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Molly’s Cupcakes opens its second Iowa bakery in NL

NORTH LIBERTY– Serendipitous.
It’s a word Molly’s Cupcake’s owner Jamie Smith uses quite a bit when she talks about her journey with the bakery.
When the Manchester native first left her career in real estate, Smith applied for jobs at five different bakeries in Chicago. Molly’s was the only one who returned her phone calls. It was simply meant to be.
“It worked out great. They’re the best,” she said. “I absolutely love them.”

Clipper girls can’t block Solon Lady Spartan win

Solon wins 3-1 over CCA in volleyball

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TIFFIN– The Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union (IGHSAU) deemed the Solon Lady Spartans the number one team in Class 3A in preseason rankings released Monday, Aug. 25. The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers were ranked sixth in Class 4A in the same release. Both teams faced each other as WaMaC rivals in the Clippers’ gym Thursday, Aug. 28, with the Spartans winning the varsity match, 3-1.

A night of firsts for the Trojans

West gets by Cougars 12-9 in season home opener

IOWA CITY– “Firsts” were in abundance Friday, Aug. 29, at West High as the Trojans welcomed the Cedar Rapids Kennedy Cougars for week one of varsity football.
It was the first official varsity game on the new synthetic turf. It was the first game for Garett Hartwig as head coach after taking over for Brian Sauser in June. It was the first career catch for junior Gabe Huinker that won the game for West.

Pelican Festival is free fun for everyone

Iowa Audubon, Coralville Lake Host Pelican Festival
IOWA CITY– The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Coralville Lake will co-host the fourth annual Pelican Festival at the Hawkeye Wildlife Area, 2564 Amana Rd. N.W., Swisher, on Sunday, Sept. 7, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This event and all activities are free to the public.

Serving the Community

North Liberty’s free summer lunch program a stirring success

NORTH LIBERTY– It started with a question posed by one small group:
When families, strapped for grocery money, rely on public schools’ free and reduced meal programs to help sustain nutrition throughout the school year, what happens in the summer months when kids are on their own?
It was answered by an entire community and a volunteer force of over 150 people.

Progress continues on CCA school projects

OXFORD — Ray Willoughby started his building projects report to the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school board with a little bit of good news.
“Ben (Macumber, principal of Amana Elementary) got his air turned on fully tonight,” Willoughby said, referring to the completion of a $453,000 renovation project at the school. Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) work, along with electrical upgrades throughout the building, are two of several projects funded by a $48 million bond issue approved by voters in February for renovation and expansion.