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CCA school district, City of Tiffin in disagreement over sidewalk payments

At odds once again

TIFFIN– It’s sat complete for a couple of months, but payment for the public sidewalk along Highway 6 is just now causing some confusion between the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school district and the City of Tiffin.
“In my mind, it’s pretty cut-and-dried,” said CCA superintendent Tim Kuehl during a conversation in late July.
According to an agreement signed in July 2014, said Kuehl, the city is responsible for $120,701 of the total $321,869 cost of the sidewalk, which spans the south side of Hwy. 6, from the west side of the high school to Ireland Avenue.

NLPD to host town hall meeting Aug. 21

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Police Department will host a town hall meeting, moderated by Sabrena Shields, a student and family advocate at North Central Junior High School, to discuss the department, community policing, citizen’s rights and successful interactions. The meeting will be held on Sunday, Aug. 21, in meeting room C at the North Liberty Community Center, 520 W. Cherry St., from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Dinner and childcare will be provided at the meeting. Raffle drawings for school supplies and other prizes will also be held.

NLFD Salute to Summer Aug. 20

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Fire Department’s annual Salute to Summer returns Saturday, Aug. 20, at Bobber’s Grill, located at 1850 Scales Bend Rd. NE, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Join community members for food, kids activities, a vacation raffle, poker run, silent auction and more. Music by Two Buck Chuck begins at 7 p.m.
Salute to Summer is a fundraiser held by the North Liberty Firefighter Foundation annually. Funds raised are directed to the North Liberty Fire Department for firefighter and EMT training, as well as community support efforts and fire equipment expenses.

Room to “grow something”

Lowe’s donates $2,800 to renovate Penn student gardens

NORTH LIBERTY– Penn Elementary students will notice a little something different about their Grow Something garden when they return to school this month.
With help from the Lowe’s Heroes project, parent volunteers and even current Penn Panthers, the greenhouse area was transformed into a garden patio last week, complete with raised beds, new planters and two arbor entrances.

Penn Meadows splash pad open until Labor Day

NORTH LIBERTY– Just in time for the dog days of summer, North Liberty’s first splash pad opened Thursday, Aug. 4.
Located on the north side of Penn Meadows Park, 170 N. Dubuque St., the splash pad offers a baseball-themed spray feature as well as in-ground jets, a durable, grippy surface and limestone seating at the perimeter. The splash pad will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily during the season. Seasonally, the splash pad will operate starting each Memorial Day weekend and operate through Labor Day weekend.

NL Community Pantry free salsa making class Aug. 11

NORTH LIBERTY– Learn how to make salsa with the North Liberty Community Pantry.
Community members are invited to this free event Thursday, Aug. 11, from 6-8 p.m. at the Growing Together Garden, 89 N. Jones Blvd., adjacent to the pantry.
Registration is required and class size is limited. Register by calling 319-626-2711 or stop by the pantry.

NL Porchfest Aug. 20 in Arlington Ridge neighborhood

NORTH LIBERTY– What if there was an afternoon when porches became stages and everyone just walked around listening to musicians, hung out on lawns and sidewalks and connected with their neighbors?
Porchfest is “community in the key of summer.”

Penn Meadows Servolution Aug. 19

NORTH LIBERTY– The annual Servolution back-to-school event for families is back again for its fifth year. LIFEchurch of Coralville, along with dozens of other agencies, churches, and schools, will serve families in North Liberty and Coralville as they transition back to school. Servolution is held at Kirkwood Elementary in Coralville on Aug. 22 from 2-5 p.m. and at Penn Meadows Park in North Liberty on Aug. 19 from 3–6 p.m. Families are given shoes, haircuts, groceries, school supplies and much more. Organizers are still looking for volunteers, shoes and other donations if you want to help!

Kernels North Liberty Night Aug. 19

CEDAR RAPIDS– It’s a night to spend with neighbors, Mr. Shucks and the Kernels, an affiliate of the Minnesota Twins. The game takes place Friday, Aug. 19, at 6:35 p.m. and is open to all ages. The cost is $6 per person for bleacher seating and $8 per person for club seating. Kids 3 and under get in free.
Attendees are responsible for their own transportation to the Cedar Rapids Kernels field, located at 950 Rockford Rd. SW.

Rhino fun

NLFD gears up for 2016 Salute to Summer

NORTH LIBERTY– It’s not uncommon for a volunteer fire department to host a fundraising event, or two, each year. Pancake breakfasts, soup suppers and dances are the typical fare. The volunteer professionals of the North Liberty Fire Department (NLFD) held a Fireman’s Dance as an annual fundraiser for many years, but they knew they could do something bigger and better.
“While it was successful, the members of the department decided they wanted to create a more family-oriented event,” said Firefighter-Emergency Medical Technician Mike Johnston.

Fifth annual youth triathlon draws a crowd to North Liberty

NORTH LIBERTY– Denise Barnhouse crouched on the edge of the indoor pool, coaching a swimmer as he struggled to finish the final 25 meters of a 100-meter swim. Cheers roared from the pool observation deck above, urging the boy on and out of the water toward the bike waiting for him outside.
His last place finish in the swim portion was irrelevant, said Barnhouse, owner of Tri-Fit Agape in North Liberty and co-director of the Just Tri! Youth Triathlon.
“It’s all about making it fun for the kids,” she said. “Once you put the competition brain on them, the fun doesn’t last long.”

Three Trojans named to INA’s All-State Baseball teams

Miller earns First Team berth

North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– Three West High baseball players were named to the Iowa Newspaper Association’s 2016 All-State Baseball teams.
Austin Miller, a senior, earned a First Team berth as a pitcher while Connor McCaffery, a junior, was a Second Team pick as an outfielder. Izaya Ono-Fullard, also a junior, earned a Third Team spot as a utility player.
Cedar Rapids Jefferson’s Spencer Van Scoyoc, a senior outfielder drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays, was named Captain of the Class 4A team.
Class 4A First Team