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Lori Lindner

CCA student reaching for the stars.

NORTH LIBERTY–Grace Stewart, student at Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Middle School, wants to be an aerospace engineer.
And given her drive and focus, one small step for this girl could certainly turn into a giant leap for mankind.

Any good candy in there?

Community event celebrates supporting local veterans

SWISHER– With kids’ games and a vendor fair, a horseshoe tournament and cow chip bingo, and especially a weekend full of free live music, Swisher Fun Days truly is a fun way to support veterans.
The 2014 Swisher Fun Days weekend was held Aug. 1 and 2 in the small town of 879 people. It’s been a community tradition for so long, even organizers have a hard time pinning down the number of years the free event has taken place.
“I do know it has been at least 28 years,” said parade organizer Gary Palas.

Come on, feel the noise

TiffinFest 2014 to welcome biggest act yet

TIFFIN– Something big is about to hit the small town of Tiffin.
And it’s going to make a really loud noise when it does.
TiffinFest committee members Melissa Fontanini and Lyndsie Schnoor, co-owners of Bella Sala reception and banquet facility in Tiffin, didn’t hesitate when the opportunity came for their business to sponsor this year’s headline entertainment for the annual community festival.

A new place with old friends

Former owner, manager of El Sol opening new Mexican restaurant

Solon Economist
SOLON– Familiar faces will greet patrons at the door, and familiar selections will be on the menu, but there will also be some new surprises at the Frida Kahlo Mexican Restaurant and Lucy’s Bakery that will open in Solon at the beginning of August.
Diego Rivera, former owner of El Sol Mexican Cuisine in Solon and Mount Vernon, has partnered with former El Sol manager Joel Vazquez to bring the community a new restaurant at 101 Windflower Ln., (in the Dock’s old location).

NL council chooses Moore

City will still be required to fill post by election in November

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty City Council has chosen Dave Moore to fill its vacant seat.
There were five applicants for the position of councilperson, a vacancy created June 24 when councilor Gerry Kuhl was appointed to the late Tom Salm’s mayoral post. The remaining four members voted unanimously to appoint someone to the empty council seat.

Happy Trails to Colony Country Park

Owners of NL campground look forward to next new thing

NORTH LIBERTY– Colony Country RV Park has closed its gates for good, and even though the campground was in operation for 25 years, becoming a part of many family traditions and lifelong friendships, the Colony family does not really view it as the end of an era.