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March 12th, 2014

Define ‘elderly’

Food for Thought

Elderly; past middle age, (and middle age is defined as between the ages of 40 and 60). My dictionary informs me that the term elderly is sometimes considered offensive. Just sometimes? I’ve news for them. In my book the term is definitely and always offensive– as is nearly every label that groups people into rigid categories and attributes the same characteristics to all of them.

First annual reuse-themed craft fair April 19

IOWA CITY– The Salvage Barn, operated by Friends of Historic Preservation, announced it is now accepting vendor applications for the First Annual Reuse-Themed Craft Fair, Craft Your Environment, which will be held Saturday, April 19, at the East Side Recycling Center, 2401 Scott Blvd. SE in Iowa City, from noon until 5 p.m. The signature event is part of the Earth Day Celebrations occurring throughout the month of April at the East Side Recycling Center.

March 5th

Rural subdivision approved despite neighbors’ concern for Lake Macbride

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
JOHNSON COUNTY– Despite public objections and petitioning neighbors, the Johnson County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a plat for an eight-home subdivision just west of Solon.

So close; Clippers’ season ends in OT

Benton Community 60, CCA Clippers 59

North Liberty Leader
VAN HORNE– Basketball season is officially over at the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School.
The Bobcats of Benton Community closed the book on the Clippers’ season Monday, Feb. 24, in a Class 3A District 10 semifinal at Van Horne with a 60-59 win in overtime. Benton held a 12-9 lead at the end of the first period, but a 19-point effort by the Clippers in the second quarter led to a 28-22 advantage at the half. CCA stretched their lead to 39-28 going into the fourth period.

Trojans cruise to substate final

CR Prairie no problem; West wins, 63-21

IOWA CITY– The Little Hawks of City High will get a third shot at their crosstown rivals, the Trojans of West High, for the right to compete in the Class 4A state basketball tournament.
The teams will meet Tuesday, March 4, in Cedar Rapids thanks to City disposing of Newton 64-50, while West wiped out Cedar Rapids Prairie 63-21 Friday, Feb. 28, in substate semifinal games. The Trojans have defeated the Little Hawks twice this season, 70-34 and 73-41.
Likewise, the Trojans schooled the Prairie Hawks in the art and science of basketball 87-40 back in January.

Public invited to Tiffin city hall open house March 18

TIFFIN– The City of Tiffin will hold an open house for the new city hall located at 300 Railroad St. from 3 until 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 18. Everyone is invited to tour the facility and speak with city staff, council members and Mayor Steve Berner during the open house event. City officials are excited to have this newly constructed building that has adequate staff work space, a community event room available for rent to the public, and provides a professional atmosphere for the city to conduct its business.

Getting ahead of the head shops

Tiffin to hold public hearing on banning drug paraphernalia

TIFFIN– Whether you aspire to open a head shop in Tiffin, or to make sure one never does, you might want to attend a public hearing on the matter March 12.
The Tiffin City Council set a public hearing to discuss an ordinance that would prohibit the use, possession, manufacture or sale of drug paraphernalia within city limits. Tiffin City Administrator Michon Jackson said in an email last week it was a proactive maneuver some cities are taking in light of recent changes to marijuana laws in other states.

CCA approves land sale to Tiffin for access road

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

TIFFIN–The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school board of directors unanimously approved selling a parcel of land to the City of Tiffin.
The property is needed for an access road into the future Deerview subdivision just west of the high school.
The board met Wednesday night, Feb. 19, and held a public hearing on the latest proposal prior to its vote.

NL brings 1105 $10K closer to goal

NL council pledges additional funds to social services

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader

NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty will give $97,000 to various social services in fiscal year 2015.
Last Tuesday, Feb. 25, the city council approved a pledge of $10,000 to the 1105 Project, a capital campaign that consolidated social service organizations into a single location in Iowa City.
When council member Terry Donahue balked at giving funds to support a construction project outside of town– initially the lone voice of dissent– he leveraged his vote to get another $4,000 for the North Liberty Community Food and Clothing Pantry.

Wise about birds

Mike Havlik of the Y-Camp wildlife experience in Boone holds a live barred owl as part of his presentation on the behavior of owls and other birds of prey during he Eagle Watch and Expo in North Liberty Saturday, Feb. 8.This owl is missing an eye, after being injured on a roadway and rescued by Y Camp staff. Owls aren’t exactly as wise as legend would have it, Havlik said, because their huge eyes take up a large portion of their skull cavities. This and other interesting facts about birds of prey were shared by bird and wildlife experts with expo visitors throughout the day.