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Community

Moxie: Let the sun shine

Local solar company, now in seven states, makes case to legislators

NORTH LIBERTY– The power of the sun was on display for state legislators at the North Liberty Public Works campus Aug. 14.
Members of the Iowa Future Caucus, a bipartisan coalition of millennial lawmakers, visited one of the city’s solar arrays and listened to concerns from Moxie: America’s Solar Company representatives regarding the state’s approach to renewable energies.
Moxie and the City of North Liberty partnered on a series of solar arrays to power municipal buildings in 2016.

NL council makes dog park’s name official

Red Fern Dog Park invokes a love of dogs, nature and literature

NORTH LIBERTY– The long-awaited dog park in North Liberty has an official name. The park, scheduled to open next summer on 11.5 acres of land along North Liberty Road, has been known simply as, “the Dog Park.” The North Liberty City Council, on a 3-0 vote, approved “Red Fern Dog Park” as the park’s name.

The untaught stories of the Civil War

Re-enactor tells Iowa’s role in the War Between the States

NORTH LIBERTY– The Civil War, also known as, “The War Between the States,” and still to some as “The War of Northern Aggression” or “The War of the Rebellion” was waged between 1861 and 1865 with 750,000 dead. According to www.americancivilwar101.com, Iowa, a Union state, sent 76,242 men, which totaled nearly 3 percent of the Union Army, and made up just over 11 percent of the state’s population. Iowa sent four artillery batteries, 10 cavalry regiments, and 48 infantry regiments along with five Sailors/Marines. Over 13,000 Iowans died during the war.

Hollywood comes to The CREEK

“East of Middle West” films scenes at CCA

TIFFIN– It was far from quiet on the set as scenes for the movie “East of Middle West” were filmed at Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School Friday, Aug. 30, during the Clippers’ varsity football game against Mount Pleasant.

Funding needs through a day of fun

Forever Green raises money for the community with eighth annual Fun Fair

CORALVILLE– For the eighth year, the staff at Forever Green Landscape and Garden Center held their annual Fun Fair, a free day of games and activities.
The Saturday, Aug. 24, event raised money for three organizations: the North Liberty Back 2 School Bash, The Dream Center (afterschool programs/parenting groups in the Iowa City schools) and local junior high and high school student Family Resource Centers.

They came, they saw, they Conquered the Creek

Unique obstacle course provides good dirty fun in Tiffin

TIFFIN– Solon has Beef Days. Swisher has Fun Days. North Liberty has Blues & BBQ. Jason Wilkerson is hoping his Conquer the Creek family obstacle course joins these other events on the map of summertime fun.
“Everybody’s got these certain events that towns are known for,” he said. “That’s what we’re trying to do for Tiffin. It’s something totally different, a youth obstacle course, just to get kids out of the house,”

City and school elections combined in November

Filing period for candidates runs through Sept. 19

JOHNSON COUNTY– It’s time for the presidential candidates to step aside.
There’s a local election to be held this November.
For the first time since a change adopted by the Iowa Legislature in 2017, local city council and school board elections will be combined Tuesday, Nov. 5.
According to the Johnson County Auditor’s Office, city and school elections will be combined in November of odd-numbered years.

Starting the school year out right

NL volunteers help area youth during Back 2 School Bash

NORTH LIBERTY– Back to school time can be a tremendous burden to families with lists of necessary school supplies and the challenges of ever-growing children in need of new shoes and clothing.
The North Liberty community banded together on Friday, Aug.16, to ease that burden with the second annual “Back 2 School Bash” held at Penn Meadows Park.
Five-hundred fifty-seven North Liberty area kids received backpacks, shoes, toiletries, socks and underwear, a bag of groceries, school supplies, and even a haircut; and all at no charge.

Will Cappy return?

CCA launches search for an official mascot

OXFORD– Cappy might be coming back to Clear Creek Amana (CCA).
Cappy is the blue suited, silver bearded sea captain who showed up on a banner on the outfield fence of the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) baseball diamond in Tiffin in 2013, and on hats and uniforms of the players as an unofficial team mascot.

Grant Elementary opens its doors

NL’s newest elementary school honors a living legend

NORTH LIBERTY– The Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) opened the doors to its 22nd elementary school on Wednesday, Aug. 21, with a ribbon cutting and ice cream social.
The new school, Christine Grant Elementary, is the fourth ICCSD elementary school in North Liberty (North Bend Elementary is part of the Clear Creek Amana School District), the sixth school building total, and the first to be built in North Liberty after Liberty High School opened in 2017.
The district has 28 schools in total with more likely as enrollment growth in and around North Liberty continues.

Bumsted is Solon’s Iowan of the Day

State fair accolade for avid volunteer

SOLON– Kelsey Bumsted was humbled someone thought to nominate her as Iowan of the Day at the Iowa State Fair.
If nothing else, she hopes it highlights some of the volunteer opportunities that are available in Solon.
“We are really lucky to have a lot of thriving organizations in this town,” Bumsted added. “Whatever gift that you might have, whether it’s writing calligraphy or being good at Excel spreadsheets or chalkboard drawing, whatever your gift is, odds are you can share it somewhere in our community.”

Doggie dreams can come true

NL Council action makes dog park a 2020 reality

NORTH LIBERTY– A dog park for North Liberty took a Labrador’s leap closer to reality as the city council passed two resolutions related to the park Tuesday, Aug. 13, during its regular meeting.