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Community

Volunteers needed for Big Brothers/Big Sisters programs in NL and Solon

SOLON/NORTH LIBERTY– Blasting bottle rockets outside, making ice cream in a bag, and roasting marshmallows over a campfire are just a few of the fun, hands-on activities youths have experienced during the 4-H/Big Brother Big Sisters (BBBS) after-school club at North Central Junior High in North Liberty. After four years of growth and refinement, this youth development program partnership is expanding to Solon Middle School this fall, beginning Thursday, Sept. 27.

Unveiling the Timber Ridge Nature Trail

Celebrating the completion of a multi-year STEM project

TIFFIN– Several years of hard work and a powerful learning experience manifested on the morning of Wednesday, Sept. 12, as the City of Tiffin and members of the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) School District unveiled the new Timber Ridge Nature Trail with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and tour.

Plunging for fun and a purpose

Ninth annual Doggie Plunge in North Liberty helps animals in need and NLPD’s K-9

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– The end of summer is marked with many events: the start of school, football season firing up and the closing of outdoor swimming pools. While the outdoor pool at the North Liberty Recreation Center officially closed for the season on Labor Day, dozens upon dozens of “fur kids” got in one last swim before the pool is drained until next summer.
The recreation center hosted its ninth annual Doggie Plunge on Sunday, Sept. 9, which was an opportunity for canines to swim and frolic about.

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From the feedlot to the pantries

Young Solon farmer’s steer fills bellies across Johnson County

NORTH LIBERTY– For the second year, the Johnson County Farm Bureau purchased a steer at the 4-H/FFA (Future Farmers of America) auction at the Johnson County Fair. The steer was raised by 11-year-old Garrett Spevacek, son of Travis and Erinn Spevacek of rural Solon as a 4-H project. Spevacek, a member of the Graham Champions 4-H Club in Solon, raised five head of livestock in the “Advanced Feeder Pen” class and showed them at this year’s fair.

NL Firefighters put community fun in fundraising

NLFD hosts 10th annual Salute to Summer

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Fire Department (NLFD) hosted its 10th annual “Salute to Summer” event Saturday, Aug. 18, at the fire station on Cherry Street. It was the second year for holding the event at the station, after eight years at the Scales Pointe Campground.
The NLFD ran approximately 700 calls in 2009, the first year for the event, and topped 860 the week of August 13.

Sail or sink

5th annual Cardboard Boat Races at Scales Pointe

NORTH LIBERTY– For the fifth year, would-be nautical engineers cut, folded, shaped and taped corrugated cardboard sheets into vessels they hoped would survive a short trip in the waters of the Coralville Lake for a shot at a trophy and bragging rights.
Bobbers Grill and Scales Pointe Campground and Marina hosted its fifth annual Cardboard Boat Races on Saturday, Aug. 11, on the grounds near North Liberty with 14 entries with names on the boats including “Two Girls,” “Tweested Seasters,” “Captain America,” “Poseidon,” “Swisher Sinker,” “Vinnie” and “Jenny.”

Oxford Legion launches campaign to build a new Veterans Memorial

OXFORD– Oxford Legion Post 537 launched a campaign to build a new local Veterans Memorial. The present memorial is deteriorating, the cement is crumbling and the cracks are beginning to show its age. The present memorial will be removed, and preparations for its replacement are being made and fundraisers are being implemented.

North Liberty hosts inaugural Back 2 School Bash

Hundreds of families prepare for school at Penn Meadows Park

NORTH LIBERTY– If there was ever a manifestation of community support in North Liberty, it was Friday, Aug. 17, at Penn Meadows Park.
Thanks to a barrage of volunteers and donations, hundreds of local families received a strong start to their school year during the inaugural Back 2 School Bash. The three-hour event provided a comprehensive selection of items free to the public, with long lines of families eager to take part on the sunny Friday afternoon.

Tending a fowl situation

Veterinarian visit opens discussion on North Liberty wildlife

NORTH LIBERTY– What do you do when chanced upon a wild animal whose life is threatened by human negligence? It’s a question recently faced by residents of Saint Andrews Drive in North Liberty.
Every day for the last five years, a flock of ducks has waddled across the yard of Dan and Ruthann Schrock, to be fed by Kay Klein. The ritual keeps the neighbors eager to greet the charming fowl as they march into the neighborhood, looking for grub. But on Tuesday, July 31, the neighbors noticed one of the ducklings exhibiting some impairment.

School districts say yes to more locally-sourced ingredients

IOWA CITY– Four Iowa school districts are saying yes to sourcing more local.

From the skies to the sea

Joining the Eastern Iowa Model Yacht Club

NORTH LIBERTY– You could say Elton Combs is a tinkerer of sorts. He’s been a remote control airplane enthusiast for many decades, dating back to his Missouri farm upbringing. In fact, the walls and ceiling of his North Liberty basement serve as a mini museum, with dozens of hanging aircrafts. From early gas-powered engines to electric, Combs has quite the collection.
“That’s the stuff you’d find on Antiques Roadshow,” he remarked, pointing to a model from the 1950s.

Arlington Ridge was the place to be in North Liberty

Third annual NL Porchfest fills neighborhood with a day of fun and music

NORTH LIBERTY– The Arlington Ridge neighborhood of North Liberty banded together Saturday, Aug. 11, for its third Porchfest, a day of music, food and games in a family-friendly environment. Twenty-seven solo and group acts performed on seven stages set up on porches scattered throughout the neighborhood along Whitman Avenue and Canterbury Street.