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Fireworks over Lake Macbride July 4

SOLON– The public is invited to see the fireworks over Lake Macbride on Saturday, July 4, with the show beginning at dusk. Rain date is July 5.
Public support for the event is greatly appreciated. Donations may be sent to Mark Ramsey at 1598 Spartan Ct. NE, Solon, IA 52333. Checks should be made payable to Fireworks Fund. This is a Cottage Reserve-sponsored night. The Solon Beef Days Committee has provided assistance with expenses.
A decorated American red, white and blue boat parade will start at south arm of the causeway with a 4 p.m. line up. The public is invited to attend by the beach.

Blues & BBQ still seeks volunteers

NORTH LIBERTY– In eight previous years, North Liberty Blues & BBQ has offered a free day of family-friendly fun for residents and visitors to North Liberty. This year, on Saturday, July 11, beginning at 12 noon, a volunteer force of about 200 people will help put on the community party, and organizers need your help.
Sign up now to help kids at the inflatable activities, keep the park tidy, direct visitors, set up the event, and more. Volunteers receive an event T-shirt, goodie bag and other fun surprises.

Shueyville to host community blood drive July 23

SHUEYVILLE– Shueyville will host a community blood drive from 3-6 p.m. on Thursday, July 23, at Shueyville Community Center inside the gym.
To make an appointment to donate, please contact the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center (MVRBC) at 800-747-5401 or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org and use code 1778 to locate the drive.

Child Safety Fair held at Creekside Park

OXFORD– Elementary students from the three Clear Creek Amana elementary schools were invited and over 50 children attended a Child Safety Fair held Saturday, May 30, at Creekside Park in Oxford.
Over 30 children were fingerprinted and several of the Boy Scouts from Troop 223 in Amana earned the Fingerprinting Merit Badge. Unit leaders from Pack 222 (Oxford and Tiffin), Troop 207 (Coralville), and Troop 216 (North Liberty) were in attendance.

retaining recruits

This is the second installment of a three-part series on the ways the North Liberty Fire Department– a volunteer unit with only three paid positions– continues to meet the challenges of protecting an ever-growing community.

NORTH LIBERTY– In addition to studying, training, relaxing and cooking, North Liberty Fire Department (NLFD)’s members now have the luxury of a bed to sleep in while pulling overnight shifts at the station. It’s a recent and particularly convenient addition for those volunteers who live out of town.

Spartans sweep Clippers

Solon takes pair from CCA, 13-6 and 3-2, in Tiffin

TIFFIN– Soggy conditions at Spartan field led to a last-minute move to Tiffin for the annual baseball clash between Solon and Clear Creek Amana (CCA) on Thursday, June 25, in WaMaC conference baseball. When the dust settled, the Spartans had swept the Clippers 13-6 and 3-2, improving their record to 12-11 while dropping CCA below the .500 mark to 10-12.
Despite the move, the Spartans remained the home team on the scoreboard and faced the Clippers in their road blue uniforms.

CCA earns championship at Grinnell tournament

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GRINNELL– After a disappointing double-loss to rival Solon, the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers headed west for a Saturday, June 27, tournament in Grinnell and came home with the championship.
The host Tigers pounded the North Mahaska Warhawks, 9-1, in the tourney opener with the Clippers scuttling the Nevada Cubs, 8-1, in the second game. The Cubs knocked off the Warhawks in the third game, 10-3, setting the stage for the Clippers and Tigers in the championship and an 8-2 CCA win.

Matt Harding named West Division Coach of the Year

Clipper girls named to WaMaC All-Conference teams

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TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) girls varsity soccer coach Matt Harding was recently named the WaMaC athletic conference’s 2015 West Division Coach of the Year. Harding, in his third year with the program, led the Clippers to a 16-2 record.
The conference released its 2015 West Division All-Conference Girls Soccer selections on Thursday June 11, with four Clippers earning spots on the First Team.
Hannah Bormann, a sophomore, led CCA with 38 goals this season and was credited with 18 assists.
Kelsey Hall, a senior, scored 15 goals and made 17 assists.

Six Clippers earn WaMaC All-Conference soccer honors

CCA’s Jacobson and Buffard named to First Team

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TIFFIN– The WaMaC athletic conference released its West Division All-Conference Boys Soccer selections for the 2015 season on June 11, with six Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers earning spots on the First Team, Second Team or Honorable Mention rosters.
Jon Jacobson and Pierre Buffard were First Team picks for the Clippers. Jacobson, a senior, scored 14 goals this season and had five assists. Buffard, also a senior, was responsible for seven goals and credited with three assists.

Fine tuning ICCSD’s budget

School board looks at ways to reduce operational costs

Iowa City– The Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) released its third quarter budget report at the district’s May 26 school board meeting.
Overall, the district budget is where it should be, according to Chief Financial Officer Craig Hansel. Board members worried, however, about how ICCSD stacked up against other similar-sized districts in several cost categories, including support staff and operational costs.

Well and good at CCA

TIFFIN– It was a healthy way to wrap up the school year.

Should it stay or should it go?

CCA parents, constituents argue for and against keeping softball complex in town of Oxford

OXFORD– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) School Board fielded comments about its softball diamond at a regular meeting last Wednesday, but Superintendent Tim Kuehl made it clear: there is no money in the district’s budget for a new sports complex.