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Cale Stelken

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.

Family & Sport Chiropractic hosts inaugural Make-A-Wish fundraiser

More summer events planned

NORTH LIBERTY– Family & Sport Chiropractic, of North Liberty, made its first major step in support of the Make-A-Wish Foundation last month, with its inaugural fundraiser held Friday, June 1.
“We had a pretty good turnout, lots of kids,” said Angela Bell, Director of Marketing for the office. The event raised nearly $3,000.
“Our goal is at least $10,000,” Bell noted. “So far in this year, we’re about halfway there.”

Shaping up the water

North Liberty facility improves water capacity and quality

NORTH LIBERTY– With the turn of a faucet, the residents of North Liberty have a new reason to rejoice.
On Wednesday, June 20, the City of North Liberty held an open house to celebrate the unveiling of its new water treatment plant at 433 S. Front St. City staff invited residents in for a comprehensive tour of the plant, which went online in May, and to explain its benefits to the community.

The rate debate

Council discussion on rec center rates at a standstill

NORTH LIBERTY– Efforts to revise the nearly 15-year-standing fee system at the North Liberty Recreation Center have been stifled, for now. While the measure may have been unanimously rejected by the city council, residents of North Liberty can anticipate changes coming to the rate structure in late 2018.

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.

Grant Elementary School breaks ground

School honors athletics pioneer Dr. Christine Grant of U of I

NORTH LIBERTY– A local and national legacy was further solidified on Tuesday, May 22, at a groundbreaking ceremony held on the future site of Grant Elementary, in North Liberty. The school was named in honor of Dr. Christine Grant, who not only was in attendance but also participated in the groundbreaking itself.

A season in limbo

Penn Landing Market’s future in question

NORTH LIBERTY– Summer break is in full force in North Liberty. The rec center pool is open for business, and cyclists are eagerly strapping on their helmets for a weekend ride. But the absence of a certain community fixture may leave some locals scratching their heads.

TAKO offers an anglers' feast

Hosts free day of fishing at Liberty Centre Pond

NORTH LIBERTY– When a free fishing event is announced in North Liberty, families are quick to take the bait.
On Saturday, June 2, an estimated 300 people from around the Corridor lined Liberty Centre Pond. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., families cast their lines into the scenic waters as part of the Take a Kid Outdoors (TAKO) free fishing event.

Encouraging kids to "stay creative"

Children’s picture book author Alastair Heim visits North Liberty Community Library

NORTH LIBERTY– Alastair Heim had words of encouragement for the kids of North Liberty.
On the morning of Saturday, May 26, families kicked off their weekend with a visit from the internationally published children’s picture book author. Heim took the occasion to read his books to the young locals, share some wisdom and sign copies of his work, with Prairie Lights Books providing books for sale. The event, which began at 11 a.m., was hosted by the library in partnership with the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature, free to the community.

For the G.O.O.D. of the community

Heritage Christian School’s annual serve-a-thon

NORTH LIBERTY– Third-graders squealed with excitement as they navigated the thick brush and rolling hills of Squire Point, evading thorn bushes and using downed trees as balancing beams. It was a cool, cloudy morning on Friday, May 11, as the students of Heritage Christian School took part in Operation G.O.O.D. (Giving Of Ourselves Day).