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North Liberty Leader

North Liberty hosts inaugural Back 2 School Bash

Hundreds of families prepare for school at Penn Meadows Park

NORTH LIBERTY– If there was ever a manifestation of community support in North Liberty, it was Friday, Aug. 17, at Penn Meadows Park.
Thanks to a barrage of volunteers and donations, hundreds of local families received a strong start to their school year during the inaugural Back 2 School Bash. The three-hour event provided a comprehensive selection of items free to the public, with long lines of families eager to take part on the sunny Friday afternoon.

Tending a fowl situation

Veterinarian visit opens discussion on North Liberty wildlife

NORTH LIBERTY– What do you do when chanced upon a wild animal whose life is threatened by human negligence? It’s a question recently faced by residents of Saint Andrews Drive in North Liberty.
Every day for the last five years, a flock of ducks has waddled across the yard of Dan and Ruthann Schrock, to be fed by Kay Klein. The ritual keeps the neighbors eager to greet the charming fowl as they march into the neighborhood, looking for grub. But on Tuesday, July 31, the neighbors noticed one of the ducklings exhibiting some impairment.

Youth is an advantage for the Lightning

Liberty High boys cross country preview

NORTH LIBERTY– Often when coaches discuss their team ahead of any given season, a “young” team is considered a disadvantage due to a lack of experience, particularly in varsity competition. Josh Hildebrand, head coach for Liberty High’s boys cross country, sees having a “young” squad as a strength.

Site plan for Liberty Executive Park takes shape

"Trendsetting" commercial-residential subdivision proposed west of Kansas Avenue

NORTH LIBERTY– Seven years after its rezoning, plans to develop the first lot of Liberty Executive Park are moving forward. During its July 24 session, the North Liberty City Council approved a site plan by A&M Development, which seeks to deliver a new approach for the city’s growing district.

From the skies to the sea

Joining the Eastern Iowa Model Yacht Club

NORTH LIBERTY– You could say Elton Combs is a tinkerer of sorts. He’s been a remote control airplane enthusiast for many decades, dating back to his Missouri farm upbringing. In fact, the walls and ceiling of his North Liberty basement serve as a mini museum, with dozens of hanging aircrafts. From early gas-powered engines to electric, Combs has quite the collection.
“That’s the stuff you’d find on Antiques Roadshow,” he remarked, pointing to a model from the 1950s.

Arlington Ridge was the place to be in North Liberty

Third annual NL Porchfest fills neighborhood with a day of fun and music

NORTH LIBERTY– The Arlington Ridge neighborhood of North Liberty banded together Saturday, Aug. 11, for its third Porchfest, a day of music, food and games in a family-friendly environment. Twenty-seven solo and group acts performed on seven stages set up on porches scattered throughout the neighborhood along Whitman Avenue and Canterbury Street.

Scale and balance

Centennial Park’s innovative new playground opens

NORTH LIBERTY– Centennial Park’s new climbing playground was open for its first whole week Monday, July 30, and there’s been no shortage of kids eager to try their hand at scaling its unique features.

Setting the table for opportunity

Catering service to provide ServSafe certification to aspiring young chefs

NORTH LIBERTY– Matt Zacek always had a passion for cooking, but for decades never realized it beyond a family pastime.
“I’ve always had this ability to take an empty pantry and make a meal out of it,” he remarked. That is until about five years ago while watching an episode of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. The show featured a non-profit restaurant in California called Worth Our Weight, which serves as a culinary apprentice program for at-risk kids.
“It really struck a cord with both my wife and I as something we would really like to do,” Zacek recalled.

Restoring Kent Park Lake

Anticipating completion next spring

OXFORD– Those who haven’t been out to Kent Park Lake in some time would certainly find it unrecognizable. Overlooking the dried-out lake bed, overgrown with vegetation and scattered with park remnants like uprooted tree stumps, it’s almost hard to imagine it was once the aquatic centerpiece to the Johnson County park. But the park’s most ambitious restoration project, which began in spring 2017, is moving at a persistent pace. Outdoor enthusiasts can rest assured, if all goes to plan, the lake with return to its previous glory by spring 2019.

A necessary measure

Giving back while helping out

Tiffun Creek Fest provides a day of fun with a greater purpose

TIFFIN– For the second year, residents of Tiffin and the surrounding area had a full day of entertainment courtesy of the Tiffun Creek Fest, the successor to Tiffin Fest. This year’s event was held on Saturday, July 28, in the Tiffin City Park, a change from the soccer fields last year.

The clouds are building

Liberty High’s football field nears completion, but probably won’t be ready until mid-season

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High’s Lightning (the Bolts) will soon have a complex full of clouds to strike from as an athletic complex just west of the school continues to take shape.
Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) voters approved a $192 million bond issue last September, which included $12,544,000 for the second phase of a three-phase construction plan for Liberty. Phase One was design and construction of the 264,000 square foot school, which opened last August.

Drilling in the Corridor

New office brightening smiles in North Liberty

NORTH LIBERTY– Dental drilling that is. Dr. Cody Kriegel and his wife, Alison, are bringing their passion for dentistry to North Liberty with Corridor Dental.