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Community

Salute to Salm parade and more planned for June 13 in North Liberty

NORTH LIBERTY– The city will be honoring former Mayor Tom Salm with a parade Friday, June 13.
The city will host a variety of events, including a bicycle rodeo at 2 p.m., a community parade at 7 p.m., and a children’s fair following the parade around 8:30 p.m.

North Liberty PD to host free bike rodeo June 13

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Police Department hopes to help kids entering kindergarten through eighth grade get off to a safe start this summer by hosting a free bike rodeo on Friday, June 13, from 2 until 4 p.m. in Penn Landing, 620 Pacha Parkway, just off Penn Street.
Kids will learn bike safety tips while cruising on a course set up to teach them important bike skills. Free bike helmets will be available while supplies last. Sugar Bottom Bikes will be on hand offering free bike inspections.

Blues & BBQ needs volunteers

NORTH LIBERTY– The eighth annual North Liberty Blues & BBQ, to be held July 12, wants you. There are still several volunteer roles open. Please consider volunteering for a shift to help make this a great summer day of live music, food, and fun for the community. 
All who join the volunteer team will receive a free Blues & BBQ 2014 T-shirt, commemorative cup, and drink tickets (for those of legal age).  Additionally, volunteers from specific organizations will be provided with a special ID label with a logo to identify individuals as part of the organization.

Holy Trinity in North Liberty to offer summer programs for kids

NORTH LIBERTY– Summer is right around the corner… which means Holy Trinity Lutheran Church has a week of fun planned for your child.
Holy Trinity is planning an action-packed week of summer fun for your children. Just when they’ll be screaming “I’m bored. There’s nothing to do,” we’ll give them a worthwhile, meaningful, and inspiring way to spend a week. Vacation Bible School and Day Camp are scheduled for July 14 through 19 and we’re hoping your kids will join us for another fun-filled week at Holy Trinity.
Water Works! Vacation Bible School

New Life Church to host VBS June 16-19

CORALVILLE– Come on out to Son Harvest County Fair Vacation Bible School Monday, June 16, through Thursday, June 19, from 9 a.m. until noon at New Life Church, 106 2nd Ave. in Coralville, Lunch and snacks are included
Children will learn about the blue ribbon, award-winning fruit that can grow in their lives when they get to know Jesus. Little gardeners will learn about cultivating love, joy, peace, and kindness in their lives while enjoying farm- and garden-themed activities like games, crafts, music, skits, Bible stories, and down home food.

Oversight corrected

Solon Vietnam vet receives Purple Heart 45 years later

RURAL SOLON– On April 22, 1969, Ronald “Steve” Durr was standing in the back of an Air Force C-123 cargo plane as it was departing a Special Forces camp deep in the jungles of Vietnam. It was a mission the staff sergeant and his crew had flown many times as they brought in vital supplies to the Green Berets, landing just long enough for Durr, the crew’s loadmaster, to send the cargo down the plane’s loading ramp as it took off again. The area was known to be a hotbed of enemy activity, and on this day the Viet Cong made their presence known.

Old Gold to host premier of Little Brown Church movie

SOLON– Solon’s Old Gold Diner will be hosting the premiere showing of “The Little Brown Church in the Vale: The Movie” Tuesday, June 17, at the Solon United Methodist Church.
The movie is produced and directed by Oskaloosa native Brian Hanson, now of Franklin, Tennessee.
“The Little Brown Church in the Vale: The Movie” is the delightful story of The Little Brown Church, the “Church in the Wildwood” song that made it famous, and the people whose lives have been touched by this “little brown church” in Nashua.

Reducing plasticity one grocery bag at a time

Local grocer is doing small part to save environment

SOLON– People might be surprised to learn that planet Earth has a local warrior fighting one of its biggest battles right here in little Solon, Iowa.
Former Solon resident Pam Landgrebe was surprised, at least, when she visited Sam’s Main Street Market a few weeks ago and found herself without a reusable bag. As an environmental advocate, it has become Landgrebe’s practice to forego single-use plastic bags when shopping, but she came to Sam’s unarmed with her own bags because this trip to the store was unexpected.
Equally unexpected was the offer of a free, reusable cloth bag instead.

NRA names NLPD’s Shine Officer of the Year

Heroism under fire

NORTH LIBERTY– The date was March 10, 2013. North Liberty police officers Christopher Shine and Cody Jacobsen responded with Sergeant Adam Olson to a 9-1-1 call about a domestic fight in the Holiday Mobile Home Court. Upon their arrival, they found a female resident sitting outside the home at 238 Holiday Lodge. She was crying, red-faced and emotionally distressed. Inside the trailer was 28-year old Taleb Salameh.

NL storm sewer project brings costs overflows

Money in the drain

NORTH LIBERTY– It’s never good when a contractor’s bill is higher than original estimates.
It’s extra bad when the bill more than doubles.
That was the situation facing the North Liberty City Council at its May 27 meeting, when McClure Engineering project manager Kevin Bailey explained a change order to the city’s storm sewer improvements along Highway 965.

Spending plan

Tiffin hires V&K to help create CIP strategy

TIFFIN– The City of Tiffin is paying to learn how to spend its money.
At its May 14 meeting, the Tiffin City Council approved a contract not to exceed $6,250 with engineering firm Veenstra & Kimm (V&K) Inc., to assist in crafting the city’s long-range capital improvements plan, or CIP.
Doug DeBolt and Bob Veenstra presented the proposal, outlining the services V&K provides to cities in comprehensive planning and strategies to pay for capital improvements.
“It’s a pretty methodical process with a heavy emphasis on the financial aspect,” said DeBolt.

DNR to host regional Fish Iowa! Games in North Liberty June 7

NORTH LIBERTY– The regional competition for the Fish Iowa! Games will be held Saturday, June 7, at Liberty Centre Pond in North Liberty. The Iowa Games and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources sponsor Fish Iowa! Games competitions through Iowa schools. Students learn to cast from three distances.