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North Liberty Leader

A Christmas village in Tiffin

Al Havens’ festive holiday display

TIFFIN– Al Havens’ holiday spirit is on full display.

The Tiffin resident and city council member annually hosts his own miniature Christmas village at his Ponds Court residence. With a dimming of the lights, the display comes to life with 50 miniature lit buildings and monuments. A moving train cart, as well as an ice-skating rink with animated skaters and a ski slope with a cycling ski lift round out the exhibit to a backdrop of holiday music.

“One of my favorites is the ‘57 Chevy on a carousel,” he remarked, pointing to a vintage Chevrolet store display.

A committed approach to putting patients first

Kepros Physical Therapy & Performance opens to North Liberty

NORTH LIBERTY– A unique approach to physical wellness in North Liberty has arrived in Kepros Physical Therapy & Performance.

The office opened in August as the third Kepros branch of the Corridor, providing primarily physical therapy, as well as performance training. While the practice treats a fair number of athletes, Kepros welcomes people of all ages and lifestyles, approaching both from a proactive and reactive standpoint.

Second sight

Katie the Service Dog brings renewed hope to Solon man

NORTH LIBERTY– Two friendly, furry creatures were spotted at the annual Breakfast with Santa event at the North Liberty Recreation Center on Saturday, Dec. 8. One was the North Liberty Lions Club’s mascot; a six-foot tall lion who greeted kids and adults alike, freely dispensing hugs and posing for pictures. The other was a ten-year old German Shepherd named Katie who, despite being on the job and in her uniform (service dog vest), graciously accepted petting and pats from complete strangers.

Hotcakes and holiday wishes

Santa returns to North Liberty for his annual breakfast with children

NORTH LIBERTY— A Christmas tradition continued in North Liberty as Santa Claus appeared at the Recreation Center on Saturday, Dec. 8, for the annual Breakfast with Santa event. Between 250 and 300 kids spent a ltime with the Jolly Old Elf discussing their hopes and dreams for Christmas presents, as well as their behavior over the past year.
The event has grown over the years, since starting in 2006, said Recreation Supervisor Matt Meseck.

Eager to lend a hand

North Liberty Community Fund aims to broaden community reach

NORTH LIBERTY– On Monday, Nov. 19, the North Liberty Community Fund (NLCF) presented a sizable donation to the North Liberty Community Pantry.
The charitable gesture was not the first of its kind, and one the organization wants to spread further throughout the community.

Supportive stewardship

The NLCF was established in 2007, as an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Johnson County, to help support the unmet needs of local organizations and to maintain a safe, vital, healthy quality of life for the community.

No job too large or too small

North Liberty’s Home Repair Team builds on 20 years of excellence

NORTH LIBERTY– What started out as a simple handyman service 20 years ago has grown into an award winning, full-service design-build, handyman and remodeling business.
Home Repair Team (HRT) started in 1998 when Rob Hajek and his father-in-law Dale Steffen started doing small home repair projects and improvement jobs. His wife Julie came onboard in 2001 to handle the administration side of the business, and his father Dick Hajek joined the company in 2005. Dick Hajek and Dale Steffen both retired in 2009.

North Liberty photographer named bronze medalist at international photographic competition

Jeanna Hegewald of Portraits by Jeanna is honored by peers and jurors for high-quality photography

NORTH LIBERTY– Jeanna Hegewald of Portraits by Jeanna in North Liberty was named a bronze medalist during Professional Photographers of America’s 2018 International Photographic competition. Hegewald’s work will be on display at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia, Jan. 20-22, 2019. This International Photographic Exhibit is held in conjunction with Imaging USA, an annual convention and expo for professional photographers.

Winter arrives but work continues on Oak Hill

CCA construction manager gives an update on progress

TIFFIN– Even with the onset of winter, work continues on the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District’s Oak Hill Elementary in Tiffin. The school, scheduled to open in August 2019, will house fourth- and fifth-grade students from Tiffin Elementary and North Bend Elementary in North Liberty. Amana Elementary and Clear Creek Elementary (CCE) in Oxford will continue to house their own fourth- and fifth-graders.

Beat the Bitter returns for fourth year

2019 introduces Centennial Park “Warm UP” and Igloo Jam concert

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty's frosty festival returns next year with more programming than ever before. From Sunday, Jan. 27, to Saturday, Feb. 2, Beat the Bitter 2019 will offer both adults and families plenty of activities during the bleakest time of the year.

CCA proposes 2019-20 academic calendar

Dates to remember

OXFORD– The School Board of Directors for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District would like to hear from you, if you’ve got something to say about the 2019-20 academic calendar.
A public hearing will be held on the current proposed calendar on Wednesday, Dec. 19, at 6:30 p.m. at Clear Creek Elementary (CCE) in Oxford.
District Superintendent Tim Kuehl presented the draft calendar to the board during a Monday, Nov. 19, regular meeting at CCE.

Nearly 600 greet Kate DiCamillo in North Liberty

Award-winning children’s fiction author visits NL library

NORTH LIBERTY– When asked where she gets ideas for her award-winning books, children’s author Kate DiCamillo offered but a simple answer. 
“Do you know what eavesdropping is?”
An estimated 575 people packed the gymnasium at the North Liberty Community Center on Saturday, Nov. 17, for a highly-anticipated visit from the acclaimed author. DiCamillo read passages from her books and took questions from eager audience members, both young and the young at heart, followed by a book signing and photos.

North Liberty Business & BBQ

Celebrating commerce growth at Mosley’s

NORTH LIBERTY– “They say if you feed them, they will come.”
A jovial North Liberty Mayor Terry Donahue remarked on a nearly packed house during Business & BBQ on Thursday, Nov. 15, which continued the city’s annual fall celebration of commerce and growth.
Fittingly, the City of North Liberty and Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce reserved Mosley’s Barbecue and Provisions on Zeller Street for the event, giving locals a taste of the brand-new restaurant just four days ahead of its official opening to the public.