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NL’s “Make A Difference Day” is April 18

NORTH LIBERTY– Several North Liberty churches will host the service project “Make A Difference Day” on Saturday, April 18, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Work teams from several local churches will fan out all over North Liberty to perform community service.
Service projects could include yard work, small construction jobs, window washing, painting or other projects at little or no cost, to improve the lives of North Liberty residents.

April 19 pancake breakfast, raffle - Oxford American Legion

OXFORD– The Oxford American Legion Post 537 will hold a breakfast and raffle fundraiser on April 19 from 7:30 a.m. until 12 noon, at 128 E. Main St. in Oxford.
Buy tickets now for the chance to win a 21-inch, self-propelled Troy Built lawn mower. Proceeds will go to Boys State or Legion scholarships for graduates. Raffle tickets are $5 each. The drawing will be held April 19 after the breakfast. Purchase tickets at the Legion or call 319-828-1008 to make arrangements to meet someone to purchase them.

Hatching nest eggs

Hills Bank celebrates agriculture month

NORTH LIBERTY– March was agriculture month at Hills Bank and Trust Company, and what better way to celebrate than inviting a few chicks over?
It was baby chick day at North Liberty’s Forevergreen Road location on Saturday, March 28. Doors opened to the public so children and families could visit the baby chicks hatched at the bank earlier this month.

CCA girls start soccer season 2-0

Clippers blast Mid-Prairie, overcome Solon

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– Matt Harding’s Clear Creek Amana (CCA) girls’ varsity soccer team opened the 2015 season with a pair of wins, destroying the Mid-Prairie Golden Hawks 10-0 and taking down rival Solon, 4-1.

Schwarting, Brimeyer, hurdle relay team win

Clipper girls fifth at home meet

TIFFIN– The sun shined brightly but a stiff northwest wind with gusts around 40 mph made for chilly conditions Friday, April 10, as the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) girls track and field team hosted their Creek Classic Relays. The Clippers finished fifth in overall team points behind winner Solon, Mount Vernon, South Tama and Williamsburg.
Corrine Schwarting won the long jump with a 16’-5 1/2” leap; Mia Smith, Schwarting, Megan Lukas and Natalie Brimeyer took their shuttle hurdle relay to the win in 1:07.90 and Brimeyer won the 100-meter hurdles in 15.66 seconds.

Team results (Class A):

Clipper boys take Demon Relays with first place

Douglass wins 3,200 and 1,600-meter runs

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WASHINGTON– Eric Douglass put a pair of wins into the books Friday, April 10, at the Demon Relays to help move the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers past the host Washington squad and into first place. The Clippers took the meet with 148 team points, knocking the Demons (93 points) to second place. Mid-Prairie, Columbus, Fairfield, WACO and Fort Madison rounded out the field.

Clipper girls fourth at West Liberty

Smith, sprint medley and shuttle hurdle teams earn wins

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WEST LIBERTY– Mia Smith cleared the 100-meter hurdles in 16.13 seconds to win the event Tuesday, April 7, at the West Liberty Girls Invitational track and field meet, giving the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers their sole individual win and points toward an overall fourth-place finish.
North Cedar won the meet with 126 team points, followed by West Branch (112), Tipton (107) and the Clippers (90). Iowa City Regina, Durant, Calamus-Wheatland, Columbus Junction, Lisbon and Midland rounded out the competitors.

CCA pulls out 4-2 win at Solon

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SOLON– The second game of the 2015 season for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) boys varsity soccer team started out much like the season opener, with an early deficit turning into a win.
The Clippers were at rival Solon on Friday, April 10, and the boys in blue found themselves down 1-0 three minutes into the match. A missed goal turned into a Spartan counter attack and goal.

Compromise results in cuts to street projects

MPO distributes trails, transportation funding to Tiffin, North Liberty

NORTH LIBERTY– It wasn’t exactly an April Fool’s joke when the leaders of two of the county’s three largest communities were hit with a punch line last Wednesday that resulted in a significant financial cut.
Staff from the Metropolitan Planning Organization of Johnson County (MPOJC) delivered generally good news to government representatives at their Urbanized Area Policy Board (UAPB) meeting April 1.

ICCSD discretionary busing safe from cuts

Board directs administration to study criteria for providing routes

IOWA CITY– Discretionary busing will stay in Iowa City area schools for at least another year.
The board unanimously rejected a proposal to cut discretionary bus routes and directed the administration to continue to research possible alternatives and develop new criteria for providing the routes.
This decision was met with a round of applause by the crowd of close to 100 people, many of whom had come to speak on the topic.

Sutliff Road to get an upgrade this spring

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
JOHNSON COUNTY– An increase in fuel tax might cause anger at the pumps, but some drivers in Johnson County will realize its benefits yet this year.

Mother goose

Canada goose chooses to roost on the pier

NORTH LIBERTY– This Canada goose picked an odd place to nest this spring, settling herself and her eggs in a concrete planter at the end of the fishing pier over Liberty Centre Pond in North Liberty. Joe Wilkinson of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) said geese typically nest in locations they find safest from predators, but it’s less typical to build a nest so far above the water.