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Lady Spartans win 10th in a row

Solon softball team runs the table at Fort Dodge tourney

SOLON– Since a road defeat to No. 1 Benton Community, the Solon varsity softball team has rattled off 10 victories in a row.
The 3A second-ranked Lady Spartans won a two-day tournament against ranked opponents in Fort Dodge over the weekend and fended off upset bids at home against West Delaware and 3A No. 5 Center Point-Urbana in the week prior.
At Fort Dodge, Solon defeated 2A No. 7 North Union (13-0), Atlantic (4-0), 5A No. 9 West Des Moines Dowling Catholic (1-0) and 4A No. 5 Fort Dodge (12-3) to run the table.
Solon outscored its opponents at the tournament, 30-3.

NLFD answering the call

This is the first installment of a three-part series on the ways the North Liberty Fire Department– a volunteer unit with only three paid positions– continues to meet the challenges of protecting an ever-growing community.

NORTH LIBERTY— As of 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 5, the North Liberty Fire Department (NLFD) had responded to 333 alarms. Assistant Chief William Schmooke expects plenty more.
“We’re going to push over 1,000 calls this year,” he said, up from 983 last year.

RAGBRAI test riders sample Solon’s hospitality

Joanne Ulch and members of the Solon Spartans 8U baseball team and Solon Spartans 10U softball team serve up pie, lemonade and water to members of the RAGBRAI Route Inspection Pre-Ride Team Friday at the intersection of Main and Dubuque streets. The baseball and softball teams will have a vendor booth at the Solon RAGBRAI stopover July 24 and were picked to provide samples for the pre-ride. The pies were handmade by Helen Proffitt and featured fruit from her own trees. “The whole scene down there was to give the Ragbrai committee a taste of what Solon offers,” Ulch said.

Solon softball 10-1

SOLON– The Solon Lady Spartan softball team is ranked No. 2 in Class 3A and collected its 10th win of the season over the weekend at the Solon Round Robin Tournament.
Solon pitched a shut-out against both its opponents, defeating Iowa City City High 11-0 and Highland 7-0.
Senior Emily Ira pitched seven innings, striking out 17 and allowing only one hit and two walks to get the win against Highland.

A nursery full of tails

a tale of everyday heroes

CORALVILLE– Each spring as the weather warms, calves, goats, and other furry farm animals take up residence among the flowers and trees at Forever Green garden center, delighting children for one weekend.
But this year, the nursery’s annual open house became more than just a way to celebrate the end of winter.
Last year, a Forever Green employee, Colin Waddick, was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia, a type of cancer that affects white blood cells inside the bone marrow.

On to the next chapter

CCA congratulates 140 graduates

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– Commencement exercises for Clear Creek Amana High School were held at the high school in Tiffin on Sunday, May 24, with 141 seniors honored.
Two of the seven valedictorians, Trevor Toy and Tanner Bandy, made reference to life as a book. For this particular group of seniors, their books have an especially tragic footnote on their high school years.

Seniors depart

Solon senior Eric Holtorf gives his mother Jennifer a hug after his name was read at Solon High School’s graduation ceremony Sunday, May 17, in the high school gymnasium. (photo by Doug Lindner)

Clipper girls earn first divisional conference championship

Wins over South Tama, Williamsburg and Western Dubuque build confidence entering final matches of season

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– It was a very good week for Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity girls on the soccer field. The Clippers went 3-0, earned their first ever divisional conference title and posted some individual scoring milestones.

Solon Color Guard celebrates 70 years

SOLON– The Solon American Legion Color Guard remembered and celebrated 70 years of service to the community on April 26. Nineteen members and their guests enjoyed the evening with dinner and retelling of stories.

Lady Spartans cruise to WaMaC title

Solon girls roll up 123 points at super meet

MAQUOKETA– With an eye now on getting entries through to the 2015 State Co-Ed Track Meet, Solon’s girls brought home two more championships last week; a 40-plus point victory margin in the 16-team WaMaC conference meet in Maquoketa, and a similar win at Monticello.

Full hearts fill empty stomachs

NL’s Holy Trinity exceeds goal in fight against hunger

NORTH LIBERTY– If just 25¢ can buy a child one meal, imagine what $22,000 can do.
That’s how much North Liberty’s Holy Trinity Church members raised, with help from the entire community and 18 area business sponsors, to benefit Kids Against Hunger this year.
West High School senior Mareda Smith, daughter of Pastor Tim Smith and his wife Lisa, along with West High graduate Abby Heller, organized Holy Trinity’s event and led hundreds of congregation members and volunteers in a day-long packing session March 28.

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.