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North Liberty Leader

TiffinFest - Annual community celebration begins Friday

It only takes 8 Seconds

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader

TIFFIN– On Friday, Aug. 22, at 8 p.m., the band 8 Seconds will come to the TiffinFest stage to perform a free concert, located at and sponsored by Bella Sala, 205 S. Park Rd. in Tiffin.
It is just one of the musical treats to be enjoyed at this three-day event.

West High students kick off Dance Marathon fundraising Aug. 22

NORTH LIBERTY– Fundraising for this year’s West High School Dance Marathon (WHSDM) will kick off with an FTK (For the Kids) Pool Party on Friday, Aug. 22, at the North Liberty Recreation Center pool.
This event will welcome West High students back to school and help raise awareness for the West vs. Kennedy Gold Out game on Aug. 29. These are the first of many fundraisers that will accumulate toward the ultimate total to be revealed at the WHSDM main event in January.
The pool party will be held from 8-9:30 p.m. with a $5 donation for entrance.

Forever Green’s Fun Fair, school supply drive to be held Aug. 23

CORALVILLE– Don’t miss the Fun Fair Aug. 23 from 10 A.M. until 4 P.M. at Forever Green Garden Center 125 Forevergreen Rd. Coralville.
The goal of the Fun Fair is to raise money and awareness for ToGather Together. Each year ToGather Together works with social service agencies, faith communities, businesses, and schools in a coordinated effort to provide over 3,000 Johnson county students with basic school supplies so they can begin the school year ready to learn. Since ToGather Together is run by volunteers, every dollar earned buys a pencil, paper or backpack for a local child.

Eister of Tiffin among 2014 Lifesaving Award honorees

DES MOINES– Iowa Governor Terry E. Branstad recognized six individuals for unselfish service to their fellow citizens and family members on Aug. 15 at the Iowa State Fair. The governor’s Lifesaving Awards Ceremony recognized citizens who helped a friend or neighbor in critical need of assistance, and in turn, became everyday heroes. There are four categories in which honorees are recognized: lifesaving with valor, lifesaving, meritorius service, and outstanding service.
Shondra Eister of Tiffin received an award for outstanding service.

Residents reminded to lock vehicles, garages and homes

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Police Department reminds residents to lock their garages and houses, vehicles when not in use, and to not leave valuable items in plain sight.
The reminder follows multiple reports of vehicle burglaries along Penn Street, Front Street, Holiday Lodge Road and Golf View Drive areas in the past few weeks. The recent burglaries occurred in vehicles that were unlocked and with valuable items, such as electronics, purses, wallets, keys and money, left in plain view.

CCA student reaching for the stars.

NORTH LIBERTY–Grace Stewart, student at Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Middle School, wants to be an aerospace engineer.
And given her drive and focus, one small step for this girl could certainly turn into a giant leap for mankind.

A new era for Trojan football

New head coach, field and competition for 2014

IOWA CITY– The 2014 high school football season kicks off on Friday, Aug. 29, and for the West High Trojans, it will be the start of a new era on three counts.
First, after six seasons, head coach Brian Sauser has left the program for a position in Oklahoma. Sauser has been replaced by one of his assistants, Garrett Hartwig. Second, the old grass gridiron has been torn out and replaced by synthetic turf.
Third, the Trojans will no longer compete within the Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC), but instead in Class 4A district play.

Clippers ready to set sail on the trails

CCA cross country returns two seniors, state qualifiers

TIFFIN– 2013 was a good year for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers boys’ varsity cross country team. Coach Jane Astor is looking for a repeat at the least, and perhaps an even better finish this year.
Astor, in her 23rd season with the Clippers, also coaches the girls’ varsity team along with assistant Ben Robison.

Any good candy in there?

Community event celebrates supporting local veterans

SWISHER– With kids’ games and a vendor fair, a horseshoe tournament and cow chip bingo, and especially a weekend full of free live music, Swisher Fun Days truly is a fun way to support veterans.
The 2014 Swisher Fun Days weekend was held Aug. 1 and 2 in the small town of 879 people. It’s been a community tradition for so long, even organizers have a hard time pinning down the number of years the free event has taken place.
“I do know it has been at least 28 years,” said parade organizer Gary Palas.

NL couple hopes to expand their family by second adoption

The gift of a lifetime

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader

NORTH LIBERTY– The Grimes family of North Liberty has a lot of love to go around.
So much so that they are in the process of adopting a second child from Ethiopia.
On Friday, Aug. 22, fellow church members and friends of the family will host a spaghetti supper and art sale at the North Liberty First United Methodist Church, 85 N. Jones Blvd., from 6 until 7:30 p.m. to help make this family circle even more complete.

CCA middle school expansion begins

Board approves construction bid, breaks ground

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

TIFFIN– The board of directors for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) community school district approved a $14,817,729 bid from Bi-State Contractors to build an addition at the middle school in Tiffin. The board officially accepted the bid at its regular monthly meeting on July 23 at Clear Creek Elementary in Oxford.

Youth baseball and softball fun fall league to begin Sept. 8

NORTH LIBERTY– For the fourth year, North Liberty Youth Baseball and Softball (NLYBS) will be providing a fun, relaxed baseball/softball experience for kids ages six through 10. The season will consist of five sessions on Monday nights from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. beginning Sept. 8. The season will end on Oct. 6 unless there is a rainout and then the last night will be Oct. 13. The first 45 minutes will be practice and the second 45 minutes will be scrimmaging. The cost is $25. Please register on-line at the NLYBS website: http://www.eteamz.com/NLYBS/.