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North Liberty Leader

Stargaze at Palisades-Dows Aug. 11

ELY– Join the Cedar Amateurs Astronomers for a night of stargazing at the Palisades-Dows Observatory in Palisades-Kepler State Park on Friday, Aug. 11, from 7-10:30 p.m.
Participants will meet at the North Liberty Recreation Center and be transported to and from the observatory in city vans. (Participants who wish to stay past 10:15 p.m. can drive their own vehicles.)
The night includes a walking tour of the observatory, 30-minute lecture on sky orientation with Stellarium and viewing the night sky from numerous on-site telescopes Register for $3 per person by Aug. 8.

Canning at South Slope Aug. 16

NORTH LIBERTY– Learn to preserve produce at a free canning class Wednesday, Aug. 16, from 6-8 p.m. with the North Liberty Community Pantry’s Growing Together Garden. Community members are invited to learn the basics of canning pickles, tomato sauce and fruit preserves.
Kirkwood instructor Chef Jeffery Sills will lead the class, demonstrating skills and safety instructions while participants make the recipes.

Community Corn Roast Aug. 13

SOLON– Mark your calendar to join Iowa Grown Market (1613 Newport Rd. NE) for its second annual Community Corn Roast.
The gathering will feature live music, fresh-roasted corn and fun for the whole family. Bring a blanket or chair and your favorite beverage. Local band Notes from the Underground will perform and cover classics from Creedence Clearwater Revival, Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton.
Also check out The Magic Barn, a one-of-a-kind recording studio and music space that houses equipment used by the big names and local legends.

Tiffin City Hall expansion to be completed in 2017

Council divided on hiring of Woodruff Construction

TIFFIN– A recently installed LED sign greeting visitors to the City of Tiffin should be flanked by another addition to city hall by year’s end.
At a meeting Tuesday, Aug. 1, the Tiffin City Council agreed to hire Woodruff Construction LLC, a Tiffin general contractor that built the current structure, to take on the expansion project for $139,400.
“We appreciate the opportunity to continue our support of the City of Tiffin and its incredible growth,” Nick Ford, Woodruff’s east region president, wrote to City Administrator Doug Boldt in a memo July 27.

Tiffin man jailed for sexual abuse

TIFFIN– A Tiffin man has been accused of repeated accounts of sexual abuse toward a young girl over a five-year period.
According to complaints filed by the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, an officer spoke with 50-year-old Clyde W. Hinkle after Johnson County received a request from the Department of Human Services to investigate the case.
Hinkle admitted to committing multiple sex acts on the child, and the complaints state Hinkle acknowledged his actions were wrong. A medical examination found evidence of injuries consistent with sexual abuse, the officer said.

Blue-green algae identified in Beaver Kreek

NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty has recently become aware of blue-green algae in Beaver Kreek. Please note that this does not affect drinking water.
To avoid the danger of microcystins, people and pets should avoid contact with water that is discolored, has scum on the surface, and omits an odor. If contact does occur, wash with soap and water or rinse thoroughly with clean water to remove algae. This is especially important for dogs and other pets because they may lick the algae off their fur to clean themselves.

Gyms to close Monday, Aug. 14, for floor refinishing

NORTH LIBERTY– Beginning as early as Monday, Aug. 14, the Robert and Jones gyms at the North Liberty Community Center, 520 W. Cherry St., will be closed so their floors can be refinished. The closures are expected to last through Sunday, Aug. 20.
In addition to the closures, some patrons may find the vapors from the floor finishes unpleasant, though they are not harmful, particularly on the indoor track, cardio and weight areas.
This work is not expected to affect the recreation department’s hours of operation.

Road repainting will likely require road closures

NORTH LIBERTY– Weather permitting, city crews will be repainting street markings through Tuesday, Aug. 22.
During this work, some lanes may be closed for a short time to allow the paint to dry. Locations will vary by day. Drivers are asked to use caution around the work site, allow extra travel time, and find alternative routes when possible.

Just Tri!

Fun, fitness and a flashy medal

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– Eighty-eight kids swam, biked and ran in the sixth-annual Just Tri Youth Triathlon put on by the North Liberty Recreation Department on Sunday, July 30. The kids (divided by age group) swam in the rec center’s indoor pool then biked around the surrounding neighborhood, and finished by running around the pond at the Liberty Centre commercial development before being presented with a medal for their efforts. Last year 69 area kids participated in the non-competitive event.

Five Trojans, one Clipper make First Team picks

IHSBCA and INA recognizes West and CCA baseball players

North Liberty Leader
COUNCIL BLUFFS– The Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association (IHSBCA) announced its picks for 2017 All-District Teams with student athletes from Iowa City West High and Clear Creek Amana (CCA) making the cut.

“Bolt” your driveway through Thursday, Aug. 31

NORTH LIBERTY– Let the Liberty High School Booster Club “Bolt” your driveway.
As part of the first annual fundraiser, you can get a 3-foot-by-2-foot, black Liberty Lightning bolt painted on your driveway for $25. It is the logo only; no lettering.
All funds will go to the booster club and be used for projects and equipment that support coaches, athletes and programs at Liberty High School.

North Liberty City News

Board of Supervisors seeks applicants for library board of trustees

NORTH LIBERTY– The Johnson County Board of Supervisors is accepting applications for one vacancy on the North Liberty Community Library Board of Trustees for a person residing in unincorporated Johnson County to serve an unexpired term beginning immediately and ending June 30, 2020.