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North Liberty Leader

Dance for a Difference

Liberty High to host fundraiser April 22 supporting pediatric terminal disease patients

NORTH LIBERTY– Students of Liberty High are wasting little time establishing their new school as a vessel of support for local families struggling with pediatric illness.
To finish its first year, the school is preparing for its inaugural Dance for a Difference fundraiser. The event will take place Sunday, April 22, from 12-4 p.m. in the small auxiliary gym at Liberty High School in North Liberty.

Keeping his community moving

Former Hawkeye brings lessons from gridiron to chiropractic

NORTH LIBERTY– In 2008, Iowa native Mike Humpal was on his way to a career in the NFL. The student-athlete for the Iowa Hawkeyes had been enlisted to the Pittsburgh Steelers during the sixth round draft that spring. During a preseason game, however, the young linebacker suffered a spinal cord concussion, a neck injury that resulted in being placed on injured reserve for the season.
“In games when you’re tackling guys, running full-speed into 350-pound linemen, that isn’t necessarily the best thing for your neck long-term,” he remarked.

Corridor Live storytelling event

Thursday, March 29, gives voice to those on the fringe

IOWA CITY– IowaWatch.org and Flyover Fest are banding together for a live storytelling event on Thursday, March 29, at Old Brick in Iowa City. The event “Fringe: True Stories from Outsiders” will explore, through a group of hand-selected speakers telling personal stories, people who feel marginalized in society.
Speakers will tell short stories from their lives at this event, which is modeled after the National Public Radio program, The Moth. The program will begin at 7 p.m. Old Brick is at 26 E. Market St. Iowa Public Radio’s Lindsey Moon will be the program emcee.

Coral Ridge Avenue widening

CORALVILLE– North Liberty’s busiest entryway to the south is finally expanding as Highway 965 Phase 4 begins. Spanning from Oakdale Boulevard to Forevergreen Road, the total reconstruction project kicked off Monday, March 12, in Coralville.

Management and costs
“We are the owner, essentially, of the contract,” said Scott Larson, Assistant City Engineer for the City of Coralville. “But we have been working with North Liberty staff throughout on the design elements, and the City of North Liberty is participating with some funding.”

Portzen wins bid for CCA elementary

Dbq contractor built Tiffin Elementary and high school addition

OXFORD– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District awarded an $18,750,875 bid to Portzen Construction, Inc. of Dubuque during the regular monthly meeting of the school board of directors on Wednesday, March 21, at Clear Creek Elementary (CCE) in Oxford. The bid is for construction of the new elementary in Tiffin adjacent to Tiffin Elementary on Park Road.

Gyms to close for resurfacing

NORTH LIBERTY– Beginning Thursday, March 29, the Robert and Jones gyms at the North Liberty Community Center, 520 W. Cherry St., will be closed so their floors can be resurfaced. The closures are expected to last through Monday, April 2.
In addition to the closures, some patrons may find the vapors from the floor finishes unpleasant, though they are not harmful, particularly on the indoor track, cardio and weight areas.
This work is not expect to affect the recreation department’s hours of operation.

April 7 Tiffin Listening Post

TIFFIN– On April 7, Senator Kevin Kinney and Representative Amy Nielsen will be hosting a Legislative Listening Post in Tiffin. The Listening Post will be held at Clear Creek Amana High School in the Commons and will start at 8 a.m. Doors will open at 7:30 a.m. The Post will last approximately one hour. Everyone is encouraged to attend to voice concerns, ask questions regarding legislation and share their input on this legislative session.

NL holiday hours for March 30

NORTH LIBERTY– Some hours will be affected on Friday, March 30.
City Hall, city offices and the North Liberty Community Library will be closed. The recreation department will be open its normal hours: 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

gonna need a bigger boat

CCA Enrollment projections continue up

OXFORD – The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District, the “Home of the Clippers,” continues to see enrollment growth, which has led to the construction of a fourth elementary school, additions to another, expansions of the high school and a fifth elementary to begin construction this year along with other projects across the district. A casual look around the district shows housing developments springing up like dandelions. And according to Rob Schwarz, it’s only going to continue.

Trash and recycling revisions considered

NORTH LIBERTY– At its March 27 meeting, the North Liberty City Council looked at potential changes to our trash and recycling program. The proposal, outlined in a memo to council and included below, would offer three volume and frequency options for households to select from. This includes heavy-duty wheeled bins less susceptible to wind and appropriate for automated collection, and the convenience of having billing included with other city utilities such as recycling.

Tiffin fire annual pancake breakfast April 15

TIFFIN– The Tiffin Volunteer Fire Department and First Responders host their annual pancake breakfast Sunday, April 15, from 6 a.m. to noon at the fire station, 221 Main St.
Chief Brian Detert said the department expects to serve around 1,200 people. The menu includes pancakes, eggs, whole hog sausage and cinnamon rolls. There will also be jam from Clear Creek Orchard for sale. No admission fee is required, but a free will donation is accepted.

North Liberty spring cleanup coming

NORTH LIBERTY–
Muddy Creek cleanup
On Saturday, April 7, residents are encouraged to join the cleanup led by the North Liberty Tree & Storm Water Advisory Board, Boy Scout Troop 216 and Cub Scout Packs 216 and 275 to remove debris along Big Muddy Creek and the bike trail. The clean up is held annually in observance of Keep America Beautiful Day.
Join in by meeting at the North Liberty Community Center north parking lot at 9 a.m.
Curbside leaf collections
Spring leaf collection is scheduled to start Monday, April 2 and will run through Friday, April 20.