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Courier, The (Newspaper) - November 26, 2007, Waterloo, Iowa PLEDGING ALLEGIANCE IOWA PUBLIC RADIO GETS PLEDGES WORTH CEDAR VALLEY PAGE A7 MONDAY NOVEMBER RESTAURANT CLOSING CLOSES ITS DOORS CEDAR VALLEY PAGE A3 TONIGHTS LOW 20 TOMORROWS HIGH 40 NEWSSTAND PRICE 750 WATERLOO WEATHER PAGE D6 Short hops BRANDON POLLOCK Courier Photo Editor Beer makers say hops are harder to come by as supplies By MATTHEW WILliE Courier Staff Writer CEDAR FALLS may soon be drowning their sorrows with a cold one after attempting to buy a key beer ingredient which add flavor and act as a natural preservative in are becoming harder to pome Local brewers and homemade beer supply businesses are hav ing a hard time finding certain kinds of and the shortage will only get The plant reportedly has dou bled in some cases quadrupled in some Beer brewers find key ingredient hard to come by Ben Schafer of Cedar one of the founders of CRAZE Cedar River Association of Zymurgy brewed three batches of beer earlier this he had all the ingredients on See page A8 principal one of few nuns still in schools Courier Staff Writer CEDAR FALLS When Marilou Irons entered religious life in the she knew she wanted to devote herself to God and her The Waukon teen just wasnt sure how to achieve those Then I joined the Presentation sisters in and that decision was made for said now The Presentation sisters are known as great Irons serves as principal ofr St Patrick in Cedar Shes one of a dwindling f number of nuns in the of only a few sisters left teaching in the Roman Catholic Irons is the sole resident of Pats convent but says she feels her call to service is just as important as when she joined the Numbers have but I think theres always going to be a need for people to be servants in the Irons The work we it will never be For the past 35 years Irons has worked as a teacher or administrator in Archdiocese of Dubuque She is in her ninth year as principal at St On most she can be spotted popping into supervising afterschool activities or talking about her prayer life with students and You see her at all the activities that the kids are involved said St Pafs junior high teacher Sandi She gives a lot of herself to the parish and the school Irons said working in education has strengthened her commitment to God She is inspired by the schools innovative teachers and said St Pafs students serve as constant reminders of the importance of faith They challenge because their love of the Lord is so pure and so innocent she said That prevents me from becoming I think the Lord wants me to pick up on their energy and keep looking for unjust In the 1950s more than 90 percent of Catholic school teachers in the were Today sisters RlCK CHASE Courier Staff Photographer Sister Marilou Irons shares a laugh with Patrick School students at an afterschool program Friday as three children present a skit for the account for a little more than 3 percent of staff in church according to the National Catholic Educational Membership in religious orders across the church is according to the Center for Applied Research in the a nonprofit organization that studies the Catholic In nuns lived in the Today that number is The nun is one of 140 members of Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary based in Roughly women around the world belong to the same which is devoted to caring for the poor and Up until the 95 percent of our sisters served that mission in the said Sister Beth another Presentation But now about half of our members are involved in other social justice Today Presentation members serve as peace activists and she The order also now allows community members to take a more active role in order such as staffing homeless shelters and literacy Numbers have but I think theres always going to be a need for people to be servants in the Marilou principal of Patrick School in Cedar Falls nuns like Irons play an important role in Catholic said the James St Patricks parish She adds a lot to the he The stu someone who has offered their life to service to the Sisters built the Catholic academies dur ing the and early 20th The schools helped new immigrant families find suc cess in the without losing their ties to the Catholic Secora Sister Marilou is just continuing that he Shes a great ambassador for the school Contact Mary Stegmeir at 319 2911482 or Courier Staff Photographer Ready for Round 2 UNIs Leonard celebrates with fans after scoring the winning touchdown during UNIs 3835 victory over New Hampshire Saturday in the The Panthers have a quarterfinal date this weekend with Delaware at the 01 Retailers start holiday season with hot sales Turnout over the weekend bolsters Los Angeles Times Momentum from Fridays ed start to the holiday shopping season rolled through the weekend as bar gain hunters crowded malls and drove up traffic on popular Online holiday shopping season As they bought gifts kicks off shoppers also collected stuff for PAGE B6 their own For many the kickoff to Christmas shopping has become Weekend Data from the National Retail Federation indicat ed by Sunday night more than 147 million people had hit the stores over the up percent over last Although consumers spent 35 per cent less per person during the weekend than last year according to the National Retail Federation retailers made up for the lower expenditures by drawing 7 million more shoppers this That higher traffic will translate to higher said Scott a spokesperson for the trade Its kind of encouraging that Black Friday didnt suck all the wind out of shoppers said cofounder of RCT which monitors retail See page A4 Oprah will come to Iowa to campaign for Obama DES MOINES AP Oprah Winfrey will join Democrat Barack Obama again on the campaign trail this time visiting New Hampshire and South the candidates campaign said The popular talk show host and media mogul plans to visit Iowa on with stops in Des Moines and Cedar The following shell travel to Later that campaign shell travel to NH This the first time Oprah has lent her star power to the Illi In she rolled out the red carpet for Obama at a gala fundraiser in California that brought in about million for his campaign Winfrey called Obama my favorite guy and my choice on Larry King Live last year before he announced he would seek the campaign said tickets to the Iowa events will be given first to precinct then campaign then to sup porters and undecided caucus Oprah Winfrey It said volunteers can be guaran teed a ticket by completing a four hour volunteer shift or attending local caucus training before the event Trent Senates 2 resigns Former GOP leader leaving at years Trent Lott of the Senates 2 plans to resign his seat by the end of the congres and Bush admin said leader Lott will resign effective at the end of the according to the According to a congressional there is nothing amiss with Lotts The senator has other opportunities he plans to the official said Lott was reelected to a fourth Senate term in colleagues elected him as the Senates Republican whip last a redemption for the Mississippian after his ouster five years ago as the partys Sen ate leader over remarks he made at retiring Sea Strom Thur monds 100th birthday Lott had saluted the South Carolina senator with comments later interpreted as support for south ern segregationist After the 2006 when Democrats recaptured the Sen was put in charge of lin ing up and counting Republican votes as the 2 job behind minority leader Mitch McConnell His 2006 comeback was an apt outlet for the Mississippians He was the rare majority leader who seemed to relish the duties that some of his predecessors loathed Lott is sixth Senate Republican this year to announce retirement Democrats hold a 5149 majority in the Haley Bar a will appoint Lotts who will serve until the 2008 TUESDAY IN THE COURIER TIPOFF TIME NU HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL TEAM HOSTS THE METRO JAMBOREE TUESDAY IN SPORTS FIRE UP SUPPER WITH PEPPERY PASTA DISHES TUESDAY IN FOOD 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