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Community

Oh, Yeah!

North Liberty’s ninth annual Blues & BBQ festival finally caught a break from Mother Nature, and the rain stopped nearly as soon as the free event opened on Saturday, July 11, at Centennial Park in North Liberty. The rest of the day was hot and smokin’, with plenty of saucy barbecue, cool blues music, ice-cold craft beer and fun kids’ activities to meet everyone’s summer to-do list. Above, Kevin “B.F.” Burt, , accompanied by Big Medicine, offers up his usual great performance on the big stage. See more photos and information on Blues & BBQ in upcoming editions of the Leader.

What’s burning?

City of Tiffin hopes to stamp out illegal dumping at municpal yard waste burn site

TIFFIN– The City of Tiffin wants to continue providing a convenience to residents, but frequent abuses of the service warranted changes.
The Tiffin City Council approved revisions to an ordinance defining how residents use the city-provided “burn pile,” an area where yard waste can be dumped for safe burning later.

call the dive team

Trained volunteers provide unique service to county, area

IOWA CITY— Johnson County citizens have a variety of public safety agencies on duty around the clock to protect them, ranging from traditional fire departments and law enforcement agencies to the county’s ambulance service. Specialty units such as the Hazardous Material (HAZMAT) Response Team, the Sheriff’s SWAT team, County Rescue 52 and the bomb squad supplement these organizations.
But one such unit operates literally in the murky shadows most of us never see.

We Run Glow Run 5K Race, Family 1K event  to be Sept. 5; proceeds benefit Steele Basler family

NORTH LIBERTY– We Run, North Liberty’s running shoe specialty store, will host a Glow Run 5K race and Family 1K event on Saturday, Sept. 5, at 9 p.m. at Performance Health Fitness, 3290 Ridgeway Dr., Coralville.
The registration fee covers entry into the chip-timed 5K race, technical race-day shirt and finishing medal for the first 600 registrants, along with entry into a drawing for door prizes.
The 1K race is not timed.

CCA is finalist for America’s Farmers grant

ST. LOUIS, Mo.– In the Johnson County area, Clear Creek Amana Community School District has been announced as a finalist in this year’s America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. Clear Creek Amana Community School District is among the top districts in Iowa in the running for grants of $10,000 and $25,000.

Deadline extended for census jobs in N. Liberty

NORTH LIBERTY– In the near future, the U.S. Census Bureau will conduct a Special Census in North Liberty. The City of North Liberty has requested it and will incur the cost. Local residents are needed to work as enumerators. Enumerators visit households and collect a facts about each member such as name, age, and relationship to the householder. Enumerators are paid $13.55 per hour, plus mileage and paid training.

City, developer discuss affordable housing options

Council still not sold on 60-foot lots

SOLON– Maybe later.
The members of the Solon City Council aren’t opposed to the idea of allowing reduced-width lots in single-family residential areas, but they want to wait until the city’s comprehensive plan is updated before moving forward.
That message was relayed to developer Corey Hodapp at a July 1 council meeting when the subject of a possible R1(B) zoning district was again discussed.

From these farms to your table

Johnson County Farm Bureau showcases agriculture at Ag Fest

IOWA CITY — The theme for the Johnson County Farm Bureau’s 2015 Agriculture Fest was “From our Farm to your Table: Eat Healthy, Live Healthy.”
Kathy Swenka, the local Farm Bureau coordinator for Ag in the Classroom said the event was in its 21st year, and an ideal event for families to have fun while learning about the vital role agriculture plays in their day-to-day lives.

UI’s Science Café brings scientific discussion to Iowa communities

SOLON– How about adding a few scientific facts to your meal tonight?
That’s exactly what the Science Café Series, a University of Iowa created program, aims to do as it brings scientific discussion to restaurants and bars across small towns in Iowa.
The series, which started in October of 2013, covers a different topic each session and brings experts from all scientific fields to engage in discussion with community members. These events are free and open to any who wish to attend.

Football team hosting car wash after Beef Days Parade July 18

SOLON– The Solon High School varsity football team will be hosting a car wash following the Solon Beef Days Parade on Saturday, July 18, from 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the Bridge Community Bank parking lot. Proceeds will be used to support the 2015 Solon football program.

Solon public library

Beef Days and RAGBRAI
The library will change its hours during Beef Days. The library will close at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 17, and remain closed all day on Saturday, July 18.
RAGBRAI, will travel through Solon on July 24 from 8 a.m. through late afternoon. Although it may be difficult to reach the library due to road closings, it will maintain its normal operating hours.