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Penn Meadows splash pad open until Labor Day

NORTH LIBERTY– Just in time for the dog days of summer, North Liberty’s first splash pad opened Thursday, Aug. 4.
Located on the north side of Penn Meadows Park, 170 N. Dubuque St., the splash pad offers a baseball-themed spray feature as well as in-ground jets, a durable, grippy surface and limestone seating at the perimeter. The splash pad will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily during the season. Seasonally, the splash pad will operate starting each Memorial Day weekend and operate through Labor Day weekend.

NL Community Pantry free salsa making class Aug. 11

NORTH LIBERTY– Learn how to make salsa with the North Liberty Community Pantry.
Community members are invited to this free event Thursday, Aug. 11, from 6-8 p.m. at the Growing Together Garden, 89 N. Jones Blvd., adjacent to the pantry.
Registration is required and class size is limited. Register by calling 319-626-2711 or stop by the pantry.

NL Porchfest Aug. 20 in Arlington Ridge neighborhood

NORTH LIBERTY– What if there was an afternoon when porches became stages and everyone just walked around listening to musicians, hung out on lawns and sidewalks and connected with their neighbors?
Porchfest is “community in the key of summer.”

Penn Meadows Servolution Aug. 19

NORTH LIBERTY– The annual Servolution back-to-school event for families is back again for its fifth year. LIFEchurch of Coralville, along with dozens of other agencies, churches, and schools, will serve families in North Liberty and Coralville as they transition back to school. Servolution is held at Kirkwood Elementary in Coralville on Aug. 22 from 2-5 p.m. and at Penn Meadows Park in North Liberty on Aug. 19 from 3–6 p.m. Families are given shoes, haircuts, groceries, school supplies and much more. Organizers are still looking for volunteers, shoes and other donations if you want to help!

Kernels North Liberty Night Aug. 19

CEDAR RAPIDS– It’s a night to spend with neighbors, Mr. Shucks and the Kernels, an affiliate of the Minnesota Twins. The game takes place Friday, Aug. 19, at 6:35 p.m. and is open to all ages. The cost is $6 per person for bleacher seating and $8 per person for club seating. Kids 3 and under get in free.
Attendees are responsible for their own transportation to the Cedar Rapids Kernels field, located at 950 Rockford Rd. SW.

Rhino fun

NLFD gears up for 2016 Salute to Summer

NORTH LIBERTY– It’s not uncommon for a volunteer fire department to host a fundraising event, or two, each year. Pancake breakfasts, soup suppers and dances are the typical fare. The volunteer professionals of the North Liberty Fire Department (NLFD) held a Fireman’s Dance as an annual fundraiser for many years, but they knew they could do something bigger and better.
“While it was successful, the members of the department decided they wanted to create a more family-oriented event,” said Firefighter-Emergency Medical Technician Mike Johnston.

Fifth annual youth triathlon draws a crowd to North Liberty

NORTH LIBERTY– Denise Barnhouse crouched on the edge of the indoor pool, coaching a swimmer as he struggled to finish the final 25 meters of a 100-meter swim. Cheers roared from the pool observation deck above, urging the boy on and out of the water toward the bike waiting for him outside.
His last place finish in the swim portion was irrelevant, said Barnhouse, owner of Tri-Fit Agape in North Liberty and co-director of the Just Tri! Youth Triathlon.
“It’s all about making it fun for the kids,” she said. “Once you put the competition brain on them, the fun doesn’t last long.”

Three Trojans named to INA’s All-State Baseball teams

Miller earns First Team berth

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IOWA CITY– Three West High baseball players were named to the Iowa Newspaper Association’s 2016 All-State Baseball teams.
Austin Miller, a senior, earned a First Team berth as a pitcher while Connor McCaffery, a junior, was a Second Team pick as an outfielder. Izaya Ono-Fullard, also a junior, earned a Third Team spot as a utility player.
Cedar Rapids Jefferson’s Spencer Van Scoyoc, a senior outfielder drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays, was named Captain of the Class 4A team.
Class 4A First Team

Stop and sell the flowers

North Liberty woman in year one of backyard floral operation

NORTH LIBERTY– A quiet, floral oasis lies undiscovered in the heart of North Liberty but flower enthusiast Jennifer Hobbs hopes to change that.
Disturbed only by the occasional hum of a lawnmower or barking dog, Five Petal Farm is in its first official year selling fresh cut flowers, dried bouquets and more– all grown on less than an acre of urban dirt.
“There’s so much you can do with your yard instead of going out and mowing grass,” said Hobbs, who has very little lawn of her own to cut.

Input taken on beach alcohol ban

Light attendance at public session on DNR proposal

MT. VERNON– The people have spoken.
Or at least a couple of them have.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has closed its public comment period on a proposed ban of alcohol at the Lake Macbride and Pleasant Creek beaches.
Most people chose to participate electronically, with only a handful attending a public hearing July 26 at the Palisades-Kepler State Park west of Mount Vernon.
Lake Macbride-area resident Dave Hogendorn spoke at the hearing in support of the ban.

School board approves $1.4 million property acquisition

New elementary school on the horizon

NORTH LIBERTY– Land on the outskirts of North Liberty could be home to a new elementary as early as the 2019-2020 school year, according to Iowa City Community School District officials.
However, the construction would likely push back development at another proposed elementary location.
At its July 26 meeting, the Iowa City School Board unanimously approved the $1,403,350 purchase of 21.59 acres on the northeast side of North Liberty near South Slope Cooperative Communications and just south of the Cedar Springs subdivision. Board member Lori Roetlin was absent from the meeting.

Breathing room

North Liberty Family Health Centre moves, expands

NORTH LIBERTY– Care providers, responsible for making their patients happy and healthy, should be happy and healthy themselves, right?
The staff at North Liberty Family Health Centre (NLFHC) thought so. After 21 years at its location on West Cherry Street, owners of the independent practice decided to move into a space with, literally, a little more legroom.
“We just had staff members sitting on top of one another,” said Dr. Natalie (Tally) Hempy. “We were all getting carpal tunnel. We were always twisting to look at each other and our patients.”