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Community

Ranshaw House renovation moves forward

NL council approves bid after reductions

NORTH LIBERTY– Phase Two of the renovation of the historic Ranshaw House, in North Liberty, was granted the green light Tuesday, Sept. 8, as the North Liberty City Council approved a bid from Wolfe Contracting, Inc., of Muscatine.

Moxie moves out, Casey’s moves in

NL council approves site plan for new Casey’s store

NORTH LIBERTY– Recently, Moxie Solar moved its operation to a new location along Cherry Street. Soon, a new Casey’s convenience store will be built on the former Moxie site, and that of Liberty Motors, at the corner of Highway 965 and Westwood Drive.

Register for October recreation offerings

Staff exploring COVID-friendly options for pumpkin carving and Haunted Happenings

NORTH LIBERTY– Through the fall, North Liberty’s Recreation Department offers programming month by month with registration for any in-person classes opening the first Monday of the preceding month. All programming is tentative and registration is required.

NL Mayor Terry Donahue inducted into Iowa League of Cities Hall of Fame

NORTH LIBERTY– In recognition of extraordinary public service to local government and the Iowa League of Cities, Mayor Terry Donahue was inducted into the league’s Hall of Fame.
Mayor Donahue joins 47 previous inductees.

Maybe something virtual this fall, maybe something next spring

CCA School Board ponders the fate of Homecoming 2020

OXFORD– It is practically a cliché to say nothing has been left untouched, unchanged, by the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
However, after a spring which saw all high school sports cancelled, schools closed and graduations cancelled, done drive-through style in school parking lots, or held virtually, another annual high school tradition is in jeopardy of being unlike any other.

Limkemann wins spot on Tiffin City Council

120 votes total in special election for open seat

TIFFIN– One hundred twenty votes decided who fills an empty seat on the Tiffin City Council.
A special election to fill the seat vacated by Rodney Walls in late May, was held Tuesday, Sept. 1, with Skylar Limkemann defeating Dapo “DJ” Oguntoyinbo, 77-39. There were 115 ballots cast on election day with three write-ins and five absentee ballots received for a grand total of 120 votes cast out of 2,680 registered voters for 4.48 percent.

North Liberty Community Pantry needs volunteers

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty Community Pantry (NLCP) needs volunteers to help distribute food.
The pantry is seeking passionate and dedicated individuals who wish to help alleviate food insecurity in the community. After seeing an increase in new families needing assistance due to COVID-19 and the derecho storm, NLCP is seeking additional help to fulfill the operation’s needs. Individuals available for daytime and afternoons helping take orders and carry out groceries are strongly encouraged to sign up. Protective equipment is both required and provided. Moderate lifting is required.

City of North Liberty PlaceMates returns for virtual dinners with neighbors on Sept. 28

NORTH LIBERTY– PlaceMates introduces residents of 52317 to fellow North Libertarians. While PlaceMates was first designed to be potluck dinners held concurrently in homes throughout the city (the program matched over 100 households across 22 potlucks in 2019), it pivoted to a virtual alternative to comply with social distancing amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
That said, now is the time to connect as a community more than ever.

Residents invited to paint storm drains

NORTH LIBERTY– Storm drains are mouths to rivers and lakes and when pollutants enter the storm drains, they can easily be carried into water bodies. Murals found on storm drains throughout North Liberty remind the public the important role the drains play in Iowa’s water quality and our responsibility to keep them clean.

Business as usual, for now

CCA board approves application for online education waiver, if needed

OXFORD– It is business as usual, or at least as close to “usual” as possible, in the era of the COVID-19 virus for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District– for now.
The CCA Board of Directors met in a special session Friday, Aug. 28, to approve a request by Superintendent Tim Kuehl for the authority to submit an application with the state to move to 100 percent online, virtual learning if it becomes necessary.

All virtual, and a hiatus for fall sports

ICCSD receives waiver allowing two weeks of online education to start the school year

IOWA CITY¬– The “Friday Night Lights” will be turned off for at least two weeks for Liberty High, Iowa City West High and City High after the Iowa City Community School District’s (ICCSD) Board of Education approved beginning the 2020-2021 school year with 100 percent online instruction.

Sharing his passion

New location allows Jewelry by Harold to offer classes, and keep the craft alive in NL

NORTH LIBERTY– The making of fine jewelry is both a time-honored craft and an exacting art form.
For Harold Van Beek, owner of Jewelry by Harold in North Liberty, it is also a passion he wishes to share with others.
Van Beek, a native of The Netherlands, came to the United States in 2005 after visiting Iowa City since the late 1970s to spend time with friends of his family. “I’m ‘Harold,’ I’m named for someone in Iowa City, and so are my siblings. My son (Laurens) is named after someone in Iowa. So yeah, it’s been quite an adventure.”