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August 7th, 2012

Cougars, bobcats making a comeback . . But what about bats?

By B. Adam Burke
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– White nose syndrome is the scourge of bat colonies worldwide. The disease was first tracked out of a cave in Europe, where larger bat species have been able to resist its effects and survive winters.
In Iowa and the U.S., micro-bats swarm the evening air, vacuuming up and devouring their weight in insects each night.
But with a lower body weight, micro-bats have a harder time fighting off the fungal infections from white nose syndrome.

August 2nd

Don L. “Donnie” Howard, Jr.

Don L. “Donnie” Howard, Jr. 61, of Letts, passed away on Monday, July 30, 2012 at Genesis East Medical Center in Davenport. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, August 2, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. at the Geo. M. Wittich-Lewis Home for Funeral and Cremation Services. Rev. John Brown will officiate. Burial will be in Muscatine Memorial Park Cemetery. Following the interment a time of food and fellowship will be held at the Geo. M. Wittich-Lewis Community Room. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

July 30th

Food For Thought

We used to look forward to the county fair every summer. We didn’t have a local festival as many towns did even then, much like Beef Days and all the other “days” we now have to choose from every summer. I can think of Corydon’s Old Settler’s Days, Britt’s Hobo Days, and Pella’s Tulip Time, to name a few. The best we could hope for, besides the fair, was that a traveling circus would come to town. These weren’t always accompanied by carnival rides, and they were often rather small affairs– sometimes only a few acts and some caged animals to view.

Walkin'

2009: The year Remington sold its ten-millionth model 870 12-guage shot gun, the same model James Holmes used to begin his killing spree in an Aurora, Colo., movie theater.
100: Bullet capacity of the drum magazine of the Smith and Wesson M&P 15, the second weapon Holmes used. The gun, which is basically a semi-automatic version of the fully-automatic, military assault rifle called an M16, jammed.
18: Number of seconds he could have shot all 100 bullets if the gun had not jammed.

Robert Englert

Robert J. “Bob” Englert, 80, of Lisbon, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family Sunday, July 22, 2012, at Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House in Hiawatha. Memorial Services were held July 26 at Morgan Funeral Home, Mount Vernon. Burial followed at the Lisbon Cemetery.
Bob was born in Iowa City to Raymond C. and Mary J. (Mattes) Englert on Sept. 2, 1931. He graduated from St. Patrick’s High School in Iowa City. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict from 1952 until 1954. On Oct. 14, 1954, he married Joyce A. Bohr at St. John’s Catholic Church, Lisbon.

Dale Lytle

Dale E. Lytle, 81, of Solon, passed away Tuesday, July 24, 2012, at St. Luke’s Hospital, Cedar Rapids. Celebration of Life Service will be held Aug. 5 at the Hiawatha Community Center from 5 until 11 p.m.
Dale was born to Matt and Gladys Lytle on Oct. 7, 1930, in Brookings, S.D. He served his country in the US Army and was sent to Japan for occupational duty from 1948 until 1950 and in Korea from 1950 until 1951. He married Vivian Coughlin on Oct. 7, 1951. He owned Webb’s Transmission Service for 27 years and retired in 1992. He worked part-time for Car Colors for eight years.

Frances Reed

Frances Agnes Reed, 92, of Cedar Rapids, died Monday, July 23, 2012, at Living Center West. Services were held July 26 at St. Patrick Catholic Church by the Rev. Ivan Nienhaus.
Frances was born Dec. 9, 1919, in Holbrook, the daughter of Francis and Agnes (Kelly) Driscoll and graduated from St. Patrick High School. She married Donald Reed on July 3, 1941, in Cedar Rapids. She was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church.
Local survivors include her son, Paul of Swisher.
Instead of flowers memorials may be directed to Essence of Life Hospice, 3207 220th Trl., Amana, IA 52203.

Randy Rotzinger

Randy L. Rotzinger, 55, of North Liberty, died peacefully at his home on Tuesday, July 24, 2012. A gathering of family and friends to celebrate Randy’s life will be held from 3 until 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 1, at Lensing Funeral Home, 605 Kirkwood Ave., Iowa City. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to The Randy Rotzinger Memorial Fund.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.lensingfuneral.com under obituaries.

Mildred Smith

Mildred Gladys Smith, 93, of Cedar Rapids, died Tuesday, July 24, 2012, at Rock Ridge Care Center, Shellsburg. Services were held July 27 at Murdoch-Linwood Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Cedar Rapids. Burial was at Linwood Cemetery, Cedar Rapids.
Mildred was born Jan. 2, 1919, near Belle Plaine, daughter of Charles and Julia Sikir. She lived in the area until moving to Cedar Rapids with her husband, Emory Smith. Mildred retired after 45 years with Smulekoff’s.
Local survivors include her granddaughter, Kelly (Alex) Pelzel of North Liberty.

Irene Stallman

Irene Marie Stallman, 76, of Cedar Rapids, died Sunday, July 22, 2012, at Manor Care Health Services following a courageous battle with cancer and diabetes. Services were held July 26 at St. Michael Catholic Church, Norway, by the Rev. Craig Steimel. Burial was at St. Michael Cemetery.
Local survivors include her sister Mary Jane (Larry) Ockenfels of Swisher, and her brother, Marvin (Deanna) Stallman of Ely.