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North Liberty Leader

Clear Creek Watershed Enhancement Board to host public meeting in Coralville Feb. 28

CORALVILLE– The Clear Creek Watershed Enhancement Board public meeting to be held at the Coralville Public Library, 1401 5th St., Coralville, IA 52241 at 5 p.m. on Feb. 28.
The purpose of the meeting is to provide information to the public concerning the accomplishments of the watershed board to make Clear Creek clear again and to welcome input for further priorities in the watershed.
The featured speaker will be James Martin of the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, who is regional basin coordinator for southeast Iowa.

Wine tasting at the NL library Feb. 28

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Community Library is hosting a wine tasting with the Brick Arch Winery of West Branch on Thursday, Feb. 28, from 8 until 9:30 p.m. Adults 21 years and older may attend and must have valid photo ID to participate in the wine tasting. Bottles of wine will be available for purchase. Come join the fun, taste new wines and enjoy an evening out. Contact adult services staff, Elaine or Laura, at 319-626-5701 with questions.

Create centennial ice cream now

NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty is having an ice-cream recipe contest to celebrate the community’s 100th birthday. Submit your own ice-cream recipe for a chance to have it featured for all your friends and neighbors to enjoy at Isaac’s Creamery. Pick amazing base, sweet swirl-in, and a great mix-in and email your recipe by March 1 to: northliberty100@gmail.com, or send it to: Ice Cream Contest, c/o Tracey Mulcahey, City of North Liberty, 3 Quail Creek Cr., North Liberty, IA, 52317. For more information, visit the centennial website at northliberty100.org.

North Liberty Optimists’ annual pancake breakfast to be March 2

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty Optimists will hold their 40th Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, March 2, from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the North Liberty Community Center.
All proceeds go to the youth of North Liberty. Some of what they support includes:
• North Liberty baseball and softball leagues.
• Scouting programs and 4-H.
• North Liberty library, parks and community center.
• North Liberty schools and family resource center.
• Kid friendly holiday food baskets.
• North Liberty Food Pantry.
• Heart Connection (send kids with cancer to camp).
• Youth scholarships.

To a festive Fat Tuesday and five great years

Augusta Restaurant co-owner Jeri Halperin and Ben Black raise a toast to Mardi Gras on Fat Tuesday, Feb. 12, during the New Orleans-themed restaurant’s sixth annual Mardi Gras party. For more photos of the event, see page 20.

Severance package approved for North Liberty’s former police chief

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty’s former police chief has accepted a severance package after his abrupt departure from the city’s employ Feb. 1.
The North Liberty City Council unanimously approved a resignation agreement between the city and former North Liberty Police Chief Jim Warkentin at the council’s Feb. 12 meeting. The agreement grants Warkentin $37,647.46 for severance pay, overtime and paid time off due as of his departure date of Feb. 1, as well as providing insurance benefits until March 31, 2013.