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Community

Grant Elementary opens its doors

NL’s newest elementary school honors a living legend

NORTH LIBERTY– The Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) opened the doors to its 22nd elementary school on Wednesday, Aug. 21, with a ribbon cutting and ice cream social.
The new school, Christine Grant Elementary, is the fourth ICCSD elementary school in North Liberty (North Bend Elementary is part of the Clear Creek Amana School District), the sixth school building total, and the first to be built in North Liberty after Liberty High School opened in 2017.
The district has 28 schools in total with more likely as enrollment growth in and around North Liberty continues.

Bumsted is Solon’s Iowan of the Day

State fair accolade for avid volunteer

SOLON– Kelsey Bumsted was humbled someone thought to nominate her as Iowan of the Day at the Iowa State Fair.
If nothing else, she hopes it highlights some of the volunteer opportunities that are available in Solon.
“We are really lucky to have a lot of thriving organizations in this town,” Bumsted added. “Whatever gift that you might have, whether it’s writing calligraphy or being good at Excel spreadsheets or chalkboard drawing, whatever your gift is, odds are you can share it somewhere in our community.”

Doggie dreams can come true

NL Council action makes dog park a 2020 reality

NORTH LIBERTY– A dog park for North Liberty took a Labrador’s leap closer to reality as the city council passed two resolutions related to the park Tuesday, Aug. 13, during its regular meeting.

Groovin’ on a Saturday afternoon

Porchfest fills NL’s Arlington Ridge neighborhood with music

NORTH LIBERTY– For the fourth year, the Arlington Ridge neighborhood of North Liberty was filled with music as porches and driveways became stages, and yards and sidewalks filled with audiences for Porchfest.

SPARK-ing ideas in North Liberty

Unique public forum highlights the best of North Liberty, and offers suggestions for the future

NORTH LIBERTY– What is so special about living in North Liberty? What would make living in North Liberty more enjoyable? How can a smalltown feel be maintained in an ever-growing community? What would help North Liberty be a more progressive community in the future?
Eight presenters, sometimes solo, sometimes in pairs, and even in a small group, took center stage on Tuesday, July 30, at the Tin Roost restaurant in North Liberty for a unique event called SPARK North Liberty to present their answers and vision.

Hard work and dedication on display

Area 4-H kids strut their stuff at the Johnson County Fair

IOWA CITY– The Johnson County Fair showcased the future of agriculture as 4H and FFA (Future Farmers of America) kids showed their livestock and other projects during the fair, which ran from Friday, July 19, through Wednesday, July 24, at the fairgrounds in Iowa City.

Fine on Friday, soggy on Saturday

Swisher celebrates with annual Fun Days event

SWISHER– The community of Swisher held its annual Fun Days celebration Friday and Saturday, July 26 and 27, with fair skies and sunshine Friday evening, and a post-parade downpour on Saturday.

Oak Hill Elementary School Cornerstone Ceremony

TIFFIN– The Masonic cornerstone ceremony is a time-honored tradition, taking place for hundreds of years in the United States of America. President George Washington, a Freemason, dedicated the United States Capitol Building during a cornerstone ceremony in 1793.
Canopy Lodge No. 290, of Oxford, has served the communities of Oxford, Tiffin and the surrounding area continuously since its formation in 1870. The Grand Lodge of Iowa was founded in 1844 and is celebrating 175 years of Masonry in Iowa this year.

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.”