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North Liberty Leader

2016-2017 preview: Clippers cruise into uncharted territory

North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– Coach Brandon Clubb, in his first year leading the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity boys basketball program, summed up the 2016-2017 season in six words: “It’s going to be an adventure.”
Clubb takes over the program from veteran coach Steve Ottoson, who retired in February after 40 years of coaching with 21 years in the CCA district. Ottoson also retired from teaching physical education (PE) at the end of the school year.
Clubb, a Williamsburg native, has taken that position as well.

Boosting the Bolts

Liberty High Booster Club up and running

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High School in North Liberty is under construction and not scheduled to open until next August for the 2017-2018 school year. However, current Iowa City West High freshmen who have committed to attend Liberty competed in football and volleyball in Liberty High uniforms as the Original (Lightning) Bolts or O-Bolts and the Lady Lightning.
Liberty Lightning Athletic Booster Club (LLABC), 50 members strong, committed itself to supporting the fledgling athletic teams as they build tradition and legacy.

Cedar Ridge growing again

Winery and distillery continues to expand in many ways

SWISHER– The doors to Cedar Ridge Winery and Distillery opened to the public on Black Friday in 2010, and owner Jeff Quint said, “We’ve been busy ever since.”
What started out as a small winery has grown to include the state’s oldest distillery and the first to make bourbon in Iowa since the days of Prohibition, an events center and separate production facility, and– soon– a private room for small gatherings and a storage and distribution warehouse.

Living the good life at Keystone Place

New senior facility provides quality care and location

NORTH LIBERTY– Sue and Bruce Clark, of Iowa City, were finally able to move into their new home late last month– along with dozens of other area seniors.
“It’s been a long time we’ve been waiting,” said Sue. “We’re proud that we can live here.”

Not North Liberty’s president

All but six Iowa counties elect Donald Trump to the White House

North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– While Iowa was one of five states to flip party sides in the 2016 presidential election last week, North Liberty– and Johnson County as a whole– stayed true to the blue.
According to the Iowa Secretary of State unofficial election results, 93 of Iowa’s 99 counties voted for president-elect Donald Trump, effectively handing the business mogul six of his total 290 electoral votes and choosing the state’s first Republican since George W. Bush in 2004.

Free annual Thanksgiving dinner at South Slope Nov. 24

NORTH LIBERTY– For the fifth year in a row, a free Thanksgiving dinner will be available to residents of North Liberty, thanks to local community members and several businesses.
On Thanksgiving Day, from noon until 4 p.m., a full Thanksgiving meal will be available for residents of North Liberty at the South Slope Community Center in North Liberty.
“We continue to get such positive feedback from the community about this Thanksgiving meal,” said Amanda Engstrom, Chair of the Thanksgiving Dinner Committee.

Highway 965 bridge reopens to traffic ahead of schedule, Nov. 11

NORTH LIBERTY– The Johnson County Secondary Road Department announced substantial completion of the Highway 965 bridge project: the Highway 965 bridge reopened to traffic on Friday, Nov. 11, early enough for early morning traffic. The contractor, Cramer and Associates, of Grimes, completed work three weeks ahead of schedule.

Apply to the 20th year of the Citizen’s Police Academy

IOWA CITY– Applications to attend the 20th-annual Citizen’s Police Academy will be accepted through 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 27, 2017. Class size is limited, so early registration is encouraged. Application forms are available at the Iowa City Police Department, Coralville Police Department, Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, North Liberty Police Department and the University of Iowa Police Department, during normal business hours or via download from the City of North Liberty’s website.

Let it wave

A Penn Elementary kindergartener raises his flag during the school’s Veterans Day assembly Friday, Nov. 11. (photo by Shianne Fisher)

New calculations may change facilities recommendations for CCA

OXFORD– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District fielded a Facilities Planning Committee earlier this year charged with providing guidance to the school board of directors forecasting facilities needs for the foreseeable future. The committee, facilitated by RSP & Associates, an educational planning consulting firm retained by the district for periodic enrollment forecasts, gave their final recommendation to the Board in September.

Liberty Lightning Bolt Run Nov. 20 at North Central

NORTH LIBERTY– Sign up for the first annual Lightning Bolt 5K Run/Walk and Little Bolt 1-mile Run, held on Sunday, Nov. 20, starting at North Central Junior High, 180 E. Forevergreen Rd., in North Liberty.
Early registration is $20 for the 5K run/walk, $10 for the 1-mile run, and $25 for a joint one adult and one child registration, with an addition $5 per child. Late registration begins after Nov. 12.
Proceeds benefit the Family Resource Centers at Penn, Garner and Van Allen elementary schools, as well as North Central Junior High.

DeGowin blood drive Nov. 21 at NL Community Center

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Community Center, 520 W. Cherry St., is hosting a blood drive by the University of Iowa (UI) DeGowin Blood Center on Monday, Nov. 21, from 3:30-7:30 p.m.
Blood donations will take about 45 minutes and successful donors receive a thank you gift.
The DeGowin Blood Center is a hospital-based blood center collecting blood for UI Hospitals and Clinics and UI Children’s Hospital patients.