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September 24th, 2012

Eastern Iowa Orchid Show and sale Oct. 6 and 7

CEDAR RAPIDS– The Eastern Iowa Orchid Society is pleased to announce the First Annual Eastern Iowa Orchid Show and Sale. This event will be co-sponsored by the Kirkwood Floral Careers Program, and is to be held Oct. 6 and 7, at the Horticulture/Floral Careers Building on the Kirkwood Community College Main Campus, 6301 Kirkwood Blvd. SW, in Cedar Rapids.

Penn school can, bottle drive is Oct. 16

NORTH LIBERTY– The Penn Elementary School PTO is holding a can and bottle drive on Tuesday, Oct. 16, from 3 until 6 p.m. at the school on 230 N. Dubuque St. Pop cans and plastic and glass bottles will be accepted. If it has an “IA 5-cent” deposit, they’ll take it. Just drive up and drop them off– they do the sorting. Cans and bottles should be reasonably clean and dry. Flattened or crushed items cannot be accepted. Contact the Penn PTO with questions at PennPTO@gmail.com or 319-626-4964.

Six to compete for Tiffin council

TIFFIN– The departure last month of councilmen Chris Ball and Travis Weipert has resulted in two open seats on the Tiffin City Council. Six candidates have expressed their desire to fill those seats and will appear on the ballot Nov. 6.
Tiffin voters will be able to vote for two and the winners will occupy one-year terms to fill the vacancies.
The candidates, as listed by the Johnson County Auditor’s Office are: Royce W. Phillips;, Joshua T. Oswald; Nelson Olivier; Allen Moore; Joan F. Kahler; and Jenny Carhoff.

Creek Girls sail past Williamsburg in three

TIFFIN– It only took the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers three sets to sink the Williamsburg Raiders Tuesday night on the home floor.
The Clippers won the first set 25-7, dominating throughout. The second set saw CCA down 5-3 early before the Clippers righted the ship and battled back to the 25-22 win. In the third set, the Creek Girls held leads of 10-5 and 19-9 before a late Raider rally. The Clippers held-on for the 25-17 win.

Tearing down the Fort; CCA 45, Ft. Madison 14

FORT MADISON– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) armada sailed to Fort Madison Friday night and sent the Bulldogs to the pound with a 45-14 non-conference victory.
CCA held a seven point lead after two quarters, but blew it open in the second half while holding Fort Madison scoreless.
The Clippers put a pair of touchdowns on the scoreboard in the first quarter for an early 14-0 lead with Jonathan Nzombo scoring on a 3-yard run and Konrad Moore finding the end zone on a 1-yard quarterback keeper. Niels VanElsas put up the extra point kicks.

West High Trojans stay on top

IOWA CITY– Just before the West High Trojans took the field Friday night, the cheerleaders stretched a banner across their path reading “we’re staying unbeaten.”
The Trojans not only blasted through the banner, they made good on the statement, wrecking visiting Dubuque Senior’s vision of a perfect season with a 42-7 stomping.
West moved to a perfect 5-0 (and the top of the MVC Mississippi Division) while the Rams moved to 4-1.
The game could’ve been called “The Ezra Reiners Show,” as the senior put up three touchdowns and led the ground war with 159 yards of rushing.

Hometown Rewards to hold free sustainability workshops

NORTH LIBERTY– As part of the Hometown Rewards efforts in North Liberty, the city is excited to introduce the Hometown Rewards Sustainability Workshops. This series of free workshops will feature practical information on sustainable topics ranging from green building and renewable energy to composting and weatherization– all designed to help you save resources and money.

Workshops
The workshops will take place on Saturdays at the North Liberty Community Center though July 2013. Workshop topics will include:
October 2012–Weatherization Basics.

September 18th

Laying a foundation

ICAT helps CCA board plan for the future

OXFORD– In May of this year, Kent Pilcher and Ric Parades of the Iowa Construction Advocate Team (ICAT)/Estes Construction presented a multi-step matrix to the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) School Board of Directors. The plan was a suggested guideline to help the board determine future facility needs, and a roadmap toward a future bond referendum to pay for them.

Food For Thought

My paternal grandmother, who was a teenage immigrant from Germany, never wasted food (or anything else I can think of). I remember watching with awe when she ate an apple. She didn’t peel it and discard the skin. She didn’t even twist off the stem and leave it behind. There was certainly no core to dispose of when she was finished. She ate everything– including the seeds.

Walkin'

We left the Great Allegheny Passage on our second day, picked up the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal (C&O) as we rolled out of Cumberland, Md. (home to the city-wide happy hour every Friday night) and headed eventually to Washington, D.C.
We had the odd fortune of bicycling every day with rain predicted but never felt a drop until the seventh. On that day no rain was expected but we rode thru a steady drizzle, sat out one shower and rode through another. Nevertheless, every day of the first week was hot and very humid.