and rallied them to an awesome performance.

Opening day Blues

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN — After 100 minutes of battle, it all came down to 10 kicks Tuesday afternoon (April 3) as the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers opened their 2012 campaign at home against the West Liberty Comets.

Making some cuts

SOLON– Industrial arts classes are being dropped by local school districts for budgetary reasons and for some, shop classes and other career-focused courses will eventually be replaced by an educational tech center called the Kirkwood Johnson County Regional Center (KJCRC).
KJCRC will be a centralized career academy run by Kirkwood Community College (KCC) at the University of Iowa’s Oakdale campus in Coralville. The new school will be completed in 2014 and is modeled on KCC’s Jones County Regional Education Center, which opened in 2008.

April 2nd

Food For Thought

My memories of early television are scant because my dad refused to buy a television set until the reception was good enough to suit him, which means the only times I saw television prior to the early 1950s was when we visited my grandparents on Sundays and watched, through the grainy snow of the tiny screen, some of the early programs that were mostly just the same old radio shows with milky pictures attached. Chairs were lined up as at the theater, the set was turned on, adjusted, and the lamps were turned off. No one talked or snacked while watching television then.

Walkin'

What do you do when your nose goes on strike?
Every afternoon for the past several weeks at two I’ve been receiving a call on my cell phone from a company in New York. The recorded message states that this is an urgent call with an important message for Cynthia Unger, who should retrieve said message immediately by calling a given 800 number or by simply pressing zero now.

Not so much

On Sunday, Feb. 26, while my son and I were watching the NBA All-Star Game on television at home, Trayvon Martin, a 17-year old black male, was walking back to the home of his father’s fiancé in a gated Florida community. He was shot and killed by a member of a neighborhood watch group who had been following him. Martin was unarmed.
George Zimmerman admitted shooting Martin and claimed self-defense. He has not been charged by authorities.

Robert Brumley Sr.

Robert (Bob) Brumley Sr., 77, of North Fort Myers, Fla., formerly of Solon, died Saturday, March 24, 2012, at Physicians Regional Medical Center, Naples, Fla. Bob died from multiple complications following a brief, but sudden illness. Memorial services were held March 30 at Teahen Funeral Home, Cedar Rapids, by Pastor Dan Wiersema of Immanuel Baptist Church. Burial was at the Shueyville Cemetery.