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News

Jane Toy Stevenson

Jane Toy Stevenson, 86, of Cedar Rapids, and most recently a resident of Ridge View Assisted Living, died Thursday, May 28, 2009, at the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy in Hiawatha. A private service was held. Visitation was held June 1 at Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home, where a wake service was held.

Annual Spring Book Sale to run June 13-20

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Community Library is holding its annual Spring Book Sale from June 13 to June 20 in the library during regular library hours. The largest book sale in the library’s history, it will offer a huge selection of print material for all ages available for purchase, in addition to a variety of audio/visual material for sale. Books will be sold for $2 a bag or $3 a box. Individual print items will cost $.50 for a paperback or $1 for a hardback. Cost for audio-visual material is $2 per item.

Iowa local option tax update, effective July 1

JOHNSON COUNTY– Sales in the following nine cities in Johnson County will be subject to a 1 percent local option sales tax beginning July 1: Hills, Iowa City, Lone Tree, Oxford, Shueyville, Solon, Swisher, Tiffin, and University Heights. The total rate for these nine towns is 7 percent (6 percent state and 1 percent local option).
The remaining cities and the unincorporated areas do not have a local option tax. Their total rate is 6 percent.

Upcoming activities for North Liberty Community Pantry

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Community Pantry will be participating in several events this summer and fall. Mark your calendar for these dates:

June 12 – Watch for our float in the North Liberty Fun Days Parade.

June 22-29 – “Candles for a Cause” Earth Home Candles will be donating 20 percent of their sales to the North Liberty Community Pantry during this week. Everyone loves candles for themselves or for a gift. Join us in supporting the pantry through this new small business owned by Chad Chase in Coralridge Mall.

Tiffin Fest 2009 seeking volunteers and participants

TIFFIN– The second annual community celebration, Tiffin Fest 2009, is scheduled for July 10 and 11. The Tiffin Fest committee is currently seeking volunteers, food vendors, and craft show participants.
Want your business to be connected to Tiffin Fest? Become a sponsor. Information can be found on the internet at TiffinFest.com or by emailing TiffinFest09@yahoo.com.

Iowa State Patrol sets June 27 as area's Safe Saturday

DES MOINES– Statistics indicate the month of June is one of the deadlier months for traffic fatalities in Iowa, and that a larger number of these fatal accidents occur on Saturday nights. Therefore, the Iowa State Patrol will launch a special enforcement effort during the month of June dubbed “Safe Saturdays.”

North Liberty Development elects new members

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty Development (NLD) board has named new leadership for the 2009-2012 term.
Dennis Tallman, owner of AlphaGraphics, will serve as the group’s President, while Brent Kimm of Legacy Financial Group was elected Vice President for the new term.
The two will replace outgoing President Karen Fesler of Fesler’s, Inc., and current Vice President Richard Anderson of ViraQuest, Inc.

Leading Edge provides camp for youth with hemophilia June 24

MT. VERNON– Finding the right summer camp for your children is tough, but when you have a special needs child with hemophilia it’s particularly important to find one that takes extra precaution - injuries for this group of kids can lead to bleeding into their joints and muscles.

Dying fish found in local pond

NORTH LIBERTY–The North Liberty Parks Department received a call on May 26 from a resident regarding a fish kill at Goose Lake. City personnel responded immediately and discovered many fish dead or dying along the shoreline.
Paul Sleeper, fish biologist with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources visited the site within two hours and determined that the fish were infected with a disease called Flavobacterium Columnare, a common bacterial infection found in many home aquariums. The disease is also known as Columnaris, Cotton-Wool, Cotton-Mouth, Flexibacter Columnaris, and Mouth Fungus.

It’s THE BUGMAN!

NORTH LIBERTY — They all have an alias. Bruce Wayne’s alias: “Batman.” Clark Kent’s alias: “Superman.” Peter Parker’s alias: “Spiderman.” And the alias of North Liberty resident Cody Mason? “The Bugman.”
No, Mason doesn’t have supernatural powers. He doesn’t don a set of tights, a mask, and a cape. He doesn’t battle evil doers in the pages of a comic book, but he does battle insects and pests capable of doing evil in homes and businesses.

1975, PART II

IOWA CITY– Bob Commings and Lute Olsen were in their second years of coaching football and basketball at Iowa, I was in my second year of being a student football manager for the Hawkeyes and football tickets were $7 (they are $50 now!) for football games.
Dan Gable was in his fourth year as assistant wrestling coach and Iowa women’s basketball was in its second year of existence.
Gerald Ford was president, the Pittsburgh Steelers won the Super Bowl and Archie Griffin won his second Heisman.
Cincinnati won the World Series and Golden State won the NBA title.

Walkin'

After a winter of gluttony I am once again on a quest to shed pounds.
Over the years I’ve tried a variety of diets, including the cabbage soup (slurp soup until you’d rather die than be slim), the low fat (I fantasize about an extra marital affair with a bag of chips), the low carb (bacon, bacon, bacon but no bread to wrap around a BLT) and the sea food (see food but don’t eat it).