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Janet Nolte

Cider house will rule

Rapid Creek Cidery to showcase craft brews at Wilson’s Orchard

IOWA CITY– You might call him the Johnny Appleseed of Johnson County.
Spend a little time talking apples with Paul Rasch and you easily imagine him sitting down with that iconic apple evangelist of the 19th century, quaffing hard cider and striking up a spirited conversation on the relative merits of heritage fruit trees and the ripening schedules of various cultivars.

Library hosts autism-friendly browsing hour

North Liberty Community Library partners with Iowa City group to develop program

NORTH LIBERTY– Over 40 people attended the North Liberty Community Library’s first autism-accessible browsing hour Friday, Oct. 14. The library partnered with the Iowa City Autism Community (ICAC) to plan the event as an opportunity for autistic individuals and others with sensory processing disorders to interact with therapy animals and explore sensory stations and games.

Showing their school spirit

Cheerleaders lauded for leadership and talent

SOLON– Solon High School has lots to cheer about since Alissa McAtee became the cheerleading coach for football and basketball last year. A para-educator at Lakeview Elementary school, McAtee coached cheerleading from middle school up through high school varsity for seven years at the North Cedar school district in Clarence.

Vote will shape enrollment, demographics of Liberty High

Boundary plan final

IOWA CITY– The Iowa City school board is back to square one.
After months of controversial discussion, the board voted 4-3 in favor of restoring the May 2015 secondary boundary plan at its Sept. 13 meeting. Board members Lori Roetlin, Chris Liebig and Phil Hemingway were opposed, while President Chris Lynch, Vice President Brian Kirschling and members Paul Roesler and LaTasha DeLoach were in favor of the plan. (DeLoach has since taken over the role as Vice President and was elected at the board’s Sept. 27 meeting.)
“Change is hard, it’s painful, and most people reject it,” said DeLoach.

Football food

Solon United Methodist Church celebrates six decades of serving up

SOLON– For many Solonites, the University of Iowa’s football season is kicked off by a local tradition that predates tailgating in campus parking lots.
For over 60 years, the Solon United Methodist Church (SUMC) has been holding “Football Dinners” on every home Saturday of the Hawkeyes’ regular season calendar.

Volleyball runs in her family

Meet new Solon High School varsity volleyball coach Sarah Ferin

SOLON– After Peter Gustin stepped down in February to take a position as volunteer assistant coach at the University of Iowa, the stars aligned perfectly for Sarah Ferin to take over as Head Varsity Volleyball Coach of the Lady Spartans.
The timing couldn’t have been better and Solon is the perfect place for the Cedar Rapids native and former assistant coach of the Xavier Saints to embark on the next phase of her career.