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Community

Shueyville High School Alumni Association in need of help

SWISHER– The Shueyville High School Alumni Association is looking for people who attended Jefferson and Monroe Townships’ grade schools to assist in maintaining the history of schools in the area. Each year an annual banquet is held.
If interested in attending the banquet or more information, contact Kathryn Birky at kmbirky@southslope.net, 321 Jefferson Ave. SW in Swisher or by calling 319-857-5305.

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. A 5-mile bus drive through the area will provide a view of the herd of 75 bison and 25 elk living within the refuge. The prairie is a natural habitat for a diversity of grassland birds, wildflowers and perhaps a monarch butterfly or two.

Johnson County Archers’ 3D shoot at Macbride Nature area June 17-18

NORTH LIBERTY– Join other archery enthusiasts at Johnson County Archers’ annual 40 Target 3D Shoot on Saturday and Sunday, June 17-18, at the Macbride Nature Recreation Area (2095 Mehaffey Bridge Rd. NE).
The shooting is from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and from 7 a.m. to noon on Sunday. There will be 20-plus targets set up on several courses and 40 arrows total. Door prizes, raffles, food, novelties and custom targets will be included. Cost is $12 for adults and $6 for kids.

Ely News by Lenna See

Bim Reyhons celebrated her 90th birthday on Tuesday evening, May 23, with a family supper at Odie’s Bar and Grill in Ely. Guests attending were Gary and Nona Reyhons, of rural Mount Vernon; Bill and Sue Reyhons, of rural Ely; Amy and Rob Glick, and Grady and Carson, of Solon; Sarah, Aaron, Jaxson, Jaidon and Jensen Nost, and Brianna and Kirsten Jones, of Lisbon; Jenny and Randy Shalla, of Lone Tree; Alvia Osborn, Ryan and Amy Reyhons, and Mya, Tyler and Hudsyn, of Ely; Rachel and Chris Moody, of Cedar Rapids; Norma Kubichek, of Sutliff; and Kris Nichols, of Iowa City.

Tiffin named “fastest growing city” in Iowa

State Data Center cites 54.4 percent growth since 2010

North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– A population growth of 176 new residents per year may not seem like much, but it was enough to land the City of Tiffin the title of “fastest growing city in Iowa” last year.
According to estimates by the State Data Center of Iowa, Tiffin grew from 1,947 people in 2010 to 3,006 in 2016. That’s a 54.4 percent increase– a few percentage points above runner-up Bondurant in Central Iowa, which grew by 50.2 percent.
Why Tiffin? City Administrator Doug Boldt said the city just happens to be in one of Iowa’s main hubs.

ISU solar car to make a pit stop in Oxford

Clear Creek Amana graduate helps build “Penumbra”

AMES– Bryan Kalkhoff is home for the summer, but still reminiscing on the hours spent helping to build a solar car this past school year.
“I wanted a way to really reinforce what I was learning in class,” said Kalkhoff, a recent Clear Creek Amana graduate. “School can only teach you so much.”
The North Liberty resident jumped at the opportunity to join PrISUm his freshman year at Iowa State University. The student-led solar car team has been in business since 1989, having developed 12 award-winning vehicles in its journey to change the paradigm of transportation.

Class of 2017 finds their way

148 seniors graduate from Clear Creek Amana

North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– The valedictorian speeches were littered with references to shared childhood experiences (Harry Potter, Disney Channel, Netflix) on Sunday, June 4, at Clear Creek Amana’s graduation ceremony in the packed high school gymnasium.
“We’ve all found our P. Sherman, 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney,” said Grace Murray, referencing the Disney movie “Finding Nemo.”
A total 148 seniors made up the graduating Class of 2017, with 10 valedictorians and one salutatorian.

North Liberty citywide garage sales June 8-11

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty’s citywide garage sales will be open Thursday, June 8, through Sunday, June 11.
The master list of sales, found at http://northlibertygaragesales.com, closed to edits and new submissions Tuesday, June 6. It is available to the public and for download from the website. There is also a Google Map of all the sales.

Avenue of Flags sign up for Flag Day

NORTH LIBERTY– Help the North liberty Optimists raise money for local kids programs and line our streets with the American flag on Flag Day, June 15.
For $40, the Optimist Club will place a 3-foot-by-5-foot American flag on a 10-foot pole in front of your home or business on these five national holidays: Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, Labor Day and Veteran’s Day.
For more information or to sign up visit nloptimist.org/flags.htm or contact Darlene Smith at 319-626-2939 or desmith325@gmail.com.

North Liberty Slow Roll Saturday, June 17

NORTH LIBERTY– Slow rolls are short community- and family-oriented bike rides, traveling at a leisurely pace. Join your friends and neighbors for a ride around town and a social to celebrate Flag Day and Father’s Day all in one on Saturday, June 17.
Bike and helmet safety checks are from 9-10 a.m. at the North Liberty Community Center (520 W. Cherry St.), with the slow roll beginning at 10 a.m. The 8-mile route includes a scavenger hunt. A social picnic with food, music, bike decorations, lawn games and awards will follow the bike ride from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the community center.

Tiffin splash pad open 9 a.m to 6 p.m.

TIFFIN– The Tiffin splash pad has been experiencing technical difficulty with the sensor to activate the water. The City of Tiffin has the part on order and will repair it as soon as possible. Until then, the Public Works Director will be manually turning on and off the splash pad starting at 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. until the issue can be corrected.
Thank you for your patience while this gets resolved. The regular splash pad hours of operation are 9 a.m. to dusk.

New north liberty water and sewer rates in effect July 1

NORTH LIBERTY– Effective July 1, North Liberty’s water and sanitary sewer rates will change. Other services that appear on monthly city utility bills will remain the same.
The minimum charge for sanitary sewer customers will increase by $1.43 to $30.03, and will include the first 1,000 gallons of use, and each 1,000 gallons of use above that will increase by $.26 to $5.40. The minimum charge for water customers will increase by $.74 to $15.57, and will include the first 1,000 gallons of use, and each 1,000 gallons of use above that will increase by $.31 to $6.29.