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Archive - 2018

January 11th

The other resolution

New Year’s Resolutions are hard enough to keep when you are by yourself and nobody is going to see if you cheat or not, but this one can be even more difficult when you are in the company of others. Others who have the same bad habit you are trying to conquer. I’m talking about smoking and the things we all go through trying to rationalize our bad habit while, at the same time, trying to escape it.

January 7th

How sweet it is

Hawk Talk

Iowa breaks drought with comeback over Boston College, 27-20

The bowl steak of losing five straight was snapped as the Hawkeyes took care of business in the second half, beating Boston College last week in the Pinstripe Bowl in New York City.
When I am watching a game, I’m thinking of different headlines.
Before the game, when I thought the Hawkeyes would win, I was going with “Finally.”
After the second quarter was over and Iowa was not looking good and trailing 17-10, I thought “Not again.”

January 4th

Trojans finish 2017 on top

West High trounces East High, 86-55

North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– The West High Trojans finished 2017 with a 7-0 record thanks in part to trouncing the Waterloo East Trojans, 86-55, Friday, Dec. 22, at home.
West pulled ahead 18-11 at the end of the first period and bombed the visiting Trojans 24-15 in the second quarter for a 42-26 advantage at halftime. West High continued to punish East High with 23 and 21 points in the third and fourth quarters.

Community Theatre brings “Superior Donuts” to the stage

IOWA CITY– The Iowa City Community Theatre presents “Superior Donuts” by Tracy Letts, directed by Barry A. Schreier to the stage of Exhibit Hall A at the Johnson County Fairgrounds.
Tickets are available for $19 for adults, $16 for students and seniors, and $11 for children, online at iowacitycommunitytheatre.org or at the door of the Johnson County Fairgrounds, Exhibit Hall A, located at 4261 Oak Crest Hill Road in Iowa City. Patrons with special seating needs are asked to call 319-338-0443 for arrangements.

Hypnotist comedy show

Tiffin Jan. 25

TIFFIN– The Fine Arts and Music Enhancers (F.A.M.E.) will be hosting Clear Creek Amana (CCA) alumnus Steve Meade as he performs his comedy hypnosis show “The Virtual Reality Tour” Thursday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m. at the Clear Creek Amana High School Performing Arts Center in Tiffin. Volunteers from the audience will be taken on a spellbound lifelike mental vacation using the power of hypnosis.

Facebook group builds community

Buy Nothing project bonds neighbors

North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– In a season characterized by stores packed with shoppers eager to buy that perfect gift for their loved one, a local Facebook group puts a fresh spin on gift giving.
“It’s a hyper-local gifting economy,” explained Melissa Chagala, a North Liberty resident and administrator for the North Liberty/Solon chapter of the Buy Nothing project.

Curbside tree collection

JOHNSON COUNTY– Johnson County Refuse will collect discarded Christmas trees on Jan. 10 and Jan. 17.
Trees should be placed at the curb by 7 a.m. with all decorations removed. Please remove the tree from any bag or container. This service is free of charge.

Penn Meadows Ice Rink open

NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty and Beat the Bitter have partnered to bring Penn Meadows Ice Rink to the community. Located on top of the tennis courts on the south end of Penn Meadows Park, the 100-foot by 115-foot seasonal rink opened on Dec. 27 and has already seen many visitors.

Tiffin Fire Associate annual meeting Wednesday Jan. 10

TIFFIN– The Tiffin Fire Association will hold its annual meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 10, at 6:30 p.m. at the Tiffin Fire Station. It will be followed by the regular meeting with election of officers. For more information, contact Bill Ruppert at 319-331-6201.

Born to be a firefighter

New NLFD Chief Brian Platz looks to be an agent of change

North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– As a young boy growing up in Dyersville, Brian Platz developed an early passion for the fire service. His dad was the chief for 18 years and the younger Platz spent much of his time at the station with him.
“Those were the formative years of my life growing up,” he said. “He eats, sleeps and breathes fire, so I think he instilled the love for the fire service in me. I knew from the very beginning I wanted to be a firefighter, and there’s no other course for me.”