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Archive

September 22nd, 2009

Food for Thought

For the past three years, health problems and bad timing have prevented me from taking my usual mini-vacations to northwestern Iowa, where there is a little old house that my family uses as a home base for reunions and fishing trips. The surrounding area, including Palo Alto, Clay and Emmet counties, is close to Minnesota and, like Minnesota, contains many lovely glacial lakes (there must be at least a half dozen within a half hour's drive from the house).

Kathryn M. Davis

Kathryn M. Davis, 93, of North Liberty, died Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009, at Lantern Park Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Coralville.
Visitation and services were held Thursday, Sept. 17 at Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service in Iowa City. Kathryn chose to be cremated following the service. Burial will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Visiting Nurses Association.

Judy Meincke

Judy Meincke, 48, of West Branch, died Friday, Sept. 11, 2009, at her home. Funeral service was held Tuesday, Sept. 15, at the Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home. The Rev. Betsey Neipert officiated. Casket bearers were Barry Berg, Bill Batzkiel, Leo Kirkpatrick, John Wertzbaugher, Alan Birkhofer and Rick Smith. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation was Monday at the funeral home.

Kenneth James Morlan

Kenneth James Morlan, 69, of Oxford, died peacefully Sunday, Sept. 13, 2009, at the University of Iowa Hospital surrounded by his family.
Both the visitation and service were held at Grace United Methodist Church in Tiffin, with visitation Tuesday, Sept. 15, and service Sept. 16 with Pastor Beverly Marshall-Goodell officiating. A luncheon in the church fellowship hall followed the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Kenneth J. Morlan Memorial Fund.

Mildred Mary (Benjamin) Stalkfleet

Mildred Mary (Benjamin) Stalkfleet, 85, of Iowa City, died Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009, at Mercy Hospice Care in Iowa City following a lengthy illness. A private family memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Mercy Hospice Care of Mercy Hospital in Iowa City. Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service is handling the arrangements.

Thelma Hazel Walter

Thelma Hazel Walter, 88, died Friday, Sept. 11, 2009, at the English Valley Care Center in North English. Celebration of Life Service was held Tuesday, Sept. 15, at North English United Methodist Church, with Pastor Kirk Statler officiating. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery in Williamsburg. Visitation was Sept. 14 at Powell Funeral Home in North English.
Survivors include two sons, Jerry Walter and wife, Geri, of Cedar Rapids; and Gene Walter and wife, Jane, of Tulsa, Okla. www.powellfuneralhomes.com.

William E. Wilson

William E. Wilson, 67, of Toddville, died Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009, at his home from a courageous battle with cancer. Services were held Thursday, September 17, at Noelridge Park Church in Cedar Rapids. Burial followed in Mount Clark Cemetery in Central City. Visitation was held Wednesday at Brosh Chapel in Cedar Rapids.

September 14th

Life on wheels isn't an an easy ride

NORTH LIBERTY– For North Liberty resident Joe Shepardson, a trip to the post office isn’t just a five-minute car ride. Going to the grocery store involves taking a circuitous route and braving the elements. Visiting City Hall requires accompaniment.
Shepardson was born with Cerebral Palsy, is legally blind and moves around in an electric wheelchair.
He is also educated, gainfully employed and eager to become involved in the North Liberty community.

City moves forward with parks, trails plan

NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty now has two new guiding documents.
The North Liberty City Council officially adopted both a plan for developing a connected trails network and a comprehensive plan for future development of its parks and green spaces at the Tuesday, Sept. 8 meeting.
Though the plans were both on the agenda for the Aug. 25 meeting, the trails plan was unanimously adopted while the parks plan was tabled, as council member Terry Donahue asked for an additional opportunity for the public to give input on both the documents.

August 31st

Walkin'

I want a bomb
On our recent biking trip through Missouri, I noticed that bombs are a popular motif in outdoor decorating around the St. Louis airport area. I saw bombs welded into an archway in front of a war memorial, a bomb doubling as a sign accent and even a bomb as a fence post in a yard.
The welded bombs were about a foot and a half long. The biggest one spread about four feet and hung by stout chains below a sign reading “Military Surplus.” Customers walked underneath it on their way into the brick building. The bomb in the yard was somewhere in between in size.