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North Liberty Leader

Highway 965 work to begin after Memorial Day

NORTH LIBERTY– The first stage of major improvements to Highway 965 is set to begin as early as next week. To facilitate the first stage of construction, Highway 965 will be closed north of Penn Street past Pasha Parkway. This stage is expected to last into August, when a second stage, expected to last into November, will begin.
During the first stage, Highway 965 traffic will be detoured along Penn Street to Alexander Way, where there will be temporary traffic signals throughout the project, back to Highway 965 via 240th Street.

NL city offices close for mayor’s funeral, Memorial Day

NORTH LIBERTY– City Hall and the North Liberty Community Library will be closed from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, May 23, so city staff can attend the funeral of Mayor Tom Salm, who died Sunday. Recreation and aquatics services will remain open.
City Hall and the Community Library will also be closed for Memorial Day, Monday, May 26. North Liberty’s Recreation Center will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Budget cuts solid, administration salaries frozen

By Paul Deaton
North Liberty Leader

IOWA CITY– Across Iowa, school districts are dealing with the end of one-time money provided by the federal government to support operations. The result has been dramatic budget cuts in school districts, including the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD).
Protests from students, faculty and community members over a $3.6 million budget cut for the 2014-2015 fiscal year have gone largely unaddressed by the school board since the decision to cut the budget was made last January.

No. 3 City High knocks-off No. 1 West in final second

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

IOWA CITY– City High’s Scott Tribbey launched a shot at the West High goal from about 30 yards out and scored as time ran out Tuesday, May 13, at the University of Iowa soccer field. His shot gave the number three-rated Little Hawks a 1-0 win over the top-ranked and until that moment, undefeated, Trojans.
But, some say his shot came after the game clock had hit 00:00. Curiously, the University’s soccer complex does not have a horn that sounds when time runs out.

CCA track and field headed to Des Moines

Bandy and girls’ shuttle hurdle relay are No. 2 seeds

DES MOINES– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) is sending athletes to 15 events in the 2014 state co-ed track meet at Drake University Thursday, May 22, through Saturday, May 24.

West High to be well represented at state

Boys’ 4x800, Gardarsson No.1

North Liberty Leader
DES MOINES– The West High track and field teams will send athletes to 39 events at the 2014 state co-ed track meet at Drake Stadium in Des Moines from Thursday, May 22, through Saturday, May 24.
The boys 4x800-meter relay team with Wynton Karanja, Noah Brase, Ian McGillicuddy, and Kaleb Greiner (with alternates Daniel Gardarsson and Andrew Gilbaugh) is the No. 1 seed in the event with a qualifying time of 8:03.78. Gardarsson is also the top-seeded athlete in the boys 3,200-meter run with a time of 9:24.68.

North Bend Elementary hosts first Powder Fun Run

NORTH LIBERTY– After a bitter winter, students and their families were motivated to get outside and kick up their heels.
Over 450 participants joined in North Bend Elementary’s first annual 5K and 1 Mile Powder Fun Run fundraiser held Saturday, April 12, in North Liberty.
“This was a phenomenal turnout for our first event,” said co-organizer Angie Rummel. “We felt the event was very successful. Even though it was a bit windy, the temps warmed up for us and the rain– and snow– stayed away. After having such a long and cold winter, it was great to be outside and get active.”

Fine arts strike CCA’s board’s fancy

Choir, speech take center stage

OXFORD– After all of the performers and their families and friends left, the remainder of the evening was comparatively bland.
Third, fourth and fifth grade choir members at Clear Creek Elementary (CCE) performed for the Clear Creek Amana school board during a regular meeting Wednesday, April 16, in the CCE library. Also on the venue were four CCA high school students who competed in the All-State Speech Contest at University of Northern Iowa on March 31.

Walking School Bus programs get local kids walking in May

IOWA CITY– Van Allen Elementary School will be piloting a walking school bus program for 12 days in May with the hopes to encourage more kids to walk to school with new and existing friends in their neighborhood.

Heavy boat traffic expected for Memorial Day holiday

DES MOINES– Iowa’s peak boating season begins May 24, and with it comes a reminder for boat owners to make sure they have a current boat registration sticker on the vessel and that Iowa has a .08 alcohol limit for boat operators.
“Going boating with friends is a fun way to spend a day and just like car drivers, boat operators are responsible for their passengers’ safety and for other boaters on the water,” said Susan Stocker, boating law administrator and education coordinator for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

Optimists to hold plant sale May 17

NORTH LIBERTY– The Optimist Club of North Liberty will host a plant sale on Saturday, May 17, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. at 412 N. McKenzie Ln. in North Liberty.
Perennials, lilacs, hostas, and much more.
All proceeds go to children with cancer.

Schools to hold 5K, 1 mile run May 17

NORTH LIBERTY– Penn, Garner and Van Allen PTOs will co-sponsor the second annual GPV PTO Rockin’ 5K Run/Walk and Little Rockin’ 1 Mile Run on Saturday, May 17. This event will begin and end at Penn Elementary. The 1 mile run will begin at 8:30 a.m., followed by the 5K at 9 a.m.
All proceeds from this event go to the North Liberty Family Resource Centers serving the students and families of Penn, Garner and Van Allen Elementary schools.
Register for the event at https://secure.getmeregistered.com/get_information.php?event_id=10205.