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Community

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Shaping the Legends of Tomorrow

Student program hones personal responsibility, community engagement

NORTH LIBERTY– A new initiative is empowering students of North Central Junior High School.
The Legends of Tomorrow Community Youth Group kicked off this year as a means for youth to seek opportunities for personal growth and to contribute to the community. “The main focus is good decision making,” cited Cecilia Roudabush, general music teacher at North Central and a coordinator of the program. “Smart choices for a positive future.”

In it for the bees

Boy Scout advocates residential beekeeping in North Liberty

NORTH LIBERTY– Dominick Shover’s got a buzz for bees, and he thinks you should, too.
A member of Boy Scout Troop 216 in North Liberty, Shover has become an advocate for honeybees and beekeeping over the last two years. He says bees don’t deserve the bad rap they often receive– not only that, but we should embrace them for sustaining our very existence.
“If the bees go, man would have less than four years to live,” Shover cited.

Harvey puts his paw prints on the CCA stage

The Creek’s thespians bring a classic to life

NORTH LIBERTY– Elwood P. Dowd is a happy man. Day in and day out, he meets new friends and generally lives without a care. His best friend, though, is a 6-3 white rabbit named Harvey, who nobody else can see. The trials and tribulations of his loving sister, Myrtle Mae Simmons, and her efforts to have Dowd committed to a sanitarium are the basis for “Harvey,” a two-act comedy-drama the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School Drama Department presented Thursday, Nov. 8, through Saturday, Nov. 10, in the Performing Arts Center in Tiffin.

Serving those who served

CCA Middle School students welcome and feed local veterans

TIFFIN– Elizabeth, a seventh-grader at the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Middle School summed up why she and several other students eagerly crowded behind tables of food, donned plastic gloves and served breakfast to a group of veterans.
“They helped for us, so we’d like to help out for them.”
Veterans and their families filled the commons area in the school Monday, Nov. 12, for the annual Springmier Community Library Veterans Celebration, which featured breakfast including casseroles, rolls, breakfast pizza, oatmeal and biscuits and gravy.