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Archive

November 7th, 2012

Just out of reach

IOWA CITY– Blame it on the full moon. Blame it on bad luck and/or lucky breaks.
It boils down to fundamentals.
The Prairie Hawks of Cedar Rapids Prairie had them down pat Monday night as they rolled onto Trojan Field for a rematch in a Class 4A second round playoff game. West defeated Prairie 58-27 in the regular season and was ranked No. 2 in the state with a 10-0 record vs. Prairie’s 7-3. Under a full moon and with the end of the season, or advancing one step closer to the UNI Dome on the line, the Prairie Hawks apparently forgot they were supposed to lose.

October 30th

Food For Thought

I’ve always admired the person who can keep the keeping in housekeeping. It implies that the trick to the whole thing is in maintaining the status quo; in staying on top of things and returning everything to its proper order immediately if not sooner. I once shared a dorm room with a neatnik. It gives me shivers just to contemplate repeating the experience.

Walkin'

We made Meyersdale by mid-afternoon and rolled 11 miles to our overnight in Rockwood, Pa. While the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) is gravel, it is excellently maintained and we set our sights on covering a hundred miles in two days.

Katie (Kathryn) Rose Birtcher

Katie (Kathryn) Rose Birtcher, 8, of Lone Tree, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, at the University of Iowa Hospitals. Mass of the Resurrection for Katie was held on Oct. 30 at the legion. Burial was at the Lone Tree Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established. Online condolences for the family may be sent to www.lewisfuneralhomes.com.

Mary Ann Carr

Mary Ann Carr, 80, entered the arms of angels on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, at the Israel Family Hospice House in Ames.
Funeral mass was held Thursday, Oct. 25, at St. Cecilia Catholic Church, in Ames. Burial was in the Ames Municipal Cemetery.
Mary Ann was born on Sept. 11, 1932, in Ottumwa to Gwendolyn (Graves) and Walter Verhille. She graduated from Ottumwa Heights Academy and the University of Iowa. On June 18, 1955, Mary Ann married John “Jack” Carr in Ottumwa. They moved to the Ames area in 1955 and raised their family of five children.

Mary O. Carter

Mary O. Carter, 85, died Friday Oct. 19, 2012, at the Simpson Memorial Home in West Liberty.
A memorial service was held Friday, Oct. 26, at the Henderson-Barker Funeral Home in West Liberty. Burial was in the Oak Ridge Cemetery, West Liberty. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.hendersonbarkerfuneralhome.com. A memorial fund has been established.

Eleanor Cropp

Eleanor Cropp, 83, of Cedar Rapids, died at home, Monday, Oct. 22, 2012.
A service was held Oct. 27, at Echo Hill Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Jim Langley officiating. Interment was at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery.
Eleanor is survived by her daughter, Cathy (James) Cropp-Scanlon of Cedar Rapids; grandsons, David, Christopher, and Andrew; and a sister, Val Stahle of Clearwater, Fla. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, George, and brothers, Elmer and Milton Votroubek.

Teresa Lynn Cooling

Teresa Lynn Cooling, 50, of Cedar Rapids, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, at Mercy Hospital Cedar Rapids. Family greeted friends Monday, Oct. 22, at Brosh Chapel in Solon.
Teresa was born on May 30, 1962, in Cedar Rapids to Darrell and Joann (Thompson) Van Winkle. She graduated form Washington High School in 1980. Teresa married Richard Cooling in 1991.

Lois D. Runnels

Lois D. Runnels, 89, died Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012, at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City. She is the mother of Amy Anderson and her husband, Bruce of Solon; and Dee Runnels of Moline, Ill.; and grandmother to Kate, Joe and Jake.
There was a Celebration of Lois’ life on Oct. 27 at the First United Methodist Church in Clinton. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Clinton, for capital improvements, or to the family for the purchase of a memorial tree and plaque on the Clinton riverfront. Excess donations for the riverfront memorial will be given to the church.

Hawk Talk

I’m not into moral victories and I’m not sure that Iowa’s loss, 28-17, Saturday would even seem like a moral victory.
At least Iowa still had a chance in the middle of the fourth quarter, down 28-17 with the ball at midfield and over four minutes left in the game.
Almost all of the preseason magazines, the Big Ten media and the ESPN football guys picked Iowa to finish in the bottom half of the Legends division.
The scary part of all that is sometimes those guys are right.
Before the season I thought the Iowa State and Northwestern games were tossups and Iowa lost both.