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North Liberty Leader

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.

call the dive team

Trained volunteers provide unique service to county, area

IOWA CITY— Johnson County citizens have a variety of public safety agencies on duty around the clock to protect them, ranging from traditional fire departments and law enforcement agencies to the county’s ambulance service. Specialty units such as the Hazardous Material (HAZMAT) Response Team, the Sheriff’s SWAT team, County Rescue 52 and the bomb squad supplement these organizations.
But one such unit operates literally in the murky shadows most of us never see.

We Run Glow Run 5K Race, Family 1K event  to be Sept. 5; proceeds benefit Steele Basler family

NORTH LIBERTY– We Run, North Liberty’s running shoe specialty store, will host a Glow Run 5K race and Family 1K event on Saturday, Sept. 5, at 9 p.m. at Performance Health Fitness, 3290 Ridgeway Dr., Coralville.
The registration fee covers entry into the chip-timed 5K race, technical race-day shirt and finishing medal for the first 600 registrants, along with entry into a drawing for door prizes.
The 1K race is not timed.

CCA is finalist for America’s Farmers grant

ST. LOUIS, Mo.– In the Johnson County area, Clear Creek Amana Community School District has been announced as a finalist in this year’s America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. Clear Creek Amana Community School District is among the top districts in Iowa in the running for grants of $10,000 and $25,000.

Deadline extended for census jobs in N. Liberty

NORTH LIBERTY– In the near future, the U.S. Census Bureau will conduct a Special Census in North Liberty. The City of North Liberty has requested it and will incur the cost. Local residents are needed to work as enumerators. Enumerators visit households and collect a facts about each member such as name, age, and relationship to the householder. Enumerators are paid $13.55 per hour, plus mileage and paid training.

West girls secure MVC Conference title

Women of Troy win in doubleheader against Linn-Mar, but fall to Ankeny, 3-1

IOWA CITY– The Iowa City West High softball team honored seniors Laynie Whitehead, Madi Miller and Grace Tafolla with two important wins over Linn-Mar in a home doubleheader on Thursday, July 9. Their success allowed them to take the MVC Conference title and improve their record to 33-5.
Game one of the doubleheader had its first score at the bottom of the fourth inning When Taleah Smith was on third and Adara Opiola was up to bat. Opiola hit a drive to centerfield to allow Smith to run home. Tafolla would soon score a run as well, to give West a 2-0 lead.

ICCSD discusses changes to special education programs

IOWA CITY– The Iowa City Community School District’s sensitivity and lack of communication regarding its special education programs has been called into question, as community members gathered to speak about changes to the program at the Tuesday, June 9, school board meeting.
First, parents voiced concerns about the district’s plans to move Shimek Elementary School’s special education program.

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.

The 77-day challenge

CCA’s STEM Center is on time and on budget

TIFFIN— A challenge was issued in late April on the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District’s campus in Tiffin. Joe Greathouse, Assistant Professor in the Construction Management program and spearhead for the district’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Center, addressed a crowd of students, parents and local construction industry representatives packed into the middle school library.
“Not to scare you, but once school is out, you’ve got 77 days to build it,” he had said. “So, no pressure.”

Census jobs now available in NL

NORTH LIBERTY– In the near future, the U.S. Census Bureau will conduct a Special Census in North Liberty. The City of North Liberty has requested it and will incur the cost. Local residents are needed to work as enumerators. Enumerators visit households and collect a facts about each member such as name, age, and relationship to the householder. Enumerators are paid $13.55 per hour, plus mileage and paid training.

Blues & BBQ is this Saturday, July 11 in Centennial Park

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty is gearing up for its ninth year of live music, delicious food, family fun and great brews on July 11, in Centennial Park from noon until 10 p.m.

Grass-fed beef genetics field day July 13

at Rapid Creek Ranch in Oxford

OXFORD– Getting started raising grass-fed beef may seem difficult, but experienced livestock producer Doug Darrow says the hardest part isn’t learning the logistics.
“The hardest thing is changing your thought process, letting nature be nature, and thinking about how you can manage that instead,” said Darrow, who raises grass-fed beef at Rapid Creek Ranch near Oxford.
Learn about the ongoing work Darrow and his son, Justin Wade, are doing to strengthen their grass-based beef business at a Practical Farmers of Iowa field day they are hosting on Monday, July 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.