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North Liberty Leader

Hotcakes and holiday wishes

Santa returns to North Liberty for his annual breakfast with children

NORTH LIBERTY— A Christmas tradition continued in North Liberty as Santa Claus appeared at the Recreation Center on Saturday, Dec. 8, for the annual Breakfast with Santa event. Between 250 and 300 kids spent a ltime with the Jolly Old Elf discussing their hopes and dreams for Christmas presents, as well as their behavior over the past year.
The event has grown over the years, since starting in 2006, said Recreation Supervisor Matt Meseck.

Eager to lend a hand

North Liberty Community Fund aims to broaden community reach

NORTH LIBERTY– On Monday, Nov. 19, the North Liberty Community Fund (NLCF) presented a sizable donation to the North Liberty Community Pantry.
The charitable gesture was not the first of its kind, and one the organization wants to spread further throughout the community.

Supportive stewardship

The NLCF was established in 2007, as an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Johnson County, to help support the unmet needs of local organizations and to maintain a safe, vital, healthy quality of life for the community.

No job too large or too small

North Liberty’s Home Repair Team builds on 20 years of excellence

NORTH LIBERTY– What started out as a simple handyman service 20 years ago has grown into an award winning, full-service design-build, handyman and remodeling business.
Home Repair Team (HRT) started in 1998 when Rob Hajek and his father-in-law Dale Steffen started doing small home repair projects and improvement jobs. His wife Julie came onboard in 2001 to handle the administration side of the business, and his father Dick Hajek joined the company in 2005. Dick Hajek and Dale Steffen both retired in 2009.

North Liberty photographer named bronze medalist at international photographic competition

Jeanna Hegewald of Portraits by Jeanna is honored by peers and jurors for high-quality photography

NORTH LIBERTY– Jeanna Hegewald of Portraits by Jeanna in North Liberty was named a bronze medalist during Professional Photographers of America’s 2018 International Photographic competition. Hegewald’s work will be on display at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia, Jan. 20-22, 2019. This International Photographic Exhibit is held in conjunction with Imaging USA, an annual convention and expo for professional photographers.

Winter arrives but work continues on Oak Hill

CCA construction manager gives an update on progress

TIFFIN– Even with the onset of winter, work continues on the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District’s Oak Hill Elementary in Tiffin. The school, scheduled to open in August 2019, will house fourth- and fifth-grade students from Tiffin Elementary and North Bend Elementary in North Liberty. Amana Elementary and Clear Creek Elementary (CCE) in Oxford will continue to house their own fourth- and fifth-graders.

Beat the Bitter returns for fourth year

2019 introduces Centennial Park “Warm UP” and Igloo Jam concert

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty's frosty festival returns next year with more programming than ever before. From Sunday, Jan. 27, to Saturday, Feb. 2, Beat the Bitter 2019 will offer both adults and families plenty of activities during the bleakest time of the year.

CCA proposes 2019-20 academic calendar

Dates to remember

OXFORD– The School Board of Directors for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District would like to hear from you, if you’ve got something to say about the 2019-20 academic calendar.
A public hearing will be held on the current proposed calendar on Wednesday, Dec. 19, at 6:30 p.m. at Clear Creek Elementary (CCE) in Oxford.
District Superintendent Tim Kuehl presented the draft calendar to the board during a Monday, Nov. 19, regular meeting at CCE.

Nearly 600 greet Kate DiCamillo in North Liberty

Award-winning children’s fiction author visits NL library

NORTH LIBERTY– When asked where she gets ideas for her award-winning books, children’s author Kate DiCamillo offered but a simple answer. 
“Do you know what eavesdropping is?”
An estimated 575 people packed the gymnasium at the North Liberty Community Center on Saturday, Nov. 17, for a highly-anticipated visit from the acclaimed author. DiCamillo read passages from her books and took questions from eager audience members, both young and the young at heart, followed by a book signing and photos.

North Liberty Business & BBQ

Celebrating commerce growth at Mosley’s

NORTH LIBERTY– “They say if you feed them, they will come.”
A jovial North Liberty Mayor Terry Donahue remarked on a nearly packed house during Business & BBQ on Thursday, Nov. 15, which continued the city’s annual fall celebration of commerce and growth.
Fittingly, the City of North Liberty and Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce reserved Mosley’s Barbecue and Provisions on Zeller Street for the event, giving locals a taste of the brand-new restaurant just four days ahead of its official opening to the public.

Murder and mayhem take the stage at Liberty High

Liberty Lightning Theatre brings classic board game Clue to life

NORTH LIBERTY – Parker Brothers introduced a murder mystery board game named “Clue” to the United States in the late 1940s. Players chose a character, a weapon, and drew cards to deduce the murderer, the weapon used, and which room in a mansion the murder occurred in to win the game.
In 1985, the game was turned into a movie with a screenplay penned by Jonathan Lynn. Ten years later a musical version was created, which was revised and returned to Broadway this year. Lynn modified his theatrical (non-musical) script for the stage in 2016.

AlphaGraphics open house marks 10 years of service to the ICR business community

NORTH LIBERTY– AlphaGraphics North Liberty celebrates its 10-year anniversary with an open house Thursday, Nov. 29.
“We are proud to be part of the local business community,” said Dennis Tallman, owner of AlphaGraphics North Liberty. “And we are looking forward to continuing our growth and helping clients with their visual communications needs for many years to come.”

Bolts enter the MVC gracefully

Liberty High wins Cliff Brees Fall Sportsmanship Award

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High officially joined the Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) with the start of the fall sports season. In addition to a number of “firsts” for the football, cross country and volleyball teams, as well as the swimmers who competed in West High green and gold; the school earned its first Cliff Brees Fall Sportsmanship Award.
The MVC presented the award to Liberty (Valley Division) and Cedar Rapids Xavier (Mississippi Division) Wednesday, Nov. 14, during the semi-annual league administrator meeting in Dubuque.