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North Liberty Leader

Oct. 27 soup supper, auction to benefit pantry

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Community Pantry will host its fifth Annual Stone Soup Supper and Silent Auction on Sunday, Oct. 27, from 5 until 7 p.m., at the South Slope Community Room, 980 N. Front St., North Liberty. Event sponsors are Hills Bank and Trust Company, South Slope Cooperative Communications, JM Swank, and University of Iowa Community Credit Union.

North Liberty Recreation Center opens new kids’ play area

NORTH LIBERTY–The new Kids Campsite in North Liberty is now open to the public.
Kids Campsite is an indoor playground with soft, safe equipment for younger children, located inside the remodeled south entrance of the North Liberty Community Center.
Hours are: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. until noon and from 4 until 8 p.m.; and Saturdays and Sundays, 8 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Halloween safety fair, soup supper in Swisher to be Oct. 27

SWISHER– The Prairie Cheerleaders and the Swisher American Legion will host a Halloween Safety Fair and Soup Supper on Sunday, Oct. 27, from 5 until 7 p.m. A Trunk-N-Treat will follow at the legion. Cost per person is one non-perishable canned good to help support the Homeless Veterans Food Pantry.

Trick or Treat in Tiffin

TIFFIN– Trick or Treating will be held Oct.31 from 5 until 8 p.m. in Tiffin. The city asks motorists to be especially cautious as they drive through town next Thursday evening.

Free meal for veterans to be held Nov. 11

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty American Legion Ladies Auxiliary will again be offering a complimentary dinner to any veteran and one guest on Monday, Nov. 11, at the South Slope Telecommunications Center on Mehaffey Bridge Rd. in North Liberty beginning at 6 p.m. Register early, as a large crowd is anticipated to hear guest speaker Mike Chapman, editor of the Iowa History Journal.

Swisher Legion to host Petersen benefit Nov. 9

SWISHER– The Swisher American Legion will host a benefit for Shawnee Petersen on Saturday, Nov. 9, beginning at 2 p.m. Shawnee Petersen, single mother of three, was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia in February. All donations collected go directly to Shawnee as a means of helping her to care for her children and to assist with the massive medical expenses she has incurred.
A full meal will be furnished by donations from the community, bake sale, silent auction, 50/50 raffle, face painting and other activities for children, live music all day, and much more.

West High runners in action at MVC divisional meet

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy won the Mississippi divisional meet of the MVC Thursday, Oct. 17, at the University of Iowa’s Ashton cross country course. The varsity girls took the meet with 34 team points, besting Cedar Rapids Kennedy, Dubuque Senior, City High, Cedar Rapids Jefferson, Dubuque Hempstead and Waterloo East.
Ashlynn Yokom won the varsity girls’ race with a commanding lead over all others and a 14:07.0 meet record time and was named Athlete of the Year. Girls coach Mike Parker was awarded Coach of the Year honors as well.

West girls swim to second place at MVC conference meet

IOWA CITY– The Cedar Falls girls varsity swim team won the conference meet held Thursday, Oct. 17, and Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Mercer Park Aquatic Center in Iowa City with 396 points. The West High Women of Troy were the conference runner-ups with 388.50.
Jacintha Thomas won the 1-meter diving event with a score of 481.35, good for 20 points, while Lilian Zhu won the 100-yard backstroke in a time of 1:00.59, also good for 20 team points.

Clipper football improves to 4-4 for the season

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

TIFFIN– Football is a game full of statistics. For example, in Friday night’s contest between the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers and the Indians of Marion, the Indians had 287 yards of offense to CCA’s 269, and had the ball for just over 26 minutes to Creek’s 21 minutes of possession.
In the end, the most important statistic of the game was found on the scoreboard at the conclusion: CCA 21, Marion 7.

Clippers x-country runs at WaMaC conference meet

Boys finish 5th, girls end 12th

CENTER POINT– Jane Astor’s Clipper Cross-Country teams were in-action Thursday, Oct. 17, at the WaMaC conference meet hosted by Center Point-Urbana (CPU) at the Bob Bowers Athletic Complex.
The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity boys finished fifth in team points behind winner and conference champion CPU, Vinton-Shellsburg, Mount Vernon-Lisbon and Marion. Jack Murray again led the Clipper effort, bringing home a fifth-place finish in 16:49.

Grass and weeds: How high can you get?

City wants more control over habitual offenders

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY–North Liberty City Council members want to keep things equal on both sides of the fence, at least when it comes to mowing.
The council considered proposed changes to the city’s weed and grass heights ordinance at its meeting last Tuesday, Oct. 8, some of which were rejected by council.
The city administration regularly fields complaints about residents who let their grass and weeds go, and city employees were seeking a way to eliminate sending perennial reminders to repeat offenders.

The suite life for dogs

New boarding, daycare and grooming salon opens in NL

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– Kristine Bauer has gone to the dogs, and she’s loving every minute of it.
Grooming dogs was something that came naturally to the Cedar Rapids resident, who learned the craft from a friend with a grooming salon in Missouri. But when Bauer’s son graduated from high school and went on to Iowa State University to be part of the wrestling program, Bauer said her pet project became opening a new location where she could add doggie daycare and boarding.