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A different approach for law enforcement

Crisis Intervention Training comes to Johnson County

IOWA CITY– Law enforcement agencies in Johnson County are embracing the concept of Crisis Intervention Training (CIT), an educational program for law enforcement officers which expands their ability to deal safely and effectively with people experiencing a mental health crisis.

The end of an era

‘Good ol’ boy’ Rick Dvorak retires as Johnson County Planning Director

IOWA CITY– If you want to get in touch with Rick Dvorak come May, you’ll need to hit the campgrounds, shooting range or golf course– a few of the places he feels most at home, aside from his office at the Johnson County Department of Planning, Development and Sustainability.
“I’m going to miss working but I got to go,” said Dvorak. “I better get out and enjoy life a little bit.”
Dvorak, who will turn 67 in June, is retiring as planning director at the end of the month. The decision is a result of some health issues he experienced last year.

Local Harvest CSA Hello Spring! Potluck April 30

You’re invited to Sundog Farm and Local Harvest CSA’s Hello Spring Potluck on Saturday, April 30, 5:30 p.m. at the Palmer House Stable, 200 East Main St., Solon. Bring a dish to share and your own table service and drinks. Come learn about a local community supported agriculture (CSA) provider and connect with other farmers, gardeners and food enthusiasts! Contact Carmen Black at localharvestcsa@southslope.net or 319-331-3957 for more information.

Shueyville to host community blood drive Tuesday, May 3

SWISHER– Shueyville will host a community blood drive from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3, at Shueyville Community Center, inside the gym.
To donate, please contact the Blood Center at 800-747-5401 or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org and use code 1778 to locate the drive.

Macbride Raptor Project Family Day May 7

SOLON– Macbride Raptor Project (MRP) monthly Family Day will be held on Saturday, March 7, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Family Day is free and open to the public. The Raptor’s Nest (MRP educational center) will be open with staff and volunteers available to answer questions about the project and the raptors. Snacks and crafts will also be provided for guests.

Iowa Teacher of the Year nominations due April 25 

DES MOINES– Thousands of talented Iowa educators lead and inspire their students, but only one is chosen annually as the state’s top teacher.
The deadline to nominate the 2017 Iowa Teacher of the Year is April 25. The award is an opportunity to recognize an exceptional Iowa teacher who is helping to redefine education. Nominations will be accepted from anyone, including students, parents, school administrators, colleagues, college faculty members and associations. Nomination forms can be found on the Iowa Department of Education’s website:

Tiffin city wide yard sale weekend of May 7

TIFFIN– Tiffin’s City Wide Yard Sale will be held the weekend of May 7. In order to have your sale items registered with the City, submit sale registrations by April 15 to have the location and items on the City Map. Maps of yard sale locations will be available at City Hall, Casey’s and The Depot on April 29.

West High splits with Cougars on the soccer pitch

CR Kennedy girls win 2-0 but Trojan boys take 5-0 victory

By Chris Umscheid
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IOWA CITY– The West High varsity soccer teams hosted a doubleheader Thursday, April 14, as the Cedar Rapids Kennedy Cougars visited the Trojans’ pitch.

Women of Troy win CR track meet

Nock, Welch, Skopec, Dusterhoft, Haight bring home victories

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CEDAR RAPIDS– The West High Women of Troy won the 2016 Draxton-Stiers/Wilkinson Co-Ed Invitational Meet held at Kingston Stadium in Cedar Rapids Saturday, April 16.
West topped the seven-team field with 163 points, followed by Cedar Falls (113), Cedar Rapids Jefferson (88), Cedar Rapids Kennedy (66), Cedar Rapids Xavier (57), Cedar Rapids Prairie (51) and Dubuque Hempstead (50).

Clippers sweep W. Delaware on home turf

CCA girls wins 7-0 and boys 5-0 in soccer doubleheader

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity soccer teams swept the visiting Hawks of West Delaware in a girls-boys doubleheader Tuesday, April 12, on the home turf.
Matt Harding’s girls improved to 4-0 with the 7-0 shelling of the Hawks in the opener, while Tim Benson’s boys upped their record to 2-1 with a 5-0 win in the nightcap.

Register now for North Liberty summer rec programs

NORTH LIBERTY– The guide to the North Liberty Recreation Department’s summer programming is now available online. New this summer for youth: a disc golf league and indoor youth hockey. For adults: drop-in dodgeball and an Iowa River kayak trip. Also new: Knight Riders, a summer of community service and bike riding, and music lessons (for any age).
The guide also includes details on the Just Tri youth triathlon, community garden plots and free fishing weekend with Take a Kid Outdoors. Download the guide on the City of North Liberty website, http://northlibertyiowa.org

West High boys eighth at Wilkinson Relays in CR

Doorn fourth in JV 3,200 run, JV 4x400 third

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CEDAR RAPIDS– Elements of the West High Trojan track and field team placed eighth in team points Monday, April 11, at the 30th annual Wilkinson Relays hosted by Cedar Rapids Washington at Kingston Stadium.