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Community

Nominations sought for Hall of Fame

NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty is seeking nominations for 2016 induction into the community’s Hall of Fame. The award was developed in 2013 to recognize individuals who provided extraordinary public service and dedication to the community.

Untapped physical therapy

Wilton woman stresses women’s health at new North Liberty clinic

By Shianne Fisher
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– When she needed physical therapy for a torn ACL in high school, Beth Dessner didn’t anticipate getting into the profession.
With the opening of a new Integrated Therapy Specialists clinic in North Liberty, she’s now celebrating nearly 20 years serving Iowans for anything from a bad hip to chronic migraines.
“I’ll do anything,” said Dessner. “I just had an 8-year-old with an injured elbow; I love that.”

Construction continues at Clear Creek Amana

CCA’s construction manager updates projects

OXFORD– Work continues on three construction projects in the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District.
Voters in the district approved a $48 million bond issue in 2014, which built Tiffin Elementary, added onto the middle school in Tiffin and is currently helping to renovate the original part of the middle school and adding onto the high school. District Construction Manager Ray Willoughby presented an update on the projects to the district’s school board of directors Monday, Sept. 19, during the regular monthly meeting at Clear Creek Elementary in Oxford.

The cost of a blue bin

City council approves 60-cent increase to utility bill recycling fee

NORTH LIBERTY– Residents of North Liberty may not feel the effects of a 60-cent increase on their utility bills next month, but the city’s recycling provider sure will.
At a meeting Oct. 11, members of the North Liberty City Council approved a slight increase to single-stream recycling rates in response to a request from Steve Smith of Johnson County Refuse.
It’s the third time since 2000, when North Liberty signed a recycling contract with Johnson County Refuse, Smith has asked for an increase in the fee residents pay. The last contract approval in 2014 raised it to $4.55.

Iowa DOT open house to discuss West Forevergreen Road improvements Nov. 1 at North Libety Community Center

NORTH LIBERTY– The Iowa Department of Transportation invites the public to attend an information meeting on Nov. 1 between 5 and 6:30 p.m. at the North Liberty Community Center, 520 W. Cherry Street, to discuss the West Forevergreen Road proposed improvements and right-of-way needs from east of Kansas Avenue to Covered Bridge Boulevard in North Liberty.

Swisher Junior Auxiliary Halloween Fair Oct. 30

SWISHER– The Swisher Junior Auxiliary invites everyone to attend the Halloween fair Sunday, Oct. 30, beginning at 4:30 p.m. at the Swisher American Legion. Each year the event seeks to bring the community together. Attendees can enjoy a hay rack ride through Swisher and s’mores and hot chocolate in the pavilion. Dress to impress the judges; the Costume Contest winners and prizes will be announced at 5:45 p.m.

Free night hike on Halloween at F.W. Kent Park

OXFORD– Escape the ghouls and goblins running around town and head out to Kent Park for a peaceful night hike on Halloween, Monday, Oct. 31, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The hike includes interesting information about nocturnal animal adaptations and ends with warm apple cider and Halloween treats.
The program is geared towards adults, but all ages are welcome. Participants should meet at the Youth Group Camp lodge (on the east side of the park) and hike from there. Be sure to dress for the weather and bring head lamps or flashlights covered with red tissue paper or cellophane.

Food Truck Rumble Oct. 30 at Colony Pumpkin Patch

NORTH LIBERTY– Join Yelp and Colony Pumpkin Patch at the Yelp Iowa City Food Truck Rumble 2016 on Sunday, Oct. 30, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Local food trucks give your taste buds a one-two punch while jousting for the Best in Iowa City title and the Rumble Grub Trophy. The best part? Stuff your face and weigh in on the winner.

Final North Liberty farmers market Oct. 23 at Penn Landing

NORTH LIBERTY– The Penn Landing Market holds its final market at Pacha Parkway Sunday, Oct. 23, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Join others for creepy music, bewitched food, devilish shopping and more Halloween fun at the final market of the season.
For more information visit pennlandingmarket.org.

Family Day at Iowa Raptor Project Nov. 5

SOLON– The Iowa Raptor Project invites the public to the November Family Day featuring the Peregrine Falcon, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5.
Visitors will learn about the history of falconry and hunting with the Peregrine Falcon. The Raptor’s Nest will be open with arts and crafts and activities for kids. There will be staff and volunteers available to answer any questions.
The Raptor Center currently displays over 20 unreleasable birds of prey historically found in Iowa and is located within the Macbride Nature Recreation Area, 2095 Mehaffey Bridge Rd. NE, Solon.

CCA Supper for “Old Folks” Nov. 5

TIFFIN– On Saturday, Nov. 5, the CCA Student Assistance Team and Interact Club hosts its annual Supper for “Older Folks.” In other words, those aged 55 or older are invited to supper. Supper for “Old Folks” will serve turkey, ham mashed potatoes and a potluck of dishes the 30 or so kids bring to share. Serving will start at 6 p.m. at the CCA High School in Tiffin. Call Mark Hovey, Advisor CCA High School SAT/Interact, at 319-545-5623 for reservations.

Early voting at library Saturday, Oct. 29

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty residents and all other eligible voters can vote early in the 2016 Presidential Election Saturday, Oct. 29, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the North Liberty Community Library.
Those not registered can also register at the library, although an ID and proof of residency are necessary due to a requirement concerning registration 10 days prior to the election.