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August 20th, 2012

West volleyball starting from scratch (almost)

IOWA CITY– 2011 was a banner year for the West High Women of Troy on the volleyball court: 4A state tournament banner, Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) tournament champs (fourth consecutive) and MVC regular season champs banner (third consecutive).
Add in their second consecutive Class 4A state championship, and 2011 was an emotional rollercoaster for the team as they spent the season mourning and honoring friend and teammate Caroline Found. Found was killed in August just weeks before the school year started.

Johnson County Heritage Trust calls for public comment in accreditation process

JOHNSON COUNTY– Land trusts are organizations that protect natural areas and preserve land for public use, and Johnson County Heritage Trust has been carrying out that mission in Johnson County since 1978. With the support of generous donors and members, Johnson County Heritage Trust (JCHT) has helped set aside eight local natural areas for the enjoyment and education of the public, and holds conservation easements on eleven properties to help sustain the county’s prairies, woodlands, wetlands and sites of historic or scenic interest.

Looking for some depth

IOWA CITY– The start of a new season is a challenge for any coach, and West High’s Brian Martz is no exception. The Trojan Cross Country team lost a number of seniors to graduation, and Martz said his squad needs “(some guys to) step up to the plate and rise to the occasion if we are going to challenge for a conference championship or a team berth at state this year.”

A small boost for a big program

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– AmeriCorps is a national organization in need of local assistance.
It was granted by the North Liberty City Council last Aug. 14.

August 13th

Food For Thought

Newsflash! In England, chocolate has been declared a health food. The flavinoids (whatever those are) in dark chocolate have been proven to be beneficial in helping the body absorb some of the nutrients in food. And it is now recommended even to diabetics, who long have been deprived of such decadent treats. There’s one catch, though. Contrary to most people’s thinking that if a little is good, more is better, you should have no more than the equivalent of half a candy bar per week. Hardly enough for a good chocolate binge– or even a mild self-indulgence.

Walkin'

I break several laws every day...
There’s a stop sign near our house I regularly roll through in my car, for example. If police were present, I’d get a ticket but I don’t, never have, as I always make sure no one is around. If a pedestrian, another vehicle or, most decidedly, a squad car is in sight, I come to the complete stop law requires. If no one hears or sees it happen, like the proverbial tree falling in a forest, then it didn’t happen or matter.

Mary Baker

Mary Baker, 73, of Marion, formerly of Ely, died Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012, at her home. A memorial gathering will be from 4 until 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, at Brosh Chapel, 2121 Bowling St. SW, Cedar Rapids. Private family graveside services will be held at a later date in Rogers Grove Cemetery, near Ely.

Milvoy Jesina

Milvoy Louis Jesina, 92, of Cedar Rapids, died Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012, at St. Luke’s Hospital following a short illness. Graveside services with military rites were held Aug. 7 at National Cemetery, Vining, by the Rev. Charles Johnson.
Milvoy was born Jan. 7, 1920, to Louis and Libbie Dvorak Jesina. During World War II he served in the Army in the European-African-Middle Eastern Theater. After the service he worked at Cedar Rapids Transfer and Storage for over 30 years. He loved to fish and boat, and spend time at his cabin in Minnesota for 34 years.

James Mentzer

James K. Mentzer, 71, of Cedar Rapids, died Friday, Aug. 3, 2012. Funeral Mass was held Aug. 6 at St. John Catholic Church, Placid, by the Rev. Tom McDermott. Interment was in St. John Cemetery, Placid.
Local survivors include his son Mark (Becky) Mentzer of Ely.

Richard Netolicky

Richard “Dick” Antone Netolicky, 80, of Ely, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012. Services were held Aug. 10, at Brosh Chapel in Cedar Rapids. Burial was at Rogers Grove Cemetery near Ely, where full military rites were conducted.