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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.

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.

Art and tradition in memoriam

Mexican Tiffinite pays tribute to the deceased through carving and culture

TIFFIN– As locals wind down the festivities of Halloween, other members of the community begin a different kind of spectral celebration.

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.

Tiffin in exploration phase for future rec complex

Evaluating possibilities with Diamond Dreams and Shive-Hattery

TIFFIN– A recreation complex could be in Tiffin’s near future. The city has begun the exploratory phase of shaping what is sure to be a fixture of the growing community.

A2Z provides a breadth of household services

Halloween party/open house Wed., Oct. 31

NORTH LIBERTY– From modest, rural Johnson County beginnings to forging a reputation in Iowa City, A2Z Heating and Plumbing, Inc. now begins an exciting chapter with its new home in the heart of North Liberty.
A2Z’s service radius spans from Cedar Rapids to Washington, and according to Owner Darline Horton, the company name isn’t just flair.
“There’s literally almost something under every letter of the alphabet that we do,” she remarked. “Heating, air conditioning, plumbing is the day-to-day, most of the calls that we get. But we also do a lot of the commercial refrigeration work.”

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.

Cab service in the works for North Liberty

Transit Committee hoping for wheels on the ground by November

NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty is working quickly towards green-lighting a new demand-response cab service for the less mobile population.
“The voters of North Liberty have demanded that we do something about transit,” said Gerry Kuhl, former acting Mayor of North Liberty, 10-year member of the city council and current member of the Transit Committee. Kuhl is eager to get wheels turning on the project, first introducing an RFP (request for proposal) in September.

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