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July 18th, 2011

Bands bring cool shade of blue to hot weekend fest

NORTH LIBERTY– Now reappearing: the fifth annual Liberty Centre Blues & BBQ festival, with the help of some new and additional talent.
This Saturday, July 23, the grills will be re-fired, the tents re-staked and the amps rewired, as blues fest organizers prepare for a rescheduled date. Originally scheduled for May 29, morning thunderstorms damaged tents and left inches of standing water on the grassy fields of the event site.

Solon youth football camp Aug. 1-4

SOLON– The 2011 Spartan Youth Football Camp for students entering second through eighth grade will be held Aug. 1-4 at the Spartan practice field located behind the high school. Second through fifth-graders will attend from 9-10:30 a.m., and sixth through eighth-graders will attend from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The fee is $55, with checks payable to Solon Football.
This camp will allow each camper to learn and apply the various skills and techniques applicable to football.

Food For Thought

The farm near Perry and Woodward in Dallas County, was in my memory the place where my grandparents lived the longest of all the farms they had rented and worked during their life together. Possibly because Grandpa’s health was failing and he had pretty much turned the running of the farm over to his two eldest sons, his wanderlust had abated and he was content to stay in one place. Most of my farm memories take place in that oddly-put-together house, which apparently had been two houses joined into one, with a couple of small additions tacked on when more space was needed.

Walkin'

Inside the Wieboldt’s distribution center was as close to hell as I ever care to get.
William A. Wieboldt owned and operated a general retail store in Chicago in the late 1880s. By the time I took my job during the summer of 1969, between my junior and senior years of high school, the German immigrant who survived the Great Fire was long dead but there were 15 stores in the Chicago area still bearing his name. Wieboldt’s slogan was “Where You Buy With Confidence!” In a way it was a precursor to Walmart, where you buy at your own peril.

Catherine Campion

Catherine H. Campion passed away in Loveland, Colo., just seven days before her 92nd birthday. A resident of Colorado since 1976, Catherine’s life was focused on her family, faith, and friends. Always appreciative, her positive attitude and strong faith buoyed her through many years of arthritic pain and hip surgeries.

Gladys Kofron

Gladys Anastazie Kofron, 95, of Cedar Rapids, died at her home Saturday morning, July 9, 2011. Funeral Mass was held July 12 at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church by Father Christopher Podhajsky. Burial was at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery.
Gladys is survived locally by grandson Shane (Cindy) Kofron of Swisher; and great-grandchild Kyann Kofron, Swisher.

Douglas Schilling

Douglas Alan Schilling, 57, of Phoenix, Ariz., formerly of Cedar Rapids and Solon, died Saturday, July 9, 2011, at the Dobson House in Chandler, Ariz. Services were held July 18 at Brosh Chapel in Cedar Rapids, with burial following in St. Johns Catholic Cemetery.

Drew Shoemaker

Drew A. Shoemaker, 46, of Coralville and formerly of Iowa City, passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 9, 2011, at Mercy Hospice in Iowa City. A gathering for family and friends was held July 15 at Lensing Funeral Home in Iowa City.
Drew was born on January 20, 1965, in Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo., the son of Glenn D. and Joellen (Moore) Shoemaker. He was a 1983 graduate of Iowa City West High School.
Local survivors include his sister Jill (Jason) Happel of North Liberty.
Online condolences and memories may be left for the family at www.lensingfuneral.com under obituaries.

Hawk Talk

By Don Lund
Sports Writer
Last week I talked about Jordan Stoermer growing up as a teammate and an opponent of Matt Gatens.
This week it’s Matt’s turn.
Matt Gatens was born to be a Hawkeye His dad, Mike, went to City High like Matt and played on the Hawkeye team. He lettered in 1974-76. Matt’s mom was a former Hawkeye cheerleader.
Matt has good memories of Jordan and himself teaming up in the early years and playing well.
“We had a ton of success,” said Matt. “We dominated a lot of teams. It was a lot of fun. Jordan was a good player, a smart player and we had a good team.”

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