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Community

June news from the Old Gold Diner

May was a busy month. The month had five Wednesdays and there was something going on each one. Birthdays, kids, entertainment and, not one, but two sponsored meals. Also, St. Mary’s lifts and Mary Hunt provided May Day baskets for the seniors. We enjoyed Lyle Beaver and look forward to his coming again to entertain.

• Thank you to South Slope for sponsoring a meal in May. Dan Swick was back and brought the new CEO Chuck Deisbeck. We learned lots and many seniors had lots of great questions. We are proud to have brought them back to town.

Fireworks ban to remain in North Liberty

Council to consider moratorium on sales

By Shianne Fisher
North Liberty Leader

NORTH LIBERTY– Standing before the North Liberty City Council, Interim Fire Chief Bill Schmooke recalled an incident a couple months ago that led to an entire field burning down.
The culprit? A handful of kids messing around with fireworks.
“It happens,” he said. “And it’s going to happen more if we say it’s OK.”

NORTH LIBERTY ON FIRE:

A three-part series

Consultant looks at the NLFD with an eye toward the future

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Fire Department (NLFD) was formally organized in 1945 when the city was small and well separated from its neighboring towns. Now, the department, which covers North Liberty as well as Penn and Madison townships (56 square miles total), protects the lives and property of over 22,000 inhabitants.

Free fishing at Liberty Centre Pond June 3

NORTH LIBERTY– Come and spend a day enjoying the outdoors fishing with Take A Kid Outdoors.
June 2, 3, and 4 are Free Fishing Days in Iowa this year. Take A Kid Outdoors (TAKO) will host their free family fishing event on Saturday, June 3, at the Liberty Centre Pond, located at 795 W. Cherry St.

Kayak and paddle board demo day June 10

SOLON– Experience the latest in kayaks and stand up paddle boards Saturday, June 10, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Sugar Bottom Recreation Area in Solon.
Scheels’ experts and Wilderness Systems representatives will be on hand to assist and answer paddle sports questions. Register onsite to win a Scheels gift card.
The entrance to Sugar Bottom Recreation Area is located at 2164 Mehaffey Bridge Rd. NE in Solon.

North Liberty citywide garage sales June 8-11

NORTH LIBERTY– Submissions are now open for North Liberty’s citywide garage sales, happening Thursday, June 8, through Sunday, June 11.
The master list of sales, found at http://northlibertygaragesales.com, will close to edits and new submissions Tuesday, June 6, at 8 p.m. It will then be distributed to the public Wednesday, June 7, by 9 a.m. and will be available for download from the website. There will also be a Google Map of all the sales. It is free to submit a sale.

ICCSD hires firm to design new North Liberty elementary school

THE ISSUE
While North Liberty’s population continues to boom, area elementary schools become more crowded. According to a 2015 special census, which put 10.5 percent of the city’s populace under the age of five, a potential 2,000 kids could be approaching elementary in the coming years.

WHAT WE KNEW
In July 2016, the Iowa City School Board unanimously approved the $1.4 million purchase of 21.59 acres on the northeast side of North Liberty near South Slope.

The purchase was tentatively set to replace the planned Grant Elementary.

WHAT HAPPENED

North Bend Active Minds camp open coming June and July

NORTH LIBERTY– North Bend Elementary physical education teacher Jared Carder announced the return of the Active Minds summer camp this week. There will be two sessions, in June and July, and younger students will be accepted.

American Legion and Boy Scouts honor sacrifice on Memorial Day

NORTH LIBERTY– Memorial Day has become, for many, a day to hunt for bargains, grill out, and otherwise celebrate the unofficial start of summer and summer fun. The day originally was designated to remember America’s war dead. American Legion Post 1976 and Boy Scout Troop 216, both located in North Liberty, did their part to keep alive the tradition of honoring those soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines who made the ultimate sacrifice with a brief morning ceremony Monday, May 29, at the Ridgewood Cemetery off of Scales Bend Road.

Troop 120 can drive Saturday, June 3

SOLON– Solon Boy Scout Troop 120 will collect cans and bottles on Saturday, June 3, from 1-5 p.m. Scouts and parents will collect throughout the community. Can donations can also be dropped off at the St. Mary Catholic Church parking lot from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Donations will be used to provide camping opportunities and other Scouting activities.

Corps hosting Veteran’s Trail Dedication Ceremony on Memorial Day

IOWA CITY– The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, at Coralville Lake, will be hosting the 2017 Veteran’s Trail Dedication Ceremony on Memorial Day, May 29, at 1:30 p.m. The ceremony will take place at the East Overlook Picnic Area located on the east end of the Coralville Dam.
The public is invited to help honor and recognize these Johnson County veterans.
Honorees for this year’s dedication are:
Floyd D. Smith, Andrew B. Letarte, Bradley J. Storck, Brandon J. Burgus, Keith J. Hodapp, David L. Schapira and Jacob E. Cannon.

Making noise for music ed

Community rides bikes, plays instruments at first “Musicycle”

NORTH LIBERTY– Over 500 underclassmen and around 100 upperclassmen are anticipated to christen the halls of Liberty High School in August. And, for the Iowa City Music Auxiliary, that means a third orchestra, band and choir to support.
“We use the money for transportation to festivals, entry fees for festivals and band uniform cleaning, mostly,” said Lisa Goodfellow-Mertens, past president of the auxiliary. “That dry cleaning adds up.”