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North Liberty Leader

National Night Out in North Liberty on Tuesday, Aug. 1

NORTH LIBERTY– On Aug. 1, North Liberty and cities across the country will celebrate National Night Out. Residents are encourages to go outside, lock their doors and meet with their neighbors and North Liberty’s police officers to talk about happenings in their neighborhood and crime prevention strategies. North Liberty officers will be traveling through neighborhoods on foot and bikes between 4 and 8 p.m., making contact with community members.

All about the bond

CCA holds informational meetings ahead of $36 million vote

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Superintendent Tim Kuehl walked a tightrope Thursday, July 13, at Tiffin Elementary in one of several informational meetings built around getting upcoming bond information out to the district’s patrons.
While state law forbids the district’s administrators and school board of directors from actively advocating for yes votes, they are able to walk the fine line, as Kuehl did, between informing and campaigning.

Treasure hunt to support the community Aug. 1

NORTH LIBERTY– A treasure hunt, with a grand prize of four tickets to the Sept. 23 Iowa Hawkeyes’ football game versus Penn State (complete with parking pass and tailgate), is set to help raise funds and awareness of the North Liberty Community Fund (NLCF).
Entry fees for the Grow Our Community Treasure Hunt are $25. Participants will visit local businesses to collect stamps on a Community Fund card, from Aug. 1 to Sept. 9. Entering is simple, and you can pick up your entry form and map at Great Western Bank in North Liberty beginning Aug. 1.

Grand slam punches Trojans’ tickets

IC West returns to Des Moines with 11-1 win over Davenport West

IOWA CITY– Izaya Ono-Fullard punched the ball over the fence, and in so doing, punched Iowa City West High’s ticket to the 2017 Class 4A State Baseball Tournament in Des Moines.
Fullard, a senior, drilled a grand slam in the bottom of the fifth inning Wednesday, July 19, at home, in the substate final against the Davenport West Falcons. The four-run homer gave the Trojans an 11-1 lead, ending the game under the mercy rule.
The Falcons threatened, in the top of the second inning, with two men on and one out, but a pair of strikeouts from Braden Houston stopped the threat.

Four Clippers earn WaMaC All-Conference baseball recognition

Schlotman takes First Team honors

North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– Four varsity athletes from Clear Creek Amana (CCA) earned spots on the WaMaC Conference’s 2017 All-Conference baseball teams, released Wednesday, July 19.
Kobey Schlotman, Tyler Hallett, David Jensen and Cody Ogden were selected for the annual honors.

Girls’ AAU Barnstormers group tryouts July 29

NORTH LIBERTY– Any fifth through eighth grade female basketball players are invited to the AAU Barnstormers’ group tryout date Saturday, July 19, 1-4:30 p.m. at North Central Junior High (180 E. Forevergreen Rd.). Check in for fifth and sixth graders is from 1-1:30 p.m., with tryouts following. Seventh and eighth graders should check in at 2:45 p.m. to be ready for tryouts at 3-4:30 p.m. Note that players that are highly skilled, athletic and/or motivated may have the opportunity to “play up” a grade level. The fee is $10 at the door.

Liberty High registration Aug. 14-15

NORTH LIBERTY– Registration is nearly underway for Liberty High School’s first set of students.
Sophomores and seniors will register Monday, Aug. 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Freshmen and juniors will register Tuesday, Aug. 15, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
English Language Learners (ELL) and math testing will be Friday, Aug. 11, from 1-3 p.m.
Students and parents are instructed to use the district’s online registration to pay school fees before coming to Liberty High School to complete the registration process.

Liberty High ribbon cutting celebration Aug. 15

NORTH LIBERTY– The Iowa City Community School district invites the public to Liberty High School’s official ribbon cutting celebration Saturday, Aug. 12, at Liberty High School (1400 S. Dubuque St.) from 2-4 p.m.
The Liberty High Parent-Student Teacher Organization held a planning meeting regarding the celebration Tuesday, July 11, at North Central Junior High. More information will be shared as it comes available.

“Bolt” your driveway for Liberty High through Aug. 31

NORTH LIBERTY– Let the Liberty High School Booster Club “Bolt” your driveway.
As part of the first annual fundraiser, you can get a 3-foot-by-2-foot, black Liberty Lightning bolt painted on your driveway for $25. It is the logo only; no lettering.
All funds will go to the booster club and be used for projects and equipment that support coaches, athletes and programs at Liberty High School.

TifFUN Creek Fest returns to Tiffin

TIFFIN– Tiffin Fest was rebranded to TifFUN Creek Fest and takes place Friday, July 28, and Saturday, July 29, at City Park.
The fun kicks off at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 28, at Bella Sala, with a balloon artist and bouncy houses for the kids and a bags tournament for the adults. The Cedar Rapids-based country band Lonesome Road performs a free concert at 7 p.m., followed by fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Food and drinks will be available from local vendors.

Council members abort pilot transit program

Intracity service to run through August

NORTH LIBERTY– A poorly patronized North Liberty bus route will make its last stop next month– less than a year after it was launched.
At its July 11 meeting, the North Liberty City Council unanimously voted to end the pilot transit program effective Sept. 1. The decision essentially nullifies a contract with Johnson County, which enabled the city to use a SEATS (Special Needs and Elderly Assisted Transportation System) bus and driver since last fall.
“I think conceptually this is a great service,” said council member Annie Pollock. “I think we’ve given great effort toward it.”

Over 15k attend Blues & BBQ

A new look

NORTH LIBERTY– It was a year of firsts for the highly anticipated North Liberty Blues & BBQ, an annual food and music festival occurring the first Saturday in July.
In its 11th year, the event is still being perfected by its organizing committee to make the day accessible and enjoyable for all.