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Community

Scale and balance

Centennial Park’s innovative new playground opens

NORTH LIBERTY– Centennial Park’s new climbing playground was open for its first whole week Monday, July 30, and there’s been no shortage of kids eager to try their hand at scaling its unique features.

Giving back while helping out

Tiffun Creek Fest provides a day of fun with a greater purpose

TIFFIN– For the second year, residents of Tiffin and the surrounding area had a full day of entertainment courtesy of the Tiffun Creek Fest, the successor to Tiffin Fest. This year’s event was held on Saturday, July 28, in the Tiffin City Park, a change from the soccer fields last year.

A strong showing for Blues & BBQ

17k come out for great food and music

NORTH LIBERTY– Bigger musical talent, new activities and a strong attendance at an evolving park characterized North Liberty’s 12th annual Blues & BBQ Saturday, July 14. A muggy start tapered off into the evening as the festival played host to an estimated 17,000 people.
“We’re really proud of that number,” said Nick Bergus, Communications Director for the City of North Liberty and member of the 2018 Blues & BBQ committee.
The Pig & Pint Prelude sold out for its second year with 260 guests, up from the inaugural event. The event is expected to return next year as it continues to grow.

Art in the name of water

North Liberty’s storm drain murals provide environmental platform

NORTH LIBERTY– Those who cruised through Cherry Street last week likely noticed some colorful new additions near Liberty Centre Pond.

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.”

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.

Not your grandpa's playground

Centennial Park’s first playground ready for Blues & BBQ festival

NORTH LIBERTY– Playground design has come a long way. Forty years ago, kids played on jungle gyms and monkey bars installed on asphalt pads or surrounded by various sizes of gravel. Later, bits and pieces of shredded tires were layered around the appliances, cushioning young bodies from the inevitable falls. More recently, other materials such as wood chips were placed to provide a softer surface.

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.

CCA names principal for new elementary in Tiffin

District approves from within

OXFORD– Sometimes the obvious answer is right in front of you. For the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District, as Communications Director Laurie Haman said in a recent press release, the district, “did not have to look far to add a new elementary principal.” Brian Williams, the current Director of Curriculum and Instruction, has been approved by the board to become the principal of the new elementary school, which is currently under construction just north of Tiffin Elementary.

Prime Time League ends 31-year run of summer basketball

NORTH LIBERTY– The Prime Time League has run its course.
Founder and Director of the Prime Time League Randy Larson announced the league will not play this summer.