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August 23rd, 2017

Bad ideas

Food For Thought

In 1890, a New York City man named Eugene Schieffelin had the not-so-bright idea to import every species of bird mentioned in the plays of William Shakespeare. Among the few species he managed to actually introduce to the city’s Central Park, was a flock of European starlings (referred to in Henry IV). Within 50 years, starlings colonized the entire North American continent– with dire results.

Preview of Iowa football 2017: part two

Hawk Talk

This is the second part of a preview of Iowa Hawkeye football.
Last week, I talked about the offensive line, tight ends and running backs.
This week, I’ll look at wide receivers, quarterbacks and the defensive line.

Wide Receivers

The development of Iowa’s wide receivers could be the most important part of the Hawkeyes and their success this fall… along with the development of a starting quarterback.
Senior Matt VandeBerg (6-1, 195) is the only returning receiver who caught a pass last fall.

August 17th

Antique Roadshowing, Aug. 23

SOLON– The Solon Public Library is hosting the first Antique Roadshowing Wednesday, Aug. 23, from 9 a.m. until noon for the August Senior Conversations. Dick Taber and Michelle Juehring, expert antique presenters who spoke at the June conversations’ event on various ways to pass on family valuables, will return to perform appraisals for a modest charge.
So much interest in the June event prompted this exciting follow-up. Fifteen-to 20-minute appointments may be made for either antique items or jewelry pieces by calling 624-2710.

August 16th

Learning experience ahead for Clippers VB

North Liberty Leader

TIFFIN– School doesn’t start until Wednesday, Aug. 23, at Clear Creek Amana (CCA), but the ladies of the varsity volleyball squad are already getting an education and learning lessons.
Gone are graduated seniors Sheyanne Koethe, McKenna McCreedy, Alivia Carnahan, Jacquelyn Bunch, Lauren Helle, Hanna Rogge and Mackenzie Justice.
The squad has two seniors this season, Zoe Boehme and Kelsey Lipkea, both returning starters.

Trojans swing onto 2017-18 golf season

Linn-Mar wins the day, Spence leads West High

Linn-Mar wins the day, Spence leads West High
By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
CEDAR RAPIDS– Iowa City West High’s golfers haven’t been in their classrooms yet this school year, but already have one meet in the books after competing in the Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) Supermeet Thursday, Aug. 10, at the Ellis Golf Course in Cedar Rapids.

New head coach for Women of Troy VB

IOWA CITY– Scott Sanders has seen a lot from the “right chair” over eight years as an assistant coach for the Iowa City West High Women of Troy varsity volleyball team. He worked alongside legendary coach Kathy Bresnahan through State Tournament campaigns and Championships, and during the dark days following the death of Caroline Found. After “Brez” retired from coaching, Sanders worked with Randy Dolson. More trips to state ensued.

High Hopes for Trojan boys XC

IOWA CITY– The West High Trojans cross country squad was the runner-up team in the Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) meet and fifth in team standings at the state meet last year. For coach Brian Martz and the boys, neither finish was good enough, and they are looking to improve on both this year.

Clippers Chart a new course

Gabe Bakker takes over CCA football

First Day Of School Aug. 23

School start times:
• 7:55 a.m. for students at Penn (230 N. Dubuque St.), Garner (80 Birch St.) and Van Allen (170 Abigail Ave.) elementary schools.
• 8:10 a.m. for students at North Bend Elementary School (2230 St Andrews Dr.).
• 8:50 a.m. for students at North Central Junior High School (180 E. Forevergreen Rd.) and Liberty High School (1400 S. Dubuque St.).
Crossing guards are stationed at the following intersections, and drivers are required to obey their signals:
• Dubuque and Penn streets;
• Dubuque and Cherry streets;
• Front and Birch streets;

Pilot transit program ending Sept. 1

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty’s weekday, intracity pilot bus program will end on Sept. 1. The program saw an average of just 25 trips per month, at an average cost to the city of $224.25 per ride, since its operation began in October 2016. The regular commuter route, in partnership with Coralville Transit, will continue.
The pilot fixed-route service specifically targeted those without cars, and those who can no longer drive, with the goal of helping them reach services in the community, such as the grocery store, Community Center, the doctor’s office and the community pantry.