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North Liberty Leader

Pointers sink Clippers, CCA rallies against North Linn

CCA’s Schropp, Brechtel, Murphy, Wessling, Chalfant and Manard all win by fall

North Liberty Leader
CENTER POINT– Scott Slifka’s Stormin’ Pointers did it again. For the second time this season, the Center Point-Urbana (CPU) squad put a win into the books over the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers. CPU won 66-12 on the Clippers’ mats back in early December and followed that performance with a 54-21 win Thursday, Jan. 9, in Center Point.
The Clippers rebounded to take a 48-18 win over the North Linn Lynx.

Welcome to the fire service

NLFD’s ranks expand with 10 recruits

NORTH LIBERTY– Chief of department Edward Croker of the city of New York (1899-1911), once said, “When a man becomes a fireman his greatest act of bravery has been accomplished. What he does after that is all in the line of work. Firefighters do not regard themselves as heroes because they do what the business requires.”

Early voting for Feb. 4 elections begins this week

IOWA CITY– Early voting for both the Feb. 4 Clear Creek Amana bond election and the Swisher mayoral election will begin Wednesday, Jan. 15, at 7:45 a.m.
Voting will be available at the auditor’s office at 913 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City, during business hours, 7:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., weekdays through Monday, Feb. 3, the day before the election. The office will be closed on Martin Luther King Day, Monday, Jan. 20. 
Satellite voting will be available at Clear Creek Amana High School on Friday, Jan. 31, before and during the basketball game, from 5 to 8 p.m.

West High to host mini-dance marathon Jan. 19

IOWA CITY– The second annual West High Mini-Dance Marathon (WHSDM) will take place on Sunday, Jan. 19, from 1-6 p.m. in the Iowa City West High School Cafeteria. In 2013, the inaugural WHSDM raised over $21,000 that went towards the final total at the University of Iowa Dance Marathon’s Big Event, which raises money for the UI Children’s Hospital and children battling pediatric cancer.

Community invited to Boy Scouts’ annual chili supper Feb. 1

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty Boy Scout Troop 216 will host its 34th annual chili supper from 4:30 until 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at the North Liberty Community Center.
Tickets are $5. Children 5 and under are admitted free. The dinner includes all-you-can-eat meat or vegetarian chili, bread, drinks and a variety of homemade desserts, including traditional Scout cobbler.
The dinner is the troop’s primary annual fundraising event. Proceeds help cover the cost of high adventure trips, summer camp and other activities for the troop’s approximately 30 Scouts.

Hope Church to host free community meal Jan. 25

NORTH LIBERTY– Hope Evangelical Church will host North Liberty’s next Community Monthly Meal Saturday, Jan. 25, from 12 to 1 p.m.  This meal is open to anyone who lives in the North Liberty community who wishes to get to know their neighbors better and share a meal together.

Vocal group “Six Appeal” coming to CCA Jan. 30

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school district is pleased to announce “Six Appeal” will perform at the High School Performing Arts Center (PAC) on Thursday, Jan. 30, at 7 p.m. Six Appeal is a high-energy a cappella group from the Twin Cities area.

Played to the hilt

Sir Oblong Fitz Oblong, played by CCA’s Mollie Sherman, demonstrates what she would do if she were to take up Squire Blackheart on his challenge to a duel in the Clear Creek Amana High School drama department’s winter production, “The Thwarting of Baron Bolligrew.” For more photos of the play, see page A8. (photo by Chris Umscheid)

A new chapter begins

North Liberty library director retires

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader

NORTH LIBERTY– Dee Crowner has cracked a lot of books in the last 26 years. She has worked through three major construction projects, mentored a staff that grew from one to 14 in number, supervised dozens of fundraisers, and helped forge a path of progress as the population of North Liberty exploded by 170 percent in just 12 years.
Now she is looking forward to authoring a whole new chapter in life.

North Liberty fire department reminds homeowners to shovel out fire hydrants

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty Fire Fighters are urging residents to clear snow around fire hydrants located in their neighborhoods. With more winter weather in the forecast, it is important fire hydrants remain clear of ice and snow to allow fire fighters easy access. Fire doubles in size every 17 seconds.
Having unimpeded access to the hydrants can make a significant difference while on a fire scene. Please help fire fighters by removing snow from an area of at least three feet around the fire hydrant.

MDA names NL’s Grefe as new Goodwill Ambassador

NORTH LIBERTY– Taylor “Tay” Grefe, a lively 11 year-old from North Liberty, has been named Local Goodwill Ambassador for the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Eastern Iowa/Western Illinois.
As the new Goodwill Ambassador, Taylor will make public appearances throughout the community to encourage volunteers in the association’s year-round educational and fund-raising campaigns and will also take part in a number of special events.

Correction to Swisher Feb. 4 voting schedule

SWISHER– Due to a submission error, the January edition of the Swisher newsletter in North Johnson County contained incorrect information regarding the special election Tuesday, Feb. 4, to fill the vacant position of mayor for a term expiring Dec. 31, 2015.
The dates and deadlines are as follows, according to the Johnson County Auditor’s office:
Friday, Jan. 10: Noon filing deadline for Swisher mayor. Ten signatures required. File with acting city clerk.
Monday, Jan. 20: Martin Luther King holiday, office closed.