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Community

Running stop signs? Look for increased enforcement

SOLON– It’s going to take a little enforcement.
The city has received complaints about the number of people running stop signs around town.
At the conclusion of the Jan. 18 Solon City Council meeting, Mayor Steve Stange said, “quite a few complaints about vehicle traffic, mainly stop signs.”
Stange said he shared the information with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office and they’ve been responsive to requests for enforcement.

Another high-speed chase ends in Solon

SOLON– For the second time in just over two months, a high-speed chase beginning on Interstate 80 found its way to Solon.
The pursuit began on Interstate 80 near the Wilton exit on Wednesday, Jan. 25, at approximately 2:30 p.m., according to Capt. Randy Jones, area commander for the Iowa State Patrol district office in Cedar Rapids.

First Presbyterian near Ely to host Red Cedar concert Feb. 24

ELY– Czech heritage runs deep at First Presbyterian Church near Ely and the church is excited to host a Czech-inspired free concert by Red Chamber Music held on Friday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m. as part of the group’s Rural Outreach Concert series. The church is located west of Ely at 11100 Spanish Rd.

Swisher American Legion Super Bowl Sunday Chili Cook Off Feb. 5

SWISHER– The Swisher American Legion will be hosting its Super Bowl Sunday Chili Cook Off Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, at the Legion. Entries must be to the Legion by 2 p.m. to be considered for first, second and third place prizes. One entry per person. The entry fee is $5.
After judging is complete, the public is welcome to an all-you-can-eat chili supper for $5.

Solon senior advocates February newsletter

2017 proposed Advocate trips

All trips originate at Solon Recreation and Nature Area.
• Thursday, March 16: West Branch Hoover Museum, Route 66 Tour. $10.
• Wednesday, April 19: Rock Island, Circa 21; “Music Man.” TBA. Sign up now – reservations are needed soon.
• Thursday, May 18: Kalona; Salina Bontrager, bakery, Stringtown, Country Store, Perry Bender greenhouse. $50.
• Thursday, June 22: Prairie City, Neil Smith Wildlife Refuge. $20.
• Thursday, July 20: Waterloo, John Deere Museum. $25.

Bald Eagle Watch and Expo Feb. 4

NORTH LIBERTY– The fourth annual free Bald Eagle Watch and Expo will take place Saturday, Feb. 4, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The event includes a live viewing at the Tailwater West Picnic Shelter downstream from the dam at Coralville Lake. Scopes and binoculars will be available for closer looks at the birds. Free hot chocolate and coffee will also be available.

Old Gold Diner Year in Review 2016

2016 is over and we are already into February 2017. Time truly passes quickly when you are having fun. The year wasn’t totally fun. We mourned the loss of several friends, Catherine Ahrendt, Milt Hunt, Peg Martinek, Bob Stinocher, Bob Steinbrech, Jack Beranek and Clara Herman. Others have been unable to come for numerous other reasons. We miss them all and they all continue to come to mind frequently.

One step closer to North Liberty’s next mayor

City council set to make appointment Tuesday, Feb. 28

NORTH LIBERTY– The ball is finally rolling.
In a 3-2 vote, the North Liberty City Council decided to appoint a new mayor, rather than hold a special election.
At a regularly scheduled Jan. 24 meeting, members Terry Donahue, Brian Wayson and Chris Hoffman voted for appointment, while Annie Pollock and Brian Sayre favored a special election.
The decision came after former mayor Amy Nielsen assumed her role as state legislator earlier this month. Council members had a 60-day window following Nielsen’s Dec. 31 resignation date to come to a consensus.

City council seeks applicants for mayoral appointment

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty City Council is seeking applicants to fill the city’s mayoral seat vacancy. An application is available to download off the city’s website, or at City Hall, 3 Quail Creek Cir. Applications are due to the city clerk by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 21, in person at City Hall or electronically to tmulcahey@northlibertyiowa.org.
The city council plans to consider candidates for appointment at its regular meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at the city council chambers, 1 Quail Creek Cir. Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend.

Hope Evangelical offers parking for Beat the Bitter on Friday, Feb. 3

NORTH LIBERTY– Need to park and warm up before taking the family to Fire and Ice Family Friday, Feb.3?
Hope Evangelical Church, 420 N. Front St., offers any space available in its lot for the convenience of those making their way to nearby Penn Meadows Park for the scheduled events there. Enjoy free hot cider and cookies on the way to and from the park from 4-6 p.m

Family Day at Iowa Raptor Project Feb. 4

SOLON– The Iowa Raptor Project invites the public to another Family Day on Saturday, Feb. 4, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
February’s event features the Great Horned Owl, many of which are already nesting in the area.
Make your own owl baby out of cotton balls, pinecones, edible play dough and birdseed. Because they are edible for wildlife, kids can then put them out in the woods for the birds to munch on.
This free event takes place at 2095 Mehaffey Bridge Rd. NE, in Solon. The Iowa Raptor Project will have a fire going to help keep visitors warm.

Troop 216 to host chili supper Feb. 4

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty Boy Scout Troop 216 will host its 37th annual Chili Supper from 4:30-7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at the North Liberty Community Center.
Tickets are $5. Children 5 and under are admitted free. The dinner includes all-you-can-eat meat or vegetarian chili, bread, drinks and a variety of homemade desserts, including traditional Scout cobbler.
The dinner is the troop’s primary annual fundraising event. Proceeds help cover the cost of high adventure trips, summer camp and other activities for the troop’s 30 Scouts.