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Community

Facilities Usage Meeting Wednesday, Sept. 7 at SMS

SOLON– The Facilities Usage Meeting will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 7, at 7 p.m. in room 403 at the middle school to discuss upcoming facilities needs through December. Please make sure your team or group has a representative present and bring your schedule. You may call Jody McSweeney with any questions at 319-624-3401, ext. 1300.

Ely News

Lenna See

Robert and Eileen Jacobson spent the week of Aug. 4 through Aug. 11 vacationing in Pelican Rapids, Minn. While there, they helped celebrate the 90th birthday of Robert’s Aunt Lillian Rankin. Another aunt, Mildred Martinson, turned 94. The Jacobson’s son and family, Tony, Kris, Matthew, and Bryce Jacobson of Naperville, Illinois, also attended the birthday celebration.

Salute to Summer

Firefighters, kids cool down at annual fundraiser

North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– An ominous morning turned into a beautiful day for the North Liberty Fire Department’s annual Salute to Summer fundraiser last Saturday, Aug. 20, at Bobber’s Grill and Scales Pointe Campground.
Around 600 attended the event, said fire Capt. Chris Kochanny, which is fewer than normal. Still, he said it was one of the better events since the weather was cooler.
“In years past we’ve had issues with people getting too hot, especially kids in bouncy houses,” he said.
The only downside, he noted, was the wind.

NL man accused of assault shot in leg by homeowner

OXFORD– A North Liberty man accused of a rural Oxford home invasion was shot by the homeowner, according to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office.
Aaron Douglas Kahler, 39, 645 Andy Ct., North Liberty faces charges of assault while participating in a felony, burglary second degree, domestic assault third and subsequent offense and violation of a no-contact order. after an incident Aug. 16.

Baby Fair at North Liberty library Aug. 28

NORTH LIBERTY– Do you have a new baby, expecting, or just thinking about adding to your family? Join others for the 2nd Annual Baby Fair sponsored by Mercy Hospital Iowa City on Sunday, Aug. 28, from 1-3 p.m. at the North Liberty Community Library.
Talk with obstetricians, pediatricians, doulas and midwives along with over 40 vendors including local non-profits and businesses about all things baby at this free event.

Back on the campaign trail

IOWA CITY– She wasn’t there for herself, but Amy Nielsen, North Liberty mayor and Iowa House District 77 hopeful, is nonetheless back on the campaign trail following a short hiatus after winning the Democratic nomination in June.
“We were kind of in first gear,” she said at a speaking event for Hillary Clinton last week. “Now we’ve gone straight to third.”

Comply now, complain later

Officers share how to have positive interactions with police

NORTH LIBERTY– While police-involved shootings and subsequent public protests continue to pop up across the country, the atmosphere was relaxed inside one of the North Liberty Community Center meeting rooms during a special forum Aug. 21 between police and citizens.
Around 40 attendees, in addition to several North Liberty Police Department staff, met over pizza and drinks at the 90-minute “town hall” style meeting Sunday evening. A panel of about six officers answered participants’ questions, which they could either ask aloud or write down on index cards.

Detour change: Oak Lane and North Liberty Road

NORTH LIBERTY– Early this week, crews began to pave North Liberty Road between Oak Lane and Dubuque Street, as well as the southern portion of the Oak Lane intersection. During this work, traffic to Oak Lane will continue to be detoured north on North Liberty Road, though there may be some delays at times.
Once this is completed, Oak Lane traffic will be detoured south on North Liberty Road to Dubuque Street so crews can pave the north side of the intersection. The contractor has not yet been able to provide an expected date for this change.

Doggie Plunge Sept. 8 and 9

NORTH LIBERTY–Bring your dog to the North Liberty Outdoor Pool for the 7th Annual Doggie Plunge Sept. 8 and 9 from 3-8 p.m.
Register online ($7 pre-registration or $10 day-of) at apm.activecommunities.com/northlibertycommctr/Activity_Search. Proceeds will be donated to the Cedar Valley Humane Society.
Please have proof of current rabies and vaccinations. If dogs are unable to "play nice" they may be asked to leave without a refund. One dog per person.
Contact Ashley Kipp, Aquatics Supervisor, at akipp@northlibertyiowa.org or by calling 319-626-5707 with questions.

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.

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.

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