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Community

Honoring service, remembering sacrifice

Three Johnson County veterans added to Coralville Vets Trail

CORALVILLE– Three Johnson County veterans– Robert Hatcher, Rodney Walls and Gary Sopher– were recognized for their service by having their names added to the Veterans Trail at the Coralville Lake during the 2016 Dedication Ceremony held on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30. The three men joined the ranks of 185 other veterans, which have been added over the past 27 years.

NL Annual Free Fishing Weekend June 4 at Liberty Centre Pond

NORTH LIBERTY– Join other area families Saturday, June 4, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., at Liberty Centre Pond for a day of free fishing and aquatic education organized by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Scheels, Take A Kid Outdoors and the City of North Liberty. Bring your pole or an ID to check one out. Try to catch bluegills, catfish and more, right in town. Enjoy learning how to cast properly, take a look at live specimens of Iowa fish and turtle species, learn about water and boat safety and have a free hot dog.

Penn splash pad floundering

Bidding dry for aqua play feature

By Shianne Fisher
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– Kids may have little summer to enjoy the Penn Meadows Park splash pad if a contractor doesn’t soon take the plunge.
The City of North Liberty opened bid letting for the $100,000 project on May 17 but didn’t receive any bids, said City Engineer Kevin Strom at a May 24 North Liberty City Council meeting. Councilors voiced concern at the meeting as to whether the splash pad, to be located near the new Penn Meadows Park Pavilion, would be finished by the original August 2016 completion date.

City-wide garage sales June 9-12

NORTH LIBERTY– Local organizers have selected the weekend of June 10 for city-wide garage sales in North Liberty and have set up a website with information for sellers and buyers: northlibertygaragesales.com.
In addition to the website, garage-sale-goers will be able to pull up a mobile-friendly Google Map and find nearby sales by item categories.
Questions about sales can be addressed to the organizers at questions@northlibertygaragesales.com.

Volunteer at Blues & BBQ July 9

NORTH LIBERTY– In preparation for its 10th year, North Liberty Blues & BBQ is recruiting volunteers. The annual festival requires some 300 community volunteers, doing jobs as diverse as set up and tear down, assisting kids into inflatable rides or with crafts, serving craft beer and directing cars to parking and much more.

NLFD Open House and grill-out June 18

NORTH LIBERTY– The NLFD would like to open its doors and invite the community to come see the firehouse and get to know the firefighters and the equipment on Saturday, June 18, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be fun and interactive “firefighting” games and demonstrations for all ages. The fire department will also be grilling out and serving lunch.

North Liberty Summer Reading Program kicks off

NORTH LIBERTY– Kids and adults alike can tackle reading this summer with the North Liberty Community Library (NLCL) Summer Reading Program, which officially kicked off Wednesday, May 25, at the Zeller Street Hills Bank in North Liberty.
The event showcased the various 2016 summer reading programs for babies, toddlers, school-age kids, teens and adults– all focused on the Collaborative Summer Library Program’s (CSLP) fitness, health and wellness theme. The programs are meant to tie in with the Summer Olympics occurring in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in August.

CCA’s Facilities Committee begins four-month mission

TIFFIN– The school board needed a little help and the community responded.

CCA Masters golf outing/fundraiser June 24

AMANA– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Masters Golf Outing is a fundraising event for scholarships and endowments for CCA students. The outing will be held Friday, June 24, at the Amana Colonies Golf Course, 451 U Ave. There is a $100 per player or $400 per four-person team entry fee that can be paid the day of the tournament.
To register for this great event call, email or complete an online registration form at www.cca.k12.ia.us and mail it to Brad Fox.

CCA edges Anamosa, 6-4

North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– Cappy’s Crew won their first WaMaC conference game of the season Friday, May 27, at home, against the Blue Raiders of Anamosa, by a score of 6-4 in the first half of a varsity doubleheader. The second half was postponed due to lightning, heavy rain and even reports of a few funnel clouds throughout southern Johnson County.
The Clippers scored one run in the bottom of the first inning for a 1-0 lead when Cody Ogden came home on a Jake Neubauer single to right field. The Raiders retaliated with one run each in the third, fourth and fifth innings, to go up 3-1.

And they’re off!

Britta Elijah and Taryn Anderson pull ahead in a heat of the fourth grade three-legged race during Lakeview Elementary’s Track and Field Day Tuesday, May 17, at the Solon Outdoor Events Center. The annual field day is held near the end of the school year and mixes traditional track competitions with sack races and other fun events. (photo by Doug Lindner)

Keokuk principal will be Solon’s full-time AD

Zach Wigle to succeed Keith McSweeney in 2016-17 school year

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist
SOLON– The School Administrators of Iowa (SAI) Secondary Principal of the Year will be Solon’s new activities director (AD).
Solon Community School District (SCSD) Superintendent Dr. Davis Eidahl announced May 13 that Zach Wigle will succeed Keith McSweeney and become the school’s first full-time AD, pending school board approval.
Wigle (pronounced WHY-gull) is currently the principal for Keokuk High School, and was in Des Moines on the day of the announcement to be recognized by the SAI as principal of the year.