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Blaze Smith, grandson of Glenn and Frances Buresh, spent a week visiting relatives and friends. He is the son of Glenda and Shawn Smith of Tiffin and brother of Zane. He is moving from Hawaii to Orlando, Fla., where he will be employed.

Roy and Jennie Rambo, Dalton and Paige of Vinton and Shirley Worley enjoyed breakfast Saturday morning, July 16, at IHOP in Cedar Rapids. The occasion was to celebrate Shirley’s birthday.

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Heartbreak on Melrose

West’s Women of Troy lose upset bid in overtime

IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy came up just a bit short in a bid to pull off a major upset in the Mississippi Valley Conference’s Valley Division Tuesday, Jan. 26. The Cedar Falls Tigers rolled into Iowa City, 14-1 overall and 8-0 in conference play to lead the division, while the Women of Troy were 10-5 and 6-2.

Patricia Bretz

Patricia Francis Bretz was born Mar. 20, 1922, on a farm west of Delhi, the daughter of Thomas and Francis Oehler Doyle. She attended Hazel Green Country School and graduated from Delhi High School with the class of 1939. In 1942, she graduated from Mount Mercy Junior College. Pat was an Administrative Secretary at Craemers Department Store and later at Collins Radio.

Margaret Strabala

Margaret Ann Strabala, 66, died suddenly Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015, at home.
Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Friday, Jan. 9, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Oxford with Father Edmond Dunn officiating. Graveside Services took place following at St. Vincent’s Cemetery in rural Riverside. Visitation was Thursday, Jan. 8, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Oxford. 
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Margaret Ann Strabala Memorial Fund or Iowa City Hospice.

Prentice joins city council

Herdliska resigns to create another opening

SOLON­– Just as quickly as one vacancy was filled, another opened up for the Solon City Council.
The council welcomed new member Mark Prentice, who was appointed at the Jan. 7 regular session to fill the vacancy created when council member Brad Kunkel moved outside the city limits.
At the end of the meeting, it was announced that council member Ron Herdliska had resigned effective Jan. 1.
The city accepted applications from the community to fill Kunkel’s spot, and received four: from Prentice, Dale Snipes, Steve Lee and Kristina Bevans.

Michael Frese

Michael J. Frese, 43, of rural Oxford, died Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014, at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City following his courageous fight against cancer.
Funeral services were held at on Friday, Dec. 26, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Oxford. Burial took place at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Oxford. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in Mike’s memory. Online condolences may be sent for his family through the web at www.gayandciha.com.

Ending the year on a high note

Jazz vocal ensemble 5th Street Jazz poses proudly with their state championship trophy (photo courtesy of Joel Foreman)

American Legion Auxiliary’s Poppy Days in Solon May 17 through 26

SOLON– Each year the American Legion Auxiliary distributes poppies to commemorate the sacrifice of our servicemen and women who gave their lives in our country’s wars. The tradition of having the memorial flower honor the war dead began after World War I when returning soldiers brought memories of the battlefield poppies which were immortalized in Canadian John McCrae’s poem “In Flander’s Fields” whose opening lines are familiar to millions around the world:
“In Flander’s Fields the poppies blow,
Between the crosses row on row…”

Milli Gilbaugh to read May 17

SOLON– Local writer and artist Milli Gilbaugh will be reading from her short stories Saturday, May 17, at 1 p.m. at the Solon Public Library as part of a meeting of the local chapter National League of American Pen Women.
The public is welcome to attend.

North Bend Elementary hosts first Powder Fun Run

NORTH LIBERTY– After a bitter winter, students and their families were motivated to get outside and kick up their heels.
Over 450 participants joined in North Bend Elementary’s first annual 5K and 1 Mile Powder Fun Run fundraiser held Saturday, April 12, in North Liberty.
“This was a phenomenal turnout for our first event,” said co-organizer Angie Rummel. “We felt the event was very successful. Even though it was a bit windy, the temps warmed up for us and the rain– and snow– stayed away. After having such a long and cold winter, it was great to be outside and get active.”

Greyson Gray: legend, terrorist foe, 12-year-old

North Liberty author writes popular young adult series

NORTH LIBERTY– Some people struggle their entire lives trying to figure out what it is they are passionate about, and what they want to do. For Benjamin, “B.C.” Tweedt, the answer is clear.
He wants to be a writer.

Johnson County deputy tops among cops

Oxford’s Kinney named Law Enforcement Officer of the Year

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– In 1986 Kevin Kinney of Oxford joined the Johnson County sheriff’s office as a reserve deputy. Since then he has been a full-time deputy, became a detective and led the way in several high-profile cases.
Nearly 28 years later, Lieutenant Kevin Kinney has been recognized with an honor he’d never imagined.