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Community

Class of 2017 finds their way

148 seniors graduate from Clear Creek Amana

North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– The valedictorian speeches were littered with references to shared childhood experiences (Harry Potter, Disney Channel, Netflix) on Sunday, June 4, at Clear Creek Amana’s graduation ceremony in the packed high school gymnasium.
“We’ve all found our P. Sherman, 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney,” said Grace Murray, referencing the Disney movie “Finding Nemo.”
A total 148 seniors made up the graduating Class of 2017, with 10 valedictorians and one salutatorian.

North Liberty citywide garage sales June 8-11

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty’s citywide garage sales will be open Thursday, June 8, through Sunday, June 11.
The master list of sales, found at http://northlibertygaragesales.com, closed to edits and new submissions Tuesday, June 6. It is available to the public and for download from the website. There is also a Google Map of all the sales.

Avenue of Flags sign up for Flag Day

NORTH LIBERTY– Help the North liberty Optimists raise money for local kids programs and line our streets with the American flag on Flag Day, June 15.
For $40, the Optimist Club will place a 3-foot-by-5-foot American flag on a 10-foot pole in front of your home or business on these five national holidays: Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, Labor Day and Veteran’s Day.
For more information or to sign up visit nloptimist.org/flags.htm or contact Darlene Smith at 319-626-2939 or desmith325@gmail.com.

North Liberty Slow Roll Saturday, June 17

NORTH LIBERTY– Slow rolls are short community- and family-oriented bike rides, traveling at a leisurely pace. Join your friends and neighbors for a ride around town and a social to celebrate Flag Day and Father’s Day all in one on Saturday, June 17.
Bike and helmet safety checks are from 9-10 a.m. at the North Liberty Community Center (520 W. Cherry St.), with the slow roll beginning at 10 a.m. The 8-mile route includes a scavenger hunt. A social picnic with food, music, bike decorations, lawn games and awards will follow the bike ride from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the community center.

Tiffin splash pad open 9 a.m to 6 p.m.

TIFFIN– The Tiffin splash pad has been experiencing technical difficulty with the sensor to activate the water. The City of Tiffin has the part on order and will repair it as soon as possible. Until then, the Public Works Director will be manually turning on and off the splash pad starting at 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. until the issue can be corrected.
Thank you for your patience while this gets resolved. The regular splash pad hours of operation are 9 a.m. to dusk.

New north liberty water and sewer rates in effect July 1

NORTH LIBERTY– Effective July 1, North Liberty’s water and sanitary sewer rates will change. Other services that appear on monthly city utility bills will remain the same.
The minimum charge for sanitary sewer customers will increase by $1.43 to $30.03, and will include the first 1,000 gallons of use, and each 1,000 gallons of use above that will increase by $.26 to $5.40. The minimum charge for water customers will increase by $.74 to $15.57, and will include the first 1,000 gallons of use, and each 1,000 gallons of use above that will increase by $.31 to $6.29.

New station, new protocol needed

NORTH LIBERTY ON FIRE: A three-part series

Looking at emergency medical services response

North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– The concept of implementing Emergency Medical Dispatch (EMD), was the biggest take-away from a recent fire consultant report for North Liberty City Administrator Ryan Heiar.
Donald Cox, a consultant in emergency services and retired West Des Moines fire chief, was hired to conduct the study presented to the city council at their March 14 regular meeting.

Season ends in shutout stunner for Clipper girls

Grinnell sinks CCA, 2-0, in regional semifinal

North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– The season ended in a shocking fashion Tuesday, May 30, for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity girls soccer team, The Tigers from Grinnell-Newburg won the Class 2A regional semifinal match with a 2-0 shutout.
The Tigers struck first, 10 minutes into the match, and scored their second goal with 7:53 left in the first half. The Clippers’ best chance for a goal came in the second half with a penalty kick after Grinnell’s keeper tackled Hannah Bormann in the box. Unfortunately her shot was deflected.

North Liberty Community Pantry 5th Annual Turkey Trot 10K, 5K and 1-Mile(ish) Event July 8

NORTH LIBERTY– Grab your shoes and join North Liberty Community Pantry on July 8, at 9 a.m. for the 5th annual Turkey Trot 10k, 5k, and 1-Mile(ish) Event, sponsored by University of Iowa Community Credit Union (UICCU). Runners and walkers, of all ages, are invited to register in advance at getmeregistered.com/NorthLibertyTurkeyTrot as the race is expected to sell out quickly.

Iowa residents enjoy free fishing days June 2-4

DES MOINES– Iowa residents may fish without a license on June 2, 3 and 4 as part of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) free fishing weekend.
“Free fishing weekend is a great opportunity for Iowans to reconnect with fishing,” said Joe Larscheid, chief of the Iowa DNR’s Fisheries Bureau. “Invite a kid, your best friend or your mom to come along. Have some fun and create new memories.”
Gather family or friends and travel to one of the hundreds of Iowa lakes, thousands of miles of rivers or a nearby pond for a few hours of outdoor fun and relaxation.

Mount Vernon’s 8th Annual Chocolate Stroll Saturday, June 3

MOUNT VERNON– The Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group (CDG) announced the 8th Annual Mount Vernon Chocolate Stroll will take place Saturday, June 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The music and chocolate event invites guests to stroll down Mount Vernon’s historic First Street where participating businesses and chocolate vendors will offer chocolate and chocolate products for sample and/or sale.

Solon dedicates Freedom Rock at Memorial Day service

Denny Gruber explains the images depicted on the Johnson County Freedom Rock to those gathered at a Memorial Day service Monday, May 29, at the Solon American Legion Veterans Memorial. Gruber and Linda Linderbaum, members of the Solon Area Community Foundation, were the featured speakers for the formal dedication of the Freedom Rock. The Solon Area Community Foundation sponsored the Freedom Rock utilizing a boulder donated by the Leo Shima and Kevin Shima families.