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October 24th

Extra helping for NL senior dining

Council grants $1,500 in funding

NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty is helping those who serve.
Literally.
In response to the city’s new budgetary policy to set aside funds to accommodate mid-fiscal year requests from service organizations, volunteers with North Liberty’s Senior Dining program submitted an application for $1,500 to pay a part-time staff person to coordinate the weekly meal effort.
In its Oct. 13 meeting, the council readily said yes.

Tiffin council split on new wage ordinance

Two businesses oppose increase

TIFFIN– Tiffin needs more information before taking action on the county’s new minimum wage ordinance.
The Tiffin City Council had a spirited discussion on the issue at its Oct. 14 pre-meeting work session, with two councilors expressing support of an increase, two councilors expressing opposition and one who wondered if a compromise setting age classifications and commensurate wages for workers would be legal.

Following threat at West, ICCSD reconsiders policy

School staff will immediately report to law enforcement, parents

IOWA CITY– The Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) decided it’s better safe than sorry when it comes to school threats.
At an Oct. 13 meeting, the district’s Board of Directors discussed changes to how threats are handled and communicated within the district.
Board President Chris Lynch recommended a three-part plan of action, and all three motions were passed at the meeting:
• Direct all staff to immediately report any threats, substantiated or unsubstantiated, to law enforcement with parent communication as soon as possible.

Happy harvest

NL Pantry celebrates first gardening season

NORTH LIBERTY – The Growing Together Garden, in the backyard of the North Liberty Community Pantry, flourished in its first year.
The pantry held a Taste and Tour event at the garden on Oct. 11. Garden Coordinator Ilsa DeWald and Nick Bergus, of the pantry’s Board of Directors Garden Committee, led attendees on a tour through the Growing Together Garden and the pantry itself.
Pantry garden volunteer Judy Bornkessel attended the event with her 12- and 6-year-old granddaughters, Annika and Beckett Kruse.
As Beckett sampled some kale, her grandmother explained the purpose of the garden.

NL will require builders to obtain licenses

New ordinance passes first reading; changes expected

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– Like electricians and plumbers, North Liberty plans to have general contractors working within the city to be licensed.

Cross country peaks with state qualifyer Oct. 22

INDEPENDENCE– The competition doesn’t get easier as Solon’s cross country teams head toward season’s end. But will it conclude this week, at the state qualifier? Or next weekend, at the state meet? Coming out of Oct. 15’s WaMaC Super Conference run, both boys and girls need to move up the pack to continue their seasons.

Girls 6th at WaMaC; Three All-Conference runners

Solon heads into tournaments

SOLON– Solon’s varsity volleyball team took advantage of an opportunity for a conference win with a 3-0 sweep of Anamosa on Senior Night Oct. 13.
The game featured the return of sophomore Grace Keith, sidelined since early in the season by an ankle injury.
“The team really looked confident with her back on the floor,” said Head Coach Peter Gustin. “It’s been a slow process incorporating her back in, and her jump count will be limited moving forward.”
Senior Josey Hajek was also back in the lineup after an ankle sprain at the Waverly-Shell Rock Invite Oct. 3.

Spartans roll over Western Dubuque, 36-7

SOLON– It was Senior Night at Spartan Stadium on Oct. 16 when Solon ran over the Western Dubuque Bobcats, 36-7.
Many moms fought to maintain their composure, lined up at the bottom of the stairs at the east end of the home bleachers, shedding tears as they hugged other senior mothers. Fathers laughed and joked, trying to make light of the situation. It was punctuated with an exclamation point as Dave Durr was met with cheers while executing a full-on ‘80s worm break dance move on his way, with wife Salina, to meet Halston in front of the crowd.

No contests in November Solon city elections

Stange, Prentice, Snipes to run unopposed

SOLON– There shouldn’t be too many surprises in store for Solon during this year’s city elections.
Mayor Steve Stange and council members Mark Prentice and Dale Snipes are running unopposed in the Tuesday, Nov. 3, election.
All three were appointees to their respective positions, although Stange was elected to his position in the 2014 general election after replacing former mayor Cami Rasmussen in May of 2014.

Ely church hosts Czechoslovak Genealogical Society this week

ELY– The First Presbyterian Church near Ely is a special stop for visitors this week. Tour buses filled with attendees of the Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International Conference will visit the historical First Presbyterian Church near Ely on Wednesday, Oct. 21, and Thursday, Oct. 22, at 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. both days.