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North Liberty Leader

Washing the Blues away

NL blues festival abbreviated by rain

NORTH LIBERTY– Steady rains, high winds and intermittent thunderstorms postponed the North Liberty’s blues festival from its original Saturday date.
And even though Mother Nature still wasn’t smiling the next morning, plenty of people put on sunny dispositions and came out for the abbreviated event anyway.

NL will use firm to hire police chief

NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty will use a professional firm to hire its next chief of police.

NLFD responds to small fire at Red’s Alehouse

NORTH LIBERTY– On Friday, June 14, at 7:34 p.m., the North Liberty Fire Department was dispatched to 405 N. Dubuque St.– Red’s Alehouse– for a small fire. The first arriving unit reported smoke coming from a wall within the structure. All patrons and staff were evacuated safely.
North Liberty fire units were able to quickly extinguish the fire within 12 minutes after arrival. The fire was contained to a wall between the restroom and the kitchen. There was minimal smoke and water damage to the wall.

Tree-mendous effort

Volunteers joined in the city’s Centennial Tree Planting event May 18 to assist with planting trees in the city’s new west side park, along with city staff and North Liberty council members, as part of the city’s ongoing centennial celebration. Above, Maxwell Kelly helps the new trees get a good start by manning a watering hose. For more photos and information about the event, see page 24. (photo by Lori Lindner)

Join first summer evening hike June 21

TIFFIN– Get out and enjoy the first evening of Summer Friday, June 21, from 8 until 9:30 p.m. at Evergreen Landing parking lot at F. W. Kent Park.
The almost-full moon will rise long before the sun sets, so we should enjoy both as we hike on the prairie and around the big lake from Evergreen Landing at Kent Park. The hike is over uneven terrain, so wear sturdy shoes. Long pants and bug spray are strongly recommended.
For more information about this or other sponsored events, please contact the Johnson County Conservation Department office at 319-645-1011.

Nadas to perform at NewBo, Freedom Fest

CEDAR RAPIDS– The Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival’s Concert Night at NewBo will be held Saturday, June 29, beginning at 4:30 p.m.
The Nadas, a Des Moines based band making a return visit to Cedar Rapids, will begin the concert. Performing at 7 p.m. will be Chicago-based band Simpleton & Cityfolk. The concert is free with a 2013 Freedom Festival button. For more information visit www.FreedomFestival.com or call 319-365-8313.