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West Looking for improvement

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IOWA CITY– 2015 was a disappointing season for the West High Trojans on the varsity gridiron. The team posted a 4-7 record with four losses to open the season, including a three-point season-opening loss to Cedar Rapids Kennedy, a 33-0 shutout loss to West Des Moines Valley and a 14-12 loss to rival City High in the annual Battle of the Boot.

Lightning will strike this fall

Liberty High to field freshman athletic teams in ’16-‘17

NORTH LIBERTY– While construction still continues on the new Liberty High School in North Liberty, some future students will compete in the school’s uniforms this school year.
Principal Scott Kibby confirmed the Liberty Lightning Bolts will be in action, albeit at the freshman level, for the 2016-2017 school year.

Clear Creek Amana boys cross country An interesting season ahead

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TIFFIN– “This could be an interesting year for Clear Creek Amana (CCA) cross country,” said coach Ben Robison about the 2016 season.
Robison is in his second year at the helm of the varsity program, which lost its top two runners from last season to graduation.
“But, we are bringing back two 2015 state qualifiers. I’m looking for our three other seniors to step up and fill varsity spots,” he said.
He’s also hoping for big things out of some freshmen.

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.