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Community

NL plans for $20.3 million water facility

Staying above water

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– When most Americans turn on their faucets, they have certain expectations regarding what will come out. Clean, clear and safe drinking water has become a minimal presumption, but few give much thought about where it comes from, or how it gets there in potable condition.

Hoops with a Cop scheduled for Oct. 24

NORTH LIBERTY—North Liberty police officers will host the inaugural Hoops with a Cop from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 24, at the North Liberty Community Center. All ages are invited to play a variety of basketball games, talk with and get to know the officers.
The program is an opportunity for officers of the North Liberty Police Department and the community they serve to interact and get to know each other in a fun, friendly context.

Come to Swisher 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.

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.

Clear Creek Amana Hall of Fame nominations due Oct. 1

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana Foundation Board seeks nominations for the 2015 Hall of Fame award. Application letters are due by Oct. 1 and should include at the minimum the following information: name of nominee, address of nominee, year (if known) and school graduated from, whether the person is deceased, why this person should be considered for this honor (provide as many details as possible– years of service, what was the service, offices held, etc.), and a letter signed by nominator with address and phone number if questions.

Local officers help build Habitat home for National Day of Service and Remembrance

IOWA CITY– Eleven public service officers from four area agencies joined volunteers on Friday, Sept. 11, to help construct a new home for a low-income family in observation of the National Day of Service and Remembrance.
The National Day of Service encourages all Americans to engage in charitable service in tribute to the victims, survivors, and those who rose up in service in response to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

Reporter Heaton joins Leader staff as school board correspondent, feature writer

SOLON– Nora Heaton has joined the Solon Economist and North Liberty Leader news staff. She is an alumna of the University of Iowa, with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communications and English (Creative Writing emphasis). She will be reporting primarily on school board news as well as other local news and features.

Matthew Smith and Indelible Grace concert to be Sept. 26

NORTH LIBERTY– Matthew Smith and the band Indelible Grace will perform on Saturday, Sept. 26, at 6:30 p.m. at Grace Community Church, 2707 Dubuque St. NE, North Liberty. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Matthew Smith is a Nashville-based singer-songwriter who writes new music to centuries-old hymn texts. Indelible Grace has drawn acclaim across denominational lines and is used in churches around the world..
Advance tickets are available online only at graceb3.org/matthewsmith, $7 each, $30 for a family ticket. At the door, tickets are $10 each. Children 5 and under are free.

Clipper boys first at English Valleys cross country invitational

Tener third for boys, Barker fifth in girls’ race, Liebe wins JV race

North Liberty Leader
NORTH ENGLISH– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) boys varsity cross country team picked up another win as they took the English Valleys Invitational meet Tuesday, Sept. 15. Jake Tener led the guys with a third-place finish in 18:35.59. Eric Douglass and Wyatt Sedlacek were also in the top-10 finishers in fourth and seventh-place respectively.

County Conservation will offer free nature program for toddlers Oct. 14

TIFFIN– Join Johnson County Conservation for a program created with toddlers in mind. Nature Buds programs are for children three to five years of age and include activities, crafts and outdoor time. The program will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 14, from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Conservation Education Center (CEC) located in F.W. Kent Park near Tiffin.

Solon 175th Chautauqua this weekend

SOLON– The City of Solon will commemorate 175 years of incorporation Sept. 18 through Sept. 20.
Solon’s three-day anniversary celebration starts Friday, Sept. 18, with an all-alumni banquet at the Celebration Farm and then moves to the Solon Recreation and Nature Area (SRNA) for a full day of FREE events Saturday, Sept. 19. An ecumenical service caps off the celebration Sunday at the SRNA.

The vision is developing for Hoover Nature Trail link

Improvements to Ely Road intersection with Hwy. 382 still undetermined

SOLON– If you like to ride bicycles, there’s nothing but good news.
The 5.8-mile missing link between two extensive Iowa trail systems might be completed as soon as 2018.
The plans to extend the Hoover Trail from Ely to Solon are progressing and Johnson County Conservation Department Program Manager Brad Friedhof thinks if all goes well, the first phase of the project could go out to potential bidders next spring.
The Conservation Department hosted a second informational meeting on the project at Solon City Hall Aug. 26 and there was a lot to share.