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Community

Fall Activities Kickoff Thursday, Aug. 17

SOLON– The Solon Activities Department will once again be kicking off the 2017 fall season Thursday, Aug. 17, with a fun event for all families. The evening will start promptly at 5 p.m. at Spartan Stadium. A schedule of events can be found below. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the activities department at the high school. Thanks for all of the support, and see you on Thursday, Aug. 17.
Timeline of Events
Introductions of high school participants
• Freshman football: 5:00 p.m.
• Varsity football: 5:10 p.m.
• HS marching band: 5:25 p.m.

Charles City woman killed on Highway 1

SOLON– A Charles City woman was killed in a single-vehicle accident north of Solon on Highway 1 Tuesday evening, Aug. 8.
According to a report filed by the Iowa State Patrol, Tiffany L. Beckles, 35, of Charles City, was southbound on Highway 1 near 120th Street NE at approximately 10:36 p.m. Aug. 8 when the 2006 Mercury Mountaineer she was driving left the roadway and struck an Iowa Department of Transportation sign in the ditch, causing the vehicle to roll.

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.

Four candidates for three seats

Schwab will not seek re-election

SOLON– Two incumbents and two challengers will face off for three seats on the Solon school board, and for the first time in 17 years, current board president Dick Schwab won’t be one of them.
Schwab, a board member first elected in 1999, is not seeking re-election.
Incumbents Tim Brown and Rick Jedlicka are, however, along with former school board member Dan Coons and newcomer Nicole Pizzini, according to information posted by the Johnson County Auditor’s Office.
The deadline for candidates to file was Thursday, Aug. 3.

Wine-tasting at The Secret Cellar Aug. 19

SHUEYVILE– Come in your best lei, hula skirt or sombrero. The theme is “Dress in the Tropics” at The Secret Cellar’s outdoor public wine-tasting bash Saturday, Aug. 19, and there will be a prize for best dressed.
From 6-8 p.m., there will be wine tasting, beer tasting and delicious appetizers. Door prizes will be given away, too.
Help The Secret Cellar support local charities. A suggested donation is $15 advance and $20 day of. Call 319-841-2172 for advance registration.
The Secret Cellar is located at 1205 Curtis Bridge Rd. NE in Shueyville.

Ely Road to closed from 382 to 140th

IOWA CITY– Weather permitting, Ely Road will be closed to through traffic from Highway 382 to 140th Street beginning Monday, Aug. 14, at 6 a.m. There will be no access to Ely Road from Highway 382. Local traffic access to A+ Lake Macbride Storage facility and Atherton Ridge Subdivision (Jocelyn Ct. NE) will be provided from Ely Road at 140th Street. Through-traffic should follow the marked detour from Highway 382 to Highway 1 to 140th Street and vice-versa.

Ely News by Lenna See

Robert and Eileen Jacobson were Wednesday, July 16, overnight guests of her brother, Stan Parks, in Clarion. On Thursday, they continued on to their destination of Pelican Rapids, Minn., to visit Robert’s sister and brother-in-law, Loretta and Edward Jenson. Also visiting at the Jenson home were the Jacobson’s son and family, Tony Kris, Matthew and Bryce Jacobson, of Naperville, Ill. They returned home Tuesday evening, Aug. 1.

The annual Landuyt family reunion was held on Sunday, July 30, at the Ely Community Center.

Free tickets for Aug. 18 Night with the Kernels

NORTH LIBERTY– On Friday, Aug. 18, the Cedar Rapids Kernels, a Minnesota Twins minor league affiliate, will host North Liberty Night with the Kernels, and there are some free tickets to give away.
Starting at 6 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 14, adult North Liberty residents can get up to four tickets at the front desk of the Community Center, 520 W. Cherry St. 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.

Second annual Porchfest Aug. 19

NORTH LIBERTY–Porchfest is an afternoon where front porches in North Liberty become stages for FREE live music. This second annual event will take place Saturday, Aug. 19, from 3-8 p.m.

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.

School bond vote, election upcoming Sept. 12

Two incumbents face challenge

OXFORD– Voters in the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District will have some decisions to make on Tuesday, Sept. 12, as six candidates vie for three seats on the district’s school board of directors.

NLFD responds to home struck by lightning

NORTH LIBERTY–On Monday, Aug. 14, at 9:55 a.m., the North Liberty Fire Department was dispatched to 330 Locust Drive in North Liberty for a report of a home struck by lightning.  North Liberty engine 112 arrived within three minutes after dispatch. The home owner reported hearing a loud crack, and then smelled smoke.  The fire was quickly located in the roof line and extinguished within four minutes after arrival. 
Estimated damage is unavailable at this time, but homeowners were able to return to the residence