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November 30th, 2016

Kay Bottenfield

Kay Bottenfield, 91, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016, in Solon, where she had lived for the past five years. Funeral services were held Nov. 26 at McLaren’s Chapel in West Des Moines, with burial in Resthaven Cemetery. Visitation with the family was held prior to the service.

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Chicken wishing

Walkin'

A couple of surprises came out of the old hen house recently.
The coop isn’t old at all, but it’s been a few seasons since the girls were spring chickens. Nevertheless, they shouldn’t be over the hill, egg-laying wise. Typically, a hen produces from five to seven years. We have six chickens, average age three-and-a-half, so we should still be making omelets and deviled eggs to our heart’s content.
Wrong.
Creation tapered off this spring and then stopped all together with the beginning of summer. It was a bit of a mystery since production typically goes up in the summer months.

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Oxymoron gone wrong

Food For Thought

I don’t quite understand the logic that causes people to “do their part” for conservation by using recycled paper in their correspondence, and then wasting paper to advertise that fact. A recent letter I received pointed this out in a ridiculous and bewildering manner. It reminds me of the charities that waste the money I send them by spending some of it on letters begging me to send more. If I’d been able to send more and had chosen to, I’d have done it in the first place, don’t you think?

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November 26th

Cedar Ridge growing again

Winery and distillery continues to expand in many ways

SWISHER– The doors to Cedar Ridge Winery and Distillery opened to the public on Black Friday in 2010, and owner Jeff Quint said, “We’ve been busy ever since.”
What started out as a small winery has grown to include the state’s oldest distillery and the first to make bourbon in Iowa since the days of Prohibition, an events center and separate production facility, and– soon– a private room for small gatherings and a storage and distribution warehouse.

Boosting the Bolts

Liberty High Booster Club up and running

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High School in North Liberty is under construction and not scheduled to open until next August for the 2017-2018 school year. However, current Iowa City West High freshmen who have committed to attend Liberty competed in football and volleyball in Liberty High uniforms as the Original (Lightning) Bolts or O-Bolts and the Lady Lightning.
Liberty Lightning Athletic Booster Club (LLABC), 50 members strong, committed itself to supporting the fledgling athletic teams as they build tradition and legacy.

2016-2017 preview: Clippers cruise into uncharted territory

North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– Coach Brandon Clubb, in his first year leading the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity boys basketball program, summed up the 2016-2017 season in six words: “It’s going to be an adventure.”
Clubb takes over the program from veteran coach Steve Ottoson, who retired in February after 40 years of coaching with 21 years in the CCA district. Ottoson also retired from teaching physical education (PE) at the end of the school year.
Clubb, a Williamsburg native, has taken that position as well.

Sponsor a family with CCA’s annual holiday baskets

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School Student Council is once again holding its annual Sponsor a Family Holiday Baskets. Each year the student council takes in donations such as money, winter clothing and canned food items from individuals, families and businesses. The school district uses those donations to provide for families in need in the district. Each year the goal has been to raise $3,000 or more to provide for 25-plus families. As the giving season creeps in, the student council is looking to raise over $4,000 this year and provide for 30 or more families.

CCA Boys Basketball Annual Spaghetti Dinner Dec. 3 at the high school

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) boys basketball team will host its Annual Spaghetti Dinner Saturday, Dec. 3, from noon until 7 p.m., at CCA High School, when the CCA boys and girls basketball Clippers battle the Regina Regals.
The freshman boys game will be played at noon, junior varsity (JV) boys play at 3 p.m. and the varsity boys take the court at 6 p.m.
The girls’ games will be held at 1:30 p.m. for JV and the varsity takes the court at 4:30 p.m.
The cost is $ 7 for adults and $ 5 for seniors and those 12 and under.

CWC Youth Wrestling Tourney Nov. 25

TIFFIN– The Clipper Wrestling Club hosts its annual youth wrestling tournament Friday, Nov. 25, at Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School in Tiffin.
Parents can sign up kids for the club and tournament by visiting the Clipper Wrestling Club on Facebook.
Pre-K through second grade wrestling practice is Mondays and Thursdays in the high school wrestling room from 6-7 p.m. Practice for grades 3-8 are Mondays and Thursdays in the white building off the south end of the CCA Middle School parking lot from 5:45-7:30 p.m.

They left it all on the field

Dowling denies West High the state championship

CEDAR FALLS– The mood in the interview room was somber as members of the Iowa City West High Trojans football team sat down with members of the media after their 23-10 loss to the West Des Moines Dowling Maroons in the 2016 Class 4A state championship game.
The Trojans finished the season 11-3 and made the school’s first semifinal appearance since 2002 the week before. It was their first championship bid since 1999.