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July 16th, 2012

Hot pickles

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– Pickleball isn’t just a fun way to exercise, meet new people and stay healthy.
It’s also the country’s fastest growing sport, one of the newest events to be added to the national Senior Olympic Games and the latest craze in parts of Puerto Rico.
On July 1, Pickleball was also the focus of a one-day tournament at North Liberty’s Penn Meadows Park tennis complex, with participants who traveled from all over central and southeast Iowa to get in the game.

Stalled on Ireland Ave.

TIFFIN — Tiffin City Engineer Doug Frederick told the city council plans for the Ireland Avenue Extension for approval are still on hold, pending resolution of the Ireland Avenue and Hwy. 6 intersection and adjacent businesses. Adding to the stall is an ongoing disagreement between two local business owners whose establishments are located along the roadway.
Frederick gave his report at the Wednesday, July 11, regular meeting where John Schneider, owner of Jon’s Ice Cream Store, presented photos to the council.

Tinder box

JOHNSON COUNTY– Johnson County is currently under a ban against open burning.
The State Fire Marshal’s office issued a proclamation on Thursday, July 12, stating that open burning is now prohibited in Johnson County until further notice, when local fire departments determine that conditions dangerous to life or property no longer exists.
In laymen’s turns, that would be when the parched and crisp foliage finally gets a good drink of rain.

Historical Society to visit bridges of F.W. Kent Park July 19

IOWA CITY– This month’s Third Thursday is hitting the road. The Johnson County Historical Society (JCHS) will be going to Kent Park on July 19.
Join Larry Lovetinsky of the Johnson County Conservation Board on a trek around the lake at Kent Park to learn about the bridges that make up the trail. Larry will talk about how the process of repairing the bridges came to be and give some history of each bridge and what we did to each bridge along with tales from the process.
Participants will walk the length of the trail around the lake. Please meet at the boat ramp parking lot.

Aquatic Center youth triathlon Aug. 4

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Aquatic Center presents the first North Liberty Youth Triathlon, “Just Tri,” to be held on Saturday, Aug. 4. Hosted in conjunction with Tri-Fit Agape, LLC, the event features various distances for ages six to 14 years. The race starts and ends at the Community Center, 520 W. Cherry St. Sign-in begins at 8 a.m. on Aug. 4, with the race beginning at 9 a.m. A brief awards ceremony will follow the race.

Swisher farmers’ market to be held during Fun Days Aug. 4

SWISHER– A special farmers’ market and vendor fair will be held in downtown Swisher Saturday, Aug. 4, during Swisher Fun Days.
A huge variety of sale items, from produce to purses, will be featured. Contact Jean at 319-521-6869 for more information.

Sandwiched in downtown Ely

ELY– For Gary Scott, operating a bistro of his own has been one small step after another. From helping customers behind the counter to running the kitchen, creating his restaurant’s menu and building a following, he has the years of experience and kitchen hands of a professional.
Scott worked in pizza restaurants for years, managing, delivering, baking pies and cleaning up, but always for somebody else.
So after getting out of food service for a brief period when he worked in a Cedar Rapids foundry, he went back to school to learn the hospitality business at Kirkwood Community College.

A new history for Women of Troy

IOWA CITY– What a year for Iowa City West High. State volleyball championship? Check. Girls’ state basketball championship? Check. Boys’ state basketball championship? Check. State softball championship? Stay tuned.
West High’s Women of Troy will get back to you on that as they make their first softball tournament appearance following a 6-0 shut-out of visiting Cedar Rapids Prairie Tuesday night.

There they go again:

OXFORD– Hopefully Jim White isn’t superstitious. When his Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers take the field on Tuesday, July 18, at the Class 4A state softball tournament, it will be Coach White’s 13th time at the helm for the big dance. For CCA, it will be the 33rd state tourney appearance and its fourth consecutive. CCA is technically the defending Class 3A champion, but with realignment to five classes this season by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union, the Clippers find themselves in 4A where they are ranked No. 1 in the state.

Trojans bite Bulldogs

IOWA CITY– While the Women of Troy were battling to go to the state softball tournament Tuesday night, Charlie Stumpff’s Trojans were taking care of business in the next-to-last regular season game against the Bettendorf Bulldogs.
West had a 3-0 lead after four innings with one run in the bottom of the first and two in the third. The Bulldogs put up a run in the top of the fifth, but the Trojans added two more in the bottom of the inning. Bettendorf had three un-answered runs in the sixth but they weren’t enough and the Trojans took the 5-4 win.