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Community

Held up on the jail

Supes still wrestling with justice center options

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

IOWA CITY– It could be back to the drawing table, literally, for some area architects. While the Johnson County Board of Supervisors continues to grapple with how to move forward in addressing courthouse and jail space needs, the possibility of dividing the proposed justice center into two separate projects appears more likely.

Ben Newell Memorial 5K race to be held at Sugar Bottom Nov. 3

NORTH LIBERTY– Join the community for the Ben Newell Memorial 5K race Sunday, Nov. 3, at the Sugar Bottom Recreation Area, North Liberty. Check-in is at 7 a.m. Race begins at 8 a.m.
Mason City native Ben Newell enjoyed many passions in his life; his dog Jethro, attending country music concerts, Hawkeye football games, volunteering, fishing, boating, and working in the insurance industry. By far, Ben enjoyed playing sports and being active; he was training for his first mini-triathlon last fall.

It’s time to order SHARE Iowa’s Thanksgiving dinner package

NORTH LIBERTY– SHARE (Self Help and Resource Exchange) Iowa announces the availability of its Thanksgiving dinner package. This month’s package includes a 10-12 pound turkey, potatoes and gravy, sweet potatoes, baking mix, green beans, stuffing, celery, carrots, apples and oranges, topped off with pumpkin pie, all for just $30 plus two hours of volunteer service to your community.

Nov. 11 veterans dinner now open to public

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty American Legion Ladies Auxiliary will host a Veterans Day dinner Monday, Nov. 11, at the South Slope Telecommunications Center on Mehaffey Bridge Rd. in North Liberty beginning at 6 p.m.

Free Thanksgiving dinner at South Slope

NORTH LIBERTY– For the second year in a row, a free Thanksgiving dinner will be available to those in need, thanks to a local community member and several businesses.
On Thanksgiving Day from noon until 4 p.m., a full Thanksgiving meal will be available for those in need at the South Slope Community Center in North Liberty.

Friends of NL library announces Nov. 16 waffle breakfast

NORTH LIBERTY– Visit the North Liberty Community Center, 520 W. Cherry St., for the Friends of the North Liberty Community Library’s annual Belgian Waffle Breakfast fundraiser Saturday, Nov. 16, from 8 a.m. until noon in the recreation center gym. It is an all-you-can-eat breakfast featuring Belgian waffles and sausages.
Kids 5 and under eat free, everyone else eats for just $7 each. Tickets are for sale at the library or at the door the day of the breakfast. The Friends will also have their new cookbook for sale. All proceeds go to benefit the library.

NL to hold Centennial finale, time capsule dedication Nov. 16

NORTH LIBERTY– The community has been observing North Liberty’s 100th birthday all year, and now it’s time for the final celebration. On Saturday, Nov. 16, the North Liberty Centennial Committee has planned a variety of fun events, starting with free daytime activities at the North Liberty Community Library.
8 a.m. until noon: Friends of the library waffle breakfast.
10 a.m.: until 1 p.m. Kids’ activities.
10 a.m.: Birthday opening.
11 a.m.: Time capsule ceremony
12 p.m.: Mural unveiling
1 p.m.: Community photograph

Blues & BBQ, South Slope announce partnership, new 2014 location, date

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty Blues & BBQ announced South Slope Cooperative Communications will partner to present North Liberty’s annual premiere family event in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
“We’re excited to support such a great community event,” said Justyn M Miller, South Slope CEO. “South Slope values the communities we serve, and we work hard to give back to our members through sponsorships, donations and volunteerism at events, such as Blues & BBQ.”

CCA sells fine fruit for fine arts

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) Fine Arts Boosters (F.A.M.E) is promoting its annual Fruit, Cheese, Meat and Nut sale from now until Nov. 5. Fruit will be delivered starting on Saturday, Dec. 7. CCA Fine Arts students and families are now taking orders, or contact FAME at ccafame@gmail.com or like us on Facebook. Order forms and other information can be found on the school’s website at http://www.cc-amana.k12.ia.us/cca_arts.html.

Tiffin holds Halloween decorating contest

TIFFIN– On Wednesday, Oct. 30, from 6 until 8 p.m., judges will tour the Tiffin community to determine the best overall Halloween decoration displays.
First, second and third place prizes will be awarded for the best home display. Anyone within Tiffin city limits is eligible for the competition.

A kiss to say I love ewe

Katherine G. is not sheepish when it comes to making new friends. She and her family visited Colony Pumpkin Patch on Oct. 5 to enjoy the patch’s annual Fall Festival. This small petting zoo was just one of the many activities and attractions at the event. Colony Pumpkin Patch on Front Street in North Liberty, with its ready-picked or pick-your-own pumpkins and giant corn maze will remain open through Halloween, weather permitting. (Photo by Lori Lindner)

Supervisors fail to find consensus on justice center

By Chris Umscheid
Solon Economist
IOWA CITY– A Johnson County Board of Supervisors work session on Monday, Oct. 14, was meant to determine the next steps toward finding a courthouse and jail proposal voters would approve.
Instead of consensus there was conflict, and after more than three hours of discussion, the five members decided to step back and try again at a later date.