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Personal reflections

T Marie Portraits and Photo Booth offers the special touch

By Lori Lindner
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SWISHER– What started as a hobby for Swisher resident Tracy Griffin has turned into not just a career, but a reflection of her passion and personality.
Griffin is the owner and chief photographer of T Marie Portraits and Photo Booth.
About eight years ago, Griffin and her family were hiking through Palisades Park on a nice fall afternoon, and she happened to have a camera with her. She took photos of her children to commemorate the day.

Public health alert for chicken products that may contain metal

WASHINGTON, D.C.– The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued a public health alert to notify the public of a recall conducted by Maxi Canada, Inc., a Québec, Canada, establishment, involving approximately 103,752 pounds of chicken product that may be contaminated with metal pieces. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) notified FSIS of the recall, which affected products exported to the United States.

IDOT to hold March 30 public information meeting regarding Forevergreen Road improvements

NORTH LIBERTY– The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) will hold a public information meeting Wednesday, March 30, from 5-6:30 p.m. at the North Liberty Recreation Center, to discuss the proposed improvements to West Forevergreen Road from east of Kansas Avenue to Highway 965 in North Liberty.
The meeting will be conducted utilizing an open forum format. Iowa DOT staff will be present to informally discuss the proposed improvement. No formal presentation will be made.

Shueyville United Methodist Men’s Pancake Supper April 1

SHUEYVILLE– Shueyville United Methodist Men’s Pancake Supper will be held Friday, April 1, from 5-7 p.m. at the church.
The pubic is invited to attend and enjoy good food and fellowship with friends.
The all-you-can eat supper includes pancakes, eggs, ham, sausage, hash browns and beverage. This supper is used to support mission activities both at home and around the world.
The church is located at 1195 Steeple Ln. NE in Shueyville.
The cost for the supper is adults $6, ages 3-12 $3, and those under 3 are free.

CCA to hold district-wide Color Fun Run to benefit student programming opportunities April 9

TIFFIN– A district-wide Color Fun Run benefitting the Parent Teacher Groups at all four elementary schools in the Clear Creek Amana School District will be Saturday, April 9, with a 5K race beginning at 9 a.m. and the 1 mile commencing at 10 a.m. This will be a fun, family-friendly event complete with color stations.
Both routes begin at Clear Creek Amana High School located in Tiffin and will pass by multiple color stations. Runners should be prepared for some colorful fun.

Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) workshops available

IOWA CITY– In the last few weeks the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) was found in Iowa City. This pest is a destructive pest of ash and it has been present in the State of Iowa since 2010. Specialists from ISU Extension and Outreach Entomology, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, the City of Iowa City, and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources/Forestry Bureau will present information on this pest on March 31 at the Johnson County ISU Extension and Outreach Office, located at 3109 Old Highway 218 S.

Trojans roll to sixth consecutive state tourney appearance

West High wins, 50-30, in substate final

CEDAR RAPIDS– The West High Trojans punched their ticket to the 2016 Class 4A State Basketball Tournament with a 50-30 win over rival City High Tuesday, March 1, at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids. It will be the sixth consecutive state tourney appearance for coach Steve Bergman and the Trojans with championships in 2014, 2013 and 2012.

Seven West High Women of Troy named to MVC All-Division Basketball

Saunders named to First Team

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IOWA CITY– The 2015-2016 Mississippi Valley athletic Conference (MVC) All-Division Girls’ Basketball selections were announced Wednesday, Feb. 24, with seven members of the West High Women of Troy named.
Rachel Saunders, a 5-foot-9 sophomore, was named to the Valley Division’s First Team. Saunders made 37.4 percent of her field goals, 34.9 percent of her 3-point goals and hit 66.3 percent at the free throw line with an average of 9.7 points per game and 223 points total. She averaged 2.1 rebounds and made 43 assists, 30 steals and seven blocks this season.

Eleven West High athletes sign college letters of intent

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IOWA CITY– Eleven athletes at West High signed letters of intent to play college sports Wednesday, Feb. 3.
Antonio Sanchez signed to play soccer for Drake University in Des Moines. Sanchez, a middle/forward, scored five goals and made 10 passes in the 2015 season and was a First Team pick for the Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) Valley Division’s All-Division honors.

Five Clippers earn WaMaC West Division basketball honors

CCA’s Miller and Neubauer pick up First Team spots

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TIFFIN– Five Clear Creek Amana (CCA) boys varsity basketball players were named to the 2015-2016 WaMaC Conference’s West Division teams.
Cal Miller and Jake Neubauer were First Team picks for the Clippers with Miller, a senior, leading the team with 340 points this season, an average of 14.8 per game. Miller shot 45.4 percent from the field, was a 37 percent 3-point shot-maker and hit 75.8 percent from the free throw line. In addition, Miller had 30 assists, 38 steals, two blocks and 59 rebounds this season.

Trojans run at Demon Indoor

Karanja second in 1,600 run

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MOUNT VERNON– West High’s Trojan track and field team competed in its second indoor meet of the season Friday, March 4, at the Washington Demon Indoor held at Cornell College in Mount Vernon.
Patrick Karanja finished second in the 1,600-meter run in 4:37.27 for West High’s best finish of the day. Nate Jelinek was fourth in the 400-meter dash in 53.76 seconds and Jared Sams-Merriweather was in an eight-way tie for fourth place in the high jump by clearing 5’-8”.

Coach Ottoson bids farewell

Xavier Saints bring down the curtain on CCA’s season;

CEDAR RAPIDS– When the final horn sounded Thursday, Feb. 25, in the Cedar Rapids Prairie High School gym, the Cedar Rapids Xavier Saints walked off the basketball court as the Class 3A District 9 Champions. The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers walked off the floor with their season over.
Their coach, Steve Ottoson, walked off the court for the final time as a 40-year career (with 21 at the helm of the CCA program) came to its end.
Xavier (15-8 overall) took the contest, 53-42, and advanced to the 3A Sub-State No. 5 Final Monday, Feb. 29, at Iowa City West against Mount Pleasant (18-5).