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Cale Stelken

Tiffin frisbee golf course unveiled

Makes creative use of floodplain along Clear Creek

TIFFIN– This summer, Tiffin introduced perhaps one of its most scenic recreation spots, quietly unveiling the new Tiffin Timbers frisbee golf course.
The roughly 20-acre layout features nine holes taking players through heavily wooded grass paths, open prairie and partially along the city’s concrete, multi-use trail.
“It’s got a beautiful layout with the timber and the open fields and so forth,” remarked City of Tiffin Parks Director/Public Works Maintenance Worker Jonas Zimmer. “We were able to design it and kind of cut it through the timber, and use the timber to our advantage.”

A new era for the paper

The Leader office makes a new home in Solon

SOLON– This summer, the North Liberty Leader set out for a new horizon. Fortunately, all it took was a short stroll down Main Street.

Journey Counseling Services marks a decade in North Liberty

Hosting open house Fri., Aug. 3

NORTH LIBERTY– It’s been a slow burn, but over the course of 10 years, Journey Counseling Services (JCS) has made a solid niche for itself in North Liberty.
Located at 6 Hawkeye Dr. Ste. 105, the ministry offers Christian-based counseling with over 30 years of combined experience.
“As we’ve been doing this longer, I’ve found it to be kind of a unique spot that we’re in, because not a lot of other people do it,” said owner and counselor Holly Smigel.

Jazzed to play Iowa City

Liberty Jazz Combo takes to Youth Stage

IOWA CITY– The Liberty High Jazz Combo had the privilege of performing on the Youth Stage for the first time at the Iowa City Jazz Festival, Saturday, June 30. Facing temperatures in the upper 80s, the nine-student band sweated out two sets, one at 6:30 p.m. and another 8:30 p.m. Cracking jokes between songs and ending the night with a composition of their own, the group played to a sizable audience on bustling Iowa Avenue.

Celebrating independence in Oxford

Town anticipates 150th anniversary with festivities

OXFORD– It was a sunny and humid holiday in Oxford, with temperatures lingering around 90 degrees on the afternoon of Wednesday, July 4. But that didn’t stop its residents and members of surrounding communities from filling up the sidewalk along downtown Augusta Avenue for the town’s 2018 Independence Day parade.

North Central Junior High prepares for expansion

Improvements to both interior and parking anticipated late next year

NORTH LIBERTY– If all goes to plan, traffic jams, cluttered halls and a cramped gymnasium will be a thing of the past for North Central Junior High late next year. The school is preparing for expansions to both the interior and exterior, to match its growing population, with construction likely to begin during the upcoming school year.

Exterior

The eccentric musical blitz of Duke Otherwise

Entertaining kids at North Liberty Community Library

NORTH LIBERTY– One thing’s for sure: those who skipped Thursday’s performance at the library missed out on one heck of a show.
On the evening of Thursday, June 28, Duke Otherwise gave a handful of kids a real treat at the North Liberty Community Library. His singing, guitar playing and tap dancing offered a unique performance among the various entertainers coming to the library in 2018 as part of its Summer Reading Program.

Family & Sport Chiropractic hosts inaugural Make-A-Wish fundraiser

More summer events planned

NORTH LIBERTY– Family & Sport Chiropractic, of North Liberty, made its first major step in support of the Make-A-Wish Foundation last month, with its inaugural fundraiser held Friday, June 1.
“We had a pretty good turnout, lots of kids,” said Angela Bell, Director of Marketing for the office. The event raised nearly $3,000.
“Our goal is at least $10,000,” Bell noted. “So far in this year, we’re about halfway there.”

Shaping up the water

North Liberty facility improves water capacity and quality

NORTH LIBERTY– With the turn of a faucet, the residents of North Liberty have a new reason to rejoice.
On Wednesday, June 20, the City of North Liberty held an open house to celebrate the unveiling of its new water treatment plant at 433 S. Front St. City staff invited residents in for a comprehensive tour of the plant, which went online in May, and to explain its benefits to the community.

The rate debate

Council discussion on rec center rates at a standstill

NORTH LIBERTY– Efforts to revise the nearly 15-year-standing fee system at the North Liberty Recreation Center have been stifled, for now. While the measure may have been unanimously rejected by the city council, residents of North Liberty can anticipate changes coming to the rate structure in late 2018.

Preview: Blues & BBQ 2018

Volunteers needed to support growing summer festival

NORTH LIBERTY– The committee for the 12th annual North Liberty Blues & BBQ has wasted no time getting the word out and recruiting volunteers in anticipation of the one-day festival. At the one-month-out mark, June 14, they held the first pre-party kickoff on the patio of Reds Alehouse, sponsored by Junge Ford North Liberty.

Juggling knives and high-fives

Award-winning circus performer entertains families at North Liberty library

NORTH LIBERTY– Kids of North Liberty can now include knife juggling and a human hamster ball among the performance arts they’ve witnessed at their community library.
On the evening of Thursday, June 14, award-winning juggler and acrobat Laura Ernst entertained an audience of 212 people as part of the North Liberty Community Library’s Summer Reading program. The event took place at the Jones Gym in the North Liberty Community Center.