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July 16th, 2014

To prank or not to prank

Walkin'

A reoccurring theme at Bender’s Fishing Camp is the prank.
Someone, for example, put four big catfish in our live well. The hoax is extra-impressive when one considers that while almost every game or pan fish available in area waters– northern, muskie, bass, walleye, perch, blue gill, crappie– the lowly catfish is not on the list. Did someone actually import the fish just to play a prank?

Body parts

Food for Thought

For years, I’ve enjoyed reading and rereading my collection of Agatha Christie mystery stories. I’ve never bothered to count them, but they completely fill three 30-inch shelves in my bookcase, and it takes months to work my way through the entire collection. At the time they were written, mostly during the first half of the last century, they represented upper-class life in England fairly accurately. This was the world that Agatha Christie lived in and knew best. There were country manor houses with butlers, housemaids, valets and chauffeurs.

Hawkeye seniors Bethany and Samantha

Last week I talked about how Melissa Dixon helped Iowa win 67 games in three years.
This week, I’ll talk about the other two seniors and how their impact helped the Hawkeyes’ success.
Bethany Doolittle was a solid recruit out of Minnesota, but not a lot of Hawkeye fans (like me) knew much about her.
The 6-4 senior was a four-time all-state selection in high school, including a first-team all-state selection as a senior.
Bethany was named Defensive Player of the Year as a senior in her conference and holds her school record in blocked shots for a season (34) and career (348).

July 10th

Top-Shelf Volunteer

NORTH LIBERTY– Judy Bornkessel is a regular volunteer who greets families every Tuesday evening when she works as the desk worker volunteer. Judy wanted to volunteer at the pantry is because “I follows Jesus Christ and he has made it my desire to love my neighbors anyway I can.”

A tough week for Clippers baseball

Wins over Independence lead to losses at Solon and Dyersville

North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) Clippers baseball team faced a difficult week with three double-headers on the road and a flooded diamond.
The week started off on a positive note with a pair of wins over Independence, but was dampened by a raging Clear Creek, which necessitated moving the Solon vs. CCA game to Solon. The Spartans picked up a pair of wins at the expense of the Clippers. Adding insult to injury, Brent Henry’s crew had to borrow a field from the University of Iowa in order to take on Dyersville Beckman, dropping two more into the loss column.

West’s women of Troy win eight straight

Tigers and Rams fall in softball safari

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– With the end of the regular season drawing nigh, the Women of Troy were on a roll, putting eight consecutive wins into the books and improving to a 26-7 record overall (an improvement over last year’s 22-20 showing) while earning the No.7 spot in the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union’s final rankings of the season.
The Cedar Falls Tigers were stuffed and mounted in a visit to Iowa City on West’s Senior Night Tuesday, July 1, falling 13-0 in a four-inning opener, and coming up short in a tight 6-5 nightcap.

July 12 Turkey Trot 5k, 1 Mile event to benefit NL food pantry

NORTH LIBERTY– The Community Pantry will host its second annual Thanksgiving in July Turkey Trot 5K Race and Family 1 Mile event on Saturday, July 12, at 8 a.m., in conjunction with the community-wide food drive that provides food assistance to the hungry. This chip-timed race will begin and end at the pantry, 89 North Jones Blvd. in North Liberty. Registration through July 12 is $35 (T-shirt not guaranteed).
Registration is available online at www.GetMeRegistered.com/NorthLibertyTurkeyTrot.
Not a runner? Volunteer to help at the race: www.signupgenius.com/go/70a044baaae2ea75-2ndannual1.

CCA requests reimbursement for “nonsufficient notice” by city

Boiling point

TIFFIN– A boil order in Tiffin caused a little bit of heat between the city and the school district this spring.
On May 28, the City of Tiffin issued an order for residents to boil drinking water due to work necessary to replace a mixing unit in the city’s water tower. The boil order was in effect until May 30.

CCA boundary committee charts its course

TIFFIN– The task is great, but the time is short for Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) enrollment and boundary study committee.
The members now ponder how to realign the district’s elementary school attendance areas ahead of a new elementary currently under construction in Tiffin. The committee, comprised of 16 members, held it’s first meeting Thursday, June 26, at the high school in Tiffin.

Clean-up is major undertaking for North Liberty’s indoor pool

NORTH LIBERTY– It was just a piece of glass the size and texture of a dried pea.
Even so, it caused an estimated $5,000 worth of problems for the City of North Liberty.
A young patron at the North Liberty Aquatic Center’s indoor pool stepped on the fragment in the 5-foot depth area, though the swimmer did not get cut. Once pool staff identified the fragment, the incident set in motion the procedure for evacuating, closing and inspecting the pool.