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Community

First United Methodist Church facility completes expansion

Dedication ceremony, grand opening Oct. 21

NORTH LIBERTY– One of North Liberty’s most prominent churches has undergone an ambitious expansion to meet the needs of its growing congregation.
First United Methodist Church, located at 85 N. Jones Blvd., plans to celebrate the milestone with a dedication ceremony and grand opening this weekend.

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Tricks, hoops and alley-oops

CCA All Stars play Harlem Wizards in support of school district

TIFFIN– Screams, laughter and jubilation filled the air in Tiffin Thursday night– standard fare when the Harlem Wizards come to town.
The nationally touring comedy basketball team performed at Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School on the evening of Oct. 11, facing off against a crew of faculty collectively known as the CCA All Stars. The event was hosted by the CCA Community Schools Foundation, which is taking new initiative to support the school district and its programming.

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An option for special needs kids to be kids

Adaptive sports program debuts in Tiffin

TIFFIN– Kids just want to play. Sometimes though, challenges get in the way of having fun. An innovative new program in Tiffin is working to overcome those challenges under the motto “EveryBODY Deserves to Play.”
Courage League Sports is a provider of recreation and sports for kids with disabilities including cognitive, physical, emotional or any combination thereof.
“This gives them a place to play, move their bodies, to be social, interact, and have fun,” said Jenny Rempt, owner of the new Iowa City-area venture.

For the kids

Kernels for the Kids opens the season at Colony Pumpkin Patch

NORTH LIBERTY– The Colony Pumpkin Patch, in North Liberty, has been bringing smiles to families for 13 years. However, another group in the area is zeroing in on 25 years of brightening the lives of families and giving them reasons to smile. Colony partnered with the University of Iowa (UI) Dance Marathon this season for a special corn maze honoring the marathon’s 25th anniversary (in February 2019). The patch opened the 2018 season donating admission on Sunday, Sept.

A parade of Lightning

Liberty High celebrates one-year anniversary and Homecoming ‘18

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High School held its second annual Homecoming Parade Wednesday, Sept. 26, in North Liberty. A Family Fun Night, celebrating the one-year anniversary of the new high school, preceded the parade.
Hot dogs were grilled by Matt Zacek of Z’s Catering and BBQ, of North Liberty, with ice cream and 1,000 chocolate chip cookies donated by Heyn’s Ice Cream of North Liberty and the Coralville Hy-Vee. Bounce Party Supplies LLC, in Iowa City, donated one bouncy house, while the Liberty Lightning Booster Club paid for a second inflatable.

Painting the town blue

Clear Creek Amana’s Homecoming Parade

TIFFIN– Royal blue emblazoned Tiffin as Clear Creek Amana held its annual Homecoming Parade Thursday, Sept. 20, in Tiffin.
Led by Oxford American Legion Post 537 and Clear Creek Area Boy Scouts, the parade included members of the FFA, CCA marching band, football teams, volleyball, trap shooting and other organizations. The parade weaved its way from the baseball fields at Tiffin City Park past CCA Middle School and concluded at CCA High School, where a pep rally began at dusk.

Volunteers needed for Big Brothers/Big Sisters programs in NL and Solon

SOLON/NORTH LIBERTY– Blasting bottle rockets outside, making ice cream in a bag, and roasting marshmallows over a campfire are just a few of the fun, hands-on activities youths have experienced during the 4-H/Big Brother Big Sisters (BBBS) after-school club at North Central Junior High in North Liberty. After four years of growth and refinement, this youth development program partnership is expanding to Solon Middle School this fall, beginning Thursday, Sept. 27.

Unveiling the Timber Ridge Nature Trail

Celebrating the completion of a multi-year STEM project

TIFFIN– Several years of hard work and a powerful learning experience manifested on the morning of Wednesday, Sept. 12, as the City of Tiffin and members of the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) School District unveiled the new Timber Ridge Nature Trail with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and tour.

Plunging for fun and a purpose

Ninth annual Doggie Plunge in North Liberty helps animals in need and NLPD’s K-9

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– The end of summer is marked with many events: the start of school, football season firing up and the closing of outdoor swimming pools. While the outdoor pool at the North Liberty Recreation Center officially closed for the season on Labor Day, dozens upon dozens of “fur kids” got in one last swim before the pool is drained until next summer.
The recreation center hosted its ninth annual Doggie Plunge on Sunday, Sept. 9, which was an opportunity for canines to swim and frolic about.

From the feedlot to the pantries

Young Solon farmer’s steer fills bellies across Johnson County

NORTH LIBERTY– For the second year, the Johnson County Farm Bureau purchased a steer at the 4-H/FFA (Future Farmers of America) auction at the Johnson County Fair. The steer was raised by 11-year-old Garrett Spevacek, son of Travis and Erinn Spevacek of rural Solon as a 4-H project. Spevacek, a member of the Graham Champions 4-H Club in Solon, raised five head of livestock in the “Advanced Feeder Pen” class and showed them at this year’s fair.

NL Firefighters put community fun in fundraising

NLFD hosts 10th annual Salute to Summer

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Fire Department (NLFD) hosted its 10th annual “Salute to Summer” event Saturday, Aug. 18, at the fire station on Cherry Street. It was the second year for holding the event at the station, after eight years at the Scales Pointe Campground.
The NLFD ran approximately 700 calls in 2009, the first year for the event, and topped 860 the week of August 13.

Sail or sink

5th annual Cardboard Boat Races at Scales Pointe

NORTH LIBERTY– For the fifth year, would-be nautical engineers cut, folded, shaped and taped corrugated cardboard sheets into vessels they hoped would survive a short trip in the waters of the Coralville Lake for a shot at a trophy and bragging rights.
Bobbers Grill and Scales Pointe Campground and Marina hosted its fifth annual Cardboard Boat Races on Saturday, Aug. 11, on the grounds near North Liberty with 14 entries with names on the boats including “Two Girls,” “Tweested Seasters,” “Captain America,” “Poseidon,” “Swisher Sinker,” “Vinnie” and “Jenny.”