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Cale Stelken

Painting the town blue

Clear Creek Amana’s Homecoming Parade

TIFFIN– Royal blue emblazoned Tiffin as Clear Creek Amana held its annual Homecoming Parade Thursday, Sept. 20, in Tiffin.
Led by Oxford American Legion Post 537 and Clear Creek Area Boy Scouts, the parade included members of the FFA, CCA marching band, football teams, volleyball, trap shooting and other organizations. The parade weaved its way from the baseball fields at Tiffin City Park past CCA Middle School and concluded at CCA High School, where a pep rally began at dusk.

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.

Back in Line offers a plethora of treatments

Public invited to ribbon cutting Thurs., Sept. 13

NORTH LIBERTY– A Corridor chiropractic office is broadening its reach to North Liberty. The Hiawatha-based Back in Line Family Chiropractic & Wellness opened its second location on Cameron Way on Aug. 20, at the Heat Yoga entrance.
“We wanted to expand and offer our services, and we thought North Liberty was a great place to do it,” said Dr. Missy Wessels. “The community is very up and coming with new families and we just want to be involved with that and give back to the community, and hopefully they will give back to us as well.”

AAA Mechanical Contractors to join NL industrial park

Moving from Coralville to North Liberty next year

NORTH LIBERTY– Three familiar green letters have found a new home in North Liberty. Come spring 2019, AAA Mechanical Contractors, Inc. will move from its Coralville location to 2755 Stoner Ct. in North Liberty.
The family-owned business employs between 40 and 50 workers and has resided on the Coralville River Landing for over 30 years, but is being displaced by the City of Coralville to make way for its future arena, the backside of which will reside at the former AAA building.

A proper station for a growing department

NLPD facility to begin construction this fall

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Police Department (NLPD) is finally getting a proper facility to meet its growing needs.
During an Aug. 28 meeting, the North Liberty City Council unanimously approved plans, specifications and estimated cost for the Police Department Building Project. Construction is estimated at $5 million with the use of a general obligation (GO) municipal bond, making it by far the largest project of the FY19 budget.

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.

Site plan for Liberty Executive Park takes shape

"Trendsetting" commercial-residential subdivision proposed west of Kansas Avenue

NORTH LIBERTY– Seven years after its rezoning, plans to develop the first lot of Liberty Executive Park are moving forward. During its July 24 session, the North Liberty City Council approved a site plan by A&M Development, which seeks to deliver a new approach for the city’s growing district.

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.

Scale and balance

Centennial Park’s innovative new playground opens

NORTH LIBERTY– Centennial Park’s new climbing playground was open for its first whole week Monday, July 30, and there’s been no shortage of kids eager to try their hand at scaling its unique features.

Setting the table for opportunity

Catering service to provide ServSafe certification to aspiring young chefs

NORTH LIBERTY– Matt Zacek always had a passion for cooking, but for decades never realized it beyond a family pastime.
“I’ve always had this ability to take an empty pantry and make a meal out of it,” he remarked. That is until about five years ago while watching an episode of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. The show featured a non-profit restaurant in California called Worth Our Weight, which serves as a culinary apprentice program for at-risk kids.
“It really struck a cord with both my wife and I as something we would really like to do,” Zacek recalled.

Restoring Kent Park Lake

Anticipating completion next spring

OXFORD– Those who haven’t been out to Kent Park Lake in some time would certainly find it unrecognizable. Overlooking the dried-out lake bed, overgrown with vegetation and scattered with park remnants like uprooted tree stumps, it’s almost hard to imagine it was once the aquatic centerpiece to the Johnson County park. But the park’s most ambitious restoration project, which began in spring 2017, is moving at a persistent pace. Outdoor enthusiasts can rest assured, if all goes to plan, the lake with return to its previous glory by spring 2019.

A necessary measure