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Community

Free comic book day at Geek City May 6

NORTH LIBERTY– Stop by Geek City Games and Comics’ new location, 365 Beaver Kreek Ctr., in North Liberty, on Saturday, May 6, to get a free comic book. Stores house are 12-9 p.m.
In celebration of Free Comic Book Day– the first Saturday of May– around the world, Geek City is hosting its own event to promote reading. There will be around 20 titles to choose from. Eric Gapster, a local comic book artist, will be signing books and doing sketches as well.
“We love it when kids come in and get excited about reading,” said Geek City owner Jason Clark.

North Liberty man fondled multiple young boys, police say

North Liberty man fondled multiple young boys, police say
NORTH LIBERTY– A North Liberty man who worked as a youth leader at a local church has been accused of sexually abusing four different children over several years.
According to criminal complaints, Benjamin C. Tweedt, 32, of Rachael Street in North Liberty, was arrested Wednesday, April 26, for sexual contact with four boys between 2006 and 2013. The victims were ages 11-13 at the time.

Keeping step with tradition

Champagne Academy of Irish Dance opens in NL

By Janet Nolte
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– A desire to study the past brought her to Iowa, but the need to celebrate and preserve her Irish heritage through traditional dance and music kept her here.
Prior to coming to Iowa City for graduate school in 2007, Trea Champagne taught math and science in the Twin Cities for about a decade. She’d already earned a masters degree in science education and then decided to pursue a doctorate in paleontology, “the biology of things that are dead and in rock,” in her words.

TIFFUN Creek Fest unveils new website

North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– The countdown begins to Tiffin’s new and improved festival, TIFFUN Creek Fest, coming to town Friday, July 28.
For organizer Melissa Fontanini, the 80-some days until the event couldn’t go by more quickly. And the city, which held its last TiffinFest in 2014, is holding its breath.
“It seems like every month we’re just getting closer, getting things more solidified,” she said.

Apply to serve on a City of North Liberty board or commission by Friday, May 19, at City Hall

NORTH LIBERTY– If you’re looking to get involved in your city, serving on a volunteer board or commission is a great way to do it. Boards members and commissioners work with staff, provide recommendations to council and can make a difference in many aspects of community development.

Celebrate Bike Month in North Liberty

Bike commuting workshop at NLCL May 11

NORTH LIBERTY– In honor of Bike Month 2017, Johnson County is sponsoring several events in the area.
One of those is a “How to be a Bike Commuter” workshop at the North Liberty Community Library (520 W. Cherry St.) on Thursday, May 11, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Jon Yetley of Sugar Bottom Bikes will teach you everything you need to know to bike commute, including quick repairs and maintenance.

Musicycle at Penn Meadows May 13

Tiffin citywide clean-up day Saturday, May 13

TIFFIN– The City of Tiffin’s city clean-up day will be Saturday, May 13, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. You will be required to bring your items down to the public works facility (11 Brown St.). If you are unable to bring your items to the city shed, you can schedule a pick-up with the Tiffin Fire Department. The department asks that you pay a fee of $25 per truckload. You will need to pay for the pick-up prior to May 13. Contact City Hall at 319-545-2572 ext. 1 to schedule a pickup. City Hall will only accept cash or check payments. Make your checks payable to the Tiffin Fire Department.

Special council election set for May 30

Lauren Whitehead and Dale Snipes say they will run

SOLON– There will be at least two candidates for the special city council election Tuesday, May 30.
Both Dale Snipes, appointed April 5 to fill a seat vacated by longtime council member Mark Krall, and Lauren Whitehead, who had also applied for the position, plan to appear on the ballot.
Anyone interested in becoming a candidate has until Friday, May 5, to submit the appropriate paperwork to the Johnson County Auditor’s Office. Ten signatures are required for the nomination petition.

Mayor responds to charges of special treatment

SOLON– Mayor Steve Stange said he did nothing wrong.
At the conclusion of a lengthy and at times contentious council meeting April 19, Stange took time during his mayor’s comments to address the sale of his home to developers for a Main Street project.
“I’m tired of being accused of doing things inappropriately,” Stange said. “It’s to the point where I’ve just had enough.”
Last February or March, Stange said, he was approached by Mark Pattison about the possible sale of his home at 131 W. Main St.

Townsley named Iowa Central Office Administrator of the Year

SOLON– Matt Townsley, director of instruction and technology for the Solon Community School District, was named the 2017 Iowa Central Office Administrator of the Year by the School Administrators of Iowa (SAI).

May Day Breakfast May 6

SOLON– Highlight May 6 on the calendar to remember to attend the GFWC/Iowa Solon Women’s Club May Day Breakfast at the Solon Methodist Church from 7 to 11 a.m. Egg and meat casseroles, homemade kolaches and rolls, fruit, orange juice, coffee and milk will be served.
The cost is $6 per adult and $3 for children (ages 5-12) tickets are available from GFWC/Iowa Solon Women’s Club members or at the door on May 7. Bring family and friends and receive a special deal, five adult tickets for $25 and/or five children tickets for $12.

Be A Hunger Hero, May 13 at SRNA

SOLON– On Saturday, May 13, from 9 a.m. to noon, Be A Hunger Hero at Solon Recreation and Nature Area.
This event is for the entire family to enjoy a morning full of hero themed activities. A super-hero training course provided and ran by Iowa Gym-Nest, cape decorating, Solon firefighters, bounce houses, and face painting are all provided for participating children.
One mile and 5K fun runs will start at 9:30 a.m. The runs take place on the paved trail around the recreation and nature area and partially on the graveled Lake MacBride Nature Trail.