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Archive - Jan 2012

Date

January 8th

Habitat for Humanity offers energy efficiency retrofit

IOWA CITY– Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity will audit and retrofit up to 60 homes to improve energy efficiency in Cedar, Iowa, and Johnson counties over the next two years. The local non-profit agency will receive $74,000 in funding from the Department of Energy’s Weatherization Innovation Pilot Program and will seek matching contributions from community organizations, private foundations, individual donors and volunteers.

Emily Vanourny

Emily Vanourny, 98, of Fairfax, died Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012, at Heritage Nursing and Rehab Center in Cedar Rapids. Services were held Jan. 6 at Brosh Chapel in Cedar Rapids. Burial was in Blain Cemetery, Swisher.
Emily Raim was born June 14, 1913, in Swisher, the daughter of Lewis and Frances (Drahos) Raim. She was united in marriage to Allan Vanourny on July 10, 1940. Together they partnered in farming in the Walford area for many years, retiring to Fairfax in 1979.
Local survivors include a nephew, Kenneth (Marcella) Raim of North Liberty.

Myrtis Upah

Myrtis Ann Upah, 82, formerly of Cedar Rapids and Chelsea, died Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012, in her home from cancer. Services were held Jan. 7 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Chelsea by Deacon Joe Behounek. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Local survivors include Andrea (Larry) Shaevitz of Swisher.
Her greatest joy was spending time with family and friends. She was an avid quilter and accomplished needlework artist.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.hrabakfuneralhome.com under obituaries.

Theodore Rittenmeyer

Theodore “Ted” Rittenmeyer, 83, of 1095 Silvercrest Circle, Iowa City, died Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, at the Briarwood Health Care Center in Iowa City after a courageous battle with dementia.
Funeral services were held Jan. 6 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Iowa City, with burial following at St. Joseph Cemetery in Iowa City.
Ted was born on July 24, 1928, in Iowa City “Goosetown,” the son of Albert P. and Bess L. (Fitch) Rittenmeyer. He graduated from St. Mary’s Catholic School in 1947. Ted was joined in wedlock to Marjory M. Crock on December 22, 1948. She preceded him in death.

January 2nd

Midday Connection luncheon Jan. 11

IOWA CITY– The January Midday Connection luncheon event will be held at the University Club, 1360 Melrose Ave., Iowa City, on Wednesday, Jan. 11, at noon. Cost is $15.
“Let’s Piece It Together” is the luncheon theme, which features Peg Griffin-Wood, owner of Common Threads in North Liberty. Griffin-Wood will display old and new sewing machines, fabrics and different ways of quilting.
Doug Peters, of Iowa City, will provide music. Peters is a gifted tenor and composer who accompanies himself on guitar.

Tiffin Fire Association to hold annual meeting Jan. 16

TIFFIN– The Tiffin Fire Association will hold its annual meeting on Monday, Jan.16. The meeting will be held at the Tiffin fire station starting at 6:30 p.m. and includs the appointment of directors. This meeting will be followed immediately by the regular meeting, which includes election of officers.

Babe Ruth league early registration begins Jan. 14

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Babe Ruth League will be accepting early registration for the 2012 season starting Jan. 14 at Diamond Dreams in Coralville. Registration is open to residents of North Liberty, Coralville and the surrounding communities. Early registration will be from Jan. 14 through Feb. 18, at a cost of $130. Final registration is Feb.19 through March 23, at a cost of $150. Registration fee includes full uniform (hat, jersey, pants, sox, belt) league fees and insurance.

County to consider special events permit

IOWA CITY– The Johnson County Planning and Zoning Department (P&Z) has written new code for landowners hosting special events. Up to 12 temporary outdoor activities, like music festivals, theatrical exhibitions, speeches or other entertainment, will be allowed per calendar year on properties zoned Agricultural, Residential, and split Ag/Residential.
The new permitting process places burden on the applicant to publish their schedule before receiving a Multiple Special Events permit.

Accepted, not embraced

IOWA CITY— Gary Albrecht was in the hot seat. As the Executive Director for the Joint Emergency Communications Center (JECC), it was his task to bring forth a budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 to the Johnson County Board of Supervisors. Albrecht made his presentation Monday afternoon, Dec. 19, during a supervisors’ budget work session, and found himself having to account for some of the accounting.

Casey’s asked to keep up with the Joneses

NORTH LIBERTY– When does a gas station not resemble a gas station?
When it sits in the heart of North Liberty, apparently.
At their Dec. 27 meeting, the North Liberty City Council spent more than an hour debating the appearance of a proposed new Casey’s convenience store.