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North Liberty Leader

North Liberty to celebrate library expansion with ribbon cutting, open house Sept. 8

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Community Library, 520 W Cherry St., will celebrate its recent $3.4 million expansion– which nearly tripled the library’s size– with a grand opening on Sunday, Sept. 8, from 1 to 5 p.m.
The free public event will offer refreshments, tours of the new space, local celebrity readers, face painting, a scavenger hunt and giveaways.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. The expansion adds a teen lounge, a dedicated children’s story time space, meeting rooms, more technology, and comfortable seating throughout the facility.

Enjoy North Liberty parks, win $100

NORTH LIBERTY– Beginning Labor Day weekend and running throughout September, recreationalists are invited to enjoy North Liberty’s parks– and keep an eye out for words tucked away in a dozen of them.

Order SHARE baking/pantry package by Sept. 13

NORTH LIBERTY– Save precious time by purchasing SHARE IOWA’S baking/pantry package. Not just for baking, stock your pantry with items for breakfast, snacks, lunch and everyday cooking. Package includes: granulated sugar, flour, baking soda, Crisco, vanilla chips, chocolate chips, brown sugar, walnuts, spray oil, oatmeal, peanut butter, baking mix, powdered sugar, raisins, cinnamon, vanilla, and mini marshmallows; all for $30 plus two hours volunteer service to your community. Orders must be placed by Sept. 13 for a pick-up date of Sept. 28 at the North Liberty Community Center.

Spartans sweep Clippers in V-ball opener

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
SOLON– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity volleyball coach Brian Bronzynski has a warning for the rest of the WaMaC teams regarding the Solon Spartans.
“I really believe they are potentially a better team than last year.”
The 2012 Spartans had a 35-5-0 record and made it to the state tournament, falling in the Class 4A Championship to Charles City. Last Thursday, Aug. 29, they opened the 2013 campaign by sweeping the Clippers, 3-0.

Trojans roll over Lions 67-28

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– While many have dwelled on the huge hits to the West High varsity football roster from graduation, coach Brian Sauser and his Trojans honestly couldn’t care less.
That was yesterday, and yesterday’s gone.
The 2013 edition of West High Football made a statement Friday, Aug. 30, as it opened the season with a 67-28 home field victory over the Linn-Mar Lions: the program is fine and as strong as ever, maybe even stronger.

Shueyville UMC Boy Scout Troop to co-host Scout Challenge

SHUEYVILLE– Boy Scout Troop 37, of Shueyille United Methodist Church, will be hosting a Scout Challenge along with four other Hawkeye Area Boy Scout troops. The event will be held at Morgan Creek Park (7515 Worcester Rd.,
Palo) on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 1 until 5 p.m. Activities include BB gun shooting, orienteering, Geo-caching, rope bridges, knot tying and other outdoor activities.

NL family wins home improvement contest

Aim is to foster pride in homeownership, bring awareness of benefits

NORTH LIBERTY– The Iowa Finance Authority, Iowa Association of Realtors, Iowa Home Ownership Education Project and the Iowa Mortgage Association partnered to spur awareness and foster pride in owning a home through an innovative statewide competition this summer.

North Liberty fishing clinic nets a crowd

By Joe Wilkinson
Special to the North Liberty Leader

NORTH LIBERTY– Grandpas, Grandmas, kids and parents surrounded the Liberty Centre Pond in North Liberty Saturday, June 8, for the annual Free Fishing Days clinic. Over 350 crowded around the four-acre pond, pulling out bluegills, an occasional bullhead, catfish or bass, and took home fishing gear as prizes.

Wash takes IC West Golf Classic

Federici medals for West

RIVERSIDE– The West High Trojans finished fourth overall in their home invitational, the Iowa City West Golf Classic, held Tuesday, Aug. 20, at Blue Top Ridge in Riverside.
The Warriors of Cedar Rapids Washington were the team winners with a total of 330. The Burlington Greyhounds were second with 334, Dubuque Wahlert’s Golden Eagles were third with 337, the Trojans totaled 341 and the City High Little Hawks came in fifth with 386.
West High’s Noah Federici was the medalist with a total score of 76.

West’s depth could lead to repeat MVC title

North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– Experience is on the side of the West High Women of Troy as they take to the pool this fall. Coach Robert Miecznikowski returns 14 of 17 state qualifiers from last year and enjoys being three athletes deep in all events with 54 swimmers and divers on the team this year.

Blood drive at Swisher legion to be Sept. 17

SWISHER– The University of Iowa DeGowin Blood Center will hold a blood drive at the Swisher American Legion Hall on Tuesday, Sept. 17, from 3:30 until 7:30 p.m.
To sign up contact Tammy at 319-857-4741 or sign up online at: www.uihealthcare.org/bloodcenter.

For kids who climb on rocks

North Liberty council approves new indoor playground area

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– Where else but North Liberty– a community voted one of the country’s most playful by the national nonprofit KaBOOM!– could you find a kids’ canoe, a rock climbing pile, frogs and turtles right beside the city’s library, swimming pool and public gymnasiums?