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October 16th, 2012

Food For Thought

“Oh, you had an Aunt Agnes too?” my friend exclaimed. “Didn’t everybody?” I said. Whether or not her name was Agnes doesn’t matter. She was the aunt you remember most vividly. The one who always remembered your birthday. The two of you shared something special– most likely a birthday, middle name, or red hair.

Walkin'

On the seventh day it rained.
Until then, showers were predicted every day but nary a drop fell. This day was forecast to be dry and it sprinkled off and on most of the morning– so much for meteorology.
From Brunswick we cycled 20 miles to White’s Ferry. Because of the drizzle we made fewer picture stops than usual and arrived before noon.

Jimmy Burkhart

Jimmy “JJ” Burkhart, 64, found peace Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, following a valiant fight with cancer.
Funeral Services were held Oct. 11 at Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service, Iowa City, with the Rev. Mike Nelson officiating. Burial was at Memory Gardens Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Iowa City Hospice.
Jimmy was born May 27, 1948, in Niles, Mich., the son of Robert and Opal Kauffman Burkhart. He was a 1966 graduate of City High School. Following a 19-year engagement, he married Barb “Bubba” Lee on Dec. 24, 1996, in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Jack Erwin

Jack Erwin, 77, of Crawfordsville, died Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, at the M.L. McCreedy Home in Washington following complications from ALS Disease. Celebration of life services were held Oct. 10 at the United Church of Crawfordsville with Pastor Jason Collier and Larry Fletcher officiating. Interment was at the Crawfordsville Cemetery.
Memorials have been established for the United Church of Crawfordsville, Hospice of Washington County or the Crawfordsville First Responders.
Online condolences may be sent for Jack’s family through the web at www.jonesfh.com.

Edward Fitzpatrick

Edward R. Fitzpatrick, 91, of Cedar Rapids, died Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, at Living Center East after a short illness. Services were held Oct. 13 at Cedar Memorial Park. Burial with military rites was in Mount Calvary Cemetery.
Local survivors include his son, Michael (Barbara) of Solon.
Ed was born Jan. 8, 1921, in Olin, the son of James and Rena (Tarbox) Fitzpatrick. He married Helen M. Schmidt on March 15, 1946, in Cedar Rapids. She died in 2006. Ed was owner and operator of E.F. Construction Co., retiring from there after many years of services.

Paul B. “Duke” Fisher

Paul B. ”Duke” Fisher, 73, of Solon, formerly of South Amana, died at his home Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, surrounded by his family.
In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established in Paul’s memory. Online condolences may be left for his family on the web at www.gayandciha.com.

Hawk Talk

You tell me if this makes sense.
The Hawkeyes could come up with only 12 yards rushing on 13 carries in the first half.
Iowa also had only four first downs at half and Mark Weisman was held to only 20 on 11 carries which comes out to 1.8 yards per carry.
James Vandenberg completed 8-16 passes with one interception and the Hawks trailed 10-3 at intermission.
Then at the end of the game Mark, who finished with 116 yards and a score, can’t play in overtime because of a leg injury.
Oh yeah, how about the rainy conditions all day.
Thank goodness you play two halves (and then some).

The next step

The Hawkeye men’s basketball team had its first winning season in three years (18-17) and now is ready to take the next step.
What does that mean?
How about 20 wins, finishing in the top half of the Big Ten and making it to the Big Dance (the NCAA tournament)?
They have a chance, and with only one senior on the roster, the future looks bright.
Eric May (6-5, 217) is the last man standing. He came in with Cully Payne and Brandon Cougill, but they both are gone.

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Sutliff Bridge spans Cedar River again

SUTLIFF– With cold ones in their hands and smiles on their faces, about 300 people gathered in Sutliff Friday afternoon to celebrate the return of history.
“This place matters and these people matter,” said Rod Sullivan, chair of the Johnson County Board of Supervisors.