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2016-2017 Iowa City West High wrestling preview: A mixed bag of experience for West’s wrestlers

North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– It’s the 18th year leading the Iowa City West High wrestling program for coach Mark Reiland, and he’s taking things in stride with a business-as-usual approach.
Reiland’s assessment of the season is simple: “Typical year where most of the same teams will be in the hunt again this year.”
The Trojans finished the 2015-16 season with a 15-14 record overall and a 5-4 showing in the Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC).

2016-2017 Iowa City West High boys basketball preview:

Good chemistry to fuel the Trojan basketball machine

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IOWA CITY– At first glance, looking over a preseason media questionnaire from Iowa City West High coach Steve Bergman, one might think it could be a tough year for the Trojan varsity basketball team. Ten seniors graduated from the 2016 Class 4A state runner-up team that went 21-5 overall and 14-2 in the Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC).

Everybody Plays!

Courage League brings adaptive sports to Eastern Iowa

NORTH LIBERTY– Jolene and Chad Darter traveled nearly four hours to give their daughter one hour of giant bowling, noodle hockey and aerobic drumming– activities that may seem more like fun and games than sports.
But Melissa Clarke-Wharff, founder and executive director of Courage League Sports based in Central Iowa, believes her organization provides just what kids with physical, cognitive or emotional disabilities need.
“It’s more than just sports,” she said.

Liberty Lightning Bolt Run Nov. 20 at North Central

NORTH LIBERTY– Sign up for the first annual Lightning Bolt 5K Run/Walk and Little Bolt 1-mile Run, held on Sunday, Nov. 20, starting at North Central Junior High, 180 E. Forevergreen Rd., in North Liberty.
Early registration is $20 for the 5K run/walk, $10 for the 1-mile run, and $25 for a joint one adult and one child registration, with an addition $5 per child. Late registration begins after Nov. 12.
Proceeds benefit the Family Resource Centers at Penn, Garner and Van Allen elementary schools, as well as North Central Junior High.

Corridor Arts and Crafts at Bella Sala in Tiffin Sunday, Nov. 20

TIFFIN– Corridor Arts and Crafts at Bella Sala is happening Sunday, Nov. 20, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 205 S. Park Rd. in Tiffin.
Start holiday shopping while browsing through the booth spaces of more than 60 local businesses selling all handmade and hand crafted items. Enjoying live music from Zachary Freedom while sampling craft beer and locally made wine and eating some amazing grub from two food trucks, Stonewall Brick Oven Pizza and Local Burrito. Both will offer breakfast and lunch options.
Little ones will have a blast at Bella Sala with face painting, kids craft bags and more.

DeGowin blood drive Nov. 21

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Community Center, 520 W. Cherry St., is hosting a blood drive by the University of Iowa (UI) DeGowin Blood Center on Monday, Nov. 21, from 3:30-7:30 p.m.
Blood donations will take about 45 minutes and successful donors receive a thank you gift.
The DeGowin Blood Center is a hospital-based blood center collecting blood for UI Hospitals and Clinics and UI Children’s Hospital patients.

Sidewalk closures on Front and Zeller streets commence

NORTH LIBERTY– As of Nov. 1, the northern sidewalk on Zeller Street, in front of Quail Ridge Park, is closed as work starts on water system improvements. The work in Quail Ridge Park includes adding two wells and a control building.
Additionally, beginning Nov. 7, the western sidewalk on Front Street in front of Roseberry Stop, north of Windsor Road and south of the Colony Pumpkin Patch, is closed. Pedestrians can cross to the east side at Tartan Drive or Windsor Road. The sidewalk closure is expected through Nov. 28.

$300,000 committed in soil quality restoration

NORTH LIBERTY– In May, the City of North Liberty launched the largest soil quality restoration (SQR) grant program in the state, with grants up to $1,500 available to North Liberty households to pay for 100 percent of an SQR project.
These projects will not only improve residential soil quality and produce greener, lusher lawns, but improve local water quality by slowing stormwater’s path to our streams, rivers and lakes, keeping pollutants out.
On Nov. 4, the city announced all $300,000 has been committed.

Beer Burger coming soon

Family-friendly restaurant to feature Iowa breweries

NORTH LIBERTY– Though the menu is being kept secret until opening day, future customers can probably venture a good guess as to what will be served at a restaurant called Beer Burger.
“If you think about it, it’s super simple,” said co-owner Bobby Thompson. “Ninety percent of people that walk into a restaurant get a beer and a burger.”

City offices closed Nov. 24-25 for Thanksgiving holiday

NORTH LIBERTY– City offices will be closed Thursday, Nov. 24, and Friday, Nov. 25, for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Pool deck resurfacing, closure Nov. 28 to Dec. 28

NORTH LIBERTY– Resurfacing of the indoor pool deck at the North Liberty Recreation Center is anticipated to take place Nov. 28 to Dec. 28. The indoor pool will be closed and all lessons, classes, memberships affected will be refunded to participants for specific time for such work to be completed (at this time is a month’s range). Length of time with exact details will be provided by contractors awarded the project soon.

Tiffin Fire Association needs more EMTs

An opportunity to serve

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– Night and day; rain, shine or snow; weekdays and weekends; a group of trained, experienced and highly motivated volunteers stands ready to respond to emergencies in Tiffin and the surrounding area.
And, with more and more calls every year, they could use some additional help.