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Community

Come on, let’s play ball

Golden retriever Bo gets an invitation to play ball with this golden lab at the Sept. 8 Doggie Plunge, hosted by the North Liberty Recreation Department and the City of North Liberty, but Bo isn’t biting. The event is held every year at the end of summer, just before the outdoor facility at the North Liberty Aquatic Center closes, so people and their pooches can enjoy a dip in the pool before it is prepared for the winter season.

No more fighting city hall

Tiffin council narrowly approves building contract

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader

TIFFIN– The deal is finally sealed for Tiffin’s new city hall.

CCA building plans begin to narrow

Board holds special session to trim facilities needs before public vote

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

TIFFIN– The devil is in the details. And on Wednesday, Sept. 25, the board of directors of the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school district found themselves bedeviled by– and at times bogged-down in– details.
The board met at the high school in a special work session to get an update from Shive-Hattery’s Keith Johnk on facilities options and to narrow-down the language for a bond issue election coming up in February.

Kids Campsite play area opens in North Liberty Recreation Center

NORTH LIBERTY– The new play area inside the North Liberty Recreation Center is now open.
The city is hosting “Kid’s Campsite Grand Opening Week,” from Monday, Sept. 30, through Friday, Oct. 4. The center, which was installed just inside the facility’s south entrance, will be open from 9 a.m. until noon and 4 until 8 p.m. each day this week. It’s an opportunity for families to get a free preview of the play area and climbing equipment designed for toddlers and young children. Information packets will also be available.

Free car wash, fundraiser at NL UICCU to be Oct. 12

IOWA CITY– Join the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) Music Auxiliary for the annual free car wash and fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
The car wash will be held at the following locations:
• Sherwin Williams, at Hwy. 6 East, Iowa City, by Eastside Bands.
• Hy-Vee North Dodge, Iowa City, by Eastside Choirs.
• Hy-Vee, First Ave./ Muscatine Ave., Iowa City by Eastside Orchestras.,
• Two Rivers-Bank and Trust, Hwy. 6 West on the Coralville strip by Westside Orchestras.

School board wades into Marshek Ct. drainage

But finding a solution could take time

By Eric Hawkinson
Solon Economist

SOLON– Marshek Court residents shared their voices loud and clear at the Monday, Sept. 16, school board meeting.
Board members listened as residents explained the horrors of water damage and opened the discussion to fix the problem.
“Our feelings are, we’ve settled this once and now we have to get back into it again,” said Marshek Court resident Duane Mensen.

Casey Grover, Mark Krall, Steve Stange return council papers

SOLON– Two incumbents and a newcomer are all but guaranteed election after filing as candidates for three expiring seats on the Solon City Council.

Solon Public Library

Banned Books Week

Popcorn sales start Thursday

SOLON– This August, Eric Swartzendruber, along with his parents, Roger and Dee, were able to travel to the Pecatonica River Popcorn Factory in Livingston, Wis. The Pecatonica River Popcorn Factory is the company that makes the Scout popcorn. There Eric met with Nick Solomon. After speaking with Mr. Solomon, he gave the family a tour of the plant. The Scout popcorn sales start Thursday, Sept. 26.

Spartan Fund Run back on for Oct. 26

SOLON– The Solon Spartan Fund Run/Walk will be held on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 8 a.m. at the Solon High School. Courses begin and end at the Solon High School Spartan Stadium.
Sign up by Oct. 4 to guarantee a race T-shirt.
Registration is now open at https://secure.getmeregistered.com/SpartanFundRun. Cost for this half-mile, one mile, 5K or 10K event are $15 per person, or $50 for a family of four. Additional family members can be included at $5 per member. Online registration will continue through Oct. 18. Please visit www.spartanfundrun.blogspot.com for more information.

Venenga chosen as NL chief

NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty has named its new chief of police.
Lt. Diane Venenga was chosen last week among a field of four final candidates culled from a national search orchestrated by Moulder and Associates LLC of Des Moines.

Muller continues pursuit of the truth

NL resident guides next generation of journalists

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

NORTH LIBERTY– As a child, Lyle Muller really liked three things: radio, newspapers and music. And through a dedicated career in the media, he is accomplished in all three.
Muller, a North Liberty resident since 1979, is currently the Executive Director of Iowa Watch, a non-profit media watchdog with the Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism. Formerly the editor for The Gazette, Muller now spends his days focusing on the craft of journalism and mentoring up-and-coming student journalists.