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North Liberty Leader

Join a new type of neighborhood watch

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Police Department is building a neighborhood watch for the 21st Century and is asking for community help. The program is built on voluntary inclusion of a list of residents with exterior security cameras that can record video.
Participation is strictly voluntary and would only be used for crime prevention. Residents who would like to participate can complete a short form and send it to the NLPD’s records division at records@northlibertyiowa.org.

Pilot transit program ending Sept. 1

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty’s weekday, intracity pilot bus program will end on Sept. 1. The program saw an average of just 25 trips per month, at an average cost to the city of $224.25 per ride, since its operation began in October 2016. The regular commuter route, in partnership with Coralville Transit, will continue.
The pilot fixed-route service specifically targeted those without cars, and those who can no longer drive, with the goal of helping them reach services in the community, such as the grocery store, Community Center, the doctor’s office and the community pantry.

First Day Of School Aug. 23

School start times:
• 7:55 a.m. for students at Penn (230 N. Dubuque St.), Garner (80 Birch St.) and Van Allen (170 Abigail Ave.) elementary schools.
• 8:10 a.m. for students at North Bend Elementary School (2230 St Andrews Dr.).
• 8:50 a.m. for students at North Central Junior High School (180 E. Forevergreen Rd.) and Liberty High School (1400 S. Dubuque St.).
Crossing guards are stationed at the following intersections, and drivers are required to obey their signals:
• Dubuque and Penn streets;
• Dubuque and Cherry streets;
• Front and Birch streets;

Clippers Chart a new course

Gabe Bakker takes over CCA football

High Hopes for Trojan boys XC

IOWA CITY– The West High Trojans cross country squad was the runner-up team in the Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) meet and fifth in team standings at the state meet last year. For coach Brian Martz and the boys, neither finish was good enough, and they are looking to improve on both this year.

New head coach for Women of Troy VB

IOWA CITY– Scott Sanders has seen a lot from the “right chair” over eight years as an assistant coach for the Iowa City West High Women of Troy varsity volleyball team. He worked alongside legendary coach Kathy Bresnahan through State Tournament campaigns and Championships, and during the dark days following the death of Caroline Found. After “Brez” retired from coaching, Sanders worked with Randy Dolson. More trips to state ensued.

Trojans swing onto 2017-18 golf season

Linn-Mar wins the day, Spence leads West High

Linn-Mar wins the day, Spence leads West High
By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
CEDAR RAPIDS– Iowa City West High’s golfers haven’t been in their classrooms yet this school year, but already have one meet in the books after competing in the Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) Supermeet Thursday, Aug. 10, at the Ellis Golf Course in Cedar Rapids.

Learning experience ahead for Clippers VB

North Liberty Leader

TIFFIN– School doesn’t start until Wednesday, Aug. 23, at Clear Creek Amana (CCA), but the ladies of the varsity volleyball squad are already getting an education and learning lessons.
Gone are graduated seniors Sheyanne Koethe, McKenna McCreedy, Alivia Carnahan, Jacquelyn Bunch, Lauren Helle, Hanna Rogge and Mackenzie Justice.
The squad has two seniors this season, Zoe Boehme and Kelsey Lipkea, both returning starters.

North Liberty to pick its first full-time fire chief

Then there were five

NORTH LIBERTY– In 2016, the City of North Liberty commissioned a study of the North Liberty Fire Department (NLFD) and its operations after a goal-setting session by the city council looked at the possibility of sharing services or working more closely with surrounding fire departments in an effort to improve efficiency. Retired West Des Moines Fire Chief Donald Cox, a consultant in emergency services, was hired to conduct the study. He presented his findings to the council at its March 14 meeting. Top among several recommendations was the hiring of a full-time fire chief.

Stargaze at Palisades-Dows Aug. 11

ELY– Join the Cedar Amateurs Astronomers for a night of stargazing at the Palisades-Dows Observatory in Palisades-Kepler State Park on Friday, Aug. 11, from 7-10:30 p.m.
Participants will meet at the North Liberty Recreation Center and be transported to and from the observatory in city vans. (Participants who wish to stay past 10:15 p.m. can drive their own vehicles.)
The night includes a walking tour of the observatory, 30-minute lecture on sky orientation with Stellarium and viewing the night sky from numerous on-site telescopes Register for $3 per person by Aug. 8.

Canning at South Slope Aug. 16

NORTH LIBERTY– Learn to preserve produce at a free canning class Wednesday, Aug. 16, from 6-8 p.m. with the North Liberty Community Pantry’s Growing Together Garden. Community members are invited to learn the basics of canning pickles, tomato sauce and fruit preserves.
Kirkwood instructor Chef Jeffery Sills will lead the class, demonstrating skills and safety instructions while participants make the recipes.

Community Corn Roast Aug. 13

SOLON– Mark your calendar to join Iowa Grown Market (1613 Newport Rd. NE) for its second annual Community Corn Roast.
The gathering will feature live music, fresh-roasted corn and fun for the whole family. Bring a blanket or chair and your favorite beverage. Local band Notes from the Underground will perform and cover classics from Creedence Clearwater Revival, Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton.
Also check out The Magic Barn, a one-of-a-kind recording studio and music space that houses equipment used by the big names and local legends.