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Tiffin fire annual pancake breakfast April 15

TIFFIN– The Tiffin Volunteer Fire Department and First Responders host their annual pancake breakfast Sunday, April 15, from 6 a.m. to noon at the fire station, 221 Main St.
Chief Brian Detert said the department expects to serve around 1,200 people. The menu includes pancakes, eggs, whole hog sausage and cinnamon rolls. There will also be jam from Clear Creek Orchard for sale. No admission fee is required, but a free will donation is accepted.

North Liberty spring cleanup coming

NORTH LIBERTY–
Muddy Creek cleanup
On Saturday, April 7, residents are encouraged to join the cleanup led by the North Liberty Tree & Storm Water Advisory Board, Boy Scout Troop 216 and Cub Scout Packs 216 and 275 to remove debris along Big Muddy Creek and the bike trail. The clean up is held annually in observance of Keep America Beautiful Day.
Join in by meeting at the North Liberty Community Center north parking lot at 9 a.m.
Curbside leaf collections
Spring leaf collection is scheduled to start Monday, April 2 and will run through Friday, April 20.

Women of Troy track and field preview

2018 West High Women of Troy track and field preview
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IOWA CITY– Iowa City West High’s motto is “A tradition of excellence.” The Women of Troy Track and Field Team has not only taken it to heart, they’ve proven it time and time again with 16 Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) championships, 12 regional championships and six state championships. The six state championships are the second most in Class 4A history and the fifth most in all classes.
The Women of Troy are the defending MVC and regional champions and finished runner-up team at last year’s state coed meet.

Trap shooting gains traction

CCA trap shooting season preview

AMANA– Four years ago, the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Trap Shooting Team had less than 20 members. Today, the squad has more than doubled with 49 student athletes from the middle and high school participating in the sport.
Scot Wetjen and Kassie Krug are new co-coaches at the helm of the Clippers’ program this year, with assistant coaches Dave Bietz, Shiloh Knapp, Dave Lacina, Joel Demmel, Matt Demmel, Jeff Simmons, Brady Adams, Jim Schmidt and Chris Herr. The team has two returning seniors: Garret Wetjen and Allison Pettinger.

CCA varsity girls soccer preview

Creek Girls go from depth to youth

TIFFIN– A year ago Clear Creek Amana (CCA) girls varsity soccer coach Matt Harding said, “We finally have depth at all positions, a luxury we haven’t had in the past.” The Clippers went 14-4 overall last season with a 10-1 WaMaC record and 6-1 showing in the WaMaC West Division. The Creek Girls were knocked out of the postseason by the Grinnell Tigers in a shocking 2-0 Class 2A regional semifinal loss.

The Bolts look to make some noise

Liberty High varsity boys soccer preview

NORTH LIBERTY– They’re young, they’re relatively untested and they’re ready to learn. Liberty High School’s first varsity boy’s soccer team faces a challenging schedule across multiple classes and conferences in its inaugural season. Liberty officially joins the Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) this fall.
Ben Watson, formerly an assistant coach at Cedar Rapids Jefferson (boys) and Cedar Rapids Washington (girls), is leading the Lightning, AKA “The Bolts.”
“I am excited for the opportunity to start during the first year of a new program,” Watson said.

Clippers return to the pitch

CCA varsity boys soccer preview

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity boys 2017 soccer season ended on a sunny Saturday in May as the Marion Indians won a Class 2A substate final, 1-0. The loss prevented the Creek Boys from competing in the state tournament, marking the final performance from seniors Jackson Pettinger, Nick Ritchie, Sam Evans, Pau Alberich, Oscar Espinoza, Trey Godbolt, Erick Martinez, Tony Zapata, Wyatt Sedlacek, Tyreke Williams, Seth Mass, Florian Wenland and Ian McDonald.

Mehaffey trail extension open house

NORTH LIBERTY– Construction is underway on the Mehaffey Trail Extension Project. The North Liberty Community Center is hosting a project start-up open house Thursday, March 22, 4:30-6 p.m.

Front Street Road closure

NORTH LIBERTY– Beginning Wednesday, March 21, Front Street from Zeller to East Chestnut is be fully closed for construction, including the roadway and sidewalks. Detour routes are marked for north- and southbound Front Street traffic.
Also, pending weather, a lane reduction at Zeller Street and Front Street will occur from 8:30 a.m. Friday, March 23, to 7 a.m. Monday, March 26. This reduction will require reducing Zeller Street at Front Street to a single lane with alternating traffic.

Growing Pains

Community pantry seeks funds to match city expansion

NORTH LIBERTY– With a growing population comes growing demands. And amidst the perpetual expansion of North Liberty, it’s easy to overlook a less fortunate segment of the community that could use a hand.
“We just had a really busy year,” said Executive Director of the North Liberty Community Pantry Kaila Rome. “It was an overall increase in every capacity, and we’re not seeing a sign of that stopping.”

Abduction Scare leads to public discussion

Sometimes, it’s OK to be Rude

AMANA– Sometimes it’s perfectly OK to be rude when you’re a kid.
That’s the message Iowa County Sheriff Robert Rotter gave to a packed audience Thursday, March 15, in the Amana Library. A recent unusual occurrence led to Sheriff Rotter meeting with parents and students to ease their concerns and share some tips to avoid becoming a victim.

Volunteer Spotlight

NORTH LIBERTY– Rylee Johnson is a high school student who started volunteering with North Liberty Community Pantry in the summer of 2017. Despite her busy schedule with academics and activities, she continues to volunteer several times a month at the pantry. She enjoys volunteering while the pantry is open, so she can interact with shoppers, but also does off-shift activities, such as stocking shelves during evenings.