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November 2017

2017 Iowa City Leaf Vacuum Program – Extended Service Update

The Streets Division will attempt to make an additional 6th pass of the City beginning in Zone #5 on December 1st.  Crews will not return to any of the zones once collection has been completed. Additionally, crews will not return for piles raked after the area has been collected or for piles not collected due to parked cars. 

Please be Advised – There is a strong possibility that we may not make it through all seven zones again. By placing your leaves curbside this late in the season you are taking a risk. If you want to guarantee the pickup of your leaves, we strongly urge you to bag your leaves in the City of Iowa City yard waste bags and place them at the curb on your regular garbage day. If you have a way to transport your leaves, you may also take them out to the landfill free of charge. 

Please Keep in Mind - The continuation of the program is weather permitting and may end at any time. Unfortunately, we do not have the ability to control when the leaves fall, but we do need to prepare the trucks for winter maintenance.  This includes removing the leaf boxes, inspecting the trucks for structural issues, installing the plows and salt applying equipment. 

To receive updates via e-mail, visit and subscribe under “Service Notices.” 

For more information about the City of Iowa City Leaf Vacuum Program, including a zone map, instructions on how to prepare leaves, and other helpful reminders be sure to visit

Darrah's Towing - Cedar Rapids

Darrah's TowingDarrah’s Towing began in 1981. Fred Darrah was frustrated when the vehicle he was driving broke down and he couldn’t get a tow truck on a Sunday to tow his vehicle home.

Fred started Darrah’s with the determination that the Cedar Rapids metropolitan area desperately needed a true 24 hour towing service – with SERVICE being the key.

While Darrah's specialized in 24 Hour towing, we realize you're busy and may not be able to get your car during traditional 9-5 business hours. That's why we offer 24 hour recovery, tire changes, jump starts, and look outs. You name it, we're probably pretty good at it!

Don't worry, we'll take care of you! Check out our 24 Hour Towing Services page.

24 hour dispatch line (319) 363-7900


North Liberty Automotive Inc. - North Liberty

North Liberty AutomotiveDon’t let your vehicle’s condition get worse
If your car needs a repair, you should get it done right. We’ve helped cars for over 25 years and would love to help you out. 

Avoid costly repairs on your vehicle through regular services
Is it time for your car to get an oil change? Do you need a tune-up? North Liberty Automotive, Inc. can do all of these standard services for you at affordable rates. You can keep your car in great condition, call today!

Call for a FREE estimate on repairing any part of your vehicle:

Want to know why your engine isn’t working?
If you want to properly diagnose your problem, our company has given expert service for over 25 years and can easily assist you.

Only trust experts with your vehicle’s engine
If you want a full report on what’s wrong with your engine and what you can do about it, you should go to the longest running auto repair business in the area. Our reports are reliable, and any repair you order will be effective.
Call for a FREE estimate on all diagnostic services:

  • Engine controls
  • Engine overhauls
  • Faulty oxygen sensor
  • Loose or damaged gas cap
  • Bad catalytic converter
  • Problem with mass airflow sensor (MAF)
  • Spark plug problems

70 Sugar Creek Lane, North Liberty

PH: 319-626-2190


Robert's Towing and Recovery - West Branch

Robert's Towing & RecoveryRobert’s Towing and Recovery has been providing towing service in West Branch, IA for four decades. We offer the most reliable and affordable towing and repair solutions, making us the towing company of choice among hundreds of motorists in the area.

Whatever type of automotive roadside service you need, you can trust us to provide the expertise that you need. Our emergency roadside service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All you have to do is get on the phone, and our friendly customer service staff will dispatch a team to your location right away.

(319) 643-2000


DNR investigates Wright County hunting Incident

WRIGHT COUNTY, Iowa – DNR conservation officers responded to a personal injury hunting incident on November 29 around 1:20 p.m., in southwestern Wright County.

William Rancourt, 36, of Lebanon, New Hampshire, was pheasant hunting on the Boone River Greenbelt Conservation Board Public Hunting Area with three other hunters when he was hit in the back by bird shot pellets from another hunter’s 12-guage shotgun.

The shotgun was lying on the ground when a hunting dog stepped on the trigger guard causing it to discharge hitting Rancourt in the back nearly 22 yards away. Rancourt was transported to Trinity Hospital in Fort Dodge with non-life threatening injuries.

The DNR was assisted at the scene by the Wright County Sheriff’s Office.

The DNR reminds hunters to unload your firearm and be sure the safety mechanism is in place before setting it down. 

ICPL announces December Classes for Adults

Want to purchase a new gadget for Christmas but not sure which one to get? The Library will have a couple of classes to help patrons evaluate their options. 

Find out the important differences between e-readers and tablets at the “What Should I Buy?” class at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, December 5 in Meeting Room D. A second class will be held on Friday, December 15, also at 10 a.m. One of the library's technology specialists will provide information about the most popular devices and answer your device questions. 

