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Community

NLPD joins the CIT movement

Two officers to attend training in May

NORTH LIBERTY– Add the North Liberty Police Department (NLPD) to the list of law enforcement agencies in Johnson County buying in to the concept of Crisis Intervention Training (CIT).
The Memphis, Tenn., Police Department pioneered the concept in the late 1980s as a way to better deal with people having a mental health issue such as hallucinations, schizophrenic episodes or paranoia. In the early 2000s, the police department in San Antonio, TX, expanded on what became known as “The Memphis Model” by training every officer in a 40-hour CIT program.

CCA approves SAVE and PPEL budgets

Additional funds supplement district’s coffers

TIFFIN– The Board of Directors for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District approved $1,480,000 in Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL) spending for the 2016-2017 fiscal year which starts on July 1. The Board also approved $1,991,096 in expenditures of Secure Advanced Vision for Education (SAVE) funds which were previously known as School Infrastructure Local Option sales and services tax or “SILO.”
The Board reviewed the budgets and approved them at their regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, April 20, at the Middle School in Tiffin.

NL Farmer’s Market Sundays 11-2

NORTH LIBERTY– Starting in May, the North Liberty Farmers Market at Penn Landing will be ready to serve up hot food, fresh music, crisp produce, gorgeous crafts, delectable baked goods and more from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday, off Pacha Parkway by Highway 965 and Penn Street.

Tiffin city wide yard sale May 7

TIFFIN– Tiffin’s City Wide Yard Sale will be held the weekend of May 7. In order to have your sale items registered with the City, submit sale registrations by April 15 to have the location and items on the City Map. Maps of yard sale locations will be available at City Hall, Casey’s and The Depot on April 29.

CCA Senior Awards Assembly May 18

TIFFIN– On Wednesday, May 18, at 6:30 p.m., Clear Creek Amana High School will host its annual Senior Awards Assembly in the high school auditorium. At the ceremony, graduating seniors will be recognized by presentation of awards and scholarships received. This is a wonderful occasion and the parents, family and friends of the Class of 2016 are invited to attend.

NL city-wide garage sales June 9-12

NORTH LIBERTY– Local organizers have selected the weekend of June 10 for city-wide garage sales in North Liberty and have set up a website with information for sellers and buyers: northlibertygaragesales.com.
In addition to the website, garage-sale-goers will be able to pull up a mobile-friendly Google Map and find nearby sales by item categories.
“I always thought it was one of those things dying for an upgrade,” said organizer Lydia Fine. “I just wanted to make it easier for people to find what they need.”

Creating a Crisis Intervention Team

The deputies

Law enforcement agencies in Johnson County are embracing the concept of Crisis Intervention Training (CIT), an educational program for law enforcement officers which expands their ability to deal safely and effectively with people experiencing a mental health crisis.

“Footloose” rocks the CCA stage

Seniors shine in stage adaptation of ‘80s movie classic

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– In 1984, “Footloose” became one of the most successful motion pictures of the year and of the decade. The story, written by Dean Pitchford, focuses on a big-city kid with a rebellious streak who moves to the small agricultural town of Bomont, Texas. There, he discovers the town’s preacher– in the wake of a tragedy involving his son and three other teens– has banned rock music and dancing.

Last minute decision to buy scratch ticket yields $50K prize for NL man

CLIVE– A last minute decision to buy a scratch ticket ended up being in a North Liberty man’s favor as he won a big prize.
William Hedges claimed the 24th of 30 top prizes of $50,000 available in the lottery’s “Super Crossword” scratch game.
Hedges said he stopped Wednesday at Fareway, 615 Westwood Drive in North Liberty, for some groceries and decided to buy a scratch ticket, as well.

Collaboration underway for Tiffin parks updates

Public works, STEM group team up for tennis, trails

TIFFIN– The people of Tiffin could be playing tennis, biking an eco-friendly limestone trail and walking their K-9 companions in a new city dog park by early fall if park updates stay on schedule.

NL community center afternoon closure April 29

NORTH LIBERTY– On Friday, April 29, from 12:45 p.m. to 3 p.m., the North Liberty Community Center, including the North Liberty Community Library, Recreation Center and Aquatics Center, will be closed for employee Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate, or ALICE, training.

June 9-12 declared NL city-wide garage sale weekend

NORTH LIBERTY– Local organizers have selected the weekend of June 10 for city-wide garage sales in North Liberty and have set up a website with information for sellers and buyers: northlibertygaragesales.com.
In addition to the website, garage-sale-goers will be able to pull up a mobile-friendly Google Map and find nearby sales by item categories.
“I always thought it was one of those things dying for an upgrade,” said organizer Lydia Fine. “I just wanted to make it easier for people to find what they need.”