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Sports pavilion, trail upgrade projects to begin this summer

NORTH LIBERTY– A couple of major construction projects to occur this summer will bring enhanced enjoyment of two of North Liberty’s main recreational features.
The North Liberty City Council on March 24 gave Parks Director Guy Goldsmith a nod to proceed with the design process for a new sports pavilion at Penn Meadows Park. The city is partnering with the North Liberty Youth Baseball and Softball (NLYSB) league for the construction of a building and adjoining picnic shelter, with NLYBS committing $250,000 of the project’s estimated $500,000 cost.

Tiffin’s property tax levy to decrease for Fiscal Year 2016

Council approves budget amounts

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– Most Tiffin residents will see their tax obligations reduced in the upcoming fiscal year.

Blues & BBQ Food vendor applications due April 24

Blues & BBQ invites pit masters, sauce slingers to this year’s event

NORTH LIBERTY– Grill maestros and other food vendors can apply to be part of the Adam Schechinger State Farm Food Vendor Alley at the ninth annual North Liberty Blues and BBQ presented by South Slope Cooperative Communications, scheduled for Saturday, July 11, in North Liberty’s Centennial Park.

Tiffin Fire and First Responders will host annual pancake breakfast April 12

TIFFIN– Tiffin Fire and First Responders will host their annual pancake breakfast Sunday, April 12, at the Tiffin Fire Station. Pancakes, eggs, whole hog sausage, cinnamon rolls and Clear Creek Orchard jams will be served from 6 a.m. to noon. There is no cost associated; however, free-will donations are encouraged.
This year donations will be used to help pay off a Kubota unit, purchased as a quick response vehicle for hard to reach areas during fire and medical emergency situations.

Pantry to hold ribbon cutting, tree planting for new garden April 25

Volunteer orientation to be April 15

NORTH LIBERTY– Join the North Liberty Community Pantry for a ribbon cutting and tree planting event to open the new Garden for Health project on Saturday, April 25, from 1-3 p.m., at 89 Jones Blvd. in North Liberty. The community is invited to attend this event where organizers will unveil the winning garden name submission.

Zombie Apocalypse Survival Camp to invade NL Rec. Center April 18

NORTH LIBERTY– Join local experts John Watson and Guy Cain of the Zombie Apocalypse Survival Camp (ZASC) on Saturday, April 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the North Liberty Recreation Center, as they demonstrate how to use survival skills during an impending zombie apocalypse. Training will be provided on survival gear, fire building, emergency shelter construction, water collection and water filtration. This class will be different from the one offered last fall, as participants will trek outdoors away from the recreation center in search of wild edibles.

Clipper runners set a path toward state

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TIFFIN– It’s already been a busy season for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) girls track and field program with indoor meets at the University of Northern Iowa, Iowa State University and Cornell College (the WaMaC Indoor meet), while the outdoor season started Saturday, March 28, with Iowa City Regina’s Bob Brown Invitational.

Trojans seventh at John Ask Relays

Schneider third in 3,200-meter

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CEDAR RAPIDS– West High’s boys track and field team finished seventh in overall points at the 56th annual John Ask Relays hosted by Cedar Rapids Jefferson Saturday, March 28, at Kingston Stadium. Cedar Rapids Kennedy won the meet while the defending champion Cedar Rapids Prairie team was fourth. The Trojans won the meet in 2008 and 2009 and again from 2011 through 2013.
Matthew Schneider was the top individual finisher for West taking third place in the 3,200-meter run and Josh Jensen was fourth.
Adam Weis was fifth in the 1,600-meter run.

Still time to sign up for CCA Youth Football program

TIFFIN– For those who missed the sign up for the 2015 CCA Youth Football season, there is still time to get registered. Email Bev Seelman at bev-jim-mba@msn.com with your mailing address and receive an application. Cost for the season is $150 which includes six games and equipment. Late registration starts July 1 when the fee increases to $175.  For those with questions, contact Bev Seelman at 319-626-6155 in the evening.

West girls win abbreviated Washburn Invitational in Muscatine

MUSCATINE– Cold weather prompted an early end to the Dick Washburn Invitational track meet Friday, March 27, at Muscatine High School, won by the Iowa City West girls. West took the meet with 81 team points, besting squads from Linn-Mar (third), Cedar Rapids Prairie (tied with Pleasant Valley for fourth) and Cedar Rapids Washington (10th).
Valerie Welch won in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.82 seconds. Grace Young, Kia Noibi, Haley Roudabush and Welch brought the 4x100-meter shuttle hurdle relay to a win in 1:12.68.

Playing on a strong team

Whitmore opens NL office as Edward Jones investment advisor

NORTH LIBERTY– Travis Whitmore feels he has learned a lot about life through playing sports and growing up in America’s heartland: a strong work ethic, perseverance, teamwork and respect for others.
Today, he is applying those life lessons to teach others about financial management.
Whitmore recently opened a new office as an Edward Jones financial advisor. Located at 550 Pond View Dr., Ste. C., Whitmore is ready to meet customers at their convenience.

Landowner continues to battle North Liberty

Landowner continues to battle North Liberty

Earlier this month, about 40 trees were cut down on the property of Gary Weinman, a rural resident who is suing the City of North Liberty to halt condemnation of a portion of his prairie land for a public sewer project. The city prevailed in a court hearing to stay compensation proceedings, and was ordered to pay Weinman $80,000 for the easement. The city is appealing that award, and more recently communicated with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers about a permit process questioned by Weinman’s legal counsel. (photo by Tom Tau)