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Community

Nearly 600 greet Kate DiCamillo in North Liberty

Award-winning children’s fiction author visits NL library

NORTH LIBERTY– When asked where she gets ideas for her award-winning books, children’s author Kate DiCamillo offered but a simple answer. 
“Do you know what eavesdropping is?”
An estimated 575 people packed the gymnasium at the North Liberty Community Center on Saturday, Nov. 17, for a highly-anticipated visit from the acclaimed author. DiCamillo read passages from her books and took questions from eager audience members, both young and the young at heart, followed by a book signing and photos.

Murder and mayhem take the stage at Liberty High

Liberty Lightning Theatre brings classic board game Clue to life

NORTH LIBERTY – Parker Brothers introduced a murder mystery board game named “Clue” to the United States in the late 1940s. Players chose a character, a weapon, and drew cards to deduce the murderer, the weapon used, and which room in a mansion the murder occurred in to win the game.
In 1985, the game was turned into a movie with a screenplay penned by Jonathan Lynn. Ten years later a musical version was created, which was revised and returned to Broadway this year. Lynn modified his theatrical (non-musical) script for the stage in 2016.

Shaping the Legends of Tomorrow

Student program hones personal responsibility, community engagement

NORTH LIBERTY– A new initiative is empowering students of North Central Junior High School.
The Legends of Tomorrow Community Youth Group kicked off this year as a means for youth to seek opportunities for personal growth and to contribute to the community. “The main focus is good decision making,” cited Cecilia Roudabush, general music teacher at North Central and a coordinator of the program. “Smart choices for a positive future.”

In it for the bees

Boy Scout advocates residential beekeeping in North Liberty

NORTH LIBERTY– Dominick Shover’s got a buzz for bees, and he thinks you should, too.
A member of Boy Scout Troop 216 in North Liberty, Shover has become an advocate for honeybees and beekeeping over the last two years. He says bees don’t deserve the bad rap they often receive– not only that, but we should embrace them for sustaining our very existence.
“If the bees go, man would have less than four years to live,” Shover cited.

Harvey puts his paw prints on the CCA stage

The Creek’s thespians bring a classic to life

NORTH LIBERTY– Elwood P. Dowd is a happy man. Day in and day out, he meets new friends and generally lives without a care. His best friend, though, is a 6-3 white rabbit named Harvey, who nobody else can see. The trials and tribulations of his loving sister, Myrtle Mae Simmons, and her efforts to have Dowd committed to a sanitarium are the basis for “Harvey,” a two-act comedy-drama the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School Drama Department presented Thursday, Nov. 8, through Saturday, Nov. 10, in the Performing Arts Center in Tiffin.

Serving those who served

CCA Middle School students welcome and feed local veterans

TIFFIN– Elizabeth, a seventh-grader at the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Middle School summed up why she and several other students eagerly crowded behind tables of food, donned plastic gloves and served breakfast to a group of veterans.
“They helped for us, so we’d like to help out for them.”
Veterans and their families filled the commons area in the school Monday, Nov. 12, for the annual Springmier Community Library Veterans Celebration, which featured breakfast including casseroles, rolls, breakfast pizza, oatmeal and biscuits and gravy.

A focal point in the community is due for a makeover

Oxford American Legion seeks donations for new Veterans Memorial

OXFORD– The Veterans Memorial in Oxford stands for all who have honorably served in the armed forces of the United States. Like many veterans, it has seen good times and bad, and has stood in the face of adversity.
But Oxford’s memorial has lost some of its luster and Oxford American Legion members have banded together to raise funds for a new one.
The current memorial replaced a wooden monument which bore the names of Oxford’s veterans placed some 25-30 years ago, possibly even 40, depending on who you ask.

From barn to badge

Alec Fjelstul, the NLPD’s newest and youngest officer

NORTH LIBERTY– A fresh face has joined the ranks of North Liberty’s finest. And if you ask him, there’s nowhere else he’d rather be.
“I love it here,” Alec Fjelstul affirmed of his new role.
At 22 years old, Officer Fjelstul, Badge 523, is the newest and youngest member of the growing North Liberty Police Department (NLPD), having completed his field training Thursday, Nov. 1.

Letting the "Littles" thrive

4-H/Big Brothers Big Sisters seeks volunteers in Solon and NL

NORTH LIBERTY– Blasting bottle rockets outside, making ice cream in a bag and roasting marshmallows over a campfire may sound like simple fun and games, but in the 4-H/Big Brother Big Sisters (BBBS) after-school club, they serve as a powerful vessel for bonding and personal development.

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.

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.

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.