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North Liberty Leader

Friends of NL library announces Nov. 16 waffle breakfast

NORTH LIBERTY– Visit the North Liberty Community Center, 520 W. Cherry St., for the Friends of the North Liberty Community Library’s annual Belgian Waffle Breakfast fundraiser Saturday, Nov. 16, from 8 a.m. until noon in the recreation center gym. It is an all-you-can-eat breakfast featuring Belgian waffles and sausages.
Kids 5 and under eat free, everyone else eats for just $7 each. Tickets are for sale at the library or at the door the day of the breakfast. The Friends will also have their new cookbook for sale. All proceeds will benefit the library.

City of Tiffin accepts right-of-way deal with Grace United Methodist Church

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader

TIFFIN– Barring an act of God, a deal will be struck, and Ireland Avenue will move forward.
In a special meeting Oct. 30, the Tiffin City Council took two swift actions that resulted in accepting a counteroffer for property owned by Grace United Methodist Church in Tiffin.

Volunteers invited to assist in prairie seed harvest in Johnson County

OXFORD, IA – The Johnson County Conservation Board (JCCB) is in the midst of a fall harvest and they need your help. The JCCB has a wealth of prairie plant seeds to bring in from the prairies this fall, but they lack the time and extra hands to do it alone. They are requesting your assistance at the following seed collection event on November 3rd beginning at 9 a.m. at F.W. Kent Park Knight Prairie Pavilion Parking Lot.

Swenka given maximum sentence

Judge accepts Alford plea, Swenka to serve two years

IOWA CITY– Twenty-year-old Zachary Swenka has been sentenced to two years in prison for causing the death of 14-year-old Mackenzie Lown.
Swenka was charged with vehicular homicide and involuntary manslaughter when Lown was killed in the car Swenka was driving on Oct. 17, 2011, on U.S. Highway 6 near Tiffin.
Swenka’s plea hearing took place at the Johnson County Courthouse on Thursday, Oct. 24, presided by Judge Stephen Gerard. Swenka submitted a guilty plea to the charge of involuntary manslaughter.

A happy haunting on Walnut Street

NORTH LIBERTY– Halloween spirit is everywhere at 32 W. Walnut St. in North Liberty; in the bushes, on the lawn and dangling from the trees, in fact.
Jake McCusker really gets into the holiday. He grew up in Ottumwa, in an area of town that traditionally went all out with Halloween decorating.
“Everybody decorated for Halloween,” Jake said. “Subdivisions would even do themes. Everyone had their porch lights on for trick-or-treating. It was like Halloween Town.”

City elections Tuesday, Nov. 5

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader

TIFFIN– Municipal elections will take place Tuesday, Nov. 5. Voters in Johnson County will be asked to choose city council members to fill any vacant seats. There is only one public measure on any municipal ballots this time around; Iowa City residents will be asked if the age for entry to a bar that serves alcohol should be changed back to 19 years, instead of 21. Iowa City, University Heights and Coralville all have strongly contested races for council positions, and Coralville has four candidates running for its mayor’s seat.

Held up on the jail

Supes still wrestling with justice center options

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

IOWA CITY– It could be back to the drawing table, literally, for some area architects. While the Johnson County Board of Supervisors continues to grapple with how to move forward in addressing courthouse and jail space needs, the possibility of dividing the proposed justice center into two separate projects appears more likely.

Ben Newell Memorial 5K race to be held at Sugar Bottom Nov. 3

NORTH LIBERTY– Join the community for the Ben Newell Memorial 5K race Sunday, Nov. 3, at the Sugar Bottom Recreation Area, North Liberty. Check-in is at 7 a.m. Race begins at 8 a.m.
Mason City native Ben Newell enjoyed many passions in his life; his dog Jethro, attending country music concerts, Hawkeye football games, volunteering, fishing, boating, and working in the insurance industry. By far, Ben enjoyed playing sports and being active; he was training for his first mini-triathlon last fall.

It’s time to order SHARE Iowa’s Thanksgiving dinner package

NORTH LIBERTY– SHARE (Self Help and Resource Exchange) Iowa announces the availability of its Thanksgiving dinner package. This month’s package includes a 10-12 pound turkey, potatoes and gravy, sweet potatoes, baking mix, green beans, stuffing, celery, carrots, apples and oranges, topped off with pumpkin pie, all for just $30 plus two hours of volunteer service to your community.

Nov. 11 veterans dinner now open to public

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty American Legion Ladies Auxiliary will host a Veterans Day dinner Monday, Nov. 11, at the South Slope Telecommunications Center on Mehaffey Bridge Rd. in North Liberty beginning at 6 p.m.

NL to hold Centennial finale, time capsule dedication Nov. 16

NORTH LIBERTY– The community has been observing North Liberty’s 100th birthday all year, and now it’s time for the final celebration. On Saturday, Nov. 16, the North Liberty Centennial Committee has planned a variety of fun events, starting with free daytime activities at the North Liberty Community Library.
8 a.m. until noon: Friends of the library waffle breakfast.
10 a.m.: until 1 p.m. Kids’ activities.
10 a.m.: Birthday opening.
11 a.m.: Time capsule ceremony
12 p.m.: Mural unveiling
1 p.m.: Community photograph

Will the City of Tiffin taketh away?

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader

TIFFIN– Will it really take drastic measures like condemning church property to complete Ireland Avenue through Tiffin?
Perhaps, if the city council continues to engage in verbal sparring matches that bring more delays instead of decisions.
Then again, an answer might come as quickly as tonight.