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Chris Umscheid

Tiffin takes fire protection to new heights

A million dollar ladder truck tackles challenges of continued development

TIFFIN– As the City of Tiffin continues to grow, so too do the challenges faced by the volunteers of the Tiffin Fire Association.

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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.

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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.

Creek Boys pound the Hounds

CCA rolls over Fort Madison 38-0, remains unbeaten

TIFFIN– And now we are three. Three-and-oh, that is.
Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity football team remained unbeaten in the early part of the season with a 38-0 home field pounding of the Bloodhounds from Fort Madison Friday, Sept. 7.
The win improved the Clippers’ record to 3-0, a mark not seen since 2016 and for only the second time in the past decade. The Creek Boys also held onto the best showing, so far, in Class 3A District No.5 as the only unbeaten team.

SIMBLI amazing

CCA Board Members obtain a new tool for greater efficiency

OXFORD– School board members have a plethora of documents to keep track of: everything from meeting agendas to “board packets” for those meetings, to the district’s library of policies and procedures. The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District, like many districts and businesses, utilized Google Docs for several years as a repository and means of distributing board documents while posting the policies on the district’s website. Thanks to a new tool, the board has a one-stop-shop on their Chromebook tablets to access it all.

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.”

Fareway breaks ground in Tiffin

City’s first grocery store expected to open spring 2019

TIFFIN– It’s been nearly five years since Tiffin residents put a grocery store at the top of their wish list, and last week the city came a few shovelfuls closer to reaching that dream.
On the sunny afternoon of Thursday, Aug. 23, gold shovels in hand, representatives of the City of Tiffin, Fareway Stores, Inc. and the Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce broke ground together at the site of the upcoming Fareway grocery store. Located at 500 Croell Ave., the city’s first grocery store will be approximately 19,000 square feet in scale, and is expected to open its doors spring 2019.

Third quarter rally not enough for the Bolts over the Little Hawks

City High spoils Liberty’s varsity debut, 38-21

IOWA CITY– Liberty High’s varsity football debut opened on a sour note on the road Friday, Aug. 24, at Iowa City High as the Little Hawks flew through the Lightning to a 38-21 win over the “Bolts.”

Lightning falls to Saints in MVC debut

CR Xavier 3, Liberty High 1

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High’s Mississippi Valley Conference varsity volleyball debut opened on a high note as the Lightning took the first set 25-18 over Cedar Rapids Xavier Tuesday, August 21, at home. The Saints, third in Class 4A in the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union’s preseason rankings, rolled over Liberty 25-7 in the second set and won the third set 25-17 before finishing the night 25-23 for the 3-1 win.

Youth is an advantage for the Lightning

Liberty High boys cross country preview

NORTH LIBERTY– Often when coaches discuss their team ahead of any given season, a “young” team is considered a disadvantage due to a lack of experience, particularly in varsity competition. Josh Hildebrand, head coach for Liberty High’s boys cross country, sees having a “young” squad as a strength.

Arlington Ridge was the place to be in North Liberty

Third annual NL Porchfest fills neighborhood with a day of fun and music

NORTH LIBERTY– The Arlington Ridge neighborhood of North Liberty banded together Saturday, Aug. 11, for its third Porchfest, a day of music, food and games in a family-friendly environment. Twenty-seven solo and group acts performed on seven stages set up on porches scattered throughout the neighborhood along Whitman Avenue and Canterbury Street.