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Youth a significant factor for West High Trojans on the diamond for 2015 season

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IOWA CITY– Graduation of 2014 was not kind to Charlie Stumpff and his West High Trojan baseball program.
While seniors Tyus Adkins, Nate Boland, Declan Doyle, Grant Ewing, Nick Gallagher, Brock Hatzky, Devin Raffensperger and Nick Spiess played throughout the summer leading West to a 34-10 record overall, 20-6 conference record, the start of the 2014-2015 school year saw them shedding their West High Green and moving on.

Clipper boys split with Benton

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TIFFIN– Brent Henry and his Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers varsity baseball team improved to a 5-2 record early in the season after picking up a pair of wins at the BGM Tournament and splitting with Benton Community at home.
On Saturday, May 30, the Clippers faced BGM in Brooklyn in the Bears’ tournament and dispatched them, 13-6, before clipping the wings of the Springville Orioles, 13-0.

On to the next chapter

CCA congratulates 140 graduates

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– Commencement exercises for Clear Creek Amana High School were held at the high school in Tiffin on Sunday, May 24, with 141 seniors honored.
Two of the seven valedictorians, Trevor Toy and Tanner Bandy, made reference to life as a book. For this particular group of seniors, their books have an especially tragic footnote on their high school years.

Zoning change will bring duplexes to Forevergreen Rd., Jones Boulevard

First reading of multifamily rezoning request approved

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty City Council approved the first consideration of a rezoning request that would allow multifamily housing at the intersection of Jones Boulevard and Forevergreen Road.

A unique proposal for a debated partnership

County, Shueyville consider split on Curtis Bridge Road improvements

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
SHUEYVILLE— For anybody who has driven the length of Curtis Bridge Road in northwest Johnson County, to say it is in bad shape would be an understatement. Its dilapidated condition led county officials to move the road up on its Five-year Road Maintenance and Improvement Plan, with work scheduled to begin late this summer.
Some surface material will be ground down, and the road will be widened two feet on either side before a hot asphalt overlay is applied for a smoother ride.

Construction to begin on North Ridge Trail through North Liberty

NORTH LIBERTY– Weather permitting, improvements on North Liberty’s North Ridge Trail recreation trail between Penn Street and Forevergreen Road will begin on Wednesday, June 3. The $310,000 project, which includes widening, elevating and resurfacing the trail, is expected to last into August.
Work will be done in segments. As each segment is being improved, its temporary closure will be required until the work is complete and the trail segment is safe to reopen.

Mowing roadside ditches prohibited before July 15

JOHNSON COUNTY– Johnson County’s Integrated Roadside Vegetation Management (IRVM) program reminds residents, landowners and local road maintenance crews that Iowa law prohibits the mowing of ditches along county secondary roads and state primary and interstate highways each year prior to July 15. The no-mow order allows time for hatching and development of ground-nesting birds and pollinators.
Johnson County Roadside Vegetation Manager Chris Henze said that in 2010, legislation changed the date from July 1 to July 15.

JCSWCD fundraiser to be June 13 at Highland Hunting in Riverside

RIVERSIDE– The Johnson County Soil and Water Conservation District is hosting its first annual Sporting Clay Shoot Fundraiser on Saturday, June 13, at Highland Hideaway Hunting, at 3127 160th St. in Riverside. All proceeds will benefit conservation education and outreach efforts in Johnson County.
Participants can register for the event online at www.jcswcd.org. Early registration is $115 per shooter until June 1. After June 1, the registration fee will increase to $125.
Registration for the event includes a 100-target sporting clay round, four boxes of shells, and lunch.

Child Safety Fair at Creekside Park in Oxford to be Saturday, May 30

OXFORD– Elementary school students in the Clear Creek Amana Community School District are invited to a Child Safety Fair on Saturday, May 30, from noon to 3 p.m., at Creekside Park in Oxford. The fair will include all elementary students at Amana Elementary in Amana, Oxford Elementary in Oxford, and North Bend Elementary.
The event is sponsored by Canopy Lodge (Masons) of Oxford. There will be games for the kids along with representatives from various community organizations participating in the fair.
Some of the activities and organizations that will be there are:

2015 Summerships Program application deadline extended to May 31

JOHNSON COUNTY– The United Way of Johnson & Washington Counties and the Community Foundation of Johnson County have announced the extension of the 2015 Summerships Program application deadline to May 31, 2015. The Summerships Programs provides tuition funds for youth summer camps, programs and activities. Summerships are available for the cost of the activity up to $250. Students eligible for Summerships are K-12 students from Johnson or Washington County who are eligible for Free & Reduced Lunch.

Edible Outdoors to host bow and fly fishing event June 6

NORTH LIBERTY– On June 6, from 1-3 p.m., Edible Outdoors (EO) will host a Bow and Fly Fishing event at the Liberty Centre Pond in North Liberty. The pond is located at the intersection of Cherry Street and Highway 965.
Participants will learn bow fishing from expert Laura DeCook (Mahaska County Naturalist and member of the Bowfishing Association of Iowa). Instruction will cover basic equipment, techniques, benefits of fishing carp and other rough fish, and hands-on bow fishing. 

West beats City in final-seconds thriller

Pottratz kicks winning goal

IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy remained unbeaten with a 2-1 victory over rival City High Monday, May 18, at the University of Iowa soccer field, doing it in dramatic fashion.
A scoreless first half gave way to the Little Hawk’s scoring with nine minutes remaining.