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North Liberty Leader

City of North Liberty PlaceMates returns for virtual dinners with neighbors on Sept. 28

NORTH LIBERTY– PlaceMates introduces residents of 52317 to fellow North Libertarians. While PlaceMates was first designed to be potluck dinners held concurrently in homes throughout the city (the program matched over 100 households across 22 potlucks in 2019), it pivoted to a virtual alternative to comply with social distancing amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
That said, now is the time to connect as a community more than ever.

Residents invited to paint storm drains

NORTH LIBERTY– Storm drains are mouths to rivers and lakes and when pollutants enter the storm drains, they can easily be carried into water bodies. Murals found on storm drains throughout North Liberty remind the public the important role the drains play in Iowa’s water quality and our responsibility to keep them clean.

Keeney and Mac deliver one-two punch for Lightning

Liberty and CCA squads run Regina’s Bob Brown Cross Country Classic

IOWA CITY– The Lightning struck twice Thursday, Sept. 3, at the Iowa City Regina Catholic High School Bob Brown Cross Country Classic where Liberty High won both the girls and boys team titles. The large field was broken down into “A” and “B” races due to COVID-19 mitigation strategies.
Liberty junior Ashlyn Keeney won the event in 19:33.61 with senior teammate Cami Mac hot on her heels in 19:43.41 for second place. Senior McKenzie Logan and freshman Cori Mac were fourth and fifth in 21:12.37 and 21:13.91, respectively.

Creek Boys sail past the Muskies in Week Two

CCA defeats Muscatine, 41-21

TIFFIN– Week Two of the 2020 prep football season found the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers at home in a non-district contest against the Class 4A Muskies of Muscatine with a greatly reduced crowd in the bleachers, including a smaller but no less vocal student section. After a Week One loss on the road to Mount Pleasant, the home field advantage may have factored in as CCA dominated the Muskies, 41-21.

Bolts clip the Blue Birds’ wings

Liberty High gets first win of the season on the road against CR Jefferson

CEDAR RAPIDS– The Liberty High varsity football team recovered from a 27-0 loss to Iowa City West in the 2020 season opener with a 7-3 Week Two win, on the road, against Cedar Rapids Jefferson at Kingston Stadium. The Bolts improved to 1-1, while the J-Hawks dropped to 0-2.

Creek Girls sweep Trojans 3-0

11 kills for Clubb, 10 for Pollock against South Tama

TAMA– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity volleyball team improved to 4-1 on the season with a 3-0 sweep of the South Tama Trojans Thursday, Sept. 3, at South Tama High School.
The Clippers pulled off a 25-20 first-set win, took the second set 25-18, and dominated the third 25-12.
Calia Clubb, a junior, led the Creek Girls with 11 kills while senior Hailey Pollock produced 10. Freshman Meg Berkland and Clubb made a dozen digs each. Grace Bedford, a senior, produced 16 assists while freshman Kenadi Wood made a dozen.

Lightning shock the Little Hawks

Liberty High sweeps City, 3-0, in volleyball season opener

NORTH LIBERTY– The Liberty High varsity volleyball program ended the 2019 season at the Class 5A state tournament, in Cedar Rapids, falling, 3-1, to Pleasant Valley in the quarterfinals. It was a big step for the program, in only its third year, said Coach Randy Dolson, noting the Lightning are looking to return to the U.S. Cellular Center, in Cedar Rapids (home of the state tourney), again this year.

Business as usual, for now

CCA board approves application for online education waiver, if needed

OXFORD– It is business as usual, or at least as close to “usual” as possible, in the era of the COVID-19 virus for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District– for now.
The CCA Board of Directors met in a special session Friday, Aug. 28, to approve a request by Superintendent Tim Kuehl for the authority to submit an application with the state to move to 100 percent online, virtual learning if it becomes necessary.

All virtual, and a hiatus for fall sports

ICCSD receives waiver allowing two weeks of online education to start the school year

IOWA CITY¬– The “Friday Night Lights” will be turned off for at least two weeks for Liberty High, Iowa City West High and City High after the Iowa City Community School District’s (ICCSD) Board of Education approved beginning the 2020-2021 school year with 100 percent online instruction.

Sharing his passion

New location allows Jewelry by Harold to offer classes, and keep the craft alive in NL

NORTH LIBERTY– The making of fine jewelry is both a time-honored craft and an exacting art form.
For Harold Van Beek, owner of Jewelry by Harold in North Liberty, it is also a passion he wishes to share with others.
Van Beek, a native of The Netherlands, came to the United States in 2005 after visiting Iowa City since the late 1970s to spend time with friends of his family. “I’m ‘Harold,’ I’m named for someone in Iowa City, and so are my siblings. My son (Laurens) is named after someone in Iowa. So yeah, it’s been quite an adventure.”

Next steps towards more social justice and racial equity

NORTH LIBERTY– Following conversations among staff with council and throughout the community on social justice and racial equity, the North Liberty City Council discussed next steps at its Aug. 25 meeting. This list was initially included for discussion at the council’s meeting on July 29, and updated with current status is not all-inclusive of actions or possible actions and staff anticipate additional items following City Council discussion, feedback from the community, and further strategy sessions.
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City assessing derecho-damaged trees in right of ways

NORTH LIBERTY– Starting Monday, Aug. 31, city staff began surveying mature trees in the right-of-ways in North Liberty’s the original section of town, and marking trees that require branches trimmed or to be completely removed. The staff will identify any hazards so that a tree contractor can be hired to do this work. Staff will attempt to make contact with the property owner.
Trees will be market with temporary paint. Trees identified for branch trimming will be marked with a circle. Trees identified for complete removal will be marked with a cross.