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North Liberty Leader

A unique proposal for a debated partnership

County, Shueyville consider split on Curtis Bridge Road improvements

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
SHUEYVILLE— For anybody who has driven the length of Curtis Bridge Road in northwest Johnson County, to say it is in bad shape would be an understatement. Its dilapidated condition led county officials to move the road up on its Five-year Road Maintenance and Improvement Plan, with work scheduled to begin late this summer.
Some surface material will be ground down, and the road will be widened two feet on either side before a hot asphalt overlay is applied for a smoother ride.

Construction to begin on North Ridge Trail through North Liberty

NORTH LIBERTY– Weather permitting, improvements on North Liberty’s North Ridge Trail recreation trail between Penn Street and Forevergreen Road will begin on Wednesday, June 3. The $310,000 project, which includes widening, elevating and resurfacing the trail, is expected to last into August.
Work will be done in segments. As each segment is being improved, its temporary closure will be required until the work is complete and the trail segment is safe to reopen.

Mowing roadside ditches prohibited before July 15

JOHNSON COUNTY– Johnson County’s Integrated Roadside Vegetation Management (IRVM) program reminds residents, landowners and local road maintenance crews that Iowa law prohibits the mowing of ditches along county secondary roads and state primary and interstate highways each year prior to July 15. The no-mow order allows time for hatching and development of ground-nesting birds and pollinators.
Johnson County Roadside Vegetation Manager Chris Henze said that in 2010, legislation changed the date from July 1 to July 15.

JCSWCD fundraiser to be June 13 at Highland Hunting in Riverside

RIVERSIDE– The Johnson County Soil and Water Conservation District is hosting its first annual Sporting Clay Shoot Fundraiser on Saturday, June 13, at Highland Hideaway Hunting, at 3127 160th St. in Riverside. All proceeds will benefit conservation education and outreach efforts in Johnson County.
Participants can register for the event online at www.jcswcd.org. Early registration is $115 per shooter until June 1. After June 1, the registration fee will increase to $125.
Registration for the event includes a 100-target sporting clay round, four boxes of shells, and lunch.

Child Safety Fair at Creekside Park in Oxford to be Saturday, May 30

OXFORD– Elementary school students in the Clear Creek Amana Community School District are invited to a Child Safety Fair on Saturday, May 30, from noon to 3 p.m., at Creekside Park in Oxford. The fair will include all elementary students at Amana Elementary in Amana, Oxford Elementary in Oxford, and North Bend Elementary.
The event is sponsored by Canopy Lodge (Masons) of Oxford. There will be games for the kids along with representatives from various community organizations participating in the fair.
Some of the activities and organizations that will be there are:

2015 Summerships Program application deadline extended to May 31

JOHNSON COUNTY– The United Way of Johnson & Washington Counties and the Community Foundation of Johnson County have announced the extension of the 2015 Summerships Program application deadline to May 31, 2015. The Summerships Programs provides tuition funds for youth summer camps, programs and activities. Summerships are available for the cost of the activity up to $250. Students eligible for Summerships are K-12 students from Johnson or Washington County who are eligible for Free & Reduced Lunch.

Edible Outdoors to host bow and fly fishing event June 6

NORTH LIBERTY– On June 6, from 1-3 p.m., Edible Outdoors (EO) will host a Bow and Fly Fishing event at the Liberty Centre Pond in North Liberty. The pond is located at the intersection of Cherry Street and Highway 965.
Participants will learn bow fishing from expert Laura DeCook (Mahaska County Naturalist and member of the Bowfishing Association of Iowa). Instruction will cover basic equipment, techniques, benefits of fishing carp and other rough fish, and hands-on bow fishing. 

West beats City in final-seconds thriller

Pottratz kicks winning goal

IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy remained unbeaten with a 2-1 victory over rival City High Monday, May 18, at the University of Iowa soccer field, doing it in dramatic fashion.
A scoreless first half gave way to the Little Hawk’s scoring with nine minutes remaining.

Trojans upset Hempstead on Senior Night

Iowa City West wins, 3-1

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– West High coach Brad Stiles told the crowd assembled for Senior Night recognition Friday, May 22, it had been a season full of ups and downs. Beating the top-ranked team in the Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) Mississippi Division 3-1 was certainly an “up.”
The Trojans, number two-ranked in the Valley Division, pulled off the Senior Night upset after a shaky start.
The Mustangs scored eight minutes into the game and held the Trojans scoreless for the remainder of the first half.

Three seniors to lead CCA’s diamond girls

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OXFORD– Not many coaches in their first season with a program are able to take their team to the state championships. But Barb Lynn did when she took over the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity softball program last year.
It was the team’s first state appearance since 2012. The Clippers fell in the first round to rival Solon and eventually came home from Fort Dodge with the eighth-place trophy a 22-20 record overall and 10-6 in the WaMaC West Division, good for third place.

Clipper girls soccer 14-1 ahead of season finale

MOUNT VERNON– The wins keep coming for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) soccer girls, with Waterloo Columbus and Mount Vernon the latest to fall. The pair of wins boosted the Clippers to 14-1 ahead of the season finale at West Delaware on Wednesday, May 27.
Columbus visited the Clippers on Senior Night, Monday, May 18, and were sunk, 4-1.
CCA coach Matt Harding said the win completed what they are calling the “classic” WaMaC West Championship since the Sailors were in the division until two years ago. Harding noted Columbus had taken the division championship pretty consistently.

CCA girls shuttle hurdle relay team takes first at state

West girls distance medley second, Welch second in 100-meter hurdles

North Liberty Leader
DES MOINES– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) and Iowa City West were represented at the 2015 State Co-Ed Track and Field Meet held Thursday, May 21, through Saturday, May 23, at Drake University in Des Moines.
The CCA girls shuttle hurdle relay won the Class 3A title as Mia Smith, Corrine Schwarting, Megan Lukas and Natalie Brimeyer finished in 1:03.89 besting their second-place finish of 1:05.44 in the preliminary heats. Brimeyer was eighth in the finals of the 3A 100-meter hurdles (16.18 seconds) while Schwarting took sixth in the 3A long jump (16-04.00)