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People

North Liberty fishing clinic nets a crowd

By Joe Wilkinson
Special to the North Liberty Leader

NORTH LIBERTY– Grandpas, Grandmas, kids and parents surrounded the Liberty Centre Pond in North Liberty Saturday, June 8, for the annual Free Fishing Days clinic. Over 350 crowded around the four-acre pond, pulling out bluegills, an occasional bullhead, catfish or bass, and took home fishing gear as prizes.

Scherf raising birds of courage for your table

Love of nature, respect of farmers leads to poultry-raising

SOLON– The Bald Eagle has been the natural representative of the United States since 1782, when congress adopted the gallant bird onto the centerpiece of the great seal. It is now an unmistakable figure of America, but founding father, Benjamin Franklin never agreed with the choice– he liked the turkey.
In a letter to his daughter, Franklin said the turkey, “is besides, though a little vain and silly, a Bird of Courage…”

DIY like an Eagle

Local Scout builds dugout for youth ball program

NORTH LIBERTY– After decades of protecting children from the sun and rain, the dugouts at Koser Park baseball field were showing their age. The wooden frames supporting the roofs were rotting, creating unsafe conditions for the youth using the field. The North Liberty Youth Baseball and Softball League (NLYBS) has wanted to help the city correct the problem for several years, but lacked the manpower to tackle the project. This summer, things came together to make the repairs possible.

Weyer awarded U.S. Air Force ROTC scholarship

SOLON– Amanda M. Weyer has been awarded a U.S. Air Force ROTC scholarship to attend a host college or university. High school seniors from across the United States are selected after a competitive application process based on comprehensive tests scores, scholastic achievement, school officials’ evaluations, extra-curricular activities and community involvement.

A tale of two teachers: Hemann, Kopp say goodbye

SOLON– Students who were anxiously getting ready for the final bell to ring have gone home for the summer, and now teachers Tama Hemann and Diane Kopp are clearing out their rooms one last time.
Both retired this year, Kopp having taught for 37 years, and Hemann 41 years– each of them had dream classes this year, and with grandchildren to care for, the timing just felt right.

Protecting Seniors

Area legislators target elderly abuse at Coralville forum

CORALVILLE– Iowa has had laws in the books for decades dealing with dependent child and dependent adult abuse. However, advocates for the elderly say those laws do not go far enough to protect the state’s senior citizens.
Four state legislators spoke about the issue of elder abuse at a legislative forum held Monday, June 10, in Coralville sponsored by the Johnson County Task Force on Aging.