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Archive

December 5th

Cedar Ridge Vineyards honored for wine making excellence

SWISHER– It’s the best wine in the state of Iowa, and it’s grown right here in the Corridor.
Cedar Ridge Vineyard’s La Crescent wine took the top honor of “Best Iowa Grown Wine” at the 5th annual Mid-American Wine Competition, held this summer in Ankeny. The contest involved 82 commercial wineries from 14 Midwestern states and over 530 entries. The La Crescent also won a gold medal as did Cedar Ridge’s Reserve and Edelweiss wines. The winery and distiller also brought home a gold medal for Best Series Label Design.

Spartan wrestlers take third

MONTICELLO– The Solon varsity wrestling team crowned four individual champions during its first tournament competition of the year this past Saturday at Monticello.
First place winners included :
– Cody Fritz, 152 pounds
– J.J. Hanus, 170 pounds
– Lance Evans, 182 pounds
– Jay Pike, 215 pounds
Other place winners included:
– Louis Gnida, fourth at 106 pounds
– Trevor Yahr, fifth at 113 pounds
– Brian Haight, fifth at 126 pounds
– Taylor Walkner, fourth at 138 pounds
– Elijah Kane, fifth at 138
– Jarrett Paulson, third at 145
– Aaron Shulista, third at 170

One more winter

SHUEYVILLE– Commuters and residents will have to wait a few months more for the reconstruction of 120th St. from this northwest Johnson County community west toward I-380.
Plans for the project have been reviewed, according to Mayor Bryan Bredman, and are currently being finalized.
“All necessary permits have been acquired and we anticipate a January-February time frame for bid letting, with construction then beginning in the spring of 2012,” Bredman said.

Watching the watchers

IOWA CITY- A Great Blue Heron is quickly located on a distant shoreline. A Mallard couple is mucking in the water near the shore. The water is lower than anyone can remember, the result of a dry spell continuing into autumn this year.
Then, an urgent call:
“Mystery sparrow!”
Instantly, there is a flurry of movement as 20 pairs of hands move optical aids to their own eyes to scan the brush, shore or tree line.
“What do we got?”
The “mystery” bird is identified as a Lincoln’s sparrow.

Fair trades

TIFFIN– For high school students, the question of what they want to be when they grow up ceases to be a rhetorical one as they consider future employment.

Bigger, better business

NORTH LIBERTY– AlphaGraphics in North Liberty has gone larger, in more ways than one.
The print and small business services center that opened in 2008 at 720 Pacha Parkway in North Liberty has grown enough to warrant an expansion into the available commercial space next door, nearly doubling its square footage and adding a new large-format printer. AlphaGraphics now has more space to offer its wide range of services and products, including marketing assistance and communication solutions, self-publishing options, design and creation of print products, website design and mailing services.

Breakfast with Santa this Saturday

NORTH LIBERTY– Santa will be waiting for the kids to enjoy breakfast, a craft, special holiday movies and a picture this Saturday, Dec. 10, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the North Liberty Recreation Center. The North Liberty Lions Club will provide a breakfast of pancakes, eggs and sausage. For ages infant through 10 years. Fee is $3 per person. (One year and under free). Pre-register by calling 319-626-5761.

Optimist Club to host inflatables to raise funds for cancer patients

NORTH LIBERTY– Enjoy some time with family and have fun with many Christmas-themed inflatables in the North Liberty Recreation Center on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the Roberts Gym. The event is hosted by the Optimist Club of North Liberty. Free-will offering will be used to send children with cancer to camp.

Young guns

TIFFIN— There’s a new sheriff in town. Jared Carder has taken over as Coach of the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity wrestling program. This marks the third coach in as many seasons for the program which sent two to State last season: Tyler Walls (189 pounds) and Tyler Grauer (215 pounds). Walls came home with a seventh place finish, Grauer placed eighth.

CCA grapplers open with two losses

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
ANAMOSA— The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers opened the 2011-2012 wrestling season with a triangular meet against the home Raiders and Stormin’ Pointers of Center Point-Urbana (CPU).
The meet also marked the debut of new Clipper coach Jared Carder.
The Pointers took the first dual with a decisive 60-23 victory. Tyler Kasper earned a 15-0 Technical Fall over CPU’s Brennan Henderson in a 138-pound match while Casey Rohret pinned CPU’s Kevin Chila in 1:22 at 220-pounds. A CPU forfeit to Carter Carew at 120-pounds rounded-out the Clippers’ points.