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Creek girls go 2-1 in WaMaC Pool Play

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MOUNT VERNON— Two days after sweeping the South Tama Trojans, 3-0, on Senior Night, the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity girls trounced the Trojans again, this time 2-0 in WaMaC Tournament Pool Play in Mount Vernon. The Clippers took the two-game match, 21-18 and 21-4, with Ashley Prusha’s nine kills leading the way. Alyssa Weldon added six kills while Lauren Helle had three. Weldon led in assists with nine while Riley Hennes put up eight. Prusha and Sheyanne Koethe had seven digs apiece.

Women of Troy fifth at MVC Sophomore Swimming and Diving

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IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy placed fifth in team points at the 2015 Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) Sophomore Swimming and Diving Meet held Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Mercer Park Aquatic Center in Iowa City.
Cedar Rapids Washington won the meet with 392 team points followed by Cedar Falls (346), Cedar Rapids Kennedy (314.5), Dubuque Wahlert (221) and West High (184).

Oct. 25 Stone Soup Supper, Silent Auction to benefit NL Community Pantry

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Community Pantry will host its 7th Annual Stone Soup Supper and Silent Auction on Sunday, Oct. 25, from 4-7 p.m. at the South Slope Community Room, 980 N. Front St., North Liberty. The event is sponsored by Hills Bank and Trust Company, University of Iowa Community Credit Union, and South Slope Cooperative Communications.

NL will require builders to obtain licenses

New ordinance passes first reading; changes expected

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– Like electricians and plumbers, North Liberty plans to have general contractors working within the city to be licensed.

Happy harvest

NL Pantry celebrates first gardening season

NORTH LIBERTY – The Growing Together Garden, in the backyard of the North Liberty Community Pantry, flourished in its first year.
The pantry held a Taste and Tour event at the garden on Oct. 11. Garden Coordinator Ilsa DeWald and Nick Bergus, of the pantry’s Board of Directors Garden Committee, led attendees on a tour through the Growing Together Garden and the pantry itself.
Pantry garden volunteer Judy Bornkessel attended the event with her 12- and 6-year-old granddaughters, Annika and Beckett Kruse.
As Beckett sampled some kale, her grandmother explained the purpose of the garden.

Following threat at West, ICCSD reconsiders policy

School staff will immediately report to law enforcement, parents

IOWA CITY– The Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) decided it’s better safe than sorry when it comes to school threats.
At an Oct. 13 meeting, the district’s Board of Directors discussed changes to how threats are handled and communicated within the district.
Board President Chris Lynch recommended a three-part plan of action, and all three motions were passed at the meeting:
• Direct all staff to immediately report any threats, substantiated or unsubstantiated, to law enforcement with parent communication as soon as possible.

Tiffin council split on new wage ordinance

Two businesses oppose increase

TIFFIN– Tiffin needs more information before taking action on the county’s new minimum wage ordinance.
The Tiffin City Council had a spirited discussion on the issue at its Oct. 14 pre-meeting work session, with two councilors expressing support of an increase, two councilors expressing opposition and one who wondered if a compromise setting age classifications and commensurate wages for workers would be legal.

Extra helping for NL senior dining

Council grants $1,500 in funding

NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty is helping those who serve.
Literally.
In response to the city’s new budgetary policy to set aside funds to accommodate mid-fiscal year requests from service organizations, volunteers with North Liberty’s Senior Dining program submitted an application for $1,500 to pay a part-time staff person to coordinate the weekly meal effort.
In its Oct. 13 meeting, the council readily said yes.

Scouting for Food pick-up will be Oct. 24

NORTH LIBERTY– Scouting for Food is a yearly event supported by local Boy Scout troops and Cub Scout packs in the community. North Liberty Boy Scouts from Troop 216 and Cub Scouts from North Bend Pack 279, Garner and Van Allen Pack 275, and Penn Pack 216 began distribution of Scouting for Food Bags throughout North Liberty on Oct. 17. 

Four candidates will appear on NL’s council ballot Nov. 3

Four to vie for three seats in Swisher; races are uncontested in Shueyville, Tiffin and Oxford

NORTH LIBERTY– Regardless of the outcome, at least one new face will be sitting at the North Liberty City Council table in January.
Current two-term council member Coleen Chipman is not a candidate for the Tuesday, Nov. 3, city elections.
However, two other incumbents still have their hats in the ring.
Chris Hoffman and Terry Donahue will seek re-election to their positions, challenged by Jay Johnson and Jim Sayre. Three four-year terms will be decided in the election.

Leash on Life to host community dog costume party on Halloween

NORTH LIBERTY– Leash on Life will co-host a costume party for dogs and their owners from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at its North Liberty location, 650 Pacha Pkwy.
The free event is co-hosted by the North Liberty Residents for a Dog Park citizens’ initiative and the nonprofit Johnson County Dog Park Action Committee.

Free Thanksgiving dinner at South Slope Thursday, Nov. 26

NORTH LIBERTY– For the fourth year in a row, a free Thanksgiving dinner will be available, to residents of North Liberty, thanks to a local community member and several businesses.
On Nov. 26, Thanksgiving Day, from 12-4 p.m., a full Thanksgiving meal will be available, free of charge, for residents of North Liberty at the South Slope Community Center in North Liberty.
“We have been getting such positive feedback from the community about this Thanksgiving meal,” said Amanda Engstrom, chair of the Thanksgiving dinner committee.