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Community

The 77-day challenge

CCA’s STEM Center is on time and on budget

TIFFIN— A challenge was issued in late April on the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District’s campus in Tiffin. Joe Greathouse, Assistant Professor in the Construction Management program and spearhead for the district’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Center, addressed a crowd of students, parents and local construction industry representatives packed into the middle school library.
“Not to scare you, but once school is out, you’ve got 77 days to build it,” he had said. “So, no pressure.”

Census jobs now available in NL

NORTH LIBERTY– In the near future, the U.S. Census Bureau will conduct a Special Census in North Liberty. The City of North Liberty has requested it and will incur the cost. Local residents are needed to work as enumerators. Enumerators visit households and collect a facts about each member such as name, age, and relationship to the householder. Enumerators are paid $13.55 per hour, plus mileage and paid training.

Blues & BBQ is this Saturday, July 11 in Centennial Park

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty is gearing up for its ninth year of live music, delicious food, family fun and great brews on July 11, in Centennial Park from noon until 10 p.m.

Grass-fed beef genetics field day July 13

at Rapid Creek Ranch in Oxford

OXFORD– Getting started raising grass-fed beef may seem difficult, but experienced livestock producer Doug Darrow says the hardest part isn’t learning the logistics.
“The hardest thing is changing your thought process, letting nature be nature, and thinking about how you can manage that instead,” said Darrow, who raises grass-fed beef at Rapid Creek Ranch near Oxford.
Learn about the ongoing work Darrow and his son, Justin Wade, are doing to strengthen their grass-based beef business at a Practical Farmers of Iowa field day they are hosting on Monday, July 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

NLFD - rapid response

New technology, strategies keep NLFD moving forward

This is the third and final installment of a three-part series on the ways the North Liberty Fire Department– a volunteer unit with only three paid positions– continues to meet the challenges of protecting an ever-growing community.

NORTH LIBERTY– Prior to becoming an Iowa City firefighter and part time assistant chief for the North Liberty Fire Department (NLFD), William Schmooke worked in town with an employer willing to let him leave for emergency calls.

Solon Optimist Beef Days Fishing Derby Saturday, July 18

SOLON– The Optimist Club of Solon will host its annual Beef Days Fishing Derby Saturday, July 18, at 12 p.m. (30 minutes after the parade) at Brosh’s pond, at Main and Cedar Streets in Solon. Contest is catch and release, open to ages 8 to 12, and limited to 40 children. To pre-register, call Joan at 624-3458. Bring your own pole. Bait will be provided and prizes awarded. Spectators are welcome.

A unique fire engine for a unique area

Jefferson-Monroe Fire Department saves money while saving lives, property

SWISHER– There’s a new fire engine in town, and its uniqueness goes beyond the curves of its four-door cab. The truck, a 2009 Spartan “Furion” chassis with body by Rosenbauer will increase the efficiency of the Jefferson-Monroe Twp. Fire Department (Swisher Fire) while improving safety for the volunteer firefighters and saving the taxpayers money in the process.

Red, White and Bluegrass fest July 3

NORTH LIBERTY­­– The North Liberty American Legion Post No. 1976 will host its fifth annual Red White and Bluegrass Festival on Friday, July 3, at American Legion Post 1976, 2349 Mehaffey Bridge Rd., North Liberty. Music begins at 4 p.m. and ends at midnight. Adult admission is $10, and kids 14 years and under enter free. The post’s annual flag retirement ceremony will be held at 9:30 p.m., followed by a free fireworks display. The public is invited to bring American flags for proper military disposal.

Fireworks over Lake Macbride July 4

SOLON– The public is invited to see the fireworks over Lake Macbride on Saturday, July 4, with the show beginning at dusk. Rain date is July 5.
Public support for the event is greatly appreciated. Donations may be sent to Mark Ramsey at 1598 Spartan Ct. NE, Solon, IA 52333. Checks should be made payable to Fireworks Fund. This is a Cottage Reserve-sponsored night. The Solon Beef Days Committee has provided assistance with expenses.

Road warriors

Volunteers in Ely pick up what others toss out

ELY– Aluminum cans, fast food wrappers, plastic drink bottles, scraps of wood, chunks of Styrofoam and assorted miscellaneous car parts were some of the items recovered and deposited into large orange trash bags by seven kids on a clean-up mission Sunday, April 26, along Ely Road just north of Ely.
The kids– Audrey Sellon, Kaitlyn Sellon, Noah Klamerus, Hunter Andersen, Lake Klamerus, Sam Smith and Aidan Sellon– were led by Ely Public Library director Sarah Sellon in a semi-annual clean up event sponsored by the library.

Revised plan doesn’t sway Tiffin neighbors

Public hearing for Pinnacle Ridge to be continued July 8

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– Several residents returned to the Tiffin City Council meeting, June 24, to make their case against a multifamily housing proposal.
But they may have to make it again July 8, as there were not enough council members present to render the supermajority vote required for the new Planned Area Development (PAD) request.

Officers in IC schools?

ICCSD has initial discussion on adding school resource officers to secondary schools

By Jen Moore
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY- Hiring school resource officers (SRO) to serve Iowa City Community School District’s (ICCSD) secondary schools could be a possibility in the district’s future.
SROs are law enforcement officers who work solely in schools. They are responsible for the safety and security of faculty and students and often collaborate with administration to educate students on the law.
Administration began the discussion following an incident last October at West High School, when a student was found in possession of a firearm and ammunition.