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Archive

December 7th

CCA girls stun the Mustangs

MOUNT VERNON– A slow start Tuesday night turned into a big win for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers girls basketball team. The Clippers pulled-off a 47-45 win in overtime in the Lady Mustangs’ stable.
A dismal first period found the Clippers struggling, shooting only 1-11 from the floor, and trailing 8-2. CCA narrowed the gap to 3 points, but watched as the Mustangs galloped away on a 12-3 run late in the quarter. Mount Vernon had the 21-9 advantage at the halftime break.

Swisher man takes special trip with other Eastern Iowa veterans

SWISHER- Joseph “Fred” Novotny, a former petty officer, third class, in the U.S. Navy, served his country in the vast Pacific Ocean theatre during World War II.
He remembered the change he saw in what was previously enemy territory, when the crew of the U.S.S. Arenac, an amphibious attack transport vessel that carried hundreds of troops, landed in the just-surrendered islands of Japan in Sept. 1945.
The occupying U.S. troops were greeted with welcome signs.

Fox Ridge residents seek low density housing

SOLON– A group of Fox Ridge neighbors is asking the city to consider a more comprehensive approach to multifamily housing.
A contingent representing 23 households along Windflower Lane appeared before the Solon City Council last week asking for the preservation of low density housing across from the duplexes that line the east side of the street.

November 29th

Contingency plans formed ahead of Feb. 5 vote

IOWA CITY– Moving quickly to get the word out about the district-wide vote in February 2013 for a new revenue purpose statement (RPS), Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) officials have held a press conference and informational meetings to explain the ballot move that will enable the schools to borrow up to $100 million.

Rural outdoor wedding venue granted year-long permit

JOHNSON COUNTY– A popular outdoor wedding venue in rural Johnson County will be allowed to march on through 2013.
Mary Ellen Hill, owner of Gazebo on the Green, was granted a Conditional Use Permit to host 12 events in 2013 at her 33-acre prairie and flower garden business located south of Solon on Newport Road.

ThinkFirst! safety talk aims to reduce devastating injuries

NORTH LIBERTY– It only takes an instant to change a life, possibly forever.
Each year, approximately 600 Iowans are paralyzed from a spinal cord injury and another 5,000 will suffer from a traumatic brain injury (TBI), according to information provided by ThinkFirst Iowa, an injury prevention program based out of the Blank Children’s Hospital in Des Moines.

November 27th

Gloria Tedrow

Gloria Dee Tedrow, 61, of Cedar Rapids, died Monday, Nov. 19, 2012, at St. Luke’s Hospital after an extended illness. Services were held Nov. 24 at Teahen Chapel, Walford, with the Rev. Dennis Juhl presiding. Burial was in St. Joseph Cemetery.
Local survivors her son, John (Jennifer) Tedrow of Swisher.

November 14th

Food For Thought

I have many friends who live in relatively new houses, houses with patios and decks and a front entrance that presents a barrier against the outside world rather than an inviting front porch. I remember the days when front porches had porch swings, Adirondack chairs, even hammocks slung between the house and railing. Porches where families sat after supper and watched the world go by, greeted neighbors out for strolls, kept an eye on the kiddies riding their tricycles along the sidewalk before being called in for bedtime.

Walkin'

Picking up from where I left off last week, Sabra and I started the final leg of our bicycle trip about 8:30 a.m. with two cold beers in my pannier.
The day was clear, warming quickly and I soon noticed that I had forgotten to fill my water bottles before leaving. I was nowhere near dying of thirst, but after 15 miles I was getting uncomfortable.
And then we came across Joe near Perryopolis.

Kathryn Daily

Kathrin “Kathy” F. Daily, 70, Belle Plaine, died Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, at her home following a lingering illness. Services were held Nov. 5 at Hrabak Funeral Home by Joseph T. Kane, Chaplain for Hospice of Mercy. Burial was in Rector Cemetery, Chelsea.
She is survived locally by sister Michelle VanThournout of Ely.
Memorials may be directed to the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy in Hiawatha or to the Belle Plaine Ambulance.
Her warm and generous heart and Beautiful smile will be greatly missed by all. She will forever remain alive in our memories.