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CCA Masters golf outing/fundraiser June 24

AMANA– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Masters Golf Outing is a fundraising event for scholarships and endowments for CCA students. The outing will be held Friday, June 24, at the Amana Colonies Golf Course, 451 U Ave. There is a $100 per player or $400 per four-person team entry fee that can be paid the day of the tournament.
To register for this great event call, email or complete an online registration form at www.cca.k12.ia.us and mail it to Brad Fox.

Trojans take two from Lions

IC West wins 9-7, 6-5 over Linn-Mar

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MARION– Iowa City West High’s varsity baseball Trojans improved to 9-2 on the season and picked up a pair of wins at Linn-Mar in the wake of their second loss of the season, which occurred Friday, June 3, against Dubuque Wahlert.
West swept Linn-Mar in a doubleheader (9-7 and 6-5) Monday, June 6, in Marion.

Women of Troy split with Cougars

IC West wins 6-5, falls 2-1 to CR Kennedy

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CEDAR RAPIDS– The West High Women of Troy improved to 10-3 overall with a Tuesday, June 7, split with the Cougars of Cedar Rapids Kennedy in Cedar Rapids.
West took the opening half of the doubleheader, 6-5, with one run each in the first, second and third innings before the Cougars cut the deficit with two runs in the bottom of the fourth. A three-run effort by West in the fifth gave the Women of Troy a little cushion before a scoreless sixth. The Cougars tried to pull out a win in the bottom of the seventh with three runs but came up short as West prevailed.

CCA band marches in Washington, D.C.

The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School Marching Band marched in the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., on May 30. The group has been raising funds since it received the invitation from Congressman Dave Loebsack a year ago. The band members traveled by bus on a five-day whirlwind trip which included seeing the sights of Washington, D.C. Four CCA students had the honor of laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The group is under the direction of John C. Smith. “This past week, a lifetime of memories were created.

Leading the nation

Iowa number one in joint high school-college enrollment

By Shianne Fisher, Nora Heaton and Chris Umscheid
Solon Economist

JOHNSON COUNTY– In Iowa, one in four community college students is leading a double life– as a high school student.

NL lays bedrock for soil quality restoration

A rich investment

NORTH LIBERTY– Dan Harbit bought an “Earth and Turf,” a few years ago, on a whim. Now, he owns three of them.
“During the sale nobody bid on it because they thought it was broken” Harbit said of his first topdresser purchase. He ended up buying the piece of landscaping equipment for $850– a whopping 88 percent off its retail value of around $7,000.

City-wide garage sales June 9-12

NORTH LIBERTY– Local organizers have selected the weekend of June 10 for city-wide garage sales in North Liberty and have set up a website with information for sellers and buyers: northlibertygaragesales.com.
In addition to the website, garage-sale-goers will be able to pull up a mobile-friendly Google Map and find nearby sales by item categories.
Questions about sales can be addressed to the organizers at questions@northlibertygaragesales.com.

Saving St. Mary’s

130-year-old church needs new roof, siding

NEWPORT– There used to be a village of Newport along the road halfway between Solon and Iowa City.
St. Mary’s Church of Newport is just west on Newport Road, and if funds for its preservation are not raised, it may soon become a memory from the distant past, too.
The 130-year-old structure no longer serves a Catholic congregation as it did for the first 110 years of its existence. Even its role as a precinct polling place has fallen along the wayside.
The church bell, added in 1891, now tolls only a few times a year to mark the consecrated nuptials of a just-wedded couple.

NLCP volunteer spotlight: Susan Barrett

NORTH LIBERTY– Susan Barrett started volunteering at the North Liberty Community Pantry (NLCP) because she heard about it from another volunteer’s spouse. Barrett has been a volunteer at the pantry for nearly five years.

Update on Penn playground expansion, goats

NORTH LIBERTY– Goats on the Go did their job during their stay at Penn Elementary Saturday, May 14, through Tuesday, May 17. The school grounds crew also cut out all of the smaller woody vegetation and applied a type of grass seed that will grow quickly and help keep back weeds. This type of grass will only survive one year. In the next few weeks, a tree company will visit Penn to remove large “junk” tress– primarily ash trees. Throughout the summer, the grounds crew will continue to work on small projects, such as leveling low spots, removing stumps and cleaning the fence.

Daniel Rhoads of NL discovers giant morel

DORCHESTER– Daniel Rhoads, of North Liberty, found what he claims to be one of Iowa’s largest morel mushrooms at Camp Tahigwa, near Decorah, on Saturday, May 21.
Measuring 13 1/8 inches, it falls just a hair short of another self-proclaimed “largest Iowa morel” found earlier in May by Kelly Young near Walnut. Young’s morel weighed 1 1/2 pounds and was 15 inches long and 14 inches around.

NL fire dept. Open House and grill-out June 18

NORTH LIBERTY– The NLFD would like to open its doors and invite the community to come see the firehouse and get to know the firefighters and the equipment on Saturday, June 18, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be fun and interactive “firefighting” games and demonstrations for all ages. The fire department will also be grilling out and serving lunch.