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North Liberty Leader

Getting the band back together

Getting the band back together

Saluting the end of summer

Annual fundraiser for NFLD held

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Fire Department held their annual Salute to Summer event Saturday, Aug. 19, at their fire station. The annual event, the only fundraiser for the volunteer firefighters, has traditionally been held at Bobber’s but moved to the station this year.
Firefighter/EMT Mallory Barney, this year’s event Chairperson, said the ever-increasing call volume was a factor in moving the event.

Puppet Show at Grace Church Sept. 9

NORTH LIBERTY - Grace Community Churrch in North Liberty will be hosting the Hairy & Co Puppet Show on Saturday, Sept. 9.
The shows are at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., and is open to the public. No tickets are needed for the free show.
Hairy and his furry friends learn valuable lessons from the Bible through singing, storytelling, and of course, laughter, that resonates with kids of all ages (and grown ups, too).

Ashley Briggs top Froster at State Fair

DES MOINES– Two North Liberty amateur cake decorators took home awards from the Cake Decorating competition, judged August 7, prior to the start of the 2017 Iowa State Fair.
Entries were judges on execution, difficulty, appearance, neatness, originality, design, edible applications and use of color.
Ashley Briggs and Monica Walz, both of North Liberty, placed in the following categories:
Adult Open - Sculpted
1) Ashley Briggs, North Liberty
Adult Open - Single Tiered
1) Ashley Briggs, North Liberty
Adult Open - Tiered
2) Ashley Briggs, North Liberty
3) Monica Walz, North Liberty

NLCF Treasure hunt ends Sept. 9

NORTH LIBERTY– A treasure hunt, with a grand prize of four tickets to the Sept. 23 Iowa Hawkeyes’ football game versus Penn State (complete with parking pass and tailgate), is set to help raise funds and awareness of the North Liberty Community Fund (NLCF).
Entry fees for the Grow Our Community Treasure Hunt are $25. Participants will visit local businesses to collect stamps on a Community Fund card, from Aug. 1 to Sept. 9. Entering is simple, and you can pick up your entry form and map at Great Western Bank in North Liberty beginning Aug. 1.

Ranshaw name preserved

Highway 965 receives honorary title

NORTH LIBERTY– It makes sense.
Ranshaw Way, the new honorary alias for Highway 965, once ran alongside 40 acres owned by one of North Liberty’s original settlers with the same name.
“Throughout the conversation, Ranshaw kept kind of making its way up the list,” said North Liberty City Council member Jim Sayre at an unveiling ceremony Friday, Aug. 11, on the lawn of the historic Ranshaw House off Penn Street. “It’s a great name.”

School board candidates speak

TIFFIN– Five out of six candidates for three seats on the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District’s Board of Directors participated in a candidates’ forum held Wednesday, Aug. 9. Current Board members Bob Broghammer (District No. 2) and Eileen Schmidt (At-Large) are running for re-election against Scott Rohret, Kathy Swenka and Shawn Zierke. Nikki Knapp, who was unable to attend, is running for the District No. 4 seat being vacated by Jim Seelman.

Starry Eyed Yoga at North Liberty pool Aug. 24

NORTH LIBERTY– Bring your mat and friends to join the North Liberty Recreation Center for an outdoor yoga-filled evening Thursday, Aug. 24, from 8-9 p.m. with Katie from Downward Dog Yoga & Fitness.
Space is limited; register online or at the recreation center front desk.

CCA XC continuing to make great strides

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– They’re continuing to make great strides in growing the boys cross country program at Clear Creek Amana, but coach Ben Robison wants more.
“We are carrying a larger roster this year, which is awesome, but we still don’t have the depth that I would like,” he said,

Lightning XC will flash alongside WaMaC and MVC varsity competition

Thinking big from the start

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High is a brand new school with new athletic programs, including boys cross country. However, newness does not translate into timidity or uncertainty, but rather a challenge for the first teams to make their mark.
Josh Hildebrand, head coach for Liberty’s boys cross country team, quickly pointed out his squad has absolutely no varsity experience, yet the Lightning will flash alongside WaMaC and MVC schools in varsity competition this season.
And, Hildebrand notes, they won’t just be out on the course marking time.

A new chapter for Lightning volleyball

NORTH LIBERTY– The Lightning are back on the volleyball court. Last year, Whitney Lang led a dozen Iowa City West High freshmen as Liberty High’s first volleyball team. The freshmen were attending West while waiting for Liberty to be completed and will be sophomores in the new high school this fall. The Lightning were fourth in the CRANDIC League standings at the mid-point of the season against Cedar Rapids and Iowa City squads such as Prairie, Washington, West High, City High and Jefferson.

Liberty’s Lightning Bolts join Women of Troy to make a splash

IOWA CITY– The Iowa City West High Women of Troy swimmers will have their ranks bolstered this season by the Liberty High Lightning Bolts. With Liberty opening this month, many would-be West High freshmen and sophomores will instead go to Liberty. While the new school will field several athletic programs of it’s own in the 2017-18 school year, some programs, such as swimming, will be shared with West High.