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North Liberty Leader

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.”

Fareway breaks ground in Tiffin

City’s first grocery store expected to open spring 2019

TIFFIN– It’s been nearly five years since Tiffin residents put a grocery store at the top of their wish list, and last week the city came a few shovelfuls closer to reaching that dream.
On the sunny afternoon of Thursday, Aug. 23, gold shovels in hand, representatives of the City of Tiffin, Fareway Stores, Inc. and the Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce broke ground together at the site of the upcoming Fareway grocery store. Located at 500 Croell Ave., the city’s first grocery store will be approximately 19,000 square feet in scale, and is expected to open its doors spring 2019.

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.

Third quarter rally not enough for the Bolts over the Little Hawks

City High spoils Liberty’s varsity debut, 38-21

IOWA CITY– Liberty High’s varsity football debut opened on a sour note on the road Friday, Aug. 24, at Iowa City High as the Little Hawks flew through the Lightning to a 38-21 win over the “Bolts.”

Lightning falls to Saints in MVC debut

CR Xavier 3, Liberty High 1

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High’s Mississippi Valley Conference varsity volleyball debut opened on a high note as the Lightning took the first set 25-18 over Cedar Rapids Xavier Tuesday, August 21, at home. The Saints, third in Class 4A in the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union’s preseason rankings, rolled over Liberty 25-7 in the second set and won the third set 25-17 before finishing the night 25-23 for the 3-1 win.

Lightning flashes for first VB tournament title

Liberty goes 4-0 at Charles City invitational

CHARLES CITY– More history was made for Liberty High School Saturday, Aug. 25, as the varsity volleyball team notched its first tournament championship in school history at the Charles City Early Bird Invitational.
The Bolts zapped Charles City (21-13, 21-14), Decorah (21-7, 21-12), Mason City (21-14, 21-11) and Iowa Falls (11-21, 21-18, 15-10).

Women of Troy splash the J-Hawks in Coralville

Liberty’s Martin, Taeger and Janik win as West High swims past Jefferson 138-47

CORALVILLE– Iowa City West High’s Women of Troy won their first dual swimming and diving meet of the year with a 138-47 win over Cedar Rapids Jefferson Tuesday, August 31, at the Coralville Recreation Center. Eleven Liberty High swimmers are on West’s squad this year with three Bolts: Scarlet Martin, Olivia Taeger and Lexi Janik winning the 200-yard freestyle and 100-yard back stroke, 500-yard freestyle and 100-yard breaststroke respectively in varsity competition.

Liberty XC finds success at West High’s Early Bird

Keeney and Montover win for the Lightning

IOWA CITY– Liberty High’s cross country squads started the 2018 season Thursday, Aug. 23, at Iowa City West High’s Early Bird Invitational, held at the University of Iowa’s Ashton Cross Country Course.
Liberty Freshman Ashlyn Keeney defeated West High’s Deniz Ince by 38 seconds to win the varsity girls race. Keeney won in 18:12.4 to senior Ince’s 18:51.3. Camille Mac and McKenzie Logan, Liberty’s returning varsity starters from last year, were third and fourth respectively in 19:23.8 and 19:54.6. West High won the meet, followed by Pleasant Valley and the Bolts.

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.

Youth is an advantage for the Lightning

Liberty High boys cross country preview

NORTH LIBERTY– Often when coaches discuss their team ahead of any given season, a “young” team is considered a disadvantage due to a lack of experience, particularly in varsity competition. Josh Hildebrand, head coach for Liberty High’s boys cross country, sees having a “young” squad as a strength.