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Wild Rabbit, worthy cause

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– It looks like something a few dozen clowns would tumble out of. It has more glitter than a Liberace performance. And, it will be a $500 boost to the North Liberty Food Pantry’s coffers when somebody buys it.
It is a 1979 VW Rabbit, known as the “Sparkle Car,” for sale at Sherm’s Auto in North Liberty. Owner Steve Sherman took the utilitarian economy car, which had been brush-painted a rather drab shade of brown, and transformed it into a one-of-a-kind unit its future owner will never lose in a parking lot.

Trojans roll over Lions 67-28

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– While many have dwelled on the huge hits to the West High varsity football roster from graduation, coach Brian Sauser and his Trojans honestly couldn’t care less.
That was yesterday, and yesterday’s gone.
The 2013 edition of West High Football made a statement Friday, Aug. 30, as it opened the season with a 67-28 home field victory over the Linn-Mar Lions: the program is fine and as strong as ever, maybe even stronger.

Just hangin’ around with the NLFD

Beth Jaeger, 8, of North Liberty, looks back from the Velcro Wall at the North Liberty Fire Department’s annual Salute to Summer, held Saturday at Bobber’s Grill and Scales Pointe Campground. The inflatable kids’ games were only a part of the day-long event, which included a mechanical bull, silent auction and live music. (photo by Doug Lindner)

Big Grove Brewery

Much anticipated opening date set for

SOLON– It’s a combination of rustic elements and contemporary design, urban chic meets country comfort. It’s a Friday night with old friends around the fire, topped off with new-to-the-world trendy craft beer.
It’s part five-star chef, part mom’s mac-and-cheese, born of a blend of talented individuals both raised in the Midwest and schooled by life in some of the most eclectic, metropolitan places in the world.
And it’s all in once place, right in the heart of Solon.

New era for CCA football

Matt Hughes and Clippers build on strong foundation as they look forward

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– When the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers varsity football team takes the field Friday, Sept. 30, to open the 2013 season, there will be a host of new faces on the sidelines. For the first time in seven years, Rodney Walls won’t be leading the men in blue and white. Walls resigned after the 2012 season, which saw the Clippers improve to a 4-5 record from 2011’s 0-9 showing.

get set for school

Thirteen-month-old Addie Donius waits patiently in her dad Adam’s arms as her brother Landen checks in during Lakeview Elementary’s Unpack Your Backpack Night Thursday, Aug. 15. Landen will be a kindergartener in Mrs. Stinocher’s KA classroom at Lakeview. (photo by Doug Lindner)

Just keep swimming

A participant conquers the 50-meter swimming stage of the Just Tri Youth Triathlon in North Liberty Aug. 4. The second annual event had 98 registrants between the ages of 6 and 14 years.

J&A Tap receives outdoor permit

NORTH LIBERTY– It’s been almost five years since John and Amanda Hruby bought a long-established bar in North Liberty and began working to make it better.
Since then, J&A Tap’s food, beverage selection, live music and volleyball leagues have drawn so many patrons the couple has had to expand their offerings.
On July 23, the North Liberty City Council approved conditional use permit and site plan for J&A Tap, so the crowds of people who come to play volleyball will be able to both serve and be served outdoors.

Special delivery

Cody Milliman lets fly with a newspaper delivery, one of many skill tests administered by members of the Optimist Club of Solon Saturday morning during their annual Summer Bike Rodeo. The rodeo includes five contests which are aimed at helping preschool and elementary aged kids master skills which will help keep them safe on the road with their bicycles. Turn to page 20 for more photos by Doug Lindner.

America’s fastest growing sport you’ve never heard of

NORTH LIBERTY– Ron Stiers rarely leaves the house without donning a shirt that represents his favorite sport, Pickleball.
The rear window of his truck spells “USA Pickleball Association” in large lettering, and he has personalized cards that passes around to anyone he meets. For Stiers, it’s all for the love of the game.
“It’s the most popular sport that nobody’s ever heard of,” Stiers said.

Neighbors send SOS on Scales Bend boat storage

Board approves first reading to rezone land

JOHNSON COUNTY– One local developer has proposed a plan for an outdoor boat storage facility close to North Liberty, and the idea has taken on water with disapproving neighbors.
However, in its formal meeting of Aug. 8, the Johnson County Board of Supervisors approved the first reading of a rezoning request by Duane Kunkel of Solon that would allow him to stay on that course.

Jet stream

Solon firefighter Matt Boerjan helps Keanen Carey in a waterball fight during Solon Beef Days July 20. The fire department set up a Future Firefighters Waterball Contest on South Dubuque Street, giving kids a chance to enjoy a smaller version of the contest. The department hosted adult water fights at the city park earlier in the day. See page 16 for more photos from Beef Days 2013. (photo by Chris Umscheid)