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May 23rd, 2011

5K/10K Challenge for Miracles in Motion June 25

SOLON– Miracles in Motion is holding its 10th annual 5K/10K Challenge in Solon on June 25 at 8:30 a.m. The 5K fun run, walk, and wheel is a loop course that starts and finishes at the Solon Recreation & Nature Area. The 10K is a point-to-point trail race starting in Macbride State Park and ending in Solon. The early bird entry fee is $25 for adults and $10 for children (10 and under). Online registration, course maps, entry forms, and additional information is available through the 5k/10k link at www.miraclesinmotion.net.

Making the scene

NORTH LIBERTY– Susan Miller has a room with a view.
Though Miller has lived in the same modest two-story at 245 N. George St. in North Liberty for 33 years, through many different seasons, she is treated to a springtime view overlooking a pastoral pond teeming with wildlife every day of the year.
Miller painted the scene on her fence.
“I wanted a deer,” she said. “My neighbor had seen deer in our alley, but I never had, so I wanted to be able to see a deer in the alley, too.”
She first painted a whitetail buck, and then added a doe for company. But the scene was too austere.

West girls third at State

North Liberty Leader
DES MOINES — The West High Women of Troy finished third overall in team points at the 2011 State Co-Ed Track and Field Meet with 60 points.
McKennan Cronbaugh won the Class 4A long jump with an 18-10.50 leap, good not only for the championship but also for number 12 in the state’s All-Time Rankings.
Shot put: Cara Jansen, second, 38-06.25; Shelia Johnson, 23rd, 33-01.25.
400-meter dash: Annie Schaeckenbach, 17th, 1:00.46.
4x800-meter relay: Ally Disterhoft, Olive Carrollhach, Ashley Knudson and Molly Leveille, second in 9:16.54.

Clipper girls overcome Mt. Pleasant

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TIFFIN — Coach Sara Bleeker’s Clear Creek Amana (CCA) girls’ varsity soccer team improved to a 10-3 record last Monday (May 16) on the home field after putting away the Panthers from Mt. Pleasant.
The Clippers wasted no time attacking the Panthers, firing off two attack shots within the first three minutes of the match. However, it was Mt. Pleasant who found the net first. Florencia Leunis scored the Panthers’ only goal 19 minutes into the first half.

CCA boys escape shut-out

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
SOLON– It was Senior Night for the Spartans last Thursday as they hosted their friendly rivals, the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers in a varsity/JV match. The seniors, indeed the bulk of the Spartan bench, shined in an 8-2 hammering of the Clippers.
“It was a great night,” Spartan Coach Jeremy McMurrin said of the win which improved Solon’s record to 13-2. The Spartans had already taken co-champion status in the East Division of the WaMaC, and were ranked fourth in Class 1A heading toward post-season play.

In their own best interest

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– All’s fair at this school event.
Heritage Christian School (HCS) in North Liberty held its school-wide Interest Fair on April 21, a revival of a previous bi-annual school event that had taken a five-year hiatus. This year 61 students of HCS’s 171 students participated.

Historical Society summer camp

IOWA CITY– Let the Johnson County Historical Society (JCHS) be your guide to summer fun in 2011! A camp rooted in the history and cultural heritage of Johnson County, Little School on the Prairie, will be hosted at the 1876 Coralville Schoolhouse. With camps focused on having fun and learning, campers will enjoy exploring the history of the community that they live in.
Little School on the Prairie focuses on what life was like in the mid-to-late 1800s at both home and school; the camp offers a unique perspective to campers on normal everyday life for kids 120-150 years ago.

May 22nd

Blue plate special

NORTH LIBERTY–Liberty Centre Blues & BBQ festival is preparing to turn out another blue plate special.
The free, family-friendly event turns five this Sunday, growing from a relatively modest, small town festival to a widely-celebrated, much-anticipated small town festival. Though attendance has increased– estimates for the first year were around 1,500, while the 2010 brought an estimated 6,400 guests– the relaxed, kicked-back ambiance and much of the day’s offerings remain the same.

May 16th

Food For Thought

Once upon a time, when Sugar Bottom was young, we had the entire place to ourselves. There were great piles of firewood free for the taking. There were no designated camping areas; we could camp wherever we pleased. There were no fire pits; we could build great, roaring bonfires right on the bare ground. There were, also, no restrooms, showers, garbage cans, picnic tables, electricity or safe drinking water.

Walkin'

I traveled to southern Illinois this past week for a few days of fishing on the Lake of Egypt with my father and brother, Brad.
The trip started in earnest in Rolling Meadows, a suburb of Chicago where my parents have lived the past 60 years. We took the Northwest Line train from Arlington Heights to the Ogilvie Station in the heart of the city.