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North Liberty Leader

Keeping the kiddos fed

CCA provides over 53,000 meals during shutdown, and theyre not done yet

TIFFIN When the COVID-19 crisis closed schools, districts across the state scrambled to provide distance learning opportunities and electronic devices to make it possible. They also had to come up with a way to provide a more basic need: the lunches and breakfasts many of their students depended on.
The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District quickly mobilized on both fronts, distributing Chromebook tablets and acquiring and distributing Internet hot spots. The district also formulated a first-of-its-kind (for CCA) plan to keep the meals coming.

A little knowledge can save a life

Diventures in North Liberty urges safety in and around the water this summer

NORTH LIBERTY– As the COVID-19 crisis continues, people are finding fewer than normal recreational opportunities, including taking a dip in a municipal swimming pool. The outdoor pool at the North Liberty Recreation Center is closed for the season while the indoor pool is open for lap swimming by reservation only.

Not as much pomp, fewer parades and little in the way of illuminations

4th of July celebrations look different in the age of COVID and fireworks ordinances

IOWA CITY– John Adams commented on the Fourth of July, “It will be celebrated with pomp and parade, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other.”
However, with ongoing concerns over the COVID-19 virus and restrictions on the personal use of fireworks, this year’s celebration of Independence Day may well have far less pomp, fewer parades, socially-distant bonfires, and little in the way of “illuminations.”

Creek Boys sweep the Bobcats, 3-0 and 10-3 Bollers gets a pair of homers against Benton Community

TIFFIN The Clear Creek Amana varsity baseball team swept the Benton Community Bobcats off the diamond Tuesday, June 23, at home. The Clippers took game one, 3-0, and shelled the Cats, 10-0, in the nightcap, boosted by a pair of home runs from TJ Bollers.
Parker Smith knocked a double in game one, while Grant Jensen had a pair of singles and drove in one run. Brock Reade, Bollers, Ben Swails, Casey Ogden and Cade Armstrong hit one each with an RBI for Reade. Ogden went the distance for the Creek Boys striking out two and giving up four hits.

Bolts sweep the Trojans

Liberty baseball tops IC West, 5-4 and 8-1

NORTH LIBERTY– The Liberty High varsity baseball team opened the season June 16 with a 2-0 win over Iowa City High, and won bragging rights by sweeping Iowa City West High, 5-4 and 8-1, on Tuesday, June 23, at Liberty High.
The Bolts had a two-run burst in the bottom of the third inning in game one to take a 3-2 lead and, after the Trojans tied the game 3-3 in the top of the fifth, the Lightning flashed again with a run in the bottom to retake the lead and added an insurance run in the sixth. The Trojans scored one run in the seventh, but Liberty held on for the 5-4 win.

Creek Girls and Lady Spartans split

CCA wins, 8-4, and falls, 9-2

OXFORD– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School girls softball team recovered from a pair of losses to Benton Community and made a statement splitting with WaMaC East rival Solon Wednesday, June 24, at McAreavy Field, in Oxford. The win against the Lady Spartans was the first for the varsity Clippers since a doubleheader sweep in 2012.

Cougars sweep the Bolts

CR Kennedy knocks off Liberty, 9-7 and 10-8

NORTH LIBERTY– The Cedar Rapids Kennedy varsity baseball team moved to the top of the Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) Valley Division with a sweep of the Liberty High Lightning on Thursday, June 25, at Liberty. The Cougars improved to 4-0 in the conference, and 6-0 overall, while the Lightning dropped to 2-2 in conference play, and 5-3 overall.

Blues and BBQ cooks up a socially distant alternative

By the North Liberty Blues and BBQ Committee

NORTH LIBERTY– It’s been two months since North Liberty Blues and BBQ organizers announced a decision to cancel the 2020 in-person edition of North Liberty Blues and BBQ presented by Veridian Credit Union due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, but fans of the festival can still have a taste of Blues and BBQ at home.

People come first

It’s all about service and building relationships at NextHome Navigator in Tiffin

TIFFIN– You see it all the time: businesses proclaiming, “We put the customer first,” “Customer service is our No.1 priority” and other similar platitudes. But sadly, reality is often disconnected from flowery rhetoric.
In Tiffin, Jeff Tackaberry and his NextHome Navigator real estate agency is putting meaning behind the words with a focus on putting people first. “#Humans over Houses” is the motto.
Tackaberry has been in the real estate industry for 17 years, and has worked with several different companies.

In need of a new home and a little help from the city MOXIE wants to expand in NL creating a unique destination

NORTH LIBERTY– Jason Hall started MOXIE in his garage in 2008. Since then, the company has greatly expanded its solar energy products, with offices in 11 states and an average of 100 solar panel installations per month. MOXIE also offers electrician services, and since February, opened an electric car dealership; all from very cramped quarters on Sugar Creek Lane.

North Liberty Community Pantry’s Annual Turkey Trot goes virtual

NORTH LIBERTY– Each year hundreds of runners compete in the North Liberty Turkey Trot to raise funds for the North Liberty Community Pantry (NLCP) during its “Thanksgiving In July” celebration. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these funds are needed now more than ever, but the Pantry wants to keep the community safe. “We did not feel right having 300-plus sweaty runners gather in Centennial Park,” said NLCP Executive Director Kaila Rome. “Organizing such a large event takes many hours of staff and volunteer time. We need all that time to focus on serving our community.”

Creek Boys take two from the Vikings

CCA opens the season with 8-2 and 8-0 wins over Vinton-Shellsburg

VINTON– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity baseball team posted two W’s to open the shortened 2020 season Monday, June 15, with a doubleheader sweep over the Vinton-Shellsburg Vikings, in Vinton.
The Clippers took the opener, 8-2, with senior Tyler Schrepfer driving in four runs and smacking a double. Senior Cade Armstrong also doubled in the contest, while senior Casey Ogden and sophomores Parker Smith and Stirlen Roberson drove in one run each. Junior Brock Reade struck out four, in three innings on the mound, with Armstrong striking out one in four innings.