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Come on, feel the noise

TiffinFest 2014 to welcome biggest act yet

TIFFIN– Something big is about to hit the small town of Tiffin.
And it’s going to make a really loud noise when it does.
TiffinFest committee members Melissa Fontanini and Lyndsie Schnoor, co-owners of Bella Sala reception and banquet facility in Tiffin, didn’t hesitate when the opportunity came for their business to sponsor this year’s headline entertainment for the annual community festival.

NL council chooses Moore

City will still be required to fill post by election in November

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty City Council has chosen Dave Moore to fill its vacant seat.
There were five applicants for the position of councilperson, a vacancy created June 24 when councilor Gerry Kuhl was appointed to the late Tom Salm’s mayoral post. The remaining four members voted unanimously to appoint someone to the empty council seat.

CCA solidifies sidewalk agreement with City of Tiffin

OXFORD– An agreement between the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school district and the City of Tiffin for the construction of a sidewalk-trail was signed by the school board Wednesday, July 23, during its regular meeting at Clear Creek Elementary in Oxford. The agreement stipulates that the district will build an eight-foot sidewalk from the west edge of its property (by the northwest corner of the high school) to Ireland Avenue, with the city reimbursing the district for three feet of the width.

LOST issue requires three cities to hold special elections Nov. 4

IOWA CITY– Three Johnson County cities– North Liberty, Oxford and Solon– will have special elections for city offices on the Nov. 4 general election ballot.

Iowa law says that city council appointments last until the next scheduled city election. Because the local option sales tax (LOST) referendum will appear on the general election ballot, the general election is now considered the next scheduled city election.
The Johnson County Attorney and the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office concur in this opinion, according to the Johnson County Auditor’s office.

Paws to read and laugh out loud

TIFFIN– Where can you find sassy puppets, magic tricks, jumping snakes and a trained flea circus?
Children fround them all at Springmier Library in Tiffin on July 9, when puppeteer and performer Maggie Erdmann presented Paws to Read, a fun presentation that uses puppets, magic and audience participation to encourage kids to find their favorite books in their local libraries. Springmier Library’s 2014 Summer Reading Program wrapped up July 30 with a final celebration and prizes for those who completed their reading logs. (photos by Lori Lindner)

District champs!

Wagner’s run gives CCA 3-2 edge over Vinton-Shellsburg

WILLIAMSBURG– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) Clippers earned another achievement for the 2014 baseball season Monday, July 21, by winning the Class 3A District 9 championship with a 3-2 win over the Vikings of Vinton-Shellsburg in Williamsburg.
The Clippers went up on the scoreboard first in the bottom of the second inning as Tanner Bandy smacked a line drive over the left field fence for a solo home run, giving CCA a 1-0 lead. The Vikings tied the game in the fourth and took a 2-1 lead in the sixth.

Solon ends Clippers’ season, win 8-1 in substate final July 23

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SOLON– Even with a loss, the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers ended the 2014 baseball season on a winning note, posting a 20-18 record (improved over last year’s 13-25 showing) despite falling to the Solon Spartans 8-1 in Class 3A substate final Wednesday, July 23, in Solon.
The Spartans had four runs on the scoreboard (two in the bottom of the first with one each in the second and third) before the Clippers could get a runner across the plate.

Happy Trails to Colony Country Park

Owners of NL campground look forward to next new thing

NORTH LIBERTY– Colony Country RV Park has closed its gates for good, and even though the campground was in operation for 25 years, becoming a part of many family traditions and lifelong friendships, the Colony family does not really view it as the end of an era.

New Japanese restaurant to open soon in North Liberty

Fresh, friendly, informative

NORTH LIBERTY– Li Chiou and Vincent Chia don’t just want people to like Japanese food.
They want people to understand it.
That’s why their new North Liberty restaurant, Sushiya, includes a special bar where customers can sit less than two feet away from the head chef Vincent as he prepares fresh sushi and other dishes especially for them.

Register now for North Liberty Aquatic Center youth triathlon

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Aquatic Center will present the third annual North Liberty Youth Triathlon, Just Tri, on Aug. 3. Hosted with Tri-Fit Agape, LLC, the event features swimming, biking and running in three distances for kids ages 6 through 14.
The races start at the North Liberty Community Center, with check in beginning at 7 a.m. Races begin at 8 a.m. A health and fitness expo will follow the race.
• Ages 6, 7 and 8 will swim 25 meters, bike 0.9 miles, and run a quarter mile.
• Ages 9 trough 11 will swim 50 meters, bike 2.4 miles, and run one mile.

In a pickle

North Liberty Pickleball mixer grows each year

NORTH LIBERTY– It’s a unique group of people who are delighted to find themselves in a pickle.
Local Pickleball aficionados hosted their fifth annual North Liberty Pickleball summer gathering at the Penn Meadows Park tennis courts, a sort of invitational tournament that is more fun than competition, and includes a potluck picnic and social time. Games are played round robin-style so players mix with others from all over the state.

New Penn Landing farmer’s market to begin Sunday, Aug. 3, in NL

NORTH LIBERTY–Penn Landing and Grand Rail Development, at the corner of Highway 965 and Penn Street, will host the new Penn Landing Market, a farmers’ market, starting Sunday, Aug. 3, from noon until 3 p.m. near Yotopia Frozen Yogurt. The market will run every other Sunday through October and will feature food vendors, family fun and live music.