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Community

Celebrating Independence Day and 150 years in a big way in Oxford

OXFORD– With two long blasts of the mighty whistle, and a plume of black smoke, Iowa Interstate Railroad (IAIS) locomotive 6988 started chugging east with a handful of vintage passenger cars filled with riders. The 6988, a Chinese-built QJ Class steam locomotive, was brought to Oxford on Thursday, July 4, to power six excursions to Iowa City and back as a fundraiser for the all-volunteer Oxford Fire Department held in conjunction with Independence Day activities and the town’s 150th anniversary (Sesquicentennial).

Looking for options to cut costs while maintaining quality

County supervisors tackle a $138,000 shortfall in the BHUCC construction estimate

IOWA CITY– Planning continues for Johnson County’s Behavioral Health Urgent Care Center (BHUCC), a one-stop shop for acute substance abuse and behavioral health situations, to be built near the intersection of South Gilbert Street and Southgate Avenue in Iowa City. The county purchased the land one year ago at a cost of $1,350,000. An existing structure was demolished and removed earlier this year.

Englert, FilmScene join forces to build greatest small city for the arts

Strengthen • Grow • Evolve campaign raising $5.5 million to preserve buildings, expand programs

NORTH LIBERTY– When you live in North Liberty, Solon or anywhere in Johnson County, you don’t have to travel far for top-shelf arts and entertainment.
The historic Englert Theatre and FilmScene in Iowa City, both embarked on significant facility campaigns, understand sometimes the arts have to come to you.
The two organizations have banded together for Strengthen • Grow • Evolve (SGE), a $6.5 million effort to update and expand with the goal of making Iowa City the greatest small city for the arts in America.

Celebrating 150 years

Oxford’s Sesquicentennial is July 4, 5 & 6

OXFORD– According to the Rock Island Railroad’s 1962-63 fall and winter passenger train timetable, Oxford, Iowa, is located 252 miles west of Chicago. The City’s website lists a population of approximately 800. It’s the administrative home of the Clear Creek Amana Community School District, is located about a mile south of U.S. Highway 6, and about as far north of Interstate 80.
And on Thursday, July 4, it’ll be celebrating not only our nation’s 243rd birthday on Independence Day but also the town’s 150th anniversary, or “Sesquicentennial.”

Here and back

More than 1,300 bicyclists to flood Main Street for RAGBRAI training ride

SOLON– Solon will be at the turn for Big Rove, a 36-mile RAGBRAI training ride Saturday, July 29.
Downtown will the mid-point for over 1,300 bicyclists as they travel from Big Grove Brewery & Taproom in Iowa City to its namesake in Solon for lunch and back, with stops in North Liberty along the way.
The event, sponsored by RAGBRAI (Register’s Great Annual Bicycle Race Across Iowa), the Iowa Bicycle Coalition, Big Grove Brewery and Think Iowa City, will take over the intersection of Main Street and Iowa Street for a street party most of the day.

The view from the top

CCA supt. gives his State of the District report

OXFORD– The President of the United States reports on the State of the Union to Congress. The governor gives a State of the State report to the Legislature. Some mayors give a State of the City report to their city councils. In like fashion, Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District Superintendent Tim Kuehl gave a State of the District report to the school board of directors in a pair of work sessions on Tuesday, June 4, and Tuesday, June 11, at Clear Creek Elementary in Oxford.

The rules of the road still matter

NL Optimists help kids stay safe on the streets with annual bike rodeo

NORTH LIBERTY– Sometimes kids need a little reminder when it comes to personal safety. The North Liberty Optimist Club provided a reminder on bicycle safety Saturday, June 1, at the North Liberty Community Center.

Bitter winter and wet spring delays outdoor pool opening

NORTH LIBERTY- We’re all looking forward to summer, but the wet spring and bitter winter will continue to have an impact on the summer outdoor pool opening.

Making computer and communications systems easy

EZ Solutions in North Liberty takes the worry out of technology

NORTH LIBERTY– In this digital age, technology can be confusing at best, and intimidating at worst. The Internet, which 20-years ago involved dial-up modems and long waits to download content, has progressed to instant information exchange, including transacting business in mere seconds. The technology continues to improve, with more and more devices in life connected to the cloud, but it has also become more complex, with little to no user-repairable components.

Great American Backyard Campout June 22

NORTH LIBERTY– The Great American Backyard Campout is Saturday, June 22, all over North Liberty or at any campground.

Old Gold Diner two-for-one starts May 6

SOLON- Starting May 6, on Mondays only, it's two-for-one at the Old Gold Diner.
Bring in a friend and their meal is free. All ages are welcome. To make your reservations by 1 p.m. Friday, or if you need more information, call 624-2251.

Vaping epidemic discussed May 5

SOLON- The Solon Community School District, Solon Secondary Schools PTO, Johnson County Public Health, Johnson County Sheriff’s office and Prelude Behavioral Services are sponsoring a community education presentation about the youth epidemic of vaping Sunday May, 5, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at the Solon Center for the Arts Auditorium.
Resource exhibits will be open at 3:30 p.m., with a presentation in the auditorium at 4 p.m. A question and answer session will follow.