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North Liberty Leader

Macbride makes Top Ten list

Lake Macbride State Park named to Take Me Fishing™ 2016 Top 100 Family Friendly Places to Boat and Fish

SOLON– Lake Macbride State Park, west of Solon, has been recognized among the 2016 Top 100 Family Friendly Places to Boat and Fish in the U.S., according to Take Me Fishing™, whose Top 100 list was released recently.
“I’m not surprised by this recognition,” said Nick Rocca, Lake Macbride State Park ranger. Rocca has talked to many park users and campers that come from near and far to fish Macbride. “They always have good things to say about coming to Macbride to fish.”

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Three Johnson County veterans added to Vets Trail

CORALVILLE– Three Johnson County veterans– Robert Hatcher, Rodney Walls and Gary Sopher– were recognized for their service by having their names added to the Veterans Trail at the Coralville Lake during the 2016 Dedication Ceremony held on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30. The three men joined the ranks of 185 other veterans, which have been added over the past 27 years.

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Reaping what they don’t sow

West Branch farmers consign local produce at roadside market

NEWPORT– It’s not your average farmers market, but it’s not your average farm, either.
The Iowa Grown Market, located off Newport Road, south of Solon, is in its third year selling organically-grown produce from a family farm near West Branch– in addition to products from a host of other farms, backyards and kitchens within a 20-mile radius through consignment.

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North Liberty council withholds funding for passenger rail study

THE ISSUE
A passenger rail study by the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City Railway (CRANDIC) in 2006 deemed service between Iowa City and the Eastern Iowa Airport too costly. Ten years later, CRANDIC is hoping to revisit the study and determine whether population growth and transportation needs could fuel passenger rail service in the Eastern Iowa Corridor.

WHAT WE KNEW

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NL Community Fund seeks grant applications

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Community Fund (NLCF), an affiliate of the Community Fund of Johnson County, is growing its endowment fund to support the community’s needs. Up to five percent of the endowment fund balance can be made available each year for those projects and programs.
This year, the NLCF is able to make $1,100 available for local projects or programs. Funds from the Community Fund of Johnson County are available for larger projects. Applications must be filed online by July 8 by using the application form on the Community Fund of Johnson County website.

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Proposed utilities rate increases to take effect July 1

The North Liberty City Council will likely vote to implement a five-percent increase to water and sewer rates at its June 28 meeting.

What do I pay now?
Dependent on your household size, you could be spending anywhere from $25-$100 per month on water alone. The current base rate (first 1,000 gallons) for water is $14.12 and $27.24 for sewer. The proposed increase is $14.83 for water and $28.60 for sewer.

Is five percent a lot?
Yearly increases to utilities rates are not uncommon. Last year, there was a similar increase to water rates and a seven percent increase to sewer rates. Rates are expected to level off starting in FY18.

How much more can I expect to pay?

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Cutting costs, increasing controversy

New vehicle maintenance facility for CCA sparks discussion, ends with a walk out

OXFORD– With a tight budget to work with, the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District administration and school board directors have explored a variety of ways to save scarce dollars.
The most recent cost-saving opportunity has arisen due to a change in where and how the district maintains its vehicle fleet, sparking some controversy during discussion at the board’s June 15 meeting at the Clear Creek Elementary School in Oxford.

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New trailside picnic table commemorates 60 years of residency

By Shianne Fisher
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– Walkers, joggers, bladers and bikers can now enjoy a new picnic table along the North Liberty Recreation Trail thanks to a generous family memorial fund.

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6th Annual Red White and Bluegrass Festival July 3

NORTH LIBERTY– Located right here in the corridor, the Red, White and Bluegrass Festival has been bringing you Bluegrass for six great years now. The festival hosts great local and Midwest bluegrass and jam grass bands.
The Festival is run by the American Legion Post 1976, and is staffed by veterans and friends of veterans volunteers. This is only one of two fundraisers your local veterans do each year. Thanks for your support in the past and future; it means a ton to the North Liberty American Legion, its veterans and the charities it supports.

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NL pantry 4th Annual Turkey Trot July 9

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Community Pantry will hold the Fourth Annual Thanksgiving in July Turkey Trot 10k/5k Races and Family 1 Mile Event on Saturday, July 9, at 8 a.m. All proceeds will go to the pantry as part of the community-wide Thanksgiving in July (TGIJ) efforts.

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Spud saves the day

2-run homer gives West a win over Cedar Rapids Prairie

IOWA CITY– They call him “Spud.”
Monday, June 13, Spud, AKA Spencer Wiskus, a graduated West High senior, was the hero of the night as his two-run homer broke an 8-8 tie with Cedar Rapids Prairie and won the nine-inning nightcap of a varsity doubleheader.

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Clean sweep by Mustangs

Creek girls fall 6-4 and 6-3 to Mount Vernon

OXFORD– The Mount Vernon Mustangs handed the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers a pair of losses Wednesday, June 15, as they swept the Creek Girls in a varsity doubleheader in Oxford. The Mustangs took the opener, 6-4, and survived a seventh-inning Clipper rally to win the nightcap, 6-3.

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