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Community

Kayak and paddle board demo day June 10

SOLON– Experience the latest in kayaks and stand up paddle boards Saturday, June 10, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Sugar Bottom Recreation Area in Solon.
Scheels’ experts and Wilderness Systems representatives will be on hand to assist and answer paddle sports questions. Register onsite to win a Scheels gift card.
The entrance to Sugar Bottom Recreation Area is located at 2164 Mehaffey Bridge Rd. NE in Solon.

North Liberty citywide garage sales June 8-11

NORTH LIBERTY– Submissions are now open for North Liberty’s citywide garage sales, happening Thursday, June 8, through Sunday, June 11.
The master list of sales, found at http://northlibertygaragesales.com, will close to edits and new submissions Tuesday, June 6, at 8 p.m. It will then be distributed to the public Wednesday, June 7, by 9 a.m. and will be available for download from the website. There will also be a Google Map of all the sales. It is free to submit a sale.

ICCSD hires firm to design new North Liberty elementary school

THE ISSUE
While North Liberty’s population continues to boom, area elementary schools become more crowded. According to a 2015 special census, which put 10.5 percent of the city’s populace under the age of five, a potential 2,000 kids could be approaching elementary in the coming years.

WHAT WE KNEW
In July 2016, the Iowa City School Board unanimously approved the $1.4 million purchase of 21.59 acres on the northeast side of North Liberty near South Slope.

The purchase was tentatively set to replace the planned Grant Elementary.

WHAT HAPPENED

North Bend Active Minds camp open coming June and July

NORTH LIBERTY– North Bend Elementary physical education teacher Jared Carder announced the return of the Active Minds summer camp this week. There will be two sessions, in June and July, and younger students will be accepted.

American Legion and Boy Scouts honor sacrifice on Memorial Day

NORTH LIBERTY– Memorial Day has become, for many, a day to hunt for bargains, grill out, and otherwise celebrate the unofficial start of summer and summer fun. The day originally was designated to remember America’s war dead. American Legion Post 1976 and Boy Scout Troop 216, both located in North Liberty, did their part to keep alive the tradition of honoring those soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines who made the ultimate sacrifice with a brief morning ceremony Monday, May 29, at the Ridgewood Cemetery off of Scales Bend Road.

Troop 120 can drive Saturday, June 3

SOLON– Solon Boy Scout Troop 120 will collect cans and bottles on Saturday, June 3, from 1-5 p.m. Scouts and parents will collect throughout the community. Can donations can also be dropped off at the St. Mary Catholic Church parking lot from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Donations will be used to provide camping opportunities and other Scouting activities.

Corps hosting Veteran’s Trail Dedication Ceremony on Memorial Day

IOWA CITY– The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, at Coralville Lake, will be hosting the 2017 Veteran’s Trail Dedication Ceremony on Memorial Day, May 29, at 1:30 p.m. The ceremony will take place at the East Overlook Picnic Area located on the east end of the Coralville Dam.
The public is invited to help honor and recognize these Johnson County veterans.
Honorees for this year’s dedication are:
Floyd D. Smith, Andrew B. Letarte, Bradley J. Storck, Brandon J. Burgus, Keith J. Hodapp, David L. Schapira and Jacob E. Cannon.

Making noise for music ed

Community rides bikes, plays instruments at first “Musicycle”

NORTH LIBERTY– Over 500 underclassmen and around 100 upperclassmen are anticipated to christen the halls of Liberty High School in August. And, for the Iowa City Music Auxiliary, that means a third orchestra, band and choir to support.
“We use the money for transportation to festivals, entry fees for festivals and band uniform cleaning, mostly,” said Lisa Goodfellow-Mertens, past president of the auxiliary. “That dry cleaning adds up.”

North Liberty Playful City USA honor for sixth year

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty has been honored with a 2017 Playful City USA designation for the sixth time, and was one of only three cities in Iowa. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the national recognition program honors cities and towns across the country for making their cities more playable. North Liberty invests in playgrounds, parks, green spaces and trails to make the community more playable. The city continues to support local youth sports, has added a splash pad in Penn Meadows Park as well as a coming shaded tot lot.

Council moves on original town urbanization project

“Old Tiffin” to get a facelift

TIFFIN– Tiffin City Council member Jim Bartels remembers early discussions regarding the modernization of “Old Tiffin”– the four-by-three block area south of Highway 6, home to College, Grant and Summeryhays streets.
“Ten to 15 years ago, all we did was talk about it,” said Bartels. “We didn’t even have a plan.”
The council has come a long way since then.

Helping Heroes Memorial Day golf tourney May 29

NORTH LIBERTY– Join Helping Heroes for its first annual Memorial Day golf tournament Monday, May 29, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Quail Creek Golf Course, 700 Club House Rd., in North Liberty.
Registration for the four-man, best-shot tournament includes 18 holes, a golf cart and a meal after the round. Prizes, raffles and a silent auction will also take place at the club house. All proceeds will directly benefit local veterans in need. Cost is $200 per team.

North Liberty hires free summer lunch coordinator

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Summer Lunch and Fun Program announced Marge Hartman was hired as the summer coordinator. Hartman has lived in North Liberty for the last 15 years. She is married with two boys. During the school year, she works at the Penn Elementary library. She is actively involved with PTO and Boy Scouts activities. Hartman is “excited to be involved in another great program providing food and positive activities for local children.”