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Community

Johnson County Mutual Aid honors NLFD’s Huber

JOHNSON COUNTY– The Johnson County Mutual Aid Association has honored firefighter Dave Hubler of the North Liberty Fire Department (NLFD) and the Johnson County Hazardous Material Response Team as Member of the Year for 2014, in appreciation of his outstanding service and dedication to the citizens of Johnson County.

North Liberty trick-or-treat night will be Oct. 31, from 5 to 8 p.m.

NORTH LIBERTY– on Halloween, from 5 to 8 p.m. Remember to take an adult, only knock on doors at houses that have their outdoor lights on and be safe.

Treaters welcome at NL fire station Oct. 31

NORTH LIBERTY– The fire department would like to invite trick-or-treaters to stop by the fire station at 25 W. Cherry St. for some trick-or-treating fun on Friday, Oct. 31, between 5 and 8 p.m. Enjoy refreshments, cookies, candy and check out our new fire engine.
For additional information contact: Mike Johnston, public education LT., North Liberty Fire Department 319-626-5717 or 612-803-5863 (cell).

Tiffin Trick-or-Treat Friday, Oct. 31.

TIFFIN– Trick-or-Treat night in Tiffin will be held Friday, Oct. 31, from 5 until 8 p.m. The city asks motorists to please be extra cautious when driving through town.

Highway 965 stage 1 reopens, construction continues into stage 2

NORTH LIBERTY– On Friday, the first stage of Highway 965 re-opened as scheduled. Advanced Millwork, its tenants and businesses in Penn Landing can be accessed from Penn Street and Highway 965.
Crews moved forward with the 600-foot section to the north, between Dubuque Street and the previous construction. This work, which includes reconstruction and widening the road, replacing the railroad crossing, and the addition of sidewalks and recreation trails, is expected to last into November.

Stone Soup Supper, Silent Auction to benefit community pantry

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Community Pantry will host its sixth annual Stone Soup Supper and Silent Auction on Sunday, Oct. 26, from 4:30-7 p.m., at the South Slope Community Room, 980 N. Front St., North Liberty. Event sponsors are Hills Bank & Trust Company and South Slope Cooperative Communications.

ICCSD financial state declined in 2013-2014

Personnel costs climb, key challenges lie ahead for district

IOWA CITY– The Iowa City Community School District’s (ICCSD) is in financial decline.
Those words weren’t heard Tuesday, Oct. 14, at the school board meeting, but buried in the 353-page board packet was the observation, written in the executive summary of the district’s annual financial report. “The district’s overall financial condition declined during Fiscal Year 2013-2014,” the report stated.
During his report to the board, District CFO and board secretary Craig Hansel tried to be brief.

Jail repair and renovation project goes out for bid

Outdated equipment to be replaced at an estimated $1 million

IOWA CITY– Johnson County Supervisor Rod Sullivan wants people to fully understand the situation with the county jail, and its estimated $1 million repair and renovation project.
“We’re not just fixing it up,” he said. “Our hand has been forced.”
Sullivan and his fellow supervisors unanimously approved the plans, specifications, and bid requests for badly-needed work at the facility, which was built in the 1980s. The resolution passed during the formal meeting Thursday, Oct. 2.

Stealing the spotlight

Solon native Riese Lutz to compete in Mr. Gay USofA Pageant

That penchant for the limelight continued throughout his life. Now, Lutz will compete in the Mr. Gay USofA pageant in San Antonio, Texas this November.
Though this is Lutz’s first year competing in pageants solo, he is no stranger to the stage. He spent several years traveling and working as a backup dancer for drag queens and previous pageant contestants. But being in the background was nearly impossible for someone who was born to be the star.
“After a couple of years, they were like, ‘Riese, you’re stealing the show,’” Lutz said. “They told me now was my time.”

Eastern Iowa orchid show Oct. 18 and 19 at Noelridge Park in CR

CEDAR RAPIDS– The Eastern Iowa Orchid Society, in cooperation with the Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department, is pleased to announce The Third Annual Eastern Iowa Orchid Show and Sale on Oct. 18 and 19, at the Noelridge Park Greenhouse, 4900 Council St. NE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52402.
The show is free and open to the public Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

St. Mary Catholic Church to host Solon blood drive Oct. 27

SOLON– Solon will host a community blood drive from 3:30 until 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 27, at 1749 Racine Ave. NE, inside the St. Mary Catholic Church Fellowship Hall.
To donate, please contact Kevin Hayes at 319-430-0670 or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org and use code 682 to locate the drive.