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Cider house showcase

New Rapid Creek Cidery to showcase craft brews at Wilson’s Orchard

IOWA CITY– You might call him the Johnny Appleseed of Johnson County. Spend a little time talking apples with Paul Rasch and you easily imagine him sitting down with that iconic apple evangelist of the 19th century, quaffing hard cider and striking up a spirited conversation on the relative merits of heritage fruit trees and the ripening schedules of various cultivars.

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City council to make decision on mayoral vacancy

Members must appoint or hold special election

NORTH LIBERTY– Members of the North Liberty City Council have an important decision to make this month, but it seems as though that decision has already been made for them.
“I do know there is at least one person that is actively collecting signatures to force a special election,” Mayor Amy Nielsen told council members at a Nov. 22 meeting. “You might as well call for it.”

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TiffinFest to be revamped July 2017

Council transfers funds to new group,

TIFFIN– After a two-year hiatus, TiffinFest is making a comeback, although the beloved town festival may look a little different.
At its Nov. 1 meeting, the Tiffin City Council approved the transfer of roughly $14,000 in previous festival funds to a new committee determined to reintegrate the weekend event back into the community.
“We just decided that it needed to be an all new event,” said organizer Melissa Fontanini, owner of Bella Sala in Tiffin. “New name, new logo, fresh faces running it, new activities. It really is going to be an amazing, fun, family-friendly event.”

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Gingerbread house contest Dec. 1-19 at the library

NORTH LIBERTY– Gingerbread, frosting, licorice and red hots, oh my! Create a gingerbread house for the North Liberty Community Library’s annual Gingerbread House Contest, submissions will be accepted Dec. 1-19.
The only rule for the contest is to have fun. Give your house a fun or festive name and bring it to display at the library by Dec. 19. You can also email a photo of your house to mharrison@northlibertyiowa.org. Images must be clear and close up.

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Breakfast with Santa Saturday, Dec. 3

NORTH LIBERTY– Santa will be waiting for kids to enjoy a hot meal, provided by the North Liberty Lions Club, on Saturday, Dec. 3, at the North Liberty Recreation Center from 8-11 a.m.
The event includes live music, crafts, special holiday movies on the big screen and a model Christmas train for everyone to enjoy. Don’t forget to visit with Santa and tell him what you want for Christmas. Don’t worry about a camera, photos will be taken free of charge by Sandi Spurrell Photography and posted to her website days later.

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BINGO night at the NLRC Dec. 9

NORTH LIBERTY– B-I-N-G-O! Test your luck in the North Liberty Recreation Center’s free annual bingo night Friday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m.
Eight games of standard bingo, five four-corner and three blackout games will be played. Prizes include memberships and gift certificates. Adults ages 21 and up can register by Dec. 2.

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West High boys knock down WDM Dowling, 99-94

A little slice of revenge

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– They didn’t expect to see each other so soon. Just a week after the Maroons of West Des Moines Dowling Catholic snuffed the Iowa City West High Trojans’ state championship hopes on the gridiron, the two teams met again Saturday, Nov. 26, this time on the hardwood.
However, it was a meeting that likely wouldn’t have occurred until the end of the season, at the state tournament in Des Moines but for a hiccup in preseason scheduling.

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CCA Boys Basketball Annual Spaghetti Dinner Dec. 3

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) boys basketball team will host its Annual Spaghetti Dinner Saturday, Dec. 3, from noon until 7 p.m., at CCA High School, when the CCA boys and girls basketball Clippers battle the Regina Regals.
The freshman boys game will be played at noon, junior varsity (JV) boys play at 3 p.m. and the varsity boys take the court at 6 p.m.
The girls’ games will be held at 1:30 p.m. for JV and the varsity takes the court at 4:30 p.m.
The cost is $ 7 for adults and $ 5 for seniors and those 12 and under.

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Tiffin Holiday Craft Fair Sunday, Dec. 4, at Clear Creek Amana High School

TIFFIN– The Holiday Craft Fair will be Sunday, Dec. 4, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School.
Patrons of the fair can shop local crafters, handmade artists and vendors; get pictures taken with Santa; pick up holiday treats at the cookie walk and enjoy refreshments while completing holiday shopping.
Admission is a free will donation to benefit the CCA Marching Band and Color Guard. Visit the facebook page at www.facebook.com/events/1140782962673283/ for a complete list of vendors

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North Liberty’s winter 2017 activity guide now available for download

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty’s redesigned winter activity guide, covering programs from January through April 2017, is available for download on the city’s website.
Highlights for winter include a spring Shed and Scavenger Hunt with Take a Kid Outdoors on March 25, a kayaking trip from Palisades-Kepler State Park to Sutliff Bridge down the Cedar River on April 22, another season of the community gardening at the Meade Barn, a youth soccer program, Eric Litwig and Pete the Cat at the North Liberty Community Library on April 5, and the second year of Beat the Bitter on Feb. 3 and 4.

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Creek Girls open with 62-47 win

Freshman Karsyn Stratton leads all with 16 points

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SOLON– A freshman led the way to victory Tuesday, Nov. 22, in Solon as the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers sailed past the Solon Lady Spartans, 62-47, to open the 2016-17 varsity basketball season. Karsyn Stratton, a freshman, set the pace for the Creek Girls with a game-high 16 points. Be DeShaw, a senior, put in 14 points for the Clippers with four buckets coming from three-point range.

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13 West High Trojans honored for gridiron efforts

West High Trojans named to Class 4A District 8 All-District teams

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IOWA CITY– A baker’s dozen of West High varsity football players found spots on 2016 Class 4A District 8 All-District teams.

First Team
Oliver Martin, 6-1, 195-pound senior. Martin carried the ball 14 times for 41 yards and had 83 receptions for 1,245 yards and 14 touchdowns prior to the state championship game. He finished the season with 1,272 yard of receiving and 3,449 yards for his West High career.

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