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Community

North Central Junior High prepares for expansion

Improvements to both interior and parking anticipated late next year

NORTH LIBERTY– If all goes to plan, traffic jams, cluttered halls and a cramped gymnasium will be a thing of the past for North Central Junior High late next year. The school is preparing for expansions to both the interior and exterior, to match its growing population, with construction likely to begin during the upcoming school year.

Exterior

The eccentric musical blitz of Duke Otherwise

Entertaining kids at North Liberty Community Library

NORTH LIBERTY– One thing’s for sure: those who skipped Thursday’s performance at the library missed out on one heck of a show.
On the evening of Thursday, June 28, Duke Otherwise gave a handful of kids a real treat at the North Liberty Community Library. His singing, guitar playing and tap dancing offered a unique performance among the various entertainers coming to the library in 2018 as part of its Summer Reading Program.

CCA names principal for new elementary in Tiffin

District approves from within

OXFORD– Sometimes the obvious answer is right in front of you. For the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District, as Communications Director Laurie Haman said in a recent press release, the district, “did not have to look far to add a new elementary principal.” Brian Williams, the current Director of Curriculum and Instruction, has been approved by the board to become the principal of the new elementary school, which is currently under construction just north of Tiffin Elementary.

Prime Time League ends 31-year run of summer basketball

NORTH LIBERTY– The Prime Time League has run its course.
Founder and Director of the Prime Time League Randy Larson announced the league will not play this summer.

Help make Back 2 School Bash a success

NORTH LIBERTY– Before school starts again this fall, the City of North Liberty and a group of community partners are working to make sure every kid in the community has what they need to have a good start to the school year. The inaugural Back 2 School Bash will be held on Friday, Aug. 17, from 2 to 5 p.m. in North Liberty’s Penn Meadows Park in North Liberty. This kick-off to the school year provides free school supplies, socks, underwear, toiletries, shoes, haircuts and more to kids accompanied by an adult.

North Liberty Community Pantry’s 6th annual Turkey Trot July 14

NORTH LIBERTY— Grab running shoes and join North Liberty Community Pantry on Saturday, July 14, at 9 a.m. for the 6th annual Turkey Trot 10k, 5k and 1 Mile(ish) Event, sponsored by University of Iowa Community Credit Union (UICCU). Runners and walkers of all ages are invited to register for advanced registration at getmeregistered.com/NorthLibertyTurkeyTrot, the race is expected to sell out quickly.

Swisher Legion Auxiliary selects two Prairie girls to attend Girls State

SWISHER– The Swisher American Legion Auxiliary chose two Prairie girls to attend Girls State this month at Drake University.

Preview: Blues & BBQ 2018

Volunteers needed to support growing summer festival

NORTH LIBERTY– The committee for the 12th annual North Liberty Blues & BBQ has wasted no time getting the word out and recruiting volunteers in anticipation of the one-day festival. At the one-month-out mark, June 14, they held the first pre-party kickoff on the patio of Reds Alehouse, sponsored by Junge Ford North Liberty.

Juggling knives and high-fives

Award-winning circus performer entertains families at North Liberty library

NORTH LIBERTY– Kids of North Liberty can now include knife juggling and a human hamster ball among the performance arts they’ve witnessed at their community library.
On the evening of Thursday, June 14, award-winning juggler and acrobat Laura Ernst entertained an audience of 212 people as part of the North Liberty Community Library’s Summer Reading program. The event took place at the Jones Gym in the North Liberty Community Center.

Volunteering is a win-win

Solon Senior of the Year: Dave Frisbie

SOLON– Why volunteer?
“I hadn’t thought about it,” said Solon Senior Advocates’ Senior of the Year honoree Dave Frisbie. “I think of all the people who have volunteered before me, and I just do it.”
Having always been service-oriented, his main concern was not whether to volunteer but how and where to do it. He settled on a few key areas in his life: helping maintain trails at Lake Macbride, driving for Table to Table and the Solon Senior Advocates, and doing chores for seniors at no charge.

Fore Solon golf tournament July 9

New group to direct first year funds toward community center

SOLON– Fore!
A trio of local residents, with deep roots in city and school government, have banded together to organize a new annual charity golf tournament to benefit Solon’s youth.
Fore Solon’s three-person best shot golf outing will be held Monday, July 9, at Saddleback Golf Course, with an 11:30 a.m. lunch and a 1 p.m. shotgun start.
“This is going to be something we see as an ongoing, annual event,” Steve Duncan said.

North Liberty dog park

City to purchase land on east side of town

NORTH LIBERTY– On Tuesday, June 12, the North Liberty City Council approved the purchase of land for a dog park. The plan is to reallocate $225,000 in trail lighting funds from the FY18 budget. A purchase agreement could be considered as early as June 26.