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Spartans sting ‘Stangs 19-0

Special teams triumph in season opener

MOUNT VERNON– It was another for the record books, 15 and counting.
This time the Spartans emerged from Ash Park, on the Cornell College campus, amid the clamor, victorious. Solon defeated the Mount Vernon Mustangs, 19-0, on Friday, Aug. 25, to kick off the varsity football season.
As the last 45 seconds of prep time ticked off prior to the start of the game, AC/DC’s “Are You Ready” drifted from the sound system as the Mustangs and Spartans prepared to take the field. It served as a song of reckoning for the Mustangs.

Getting the band back together

Getting the band back together

Saluting the end of summer

Annual fundraiser for NFLD held

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Fire Department held their annual Salute to Summer event Saturday, Aug. 19, at their fire station. The annual event, the only fundraiser for the volunteer firefighters, has traditionally been held at Bobber’s but moved to the station this year.
Firefighter/EMT Mallory Barney, this year’s event Chairperson, said the ever-increasing call volume was a factor in moving the event.

Swisher Fun Days

Kali Poe of Swisher takes her turn in the kiddie tractor pull Friday, July 28, in downtown Swisher. The event, sponsored by the Jefferson-Monroe Township Fire Department, was one of many that made up the 2017 Swisher Fun Days.

Ranshaw name preserved

Highway 965 receives honorary title

NORTH LIBERTY– It makes sense.
Ranshaw Way, the new honorary alias for Highway 965, once ran alongside 40 acres owned by one of North Liberty’s original settlers with the same name.
“Throughout the conversation, Ranshaw kept kind of making its way up the list,” said North Liberty City Council member Jim Sayre at an unveiling ceremony Friday, Aug. 11, on the lawn of the historic Ranshaw House off Penn Street. “It’s a great name.”

Making life sweet

SOLON– “As market goes, that’s about a premium,” Ron Puettman said as he inspected a frame of comb honey pulled fresh from a hive that currently resides on the North Liberty pumpkin farm of Dean and Katie Colony. “When the bees put honey into a comb and cap it off, it’s at its purest and most perfect form,” Puettmann noted.

Kind of like Uber

Phyllis Fiala named one of Solon’s Seniors of the Year

SOLON– Somebody noticed what she’s been doing.
Phyllis Fiala, one of two Seniors of the Year (Jeanne Erhart also was honored) named recently by the Solon Senior Advocates, really couldn’t put her finger on just why she was selected for the annual honor.
“They (Senior Advocates) just decided that we must’ve done something they liked,” she said. “When I do something, I just really don’t like to have my name mentioned. But, somebody knows what you do.”
Indeed they do.
Phyllis said a Senior Advocate came up to her one day at Senior Dining.

Liberty High Ready to go!

opens doors for a grand opening and dedication ceremony

NORTH LIBERTY — The doors to Liberty High School opened to a gym-filling crowd Saturday, Aug. 12, for a grand opening and dedication ceremony complete with a ribbon cutting.

East-coast chef returns to his roots

Amos Dean’s catering offers produce, private dining in Solon

SOLON– Michael Lipcamon remembers strolling the rows of his grandparents’ garden at a young age. He’d pull peas from the vine, chew on rhubarb stalks and stain his hands with mulberries fresh off the tree.
“I spent a lot of time out here as a child,” he recounted. “I have a lot of baby pictures out in the garden with my grandma. She was a great cook.”

Just Tri!

Fun, fitness and a flashy medal

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– Eighty-eight kids swam, biked and ran in the sixth-annual Just Tri Youth Triathlon put on by the North Liberty Recreation Department on Sunday, July 30. The kids (divided by age group) swam in the rec center’s indoor pool then biked around the surrounding neighborhood, and finished by running around the pond at the Liberty Centre commercial development before being presented with a medal for their efforts. Last year 69 area kids participated in the non-competitive event.

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.

For the birds

Area naturalists band together for feathered fun

OXFORD– Bird nerds– they’re everywhere.
According to a 2011 survey by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, over 46 million Americans enjoy bird watching. Twenty-two percent of Iowans over the age of 16 are birders. And Johnson County is host to a thriving intergenerational and growing birding community.
Sophia Davis, who recently finished eighth grade at Northwest Junior High, was a member of the Iowa City Bird Club for four years.