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Walkin'

Pearl, our two-and-a-half-year-old Labradoodle, returned to her old tricks recently.
We adopted Pearl through a local dog rescue operation. By six months, she didn’t sell so she either had to get out or be put down. She probably never stepped a paw outside of a cage. Kept on a diet that makes stools soft, her six square feet of space was cleaned by a disinterested worker with a hose.
It was all she knew.
Then one day she was suddenly yanked into another cage, which was scary enough, but it did something that terrified her even more: it shook as it was in transport to us, her new friends.

Food for Thought

One of my sisters and I were reminiscing over some old photos of family picnics and other excursions. (We never actually had family vacations as such except for one memorable occasion when we visited Melen, Wis., where both our parents attended high school. If there were photos taken then, they reside in someone else's picture album, for I don't seem to have any.)

Sleepless in North Liberty

I didn’t want to go to sleep last Saturday night.
After Iowa’s stunning 21-10 comeback victory over fifth-ranked Penn State, I didn’t want that good feeling to end.
109,000 fans all dressed for the whiteout (minus about 3,000 wearing black and gold), pouring rain all day and all during the game, the Nittany Lions jumping out to a 10-0 lead and everybody, that is everyone outside the state of Iowa picking Penn State to avenge the 24-23 loss from last year.

Guest Opinion from the Iowa State Senate

As your state senator, I’m paying close attention to how the deepening national recession is affecting Iowa families, businesses, communities and the state budget.
When the current state budget was approved, I pushed for cuts in spending compared to the previous year. Those cuts mean reduced state spending in almost every area of the budget, including travel and compensation for legislators.
The question now is whether additional cuts will be needed to balance this year’s budget.

Clara M. Dohnalek

Clara M. Dohnalek, 96, of Solon, died Friday, Sept. 25, 2009, at the Solon Nursing Care Center. Services were held Monday, Sept. 28, at Brosh Chapel in Solon. Visitation was one hour prior to services Monday at Brosh Chapel in Solon. Private family interment followed in Czech National Cemetery.

Larry Joseph Meyers

Larry Joseph Meyers, 58, of Solon, died Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009, at Mercy Iowa City. A memorial visitation and a Celebration of Life service were held Sept. 24 at Brosh Chapel in Solon. Inurnment will be at a later date in St. Francis Xavier Cemetery, Dyersville. Brosh Chapel in Solon is in charge of arrangements.

Donald R. Pike

Donald R. Pike, 90, a resident of West Ridge Care Center, died there Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009. Services were held Wednesday, Sept. 23, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Faith & Life, by the Rev. Perry Fruhling. Inurnment: Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation was held Sept. 22 at Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home.

Dr. Jay T. Pronk

Dr. Jay T. Pronk, 31, of North Liberty, died Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City of complications from a transplant for treatment of leukemia.
Funeral services were held Monday, Sept. 21, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Iowa City, with Rev. Tim Zimmermann officiating. Private graveside services were at Memorial Park Cemetery in Mason City. Visitation and a luncheon for those in attendance were held Monday at the church. Cataldo Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Grace Evelyn Silver

Grace Evelyn Silver, 91, a longtime resident of Marion, passed away at the Hiawatha Care Center in Hiawatha on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009. Services were held Sept. 23, at First Baptist Church in Marion by the Rev. Randy Bobzien, with visitation before the services. Burial was in Mount Clark Cemetery, Central City.

Emil “Skrip” William Skripsky

Emil “Skrip” William Skripsky, 86, of North Liberty, died Sunday, Sept. 20, 2009, at Windmill Manor Care Center. Funeral services were held Sept. 22, at Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service. Burial was at St. Joseph’s Cemetery. Visitation was held Sept. 21 at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Iowa City Hospice or American Cancer Society.