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November 5th, 2016

Why are floods getting worse?

Food For Thought

It appears that flooding is getting worse in spite of our best efforts to prevent or control it. While we make remarkable progress in other fields, it seems we are losing ground when it comes to dealing with our swollen streams and rivers. And “losing ground” is an apt expression when we see our precious black Iowa farmland running away down our rivers at such an alarming rate. This is closely related to the problem of a decline in the quality of our drinking water.

October 29th

Haunted Trail Hike at Coralville lake Oct. 28-29

CORALVILLE–The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in partnership with the Friends of Coralville Lake, are hosting a Haunted Trail to be held at Coralville Lake on Friday, Oct. 28, and Saturday, Oct. 29, from 7-9 p.m. each night. The event is free and open to the public. It will take place on the Woodpecker Nature Trail, which starts near the Linder Point Campground. This will be the first time a haunted trail has been held at Coralville Lake and it is sure to be a scary, but fun-filled event.

Chicken ship

There’s been trouble in the old hen house. Someone complained to the ACLU (American Chicken Liberties Union) about the Buddhist prayer flags draped in a corner.
Like the much older and more renowned American Civil Liberties Union (also ACLU), both organizations are nonpartisan, non-profit. Both work through litigation, lobbying and community empowerment to achieve their mission: “to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every chicken in this country by the Constitution and the laws of the United States.” Of course in the “civil” version, people are defended.

Junior high

Food For Thought

As I look back, I find it odd our summers on the acreage were so isolated compared to life in our former neighborhood. Even though there were classmates within shouting distance, we seemed to cut off contact once school was out for the year. Summer vacation put us in a different world we seemed to accept as normal, even though nobody indicated in any way the rules had changed.

Good effort not enough

Wisconsin defeats Iowa, 17-12

You start with the Hawks converting only 2-13 first downs, the Badgers had the ball for 15 more minutes, the Hawks dropped a couple of passes, missed a couple of tackles and a field goal.
Final line... the Hawkeyes get beat by a pretty good Wisconsin team.
“We missed a field goal,” said Iowa Head Football Coach Kirk Ferentz. “We missed a plus-50 punt or two to get them backed up. We played hard on defense, but there are still some things we can do better there. We missed too many tackles today.”

Women of Troy break even at Westside Invitational

West High wins over Cedar Rapids Washington and West Liberty

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CEDAR RAPIDS– Iowa City West High’s Women of Troy varsity volleyball team competed Saturday, Oct. 7, at Cedar Rapids Jefferson’s Westside Invitational and bowed out in the quarterfinal round.
West knocked off West Liberty 2-0 (21-10, 21-4) and Cedar Rapids Washington 2-0 (21-11, 21-18) before falling to Ankeny Centennial 2-1 (21-11, 11-21, 16-14). The Women of Troy advanced to the quarterfinal round where they faced eventual champion Dike-New Hartford and fell 2-0 (25-15, 25-23).

West High sophs win Wild Wild West Invitational

Women of Troy take down Linn-Mar for championship

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IOWA CITY– The West High sophomore Women of Troy won their home Wild Wild West volleyball invitational Saturday, Sept. 24. West knocked off Dubuque Hempstead 2-0 (21-11, 21-16), Pleasant Valley 2-1 (18-21, 21-13, 15-11) and North Scott 2-0 (21-11, 23-21) in pool play. Linn-Mar and West both had a bye in the quarterfinal rounds after the Lions swept Cedar Rapids Kennedy, Cedar Rapids Jefferson and Marshalltown in pool play. The Lions defeated Cedar Rapids Prairie, 2-0 (21-14, 21-19), in the semifinals while the Women of Troy took care of North Scott, 2-0 (21-15, 21-11).

West High runners headed to state XC meet

Women of Troy first in team points, Trojans third

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RIVERDALE– Iowa City West High’s cross country teams showed the way to Fort Dodge Thursday, Oct. 20, at Pleasant Valley in Class 4A state qualifying cross country meets. The Women of Troy won their qualifier with 49 team points to earn a berth in the state meet. Gabby Skopec won the event in 18:46 to qualify individually, along with Bailey Nock (second), Jessie Skopec (14th) and Olivia Moore (15th).

NC Knights girls win, boys 2nd at City High’s Bud Williams XC Invitational

Keeney wins girls’ race, Gryp second for boys

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IOWA CITY– The North Central Junior High Knights cross country squads ran Thursday, Sept. 29, in Iowa City High’s Bud Williams Invitational meet held at the Kickers Soccer Complex in Iowa City.
The Knights’ girls team won its race with 32 team points ahead of Southeast Junior High (45), Northwest Junior High (50) and Pekin (104). North Central’s Ashlyn Keeney was the individual winner with a time of 11:57.8. Katie Hoefer was fourth in 13:09.9, Camille Mac finished fifth in 13:30.2 and Isabelle Woody was seventh in 13:43.4.

Clippers to run at state XC meet

Creek Boys and Kaylie Barker will represent CCA in Fort Dodge

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SOLON– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School’s boys varsity cross country team finished third in team points Thursday, Oct. 20, in a Class 3A state qualifying cross country meet at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area. Mount Vernon-Lisbon won the meet with 29 team points, followed by Marion (60) and the Creek Boys from CCA (90). The finish qualified the team to advance to the state meet in Fort Dodge Oct. 29.