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Community

The first annual Bike Ride of Iowa County (B.R.I.C.) Saturday, Aug. 20

AMANA– While RAGBRAI may be over, the bike riding season hasn’t ended just yet. The first annual Bike Ride of Iowa County, also known as “BRIC,” is scheduled for Aug. 20. The ride is a scenic 37-mile jaunt through Iowa County beginning in the village of Amana amid the brick buildings of the historic area. The route heads south from Amana to Williamsburg’s classic town square, with its brick paved streets, then past Fireside Winery, near Conroy, before returning to the Amana Colonies. BRIC is more than just a bike ride, there are special foods and events planned at each stop along the route.

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Market After Dark returns for a second year on Aug. 27

CEDAR RAPIDS– Market After Dark returns for its second year on Saturday, Aug. 27, from 6:30-11 p.m. A variety of nearly 100 vendors and entertainment mixed with downtown nightlife, make up this unique community event.

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Big Rain

Flash flood causes damage to Solon homes, facilities

SOLON– It was a pretty helpless feeling for Public Works Director Scott Kleppe.
Between 6 and 8 inches of rain fell on Solon in a matter of hours Thursday evening, Aug. 11, sending local creeks surging out of their banks and over roads to a level Kleppe had never seen before.
Coupled with a power outage, the flash flooding that followed caused extensive damage to a number of Solon homes and prompted the city to declare a local disaster declaration

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New guidelines close SCSD open enrollment

Solon school board approves more space for local growth

SOLON– The Solon school board approved changes which should effectively muzzle open enrollment for at least the upcoming school year.
At a special meeting Aug. 15, board members agreed to new guidelines which lowered the number which triggers the closing of a grade level to open enrollment.
“The takeaway is the new policy would basically close open enrollment for all practical purposes unless we had a very small kindergarten class,” board member Tim Brown said.

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City administrator leaving Ely in September

ELY– The man who helped the City of Ely manage a decade of growth is moving on.
City Administrator Aaron Anderson tendered his resignation Monday, Aug. 8. His last day with the city will be Sept. 16.
Anderson came to Ely when the city had a population of just over 1,000 residents. Current unofficial estimates put the number of citizens at around 2,000.
“It’s been a challenge to keep up with that growth,” Anderson said.
The transition from small town to active, growing community has been an enjoyable one for Anderson.

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City imposes water use restrictions

Water tower painting prompts prohibition on lawn watering beginning Aug. 15

SOLON– The City of Solon water tower will be undergoing routine maintenance starting Aug. 15. The city has contracted Central Iowa Tank to clean and paint both the inside and outside of the tower. When completed, the water tower will have a new facelift with a different color, lettering and school logo. The entire process will require the to tower be taken offline for approximately four-six weeks.

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Solon Athletic Booster Club Golf Outing Saturday, Aug. 20

SOLON– The annual Solon Athletic Booster Club Golf Outing will be held Saturday, Aug. 20, at the Lake MacBride Golf Course. The event will be a 4-person best shot contest. The entry fee is $50 per golfer which includes greens fee, lunch and a drink ticket. There will be two sessions, one at 7:30 a.m. and the other at 1:30 p.m. Lunch will be served between the two groups starting at noon. Those interested in participating need to call the Lake MacBride golf course at 319-624-2500 or Adam Stahle at 319-270-7463 to sign up.

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Friday, Aug. 19, meeting to discuss Solon history

SOLON– Interested in history? How a town developed? Who the early people were?
Join us at the library Friday, Aug. 19, at 9 a.m. You don’t need to be a Solonite but just a person willing to discuss ideas and ways to further the history gathering of our town and surrounding countryside. For more information, call 624-2710.

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No bus, no problem

City officials, principals collaborate on crosswalk safety

NORTH LIBERTY– For the more than 450 North Liberty elementary students without busing this school year, a special committee has a plan.
After months of meeting with principals, police officers and organizations like Safe Routes to School, the North Liberty Traffic-Safety Task Force has compiled recommendations for safer walking routes and crosswalks.

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Free tickets for NL Night with the Kernels

NORTH LIBERTY– On Friday, Aug. 19, the Cedar Rapids Kernels, a Minnesota Twins minor league affiliate, will host North Liberty Night with the Kernels, and the city has some free tickets to give away.
Starting at 8 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 15, adults can get up to four tickets at the North Liberty Community Center front desk. There are a limited number of free tickets, and they will be distributed in person on a first-come, first-served basis only. Those picking up must show proof of residency– ID or current utility bill indicating a “52317” zip code.

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CCA facilities planning committee spends summer gathering facts

Decision time nears

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN— If current projections for future growth are correct, and current trends of enrollment growth continue, the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District will need more schools. Superintendent Tim Kuehl said as many as three more elementary schools may well be needed within the next ten-to-twelve years. However, there are no plans dictating where or when these or any other school buildings will be built or expanded.

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NL Pantry holding free canning class Aug. 18

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Community Pantry is hosting a free canning class Thursday, Aug. 19, from 6-8 p.m. at the South Slope Community Center, 980 N. Front St.
Registration is required and class size is limited. Register by calling 319-626-2711 or stopping by the pantry.

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