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North Liberty Leader

Free lunch program seeks volunteers for Aug. 15 event

NORTH LIBERTY– The Summer Lunch and Fun program invites the public to a party for sponsors, volunteers, program guests and others beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Aug 15, at the North Liberty Community Center, 502 W. Cherry St.
“We want to honor and thank the many sponsors and volunteers who have provided gifts of cash, time, food, or supplies to bring this new program to life,” Program Coordinator Tracey Mulcahey said.

If you want to ride the technology wave at CCA, you have to follow the rules

Parents must sign policies and procedures agreement for students’ 1:1 Chromebook computers

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
OXFORD– Students at the Clear Creek Amana middle school in Tiffin will be offered the use of a Chromebook computer starting with the new school year. However, there will be a number of policies and procedures in place for the students to accompany the new devices.

NL reschedules rained-out fireworks for Sept. 12

NORTH LIBERTY– The Eastern Iowa Airport Up-in-the-Sky Fireworks, originally scheduled for July 12 during Blues & BBQ, will be launched Friday, Sept. 12, in Penn Meadows Park.
The North Liberty Community Library will celebrate the first anniversary of its grand reopening with the fireworks display at about 9:30 p.m. It will follow the library’s free Redbox-presented outdoor showing of “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” on a 16-foot screen. Both are free.
The evening’s events will take place in Penn Meadows Park, with a rain date for the film and fireworks the following day, Saturday, Sept. 13.

Trojans looking for a fun (and successful) cross country season

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IOWA CITY– Brian Martz has seen a lot in 26 years of coaching, including 10 at Iowa City West. This year, however, Martz has more reasons to smile than ever.
“I’m excited for this freshman class,” he said. “This is the largest group we’ve had for several years now, and there is some talent among them.” The multitude of underclassmen join a program led by six seniors, two juniors and a sophomore.

Seniors to lead the way in CCA football

Aug. 29 is first game, at Center Point-Urbana

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TIFFIN– Last year, in his first season with the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers, Matt Hughes and his co-coach and father Ronnie Hughesintroduced a new system, changing things from the way predecessor Rodney Walls conducted business on the gridiron. While the Clippers put up some wins they ended up with a 4-5 record.
This year, Hughes expects a better outcome.

CCA 2014 Football Schedule

Friday, Aug. 29 at Center Point-Urbana
Friday, Sept. 5 Mid-Prairie, Wellman
Friday, Sept. 12 Washington
Friday, Sept. 19 at Fort Madison
Friday, Sept. 26 Keokuk
Friday, Oct. 3 at Mount Pleasant
Friday, Oct. 10 Davenport Assumption
Friday, Oct. 17 Vinton-Shellsburg
Friday, Oct. 24 at Fairfield

Eleven Trojans on MVC All-Division Teams - Raffensperger a unanimous choice

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IOWA CITY– The Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) announced its 2014 All-Division Teams for varsity baseball on Monday, July 28. Eleven players for Iowa City West earned spots on the Mississippi Division First, Second, Honorable Mention and All-Academic rosters.
Seniors Nick Gallagher and Devin Raffensperger, with junior Kevin DeLaney earned First Team honors.

RunLuly 5K to benefit Haiti medical clinic project

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– Local efforts to build community are reaching well beyond this state’s borders.
Members of Grace Community Church in North Liberty have joined with World Wide Village, the nonprofit organization with a mission to assist the people of Haiti, to develop a medical clinic, professional learning center, agri-business facility and a stronger spiritual community in the cities of Williamson and Luly, Haiti.

Discussions continue on local option sales tax referendum

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
JOHNSON COUNTY– The City of Iowa City has set in motion the chance for Johnson County and its municipalities to open a new revenue stream.
Iowa City’s council has proposed a one-cent Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) referendum be placed countywide on the Nov. 4 general election ballot.

CCA committee narrows down new elementary boundaries

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– New attendance area boundaries for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school district are taking shape as the Enrollment and Boundary Study Committee moves closer to a consensus.
The committee had its third meeting on Thursday, July 24, with the emphasis on studying and suggesting changes to “Boundary Scenario 1,” which was created in a July 10 meeting.

Just breathe

Yoga for everyone has arrived in North Liberty

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader

NORTH LIBERTY– Intention. Gratitude. Joy.
Any of these words could become one’s own mantra, a personal meditation cue meant to focus the mind, relax the body and connect with one’s inner spirit.
For Samantha Myers, RYT, they are elements of her life’s next new journey.
The North Liberty resident just opened the doors of Samantra Yoga Studio at 620 Pacha Parkway (next to Debut Dance), with classes beginning Friday, Aug. 1.

West second at state baseball tournament

Two out of three

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DES MOINES– The No. 6-seeded SE Polk Rams took the Class 4A State Baseball Championship with a 2-0 win over No. 4-seeded Iowa City West Saturday night, Aug. 2, at Principal Park in Des Moines. With the upset, the Rams took their first state title in only their third state tournament appearance.
For Charlie Stumpff and his West High Trojans, it was another case of, “what might’ve been” as once again the title eluded them despite a strong tournament run.

West vs. Dowling