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Community

Rounding first and heading toward second

Officials pitch dirt for Penn Meadows sports pavilion

NORTH LIBERTY– A major project in Penn Meadows Park is in full swing.
A groundbreaking ceremony on Sept. 21 marked the spot for the new Penn Meadows Park Pavilion and Commemorative Baseball Diamond, a collaborative project between the City of North Liberty and the North Liberty Youth Baseball and Softball (NLYBS) organization. The new pavilion will include a concession stand, a shelter with seating, a storage area and much-needed restrooms.
NLYBS President Scott Rundle led off the event with remarks about the facility.

West engages unconventional learners through iJAG program

Three years of success at City, West signs onto program

IOWA CITY– The day’s agenda was printed neatly on the white board in Iowa City High School’s iJAG classroom.
It read: Pictionary™, Name that Tune, Trivia Question, Balloon Challenge.
It may sound like an easy class period. But the real lessons of the classroom game day aren’t written on the board. They’re harder to learn, harder to teach and crucial for life after high school: Communication skills, leadership development, problem-solving and teamwork.
It’s a lot to pack into a round of Pictionary. But the students are up for the challenge.

Stone Soup Supper and Silent Auction to benefit NL pantry

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Community Pantry will host its 7th Annual Stone Soup Supper and Silent Auction on Sunday, Oct. 25, from 4-7 p.m. at the South Slope Community Room, 980 N. Front St., North Liberty. The event is sponsored by Hills Bank and Trust Company, University of Iowa Community Credit Union, and South Slope Cooperative Communications.

Nominations sought for North Liberty Hall of Fame

NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty seeks nominations for 2015 induction into the community’s Hall of Fame. The award was developed in 2013 to recognize individuals who provided extraordinary public service and dedication to the community.

Wake up with the Clipper Marching Band, help send members to Washington, D.C.

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School Marching Band has been selected to march in the Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., next spring. The band is doing a series of fundraisers to help offset the cost of the trip next May.

Come to Swisher Legion for all-you-can-eat breakfast Oct. 11

SWISHER– The Swisher American Legion Auxiliary will sponsor an all you can eat breakfast Sunday, Oct. 11, from 8:30-11:30 a.m. The cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children, with everyone welcome to join the Auxiliary for breakfast at the Swisher American Legion.

Pantry garden to host Taste and Tour harvest celebration Oct. 11

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Community Pantry (NLCP) will host a Taste and Tour at the Growing Together Garden, located at 89 N. Jones Blvd., to celebrate the initiative’s first successful growing year. The event, scheduled from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 11, is free and open to the public. Tours of the Garden and Pantry will be held from 1-2 p.m., family activities and snacks will start at 2 p.m. and last until 3 p.m.

Top Shelf Volunteer

NORTH LIBERTY– Jeanette Kleinmeyer has been involved with the North Liberty Community Pantry since 2005. She first heard about the panty in the Iowa City Press-Citizen when the pantry was looking for additional volunteers.  Fast forward nine years, and the pantry now has more than 130 volunteers who keep it operating five days a week.

Hunters encouraged to focus on tree stand safety

DES MOINES– Tree stand accidents can happen to deer hunters of all skill levels and result in serious injury or death. In Iowa last year, four hunters fell from tree stands, resulting in personal injury.
To help prevent injuries, the Iowa DNR is offering the following safety tips:
• Always wear a safety harness when in a tree stand and when climbing into or out of a tree stand.
• A safety strap should be attached to the tree to prevent falling more than 12 inches.
• Always inspect the safety harness for signs of wear or damage before each use.

Ned L. Allen

Ned L. Allen, 82, a lifelong Tiffin area farmer, died Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015, at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City of pancreatic cancer.
Friends gathered with family Sept. 24, at Gay and Ciha Funeral Home in Iowa City. He asked for a private family burial at Oak Hill Cemetery in Tiffin, which will take place later.

Ely Road to close beginning Oct. 5 for culvert replacement project

ELY– Due to a culvert replacement, Ely Road will be closed starting on Monday, Oct. 5. The closure will be from Wright Brothers to Fuhrmeister Street in Ely and is expected to last seven to 10 days.
Ely Road will be closed to through traffic, but local residents will maintain access to their properties. There will be a posted detour.

Solon Retirement Village to host VNA flu clinic Wednesday, Oct. 7

SOLON– Flu protection is recommended for everyone age 6 months and older. The Solon Retirement Village will hold a flu vaccination clinic provided by the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) from 1-3 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 7. The clinic will offer flu shots QIV, flu mist QIV, high dose flu (for ages 65 years and older) and pneumonia vaccine (PPSV23 and PCV13 – available upon prior request). Call the VNA at 319-337-9686 to reserve a dose.