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Oct. 25 dodge ball tournament, silent auction to benefit local one-year-old fighting cancer

NORTH LIBERTY – On Oct. 25, Team Avery will host a fundraiser to benefit one-year-old Avery Flick of North Liberty, who is battling a rare form of musculoskeletal cancer. The event, to be held at North Central Junior High School in North Liberty, will include a dodge ball tournament, silent auction and bake sale.
All proceeds will go directly to the Flick family– Justin, Heidi, Payton and Avery– to help with medical and living expenses during Avery’s year-long treatment for rhabdomyosarcoma at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital.

Clipper boys 3rd at IMS Invitational

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WELLMAN– Iowa Mennonite School (IMS) held its invitational cross-country meet Monday, Oct. 6, with the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers participating. The varsity boys placed third in team points with 67 and a total time of 1:30:25.92. Vinton-Shellsburg won the event with 39 points and 1:28:32.27.
Eric Douglass led the varsity boys with a third-place finish in 17:31.20, Dylan Wolfe led the junior varsity (JV) boys with a fourth-place finish in 19:30.52 and Kaylie Barker led the junior high girls with her third-place finish in 13:35.08.

CCA vexes Vikettes volleyball

CCA 3-1 over Vinton Shellsburg

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VINTON– Clear Creek Amana (CCA)’s Clipper varsity volleyball team improved its record to 17-6 overall Tuesday, Oct. 7, with a 3-1 win on the road against Vinton-Shellsburg.

DOT: How’s your driving?

Weigh in now on commuter traffic, alternatives studies

NORTH LIBERTY– Commuters on Interstate 380 have more company on the road than before, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT).
And the organization is trying to find alternatives to reduce the number of drivers on the crowded super slab.
Iowa DOT representatives presented a two-pronged assault to reduce the number of daily drivers during a public information open house Thursday, Oct. 2, at the North Liberty Community Library.

Penn Landing Farmers’ Market enjoys productive first season

By Lori Lindner
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NORTH LIBERTY– There are just two Sundays left to get fresh, locally-grown, homespun goods at the Penn Landing Farmers’ Market.
This was the first season for the bi-monthly market, co-organized by Veronica Tessler and Lesley Tripplett. Tessler is the owner of Yotopia, the frozen yogurt shop that opened in Grand Rail’s Penn Landing commerce center in North Liberty this past May, and Tripplet owns Dumpling Darlings, a Korean-style dumpling stand.
And the first season went very well, said Tessler.

CCA schools among those struggling with No Child Left Behind rules

OXFORD– The state of Iowa saw an increase in the number of schools “in need of assistance” designation under the controversial No Child Left Behind (NCLB). According to a report published Tuesday, Sept. 16, by the Iowa Department of Education, 852 out of 1,288 Iowa schools, or 66 percent, failed to meet federal proficiency standards, an increase over last year’s total of 64 percent.
The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school district is among those considered in need of assistance by the federal government.

Tiffin: Park Ridge PAD under reconsideration

TIFFIN– Unsure of how to answer a number of requests from a developer, the Tiffin City Council held a special work session to discuss them.
Kevin Hochstedler presented the Park Ridge Planned Area Development (PAD) to the council Sept. 10 for a two-phase, eight-home subdivision on 31 acres off Park Road in Tiffin. Its location on the eastern edge of Tiffin’s current municipal boundaries puts it inside city limits, but about half a mile from the city’s current public utility lines.

Hwy. 965 phase 1 to re-open

NORTH LIBERTY– Weather depending, the first stage of Highway 965 construction is expected to reopen by Monday, Oct. 13. Work will then begin on a 600-foot section of the highway north of the current work zone through the railroad crossing near the Dubuque Street intersection.
This work is expected to last into November. No construction or detours are expected for the winter months.

ICCSD board backs physical plant director after contractor damage at City High

By Paul Deaton
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– The Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) on Tuesday, Sept. 23, discussed damage caused by D.A. Bunch Company of Cedar Rapids while executing a contract to paint the cupola of City High School.
Director Patti Fields pulled the accounts payable item from the consent agenda.
Fields noted D.A. Bunch Company of Cedar Rapids had been paid $23,885 for a contract to paint the City High School cupola. While doing the work, Bunch damaged the sidewalk and turf at the high school, something Fields had noticed during a recent visit.

West tripped up in overtime

West falls to Bettendorf, 28-27

IOWA CITY– “Gut-wrenching.”
That’s how West High football coach Garrett Hartwig described his squad’s 28-27 loss in overtime to Bettendorf Friday, Oct. 3, at home.
“I got more respect for the 53 men in that room (gesturing toward the locker room) right now than anybody else,” Hartwig said. “At this point in the season, it’s about executing. Bettendorf executed, credit goes to them they’re a great program.” Hartwig said his Trojans were getting better, but “we’re not where we need to be yet.”

Raiders scuttle Clippers’ senior night

TIFFIN– Seven seniors were recognized for their contributions to the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) volleyball program on Senior Night, Tuesday, Sept. 30. Lauren Stopko, McKenzie Fuller, Bailey Butler, Dacia Lipkea, Hanna Stokes, Natalie Brimeyer and Jana Sefzik were honored just before the varsity march with the Williamsburg Raiders.
Unfortunately for the seventh-ranked (in Class 4A) Clippers, the un-ranked Raiders spoiled the special night by winning three games to two in an upset.

Women of Troy fall prey to the Lions

Linn-Mar 3, IC West 2

MARION– The West High Women of Troy traveled to Linn-Mar Tuesday, Sept. 30, for an Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) match-up, and stumbled in the Lions’ den for a 3-2 loss.
West took the first set 25-17, but was dominated in the second for a 25-5 loss. Despite rallying back in the third set the Women of Troy came up on the wrong end of the 27-25 match score. Down two games to one, West High surged to a 25-20 victory to tie the match. The fifth and final set went to the Lions, 15-9.