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North Liberty Leader

NL’s library director Crowner will retire as of December 31

NORTH LIBERTY– In most libraries, Dee Crowner’s next step could be found filed somewhere in the 332.024s. But, since the North Liberty Community Library switched to subject-based classification last year, here it would be simply under “retirement.” Crowner, who has been the North Liberty Community Library’s director since 1987, will be stepping down at the end of the year.
“Dee has been a valuable member of our staff for more than two and a half decades, and I’m thankful for her dedication and stewardship of the library,” said mayor Tom Salm. “Her retirement is well deserved.”

Blood drive to be held in North Liberty Jan. 13

NORTH LIBERTY– The University of Iowa DeGowin Blood Center will hold a blood drive at the North Liberty Recreation Center on Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, from 4 until 7 p.m. in the Gerdin Conference Rooms.
In an average week, University of Iowa Hospital & Clinics patients need nearly 600 units of blood products. One pint of donated blood can help save the lives of several people.

NL Community Food Pantry announces holiday hours

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Community Pantry will have modified hours during the Christmas and New Year holidays.
Tuesday, Dec. 24: Closed.
Wednesday, Dec. 25: Closed.
Tuesday, Dec. 31: 10 a.m. until noon.
Wednesday, Jan.1, 2014: Closed.
Website: www.northlibertycommunitypantry.org.
Facebook: www.facebook.com/NorthLibertyCommunityPantry.

No common ground yet

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

NORTH LIBERTY– If Tiffin mayor Steve Berner had a new 28E agreement on his Christmas wish list, he may want to go ask Santa Claus for something else.

What if we’re just a little bit naughty?

It was HIS idea. Jolly Old Saint Nicholas conspired with Anushka Dervesh, whispering something in her ear just before her mother snapped this photo of the two of them sticking out their tongues. Santa Claus visited the North Liberty Community Center on Saturday, Dec. 7, to visit with local kids during the community’s annual Breakfast With Santa event. Children were able to enjoy a pancake breakfast, do a craft, play with Jumbe the Lion, view a toy train in action and watch a holiday video before jumping in the long line of kids waiting to sit on Santa’s lap.

North Liberty to annex eastward

City officials, supervisors discuss proposed expansion

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader

NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty is ready to annex.
North Liberty has received voluntary petitions from three different property owners in an area east of current city limits. The requests make up a total proposed annexation of 567.7 acres.

Can you hear me now?

Tiffin seeks public input on proposed cell phone tower

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– The City of Tiffin has a new water tower, and a cellular service provider would like to take advantage of it. The city, however, is not saying yes or no until they connect with the public.
The Tiffin City Council will hold a public information meeting Jan. 8, 2014, in order to gain citizen input on whether or not to enter into an agreement to rent space atop the town’s new water tower for cellular antenna equipment.

Through the eyes of a Lion

NORTH LIBERTY– They came by the hundreds, adults and children alike, to visit Santa and enjoy breakfast on Saturday, Dec. 7, in the North Liberty Recreation Center. Joy abounded in the festive environment as members of the North Liberty Lions Club prepared and served pancakes, eggs, sausage, juice and milk.

Trojans defend the mats in double dual win

West 29, Hempstead 27 . . . . . West 40, Xavier 22

North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– The West High Trojan grapplers successfully defended their mats Thursday, Dec. 12, in double dual action against the Mustangs of Dubuque Hempstead and Saints of Cedar Rapids Xavier.
Against Hempstead, Chris Walters pinned Kaleb Phillips in 2:57 for the 132-pound match while John Milani took a 15-4 major decision from Kevin Pape in the 160 match. Aydan Wynos also won a major decision, 10-1, over Tanner Heeren. West’s varsity prevailed by a slim 29-27 margin to win the dual while the junior varsity (JV) crew fell, 36-34.

Warriors no worry for West

West High Trojans 68, CR Washington 37

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– The West High Trojans had little trouble with the Warriors of Cedar Rapids Washington Friday, Dec. 13, at home, posting a 68-37 win to open the Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) portion of the season. The win, the 56th consecutive victory for the Trojans, put the squad at 4-0 overall and 1-0 in the Mississippi Division of the MVC while it handed Washington its first loss of the season for a 3-1 record.

Packed agenda keeps ICCSD school board members late at December 10 meeting

By Alex Kline
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) school board members worked late into the night at their Dec. 10 meeting. The packed agenda included decisions on delay of implementation of the Raptor Visitor system, approval of the master facilities plan, and a request of information on the logistics of canceling school on Martin Luther King Day.

NL Baptist Church Christmas Eve Service

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Baptist Church is conducting Christmas Eve Service at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24. Gather around the Christmas tree as the lights are dimmed to sing Christmas carols and read the Christmas Story. Cookies, hot cocoa and coffee will be provided. North Liberty Baptist Church is located at 85 Sugar Creek Ln., North Liberty.