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Clippers lose one, up 6-1 before rainout in doubleheader with Spartans

Game to resume July 10

SOLON– It was a pitchers’ duel June 15 as Solon hosted Clear Creek Amana (CCA) in a varsity baseball doubleheader.
But neither of the sterling performances was awarded with a win.
Spartan freshman Cam Miller struck out six and walked two, scattering four hits and allowing a single unearned run in Solon’s 2-1 eight-inning win.
Senior Kobey Schlotman fanned nine batters while walking three, and spent almost all eight innings on the mound for the Clippers. Junior Cody Ogden suffered the loss, giving up the go-ahead run in the bottom of the eighth.

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Vikings take a pair from Clippers, 13-1 and 8-5

Vinton-Shellsburg shells CCA in doubleheader
Vikings take a pair from Clippers, 13-1 and 8-5
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TIFFIN– Vinton-Shellsburg’s Vikings raided the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) diamond, in Tiffin, Monday, June 12, for a varsity doubleheader, sweeping the night and sinking the Clippers farther down in the standings. The Vikings won the opener, 13-1, and took the nightcap, 8-5, dropping the Creek Boys to a 5-10 record overall.

Johnson County Archers’ 3D shoot at Macbride Nature area June 17-18

NORTH LIBERTY– Join other archery enthusiasts at Johnson County Archers’ annual 40 Target 3D Shoot on Saturday and Sunday, June 17-18, at the Macbride Nature Recreation Area (2095 Mehaffey Bridge Rd. NE).
The shooting is from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and from 7 a.m. to noon on Sunday. There will be 20-plus targets set up on several courses and 40 arrows total. Door prizes, raffles, food, novelties and custom targets will be included. Cost is $12 for adults and $6 for kids.

Diamonds are this town’s best friend

NLYBS celebrates 25th anniversary season

NORTH LIBERTY– Around a thousand area kids have their last at-bat or final pitch of the summer next week as North Liberty Youth Baseball and Softball (NLYBS) wraps up its 25th anniversary season.
It’s a bittersweet end for not only the players, but also the countless parents and volunteers that flood Penn Meadows Park every weeknight for two months.

Sparking community interest

NORTH LIBERTY ON FIRE: A three-part series

Recruitment and retention prove difficult for NLFD

NORTH LIBERTY– Hiring and retaining volunteers has proven especially challenging, not just for the North Liberty Fire Department (NLFD), but also for volunteer fire departments across Iowa and across the nation.
More households rely on two or more incomes, parents are busy with their kids’ many activities and the basic time requirement placed on a volunteer firefighter for initial and on-going training has also increased significantly over the years.

Fireworks OK in Tiffin, for now

TIFFIN– It’s too late for Tiffin.
When Governor Terry Branstad signed the fireworks bill into law last month– allowing their sale and use for the first time since the 1930s– he and the state legislature didn’t give local governments enough time to react, said Tiffin City Administrator Doug Boldt.
“That’s something a lot of people aren’t happy about, that this is coming so late,” he said during a Tiffin City Council work session Tuesday, June 6.

Avenue of Flags sign up for Flag Day

NORTH LIBERTY– Help the North liberty Optimists raise money for local kids programs and line our streets with the American flag on Flag Day, June 15.
For $40, the Optimist Club will place a 3-foot-by-5-foot American flag on a 10-foot pole in front of your home or business on these five national holidays: Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, Labor Day and Veteran’s Day.
For more information or to sign up visit nloptimist.org/flags.htm or contact Darlene Smith at 319-626-2939 or desmith325@gmail.com.

North Liberty Slow Roll Saturday, June 17

NORTH LIBERTY– Slow rolls are short community- and family-oriented bike rides, traveling at a leisurely pace. Join your friends and neighbors for a ride around town and a social to celebrate Flag Day and Father’s Day all in one on Saturday, June 17.
Bike and helmet safety checks are from 9-10 a.m. at the North Liberty Community Center (520 W. Cherry St.), with the slow roll beginning at 10 a.m. The 8-mile route includes a scavenger hunt. A social picnic with food, music, bike decorations, lawn games and awards will follow the bike ride from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the community center.

Binge watch “The Office” outdoors June 15

NORTH LIBERTY– Binge watch the entire first season of The Office on the front lawn of the North Liberty Community Center on Thursday, June 15, starting at 6 p.m.
Admission is free and viewers are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets to the North Liberty Community Center lawn (520 W. Cherry St.). Showings will last no longer than 10 p.m. Popcorn and limited food options will be available for purchase and outside food is also welcome. Alcohol is prohibited.

May the Bike Bring You to the Market June 18

NORTH LIBERTY– Due to poor weather, the North Liberty Farmers Market rescheduled its May the Bike Bring You to the Market event for Sunday, June 18.
If you leave your car at home and walk or bike to the market, you can receive a $2 voucher to spend at any one of our fantastic vendors. Show up early because these vouchers will go quickly.
The North Liberty Farmers Market at Penn Landing is open Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information visit pennlandingmarket.org.

Tiffin dog park now open at City Park

TIFFIN– The City of Tiffin has a new dog park located next to the City Park ball fields on Kimberlite Street. This off-leash dog park provides an excellent opportunity for exercise, socialization and training. The park consists of a larger area for dogs to run and socialize and a smaller area for smaller dogs or for dogs that may not do well with other dogs but need an area to run.

Tiffin splash pad back to regular hours

TIFFIN– The sensor on the Tiffin splash pad is now working and regular weekday and weekend hours of 9 a.m. to dusk have resumed.
The city has also installed a new flooring surface to help mitigate concerns of slipping and sliding. The splash pad is located at City Park near the ball fields.