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Simply Put – July 9, 2014

By Mike Whittlesey
In September 2004, The Progress Review received a visit from a very special lady. While I had not yet had the pleasure of getting to know her, I knew her reputation as the “official” historian of La Porte City was well-deserved. I was also surprised (and pleased) that she had taken the time to seek me out to discuss an idea she wanted to pursue. As it turned out, it was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. Lois Miszner wanted to write a column about the La Porte City FFA and Historical Ag Museum and, along the way, share some of her memories of La Porte City with our readers.
At that time, the City was in the early planning stages to commemorate La Porte City’s Sesquicentennial, which would take place during the 2005 Festival of Trails Celebration. Lois’ weekly column, entitled “Back When,” was a perfect fit. I immediately accepted her offer.
While volunteers to write a weekly columns are rare events on their own, one other fact about Lois’ offer still amazes me. On the day that Lois Miszner walked into my office with an offer I couldn’t refuse, she was 85 years old.
For the next eight years, Lois wrote faithfully for our readers, who had a voracious appetite for her stories. If Lois posed a question in her column about a person or a particular event, we would soon receive an answer from one or more of our readers, some of them coming from places far, far away.
So rich was Lois’ material, she kindly agreed to allow us to publish collections of her column in paperback book form. Her first book signing, held at her beloved museum, was quite an event. I’m not sure who was more surprised- the author taken aback by the many visitors who came from miles to see her, or the visitors themselves, who couldn’t believe she still remembered them after so many years had passed. Such was the love Lois had for the people, present and past, of La Porte City.
And her affection was returned in full. When Lois’ health left her unable to continue writing briefly in 2012, we received numerous calls and inquiries from concerned readers, offering best wishes for their beloved “Aunt Lo.”
Last week, our community took a break from storm cleanup efforts to remember the life of Lois Miszner, who passed away on June 28. As stories about the community’s response to the powerful storms became known, I couldn’t help but think how proud Lois would have been to witness the generosity of neighbors helping neighbors, and the groups of young people banding together to make quick work of the massive trees blown down that homeowners dared not budge on their own.
I’m fairly certain Lois would rather this column extol the virtues of the people who continue to offer their time, talent, and in some cases, heavy equipment, to help their friends and neighbors return to some sense of normal after a devastating storm. And as one who set the standard for volunteerism, devoting years of service to La Porte City Nursing & Rehab Center, the museum and numerous other causes, she would be correct.
So, in the words of Lois Miszner, “Nuff said!”

Freckles’ Adopt-a-Pet – July 9, 2014

Freckles and The Progress Review encourage potential pet owners who are loving and responsible to consider adopting a pet from the Cedar Bend Humane Society.
My name is Rocco and I am a chinchilla. I was surrendered to the shelter because my owner could no longer care for me. My age is unknown, but I am believed to be a male. I am hand tame, but not voluntarily…I will let you pick me up, but I am not always happy about it.
My adoption fee is $60, no cage included.
For more information about adopting a pet, contact:
Cedar Bend Humane Society
1166 W. Airline Highway • Waterloo, Iowa 319-232-6887

Classifieds – July 9, 2014

Many thanks to my family and friends who pulled off the “Surprise Birthday Party” for my 80th. Special thanks to daughter Mary for making it happen and to Dean, David & Evan for coming from the West Coast. And, to all who came to share our memories together, or, sent cards. I was overwhelmed, but not speechless. Thanks of course to Pat for her many “white lies.” God bless everyone. -Galen E. Peckham
Our thanks to the group of young people who volunteered their time to help clean up the large tree that had fallen on Primrose. The tree was big but your many hands made quick work of it. We very much appreciate your help! -Norm & Monie Boeckmann
Many, many thanks to friends and neighbors for their generous help and support following the recent windstorm. We truly appreciate your dropping what you had to do to come help us take down and empty the machine shed and corn crib and getting tin out of the field. Also, thank you for the many gifts of food and drink for the workers; we could not be where we are today without all of you. And finally to our wonderful kids for their unending love and helping hands. With grateful thanks, Alvin & Mary Bauer
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2014 Softball: Knights 2nd at Independence Tourney

By Todd Parker
Union 7, Clinton 6
The Union Knights softball team went 1-1 and took 2nd place in the Independence tournament on Saturday, June 28. The Knights were given a bye in the first round and defeated class 5A foe, Clinton, 7-6 in the semifinals before losing in the championship game, 9-8, to top-ranked (Class 3A) Benton Community.
In Union’s opener, Clinton jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first inning. The Knights closed the margin to 3-2 in the third inning when Maggie Driscol singled and scored on Jess Bonstengel’s double. Bohnstngel advanced to third on Peyton Parker’s single, and scored on Lauren Barz’s sacrifice ground out. After Clinton extended the lead to 4-2, Union scored four runs in the sixth inning to take a 6-4 lead. After Clinton scored twice in the top of the seventh inning to tie the game, the Knights rallied yet again. Lauren Barz singled, advanced to second base on a passed ball and moved to third base when the defense couldn’t handle a hard shot coming off Kaitlin Holschlag’s bat. Kaylee Sherwood then connected for the game winning hit, as Union walked off with a 7-6 win. Peyton Parker picked the win as she went all seven innings, allowing 6 runs on seven hits, and struck out two.
The Knights improved to 11-11 on the year and extended their winning streak to four games.

2014 Baseball: Union Splits with Columbus

By Robert Driscol
Waterloo Columbus 3, Union 1
On July 1, the Union Knights split a doubleheader with the league-leading Waterloo Columbus Sailors, coming back to win the second game, 3-2, after dropping the opener, 3-1.
In game one, Union struck first with a run in the first inning. Derek Holschlag reached on a walk and later scored on a single by Alex Barz. Columbus tied the game with a run of their own in the second inning before adding two more in the fourth to take a lead they would not relinquish.
Union starter, Alex Barz, threw a solid, complete game, giving up no earned runs, striking out three and walking four.
Holschlag, Barz, and Cael Lambe collected hits for the Knights.
Union 3, Waterloo Columbus 2
In game two, Columbus scored two runs in the first inning off Union starter, Ted Tecklenburg. That would prove to be all the runs the visiting team would get, as Tecklenburg shut out the Sailors over the remaining six innings.
Similar to game one, Union’s first run would come on a base on balls to Holschlag, followed by a run-scoring Alex Barz single. Union took the lead in the fifth when Holschlag and Tecklenburg scored runs.
Union is now 9-7 in the league and 9-15 overall.


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