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Ronin to speak at CCA Financial Aid and Scholarship night Nov. 5

TIFFIN– On Thursday, Nov. 5, at 6:30 p.m., Clear Creek Amana High School will host its annual Financial Aid and Scholarship night. Ryan Ronin, guest presenter from the Iowa College Access Network, will discuss the FAFSA, Federal Student Loan programs and scholarship searches. High School counselors Mark Hovey and Grant Elsbernd will discuss local scholarships and deadlines. This is an important meeting for junior and senior parents, but is open to anyone wishing to learn about funding their child’s education.

Colony Pumpkin Patch celebrates fall with October festival

An a-maze-ing autumn day

NORTH LIBERTY– The air was crisp, the sun was shining and the pumpkins were blazing with color; a perfect day for a fall festival.
The Colony Pumpkin Patch, at 2780 Front St. NE in North Liberty, celebrated the coming of fall with its annual Fall Festival Oct. 3, inviting the public to enjoy a number of vendors and information booths, free family activities and pick-your-own pumpkins by the pound. The farm also celebrated the fourth year of its family-friendly corn maze.

West plucks Prairie Hawks, 3-2 to end regular season

CEDAR RAPIDS– The West High Women of Troy closed out the regular season Tuesday, Oct. 20, with a 3-2 win over Cedar Rapids Prairie in the Prairie Hawks’ nest. It was a hard-fought win, with West taking the first set, 25-22, stumbling in the second for a 25-17 loss, bouncing back to take the third set, 25-16, and back-sliding in the fourth with a 25-18 loss before taking the fifth and final set, 15-12.
Emma Norris led the attack with a dozen kills, backed up by Colby Greene’s 10.

Rough sailing at WaMaC tourney for CCA girls

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MARION– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity volleyball team entered the second half of the WaMaC Conference Tournament with a berth in the quarterfinals Tuesday, Oct. 20, at Marion High School.
However, the Clippers were quickly tossed about after a first set 25-22 win over Mount Vernon, as the Mustangs rallied back to take the second and third sets, 25-23 and 15-10.
The loss sent CCA into the extra consolation matches and a 2-0 loss to Dyersville-Beckman, with the Blazers taking the first set, 25-18, and holding the Clippers off in the second with a 26-24 win.

West swimmers 124, Dubuque Hempstead 62

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DUBUQUE– West High’s Women of Troy swimming and diving squad dunked the Mustangs of Dubuque Hempstead, 124-62, Tuesday, Oct. 13, in the ponies’ pool.
Hempstead swimmers won only two events, the 200-meter freestyle and 50-meter freestyle.

Creek girls go 2-1 in WaMaC Pool Play

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MOUNT VERNON— Two days after sweeping the South Tama Trojans, 3-0, on Senior Night, the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity girls trounced the Trojans again, this time 2-0 in WaMaC Tournament Pool Play in Mount Vernon. The Clippers took the two-game match, 21-18 and 21-4, with Ashley Prusha’s nine kills leading the way. Alyssa Weldon added six kills while Lauren Helle had three. Weldon led in assists with nine while Riley Hennes put up eight. Prusha and Sheyanne Koethe had seven digs apiece.

Women of Troy fifth at MVC Sophomore Swimming and Diving

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IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy placed fifth in team points at the 2015 Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) Sophomore Swimming and Diving Meet held Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Mercer Park Aquatic Center in Iowa City.
Cedar Rapids Washington won the meet with 392 team points followed by Cedar Falls (346), Cedar Rapids Kennedy (314.5), Dubuque Wahlert (221) and West High (184).

Oct. 25 Stone Soup Supper, Silent Auction to benefit NL Community Pantry

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Community Pantry will host its 7th Annual Stone Soup Supper and Silent Auction on Sunday, Oct. 25, from 4-7 p.m. at the South Slope Community Room, 980 N. Front St., North Liberty. The event is sponsored by Hills Bank and Trust Company, University of Iowa Community Credit Union, and South Slope Cooperative Communications.

NL will require builders to obtain licenses

New ordinance passes first reading; changes expected

By Lori Lindner
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NORTH LIBERTY– Like electricians and plumbers, North Liberty plans to have general contractors working within the city to be licensed.

Happy harvest

NL Pantry celebrates first gardening season

NORTH LIBERTY – The Growing Together Garden, in the backyard of the North Liberty Community Pantry, flourished in its first year.
The pantry held a Taste and Tour event at the garden on Oct. 11. Garden Coordinator Ilsa DeWald and Nick Bergus, of the pantry’s Board of Directors Garden Committee, led attendees on a tour through the Growing Together Garden and the pantry itself.
Pantry garden volunteer Judy Bornkessel attended the event with her 12- and 6-year-old granddaughters, Annika and Beckett Kruse.
As Beckett sampled some kale, her grandmother explained the purpose of the garden.

Following threat at West, ICCSD reconsiders policy

School staff will immediately report to law enforcement, parents

IOWA CITY– The Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) decided it’s better safe than sorry when it comes to school threats.
At an Oct. 13 meeting, the district’s Board of Directors discussed changes to how threats are handled and communicated within the district.
Board President Chris Lynch recommended a three-part plan of action, and all three motions were passed at the meeting:
• Direct all staff to immediately report any threats, substantiated or unsubstantiated, to law enforcement with parent communication as soon as possible.

Tiffin council split on new wage ordinance

Two businesses oppose increase

TIFFIN– Tiffin needs more information before taking action on the county’s new minimum wage ordinance.
The Tiffin City Council had a spirited discussion on the issue at its Oct. 14 pre-meeting work session, with two councilors expressing support of an increase, two councilors expressing opposition and one who wondered if a compromise setting age classifications and commensurate wages for workers would be legal.