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Archive - 2011

December 27th

Thomas A. Miller

Thomas A. Miller, 65, of rural Solon, died suddenly, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011, at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City.
Funeral Mass was held on Dec 23 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Solon, with burial at Oakland Cemetery in Solon. A memorial fund has been established in Tom’s memory. Online condolences may be sent for his family through the website www.gayandciha.com.

Clifford Smith

Clifford Smith, 82, of Lone Tree, passed away on Monday, Dec. 19, 2011, at his home in Lone Tree. Funeral services were held on Friday, Dec. 23, at the Sorden-Lewis Home for Funeral and Cremation Services in Lone Tree. Burial was at the Lone Tree Cemetery, with full military honors.
Clifford Henry Smith, Jr. was born April 17, 1929, in Iowa City, the son of Clifford Henry and Velma Margaret (Hartsock) Smith. Clifford served the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict. On October 23, 1951, Clifford was united in marriage to Mary Margaret Forwald in Lone Tree.

William K. Smith

William K. “Bill” Smith, 56, of North Liberty died peacefully Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, surrounded by his family.

Bruce Larkin

Bruce A. Larkin, 57, of Iowa City, died unexpectedly on Friday, Dec. 16, 2011.
Services were held Dec. 21 at the Gay and Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City.
Bruce Anthony Larkin was born Sept. 27, 1954, in Ricketts. After high school, Bruce served in the U.S. Marine Corps and spent time stationed in Japan during the Vietnam War.
Local survivors include a son, Shawn Larkin (Rebecca) of North Liberty.
Memorials may be made to the Bruce Larkin Memorial Fund. Online condolences may be sent to Bruce’s family through the website www.gayandciha.com.

Walkin'

It’s been an interesting week.
Gretel, our short-term, short-tailed, feline roomer, stayed on a few more days after I last wrote.
She was no trouble at all the first few days as she dwelled inside the kennel Sabra set up for her with great care using feng shui, the ancient Chinese system using the laws of both Heaven and Earth to help improve life by channeling positive qi.

Food For Thought

I’ve decided that the frantic feeling of being rushed, running out of time, too much to do that we face during the holidays every year is a phenomenon related to nothing more than the calendar. This sense of urgency, and the vague suspicion that we have somehow failed to get it all done, spring from a false assumption that time runs out on December thirty-first, and if we haven’t done as much or as well as we thought we would or should, we’ve run out of time and opportunity. And then there’s a feeling of unease about the coming year.

December 26th

Identity theft and medical identity theft target older Iowans

By Tom Miller
Attorney General
DES MOINES– Identity theft occurs when a criminal uses someone else’s personal information, like your name, Social Security number or credit card number, without your permission. Medical identity theft is similar, but it involves personal medical information, like your Medicare ID number, medical information or medical insurance information.

Application deadline for farm, land

MARION– Trees Forever is now accepting applications from Iowa farmers and landowners who are interested in improving water quality and reducing soil erosion by participating in the “Working Watersheds: Buffers and Beyond” program in 2012. Technical assistance, project planning and funding resources are available to selected landowners who are willing to demonstrate and model good conservation practices. The deadline for applications has been extended to Jan. 13, 2012.

December 19th

South Slope presents local non-profits with grants

NORTH LIBERTY– South Slope Cooperative and Iowa Network Services, Inc. (INS) are pleased to announce the following grants have been awarded in our matching grant program.
Grantees included the Optimist Club of North Liberty ($2,000); North Liberty Community Pantry ($2,000) and Jefferson Monroe Friends of Library ($1,600).

West boys swim to sixth place at Mercer Invitational meet Dec. 17

IOWA CITY– The Johnston Dragons won the Mercer Invitational Saturday, Dec. 17, at City High in Iowa City with 394 points. Ankeny, Cedar Falls, Pleasant Valley and Bettendorf rounded out the top five. The West High Trojans placed sixth with 207, besting rival City High’s seventh place showing with 187. Ottumwa High rounded out the field in eighth place with 75 points.
200-yard medley—3, IC West “A”, (Kaisen Yao, Carson Miller, Thomas Burrill, Anthony Lehnertz), 1:42.03.
200-yard freestyle — 17, Mason Weibel, 2:07.79. 19, Ross McCurdy, 2:09.58. 21, Scott Callum, 2:15.09.