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Community

Come to Swisher Legion for all-you-can-eat breakfast Oct. 11

SWISHER– The Swisher American Legion Auxiliary will sponsor an all you can eat breakfast Sunday, Oct. 11, from 8:30-11:30 a.m. The cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children, with everyone welcome to join the Auxiliary for breakfast at the Swisher American Legion.

Pantry garden to host Taste and Tour harvest celebration Oct. 11

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Community Pantry (NLCP) will host a Taste and Tour at the Growing Together Garden, located at 89 N. Jones Blvd., to celebrate the initiative’s first successful growing year. The event, scheduled from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 11, is free and open to the public. Tours of the Garden and Pantry will be held from 1-2 p.m., family activities and snacks will start at 2 p.m. and last until 3 p.m.

Top Shelf Volunteer

NORTH LIBERTY– Jeanette Kleinmeyer has been involved with the North Liberty Community Pantry since 2005. She first heard about the panty in the Iowa City Press-Citizen when the pantry was looking for additional volunteers.  Fast forward nine years, and the pantry now has more than 130 volunteers who keep it operating five days a week.

Hunters encouraged to focus on tree stand safety

DES MOINES– Tree stand accidents can happen to deer hunters of all skill levels and result in serious injury or death. In Iowa last year, four hunters fell from tree stands, resulting in personal injury.
To help prevent injuries, the Iowa DNR is offering the following safety tips:
• Always wear a safety harness when in a tree stand and when climbing into or out of a tree stand.
• A safety strap should be attached to the tree to prevent falling more than 12 inches.
• Always inspect the safety harness for signs of wear or damage before each use.

Ned L. Allen

Ned L. Allen, 82, a lifelong Tiffin area farmer, died Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015, at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City of pancreatic cancer.
Friends gathered with family Sept. 24, at Gay and Ciha Funeral Home in Iowa City. He asked for a private family burial at Oak Hill Cemetery in Tiffin, which will take place later.

Ely Road to close beginning Oct. 5 for culvert replacement project

ELY– Due to a culvert replacement, Ely Road will be closed starting on Monday, Oct. 5. The closure will be from Wright Brothers to Fuhrmeister Street in Ely and is expected to last seven to 10 days.
Ely Road will be closed to through traffic, but local residents will maintain access to their properties. There will be a posted detour.

Solon Retirement Village to host VNA flu clinic Wednesday, Oct. 7

SOLON– Flu protection is recommended for everyone age 6 months and older. The Solon Retirement Village will hold a flu vaccination clinic provided by the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) from 1-3 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 7. The clinic will offer flu shots QIV, flu mist QIV, high dose flu (for ages 65 years and older) and pneumonia vaccine (PPSV23 and PCV13 – available upon prior request). Call the VNA at 319-337-9686 to reserve a dose.

Lots to sift through after auditor review

Hazy bookkeeping practices to be improved

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist
SOLON– The City of Solon will work with its independent auditor to determine how to respond to concerns raised by the state after an accounting review of the local fire department.
The Solon City Council held a brief special meeting Wednesday, Sept. 23, to discuss the report, which evaluated the bookkeeping of the Solon Volunteer Fire Department, the Tri-Township Fire Department and the Solon Firefighters Benevolent Association.
But there was little discussion at the 10-minute meeting.

New school board members take their seats

Last for Martin, Coons; first for Haluska, Hauer

By Nora Heaton
Solon Economist

SOLON– The torch has been passed.
The Solon Community School District bid farewell to outgoing school board directors Dean Martin and Dan Coons, and welcomed its new directors, Adam Haluska and Jim Hauer, at the Sept. 21 board meeting.
Haluska and Hauer were elected during the Sept. 8 election, in which four candidates vied for two open seats. Haluska earned 237 votes, or 62 percent. Hauer pulled in 168 votes to defeat incumbent Coons’ 165 votes, in a narrow victory.

Our Lord’s Church to host Fall Festival Oct. 17

SOLON– Our Lord’s Church will hold its 11th annual Fall Festival Saturday, Oct. 17, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the church, located at 131 N. Market St.
The soup luncheon will feature homemade chili, chicken noodle and chicken tortilla soup, along with hot dogs, chili dogs and drinks. The bake sale will include fresh farm eggs, bread from the Sykora Bakery and other member specialties.
The church will again be selling Dutch Letters, a pastry from Pella, crafts and other items. Dutch Letter orders must be made and paid in advance by Oct. 12.

Solon FD to ‘Battery Up’ Oct. 24

SOLON– The Solon Fire Department urges families in Solon to install and maintain working smoke alarms. Properly installed and maintained smoke alarms save lives every day across the country, and the department members are ready to help.
From 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24, the Solon Fire Department will conduct a free “Battery Up” campaign offering in-home fire prevention to residents in need of assistance.

Raise or no raise?

Plans to discuss county’s minimum wage ordinance North Liberty Oct. 8 Tiffin Oct. 14

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– In the aftermath of the Johnson County Board of Supervisors’ approval of a new minimum wage ordinance, the county’s municipalities are working fast to catch up.
But the North Liberty City Council is slowing things down a bit, feeling the need for more public discussion on the matter. The council will meet Thursday, Oct. 8, at 6:30 p.m. in a work session devoted to the topic.