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Archive

July 16th, 2009

NL Jaycees blood drive on Sat., July 25

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Jaycees blood drive will be held on Saturday, July 25 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the North Liberty Rec. Center, at 520 West Cherry Street, in the Gerdin Conference Room. Donors who last gave blood on or before May 30, 2009 are eligible. Blood donation is a safe, simple procedure that only takes about an hour. Donors must be at least 16 years old, in good health, and weight at least 110 pounds. A blood donor card or other photo I.D.

Grace Community seeking projects for Day of Service

NORTH LIBERTY– On Sunday, August 9, Grace Community Church will be doing something they have never done before. Instead of members attending a worship service that morning, the congregation of 800 to 900 will be challenged to go into the community and participate in service projects. These projects are being planned in North Liberty, Coralville and Iowa City.

July 6th

Walkin'

Last weekend, Sabra and I rode our bicycles on the Cedar Valley Nature Trail (CVNT).
We started at the southeastern trailhead in Hiawatha, just north of Cedar Rapids, and finished at an Econolodge between Waterloo and Cedar Falls.
The CVNT is a rails-to-trails, meaning it was an abandoned railway that has been converted into a trail. There’s many more around the country.

Food for Thought

Our imaginary trip to Egypt took my summertime art students and me to our basement for a part of the session. A rainy day prevented us from enjoying the outdoors while we learned about Egyptian art. The basement was gloomy and windowless – perfect for setting the mood for painting the walls of a tomb. Since our “cave” had pretty much consumed all the available cardboard boxes, I “borrowed” a couple nice panels of plywood from my husband and allotted each child enough space to tell a story, comic strip fashion.

Darryl Moore, one great story

IOWA CITY– Darryl Moore is one of the great stories of Hawkeye basketball.
He was playing a pickup game in the Iowa Fieldhouse when assistant coach Rick Moss spotted him in action.
“He was over there playing with some of the guys and we ended up playing against him and he liked the way I played so he said, ‘you should try out,’” Darryl remembered.
Coach Moss told Head Coach Tom Davis and Darryl was invited to walk on.
Darryl made the “Gray team” and red-shirted his first year, 1993-94. His next two years he played in three games in each season.

Free honeybee program to be held July 18

SOLON– Beekeeper and state park manager Ron Puettmann will be holding this year’s second honeybee program near Lake Macbride State Park primitive campground on Saturday, July 18 at 1:00 p.m. This interpretive series on honeybees and beekeeping offers participants the opportunity to examine the inside of a real beehive from the security of screened tents located next to the hive.

Deadline for ICCSD election July 30

IOWA CITY– The residents of the Iowa City Community School District will elect three directors in the school election, which will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2009.
Any person who is a citizen of the United States, 18 years of age or older, and a resident of the school district may become a candidate for the school board.

County agrees to proceed with inspection of Sutliff Bridge

IOWA CITY– The Johnson County Board of Supervisors took another step in deciding the fate of the historic Sutliff Bridge last Thursday.
At their informal meeting on July 2, the supervisors unofficially agreed to enter into contract with VJ Engineering of Iowa City to conduct an inspection and feasibility study on the bridge, part of which was destroyed by flooding in June 2008.
County Engineer Greg Parker said just two firms responded to a committee’s Request for Qualifications (RFQ) sent to consultants.

NL Council approves 09-10 salaries

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty City Council has approved city staff salaries for the upcoming fiscal year.
For the year beginning July 1, 2009, and ending June 30, 2010, the city’s overall salary budget is $4.776 million, a total that includes employee’s contractual benefits such as health insurance, paid vacation and sick leave.
In March, the council voted to give city employees across the board a 2 percent cost of living wage increase, and instituted a freeze on merit pay for the new fiscal year.

Ride on: group of retired farmers roll into town

NORTH LIBERTY– When this group of retirees gathers for lunch, it’s an all day thing.
After all, it takes awhile to get anywhere on a vintage farm tractor.
A group of between six and nine retired farmers, most hailing from around the Fairfax, Norway and Ely area, get together in the mornings for coffee and a daily chat. Sometime in 2003 or 2004, Gordon Ruegsegger suggested he and his buddies also do lunch– all driving their tractors that date back to the 1950s and 60s.