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Community

New station, new protocol needed

NORTH LIBERTY ON FIRE: A three-part series

Looking at emergency medical services response

North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– The concept of implementing Emergency Medical Dispatch (EMD), was the biggest take-away from a recent fire consultant report for North Liberty City Administrator Ryan Heiar.
Donald Cox, a consultant in emergency services and retired West Des Moines fire chief, was hired to conduct the study presented to the city council at their March 14 regular meeting.

Season ends in shutout stunner for Clipper girls

Grinnell sinks CCA, 2-0, in regional semifinal

North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– The season ended in a shocking fashion Tuesday, May 30, for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity girls soccer team, The Tigers from Grinnell-Newburg won the Class 2A regional semifinal match with a 2-0 shutout.
The Tigers struck first, 10 minutes into the match, and scored their second goal with 7:53 left in the first half. The Clippers’ best chance for a goal came in the second half with a penalty kick after Grinnell’s keeper tackled Hannah Bormann in the box. Unfortunately her shot was deflected.

North Liberty Community Pantry 5th Annual Turkey Trot 10K, 5K and 1-Mile(ish) Event July 8

NORTH LIBERTY– Grab your shoes and join North Liberty Community Pantry on July 8, at 9 a.m. for the 5th annual Turkey Trot 10k, 5k, and 1-Mile(ish) Event, sponsored by University of Iowa Community Credit Union (UICCU). Runners and walkers, of all ages, are invited to register in advance at getmeregistered.com/NorthLibertyTurkeyTrot as the race is expected to sell out quickly.

Iowa residents enjoy free fishing days June 2-4

DES MOINES– Iowa residents may fish without a license on June 2, 3 and 4 as part of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) free fishing weekend.
“Free fishing weekend is a great opportunity for Iowans to reconnect with fishing,” said Joe Larscheid, chief of the Iowa DNR’s Fisheries Bureau. “Invite a kid, your best friend or your mom to come along. Have some fun and create new memories.”
Gather family or friends and travel to one of the hundreds of Iowa lakes, thousands of miles of rivers or a nearby pond for a few hours of outdoor fun and relaxation.

Mount Vernon’s 8th Annual Chocolate Stroll Saturday, June 3

MOUNT VERNON– The Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group (CDG) announced the 8th Annual Mount Vernon Chocolate Stroll will take place Saturday, June 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The music and chocolate event invites guests to stroll down Mount Vernon’s historic First Street where participating businesses and chocolate vendors will offer chocolate and chocolate products for sample and/or sale.

Solon dedicates Freedom Rock at Memorial Day service

Denny Gruber explains the images depicted on the Johnson County Freedom Rock to those gathered at a Memorial Day service Monday, May 29, at the Solon American Legion Veterans Memorial. Gruber and Linda Linderbaum, members of the Solon Area Community Foundation, were the featured speakers for the formal dedication of the Freedom Rock. The Solon Area Community Foundation sponsored the Freedom Rock utilizing a boulder donated by the Leo Shima and Kevin Shima families.

Senior Advocates bus trip to Neil Smith Wildlife Refuge June 22

SOLON– The Senior Advocates are scheduling a charter bus trip Thursday, June 22, to the Neil Smith Wildlife Refuge, in Prairie City, 20 miles east of Des Moines. The bus leaves the Solon Recreation and Nature Area at 9:30 a.m., lunch will be at Giorgio’s, in Colfax, with arrival at the Refuge around 1 p.m.

Seven honorees added to Veterans Trail

Solon Economist
CORALVILLE LAKE– For the 28th year, veterans from across Johnson County were honored with having their names placed along the Veterans Trail near the East Overlook to the Coralville Dam. Retired Major General Robert Sentman presided over the 45-minute ceremony on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29.

June news from the Old Gold Diner

May was a busy month. The month had five Wednesdays and there was something going on each one. Birthdays, kids, entertainment and, not one, but two sponsored meals. Also, St. Mary’s lifts and Mary Hunt provided May Day baskets for the seniors. We enjoyed Lyle Beaver and look forward to his coming again to entertain.

• Thank you to South Slope for sponsoring a meal in May. Dan Swick was back and brought the new CEO Chuck Deisbeck. We learned lots and many seniors had lots of great questions. We are proud to have brought them back to town.

Fireworks ban to remain in North Liberty

Council to consider moratorium on sales

By Shianne Fisher
North Liberty Leader

NORTH LIBERTY– Standing before the North Liberty City Council, Interim Fire Chief Bill Schmooke recalled an incident a couple months ago that led to an entire field burning down.
The culprit? A handful of kids messing around with fireworks.
“It happens,” he said. “And it’s going to happen more if we say it’s OK.”

NORTH LIBERTY ON FIRE:

A three-part series

Consultant looks at the NLFD with an eye toward the future

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Fire Department (NLFD) was formally organized in 1945 when the city was small and well separated from its neighboring towns. Now, the department, which covers North Liberty as well as Penn and Madison townships (56 square miles total), protects the lives and property of over 22,000 inhabitants.

Free fishing at Liberty Centre Pond June 3

NORTH LIBERTY– Come and spend a day enjoying the outdoors fishing with Take A Kid Outdoors.
June 2, 3, and 4 are Free Fishing Days in Iowa this year. Take A Kid Outdoors (TAKO) will host their free family fishing event on Saturday, June 3, at the Liberty Centre Pond, located at 795 W. Cherry St.