The Senior Center will host “What is New in Technology?” at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, December 5. Find out how the latest gadgets are being used to make life simpler. A librarian will put together a list of important updates and gadgets that are being released this year and get you up to speed on those developments. 

Classes are free, so patrons should register early. To register for classes at the Senior Center call (319) 356-5220. To register for classes at the Library, visit or call the Library at 319-356-5200.

ICPL Friends Foundation winter apparel fundraiser

Not sure what gifts to give to friends and family this holiday season? Order winter apparel from the Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation’s fundraiser and give two gifts in one – ICPL clothing for the book lovers in your life and support for your local library! 

Place your order at The online order form will close at midnight on Wednesday, December 6. The finished items will be available for pickup at the Library Help Desk beginning Thursday, December 21. Due to the quick turnaround, shipping is not an option at this time. 

The Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation, which supports the Summer Reading Program, and other Library programs and collections. For more information, call 319-356-5200.

Small-trucking representatives make case against ELDs before House panel

With the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate less than three weeks away, The U.S. House Committee on Small Business met Wednesday for a hearing titled, “Highway to Headache: Federal Regulations on the Small Trucking Industry.”

While the title was a bit broad, there was no doubt that the topic of the hearing was ELDs, specifically the argument that the rule set down by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration requiring most long-haul truckers use ELDS as of December 18 places an unfair burden on small carriers. 

The meeting followed an emergency petition sent a day earlier from the Small Business in Transportation Coalition (SBTC) to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao requesting an exemption to the ELD mandate for all motor carriers with fewer than 50 employees. 


Related:  Trucking Jobs

Frosty’s Winter Wonderland to be held at Northwest Recreation Center December 9

Cedar Rapids, IA The Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation Department and Macaroni Kid are hosting the 7th Annual Macaroni Kid Family Fun Day and Xmas Expo, “Frosty’s Winter Wonderland,” on Saturday, December 9 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at Northwest Recreation Center, 1340 11th Street NW. Admission is free of charge. (Donations appreciated for some activities.) Parents are invited to shop from multiple vendors and let the kids play with many free activities, giveaways and a visit with Santa. Bring your cameras! 

Those attending may vote for their favorite snowman, built by local businesses. The winning snowman will receive the Frosty Award and an advertising package worth $500 from Macaroni Kid Cedar Rapids. Anyone who votes will be entered to win prizes just in time for Christmas. Those who would like to participate in the contest may sign up at 

For more information, contact the Northwest Recreation Center, 319-286-5731.

Enjoy Winter Break with Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation

Cedar Rapids, IA – Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation is offering several fun programs for kids at Ushers Ferry and the Northwest Recreation Center during winter break.

The American Girl Holiday Party is on Wednesday, December 27 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. for girls ages 6-8 and from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for girls ages 9-12 at Ushers Ferry Historic Village. Participants will learn about the different holiday traditions of the American Girls by playing games, baking holiday foods and engaging in historical pastimes. The fee for ages 6-8 (program #314706-01) is $13/person for residents and $14/person for non-residents. The fee for ages 9-12 (program #314706-02) is $23/person for residents and $27/person for non-residents.

Winter Pioneer Day Camp is on Thursday, December 28 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. for ages 6-8 and from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for ages 9-12 at Ushers Ferry Historic Village. Participants will learn how to cook on a wood stove, make their own toys and perform old-fashioned chores. This workshop will challenge them to make their own fun using their imaginations. The fee for ages 6-8 (program #314105-01) is $13/person for residents and $14/person for non-residents. The fee for ages 9-12 (program #314105-02) is $23/person for residents and $27/person for non-residents.

Food, Fire and Fun is on Friday, December 29 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. for ages 6-8 and from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for ages 9-12 at Ushers Ferry Historic Village. Participants will learn about the importance of fire to the pioneers when they use it for heating, cooking and light. They will build a fire in a wood burning stove to cook a special treat and make their own candles. The fee for ages 6-8 (program #314705-01) is $13/person for residents and $14/person for non-residents. The fee for ages 9-12 (program #314705-02) is $23/person for residents and $27/person for non-residents.

The new Winter Break Sports & More Camp mixes it up by incorporating related art, crafts and science activities while learning sports. The camp for ages 6-10 meets Wednesday, December 27 through Friday, December 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Northwest Recreation Center. The fee for program #311303-01 is $30/person for residents and $37/person for non-residents. The registration deadline is December 18.

Basketball lovers, ages 7-10, can work on fundamentals and expand their skills in the new Winter Break City Hoopers Camp. The camp meets Wednesday, December 27 through Friday, December 29 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Northwest Recreation Center. The fee for program #311314-01 is $32/person for residents and $39/person for non-residents. The registration deadline is December 18.

Advance registration is required for these programs. Call 319-286-5566 or go to