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Detour change: Oak Lane and North Liberty Road

NORTH LIBERTY– Early this week, crews began to pave North Liberty Road between Oak Lane and Dubuque Street, as well as the southern portion of the Oak Lane intersection. During this work, traffic to Oak Lane will continue to be detoured north on North Liberty Road, though there may be some delays at times.
Once this is completed, Oak Lane traffic will be detoured south on North Liberty Road to Dubuque Street so crews can pave the north side of the intersection. The contractor has not yet been able to provide an expected date for this change.

Doggie Plunge Sept. 8 and 9

NORTH LIBERTY–Bring your dog to the North Liberty Outdoor Pool for the 7th Annual Doggie Plunge Sept. 8 and 9 from 3-8 p.m.
Register online ($7 pre-registration or $10 day-of) at apm.activecommunities.com/northlibertycommctr/Activity_Search. Proceeds will be donated to the Cedar Valley Humane Society.
Please have proof of current rabies and vaccinations. If dogs are unable to "play nice" they may be asked to leave without a refund. One dog per person.
Contact Ashley Kipp, Aquatics Supervisor, at akipp@northlibertyiowa.org or by calling 319-626-5707 with questions.

The tradition starts now

Liberty High’s Bolts gird for gridiron

NORTH LIBERTY– They’re the first football team for the still-under construction Liberty High School, but being “first” isn’t tops on their list of concerns.
For the 21 West High freshmen who make up the Liberty Lightning’s inaugural team, it’s more about building a legacy for the “Bolts” who will follow them.

Three seniors lead Creek volleyball

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TIFFIN– This is Jackie Clubb’s third year at the helm of the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity volleyball program and she has three seniors to lead the way on the floor.
The Creek Girls finished 2015 with a 23-16 record overall and a 4-3 WaMaC conference West Division showing good for fourth place. Two seniors from the 2015 crew were lost to graduation: Alyssa Weldon and Ashley Prusha. Weldon, a unanimous First Team pick for WaMaC All-Conference honors, was a setter and outside hitter while Prusha was a middle hitter.

Familiar faces abound for Women of Troy

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IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy will be banking on experience on the court in the 2016 season. Coach Randy Dolson, in his third year with the program, brings back six starters from last year’s 27-12 squad that posted a 5-3 Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) record for a fourth-place finish.

New district, new opportunities for Creek Boys

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XC Girls Giving it all they’ve got

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TIFFIN– There may not be very many of them on the course this season, but the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers cross-country squad will make their presence known.
“Our numbers and experience are our weakness,” coach Jane Astor said. “Our attitudes and work ethic are our strengths.”
Astor, with 26 years at CCA, returns two starters, both sophomores, to the varsity lineup: Kaylie Barker and Ally Loren.

No bus, no problem

City officials, principals collaborate on crosswalk safety

NORTH LIBERTY– For the more than 450 North Liberty elementary students without busing this school year, a special committee has a plan.
After months of meeting with principals, police officers and organizations like Safe Routes to School, the North Liberty Traffic-Safety Task Force has compiled recommendations for safer walking routes and crosswalks.

Free tickets for NL Night with the Kernels

NORTH LIBERTY– On Friday, Aug. 19, the Cedar Rapids Kernels, a Minnesota Twins minor league affiliate, will host North Liberty Night with the Kernels, and the city has some free tickets to give away.
Starting at 8 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 15, adults can get up to four tickets at the North Liberty Community Center front desk. There are a limited number of free tickets, and they will be distributed in person on a first-come, first-served basis only. Those picking up must show proof of residency– ID or current utility bill indicating a “52317” zip code.

CCA facilities planning committee spends summer gathering facts

Decision time nears

By Chris Umscheid
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TIFFIN— If current projections for future growth are correct, and current trends of enrollment growth continue, the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District will need more schools. Superintendent Tim Kuehl said as many as three more elementary schools may well be needed within the next ten-to-twelve years. However, there are no plans dictating where or when these or any other school buildings will be built or expanded.

NL Pantry holding free canning class Aug. 18

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Community Pantry is hosting a free canning class Thursday, Aug. 19, from 6-8 p.m. at the South Slope Community Center, 980 N. Front St.
Registration is required and class size is limited. Register by calling 319-626-2711 or stopping by the pantry.

Servolution Aug. 19 at Penn Meadows

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!