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New district, new opportunities for Creek Boys

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XC Girls Giving it all they’ve got

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TIFFIN– There may not be very many of them on the course this season, but the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers cross-country squad will make their presence known.
“Our numbers and experience are our weakness,” coach Jane Astor said. “Our attitudes and work ethic are our strengths.”
Astor, with 26 years at CCA, returns two starters, both sophomores, to the varsity lineup: Kaylie Barker and Ally Loren.

No bus, no problem

City officials, principals collaborate on crosswalk safety

NORTH LIBERTY– For the more than 450 North Liberty elementary students without busing this school year, a special committee has a plan.
After months of meeting with principals, police officers and organizations like Safe Routes to School, the North Liberty Traffic-Safety Task Force has compiled recommendations for safer walking routes and crosswalks.

Free tickets for NL Night with the Kernels

NORTH LIBERTY– On Friday, Aug. 19, the Cedar Rapids Kernels, a Minnesota Twins minor league affiliate, will host North Liberty Night with the Kernels, and the city has some free tickets to give away.
Starting at 8 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 15, adults can get up to four tickets at the North Liberty Community Center front desk. There are a limited number of free tickets, and they will be distributed in person on a first-come, first-served basis only. Those picking up must show proof of residency– ID or current utility bill indicating a “52317” zip code.

CCA facilities planning committee spends summer gathering facts

Decision time nears

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN— If current projections for future growth are correct, and current trends of enrollment growth continue, the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District will need more schools. Superintendent Tim Kuehl said as many as three more elementary schools may well be needed within the next ten-to-twelve years. However, there are no plans dictating where or when these or any other school buildings will be built or expanded.

NL Pantry holding free canning class Aug. 18

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Community Pantry is hosting a free canning class Thursday, Aug. 19, from 6-8 p.m. at the South Slope Community Center, 980 N. Front St.
Registration is required and class size is limited. Register by calling 319-626-2711 or stopping by the pantry.

Servolution Aug. 19 at Penn Meadows

NORTH LIBERTY– The annual Servolution back-to-school event for families is back again for its fifth year. LIFEchurch of Coralville, along with dozens of other agencies, churches, and schools, will serve families in North Liberty and Coralville as they transition back to school. Servolution is held at Kirkwood Elementary in Coralville on Aug. 22 from 2-5 p.m. and at Penn Meadows Park in North Liberty on Aug. 19 from 3–6 p.m. Families are given shoes, haircuts, groceries, school supplies and much more. Organizers are still looking for volunteers, shoes and other donations if you want to help!

NLFD Salute to Summer Aug. 20 at Bobber’s

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Fire Department’s annual Salute to Summer returns Saturday, Aug. 20, at Bobber’s Grill, located at 1850 Scales Bend Rd. NE, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Join community members for food, kids activities, a vacation raffle, poker run, silent auction and more. Music by Two Buck Chuck begins at 7 p.m.
Salute to Summer is a fundraiser held by the North Liberty Firefighter Foundation annually. Funds raised are directed to the North Liberty Fire Department for firefighter and EMT training, as well as community support efforts and fire equipment expenses.

NL Porchfest Aug. 20 in Arlington Ridge neighborhood

NORTH LIBERTY– What if there was an afternoon when porches became stages and everyone just walked around listening to musicians, hung out on lawns and sidewalks and connected with their neighbors?
Porchfest is “community in the key of summer.”

Local youths collect money for food pantry with spray paint picures

NORTH LIBERTY– Kayla Lockwood and Kennedy Conner came up with an idea to raise money or food for the local food pantry. They spent part of a day spray painting pictures and took them around to homes requesting food or monetary donations for the local food pantry. In the matter of just a few hours, they collected $6 and over 50 items of food. When dropping off the donations, a recipient of the food pantry thanked them for their kindness and generosity and explained why she needed to use the services of the food pantry.

Party on the turf

Annual kick-off event raises money for CCA football

TIFFIN– The 2nd annual Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Football Kick-Off to Friday Night Lights was held Friday, Aug. 12, at the high school stadium in Tiffin. The event serves as a fundraiser for the football program as well as a way to build excitement for the coming season.
Headlining the event again this year was contemporary country music artist Jake McVey, who had the students dancing on the sideline. McVey and his bass player even jumped off the stage and rocked out among the students at one point.

West Looking for improvement

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IOWA CITY– 2015 was a disappointing season for the West High Trojans on the varsity gridiron. The team posted a 4-7 record with four losses to open the season, including a three-point season-opening loss to Cedar Rapids Kennedy, a 33-0 shutout loss to West Des Moines Valley and a 14-12 loss to rival City High in the annual Battle of the Boot.