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Archive - 2013

December 28th

West splits with Lions on the lanes

CEDAR RAPIDS– The West High bowling squads deployed to the Cedar Rapids Bowling Center for a match against the Linn-Mar Lions Friday, Dec. 13, and had a mixed bag of luck.
The varsity boys fell 2,864 to 2,588 with Eric Vidhamali leading the Trojans into battle. Linn-Mar’s Alex Diercks set the pace for everybody, bowling 407 for the afternoon. The varsity girls picked up a 2,510 to 2,471 win led by Samantha Lovell’s 438-pin performance. The Lions’ Brooke McMorran led her team with 374.

Clipper boys can’t outrun Raiders

Williamsburg 59, CCA 50

North Liberty Leader
WILLIAMSBURG– The hard luck continued for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers on the road Tuesday, Dec. 17, at Williamsburg as the Raiders took a 59-50 win, sinking the Clippers to a 2-4 record as the Christmas break neared.
The Raiders took an 18-12 lead at the end of the first period, but the Creek boys battled back and were only down by one at 28-27 at the break. The Raiders then put up 20 points in the third for a 48-32 lead going into the final quarter.
Nile Rourke led the Clippers with 19 points while Drew Wagner had 11.

From the stats sheet:
CCA (50).

Raider girls stay unbeaten at Clipper girls’ expense

Williamsburg 59, CCA 52

North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– A 20-point rampage by the visiting Williamsburg Raiders Tuesday, Dec. 17, put Matt Haas’ Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers into a hole, one they almost climbed back out of.
Williamsburg led 11-10 after the first period and then went on the aforementioned 20-point tear to lead 31-27 at the half. The Creek girls pulled ahead in the third, but could not extend the lead as the Raiders ended up leading 45-42 going into the final eight minutes.

John Zoller

John Zoller, 66, died Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, at St. Luke’s Hospital, Cedar Rapids following a brief illness. Funeral services were held Dec. 16 at the Goettsch Funeral Home, Monticello with pastor Paul Wood officiating. Interment was in the Bowens Prairie Cemetery rural Monticello. Thoughts, memories and condolences may be left at goettschonline.com. Surviving are son Michael (Jen) Zoller, Olin, and daughter Jennifer Zoller, North Liberty; grandchildren, Ethan and Audrey; a sister Sarah Zoller and a brother Geoffrey Zoller both of Cascade.

Pamela Hobbs

Pamela Jean Hobbs, 60, of North Liberty, died peacefully on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, in her home with her family by her side. A memorial service was held on Dec. 16 in the Hagele and Honts Funeral Home, Mediapolis. Private burial followed in the Kossuth Cemetery. Online condolences and photographs may be shared at www.fryfuneralhome.com. A general memorial fund has been established in her memory.

Irma Herring

Irma R. Herring, 69, of Iowa City, died Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, at Iowa City Care and Rehab Center.
Irma Rose Herring was born June 30, 1944, in Johnson County, daughter of Paul E. and Hazel A. (Miller) Herring. She graduated from Oxford High School and attended the Iowa City Commercial College. She was a professional secretary and worked most of her life for the University of Iowa, retiring in 2008.

Thomas Henry

Thomas Patrick Henry, 52, of Cedar Rapids, passed away Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids. Memorial services were held Dec. 19 at First Assembly of God Church in Cedar Rapids, with pastor Larry Sohn presiding.
Thomas was born June 10, 1961, the son of Robert and Evelyn (Bledsoe) Henry in East Los Angeles, Calif. On June 1, 2011, he married Melynda (Edmonson) Henry in Reno, Nev. He was a member of the First Assembly of God Church and loved spending time with Melynda and his family. He was a wonderful, selfless and giving person.

Shirley Blackford

Shirley Blackford, 62, of Anamosa and formerly of Marion, died peacefully Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013 at her home, surrounded by her family. A time of remembrance and celebration of Shirley’s life was held Dec. 22 at Sally’s On Broadway in Springville. Thoughts, memories and condolences may be left at goettschonline.com.

Christmas past

Preparing for a holiday meal began in earnest a day or more before the big event. We baked bread, rolled piecrusts, soaked beans, molded Jell-O, browned sausage, prepped vegetables, hauled down dishes from the top shelf, polished silverware... Note that I used the word “we” as everyone helped. One job only Dad could do, however, was make the trip to the liquor store for the rare bottle of wine, Mogen David Concord Grape, that graced the party.

Ghosts of Christmases past

Food for Thought

A little over a year ago, I was fortunate to be able to attend a reenactment of a traditional Amana Christmas at the Heritage Museum in Amana. Since my dad had grown up in a home with a German mother and a Norwegian father, his notions of how Christmas was to be celebrated were quite different from my mother’s childhood experiences– a combination of English, Irish and Spanish, some of whom had been here before the Revolution and absorbed traditions from other cultures as well.