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Community

Tiffin council considers tax rebate request for seed dealer

Big incentive for Big Country

TIFFIN– At odds over a tax rebate request, Tiffin City Council members nonetheless directed city administration to proceed with the paperwork to financially assist a local business with a planned expansion.
Big Country Seeds owner Dan Steines returned to the council Aug. 13 to ask for another five-year, 100 percent property tax rebate for a second expansion of his business. Tiffin council approved Big Country’s first expansion in 2013, for which Steines’ received a five-year, 100 percent tax rebate; the first the city has granted for longer than three years.

CCA Foundation seeks 2014 Hall of Fame nominations

OXFORD– The Clear Creek Amana Foundation Board is seeking nominations for the 2014 Hall of Fame award. Application letters are due by Sept. 1 and should include at the minimum the following information: a) Name of nominee, b) Address of nominee, c) Year (if known) and school graduated from, d) Whether person is deceased, e) Why should this person be considered for this honor– provide as many details as possible (years of service, what was the service, offices held, etc.), f) Letter signed by nominator with address and phone number if questions.

Youth baseball and softball fun fall league to begin Sept. 8

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty Youth Baseball and Softball (NLYBS) is providing a fun, relaxed baseball/softball experience for kids ages six through 10. The season consists of five sessions on Monday nights from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. beginning Sept. 8. The season will end on Oct. 6, or Oct. 13 if there is a rain-out during the season. The first 45 minutes will be practice and the second 45 minutes will be scrimmaging. The cost is $25. Please register on-line at the NLYBS website: www.eteamz.com/NLYBS/.

North Liberty’s annual Fun Run/Walk to be held Sept. 21

IOWA CITY– The North Liberty Steering Committee of the Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce announces the annual North Liberty Fun Run/Walk on Sunday, Sept. 21, beginning at North Bend Elementary. Sponsored by MidWestOne Bank, the event features a 5K route and free kids’ race for children ages 12 and under.

Invasive species eradication day Sept. 6

Join Iowa’s five land trusts to celebrate land protection in Iowa. Come for the volunteer day; stay for live music and lunch.
The Nature Conservancy, Bur Oak Land Trust (formerly known as Johnson County Heritage Trust), Whiterock Conservancy, Four Mounds Foundation and INHF will host a volunteer day to eradicate invasive species and take back the land with complementary lunch and live music to follow.
Turkey Creek Preserve (near Iowa City) at 2525 Sugar Bottom Rd. Solon, on Saturday, Sept. 6, from 9 a.m. until noon.

Volunteer efforts fuel new shelter

Parks and Recreation Commission makes the most of a tight budget

SOLON– Sometimes the kids don’t get along with the parents, and vice versa. In the end, however, time adds perspective.
At a joint meeting of the Solon City Council and the Parks and Recreation Commission, some of the members of the municipal family got together to see how things were going.