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North Liberty Leader

North Liberty to hold open house for 2015 projects

NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty has a number of projects planned for this year and invites the public to an open house to learn more about the plans, meet engineers and staff, and ask questions about the projects.
The open house will be held on Tuesday, March 31, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., in the North Liberty Community Library’s meeting rooms.
Projects that will be presented include:
• Penn Meadows Park upgrades, including bathrooms, a concession stand, picnic shelter and splash pad;
• North Liberty recreation trail resurfacing, re-grading and upgrades;

Volunteers asked to help end hunger Saturday, March 28

NORTH LIBERTY– Kids Against Hunger 2015 will take place on Saturday, March 28, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in North Liberty. Volunteers will pack food for distribution by the international food relief organization, Kids Against Hunger.
In order to make this a great event, the church congregation must raise over $18,750, and needs hundreds of volunteers to do the actual packing.

NLYBS Field Enhancement Day to be Saturday, March 28

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty Youth Baseball and Softball (NLYBS) Field Enhancement will be Saturday, March 28, from 9-11 a.m. at Penn Meadows Park. NLYBS players, and their families, are asked to come out and help get the fields ready for the season.
The area for the new sports pavilion (bathrooms and concession stand) plus the brick courtyard will be marked off, with bricks that were purchased prior to Feb. 26 on display.

North Bend to hold 5K, 1-mile fun run April 11

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Bend Elementary Parent Teacher Group (PTG) will host the second annual, family-friendly 5K and 1-mile Fun Run on Saturday, April 11.
The 5K will begin at 9:15 a.m., and the 1-mile Fun Run will begin at 10 a.m. Both events will start and end at North Bend Elementary School, 2230 St. Andrews Dr., North Liberty. There will be color stations along both routes. 

Tiffin Fire and First Responders will host annual pancake breakfast April 12

TIFFIN– Tiffin Fire and First Responders will host their annual pancake breakfast Sunday, April 12, at the Tiffin Fire Station. Pancakes, eggs, whole hog sausage, cinnamon rolls and Clear Creek Orchard jams will be served from 6 a.m. to noon. There is no cost associated; however, free-will donations are encouraged.
The money raised by the firefighters and first responders has been used to purchase protective safety equipment, medical gear and even fire trucks in the past.

Finding balance in a kayak

Local kayak fishing enthusiasts cast around for new club members

NORTH LIBERTY– If you think you couldn’t reel in a 25-pound catfish in a kayak, Scott Shrader would prove you wrong.
Shrader, of North Liberty, has always been a fisherman. As a child, he went bass fishing with his father and competed in fishing tournaments as he got older.
He bought a kayak because he also loved paddling around on the water, and a kayak offered something a little different.
“Kayaking a relaxing sport, and you don’t have to deal with the gas and maintenance and expense of having a motor boat,” said Shrader.

Plenty of competition for Clipper boys

CCA take the field for 2015 soccer season

North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– In his fifth year leading the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) boys varsity soccer program, coach Tim Benson (50-20-2-career record) has an enviable problem.
“My concern is making sure we have the right 11 guys on the field as 25-plus guys will be competing every day, not just with our competition, but with each other for playing time.”
The swelled ranks give Benson some depth to work with on the pitch as the Clippers sail into an always competitive WaMaC West Division.

West girls bring experience, chemistry to tennis court

North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– In any endeavor experience counts, and for the West High Women of Troy, experience on the tennis court could well lead to a season of success. Coach Amie Villarini returns five of six starters from last year’s 9-4 (MVC) and 9-6 (overall) team.

Clippers perform at WaMaC Indoor Meet

Smith wins in 60 m. hurdles

North Liberty Leader
MOUNT VERNON– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) was among its WaMaC counterparts Saturday, March 21, at the Conference Indoor Meet held at Cornell College in Mount Vernon.
Mia Smith won the 60-meter hurdles in 9.85 seconds with Natalie Brimeyer taking second place. In addition, Karen Bolenga placed third in the 55-meter dash and fourth in the long jump. Madelynn Langridge, Brimeyer, Riley Hennes and Megan Lukas finished second in the 4x400.

North Liberty council fails to pass developer’s agreement, touches on efficacy of tabling

Quorum of three creates conundrum

NORTH LIBERTY– Miss a meeting, miss a lot.
With two councilors absent, the North Liberty City Council on Tuesday, March 10, faced a situation that resulted in the failure of one and the tabling of two agenda items related to a planned new subdivision, as well as a discussion about tailoring future votes.
At the beginning of the meeting, City Attorney Scott Peterson reminded the three councilors present that while they constituted a quorum thereby allowing them to take action, resolutions would require unanimity in order to pass.

The $66,000 question

Responsibility for change in sewer project floats between City of Tiffin, school district

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– Whether to blame poor design or poorly placed construction trailers?
The question almost doesn’t matter, as the answer will be the same either way: a sewer line needs to get to the new school in Tiffin, and quickly.
Still up in the air is who will pay the price.

Students continue to leave IC district

Board looks at open enrollment, demographic and class size data

IOWA CITY– The trend of students leaving the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) has continued this past school year.
Total enrollment is 13,050 students for the 2014-15 school year, and although that number has increased 1.2 percent over the last year, more students are also choosing to attend school in other districts.
This year, 461 students open enrolled out of the district, as opposed to 117 open enrolling into ICCSD schools. This resulted in a net loss of 344 students, an 8.9 percent increase of loss over last year.