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July 2017

Restoration work begins on historic City Park cabins

Structural and architectural restoration of the two historic cabins located in City Park, 200 E. Park Rd., will begin on Monday, July 31, 2017. The restoration work will include but not be limited to wood shake shingle roof replacement, structural and concrete foundation stabilization, carpentry for wood floors, windows and doors, and log replacement and repair.

The project was awarded to North Construction of Muscatine with Heritage Woodworks of Clemens as the subcontractor. 

The cabins were built in 1889 and 1913, and both are on the National Register of Historic Places so their restoration will follow strict historic guidelines within the plans and project manual. 

Heritage Woodworks will carefully inventory, remove and transport both structures from the site to their warehouse in Clemens where they can repair the logs in a controlled environment. Most of the cabin repairs will take place offsite throughout the winter and spring and be reconstructed next summer with a final completion date of October 1, 2018.  

The cabin project is supported in part by Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) funds administered by the Iowa Dept. of Cultural Affairs, a grant from the Community Foundation of Johnson County and private donations from Iowa City residents.

Arrest made following Friday night robbery and shooting - Iowa City

Iowa City Police have made an arrest after a victim was shot during a robbery Friday night. 

Deondre Jerome Handley faces charges of Attempted Murder and First Degree Robbery. He is being held in the Johnson County Jail on a bond of $350,000. The criminal complaint is available to view and download online. 

This case remains under investigation by the Iowa City Police Department. 

As with any criminal case, a charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Northbound Dubuque Street to reduce for utility work - Iowa City

Crews will reduce northbound Dubuque Street to one lane of traffic between Brown Street and Park Road beginning at 6 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017.

Northbound vehicles will use what is normally the left turn lane, as MidAmerican Energy crews will be using the outside lane for overhead service work and to remove power poles. Traffic control will be on site to direct vehicles, and flaggers may be called in to help.  

Normal traffic is expected to resume by the end of the day Friday, Aug. 4, 2017. 

Drivers should allow extra travel time or take a different route while the work is being completed. As always, use caution when traveling through a work area.

Grilling Good Eats: Starting your charcoal

You can start your charcoal several ways, you can use lighter fluid, you can buy those ‘Match Light’ briquettes, or you can do what I think is the best way to go and that’s fire up your charcoal using a charcoal chimney. I don’t like lighter fluid for several reasons. I don’t like to store it, I don’t like running out, the smell can get on your hands and clothes, and inexperienced grillers tend to put too much on or start grilling over charcoals that aren’t really ready yet, giving your food that nasty fuel taste. Those ‘Match Light’ briquettes are OK, they’re very convenient, but they are more expensive and like the traditional charcoal/lighter fluid starting method, can put a fuel taste on your food if cooked over before the coals are really ready. Avoid the fuel taste risk completely and start your charcoal by using a charcoal chimney.


John Lackey and homer lift Cubs vs. Brewers

MILWAUKEE -- The Cubs stormed into Miller Park with momentum and left with it, too.

Fill-in first baseman Victor Caratini hit a go-ahead home run in the seventh inning and Kris Bryant added insurance with another solo shot in the eighth for a 4-2 win over the stumbling Brewers on Sunday in front of a third straight sellout crowd. The Cubs' 13th win in 16 games since the All-Star break gave Chicago a 2 1/2 game lead in the National League Central over the Brewers, who have lost 11 of 14.


Police Requesting Assistance in Theft Case - Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – July 31, 2017 – The Cedar Rapids Police Department is requesting the public's assistance in the identification of an individual that is suspected of being involved with unauthorized use of a credit card.

The suspect is pictured in the attached surveillance photographs from a southwest side retailer.  The incident occurred on June 28, 2017.

Citizens who can identify the individual in the surveillance photographs are encouraged to call the Cedar Rapids Police Department at (319) 286-5532 or Linn County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-CS-CRIME (272-7463) or text CRIMES (274637) and in the message/subject, type 5227 and your tip.  You can continue to trade information with an investigator.  Text STOP to opt out at any time.  Please reference case #2017-10067.

Disclaimer:  Any arrest information included above is based on the legal conclusion that, as with any criminal case, a charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation Fall Program Registration Begins Online July 31

Cedar Rapids, IA – July 31, 2017 – The Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation Department’s fall program registration begins online July 31 at 5:00 p.m. or by phone, 319-286-5566, during regular business hours, 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., beginning August 1. The Play! guide, with programs for all ages and abilities, will be posted online at It will be mailed the week of August 7 to all Cedar Rapids, Hiawatha and Robins residents inside Our CR, the City of Cedar Rapids’ quarterly magazine.  

Fall programs at Northwest Recreation Center include adult and youth basketball, art, belly dance, drop in cards and pickleball, fitness, guitar, Kyudo Renmei, self-defense classes for women, Special Populations activities and sports, table tennis, toddler/preschool activities, volleyball, wheelchair soccer and open gyms.   

Other fall programs are Safe Halloween, Harvest Hayrack Nights and teas at Ushers Ferry Historic Village; swim lessons at Bender Pool; Harvest Fest at Old MacDonald’s Farm; Foot Golf at Jones Golf Course; skating lessons at Cedar Rapids Ice Arena; football, soccer, adult softball, tennis and much more.

Grilling Good Eats: Ch. 1 - Grill Setup

Chapter 1 - The Grill Setup

Grilling Good Eats

by Mike Thayer

How much charcoal should I use? How long does charcoal stay hot? What kind of grill should I buy? Which is better, gas or charcoal? Do I put the lid on or leave it off? Are those wood pellets any good?

These are all great questions. Whether you’re new to grilling or are looking to expand on your grilling expertise, you’re reading the right book. The answers are here.


Cubs win 2-1 in 11 as front office works on trades before deadline

Manager Joe Maddon doesn't overlook the growing pains of his young Cubs as team executives try to upgrade the roster for the stretch drive.

The Cubs overcame 17 strikeouts and stranding 11 runners Saturday night in a methodical manner. After spending more than an hour in the batting cage beforehand, Kris Bryant snapped out of a 1-for-15 slump with three hits — including a game-tying single in the seventh inning.

In the 11th Jason Heyward ripped a home run off Jared Hughes to lift the Cubs to a 2-1 victory over the Brewers before a season-high Miller Park crowd of 44,709.

"That ball had a little bit of a charge in it," Maddon said. "We needed that. We were not piecing anything together. We struck out 17 times twice in a week, and won two games. You have to check with the Elias (Sports Bureau) on that bad boy."