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CITY VIEW

Twelve drummers drumming…

…to recognize  the great work done by Anawim Housing…and Margaret Toomey, who has done so much for so many…and the folks at Art Force Iowa, who change the lives of young people…and Anne Starr and the people at Orchard Place, who try to mend the lives of other young people…and Andrew Allen, who now runs Youth & Shelter Services — the organization that saved his life as a young man 20 years ago…and for Toby O’Berry, who runs the Iowa Homeless Youth Center for YSS…and for Tim Shanahan, who helps the moms and kids at Hawthorne Hill…and for everyone at Central Iowa Shelter & Services, which feeds and clothes and shelters so many. …

Eleven pipers piping…

…mournfully, remembering police Sgt. Anthony Beminio of Des Moines and officer Justin Martin of Urbandale, and Des Moines officers Susan Farrell and Carlos Puente-Morales, all who died in the line of duty…and joyfully for some political winners: Nate Boulton and Brad Zaun and Zach Nunn and Rick Olson and Ruth Ann Gaines and Brian Meyer and Bruce Hunter and Ako Abdul-Samad and Marti Anderson…and Peter Cownie and Chris Hagenow and Jake Highfill…and Beth Giudicessi, the Most Valuable Player. …

Ten lords-a-leaping…

…and wishing the best for all those Register folks who left or were laid off during the year: arts reporter Michael Morain, now at the Department of Cultural Affairs (and, while we’re at it, greetings, too, to all the other Morains from the Jefferson newspaper family)…and sports-writers Andrew Logue and Andy Hamilton, and Matt Patane and Jeff Kummer and Rachel Mummy…and reporter Tim Meinch, now at Meredith’s Midwest Living…and for editor Amalie Nash, who is moving up and away…and her successor, veteran editor Carol Hunter. …

Nine ladies dancing…

…to welcome Mark Graziano back to town…and to help his lawyer, Guy Cook, celebrate the World Series victory of his Cubs (and Yea for the Cubs!)…to celebrate the new knees of Bill Sailor and Ann Broderick and John Shors…for Sheriff Bill McCarthy (we’re glad you were re-elected) and Police Chief Dana Wingert (we’re glad you got the job)…for clarinet player Bob Nandel and everyone else in the Greater Des Moines Community Band…for Simon Estes, who knows the Centerville fight song…for lawyer Patricia Shoff…and ailing Buck Turnbull. …

Eight maids-a-milking…

…for former dairy farmer David Johnson, the newly Independent senator…for Councilman Skip Moore, who knows about trees — and politics…and retiring lawyer Sharon Malheiro, who plans to keep fighting…for caring nurse Deb Cosgrove and her son, Joseph Glazebrook…and the soft-spoken Jim O’Halloran…for supervisors Steve Van Oort and Bob Brownell, so popular no one ran against them…and Trudy Hurd…and David Young, who could be our Congressman forever. …

Seven swans-a-swimming…

…for Nancy Bunker of Windsor Heights…for Bob Birch, who raised Tommy right…for Robert Warren, who brings such great events to Hoyt Sherman Place…for Eric Branstad, who engineered a political upset…and for his mom and dad, too…for David Boyd and Steve Davis at the Supreme Court, and for the voters who returned Chief Justice Mark Cady and Justices Brent Appel and Daryl Hecht for another eight years, which is great…and, while we’re at it, congratulations (hold for release) to Steve Colloton and Ed Mansfield, in case they’re plucked from the short list and named to the United States Supreme Court. …

Six geese-a-laying…

…for those political junkies who blog and blog and blog to keep other junkies up to date, especially Laura Belin of Bleeding Heartland and Pat Rynard of the Starting Line…for Jennifer Konfrst and Claire Celsi and Heather Matson, who gave their all in November…for Becky Wampler at Wellmark…for Colleen  Homan at AFSCME…for Mike Richards, doctor, businessman and, now, Regent…and David Yepsen, who’s back in town…and so are John and Jackie Norris and their boys…and for Dave Roederer, who always knows what’s going on.

