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July 28th, 2016

Geneva “Peg” Martinek

Geneva “Peg” Martinek, 90, of Solon, died peacefully on Monday, July 25, 2016, at Solon Nursing Care Center. A celebration of life service will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 29, at Brosh Chapel and The Avacentre in Solon. Friends may visit with the family from 3 p.m. until the time of service. A private family inurnment will be held at Oakland Cemetery in Solon at a later date.
Peg was born in Fergus Falls, Minn., on April 1, 1926, the daughter of Gilbert O. and Ragna (Tolefson) Sanden.

Don Carter

Don Carter, 59 of North Liberty, passed away on Monday, July 18, 2016, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
Don’s family greeted friends on Thursday, July 21, at Lensing’s Oak Hill in Coralville. In lieu of flowers, an educational fund for his grandchildren has been established in care of the Don Carter Memorial Fund.

Summertime in days past

Walkin'

While growing up in the suburbs of Chicago in the late 1950s and early ‘60s, the last place in the world you wanted to be on a hot summer’s day was in the house because there was no air conditioning, much less video games. Besides, if you were around, Mom might find a chore for you.

What I did on my summer vacation

Food For Thought

From the time I was about 8 or 9 years old, I spent a week or two each summer at my grandparents’ farm. I don’t know what my sisters did during that time, or if our parents farmed us all out so they could have a week or so to themselves, but I doubt it. With the ambitious gardens Dad planted, and all the canning and freezing Mother would have done, that wouldn’t have been the best time for them to claim vacation time alone.

July 21st

Mustangs sink the Clippers in district semifinal

Mount Vernon ends Clear Creek Amana season, 6-3

SOLON– The 2016 season for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers’ varsity baseball team ended Friday, July 15, in Solon as the Mount Vernon Mustangs won a Class 3A District 9 semifinal game, 6-3.
The Clippers ended the season at 19-20 overall while the Mustangs (28-10 overall) advanced to face Solon in the district final on Monday, July 18, in Solon.
The Mustangs did the bulk of their damage in the bottom of the third inning with a five-run barrage built on an RBI double, a three-run homer and an RBI single. Mount Vernon added a bit of cushion with an RBI double in the fourth inning.

July 20th

Nine Women of Troy earn MVC honors

Adara Opiola named MVC Valley Div. Athlete of the Year

IOWA CITY– Nine West High varsity softball players earned Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) All-Division honors on the 2016 list released Wednesday, July 13.
Senior Adara Opiola earned the Division’s Athlete of the Year honor, along with Cedar Rapids Kennedy’s Tianna Drahn. Kennedy’s Dan Gratz and his staff picked up Coach of the Year honors and the Cougars were named the division Team Champion.

Seven Creek Girls earn WaMaC All-Conference softball honors

Murray, Navara nab First Team spots with 91 combined hits

OXFORD– The WaMaC athletic conference released the 2016 All-Conference Softball picks for the East and West Divisions on Wednesday, July 13, with seven Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity players earning spots on the list.
Benton Community’s Eric Stenberg was named the West Division’s Coach of the Year as the Bobcats posted a 37-2 record overall and 18-0 conference showing in the regular season to lead the division.

First Team:
Grace Murray (junior), Claire Navara (junior)

Mustangs sink the Clippers in district semifinal

Mount Vernon ends Clear Creek Amana season, 6-3

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
SOLON– The 2016 season for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers’ varsity baseball team ended Friday, July 15, in Solon as the Mount Vernon Mustangs won a Class 3A District 9 semifinal game, 6-3.
The Clippers ended the season at 19-20 overall while the Mustangs (28-10 overall) advanced to face Solon in the district final on Monday, July 18, in Solon.

Heartbreak on Melrose

Davenport West upsets Iowa City West, 5-3, in regional softball final

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– If not for a first inning grand slam, Iowa City West High’s 5-3 loss in a Class 5A regional final softball game to Davenport West may well have been a 3-1 win.
The sixth-ranked Women of Troy faced the 11th-ranked Falcons Tuesday, July 12, in Iowa City on the final stop for either team before heading to Fort Dodge and the 2016 State Softball Tournament.

Getting kids to think about their futures

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
OXFORD— Kids ask a lot of questions. Two questions they commonly ask their parents and teachers are, “Why do I have to learn this?” and, “When will I ever use this?”
The Workplace Learning Connection (WLC) at Kirkwood Community College seeks to bridge the gap between school and work to bring relevance to subjects and answer those questions.
Laurie Worden, associate director of the WLC, briefed the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District’s Board of Education on programs offered to CCA students.