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Community

Your guide to Trick-or-Treat Hours across the North Liberty Leader area

NORTH LIBERTY– Halloween, or “All Hallows Eve,” or “Hallowe’en,” if you prefer a truly vintage variation, is of course Thursday, Oct. 31. Municipalities set their own official hours for trick-or-treating, generally from near sunset to mid-evening. Below are the times as compiled from across the Leader’s coverage area.
North Liberty — Thursday, Oct. 31, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Four running for three council seats in Oxford

Introducing Patricia “Pat” Lewis

OXFORD– Four candidates are on the ballot for three city council seats in Oxford.
Incumbent Lorena Weppler is joined by challengers David Cook, Bryan Cooling and Patricia Lewis for three seats on the council, with a four-year term.

Wizards work their hoops magic in the Creek

CCA foundation brings Harlem Wizards back for fundraiser

TIFFIN– Choreographed chaos reigned on the hardwood of the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School Monday, Oct. 7, as the Harlem Wizards professional basketball team played a benefit game against CCA teachers in support of the CCA Foundation.

Kites rule the skies over Centennial Park

North Liberty’s first ever Take Flight! event celebrates aviation

NORTH LIBERTY– For quite a while the only things flying over the grounds of Centennial Park, in North Liberty, were purple martin birds checking out the throngs of humans who gathered for “Take Flight!” an afternoon of kite flying. The event, the first standalone kite event (mega kites were part of the last Beat the Bitter event) was held Sunday, Oct. 6, with gigantic kites sharing the cloudy skies with many smaller kites.

Six seeking NL council seats

Introducing Brent Smith, Matthew Eckhardt, Mike Nichols, Bryan Wayson, RaQuishia Harrington and Chris Hoffman

NORTH LIBERTY– Three incumbents will face two challengers on the Tuesday, Nov. 5, election ballot in North Liberty for three city council seats. RaQuishia Harrington, Chris Hoffman and Brent Smith will defend their four-year terms against challengers Matthew Eckhardt and Michael Nicholls. Harrington and Smith are new to the council with Harrington winning a special election in March to fill the vacancy left by Jim Sayre (who moved out of state) while Smith was appointed by the council in May to replace Jennifer Goings (who also has left the area).

Six running for seats on CCA’s school board

Introducing Penny Schnedler

OXFORD– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District will see changes to its School Board of Directors in the wake of the Tuesday, Nov. 5, elections as board members Terry Davis and Steve Swenka are not seeking reelection while incumbent Matt McAreavy will face Brian Horsford, former board member Eileen Schmidt, and Penny Schnedler in a contest for two at-large seats.

Looking out for wildlife

NL Scout Dominick Shover takes on a crusade against discarded fishing line

NORTH LIBERTY– According to Dr. Ellen K. Rudolph on her blog Portfolio (www.drellenrudolph.com), “Monofilament fishing line is by far the most dangerous kind of debris encountered by wildlife.” Fishing line (often cut and left in place after getting snagged and tangled in shoreline trees, shrubs or underwater debris) often entangles and kills birds, fish, turtles, frogs and other small mammals, sometimes even injuring or killing pets. Hooks attached to the line can injure or kill as well, especially if the animal swallows it.

Eight candidates for ICCSD board seats

Introducing Michael Tilley, Shawn Eyestone and Lisa Williams

IOWA CITY– Eight candidates are on the ballot for four seats on the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) School Board. Incumbents Shawn Eyestone and Paul Roesler will attempt to keep their seats while Charlie Eastham, Matthew Getz, Michael Tilley, Julie Van Dyke, Stephanie Van Housen and Lisa C. Williams will also challenge for a spot.

Six seeking NL council seats

Introducing Brent Smith, Matthew Eckhardt, Mike Nichols and Bryan Wayson

NORTH LIBERTY– Three incumbents will face two challengers on the Tuesday, Nov. 5, election ballot in North Liberty for three city council seats. RaQuishia Harrington, Chris Hoffman and Brent Smith will defend their four-year terms against challengers Matthew Eckhardt and Michael Nicholls. Harrington and Smith are new to the council with Harrington winning a special election in March to fill the vacancy left by Jim Sayre (who moved out of state) while Smith was appointed by the council in May to replace Jennifer Goings (who also has left the area).

Clear Creek Amana attends Quad Co. Soil Judging Contest

MUSCATINE– More than 150 FFA members from 12 schools competed in the Annual Quad County Soils Competition. The Soil Contest was held by the Soil and Water Conservation Districts from Iowa, Keokuk, Poweshiek and Mahaska Counties put on the event.

Six running for seats on CCA’s School Board

Introducing Eileen Schmidt, Jennifer Mooney, Matt McAreavy, Brian Hosford and Jeff Tackaberry

OXFORD– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District will see changes in its School Board of Directors in the wake of the Tuesday, Nov. 5, elections as board members Terry Davis and Steve Swenka are not seeking reelection while incumbent Matt McAreavy will face Brian Horsford, former board member Eileen Schmidt and Penny Schnedler in a contest for two at-large seats.

Growing the STEM

CCA teacher lays out new innovations and big dreams

TIFFIN– STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) has become a focal point of education across the state and the nation. The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District began incorporating STEM into the middle school curriculum (sixth through eighth grade) several years ago with Reagan Boeset as the program’s teacher.