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Community

The cross they bore for freedom

Members of the Swisher American Legion Auxiliary and Junior Auxiliary formed a cross as the Ely Presbyterian Choir performed “The Old Rugged Cross” during the Memorial Day observance in Swisher on Monday, May 26. The wreath on the cross memorializes those members of the nation’s armed forces who made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms Americans still have. (photo by Chris Umscheid)

Council plans to appoint Mayor Salm’s replacement

Citizens have chance to call for special election until July 8

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty City Council has decided to appoint a mayor to replace the late Tom Salm.
By unanimous vote Tuesday, June 10, the council’s action sets the stage for nominations and a vote for approval to fill the vacancy at its next meeting June 24.

Bid awarded for CCA’s new elementary

Building to be open fall 2015

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school district has hired a contractor to build its new school.
Portzen Construction, Inc. of Dubuque was the winning bidder for building the new elementary on the northeast corner of the intersection of Highway 6 and Jasper Avenue. Portzen’s bid of $14,403,700 was accepted at the school board’s regular meeting Wednesday, May 21, at Clear Creek Elementary in Oxford.
The amount includes four alternate features, such as a full-size gymnasium, additional parking spaces and casework cabinetry in the classrooms.

Close races in June 3 primary

IOWA CITY– There was drama in the results of the June 3 primary election in Johnson County, which featured a higher-than-normal turnout.
Just 126 votes separated Democrats Mike Carberry and Lisa Green-Douglas in a race to collect a second spot on the November ballot for the board of supervisors.

Salute to Salm parade and more planned for June 13 in North Liberty

NORTH LIBERTY– The city will be honoring former Mayor Tom Salm with a parade Friday, June 13.
The city will host a variety of events, including a bicycle rodeo at 2 p.m., a community parade at 7 p.m., and a children’s fair following the parade around 8:30 p.m.

North Liberty PD to host free bike rodeo June 13

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Police Department hopes to help kids entering kindergarten through eighth grade get off to a safe start this summer by hosting a free bike rodeo on Friday, June 13, from 2 until 4 p.m. in Penn Landing, 620 Pacha Parkway, just off Penn Street.
Kids will learn bike safety tips while cruising on a course set up to teach them important bike skills. Free bike helmets will be available while supplies last. Sugar Bottom Bikes will be on hand offering free bike inspections.

Blues & BBQ needs volunteers

NORTH LIBERTY– The eighth annual North Liberty Blues & BBQ, to be held July 12, wants you. There are still several volunteer roles open. Please consider volunteering for a shift to help make this a great summer day of live music, food, and fun for the community. 
All who join the volunteer team will receive a free Blues & BBQ 2014 T-shirt, commemorative cup, and drink tickets (for those of legal age).  Additionally, volunteers from specific organizations will be provided with a special ID label with a logo to identify individuals as part of the organization.

Holy Trinity in North Liberty to offer summer programs for kids

NORTH LIBERTY– Summer is right around the corner… which means Holy Trinity Lutheran Church has a week of fun planned for your child.
Holy Trinity is planning an action-packed week of summer fun for your children. Just when they’ll be screaming “I’m bored. There’s nothing to do,” we’ll give them a worthwhile, meaningful, and inspiring way to spend a week. Vacation Bible School and Day Camp are scheduled for July 14 through 19 and we’re hoping your kids will join us for another fun-filled week at Holy Trinity.
Water Works! Vacation Bible School

New Life Church to host VBS June 16-19

CORALVILLE– Come on out to Son Harvest County Fair Vacation Bible School Monday, June 16, through Thursday, June 19, from 9 a.m. until noon at New Life Church, 106 2nd Ave. in Coralville, Lunch and snacks are included
Children will learn about the blue ribbon, award-winning fruit that can grow in their lives when they get to know Jesus. Little gardeners will learn about cultivating love, joy, peace, and kindness in their lives while enjoying farm- and garden-themed activities like games, crafts, music, skits, Bible stories, and down home food.

Oversight corrected

Solon Vietnam vet receives Purple Heart 45 years later

RURAL SOLON– On April 22, 1969, Ronald “Steve” Durr was standing in the back of an Air Force C-123 cargo plane as it was departing a Special Forces camp deep in the jungles of Vietnam. It was a mission the staff sergeant and his crew had flown many times as they brought in vital supplies to the Green Berets, landing just long enough for Durr, the crew’s loadmaster, to send the cargo down the plane’s loading ramp as it took off again. The area was known to be a hotbed of enemy activity, and on this day the Viet Cong made their presence known.

Old Gold to host premier of Little Brown Church movie

SOLON– Solon’s Old Gold Diner will be hosting the premiere showing of “The Little Brown Church in the Vale: The Movie” Tuesday, June 17, at the Solon United Methodist Church.
The movie is produced and directed by Oskaloosa native Brian Hanson, now of Franklin, Tennessee.
“The Little Brown Church in the Vale: The Movie” is the delightful story of The Little Brown Church, the “Church in the Wildwood” song that made it famous, and the people whose lives have been touched by this “little brown church” in Nashua.

Reducing plasticity one grocery bag at a time

Local grocer is doing small part to save environment

SOLON– People might be surprised to learn that planet Earth has a local warrior fighting one of its biggest battles right here in little Solon, Iowa.
Former Solon resident Pam Landgrebe was surprised, at least, when she visited Sam’s Main Street Market a few weeks ago and found herself without a reusable bag. As an environmental advocate, it has become Landgrebe’s practice to forego single-use plastic bags when shopping, but she came to Sam’s unarmed with her own bags because this trip to the store was unexpected.
Equally unexpected was the offer of a free, reusable cloth bag instead.