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May 13th

Betty M. Sedlacek

Betty M. Sedlacek, 88, of rural Iowa City, died Saturday, May 9, 2015, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 14, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Iowa City (Sunday Parking Ordinance will be in effect for streets near the church). Burial will be at the St. Joseph Cemetery in Iowa City. Visitation was Wednesday at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service where a parish vigil service was held. Online condolences may be sent for her family through the web @ www.gayandciha.com

Trees Forever and DNR offer Backyard Forest Conference

TODDVILLE— Landowners with small backyard forests are invited to learn about tree identification, deer management, woodland wildflowers, invasive species identification and more during the Backyard Forest Conference at Wickiup Hill Outdoor Learning Center.
The conference is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 16, with registration beginning at 8 a.m. The conference will provide landowners, who own woodlands smaller than 15 acres, with information on how to manage their forests to maximize its health and the benefits that forests provide.

Ride with me

Walkin'

Sometimes I think this column should be called Bik’n instead of Walk’n as I do much more of the former and less of the latter each year. The change is brought on by physical problems, gout and sciatica to be specific. As I age, my attention span becomes shorter and biking more accurately reflects how my thoughts flit about to different topics.
Besides, I’ve started a new company, Orange Hat Bicycle Touring. I could kill two birds with one stone by telling you about upcoming rides like the one to see the Cedar Rapids Kernels the weekend of June 27 and 28.

Ah! Those spring hikes

Food For Thought

It was usually quite unexpected. We’d come home from school and Mother would be armed with a couple empty coffee cans, a quart jar full of water and some empty bread sacks. We were going wildflower hunting– while Mother was after mushrooms. Why she didn’t enlist us to look for mushrooms, I never understood. When taking similar springtime walks in the woods with my own children, I found that they were better at finding those elusive fungi than I was.

May 8th

NL pantry garden project gets off the ground with ribbon cutting

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Community Pantry is ready to cultivate a new generation of gardeners.
Community members officially celebrated the pantry’s new project, the Growing Together Garden, with a ribbon cutting, poetry reading and tree planting on Saturday, April 25. Funded by a $38,850 grant from the Wellmark Foundation and matching dollars raised throughout the community, as well as in-kind donations of time, materials and labor, the garden is an extension of the pantry’s services to provide food to those in need.

May 6th

Shuttle hurdle relay wins again

Clipper girls seventh at Stormin’ Pointer Invitational

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CENTER POINT– It’s been a successful season for Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) Mia Smith, Corrine Schwarting, Megan Lukas and Natalie Brimeyer. The foursome makes up the varsity girls shuttle hurdle relay team and has posted several wins; and earned a trip to the Drake Relays where they finished fourth.

Women of Troy third in MVC Golf Supermeet

Marsh leads West, finishes sixth overall

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ASBURY– West High’s Women of Troy finished third in the 2015 Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) golf Supermeet Monday, May 4, hosted by Dubuque Senior High School at Meadows Golf Club in Asbury.
Cedar Falls took the meet with a team score of 340, followed by Dubuque Hempstead (343) and Iowa City West (347). City High was sixth with 394.
Dubuque Senior’s Maddie Hawkins was the top individual golfer with 75, West High’s Mackenzie Marsh was sixth with 84 and Avery Kout was eighth with 86.

Clipper girls 8-0 with win over Independence

Still undefeated, still No. 4 in Class 1A

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INDEPENDENCE– A 3-1 win Friday, May 1, on the road at Independence gave the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity girls soccer team an 8-0 record and kept them in the No. 4 slot in the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union’s weekly rankings for Class 1A.

Clipper boys 11th at South Tama

Wagner wins shot put

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TAMA– Cedar Rapids Prairie took the top team honors Tuesday, April 28, at the South Tama Invitational track and field meet, leading the field of 13 teams with 107.5 points. Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity boys tied with Grundy Center for 11th overall just 21 points behind fellow WaMaC teams Vinton-Shellsburg (fourth), Center Point-Urbana (fifth), Williamsburg (sixth), South Tama (ninth) and Benton Community (10th).
Drew Wagner produced the Clippers’ only first-place showing by winning the shot put with a 50-1 throw.

Top-10 finishes for both IC West and CCA at Drake Relays in Des Moines

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DES MOINES– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) and Iowa City West High schools were represented at the 2015 Drake Relays held at Drake University in Des Moines from Wednesday, April 22, through Saturday, April 25.
Three West High athletes had top-10 finishes. Valerie Welch finished fourth in the 100-meter hurdles with a finals time of 15.13 seconds and was fifth in the 400-meter hurdles in 65.72 seconds. Bailey Nock was sixth in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:14.32 and Leah Dusterhoft was 10th in the discus with a 127-foot throw.