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Creek Girls start out 3-1 on the diamond

CCA wins two from Marion, splits with West Delaware

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OXFORD– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity softball team moved to a 2-3 mark following a pair of doubleheaders against Marion and West Delaware. The season opened on May 24 with a double-loss to Dyersville Beckman in Dyersville.

Women of Troy roll over the River Queens

10-0 regional semifinal leads to 4-1 final win and Des Moines

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IOWA CITY– Iowa City West High’s Women of Troy earned a trip to Des Moines and the 2017 Class 3A State Soccer Tournament, which kicks off Thursday, June 8, and runs through Saturday, June 10, at the Cownie Soccer Complex in southeast Des Moines.

Charlie’s thinking deep

Preview: Iowa City West varsity baseball

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Iowa residents enjoy free fishing days June 2-4

DES MOINES– Iowa residents may fish without a license on June 2, 3 and 4 as part of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) free fishing weekend.
“Free fishing weekend is a great opportunity for Iowans to reconnect with fishing,” said Joe Larscheid, chief of the Iowa DNR’s Fisheries Bureau. “Invite a kid, your best friend or your mom to come along. Have some fun and create new memories.”
Gather family or friends and travel to one of the hundreds of Iowa lakes, thousands of miles of rivers or a nearby pond for a few hours of outdoor fun and relaxation.

Fireworks ban to remain in North Liberty

Council to consider moratorium on sales

By Shianne Fisher
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NORTH LIBERTY– Standing before the North Liberty City Council, Interim Fire Chief Bill Schmooke recalled an incident a couple months ago that led to an entire field burning down.
The culprit? A handful of kids messing around with fireworks.
“It happens,” he said. “And it’s going to happen more if we say it’s OK.”

NORTH LIBERTY ON FIRE:

A three-part series

Consultant looks at the NLFD with an eye toward the future

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Fire Department (NLFD) was formally organized in 1945 when the city was small and well separated from its neighboring towns. Now, the department, which covers North Liberty as well as Penn and Madison townships (56 square miles total), protects the lives and property of over 22,000 inhabitants.

Free fishing at Liberty Centre Pond June 3

NORTH LIBERTY– Come and spend a day enjoying the outdoors fishing with Take A Kid Outdoors.
June 2, 3, and 4 are Free Fishing Days in Iowa this year. Take A Kid Outdoors (TAKO) will host their free family fishing event on Saturday, June 3, at the Liberty Centre Pond, located at 795 W. Cherry St.

Kayak and paddle board demo day June 10

SOLON– Experience the latest in kayaks and stand up paddle boards Saturday, June 10, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Sugar Bottom Recreation Area in Solon.
Scheels’ experts and Wilderness Systems representatives will be on hand to assist and answer paddle sports questions. Register onsite to win a Scheels gift card.
The entrance to Sugar Bottom Recreation Area is located at 2164 Mehaffey Bridge Rd. NE in Solon.

North Liberty citywide garage sales June 8-11

NORTH LIBERTY– Submissions are now open for North Liberty’s citywide garage sales, happening Thursday, June 8, through Sunday, June 11.
The master list of sales, found at http://northlibertygaragesales.com, will close to edits and new submissions Tuesday, June 6, at 8 p.m. It will then be distributed to the public Wednesday, June 7, by 9 a.m. and will be available for download from the website. There will also be a Google Map of all the sales. It is free to submit a sale.

ICCSD hires firm to design new North Liberty elementary school

THE ISSUE
While North Liberty’s population continues to boom, area elementary schools become more crowded. According to a 2015 special census, which put 10.5 percent of the city’s populace under the age of five, a potential 2,000 kids could be approaching elementary in the coming years.

WHAT WE KNEW
In July 2016, the Iowa City School Board unanimously approved the $1.4 million purchase of 21.59 acres on the northeast side of North Liberty near South Slope.

The purchase was tentatively set to replace the planned Grant Elementary.

WHAT HAPPENED

North Liberty Community Pantry 5th Annual Turkey Trot July 8

NORTH LIBERTY– Grab your shoes and join North Liberty Community Pantry on July 8, at 9 a.m. for the 5th annual Turkey Trot 10k, 5k, and 1-Mile(ish) Event, sponsored by University of Iowa Community Credit Union (UICCU). Runners and walkers, of all ages, are invited to register in advance at getmeregistered.com/NorthLibertyTurkeyTrot as the race is expected to sell out quickly.

North Bend Active Minds camp open coming June and July

NORTH LIBERTY– North Bend Elementary physical education teacher Jared Carder announced the return of the Active Minds summer camp this week. There will be two sessions, in June and July, and younger students will be accepted.