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Archive

December 21st

Clippers clobbered by Vikings

CCA falls to 1-3 with 73-38 loss to Vinton-Shellsburg

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– Vikings have been celebrated in popular lore as a band of ruffians pillaging and plundering all in their path. Tuesday, Dec. 13, the Vikings of Vinton-Shellsburg lived up to that moniker as they rolled over the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers, 73-38, in a WaMaC conference varsity match up in Tiffin.

Police Department pledges against tobacco

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Police Department has taken a pledge to keep tobacco, alternative nicotine and vapor products out of the hands of North Liberty youth as part of I-PLEDGE, a partnership with the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division (ABD) to educate local retailers and to enforce Iowa’s tobacco, alternative nicotine and vapor product laws.

Happy tummies, happy holidays

North Liberty Optimists deliver kid-friendly snacks to the Family Resource Center (FRC) at Penn Elementary. This marks the 12th year the groups have come together to distribute holiday food baskets to North Liberty families with kids on free and reduced lunch. “When you have kids who come to school for breakfast and lunch, and family at Christmastime has to feed them all that extra, that can be a real burden,” said Kris Hynek, FRC director at Penn. The optimists deliver enough food to feed 85 families.

Friends of Coralville Lake to enhance the Coralville Lake area

CORALVILLE– The Friends of Coralville Lake (FoCL) invite the public to a meeting Wednesday, Jan. 18, at the Coralville Lake Welcome Center (2850 Prairie Du Chien Rd. NE, Iowa City) at 6:30 p.m. to share information with the community and respond to questions.
Incorporated on June 16, FoCL is a volunteer-driven organization that works with the U.S. Corp of Engineers to enhance the recreational and aesthetic value of the Coralville Lake area.

Rapid growth will fill new schools

Projected NL enrollment to surpass all IC, Coralville elementaries

By Janet Nolte
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– North Liberty residents shouldn’t be surprised by the Iowa City Community School District’s (ICCSD) latest enrollment projections, which predict rapid growth in the numbers of students at all levels in the Liberty High attendance zone.

Holiday hours announced for city offices

NORTH LIBERTY– Hours for city offices and services will adjusted in the coming weeks. Regular hours will be held except for the following:
On Friday, Dec. 23, the recreation center will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The library and city offices will be closed.
On Saturday, Dec. 24, and Sunday, Dec. 25, the library, recreation center and all city offices will be closed.
On Monday, Dec. 26, the library will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the recreation center will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Pop-up makerspace Dec. 27 at NLRC

NORTH LIBERTY– Active Learners Pop-up Makerspace is a welcoming environment where kids can play, make and create. The North Liberty Recreation Center will host a Makerspace Tuesday, Dec. 27, from 12-2 p.m.
The two-hour, fun, student-led workshop consists of five to six maker stations. Each maker station has a theme, such as engineering, circuitry, LEGO, or arts and crafts, where kids are encouraged to integrate design and creativity.
There will also be active movement games on the big screen via an Xbox system.
Sign up is required and can be done at the North Liberty Recreation Center.

Mayor Amy Nielsen announces Dec. 31 resignation date

With North Liberty Mayor Amy Nielsen’s election to the state legislature as representative of House District 77, the city council must either appoint a new mayor or call for a special election.

At a Nov. 22 council meeting, City Attorney Scott Peterson explained to council how a petition could trigger a special election if the decision was to appoint.
The council did not take action at the Nov. 22 council meeting.

Mayor Nielsen had not yet given an official resignation date.

Lighting up the holidays

North Liberty couple creates annual “Gingerbread House”

NORTH LIBERTY– You may as well call them Mr. and Mrs. Kris Kringle.
The Crandalls– with a name uncannily close to the Christmas gift bearer– have delivered seasonal joy year after year with their holiday light display on Troon Court in North Liberty.
“Pretty much everybody expects it,” said Lorrie Crandall. “We’ll just be sitting out in the summertime and people will drive by and say, ‘We love your Christmas house!’ It really started because we enjoyed taking our kids around to see the lights when they were little. We ended up being one of those houses people go see.”

Lady Spartans drop two close games to WaMaC foes

SOLON­– Eight points was the difference in two conference basketball games for the Solon varsity girls last week.
The Lady Spartans dropped a pair of close games: at home against Anamosa Dec. 13, and on the road at Beckman Catholic Dec. 16.
Anamosa overcame 24 points by Solon senior Josie Durr with 35 total free throws to pull out a 52-47 win in Solon.
The Lady Spartans played evenly with the Raiders throughout the game. The two teams were tied 9-9 at the end of the first quarter and Solon trailed by two points, 24-22, at the half.