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Community

Public invited to Friends of Coralville Lake meeting Jan. 18

CORALVILLE– The Friends of Coralville Lake (FoCL) invite the public to a meeting Wednesday, Jan. 18, at the Coralville Lake Welcome Center (2850 Prairie Du Chien Rd. NE, Iowa City) at 6:30 p.m. to share information with the community and respond to questions.
Incorporated on June 16, FoCL is a volunteer-driven organization that works with the U.S. Corp of Engineers to enhance the recreational and aesthetic value of the Coralville Lake area.

4-H New Member Night Monday, Jan. 23

IOWA CITY– Ever wonder what 4-H is really about? You don’t have to live on a farm to enjoy 4-H. There is something for everyone, whether it be robotics to sewing, shooting sports to pets. Come join others interested in 4-H on Monday, Jan. 23, from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Johnson County Extension Office to learn and get started with Johnson County 4-H. 

Another bond vote for CCA in 2017

New elementary, high school expansion and other improvements to be decided by voters

OXFORD– Voters in the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District will be asked to approve a nearly $34-million bond issue this fall as the district continues to grapple with increasing enrollment and projected growth.

Curbside Christmas tree pick-up Jan. 11

NORTH LIBERTY– Christmas trees will be picked up curbside on Wednesday, Jan. 11. Trees must be bare of all decorations or flocking. Do not place trees in plastic bags. Please have trees at the curb by 7 a.m.

2017 pet tags now available

NORTH LIBERTY– It is now time to purchase your pet tags for 2017. Cats and dogs are required to wear tags that may be purchased at city hall for $2. Owners must provide verification of their pet being spayed/neutered to receive this rate. A nonspayed/nonneutered pet requires a fee of $25.
A tag provides identification in the event a pet is lost. The registration of an animal helps the city to ensure that all animals in the city are up to date with vaccines.
Dogs and cats must be kept on their owners’ property or on a leash at all times. Pets found “at large” will be impounded.

Hockey night with the Rough Riders Jan. 20 in Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS– It’s a night to spend in Cedar Rapids cheering on the Rough Riders hockey team in a face-off with the Youngstown Phantoms.
Discounted tickets for Friday, Jan. 20, at 7:05 p.m. will be offered to all interested. Individuals must provide their own transportation.
Order tickets at 319-261-GOAL and mention “North Liberty” for the discount. Tickets are $10.75–$16.75, based on zone.

Citywide snowman contest Dec. 1 through Feb. 28

NORTH LIBERTY– Build a snowman in any city park or your yard between Dec. 1 and Feb. 28, take a photo and submit it to Jason Egly at jegly@northlibertyiowa.org along with your name, contact information and where the snowman was built. Entries will be displayed at the North Liberty Community Center and online to be judged by recreation staff.The winning family receives prize!

More charges filed in murder-for-hire scheme

MUSCATINE– A North Liberty man accused of attempting to hire a hit man last June is facing additional charges.
On Thursday, Dec. 29, Muscatine County Attorney Alan Ostergren announced that three counts of attempted murder had been filed against Justin Lee DeWitt, 36, of North Liberty. Each charge is a Class B felony punishable by up to 25 years in prison.
According to criminal complaints, DeWitt allegedly sought the murder of three individuals– an Iowa Department of Public Safety special agent, an adult male and an adult female– while he was an inmate in the Muscatine County Jail.

Troop 216 to host chili supper Feb. 4

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty Boy Scout Troop 216 will host its 37th annual Chili Supper from 4:30-7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at the North Liberty Community Center.
Tickets are $5. Children 5 and under are admitted free. The dinner includes all-you-can-eat meat or vegetarian chili, bread, drinks and a variety of homemade desserts, including traditional Scout cobbler.
The dinner is the troop’s primary annual fundraising event. Proceeds help cover the cost of high adventure trips, summer camp and other activities for the troop’s 30 Scouts.

Tiffin Fire Association meeting Jan. 16

TIFFIN– The Tiffin Fire Association will hold its annual meeting on Monday, Jan. 16, at the Tiffin Fire Station commencing at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will include the appointment of directors. Immediately following will be the regular meeting, including election of officers.

North Liberty Recreation Center

Recreational Swim Team

T/Th 6:30-7:30 p.m. Is your child interested in joining a swim team but just not sure if they are ready for the competitive level? If so, our new swim team is perfect. Minimum requirements: Must be able to swim one length of the pool freestyle and one length backstroke. Limited number of participants so sign up early. Contact the NLRC for fees and schedule.
Family Fun Fridays at the aquatic center
Families swim at a reduced price. Standard adult supervision rules apply. No swim on March 17 or April 14. Price is for family of four.

Main Street moving west

Council approves concept plan for new downtown project

SOLON– Main Street may be growing.
Solon City Council members gave an informal thumbs up for a plan to replace three residences on the downtown area’s west end with a two-story mixed-use building.
At a Dec. 21 council meeting, local developers Jim Hauer, Mark Pattison and Brad Randall, doing business as HPR Investments, presented their proposal for lower level commercial space with upper level residential condos on the south side of Main Street, west of Big Grove Brewery.