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Community

A focal point in the community is due for a makeover

Oxford American Legion seeks donations for new Veterans Memorial

OXFORD– The Veterans Memorial in Oxford stands for all who have honorably served in the armed forces of the United States. Like many veterans, it has seen good times and bad, and has stood in the face of adversity.
But Oxford’s memorial has lost some of its luster and Oxford American Legion members have banded together to raise funds for a new one.
The current memorial replaced a wooden monument which bore the names of Oxford’s veterans placed some 25-30 years ago, possibly even 40, depending on who you ask.

From barn to badge

Alec Fjelstul, the NLPD’s newest and youngest officer

NORTH LIBERTY– A fresh face has joined the ranks of North Liberty’s finest. And if you ask him, there’s nowhere else he’d rather be.
“I love it here,” Alec Fjelstul affirmed of his new role.
At 22 years old, Officer Fjelstul, Badge 523, is the newest and youngest member of the growing North Liberty Police Department (NLPD), having completed his field training Thursday, Nov. 1.

Letting the "Littles" thrive

4-H/Big Brothers Big Sisters seeks volunteers in Solon and NL

NORTH LIBERTY– Blasting bottle rockets outside, making ice cream in a bag and roasting marshmallows over a campfire may sound like simple fun and games, but in the 4-H/Big Brother Big Sisters (BBBS) after-school club, they serve as a powerful vessel for bonding and personal development.

First United Methodist Church facility completes expansion

Dedication ceremony, grand opening Oct. 21

NORTH LIBERTY– One of North Liberty’s most prominent churches has undergone an ambitious expansion to meet the needs of its growing congregation.
First United Methodist Church, located at 85 N. Jones Blvd., plans to celebrate the milestone with a dedication ceremony and grand opening this weekend.

Tricks, hoops and alley-oops

CCA All Stars play Harlem Wizards in support of school district

TIFFIN– Screams, laughter and jubilation filled the air in Tiffin Thursday night– standard fare when the Harlem Wizards come to town.
The nationally touring comedy basketball team performed at Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School on the evening of Oct. 11, facing off against a crew of faculty collectively known as the CCA All Stars. The event was hosted by the CCA Community Schools Foundation, which is taking new initiative to support the school district and its programming.

An option for special needs kids to be kids

Adaptive sports program debuts in Tiffin

TIFFIN– Kids just want to play. Sometimes though, challenges get in the way of having fun. An innovative new program in Tiffin is working to overcome those challenges under the motto “EveryBODY Deserves to Play.”
Courage League Sports is a provider of recreation and sports for kids with disabilities including cognitive, physical, emotional or any combination thereof.
“This gives them a place to play, move their bodies, to be social, interact, and have fun,” said Jenny Rempt, owner of the new Iowa City-area venture.

For the kids

Kernels for the Kids opens the season at Colony Pumpkin Patch

NORTH LIBERTY– The Colony Pumpkin Patch, in North Liberty, has been bringing smiles to families for 13 years. However, another group in the area is zeroing in on 25 years of brightening the lives of families and giving them reasons to smile. Colony partnered with the University of Iowa (UI) Dance Marathon this season for a special corn maze honoring the marathon’s 25th anniversary (in February 2019). The patch opened the 2018 season donating admission on Sunday, Sept.

A parade of Lightning

Liberty High celebrates one-year anniversary and Homecoming ‘18

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High School held its second annual Homecoming Parade Wednesday, Sept. 26, in North Liberty. A Family Fun Night, celebrating the one-year anniversary of the new high school, preceded the parade.
Hot dogs were grilled by Matt Zacek of Z’s Catering and BBQ, of North Liberty, with ice cream and 1,000 chocolate chip cookies donated by Heyn’s Ice Cream of North Liberty and the Coralville Hy-Vee. Bounce Party Supplies LLC, in Iowa City, donated one bouncy house, while the Liberty Lightning Booster Club paid for a second inflatable.

Painting the town blue

Clear Creek Amana’s Homecoming Parade

TIFFIN– Royal blue emblazoned Tiffin as Clear Creek Amana held its annual Homecoming Parade Thursday, Sept. 20, in Tiffin.
Led by Oxford American Legion Post 537 and Clear Creek Area Boy Scouts, the parade included members of the FFA, CCA marching band, football teams, volleyball, trap shooting and other organizations. The parade weaved its way from the baseball fields at Tiffin City Park past CCA Middle School and concluded at CCA High School, where a pep rally began at dusk.

Big Brothers/Big Sisters Need Volunteers!

SOLON/NORTH LIBERTY– Blasting bottle rockets outside, making ice cream in a bag, and roasting marshmallows over a campfire are just a few of the fun, hands-on activities youths have experienced during the 4-H/Big Brother Big Sisters (BBBS) after-school club at North Central Junior High in North Liberty. After four years of growth and refinement, this youth development program partnership is expanding to Solon Middle School this fall, beginning Thursday, Sept. 27.

Unveiling the Timber Ridge Nature Trail

Celebrating the completion of a multi-year STEM project

TIFFIN– Several years of hard work and a powerful learning experience manifested on the morning of Wednesday, Sept. 12, as the City of Tiffin and members of the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) School District unveiled the new Timber Ridge Nature Trail with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and tour.

Plunging for fun and a purpose

Ninth annual Doggie Plunge in North Liberty helps animals in need and NLPD’s K-9

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– The end of summer is marked with many events: the start of school, football season firing up and the closing of outdoor swimming pools. While the outdoor pool at the North Liberty Recreation Center officially closed for the season on Labor Day, dozens upon dozens of “fur kids” got in one last swim before the pool is drained until next summer.
The recreation center hosted its ninth annual Doggie Plunge on Sunday, Sept. 9, which was an opportunity for canines to swim and frolic about.