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North Liberty Leader

Snowdrifters are America’s Snowmobile Club of the Year

Local group cited for volunteerism, community impact

SOLON– The snow came late, but it was still a banner year for the Iowa Snowdrifters.

The area snowmobile club was the 2018 Club of the Year for the American Council of Snowmobile Associations (ACSA).

“I just want to thank club members, landowners, our sponsors– everybody, in terms of the award, made that happen,” said Bill Hogan of rural Solon, the current club president. “I’m just happy to be part of the club.”

Hogan said the club was recognized for outstanding achievement in fundraising, community projects and the dedicated efforts of the members to manage and maintain the trails.

North Liberty joins economic protocol

Tiffin a potential future participant

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty has joined Iowa City and Coralville in signing an economic development protocol vowing to play fair.

The mayors of Johnson County’s three largest cities came together to sign the agreement Friday, Jan. 11, at the IC CoLab MERGE, the headquarters of the Iowa City Area Development Group (ICAD).

Stratton reaches 1,000 points

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) multi-sport standout, Karsyn Stratton, hit the 1,000-point mark Friday, Jan. 4, at home against the South Tama Trojans. Stratton, a junior, reached the milestone in the second period with 14 points already on the board, and finished the night with a game-high 22 as the Creek Girls disposed of South Tama 47-36.

Waves of uncertainty

Backlash prompts further discussion of CCA’s ’19-’20 preschool plan

OXFORD– The School Board of Directors for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District approved a significant change to the preschool program for the 2019-2020 academic year. Currently the district offers a full-day program with state grant money paying for the morning session (aka “Voluntary”) and families paying tuition for the afternoon (aka “Enterprise”). However, CCA has been accumulating a surplus balance on the state-funded portion while routinely running a deficit on the private pay.

DiVentures breaks ground on future site

Moving to dedicated facility this summer

NORTH LIBERTY– Water enthusiasts have something to look forward to this summer as DiVentures, the area’s premiere diving and aquatics center, gets a proper facility to best serve the community.

On the morning of Thursday, Jan 3, the North Liberty business celebrated its future home with a groundbreaking ceremony. Located at 1895 W. Penn St., the new facility will feature an expanded retail space and its own dedicated pool, and is anticipated for opening in June.

Fareway takes form in Tiffin

Anticipates late May opening

TIFFIN– Come spring, a hometown supermarket will finally become a reality for eager Tiffinites. Progress continues on the future home of Fareway. Located at 500 Croell Ave., the store is anticipated for a late May opening and will serve as the first supermarket for the fastest growing city in Iowa.

“We’re coming down the home stretch construction-wise,” noted Koby Pritchard, attorney of Fareway Stores, Inc.

Cab service program takes shape

Transit Committee anticipates roll out in early February

NORTH LIBERTY– Among the many introductions North Liberty residents can expect in 2019 will be a demand-response cab service for its transit-dependent population.

Cost cuts necessary for NLPD facility plans

Bid exceeded project estimate by over $1 million

NORTH LIBERTY– Enthusiasm for the future station of the North Liberty Police Department (NLPD) has been hampered by its construction bid, which has exceeded the project cost estimate by over $1 million. Parties directly involved in the project are looking for measures to cut $700,000, with additional funds necessary to fulfill the construction.

Project background

The North Liberty City Council unanimously approved initial plans, specifications and estimated cost for the Police Department Building Project during its Aug. 28 session.

Democrat Royceann Porter wins county supervisor seat

Topples Hemingway in special election

JOHNSON COUNTY– In a historic victory, Democrat Royceann Porter will assume the vacant seat on the Johnson County Board of Supervisors.

Porter won decidedly Tuesday, Dec. 18, capturing 56 percent of the vote and defeating Republican candidate Phil Hemingway, who took 43 percent of a total 9,658 votes. Voter turnout was 9.98 percent.

The county special election was scheduled to decide the remaining two years of the late Johnson County Supervisor Kurt Friese, a Democrat, who died unexpectedly at the age of 54 in October.

A Christmas village in Tiffin

Al Havens’ festive holiday display

TIFFIN– Al Havens’ holiday spirit is on full display.

The Tiffin resident and city council member annually hosts his own miniature Christmas village at his Ponds Court residence. With a dimming of the lights, the display comes to life with 50 miniature lit buildings and monuments. A moving train cart, as well as an ice-skating rink with animated skaters and a ski slope with a cycling ski lift round out the exhibit to a backdrop of holiday music.

“One of my favorites is the ‘57 Chevy on a carousel,” he remarked, pointing to a vintage Chevrolet store display.

A committed approach to putting patients first

Kepros Physical Therapy & Performance opens to North Liberty

NORTH LIBERTY– A unique approach to physical wellness in North Liberty has arrived in Kepros Physical Therapy & Performance.

The office opened in August as the third Kepros branch of the Corridor, providing primarily physical therapy, as well as performance training. While the practice treats a fair number of athletes, Kepros welcomes people of all ages and lifestyles, approaching both from a proactive and reactive standpoint.

Second sight

Katie the Service Dog brings renewed hope to Solon man

NORTH LIBERTY– Two friendly, furry creatures were spotted at the annual Breakfast with Santa event at the North Liberty Recreation Center on Saturday, Dec. 8. One was the North Liberty Lions Club’s mascot; a six-foot tall lion who greeted kids and adults alike, freely dispensing hugs and posing for pictures. The other was a ten-year old German Shepherd named Katie who, despite being on the job and in her uniform (service dog vest), graciously accepted petting and pats from complete strangers.