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August 2nd, 2017

Dan and Debbie’s Creamery celebrates one-year anniversary

ELY– Dan and Debbie’s Creamery, a small locally owned and operated farm-to-table dairy production facility and creamery store, celebrate their one-year anniversary this month. It’s been a year of firsts for the entire Takes family, of rural Ely, Iowa after taking a leap of faith one-year ago by expanding their 20-year old dairy operation to offer a complete line of farm-to-table dairy products.

Roundabout detour

Construction of 382/Ely Road intersection to begin Aug. 7

SOLON– Construction is set to begin on a roundabout at the intersection of Highway 382 and Ely Road, west of Solon.
According to Assistant Johnson County Engineer Ed Bartels, Peterson Contractors Inc. (PCI) will begin work on the project Monday, Aug. 7, with completion in mid-November. PCI’s winning bid of $982,202.55 was approved by the Johnson County Board of Supervisors at a July 13 meeting.
Regular users of Highway 382 can expect several months of construction traffic and a detour of Ely Road.

Community Corn Roast at Iowa Grown Market Sunday, Aug. 13

SOLON– Mark your calendar to join Iowa Grown Market for its second annual Community Corn Roast Sunday, Aug. 13, from 3-6 p.m. The gathering will feature live music, fresh-roasted corn and fun for the whole family. Bring a blanket or chair and your favorite beverage. Local band Notes from the Underground will perform and cover classics.
New this year is an open house of The Magic Barn. Here’s your opportunity to check out this one-of-a-kind recording studio and music space that houses equipment used by the big names and local legends.

Family Day at the Iowa Raptor Project Saturday, Aug. 5

SOLON– Join the Iowa Raptor Project for its monthly Family Day on Saturday, Aug. 5, form 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
August’s featured raptor is the Harris’s hawk. Learn about the bird and enjoy some arts and crafts and snacks. This event is free and open to the public.
The Iowa Raptor Project is located within the Macbride Nature Recreation Area at 2095 Mehaffey Bridge Rd. NE, Solon 52333.

Advocates to tour Villages of Van Buren County Thursday, Aug. 17

SOLON– The Solon Senior Advocates have scheduled a trip Thursday, Aug. 17, to tour the Villages of Van Buren County. The trip leaves from the Solon Recreation and Nature Area at 7 a.m., stops for the step-on guide to arrive at Morris Park. The tour begins with a view of an 1800 barn and a feast on homemade cinnamon rolls. Next a visit to Millard’s turtle farm, then on to Bentonsport Indian Artifact Museum and the National Historic District.

Solon Dance Team to host can and bottle drive Saturday, Aug. 5

SOLON– Are your cans and bottles piling up? Help the dance team raise funds.
The Solon Dance Team will hold a can drive Saturday, Aug. 5, from 9 a.m. until noon at the Solon High School parking lot. Dance team members will be removing pop tabs and donating them to the Ronald McDonald House. Contact Marjorie Lane at 624-3401, ext. 1116 to schedule pick up.

2017 Hawkeye Football schedule

Hawk Talk

It’s time to talk football.
Officially, for me anyway, summer is over and Iowa football is up next.
For the next two weeks I’ll look at the schedule, predict if the Hawks will be favored and try to come up with nine regular season wins.
Why nine wins?
Mike Evans, one of my homeboys from the Lodge, and I, have had a bet for the last three years on how many wins the Hawkeyes will have at the end of the regular season.
Two years ago I said 10 wins and the Hawkeyes won their first 12 games.
Last year I also said 10 and the Hawks won eight.

Swan Lake Road Bridge closed until further notice

IOWA CITY– Swan Lake Road Bridge F-3-1 will be closed until further notice due to accelerating structural deterioration. The bridge is located between James Avenue and Interstate 380 in Sections 3 and 34, Townships 79 and 80N, Range 07 West. Project plans are in development for inclusion in the Iowa Department of Transportation December 2017 letting. The bridge is scheduled to be replaced in 2018 as part of the County’s Adopted Five-Year Road Construction Program.

Michaelyn B. (McKenzie) Miller

Michaelyn B. Miller (McKenzie), 66, passed away on July 24, 2017. She died in the Hospice Care Unit at Mercy Hospital of Iowa City surrounded by her family. Known as the owner of “Cakes by Michaelyn,” she was more frequently and lovingly referenced as “The Cake Lady” throughout Eastern Iowa. She spread joy and love throughout the community with her rainbow cakes and generosity.

David Kvapil

David Kvapil Jr., 68, of Overland Park, Kan., passed away from complications of cancer on Tuesday, July 11, 2017. He was born on Sept, 1, 1948, in Cedar Rapids, the son of David and Maxine Kvapil. He graduated from Prairie High School and attended Iowa State University where he obtained his Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering. He was married to the former Linda Zahridnik. They moved to Lincoln, Neb., in the late 1970s after David accepted a job in risk management at Bryan Memorial Hospital.