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Community

Ely News by Lenna See

The descendants of Katharine and Anton Netolicky met Oct. 29 at the Ely Community Center for their fall reunion. Family members attending were Maxine Netolicky Hofer, of Clive; Sherlee Peterson, Pam Netolicky, Fern and Warren Fackler, of Cedar Rapids; Allan Netolicky, of Ely; Kay Netolicky Foster and Lloyd Foster, of Cantril; Kenny Hofer, Mary and Gene Wissink, of Iowa City; Christine and Tom Mangrich, of North Liberty; Tom and Lisa Hofer-Grimes, Terry and Hobert Flory, of Stanwood; Clark Fackler and guest, Anne Jewell, of Marion.

Solon News by Lenna See

Mary Brannaman entertained with a dinner at her home on Christmas Day. Guests attending were Mark and Julie Brannaman and Melissa Canning, of Lisbon, Kristie Canning, of New York; Allison Canning, of Des Moines; Dottie Haeg; Sara Brannaman and friend, Tony; Jim Stahle; Mike Brannaman; Nick and Amber Jedlicka and Isabella, Gabby, Jack and Sophie.

David and Malinda Poduska and Ambrose, of Lowden, and George Bortz were among a group that spent Christmas Day in Williamsburg at the home of Robert and Nancy Welsh.

The Depot Express coming to Liberty High area

Site plan approved for new convenience store

NORTH LIBERTY– Commuters visiting and returning from the southeast side of North Liberty will soon have another option for filling up the gas tank, and their stomachs.
At a meeting Dec. 13, members of the North Liberty City Council unanimously approved the site plan for The Depot Express, a 5,700-square-foot gas station and convenience store to be located at the northwest corner of Dubuque Street and North Liberty Road, directly west of Liberty High School.

Fire claims rural Tiffin mobile home

TIFFIN– A mobile home is a total loss after a fire broke out Sunday, Jan. 8, at 3153 Half Moon Ave. NW, just outside Tiffin.
The Tiffin Fire Department was called to the scene at 2:29 p.m., said Chief Brian Detert, and had the fire under control in about 45 minutes.
He said with help from the Oxford Fire Department, they were able to save a bedroom and part of the kitchen, but everything was ruined.
The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office and Johnson County Ambulance Service also assisted the fire departments.

Council approves land purchase negotiations

Throttle Down to share frontage road with City Park

TIFFIN– At first, it will be a road to nowhere. But eventually there could be another entrance to City Park amenities, if the City of Tiffin moves forward with a potential land purchase.
At a regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday, Jan. 10, Tiffin City Council members discussed the acquisition of property near Throttle Down, 607 E. Marengo Rd., for a future frontage road off Highway 6.

Tiffin Fire Assoc. meeting Jan. 16

TIFFIN– The Tiffin Fire Association will hold its annual meeting on Monday, Jan. 16, at the Tiffin Fire Station commencing at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will include the appointment of directors. Immediately following will be the regular meeting, including election of officers.

Friends of Coralville Lake meeting Jan. 18

CORALVILLE– The Friends of Coralville Lake (FoCL) invite the public to a meeting Wednesday, Jan. 18, at the Coralville Lake Welcome Center (2850 Prairie Du Chien Rd. NE, Iowa City) at 6:30 p.m. to share information with the community and respond to questions.

NLYBS registration now open

NORTH LIBERTY– Registration for the North Liberty Youth Baseball and Softball (NLYBS) 25th Anniversary Season is open.
Sign-ups are due at www.eteamz.com/NLYBS by Friday, March 3. Leagues are available for boys and girls age 4 through eighth grade. Call the NLYBS hotline, 319-248-1283, with questions or check the FAQ page on the NLYBS website. Scholarships are available.
New this year is first grade baseball, and third grade rookie players will also have the opportunity to pitch. Umpires will also be needed and must be at least 14 years old. Training is provided.

Iowa Snow Drifters host ride Jan. 21

SOLON– The Iowa Snow Drifters snowmobiling organization will host its second Snowmobile Iowa Club Ride on Saturday, Jan. 21. The ride will begin at 10 a.m. at the Solon High School, 600 5th St.
For more information, contact Derric at 563-554-3971.

CCA Kindergarten Round-up begins

NORTH LIBERTY– All parents in the Clear Creek Amana School District with children who will be 5 years old on or before Sept. 15, and are planning on sending their children to school in August are asked to call the elementary school their child will attend.
Those who reside in Iowa County, call 319-622-3255. For those who reside in Johnson County, call 319-828-4505 (Clear Creek Elementary), 319-626-3950 (North Bend Elementary), or 319-545-2081 (Tiffin Elementary).
Those who are not sure which school attendance area their home is in may call any of the numbers for assistance.

A weekend for heroes

Veterans gather to hunt and to heal

By Chris Umscheid
Solon Economist
LAKE MACBRIDE– Nine disabled veterans spent three days bow hunting deer in late October in the Sugar Bottom Campground and Coralville Lake area thanks to an extensive cooperative effort. It was the second such hunt, with the first being a shotgun deer hunt last year.

Crews continue work on city wells

NORTH LIBERTY– The week of Jan. 9, crews are expected to take the next steps to add two new wells to the city’s water supply. Both wells are located in Quail Ridge Park, north of Zeller Street, west of Highway 965.
Drilling of the shallower Silurian Aquifer well is complete, but the contractor will pump up to 600 gallons per minute from the well for 72 hours to test its capacity. The process will test how quickly the well can recharge itself. This water cannot enter the water supply and will be discharged into the city’s storm water system.