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April 05, 2013

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Chief commended for TIPS

Lisbon police chief Rick Scott received letters of commendation from Gov. Terry Branstad and U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley for his work with the TIPS program.

TIPS stands for Training for Intervention Procedures, and is used to educate people about responsibly serving alcohol. Lisbon has an ordinance, one of the first in the state, requiring the training for those who serve alcohol.

"Your contributions through TIPS training help prevent intoxication and related injuries and help decrease the risk of tragedies related to drunk driving and underage drinking," Branstad wrote. "The efforts of citizens like you underscore the grassroots value of community service."

Grassley wrote that Scott's efforts make "our great state a safer place to live. Your participating makes a difference."

Plate frames support prom

Mount Vernon High School's post-prom committee is selling Mustang license plate frames for $12 as a fundraiser. To place an order, contact Allison Kamerling at 319-551-0022 or

Prom for Mount Vernon is April 27 at the Celebration Farm on Hwy. 1 south of Solon. Post-prom is at the middle school after the dance.

Can, bottle drive coming

The Mount Vernon baseball and softball teams are asking people to save their redeemable cans and bottles for a fundraiser.

The teams will be going door to door from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 14, to pick up cans and bottles. Money raised will go toward the purchase of a second net and cage for the elementary gym.

People can also drop cans and bottles off early at 1505 Palisades Rd., Mount Vernon.

Lisbon has board openings

The City of Lisbon has openings on four volunteer commissions: the planning and zoning commission, parks and rec board, tree board, and board of adjustments.

Applications are available on the city's website ( or at City Hall.

Leaf pickups coming

The cities of Lisbon and Mount Vernon will have spring leaf pickups coming. Lisbon's is Monday, April 15. Mount Vernon's are April 8 and April 15.

In Lisbon, residents are asked to place leaves in a loose pile between the sidewalk and curb, at least 10 feet from any fixed object or vehicle. The leaves will be vacuumed.

In Mount Vernon, leaves should also be placed next to the curb. Residents are asked to not put leaves around signs, low hanging trees or with cars parked in front, or leaves may not be collected.

Pick up in Mount Vernon will begin on the north side of town, and Wapsi Waste, the city's hauler, will work its way around town during the seven-day week.

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