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November 19th, 2020

Stramel one to watch

Red Vespa manager honors by state restaurant association

SOLON Krista Stramel didnt know where her path was.
For me, the hospitality industry gave me a lot of stability and really allowed me to figure out where I wanted to go in life and what my purpose was, she explained.
Stramel, 32, celebrated her third year as the general manager of Red Vespa, in Solon, with a nomination as one of 40 Women to Watch in Hospitality announced by the Iowa Restaurant Association.
The honorees were recognized Nov. 16 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines during the associations annual Celebrating Excellence Awards Ceremony.

Stories of sacrifice

Thank veterans and their families, too 1995 SHS grad featured speaker at Veterans Day program

SOLON Words matter.
Thank you for your service, is a common phrase that we hear as service members, observed United States Air Force Lt. Col. Karri (Hirl) Roman. It may seem simple, but there is so much meaning behind that phrase.
Roman, a 1995 graduate of Solon High School, was the featured speaker at the annual Veterans Day program hosted by the school in its Center For the Arts Wednesday, Nov. 11.
Sacrifices are made by all service members, Roman said, although those sacrifices may look different.

CCA’s Pollock makes it official

Clipper senior will play volleyball for Western Illinois University

TIFFIN– In August of 2019, at the age of 16, Hailey Pollock verbally committed to Western Illinois University to play volleyball. On Wednesday, Nov. 11, the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) senior made it official as she signed the letter of intent.
Pollock was the second highest in kills for CCA in a COVID-19 shortened 2020 season with 221, produced eight assists and led the Clippers in solo blocks with 17. In addition, she made 62 block assists, 54 digs and made 36 ace serves.

Much smaller crowds becomes the norm

Gov. Reynolds’ proclamation limits athletic event spectators

DES MOINES– The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc, and threaten the likelihood of a winter sports season.
With a surge in positive cases of the virus in recent weeks, Gov. Kim Reynolds extended the State Public Health Emergency Declaration on Tuesday, Nov. 10, for an additional 30 days.
In addition to continuing previous requirements on attendees of social, community, recreational, leisure or sporting gatherings to maintain 6 feet of distance from other groups, the latest proclamation adds new requirements, which directly impact high school sports.

Building on a historic season

2020-2021 Clear Creek Amana varsity girls basketball preview

TIFFIN The 2019-2020 varsity girls basketball season was especially historic for Clear Creek Amana (CCA) with the Clippers claiming their first WaMaC Conference title (shared with Center Point-Urbana) with an 11-1 conference record, qualifying them for their first-ever state tournament appearance. The Creek Girls took a 19-4 record into the Class 4A tourney, but fell, 63-43, to North Scott in the quarterfinals to end the season at 19-5.
The Creek Girls lost six seniors to graduation: Allie Rummelhart, Gracie Downes, Karsyn Stratton, Meagan Harvey, Victoria Ciha and Ainsley Schrock.

Trojan-Bolts pick up MVC All-Division Swimming honors

Aurora Roghair named Valley Division Swimmer of the Year

IOWA CITY– The Iowa City West High and Liberty High’s combined girls swimming and diving team– The Trojan-Bolts– placed 14 student athletes on the 2020 Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) Swimming and Diving All-Division selections list.
Aurora Roghair was named the Valley Division, home to the Trojan-Bolts, Swimmer of the Year, while Cedar Rapids Kennedy’s Chad Derlein and his staff picked up Division Coach of the Year honors. City High’s Rika Yahashiri was named the Mississippi Division Swimmer of the Year, with Linn-Mar High School’s Bobby Kelley and staff taking Coach of the Year.

Creek Boys earn football honors

Bollers and Swails among 14 CCA players on 3A-6 All-District teams

TIFFIN– Fourteen Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School varsity football players were selected for spots on the 2020 Class 3A District 6 All-District Football teams.
Senior TJ Bollers and junior Ben Swails were recognized as the District Defensive Player of the Year and Punter of the Year, respectively, with 35.5 tackles (25 solo, 1.5 sacks and 6.5 tackles for a loss) for Bollers, and 22 punts for 936 yards (with an average of 42.5 yards per kick) for Swails.

NLPD awarded $1,000 for AEDs

Area nonprofits and communities receive over $25,000 from Alliant Energy’s Foundation

CEDAR RAPIDS– A total of 15 area organizations received community grants totaling $25,500 from Alliant Energy’s Foundation.
The grants fund projects in four key areas, which resonate with Alliant Energy’s core values: Hunger and Housing, Workforce Readiness, Environmental Stewardship, and Diversity, Safety and Well Being.
Among the 139 awarded by Alliant Energy’s Foundation for the fall grant cycle, totaling over $345,000, the City of North Liberty Police Department received $1,000 for automated external defibrillators (AED).

Governors proclamation requires masks in gatherings and services

NORTH LIBERTY With rapidly rising COVID-19 cases and hospitals around the state reaching capacity, Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a new proclamation adding restrictions and continuing the Public Health Disaster Emergency. The proclamation imposes a number of additional public health measures, including a mask requirement in a variety of settings, effective at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 11.

The new big project for North Liberty

NL council discusses Phase Five of the Ranshaw Way reconstruction project

NORTH LIBERTY– Reconstruction of Highway 965, also known as Ranshaw Way, in North Liberty will continue next year with Phase Five of the multiyear project.
City Engineer Kevin Trom and representatives from Shive-Hattery presented an overview of the $9.3-9.4 million project to the city council on Tuesday, Oct. 27, during the council’s regular meeting (conducted virtually).