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To save a farmer

Local fire departments acquire specialized agricultural rescue equipment

SWISHER– Farmers make up a little over two percent of the population, but with an average of 22.2 deaths per every 100,000 workers in the U.S., agriculture is the most dangerous profession. And one of the most dangerous places for a farmer to be is in a common, nondescript grain bin.

Playing on a strong team

Whitmore opens NL office as Edward Jones investment advisor

NORTH LIBERTY– Travis Whitmore feels he has learned a lot about life through playing sports and growing up in America’s heartland: a strong work ethic, perseverance, teamwork and respect for others.
Today, he is applying those life lessons to teach others about financial management.
Whitmore recently opened a new office as an Edward Jones financial advisor. Located at 550 Pond View Dr., Ste. C., Whitmore is ready to meet customers at their convenience.

Clipper girls fourth, boys fifth at Bob Brown Invitational

Smith, Bandy ace the hurdles

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IOWA CITY– Iowa City Regina moved its annual Bob Brown Invitational to City High on Saturday, March 28, where the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) girls placed fourth in overall team points and the boys finished fifth.
Davenport Assumption won the girls’ meet while Anamosa took the boys’ competition.
The host Regals were second in girls’ action and fourth for the boys.
Mia Smith and Tanner Bandy were individual winners for CCA with Smith victorious in the 100-meter hurdles and Bandy acing the 110-meter hurdles.

West girls win abbreviated Washburn Invitational in Muscatine

MUSCATINE– Cold weather prompted an early end to the Dick Washburn Invitational track meet Friday, March 27, at Muscatine High School, won by the Iowa City West girls. West took the meet with 81 team points, besting squads from Linn-Mar (third), Cedar Rapids Prairie (tied with Pleasant Valley for fourth) and Cedar Rapids Washington (10th).
Valerie Welch won in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.82 seconds. Grace Young, Kia Noibi, Haley Roudabush and Welch brought the 4x100-meter shuttle hurdle relay to a win in 1:12.68.

Women of Troy build on winning tradition

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IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy track and field team won the Regional Championship the last two seasons and held it for seven consecutive seasons (2003-2009) prior to that. It also holds six State Team Championships and held the MVC Championship from 2003-13.
They can be expected to make a run at all of these titles again this season.
Mike Parker is back for his 21st season as head coach with 16-year assistant Peggy McGuire, fifth-year assistant Danica Haight, second-year assistant Kim Humpal and first-year assistant Keaton Rickels.

Still time to sign up for CCA Youth Football program

TIFFIN– For those who missed the sign up for the 2015 CCA Youth Football season, there is still time to get registered. Email Bev Seelman at bev-jim-mba@msn.com with your mailing address and receive an application. Cost for the season is $150 which includes six games and equipment. Late registration starts July 1 when the fee increases to $175.  For those with questions, contact Bev Seelman at 319-626-6155 in the evening.

Trojans seventh at John Ask Relays

Schneider third in 3,200-meter

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CEDAR RAPIDS– West High’s boys track and field team finished seventh in overall points at the 56th annual John Ask Relays hosted by Cedar Rapids Jefferson Saturday, March 28, at Kingston Stadium. Cedar Rapids Kennedy won the meet while the defending champion Cedar Rapids Prairie team was fourth. The Trojans won the meet in 2008 and 2009 and again from 2011 through 2013.
Matthew Schneider was the top individual finisher for West taking third place in the 3,200-meter run and Josh Jensen was fourth.
Adam Weis was fifth in the 1,600-meter run.

Clipper runners set a path toward state

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TIFFIN– It’s already been a busy season for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) girls track and field program with indoor meets at the University of Northern Iowa, Iowa State University and Cornell College (the WaMaC Indoor meet), while the outdoor season started Saturday, March 28, with Iowa City Regina’s Bob Brown Invitational.

Zombie Apocalypse Survival Camp to invade NL Rec. Center April 18

NORTH LIBERTY– Join local experts John Watson and Guy Cain of the Zombie Apocalypse Survival Camp (ZASC) on Saturday, April 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the North Liberty Recreation Center, as they demonstrate how to use survival skills during an impending zombie apocalypse. Training will be provided on survival gear, fire building, emergency shelter construction, water collection and water filtration. This class will be different from the one offered last fall, as participants will trek outdoors away from the recreation center in search of wild edibles.

Pantry to hold ribbon cutting, tree planting for new garden April 25

Volunteer orientation to be April 15

NORTH LIBERTY– Join the North Liberty Community Pantry for a ribbon cutting and tree planting event to open the new Garden for Health project on Saturday, April 25, from 1-3 p.m., at 89 Jones Blvd. in North Liberty. The community is invited to attend this event where organizers will unveil the winning garden name submission.