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North Liberty Leader

Played to the hilt

Sir Oblong Fitz Oblong, played by CCA’s Mollie Sherman, demonstrates what she would do if she were to take up Squire Blackheart on his challenge to a duel in the Clear Creek Amana High School drama department’s winter production, “The Thwarting of Baron Bolligrew.” For more photos of the play, see page A8. (photo by Chris Umscheid)

A new chapter begins

North Liberty library director retires

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader

NORTH LIBERTY– Dee Crowner has cracked a lot of books in the last 26 years. She has worked through three major construction projects, mentored a staff that grew from one to 14 in number, supervised dozens of fundraisers, and helped forge a path of progress as the population of North Liberty exploded by 170 percent in just 12 years.
Now she is looking forward to authoring a whole new chapter in life.

North Liberty fire department reminds homeowners to shovel out fire hydrants

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty Fire Fighters are urging residents to clear snow around fire hydrants located in their neighborhoods. With more winter weather in the forecast, it is important fire hydrants remain clear of ice and snow to allow fire fighters easy access. Fire doubles in size every 17 seconds.
Having unimpeded access to the hydrants can make a significant difference while on a fire scene. Please help fire fighters by removing snow from an area of at least three feet around the fire hydrant.

MDA names NL’s Grefe as new Goodwill Ambassador

NORTH LIBERTY– Taylor “Tay” Grefe, a lively 11 year-old from North Liberty, has been named Local Goodwill Ambassador for the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Eastern Iowa/Western Illinois.
As the new Goodwill Ambassador, Taylor will make public appearances throughout the community to encourage volunteers in the association’s year-round educational and fund-raising campaigns and will also take part in a number of special events.

Correction to Swisher Feb. 4 voting schedule

SWISHER– Due to a submission error, the January edition of the Swisher newsletter in North Johnson County contained incorrect information regarding the special election Tuesday, Feb. 4, to fill the vacant position of mayor for a term expiring Dec. 31, 2015.
The dates and deadlines are as follows, according to the Johnson County Auditor’s office:
Friday, Jan. 10: Noon filing deadline for Swisher mayor. Ten signatures required. File with acting city clerk.
Monday, Jan. 20: Martin Luther King holiday, office closed.

Tiffin Fire Association annual meeting Jan. 20

TIFFIN– The Tiffin Fire Association will hold its annual meeting on Monday, Jan. 20, at the Tiffin Fire Station commencing at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will include appointment of directors. Immediately following will be the regular meeting including election of officers.
Please contact Bill Rippert by phone at 319-331-6201 or email at weruppert@aol.com with questions.

Winning streak continues

67-50 win over Hempstead makes 59 consecutive wins

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

IOWA CITY– It was a decisive win for the West High Trojans Friday, Jan. 3, as the Mustangs of Dubuque Hempstead rode into town. The winning streak continued for West. Yet coach Steve Bergman was not the happiest man on Melrose Avenue.
“We’ve played better than we played tonight,” he said in a post-game interview. “It was a game without much flow. We had a tough time staying out of foul trouble.” But, “you’ve got to win them. We didn’t play great and still won, so that’s a good thing.”

Clippers pick up a win from Vinton-Shellsburg

TIFFIN– Nile Rourke summed it up very succinctly.
“It feels good to start the New Year off right.”
The junior was talking about his Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers’ 55-44 win Thursday night (Jan. 2) at home against the Vinton-Shellsburg Vikings. The win improved the squad’s record to 3-5 and took away some of the sting of a pre-Christmas loss to West Branch. “It was good to be in control and to keep it for the whole game. We’ve had trouble finishing games, so it’s about time we played a full game and finished and won a game,” Rourke said.

Joni Ernst to greet voters in Coralville

CORALVILLE– U.S. Senate candidate Joni Ernst, a Republican, will be in Coralville on Wednesday, Jan. 8, from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at Press Coffee Company, 2201 E. Grantview Dr. in Coralville. Everyone is welcome.

Supervisors still lack conviction on future of jail, courthouse

December meeting brings more discussion without direction

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

IOWA CITY– They asked, they received, and they still lack a majority consensus.
At the conclusion of a Nov. 6 work session centered around the question of what to do about the county’s jail and courthouse in the wake of May’s failed bond referendum, a request was made for preliminary designs for two new options. On Wednesday, Dec. 4, those options were laid out in great detail for the Johnson County Board of Supervisors (BOS).

NLFD responds to structure fire Christmas day

NORTH LIBERTY– On Wednesday, Dec. 25, at 11:34 a.m., the North Liberty Fire Department was dispatched for a structure fire at 8 Fairview Knoll NE in Iowa City. First arriving North Liberty Fire units reported the fire was contained to the home’s chimney and the fire was quickly extinguished.
Property damage amounts are unknown at this time. There were no reported civilian injuries, or firefighter injuries.

Two Iowa families to be honored in 2014 Rose Parade

NORTH LIBERTY– Two families from Iowa will be honored on the Rose Parade “Donate Life Float” in Pasadena, Calif. this year: the Kim and Dave Burdakin family of Muscatine, and the Bruce and Tiffany Brockway family of Burlington.
The Brockway Family will be finishing a floragraph in honor of their son Garrett at Iowa Donor Network, 550 Madison Ave., North Liberty on Dec. 20 at 5 p.m. Only organic materials, such as spices, seeds and crushed flowers, are used to create floragraphs.