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Strength in numbers for CCA girls soccer

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TIFFIN– Matt Harding’s third season as head coach for Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity soccer program presents him with 10 returning starters for the 2015 season.
Make that 11 returning starters, Harding said, as Megan Hall, a senior, returns after sitting out all of 2014 due to an ACL injury.
Seniors Kelsey Hall, Bailey Mooney, Dacia Lipkea and Hannah Pfister are back. Midfielder Hall scored 14 goals last year and made 15 assists, a performance that earned her a First Team All-Conference spot.

Clear Creek Amana Show Choir dazzles in debut season

TIFFIN— This is the first year Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School students have orchestrated a show choir, and they’re making a joyful noise.
The group, 38 strong, has competed at the State Contest, the Keokuk “Power City” competition, as well as the Marion Invitational. So far, the group has placed third and third runner-up, with soloist Sage Spiker earning “Best Male Soloist” honors.

Sports pavilion, trail upgrade projects to begin this summer

NORTH LIBERTY– A couple of major construction projects to occur this summer will bring enhanced enjoyment of two of North Liberty’s main recreational features.
The North Liberty City Council on March 24 gave Parks Director Guy Goldsmith a nod to proceed with the design process for a new sports pavilion at Penn Meadows Park. The city is partnering with the North Liberty Youth Baseball and Softball (NLYSB) league for the construction of a building and adjoining picnic shelter, with NLYBS committing $250,000 of the project’s estimated $500,000 cost.

Tiffin’s property tax levy to decrease for Fiscal Year 2016

Council approves budget amounts

By Lori Lindner
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TIFFIN– Most Tiffin residents will see their tax obligations reduced in the upcoming fiscal year.

Blues & BBQ Food vendor applications due April 24

Blues & BBQ invites pit masters, sauce slingers to this year’s event

NORTH LIBERTY– Grill maestros and other food vendors can apply to be part of the Adam Schechinger State Farm Food Vendor Alley at the ninth annual North Liberty Blues and BBQ presented by South Slope Cooperative Communications, scheduled for Saturday, July 11, in North Liberty’s Centennial Park.

Tiffin Fire and First Responders will host annual pancake breakfast April 12

TIFFIN– Tiffin Fire and First Responders will host their annual pancake breakfast Sunday, April 12, at the Tiffin Fire Station. Pancakes, eggs, whole hog sausage, cinnamon rolls and Clear Creek Orchard jams will be served from 6 a.m. to noon. There is no cost associated; however, free-will donations are encouraged.
This year donations will be used to help pay off a Kubota unit, purchased as a quick response vehicle for hard to reach areas during fire and medical emergency situations.

Pantry to hold ribbon cutting, tree planting for new garden April 25

Volunteer orientation to be April 15

NORTH LIBERTY– Join the North Liberty Community Pantry for a ribbon cutting and tree planting event to open the new Garden for Health project on Saturday, April 25, from 1-3 p.m., at 89 Jones Blvd. in North Liberty. The community is invited to attend this event where organizers will unveil the winning garden name submission.

Zombie Apocalypse Survival Camp to invade NL Rec. Center April 18

NORTH LIBERTY– Join local experts John Watson and Guy Cain of the Zombie Apocalypse Survival Camp (ZASC) on Saturday, April 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the North Liberty Recreation Center, as they demonstrate how to use survival skills during an impending zombie apocalypse. Training will be provided on survival gear, fire building, emergency shelter construction, water collection and water filtration. This class will be different from the one offered last fall, as participants will trek outdoors away from the recreation center in search of wild edibles.

Clipper runners set a path toward state

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TIFFIN– It’s already been a busy season for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) girls track and field program with indoor meets at the University of Northern Iowa, Iowa State University and Cornell College (the WaMaC Indoor meet), while the outdoor season started Saturday, March 28, with Iowa City Regina’s Bob Brown Invitational.

Trojans seventh at John Ask Relays

Schneider third in 3,200-meter

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CEDAR RAPIDS– West High’s boys track and field team finished seventh in overall points at the 56th annual John Ask Relays hosted by Cedar Rapids Jefferson Saturday, March 28, at Kingston Stadium. Cedar Rapids Kennedy won the meet while the defending champion Cedar Rapids Prairie team was fourth. The Trojans won the meet in 2008 and 2009 and again from 2011 through 2013.
Matthew Schneider was the top individual finisher for West taking third place in the 3,200-meter run and Josh Jensen was fourth.
Adam Weis was fifth in the 1,600-meter run.

Still time to sign up for CCA Youth Football program

TIFFIN– For those who missed the sign up for the 2015 CCA Youth Football season, there is still time to get registered. Email Bev Seelman at bev-jim-mba@msn.com with your mailing address and receive an application. Cost for the season is $150 which includes six games and equipment. Late registration starts July 1 when the fee increases to $175.  For those with questions, contact Bev Seelman at 319-626-6155 in the evening.

West girls win abbreviated Washburn Invitational in Muscatine

MUSCATINE– Cold weather prompted an early end to the Dick Washburn Invitational track meet Friday, March 27, at Muscatine High School, won by the Iowa City West girls. West took the meet with 81 team points, besting squads from Linn-Mar (third), Cedar Rapids Prairie (tied with Pleasant Valley for fourth) and Cedar Rapids Washington (10th).
Valerie Welch won in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.82 seconds. Grace Young, Kia Noibi, Haley Roudabush and Welch brought the 4x100-meter shuttle hurdle relay to a win in 1:12.68.