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Community

Jack O’ Lanterns take center stage at the Ranshaw House

North Liberty’s second community pumpkin display garners 42 entries

NORTH LIBERTY– Linus surely would’ve approved.
Charles M. Schulz’s “Peanuts” character famously sat in a pumpkin patch on Halloween awaiting “The Great Pumpkin.” For two nights in North Liberty, Linus would’ve had the historic Ranshaw House as a majestic background while awaiting his Santa Claus-like supernatural being.

Something a little different

Infuse Church holds a trick-or-treat parade in Tiffin

TIFFIN– Amid the near-constant drumbeat of social distancing, and guidelines for safe trick-or-treating in the year of the COVID-19 virus, Infuse Church devised a way for the community to celebrate Halloween without the need to go door-to-door.
The church held a trick-or-treat parade Saturday, Oct. 31, (Halloween), which featured the Tiffin Fire Department and a few local businesses distributing candy along a parade route encircling the north side of Tiffin.
The church meets on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. at Tiffin Elementary School.

Money moves

CCA receives HS addition bids and refinances some debt

OXFORD– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) School Board of Directors met in regular session on Thursday, Oct. 22, at the district’s administrative building near Oxford.

Fall into Cleanup Day

City offers alternate options for annual disposal day

NORTH LIBERTY– Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of North Liberty cancelled its annual spring cleanup day with plans to offer an alternative in the fall. While we won’t be able to host the day as normally, we are offering residential refuse customers some alternatives to dispose of additional refuse in November.

Progress, but more work needed

NL Council receives update on Ranshaw House restoration project

NORTH LIBERTY– Phase Two of the historic Ranshaw House’s restoration and renovation is well underway, according to City Engineer Kevin Trom, who reported on the project’s progress at the North Liberty City Council’s regular meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 13.
“Construction is proceeding well,” Trom said. “The contractor started work right away, and they’ve been in there the whole time, so they’re really going to town on this project.”

Keep Swisher Swisher, they said

Community survey leads to crafting a vision for the future

SWISHER– A consistent theme ran through a recent community survey in Swisher: Keep Swisher Swisher.
Over 250 residents participated in the survey, up from 160 in 2012, according to Regenia D. Bailey, a former Iowa City City Council member and founder of Bailey Leadership Initiative, LLC. Bailey conducted a visioning session for the Swisher City Council on Monday, Oct. 19, at the Swisher Community Library, where the survey was dissected, and the first steps on a path to the future were taken.

GreenState steps up to support AACUC’s Commitment To Change

NORTH LIBERTY– GreenState Credit Union announced a $25,000 per year pledge for five years totaling $125,000 in support of the “I’ve Got Five on It” campaign, led by Opal Tomashevska, chair of the Young Professionals of the African-American Credit Union Coalition (AACUC).
Tomashevska accepted the pledge and commented, “We look forward to a strong partnership with GreenState Credit Union, who is certainly taking the lead as a pacesetter with their generous support of the ‘I’ve Got Five On It’ campaign. This GreenState pledge is the first and the largest of its kind.”

“Halloweekend” in the Amana Colonies, Oct. 31-Nov 1

AMANA– As part of the first ever “Autumn in the Amanas,” the weekend of Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 is designated “Halloweekend.” The Amana Colonies celebrate the initial Halloweekend with a variety of frightfully fun events.

Johnson County voters encouraged to vote early

IOWA CITY– With the Tuesday, Nov. 3, General Election less than two weeks away, the Johnson County Auditor’s Office encourages voters to cast ballots as soon as possible to alleviate potential lines and crowding both on Election Day and the day before.
The auditor’s office has historically seen a massive influx of in-person absentee voters the day before the election; more than 1,700 voters cast ballots in person at the Johnson County Administration Building the day before the 2016 General Election.

Halloween events change in response to COVID-19 concerns

JOHNSON COUNTY– As fears of the COVID-19 virus continue, with mitigation efforts ongoing to minimize the spread, add Halloween events to the ever-growing list of activities impacted.
In North Liberty, the annual Trunk or Treat was cancelled, however the North Liberty Community Library compiled online submissions of costume photos, which will be up on the library’s Facebook page the morning of Friday, Oct. 30. The recreation department’s Haunted Happenings also was shelved this year, but a tradition which started last year will continue.

Vacancies filled

Supervisors appoint three to Planning & Zoning Commission

IOWA CITY– The Johnson County Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) is back up to full strength with the appointment of three new members to fill vacancies on the five-member commission.
The Board of Supervisors appointed Dan Fuhrmeister (3303 Lynden Heights Rd. NE, Iowa City), Erin Hazen (2181 St. Bridget’s, Solon), and David Roggy (2892 Meadowlark Lane NE, Iowa City) to fill the empty seats during their formal meeting on Thursday, Oct. 15.

Free Thanksgiving Dinner At South Slope Community Center

NORTH LIBERTY– For the tenth year in a row, a free Thanksgiving Dinner is available to residents of North Liberty, thanks to local community members and several businesses.
On Thanksgiving Day from noon to 4 p.m., a full Thanksgiving meal will be available for residents of North Liberty at the South Slope Community Center, in North Liberty.