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North Liberty Leader

NL resident finds solar power a hot commodity

Jason Hall building his energy business across the state of Iowa

NORTH LIBERTY– Although solar power is not a novel idea, successfully harnessing the power of the sun requires sleek, cutting-edge equipment and software; and it’s not cheap. Markets in sunny California, Arizona, and Hawaii have become inundated with solar power industry, but the Midwest has yet to reach the same saturation.
North Liberty resident, and CEO of Moxie Solar, Jason Hall believes now is the time for his home state to begin utilizing the sun’s power for energy.
“We’re assuming now that Iowa is now ready to adopt this technology,” Hall said. “It makes sense.”

Oct. 27 soup supper, silent auction to benefit NL 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.

Tiffin holds Halloween decorating contest

TIFFIN– On Sunday, Oct. 30, from 6 until 8 p.m., judges will tour the Tiffin community to determine the best overall Halloween decoration displays.
First, second and third place prizes will be awarded for the best home display. Citizens are encouraged to start planning those outstanding displays this Halloween season. Anyone within Tiffin city limits is eligible for the competition.

Victory 4-H Club to host new member potluck Oct. 13

TIFFIN– Fourth graders and older are being invited to check out the Victory 4-H Club to learn how 4-H can help develop life skills, responsibility, family oriented, community service and leadership.

CCA to host Senior Supper Oct. 19

TIFFIN– On Saturday, Oct. 19, at 6:30 p.m., the Clear Creek Amana Student Assistance Team/Interact club will host its annual Senior Supper. Any district patron over the age of 55 is welcome to come and eat a supper provided by the students. They will have ham, turkey and mashed potatoes along with a great potluck provided by the students. They will show off the new high school and provide tours of the building. Please call the high school at 319-545-5623 by Oct. 15 if you wish to attend.

Tiffin officials bypass further delays on Ireland Avenue

Councilors’ conflict of interest concern provokes angry exchange

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader

TIFFIN– The City of Tiffin has just one final step to take before it can complete the extension of Ireland Avenue.
And with a price tag of nearly $600,000, it’s kind of a doozey.
It has taken more than six years to get here, the project delayed at different points by stalled agreements with the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school district, lengthy Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) review processes, council indecision over capital improvement funding methods and protracted right-of-way negotiations with businesses and residents.

Miracle on Melrose

West pulls out 39-35 win in final minute

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

IOWA CITY– Football teaches young men many life lessons in addition to the fundamentals of the game. One such lesson is to never give up in the face of adversity.
Friday, Oct. 4, the West High Trojans applied that lesson and in the process retained their perfect record this season with a homecoming win over Dubuque Hempstead.

Rolling the Regals

Clippers pick up win with 3-0 sweep of Iowa City Regina

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity volleyball team may be young, without any seniors, but they can still put up a fight and rule the night. Such was the case Monday, Sept. 30, when Iowa City Regina visited for a non-conference match. The Clippers took care of business in three-straight, winning 25-13, 25-20 and 25-14.

Dubuque Hempstead beats West volleyball 3-1

IOWA CITY– The fourth-ranked in Class 5A Dubuque Hempstead Mustangs took a win away from the Iowa City West High Women of Troy Tuesday, Oct. 1, on the volleyball court. The Mustangs won 3-1 in varsity volleyball action.
West came up short 25-23 in the opening set, rallied to a 25-21 win in set two, and fell 25-21 and 25-15 to close-out the match.

NLFD announces Fire Prevention Week Oct. 6-12

NORTH LIBERTY– It's time for Fire Prevention Week, and from Oct. 6 to 12, the North Liberty Fire Department (NLFD)would like to remind local residents to ‘Prevent Kitchen Fires.' During this year's fire safety campaign, firefighters from North Liberty will be visiting the local elementary schools talking to over 2,000 students about the dangers of kitchen fires and how to prevent them.

City reviews proposal for new elderly, dementia care facility

Would require adding new use to city’s O/RP zoning ordinance

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– A developer has approached the City of North Liberty, hoping to build a residential care facility for elderly patients and individuals with dementia.
A group of investors has tentatively proposed to build a three-story, two-wing facility with 12 adjoining cottages in the city’s Liberty Executive Park, just north of the new University of Iowa Community Credit Union (UICCU) member support center off Jones Boulevard.
The property is zoned O/RP, designated for office and research park businesses.

Come on, let’s play ball

Golden retriever Bo gets an invitation to play ball with this golden lab at the Sept. 8 Doggie Plunge, hosted by the North Liberty Recreation Department and the City of North Liberty, but Bo isn’t biting. The event is held every year at the end of summer, just before the outdoor facility at the North Liberty Aquatic Center closes, so people and their pooches can enjoy a dip in the pool before it is prepared for the winter season.