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North Liberty PD to host free bike rodeo June 13

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Police Department hopes to help kids entering kindergarten through eighth grade get off to a safe start this summer by hosting a free bike rodeo on Friday, June 13, from 2 until 4 p.m. in Penn Landing, 620 Pacha Parkway, just off Penn Street.
Kids will learn bike safety tips while cruising on a course set up to teach them important bike skills. Free bike helmets will be available while supplies last. Sugar Bottom Bikes will be on hand offering free bike inspections.

West girls: fourth appearance in a row at Cownie Park

IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy will face Dubuque Hempstead today at 5:30 p.m. at the Cownie Soccer Park in Des Moines in the quarterfinal round of the Class 3A Girls State Soccer Tournament.
West earned the right to compete after knocking off the Muskies of Muscatine 2-0 Monday, June 9, in a regional final on the home pitch.
Heelah Nadler knocked in the first goal seven minutes into the second half for a 1-0 lead, and Emma Cooper put away the insurance goal with just over seven minutes remaining in the match.

State championship hopes scuttled for Clipper boys

DES MOINES– It wasn’t the ending they wanted, and the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers did everything they could to prevent it. In the end however, the Bluejays of Perry ended the Clippers’ state soccer tournament appearance by handing Tim Benson’s team a 2-1 loss in the quarterfinal round Thursday, June 5, at the Cownie Soccer Park in Des Moines.
It was the third trip in four years for the squad, and the third time a championship was denied them.
Perry dominated the first 10 minutes of the match and scored in the ninth minute for a 1-0 lead.

Trojans knock out Valley, Cedar Rapids Wash at state tourney

DES MOINES– The West High Trojans were well on their way to a third straight state soccer championship when heavy rains at the Cownie Soccer Park in Des Moines on Saturday, June 7, postponed the finals match between West and Johnston to Tuesday, June 10 (during production of this edition).
The Trojans, under coach Brad Stiles, have earned four of the last five state championships. A win against Johnston would mean the first three-peat for boys soccer.

Raiders hand Clippers first loss

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TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity baseball team split a doubleheader Thursday, June 5, at home with the Blue Raiders of Anamosa, and picked up their first loss of the season.
The Clippers took care of business in game one with a 6-2 win fueled in part by a four-run effort in the fourth inning off of a pair of singles. A Chase Rourke RBI homer in the sixth sealed the win. Anamosa scored one run in the third and one in the fifth.

Blues & BBQ needs volunteers

NORTH LIBERTY– The eighth annual North Liberty Blues & BBQ, to be held July 12, wants you. There are still several volunteer roles open. Please consider volunteering for a shift to help make this a great summer day of live music, food, and fun for the community. 
All who join the volunteer team will receive a free Blues & BBQ 2014 T-shirt, commemorative cup, and drink tickets (for those of legal age).  Additionally, volunteers from specific organizations will be provided with a special ID label with a logo to identify individuals as part of the organization.

Holy Trinity in North Liberty to offer summer programs for kids

NORTH LIBERTY– Summer is right around the corner… which means Holy Trinity Lutheran Church has a week of fun planned for your child.
Holy Trinity is planning an action-packed week of summer fun for your children. Just when they’ll be screaming “I’m bored. There’s nothing to do,” we’ll give them a worthwhile, meaningful, and inspiring way to spend a week. Vacation Bible School and Day Camp are scheduled for July 14 through 19 and we’re hoping your kids will join us for another fun-filled week at Holy Trinity.
Water Works! Vacation Bible School

NRA names NLPD’s Shine Officer of the Year

Heroism under fire

NORTH LIBERTY– The date was March 10, 2013. North Liberty police officers Christopher Shine and Cody Jacobsen responded with Sergeant Adam Olson to a 9-1-1 call about a domestic fight in the Holiday Mobile Home Court. Upon their arrival, they found a female resident sitting outside the home at 238 Holiday Lodge. She was crying, red-faced and emotionally distressed. Inside the trailer was 28-year old Taleb Salameh.

NL storm sewer project brings costs overflows

Money in the drain

NORTH LIBERTY– It’s never good when a contractor’s bill is higher than original estimates.
It’s extra bad when the bill more than doubles.
That was the situation facing the North Liberty City Council at its May 27 meeting, when McClure Engineering project manager Kevin Bailey explained a change order to the city’s storm sewer improvements along Highway 965.

Spending plan

Tiffin hires V&K to help create CIP strategy

TIFFIN– The City of Tiffin is paying to learn how to spend its money.
At its May 14 meeting, the Tiffin City Council approved a contract not to exceed $6,250 with engineering firm Veenstra & Kimm (V&K) Inc., to assist in crafting the city’s long-range capital improvements plan, or CIP.
Doug DeBolt and Bob Veenstra presented the proposal, outlining the services V&K provides to cities in comprehensive planning and strategies to pay for capital improvements.
“It’s a pretty methodical process with a heavy emphasis on the financial aspect,” said DeBolt.

DNR to host regional Fish Iowa! Games in North Liberty June 7

NORTH LIBERTY– The regional competition for the Fish Iowa! Games will be held Saturday, June 7, at Liberty Centre Pond in North Liberty. The Iowa Games and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources sponsor Fish Iowa! Games competitions through Iowa schools. Students learn to cast from three distances.

North Liberty honored as a leader in kids’ play

NORTH LIBERTY– KaBoom and the Humana Foundation has named North Liberty, for the third straight year, a Playful City USA community as a leader in playability by making it easy for kids to get balanced and active play.
“We’re a young and active community,” said North Liberty Mayor Tom Salm. “Our parks and recreation staff work tirelessly on our community’s recreation trails, playgrounds, parks and pools so our children and families have access to the means to stay active year round. It’s exciting to see the work recognized nationally.”