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Community

A plan, for now

CCA board approves full return for PK-8, and 50/50 for high school

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) School Board of Education approved a Return to Learn (RTL) plan in a special meeting Wednesday, July 29, at the high school in Tiffin.
The plan, “Plan 2” of four options considered, calls for a full return of pre-kindergarten (PK) through eighth-grade students, and a 50/50 return for the high school with students broken into morning and afternoon sessions.

North Liberty adopts face covering initiative to combat COVID-19

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty’s city council has unanimously adopted a public health initiative advising those in North Liberty to keep social distance, to wear face shields or cloth masks in public settings and businesses to adopt must-wear policies.
“Reducing transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, is critical to our schools’ re-openings, our businesses’ recoveries and our community’s health,” noted a city press release. “Face coverings keep transmission low, prevent our hospitals from being overwhelmed and protect our community members who are vulnerable.”

MOXIE featured on 2020 Top Solar Contractors list

Solar Power World magazine’s annual list includes North Liberty-based solar installer for a third straight year

NORTH LIBERTY– Although the COVID-19 pandemic is the immediate crisis unfolding at the moment, mitigating climate change is also an urgent issue. Solar PV installation is one way to help reduce greenhouse gases from fossil fuels. Solar Power World has recognized the efforts of solar contractors across the United States in its 2020 Top Solar Contractors list, where local solar installer MOXIE achieved a rank of 121 out of 407 companies. The list also shows that MOXIE is now the 31st largest residential solar contractor in the nation.

Track, weight, cardio and lap swimming appointments available at NL Community Center

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Community Center opened track use to track members by appointment Monday, Aug. 3. Members can continue to make appointments for lap swimming and weight and cardio equipment. Masks and health screenings are required.
While gyms remain closed to host summer camp, these other facilities are available weekdays from 6:15 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Return visit

After 14 years as hygienist, Schminke comes back as dentist

NORTH LIBERTY– “I feel like I’m home,” Dr. Trish Schminke said.
Schminke, 43, obtained her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Iowa (UI) earlier this year and returned in July as a dentist with Design Dental in North Liberty, where she started as a hygienist in 2002.
“It feels even better than I thought it would,” she noted happily.
But it took the 1995 Linn-Mar graduate some time to find her calling.
A native of Marion, she initially attended the UI on a pre-med track.

An opportunity for somebody to step up Tackaberry resigns from CCA school board

OXFORD– Residents of Tiffin and parts of the surrounding area have the opportunity to join the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District Board of Education. Jeff Tackaberry, the District 3 representative, resigned his seat, creating the vacancy.

A week of many changes

ICCSD asks the state for a waiver from having on-site schooling this fall

IOWA CITY– Uncertainty as to what the 2020-21 academic year will look like continued for families (and staff) of the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) in the wake of proclamations by Governor Kim Reynolds related to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

Fareway declines to redeem cans and bottles

BOONE– Effective with the expiration of the Iowa Governor’s Emergency Declaration on July 25, Fareway grocery stores will not be accepting containers for redemption in its Iowa stores, according to a press release by the company.
The company cited health authorities “continue to advise that COVID-19 and other viruses are transmitted through respiratory droplets,” the release stated. “Accepting potentially contaminated containers inside our stores presents a great risk of harm to the health and safety of our employees and customers.”

North Liberty schedules listening posts on racial equity

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty city leaders will engage the community to discuss social justice and racial equity through a series of listening posts.
The listening post sessions will be held online and in person, at a variety of times, between July 29 through Aug. 9. Each listening post will be a public-comment format, with commenters able to attend the session as they are available. Face masks or face shields are required at in-person outdoor sessions. Register for online sessions through the city’s website, northlibertyiowa.org. Attendees will be asked for their name and city of residence.

Reynolds’ proclamation calls for schools to reopen next month

ICCSD and CCA to revise and finalize their Return to Learn plans

VAN METER– Governor Kim Reynolds signed a proclamation directing the state’s school districts to facilitate on-site, in-person learning when the 2020-21 school year begins next month. Reynolds signed the proclamation on Friday, July 17, and held a press conference in Van Meter.

Special election set for Sept. 1 in Tiffin

Winner will fill city council vacancy

TIFFIN– A special election will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 1, in Tiffin to fill a vacant seat on the city council.
Council member Rodney Walls resigned on May 28 with the council accepting his resignation on June 9. Six residents submitted applications for possible appointment to the council, which took up discussion of appointment or election during a work session and regular meeting on Tuesday, July 14.
Councilman Eric Schnedler moved and Councilman Al Havens seconded a motion to fill the appointment by special election which was approved unanimously.

Reconciling the sins of the past

Johnson County Supervisors discuss the origins of Johnson County

IOWA CITY– In his play “Romeo and Juliet,” William Shakespeare wrote, “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet.”
In Johnson County, Iowa, however, some are hoping the county will still smell as sweet under a new namesake.
Recent social unrest fueled by protests against racism has led to statues and monuments, mostly related to the Civil War, being damaged, destroyed or taken down. Several national food products are seeing changes to their branding, eliminating trademark personas such as Uncle Ben and Aunt Jemima due to connections with slavery.