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North Liberty Leader

Council approves land purchase negotiations

Throttle Down to share frontage road with City Park

TIFFIN– At first, it will be a road to nowhere. But eventually there could be another entrance to City Park amenities, if the City of Tiffin moves forward with a potential land purchase.
At a regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday, Jan. 10, Tiffin City Council members discussed the acquisition of property near Throttle Down, 607 E. Marengo Rd., for a future frontage road off Highway 6.

Tiffin Fire Assoc. meeting Jan. 16

TIFFIN– The Tiffin Fire Association will hold its annual meeting on Monday, Jan. 16, at the Tiffin Fire Station commencing at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will include the appointment of directors. Immediately following will be the regular meeting, including election of officers.

Friends of Coralville Lake meeting Jan. 18

CORALVILLE– The Friends of Coralville Lake (FoCL) invite the public to a meeting Wednesday, Jan. 18, at the Coralville Lake Welcome Center (2850 Prairie Du Chien Rd. NE, Iowa City) at 6:30 p.m. to share information with the community and respond to questions.

NLYBS registration now open

NORTH LIBERTY– Registration for the North Liberty Youth Baseball and Softball (NLYBS) 25th Anniversary Season is open.
Sign-ups are due at www.eteamz.com/NLYBS by Friday, March 3. Leagues are available for boys and girls age 4 through eighth grade. Call the NLYBS hotline, 319-248-1283, with questions or check the FAQ page on the NLYBS website. Scholarships are available.
New this year is first grade baseball, and third grade rookie players will also have the opportunity to pitch. Umpires will also be needed and must be at least 14 years old. Training is provided.

Iowa Snow Drifters host ride Jan. 21

SOLON– The Iowa Snow Drifters snowmobiling organization will host its second Snowmobile Iowa Club Ride on Saturday, Jan. 21. The ride will begin at 10 a.m. at the Solon High School, 600 5th St.
For more information, contact Derric at 563-554-3971.

CCA Kindergarten Round-up begins

NORTH LIBERTY– All parents in the Clear Creek Amana School District with children who will be 5 years old on or before Sept. 15, and are planning on sending their children to school in August are asked to call the elementary school their child will attend.
Those who reside in Iowa County, call 319-622-3255. For those who reside in Johnson County, call 319-828-4505 (Clear Creek Elementary), 319-626-3950 (North Bend Elementary), or 319-545-2081 (Tiffin Elementary).
Those who are not sure which school attendance area their home is in may call any of the numbers for assistance.

A weekend for heroes

Veterans gather to hunt and to heal

By Chris Umscheid
Solon Economist
LAKE MACBRIDE– Nine disabled veterans spent three days bow hunting deer in late October in the Sugar Bottom Campground and Coralville Lake area thanks to an extensive cooperative effort. It was the second such hunt, with the first being a shotgun deer hunt last year.

Crews continue work on city wells

NORTH LIBERTY– The week of Jan. 9, crews are expected to take the next steps to add two new wells to the city’s water supply. Both wells are located in Quail Ridge Park, north of Zeller Street, west of Highway 965.
Drilling of the shallower Silurian Aquifer well is complete, but the contractor will pump up to 600 gallons per minute from the well for 72 hours to test its capacity. The process will test how quickly the well can recharge itself. This water cannot enter the water supply and will be discharged into the city’s storm water system.

2017 pet tags now available

NORTH LIBERTY– It is now time to purchase your pet tags for 2017. Cats and dogs are required to wear tags that may be purchased at city hall for $2. Owners must provide verification of their pet being spayed/neutered to receive this rate. A nonspayed/nonneutered pet requires a fee of $25.
A tag provides identification in the event a pet is lost. The registration of an animal helps the city to ensure that all animals in the city are up to date with vaccines.
Dogs and cats must be kept on their owners’ property or on a leash at all times. Pets found “at large” will be impounded.

Hockey night with the Rough Riders Jan. 20

CEDAR RAPIDS– It’s a night to spend in Cedar Rapids cheering on the Rough Riders hockey team in a face-off with the Youngstown Phantoms.
Discounted tickets for Friday, Jan. 20, at 7:05 p.m. will be offered to all interested. Individuals must provide their own transportation.
Order tickets at 319-261-GOAL and mention “North Liberty” for the discount. Tickets are $10.75–$16.75, based on zone.

Citywide snowman contest Dec. 1-Feb. 28

NORTH LIBERTY– Build a snowman in any city park or your yard between Dec. 1 and Feb. 28, take a photo and submit it to Jason Egly at jegly@northlibertyiowa.org along with your name, contact information and where the snowman was built. Entries will be displayed at the North Liberty Community Center and online to be judged by recreation staff.The winning family receives prize!

Liberty Lightning Bolts win, 49-44, over CR Prairie Black

Lightning flashes at Prairie High

CEDAR RAPIDS– Isaac Bender’s 21 points led the Liberty High Lightning Bolts to a 49-44 freshman boys basketball victory Thursday, Jan. 5, at Prairie Point Middle School in Cedar Rapids. The Lightning zapped Prairie High School’s Black Team.
Bender gave Liberty a 4-0 lead but Andre Brandon made it 6-3 after the first of several Prairie 3-point bombs dropped. Prairie took the first period, 7-6, and built a 14-6 lead in the second.