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January 29th, 2013

Walkin'

Strangers on the beach

Sabra and I have been to the resort area of Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, several times. We get there by flying from the Cedar Rapids airport, about a dozen miles from our house. I say we’re going to the land of the endless buffet because not only can you eat nearly around the clock under the all-inclusive package, but also the variety of food seems to go on into infinity as the workers switch out one sumptuous dish for another.

Food for Thought

The orphan trains

My friend and fellow writer Ethel Barker started out to write a novel, for young adult readers, about a piece of Iowa history that had fascinated her for years. Titled “For the Love of Pete,” the story is about three young children who were transported from New York City to the Midwest in an effort to give them a better chance in life. Commonly known as “orphan trains,” though a good many of the children were not technically orphans, the trains transported over 200,000 children from the slums of New York to 45 states, where they were fostered or adopted by families.

January 22nd

Clippers win, then fall, on the mat

CCA wins double dual at English Valley, give it up to Benton Community, Vinton-Shellsburg

NORTH ENGLISH– A tough season got a little brighter Monday, Jan. 14, as Jared Carder’s Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity wrestlers won a double dual meet against English Valley and Lone Tree at North English.
Colton Beckler took an 8-2 decision from Lone Tree’s Jake Viner at 126 pounds, Jacob Wessling won by fall in 3:02 at 138 pounds against Thomas Tryon of Lone Tree and Nate Langrehr took the 145-pound match with a win by fall in 1:10 over Lone Tree’s Drake Dauber. At 152 pounds, Stephen Jensen pinned Lone Tree’s Trevor Rogers in 4:39.

Jirak’ed!

CPU standout leads Pointers past Clippers, 65-48

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– Joshua Jirak pounded in 37 points to lead the Center Point-Urbana (CPU) Stormin’ Pointers past the struggling Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers Tuesday night on the Clippers’ home hardwood. The Pointers took the late-starting varsity game 65-48, dropping the Clippers to 2-11 as the regular season heads for the home stretch.

Swisher Sharp Shooters, auxiliary to hold benefit breakfast Feb. 9

SWISHER– The Swisher Sharp Shooters and Swisher Junior Auxiliary will hold a benefit breakfast Saturday, Feb. 9, from 7 until 11 a.m. at the Swisher American Legion.

Swisher Mardi Gras party, fundraiser Feb. 9

SWISHER– Join the fun at the Swisher American Legion on Saturday, Feb. 9, for a Mardi Gras party and fundraiser.
The Mardi Gras party begins with DJ Bill Tandy from 8 p.m. until midnight, and features karaoke, raffle prizes, and a traditional Mardi Gras King Cake. A trophy will be presented to the person who wears the best Mardi Gras costume of the night.
Team Iowa will tend bar, and all tips will support veterans returning from active duty. Raffle proceeds also benefit veterans. Everyone is welcome.

Swisher Legion ‘Chili Cook Off’ to be held Super Bowl Sunday

SWISHER– The Swisher American Legion will hold a “Chili Cook Off” on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, which is also Super Bowl Sunday. Entry fee is $5 which includes participant’s all-you-can-eat chili. Entries must be to the Swisher American Legion by 2 p.m. with no exceptions.
One entry per person, which must be one crock-pot per entry.
Prizes: First place: $100; second place: $50; third place $25. After the judging, everyone is welcome to $5 all-you-can-eat chili.
Mix up your best batch of chili and let the judging begin. Call Ron at 319-538-6362 with any questions.

Troop 216 to host chili supper Feb. 2

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty Boy Scout Troop 216 will host its 33rd annual chili supper from 4:30 until 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at the North Liberty Community Center.
Tickets are $5. Children 5 and under are admitted free. The dinner includes all-you-can-eat meat or vegetarian chili, bread, drinks and a variety of homemade desserts, including traditional scout cobbler.
The dinner is the troop’s primary annual fundraising event. Proceeds help cover the cost of high adventure trips, summer camp and other activities for the troop’s approximately 30 scouts.

‘Up ‘N Atom’ Optimist Club of North Liberty releases February calendar

NORTH LIBERTY– The Optimist Club of North Liberty has scheduled the following events:
Jan. 24: Regular dinner meeting, 6:30 p.m., Pizza Ranch. Speaker: To be determined.
Feb. 11: Board meeting, 6:30 p.m., Darlene Smith’s home.
Feb. 14: Valentine’s party, 6:30 p.m., Brown Bottle.
Feb. 28: Regular dinner meeting, 6:30 p.m., Pizza Ranch. Speaker: To be determined.

CCA to host fine arts benefit Jan. 26

ITIFFIN– On Saturday, Jan. 26, Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) fine arts boosters, F.A.M.E., will sponsor a benefit concert and silent auction event, “Black Gowns and Bowties,” in the CCA High School Performing Arts Center.