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Lori Lindner

Tiffin takes first swing at draft of parks plan

TIFFIN– The City of Tiffin hopes all residents will find it desirable to park it.
Rob Decker, of HBK Engineering in Iowa City, presented to the Tiffin City Council a draft master plan containing recommendations for improving the city’s eight public parks at the council’s pre-meeting work session on Wednesday, July 22.

Sun shines on NL’s 2015 festival

NORTH LIBERTY– The barbecue pits and jamming musicians weren’t the only hot things at North Liberty’s annual Blues & BBQ festival this year.
Finally; the sun was warm, too.
It’s been awhile since the annual community celebration of summer– and all things barbecue, blues and family-friendly fun– has enjoyed a day without stormy weather. In 2011, 2013 and 2014, storms and heavy rains interfered enough with the grounds and equipment to cause the festival to be cancelled or called off early.

Solon United Methodist Church to celebrate 175th

Celebration set for Sunday, Aug. 30

SOLON– As the community of Solon prepares to celebrate its 175th year– a quartoseptcentennial, according to Wikipedia– one of Solon’s longest-standing institutions will also turn 175 years old this fall.
Solon United Methodist Church will host a 175th Homecoming Celebration Sunday, Aug. 30, to commemorate the church’s origin, history and accomplishments over the last century and three-quarters.

Salute to summer

NLFD’s family-friendly fundraiser to be held Saturday, Aug. 22

NORTH LIBERTY– A summer tradition is heating up once again in North Liberty.
The North Liberty Fire Department (NLFD) will host its annual Salute to Summer fundraiser Saturday, Aug. 22, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. at Bobbers Grill, 1850 Scales Bend Rd. NE, North Liberty.
The venue is perfect for the family-friendly event that encompasses everything from kids’ activities and games to a poker run, silent action and live music, said NLFD’s Rob DuBay, the chair for this year’s event.

What’s burning?

City of Tiffin hopes to stamp out illegal dumping at municpal yard waste burn site

TIFFIN– The City of Tiffin wants to continue providing a convenience to residents, but frequent abuses of the service warranted changes.
The Tiffin City Council approved revisions to an ordinance defining how residents use the city-provided “burn pile,” an area where yard waste can be dumped for safe burning later.

Amazing maze with a message

Colony Pumpkin Patch supports local food pantry

NORTH LIBERTY– During the last three autumn seasons, Dean and Katie Colony, of Colony Pumpkin Patch in North Liberty, have offered a corn maze that contains dead-ends, detours, loops to be navigated and, somewhere among the stalks, routes to the exit.
Ostensibly designed for the entertainment of visitors, the themes for Colonys’ mazes are also purposefully chosen to create meaningful connections between people and the community.

Well and good at CCA

TIFFIN– It was a healthy way to wrap up the school year.

Should it stay or should it go?

CCA parents, constituents argue for and against keeping softball complex in town of Oxford

OXFORD– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) School Board fielded comments about its softball diamond at a regular meeting last Wednesday, but Superintendent Tim Kuehl made it clear: there is no money in the district’s budget for a new sports complex.

Liberty’s Gate in NL to expand

More rental housing to be built on NL’s west side

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty City Council has approved another group of rental housing and commercial buildings to be built on the city’s west side.
Liberty’s Gate development is near the intersection of Kansas Avenue and Madison Avenue, an area already peppered with commercial and residential development. The development group is preparing to add another commercial building and a single 28-plex residential building with two 8-stall garages in 3.26 acres on the southwest corner of the intersection.

Boldt assumes role as Tiffin’s administrator

TIFFIN– As the City of Tiffin transitions into new leadership, the city’s new manager will be transitioning back into the public sector.
Doug Boldt, 41, was hired as Tiffin City Administrator last month after a search conducted by Pat Callahan Associates garnered 22 applicants and culled five interviewees from that list.
Boldt served as Tipton’s City Manager from 2005 until 2012. Though he has spent the last three years working in the private company he co-owned, public service has never been far from his mind.

Filling the rest of Prairie West

Tiffin’s latest development to include several new businesses

TIFFIN– Tiffin has seen a lot of new housing in recent years.
The latest development along Highway 6 will bring additional commercial entities as well.

Get ready for a new Leash on Life

Pet supply store adds to North Liberty’s shopping choices

NORTH LIBERTY– It’s appropriate that Julie Phye’s shop is called Leash on Life.
The Iowa City business owner’s life took a whole new direction after she adopted Rosie the Labrador retriever from a shelter in 2002. Adding Rosie to her family ultimately led Phye to leave her job at the University of Iowa to open her own pet supply business.
Because of Rosie, Leash on Life is not just about selling pet products.