Five golden rings…

…for Mike Mahoney and Pat Yacinich at SportsPlex West…and Drake Coach Jennie Baranczyk and player Lizzy Wendell…for all-state baseball players Brendan Dougherty of Dowling and Ben Norman of Roosevelt and Zeb Adreon of Pleasantville…and basketball all-stars Turner Scott of Valley and Ted Brown of Dowling and Will Carius of Pleasant Valley…and all-state softballers Kendyl Lindaman and Olivia Brooks and Allison Doocy of Ankeny, Mandi Roemmich and Mackenzie Ward of Valley, and Brooke Sandstoe and Brooke Wilmes and Hayulee Towers of Johnston and Sarah Schaefer…for young hockey players Patrick Grasso and Nic Seybert (and their police-officer dads)…for everyone named Bernabe…and No. 1 sports fan Tyler Steinke.

Four collie birds…

…for the Kelly family, who gave that great new water playground at Greenwood Park…and for everyone who helped save the Green Bridge across the Raccoon — but especially Mell Meredith and Carl Voss…for Kevin Moran, who left the Parks Department to take over Drake’s buildings-and-grounds operations…and his new boss, Marty Martin, and his old boss, Ben Page…for Rosemary Moody, ageless and tireless at the Election Office, and Lisa Moody Tunks…for Christi Anderson…for the efficient and organized Katie Miller…for young Javi Barron, who at age 3 already roots for the wrong team…and Grand View President Kent Henning…and Carole, too…for everyone named Mauro.

Three French hens…

…for Iowa State spokesman John McCarroll, who has had a busy year…for bow-tied Joseph Jones, who has taken on a new job…and Amy Beller…for accountant Mitch Boeck, who keeps his eye on the details…for Zachary and Mackenzie and Christopher and Maggie, the world’s greatest grandkids…for Pam Deardon Conner…and her dad…for newlywed Celeste Tilton, who somehow shoehorns this column into Cityview…and her boss, Shane Goodman…and for Janet Petersen…and Ronald Autry…for Derek Hickey at the Events Center…for the Food Dude, of course…and Phil Duncan, the best and nicest cook in town.

Two turtle doves…

…for the compassionate Becky Roe…and for some old guys: Jim Cooney and Phil Dorweiler and Neal Smith and Bob Burnett and Chuck Grassley and Chet Guinn…and Drake’s Paul Morrison, still working away at 99…for Austin Strawhacker at the Bulldog Club…for Don Coffin…and Randy Reichardt and Zac Voss, who are going to change Water Works Park…and cyclists Jed Gammell…and TJ Tollakson…and Mike Rehm…for the generous Joe Crookham of Musco, and Jeanie, too…and for Ed Wallace, who has a new job in West Des Moines.

And a partridge in a pear tree…

…in memory of the kindly Chief Justice Ward Reynoldson…and judges Harold Vietor and Jim Carter…and Renaissance Man David Hurd, always willing to lend a hand or a thought or to write a check…East Village pioneer Kirk Blunck…prosecutor (and opera singer) Rich Richards…and Randy Duncan, perhaps the greatest Iowa athlete ever (and certainly the nicest)…and Patti Peterson…and Jane LaMair and her brother-in-law Bill Peverill… Kris Barron, an advocate for all things good…George Anthan, a dogged reporter and proud Greek, and Cynthia Mitchell, an exacting editor…Kay Compiano (as in Johnny and Kay’s) and car dealers Bill Jensen and Gene Gabus…and Bea Smith, who knew about equal pay for equal work long, long ago…and businessmen Roger Stetson and Crawford Hubbell and Kent Klein and Paul Dunlap and Phil Grask…golfer Jack Webb and basketball star (and lawyer) Tom Hyland…Dick Jacobson, who loved helping kids and giving away money…labor leader Don Rowan…Dan Johnston…the always-upbeat Bob Hudson…the young Luke Anderson and Peri Sagun…and, always, the first Christopher.