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North Liberty Leader

Born to be a firefighter

New NLFD Chief Brian Platz looks to be an agent of change

North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– As a young boy growing up in Dyersville, Brian Platz developed an early passion for the fire service. His dad was the chief for 18 years and the younger Platz spent much of his time at the station with him.
“Those were the formative years of my life growing up,” he said. “He eats, sleeps and breathes fire, so I think he instilled the love for the fire service in me. I knew from the very beginning I wanted to be a firefighter, and there’s no other course for me.”

Penn Meadows Ice Rink open

NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty and Beat the Bitter have partnered to bring Penn Meadows Ice Rink to the community. Located on top of the tennis courts on the south end of Penn Meadows Park, the 100-foot by 115-foot seasonal rink opened on Dec. 27 and has already seen many visitors.

Curbside tree collection

JOHNSON COUNTY– Johnson County Refuse will collect discarded Christmas trees on Jan. 10 and Jan. 17.
Trees should be placed at the curb by 7 a.m. with all decorations removed. Please remove the tree from any bag or container. This service is free of charge.

Facebook group builds community

Buy Nothing project bonds neighbors

North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– In a season characterized by stores packed with shoppers eager to buy that perfect gift for their loved one, a local Facebook group puts a fresh spin on gift giving.
“It’s a hyper-local gifting economy,” explained Melissa Chagala, a North Liberty resident and administrator for the North Liberty/Solon chapter of the Buy Nothing project.

Community Theatre brings “Superior Donuts” to the stage

IOWA CITY– The Iowa City Community Theatre presents “Superior Donuts” by Tracy Letts, directed by Barry A. Schreier to the stage of Exhibit Hall A at the Johnson County Fairgrounds.
Tickets are available for $19 for adults, $16 for students and seniors, and $11 for children, online at iowacitycommunitytheatre.org or at the door of the Johnson County Fairgrounds, Exhibit Hall A, located at 4261 Oak Crest Hill Road in Iowa City. Patrons with special seating needs are asked to call 319-338-0443 for arrangements.

Trojans finish 2017 on top

West High trounces East High, 86-55

North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– The West High Trojans finished 2017 with a 7-0 record thanks in part to trouncing the Waterloo East Trojans, 86-55, Friday, Dec. 22, at home.
West pulled ahead 18-11 at the end of the first period and bombed the visiting Trojans 24-15 in the second quarter for a 42-26 advantage at halftime. West High continued to punish East High with 23 and 21 points in the third and fourth quarters.

Decoration Citation

Pushing the boundaries of holiday cheer

NL man faced with citation for elaborate decorations

North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– There was no shortage of visitors on the evening of Wednesday, Dec. 20, despite 30-degree temperatures and harsh winds. A steady stream of vehicles swooped in with families eager to catch a glimpse of the Christmas spectacle at 1655 Red Barn Dr.
The controversy surrounding the display probably didn’t hurt.

NLPD makes Christmas brighter

Officers and community band together for annual Shop with a Cop event

CORALVILLE– There was a heavy police presence at the Target Store in the Coral Ridge Mall Tuesday, Dec. 12, however no crime had been committed and no threat mitigated.
Instead peace, goodwill and the spirit of helping thy fellow man reigned as officers and staff of the North Liberty Police Department (NLPD) conducted their third annual Shop with a Cop event.

NL holiday hours

NORTH LIBERTY– Christmas and New Year’s will affect North Liberty city hours and services.
Trash and Recycling: collected Thursdays, Dec. 28 and Jan. 4.
City Hall: closed Dec. 25, 26 and Jan. 1 and 2.
Library: closed Dec. 24, 25 and 31, and Jan. 1; on Dec. 26 and Jan. 2 closing at 6 p.m.
Recreation: closed Dec. 24 and 25, and Jan. 1; open limited hours on Dec. 26 and Jan. 2. from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Curbside tree collection

Johnson County Refuse will collect discarded Christmas trees on Jan. 3, Jan. 10 and Jan. 17, 2018.
Trees should be placed at the curb by 7 a.m. with all decorations removed. Please remove the tree from any bag or container. This service is free of charge.

NL Community Pantry seeking volunteers

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty Community Pantry (NLCP) will host new volunteer orientation on Monday, Jan. 29, 2018, from 6 to 8 p.m. at North Liberty Community Pantry, located at 89 N. Jones Blvd.

CCA Kindergarten Round-up

OXFORD– All parents in the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) School District who have children who will be 5 years old on or before Sept. 15, 2018, and are planning on sending their children to school in August are asked to call the elementary school their child will be attending.