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Chris Umscheid

New station, new protocol needed

NORTH LIBERTY ON FIRE: A three-part series

Looking at emergency medical services response

North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– The concept of implementing Emergency Medical Dispatch (EMD), was the biggest take-away from a recent fire consultant report for North Liberty City Administrator Ryan Heiar.
Donald Cox, a consultant in emergency services and retired West Des Moines fire chief, was hired to conduct the study presented to the city council at their March 14 regular meeting.

Season ends in shutout stunner for Clipper girls

Grinnell sinks CCA, 2-0, in regional semifinal

North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– The season ended in a shocking fashion Tuesday, May 30, for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity girls soccer team, The Tigers from Grinnell-Newburg won the Class 2A regional semifinal match with a 2-0 shutout.
The Tigers struck first, 10 minutes into the match, and scored their second goal with 7:53 left in the first half. The Clippers’ best chance for a goal came in the second half with a penalty kick after Grinnell’s keeper tackled Hannah Bormann in the box. Unfortunately her shot was deflected.

Women of Troy roll over the River Queens

10-0 regional semifinal leads to 4-1 final win and Des Moines

North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– Iowa City West High’s Women of Troy earned a trip to Des Moines and the 2017 Class 3A State Soccer Tournament, which kicks off Thursday, June 8, and runs through Saturday, June 10, at the Cownie Soccer Complex in southeast Des Moines.

Charlie’s thinking deep

Preview: Iowa City West varsity baseball

North Liberty Leader

Seven honorees added to Veterans Trail

Solon Economist
CORALVILLE LAKE– For the 28th year, veterans from across Johnson County were honored with having their names placed along the Veterans Trail near the East Overlook to the Coralville Dam. Retired Major General Robert Sentman presided over the 45-minute ceremony on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29.

NORTH LIBERTY ON FIRE:

A three-part series

Consultant looks at the NLFD with an eye toward the future

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Fire Department (NLFD) was formally organized in 1945 when the city was small and well separated from its neighboring towns. Now, the department, which covers North Liberty as well as Penn and Madison townships (56 square miles total), protects the lives and property of over 22,000 inhabitants.

American Legion and Boy Scouts honor sacrifice on Memorial Day

NORTH LIBERTY– Memorial Day has become, for many, a day to hunt for bargains, grill out, and otherwise celebrate the unofficial start of summer and summer fun. The day originally was designated to remember America’s war dead. American Legion Post 1976 and Boy Scout Troop 216, both located in North Liberty, did their part to keep alive the tradition of honoring those soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines who made the ultimate sacrifice with a brief morning ceremony Monday, May 29, at the Ridgewood Cemetery off of Scales Bend Road.

Indians deny Clippers tourney trip

Marion boys take CCA 2A substate final 1-0

North Liberty Leader
MARION– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity boys’ soccer team hasn’t been to the state tournament since 2014, and the Marion Indians ensured the Creek Boys will have to wait at least one more year by ending the Clippers’ season 1-0 Saturday, May 27, in a Class 2A substate final in Marion.
The Indians dealt what turned out to be the fatal blow in the 34th minute of the first half. The Clippers outshot the Indians, but were unable to score throughout the 80 minutes. The loss ended CCA’s season at 11-7 while Marion improved to 11-4.

Ear for perfection

NL’s Steve Junge keeps corridor pianos in-tune

NORTH LIBERTY– Pianos are complex instruments, hand-assembled by craftsmen, that produce melodious sounds for decades. However, like any mechanical device, eventually they need attention and tuning. The seven-county area, known as Iowa’s Creative Corridor, including North Liberty in particular, now has an artisan dedicated to restoring a piano’s full musical potential.
Steve Junge, of North Liberty, began offering professional piano tuning services in November. A corporate reorganization led to Junge reevaluating what he wanted to do. Music was the answer, but what aspect of music?

Moving on up to the big chair at West

Assistant Scott Sanders takes over Women of Troy volleyball

North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– Change came to Iowa City West High’s varsity volleyball program. Randy Dolson resigned the head coach position in order to lead the fledgling Liberty High Lightning in North Liberty. Scott Sanders, his assistant, was hired to take over the West program to lead the Women of Troy.
Sanders was assistant coach at Iowa City West High for eight seasons, working with legendary West High coach Kathy “Brez” Bresnahan for five years and the past three for Dolson.
He graduated with 24 classmates from Glidden-Ralston and managed the volleyball team his senior year.

We’ll drink to that

Cedar Ridge celebrates long-awaited legislation and its most prestigious award

SWISHER– So far 2017 has been a very good year for Jeff Quint and his Cedar Ridge Winery and Distillery located near Swisher.
On March 28 a key piece of legislation, long fought for by Iowa’s distilleries, cleared the Iowa House of Representatives, 93-1. House File 607 allows Iowa distilleries to sell their products by the glass, and as cocktails, in their tasting rooms. It also increases a daily sales limit from two bottles per person to a full 12-bottle case and raises a state-imposed cap on the annual production of distilled spirits.

Sooner than later for new elementary school

Enrollment projections lead to a slight gamble for CCA facilities plan

OXFORD– In September, voters in the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District will be asked to approve a $36 million bond issue, which– if approved– would finance a new elementary school among other projects aimed at addressing continued enrollment growth. The new unnamed elementary was originally scheduled to be open for the 2020-21 school year; however, Superintendent Tim Kuehl recently asked the School Board of Directors to move it up one year.