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North Liberty Leader

Masons consecrate new Tiffin Elementary School with cornerstone ceremony

TIFFIN — When cathedrals were built across Europe thousands of years ago, the first stone placed was the cornerstone. Extreme importance was placed on it being square, level and plumb. Centuries later, laying the cornerstone became more of a symbolic process, as when George Washington presided over the Masons’ Masonic cornerstone ceremony for the United States Capitol building in 1793.
The Masons continue the tradition today, and performed the cornerstone ceremony for the Clear Creek Amana Community School District (CCA) at the new Tiffin Elementary on Sat., Aug 1.

North Liberty is “doing it right”

Housing trends, inventory reviewed by NL council, P&Z

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty City Council and the city’s Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission had a lot to talk about during their recent joint meeting Aug. 4, but much of the discussion centered on the quantity– and quality– of multifamily housing.
North Liberty City Planner Dean Wheatley led the discussion between the two groups, a regularly-scheduled forum to give the council and commission a chance to touch base in person and communicate about policies and procedures.

Highway 965 is open; let’s have a party Aug. 30

NORTH LIBERTY– To celebrate the reopening of Highway 965, the city will co-host a block party from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 30, at Penn Landing, near the intersection of Highway 965 and Penn Street.
In addition to the great food, drink and shopping the Penn Landing area regularly offers, the party will include live music, games, balloon animals, inflatables, dogs demonstrating flyball, a caricature artist, prizes, samples, specials and more. Penn Landing’s weekly farmers’ market will also be open, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with some vendors holding extended hours.

Marching Clippers to host car wash Aug. 15

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana Marching Clippers will host a car wash on Saturday, Aug. 15, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The car wash will be located at the CCA High School and on site of several area businesses.

Operation ReLeaf to return in October

NORTH LIBERTY— The City of North Liberty, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Alliant Energy are again partnering for Operation ReLeaf. ReLeaf is a program that helps residential customers save energy by planting trees to shade their homes or to create a wind break, as well as improving long-term community reforestation and energy conservation through efficient landscaping.
Since 2001, Iowa has seen more than 62,265 new trees planted throughout the state due to Operation ReLeaf.

NL Summer Lunch hosts End-of-Summer Bash Friday, Aug. 14

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Summer Lunch Program will host an End-of-Summer Bash for the public on Friday, Aug. 14, at the Ranshaw House, 515 W. Penn St., North Liberty.
The event will begin at 10 a.m. with a presentation to thank the many volunteers, donors and restaurants that made the program’s second year a stunning success. Free lunch for all and activities for kids will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., featuring bouncy houses, face painters, a balloon artist, and, of course, delicious free food.

Seven CCA baseball players named to WaMaC All-Conference

Rourke, Bandy, Bowman earn First Team WaMaC West honors

North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– After closing out a season with the most hits, runs, highest team batting average, and the most wins in the history of the program, the Clear Creek Amana Clippers put seven men on the WaMaC West All-Conference Baseball rosters.
The conference released its 2015 list on Thursday, July 23.
Nile Rourke, Tanner Bandy and Travis Bowman were named to the First Team for the West Division.
Rourke, a senior infielder, had a .367 batting average with 36 hits, including three doubles and one triple and 14 RBI.

Trojans earn MVC All-Division honors

Miller, Ono-Fullard, DeLaney named to First Team

North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– The Mississippi Valley athletic Conference (MVC) released its 2015 All-Division Baseball selections on Thursday, July 23, with eight Iowa City West High players named to the various teams.
Austin Miller, Izaya Ono-Fullard and Kevin DeLaney were First Team picks in the Valley Division.
Miller, a junior pitcher, compiled an 8-2 record heading into the state tournament in Des Moines with a 2.42 ERA and 46 strikeouts. At the plate, Miller had a .258 batting average with eight hits, including one double.

Clippers Blue softball earns berth in Des Moines tournament

DES MOINES– The CCA Clippers Blue softball team, coached by Scott Ernst, Kelli Ernst and Brian Heeren, traveled to Des Moines to play in USSSA State Class C softball tournament on Friday, June 12. The team battled a number of regional teams and finished in second place. The CCA Clippers Blue team were also invited to play in Kanas City, Mo., in the USSSA National tournament.

Clippers everywhere!

CCA staff, students get cuts for a cause

TIFFIN– When is getting a haircut nothing short of an act of love?
When it is done to benefit the nonprofit organization that provides prosthetic hairpieces to pediatric patients.
Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Middle School student council organized a Locks of Love hair cutting and fundraiser event– a hair raiser, if you will– in May before the end of the school year. Stylists Kati Burns of 965 Salon & Spa in North Liberty and Dannelle Soppe and Breanna Gassmann of Shear Inspiration in Anamosa donated their time and talents to give the haircuts, with the tresses being donated to Locks of Love.

NL council votes to provide childcare funding, in short term

City may still step out of BASP at Garner

NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty will work with Iowa City schools to continue before-and-after-school childcare at Garner Elementary, at least through the end of December.

Tiffin takes first swing at draft of parks plan

TIFFIN– The City of Tiffin hopes all residents will find it desirable to park it.
Rob Decker, of HBK Engineering in Iowa City, presented to the Tiffin City Council a draft master plan containing recommendations for improving the city’s eight public parks at the council’s pre-meeting work session on Wednesday, July 22.