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Community

Creating a Crisis Intervention Team

The deputies

Law enforcement agencies in Johnson County are embracing the concept of Crisis Intervention Training (CIT), an educational program for law enforcement officers which expands their ability to deal safely and effectively with people experiencing a mental health crisis.

“Footloose” rocks the CCA stage

Seniors shine in stage adaptation of ‘80s movie classic

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– In 1984, “Footloose” became one of the most successful motion pictures of the year and of the decade. The story, written by Dean Pitchford, focuses on a big-city kid with a rebellious streak who moves to the small agricultural town of Bomont, Texas. There, he discovers the town’s preacher– in the wake of a tragedy involving his son and three other teens– has banned rock music and dancing.

Last minute decision to buy scratch ticket yields $50K prize for NL man

CLIVE– A last minute decision to buy a scratch ticket ended up being in a North Liberty man’s favor as he won a big prize.
William Hedges claimed the 24th of 30 top prizes of $50,000 available in the lottery’s “Super Crossword” scratch game.
Hedges said he stopped Wednesday at Fareway, 615 Westwood Drive in North Liberty, for some groceries and decided to buy a scratch ticket, as well.

Collaboration underway for Tiffin parks updates

Public works, STEM group team up for tennis, trails

TIFFIN– The people of Tiffin could be playing tennis, biking an eco-friendly limestone trail and walking their K-9 companions in a new city dog park by early fall if park updates stay on schedule.

NL community center afternoon closure April 29

NORTH LIBERTY– On Friday, April 29, from 12:45 p.m. to 3 p.m., the North Liberty Community Center, including the North Liberty Community Library, Recreation Center and Aquatics Center, will be closed for employee Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate, or ALICE, training.

June 9-12 declared NL city-wide garage sale weekend

NORTH LIBERTY– Local organizers have selected the weekend of June 10 for city-wide garage sales in North Liberty and have set up a website with information for sellers and buyers: northlibertygaragesales.com.
In addition to the website, garage-sale-goers will be able to pull up a mobile-friendly Google Map and find nearby sales by item categories.
“I always thought it was one of those things dying for an upgrade,” said organizer Lydia Fine. “I just wanted to make it easier for people to find what they need.”

Macbride Raptor Project Family Day May 7

SOLON– Macbride Raptor Project (MRP) monthly Family Day will be held on Saturday, March 7, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Family Day is free and open to the public. The Raptor’s Nest (MRP educational center) will be open with staff and volunteers available to answer questions about the project and the raptors. Snacks and crafts will also be provided for guests.

Happy birthday, Tanner

Brad Wymer prepares to release a Chinese lantern in memory of his son, Tanner, during a special ceremony held during the Denny Gruber Coed Relays April 19 at the Solon Outdoor Events Center. Tanner, a Solon senior, was killed in a boating accident in January and would have turned 18 on April 19. A memorial bench has been installed near the thrower’s area at the track, and during a break in the meet, a moment of silence was held, those in attendance sang Happy Birthday, and family members, students and community members released a series of Chinese lanterns into the sky.

Density rising: More units, more cars, more complaints

Developer agrees to more parking stalls, but site plan still tabled

SOLON– The site plan submitted by Mike Bails and Jeff Mekota for two eight-plexes in the Fox Ridge subdivision met all of Solon’s requirements and was recommended for approval by the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission.
The Spartan Structures developers had already scaled back from 24 to 16 residential units based on city input and the site plan was on the agenda for council consideration at an April 20 meeting.

Sundog Farm and Local Harvest Hello Spring! Potluck April 30

SOLON– The public is invited to Sundog Farm and Local Harvest Community Supported Agriculture’s (CSA) Hello Spring Potluck on Saturday, April 30, at 5:30 p.m. at the Palmer House Stable, 200 E. Main St., Solon. Bring a dish to share and your own table service and drinks. Come learn about a local community supported agriculture provider and connect with other farmers, gardeners and food enthusiasts! Contact Carmen Black at localharvestcsa@southslope.net or 319-331-3957 for more information.

Music on Main Street concert series begins Wednesday, June 1

SOLON– Solon’s Music on Main Street Concert Series will kick off the 2016 schedule Wednesday, June 1, at the downtown bandstand featuring “Keelah and the Boys.”
Concerts begin at 7 p.m. each Wednesday evening. Bring your lawn chairs and a picnic basket and enjoy some wonderful music. In case of rain, concerts will be moved to St. Mary Catholic Church. If you would like to financially contribute to Music on Main Street or provide sponsorship or concessions on a concert evening, please contact Nancy Upmeyer at 331 1553 or nancyupmeyer@hotmail.com.
2016 Music on Main Street

Saving more of the grove

Bur Oak Land Trust launches capital campaign to purchase more Big Grove timber

SOLON– Imagine you’re in the heart of Iowa City on a busy day– cars, people and concrete.
Now think about being 7 miles away, standing in the middle of the Bur Oak Land Trust’s Big Grove Preserve, a centuries-old forest populated with tall hardwoods– calm and quiet, broken only by the occasional songbird.