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Community

Penn Landing Farmers’ Market enjoys productive first season

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– There are just two Sundays left to get fresh, locally-grown, homespun goods at the Penn Landing Farmers’ Market.
This was the first season for the bi-monthly market, co-organized by Veronica Tessler and Lesley Tripplett. Tessler is the owner of Yotopia, the frozen yogurt shop that opened in Grand Rail’s Penn Landing commerce center in North Liberty this past May, and Tripplet owns Dumpling Darlings, a Korean-style dumpling stand.
And the first season went very well, said Tessler.

CCA schools among those struggling with No Child Left Behind rules

OXFORD– The state of Iowa saw an increase in the number of schools “in need of assistance” designation under the controversial No Child Left Behind (NCLB). According to a report published Tuesday, Sept. 16, by the Iowa Department of Education, 852 out of 1,288 Iowa schools, or 66 percent, failed to meet federal proficiency standards, an increase over last year’s total of 64 percent.
The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school district is among those considered in need of assistance by the federal government.

Tiffin: Park Ridge PAD under reconsideration

TIFFIN– Unsure of how to answer a number of requests from a developer, the Tiffin City Council held a special work session to discuss them.
Kevin Hochstedler presented the Park Ridge Planned Area Development (PAD) to the council Sept. 10 for a two-phase, eight-home subdivision on 31 acres off Park Road in Tiffin. Its location on the eastern edge of Tiffin’s current municipal boundaries puts it inside city limits, but about half a mile from the city’s current public utility lines.

Cedar Rapids Horsemen’s Club to celebrate 70 years Oct. 12

CEDAR RAPIDS– The Cedar Rapids Horsemen’s Club invite the public to join them for a 70 years of memories Sunday Night Supper (Frank Zaspal, chef) on Oct. 12, at 6 p.m. at their club on, 11818 Club Road. There will be a Social Hour at 5 p.m., with a short program following supper.
Supper reservations needed by Oct. 1. Call Marilyn at 319-396-9366. Complimentary supper. Please bring your memories or pictures to share.

Hwy. 965 phase 1 to re-open

NORTH LIBERTY– Weather depending, the first stage of Highway 965 construction is expected to reopen by Monday, Oct. 13. Work will then begin on a 600-foot section of the highway north of the current work zone through the railroad crossing near the Dubuque Street intersection.
This work is expected to last into November. No construction or detours are expected for the winter months.

ICCSD board backs physical plant director after contractor damage at City High

By Paul Deaton
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– The Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) on Tuesday, Sept. 23, discussed damage caused by D.A. Bunch Company of Cedar Rapids while executing a contract to paint the cupola of City High School.
Director Patti Fields pulled the accounts payable item from the consent agenda.
Fields noted D.A. Bunch Company of Cedar Rapids had been paid $23,885 for a contract to paint the City High School cupola. While doing the work, Bunch damaged the sidewalk and turf at the high school, something Fields had noticed during a recent visit.

Water, sewer projects move forward to design

SOLON– The city of Solon is considering an interest-free loan option from the state to help jump-start two substantial water and sewer projects.
City Administrator Cami Rasmussen initiated a discussion with the city council regarding the north trunk sewer line and water storage systems for the city at its Sept. 17 meeting.
No action was taken, but Mayor Steve Stange encouraged councilors to clarify their views on moving forward with the projects. Rasmussen indicated she received sufficient direction to move the projects forward.

Low attendance at courthouse annex information sessions

IOWA CITY– Attendance at public information meetings about a proposed $33.4 million bond issue to build a courthouse annex has been “steady,” according to Johnson County Supervisor Rod Sullivan.
But that doesn’t mean they are drawing a crowd.
“It’s been pretty steady at about three or four people per event,” Sullivan said.

Ely and Shueyville CROP Hunger Walk Sunday, Oct. 5

ELY– The Ely and Shueyville CROP Hunger Walk will be held on Sunday, Oct. 5, at Ely Public Park on the trail at 1 p.m.
To take steps against local and world-wide hunger issues, the Ely and Shueyville CROP Hunger Walk has set a goal of 50 participating walkers. They also hope to raise $2,000 to help stop hunger and poverty here in our community and around the world, through self-help initiatives. A portion of the funds raised here will go to local food programs.

Solon Public Library

New books

“Festive in Death” by J.D. Robb. Personal trainer Trey Ziegler was in peak physical condition. If you didn’t count the kitchen knife in his well-toned chest. Lieutenant Eve Dallas soon discovers a lineup of women who’d been loved and left by the narcissistic gym rat. Dallas tries to put aside her distaste for the victim and solve the mystery of his death.

Solon and North Liberty city candidates at forum Wednesday, Oct. 8

NORTH LIBERTY– The Johnson County League of Women Voters will host a candidates’ forum Wednesday, Oct. 8, at North Liberty City Hall from 7 until 8:30 p.m.
The public is invited to hear from North Liberty mayoral candidates Gerry Kuhl and Amy Nielsen, as well as candidate for Solon City Council Steve Duncan. Duncan’s opponent, Kevin Samek, will not be attending.

Zabet NeuCollins to study energy sustainability in Denmark

BAR HARBOR, Maine– Zabet NeuCollins, a fourth-year student at College of the Atlantic, is heading to Europe in September as part of a ground-breaking undergraduate project to study and implement sustainable energy systems.
NeuCollins, of Solon, is enrolled in a unique class taught by COA faculty and led by COA students in a collaboration with the Rockland-based Island Institute under the auspices of a new philanthropic arm called The Fund for Maine Islands.