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Swan Lake Road Bridge closed until further notice

IOWA CITY– Swan Lake Road Bridge F-3-1 will be closed until further notice due to accelerating structural deterioration. The bridge is located between James Avenue and Interstate 380 in Sections 3 and 34, Townships 79 and 80N, Range 07 West. Project plans are in development for inclusion in the Iowa Department of Transportation December 2017 letting. The bridge is scheduled to be replaced in 2018 as part of the County’s Adopted Five-Year Road Construction Program.

Site plan approved for new GEICO building in North Liberty

Council members disagree on parking lot

NORTH LIBERTY– Mayor Terry Donahue said he was amazed at the number of parking spaces included in the GEICO site plan, approved at a North Liberty City Council meeting July 11.
The building, to be located east of Interstate 380 off Landon Road, has a parking requirement of 252 spaces, but the developer included 466 to accommodate expected shift work.
“They (GEICO) have a lot of employees,” explained Ben Mitchell of MMS Consultants. “They would take more if they could get it.”

Family Day at the Iowa Raptor Project Saturday, Aug. 5

SOLON– Join the Iowa Raptor Project for its monthly Family Day on Saturday, Aug. 5, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
August’s featured raptor is the Harris’s hawk. Learn about the bird and enjoy some arts and crafts and snacks. This event is free and open to the public.
The Iowa Raptor Project is located within the Macbride Nature Recreation Area at 2095 Mehaffey Bridge Rd. NE, Solon 52333.

Garden Grow & Pub Club at the NLCP Thursday, Aug. 10

NORTH LIBERTY– Want to help your community and have fun in the sun? Join the Empowered Professionals of the Iowa City area (EPIC) and others for the first Garden Grow & Pub Club on Thursday, Aug. 10, from 4:30-7 p.m.
First, help care for the North Liberty Community Pantry’s Growing Together Garden– an outdoor learning space designed to teach basic gardening skills and encourage healthy eating. All gardening tools are provided, and no experience is necessary. Learning while you work is part of the goal. All volunteers can take home and enjoy a share of that day’s harvest.

Liberty High ribbon cutting celebration Saturday, Aug. 12

NORTH LIBERTY– The Iowa City Community School district invites the public to Liberty High School’s official ribbon cutting celebration Saturday, Aug. 12, at Liberty High School (1400 S. Dubuque St.) from 2-4 p.m.
The Liberty High Parent-Student Teacher Organization held a planning meeting regarding the celebration Tuesday, July 11, at North Central Junior High. More information will be shared as it comes available.

North Liberty Night at the Cedar Rapids Kernels game Aug. 18

CEDAR RAPIDS– Everyone likes a trip to the ballpark for sights, sounds, food and fun, so join us for a night with the Kernels, family, friends and neighbors on Friday, Aug. 18, at 6:35 p.m. Ticket prices are about $7, with kids 3 years and under free. Tickets may be free if enough sponsors support this event. Individuals must provide own transportation to Cedar Rapids.

For the birds

Area naturalists band together for feathered fun

OXFORD– Bird nerds– they’re everywhere.
According to a 2011 survey by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, over 46 million Americans enjoy bird watching. Twenty-two percent of Iowans over the age of 16 are birders. And Johnson County is host to a thriving intergenerational and growing birding community.
Sophia Davis, who recently finished eighth grade at Northwest Junior High, was a member of the Iowa City Bird Club for four years.

Maroons deny IC West

Still looking for a championship

DES MOINES– Iowa City West High’s varsity baseball team has gone to the state baseball tournament four years in a row, and for the fourth time has returned home without a Class 4A state championship trophy.
The West High Trojans fell, 8-3, Friday, July 28, to the Maroons of West Des Moines Dowling Catholic in a semifinal round game at Principal Park in Des Moines.

Finalists selected for NLFD chief

NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty has selected five finalists for its newly-created fire chief position.
“We were very pleased with the deep pool of qualified candidates we had to choose from,” said Ryan Heiar, North Liberty City Administrator. “Getting the public’s input will be vital to the final decision on a role that is incredibly important to our community.”

A new type of neighborhood watch

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Police Department is building a neighborhood watch for the 21st Century and is asking for community help. The program is built on voluntary inclusion of a list of residents with exterior security cameras that can record video.
Participation is strictly voluntary and would only be used for crime prevention. Residents who would like to participate can complete a short form and send it to the NLPD’s records division at records@northlibertyiowa.org.

We Run Spike Night Tuesday, Aug. 8

NORTH LIBERTY– We Run and Saucony will be hosting We Run Spike night Tuesday, Aug. 8, 4-7 p.m. at We Run (555 Highway 965 S., Unit B) in North Liberty.
Get correctly sized and try on several different cross-country spikes. Enjoy some great discounts and gifts with purchases. Please email contactus@werunllc.com with any questions.

Trojans and Stumpff top MVC Mississippi Division

11 West High players named to All-Division baseball teams

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IOWA CITY– Iowa City West High’s Trojan varsity baseball team returned to Des Moines and the state tournament this week for the fourth consecutive year, and the eighth trip in nine years. The crew, coached by Charlie Stumpff, also topped the Mississippi Valley Conference’s Mississippi Division in All-Division Baseball selections released Friday, July 21.