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North Liberty Leader

Blues and BBQ 2020: A Virtual Summer Festival

NORTH LIBERTY– In April, the planning committee announced a decision to cancel the 2020 in-person edition of North Liberty Blues and BBQ presented by Veridian Credit Union due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
But fans of the festival still have the opportunity to have a taste of Blues and BBQ at home. This year, the 14th annual event is built for the backyard.
Full details were announced late in June, but we wanted to give you a sampling to chew on.

A little longer, but also a little shorter

Celebrating Independence Day in the COVID-19 era in Oxford

OXFORD– The annual Fourth of July Parade was both a little longer, and also a little shorter this year. The parade, held on Saturday, July 4, followed a different route, and also had noticeably fewer entries than in some previous years.
In June, a city council member, and a member of the Oxford First Responders, created the new and longer parade route in the hopes of spreading out the crowds for social distancing; a concern during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

Questions, answers and more questions

CCA and ICCSD respond to Dept. of Ed. guidance for reopening schools

DES MOINES– On Thursday, June 25, the Iowa Department of Education (DoE) released its Reopening Guidance for Schools, a two-page document created in partnership with the Iowa Department of Public Health, and to be used in conjunction with the “Return-to-Learn Support Document.” The document drew swift criticism for its bare bones content focusing on health and safety while discouraging temperature taking, and not recommending the mandatory use of masks or face coverings.

Recreation program kick off City of Tiffin

TIFFIN– The City of Tiffin is getting ready to kick off its recreation programming.
Recreation Director Frank Haege announced the start of Tiffin’s first ever recreation programs for the upcoming fall of 2020.
Tiffin is adding a complete gamut of programming including: youth flag football, youth volleyball, adult softball, senior weight training, a morning open gym and fitness and yoga classes.
For complete listings and registration please www.tiffiniowarecreation.com.
- Youth Volleyball League
Third through sixth grade; Tuesday and Thursday– $45

North Liberty Community Pantry’s Annual Turkey Trot goes virtual

NORTH LIBERTY– Each year, hundreds of runners compete in the North Liberty Turkey Trot to raise funds for the North Liberty Community Pantry (NLCP) during the “Thanksgiving In July” celebration. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, these funds are needed now more than ever, but the pantry wants to keep the community safe.
“We did not feel right having 300-plus sweaty runners gather in Centennial Park,” said NLCP Executive Director Kaila Rome. “Organizing such a large event takes many hours of staff and volunteer time. We need all that time to focus on serving our community.”

Lightning sweeps Golden Eagles

Liberty softball wins 4-1 and 8-0 at home with Wahlert

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High’s varsity softball team swept the Golden Eagles of Dubuque Wahlert Catholic 4-1 and 8-0 Monday, July 29, at home.
The Lightning only needed one inning for the game-one win, putting up four runs in the bottom of the second inning. Kara Maiers held the Birds scoreless for four innings before they plated an unearned run in the top of the fifth. Maiers gave up only two hits while striking out nine in the contest.

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Creek Boys and Stormin’ Pointers split

CCA comes back from 8-6 loss for a 5-3 win against CPU

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity baseball team remained at the top of the WaMaC West with an 8-3 overall record and 8-2 conference mark in the wake of a split with the pesky Stormin’ Pointers from Center Point-Urbana (CPU) Monday, June 29, in Tiffin.
The Pointers took the opener, 8-6, but the Creek Boys reloaded and took a 5-3-nightcap win. CPU moved to 5-7 overall and 4-6 in the WaMaC West.

Creek Girls split with the Blazers

CCA defeats Beckman Catholic 7-4 and falls 6-5 in doubleheader

OXFORD– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity softball team opened July with a pair of doubleheader splits.

Keeping the kiddos fed

CCA provides over 53,000 meals during shutdown, and theyre not done yet

TIFFIN When the COVID-19 crisis closed schools, districts across the state scrambled to provide distance learning opportunities and electronic devices to make it possible. They also had to come up with a way to provide a more basic need: the lunches and breakfasts many of their students depended on.
The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District quickly mobilized on both fronts, distributing Chromebook tablets and acquiring and distributing Internet hot spots. The district also formulated a first-of-its-kind (for CCA) plan to keep the meals coming.

A little knowledge can save a life

Diventures in North Liberty urges safety in and around the water this summer

NORTH LIBERTY– As the COVID-19 crisis continues, people are finding fewer than normal recreational opportunities, including taking a dip in a municipal swimming pool. The outdoor pool at the North Liberty Recreation Center is closed for the season while the indoor pool is open for lap swimming by reservation only.

Not as much pomp, fewer parades and little in the way of illuminations

4th of July celebrations look different in the age of COVID and fireworks ordinances

IOWA CITY– John Adams commented on the Fourth of July, “It will be celebrated with pomp and parade, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other.”
However, with ongoing concerns over the COVID-19 virus and restrictions on the personal use of fireworks, this year’s celebration of Independence Day may well have far less pomp, fewer parades, socially-distant bonfires, and little in the way of “illuminations.”

Creek Boys sweep the Bobcats, 3-0 and 10-3 Bollers gets a pair of homers against Benton Community

TIFFIN The Clear Creek Amana varsity baseball team swept the Benton Community Bobcats off the diamond Tuesday, June 23, at home. The Clippers took game one, 3-0, and shelled the Cats, 10-0, in the nightcap, boosted by a pair of home runs from TJ Bollers.
Parker Smith knocked a double in game one, while Grant Jensen had a pair of singles and drove in one run. Brock Reade, Bollers, Ben Swails, Casey Ogden and Cade Armstrong hit one each with an RBI for Reade. Ogden went the distance for the Creek Boys striking out two and giving up four hits.