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Community

Reach out. Cook out.

No-pressure events lead effort to share with the community

SOLON– It’s a bridge to the community.
As part of a prescription for a healthy congregation, the Solon United Methodist Church (SUMC) has been reaching out this year.
In April, the church kicked off a series of events aimed at bringing residents together in a no-pressure atmosphere. The first was the environmentally themed Kick Off to Earth Day at the Timber DOME Lodge; the second, a family movie night in August.

Traffic signal delayed

WHAT WE KNEW
In May, the members of the Solon City Council approved a $98,430 bid from Advanced Electric Service for the project, and construction was expected to be finished by the end of August. The city’s portion, $40,000, will be paid with Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) funds.

Solon couple receives probation for making false statements to Social Security Admin.

DAVENPORT– A Solon couple have been sentenced to four years of probation for making false statements to the Social Security Administration.
On Aug. 30, Donna and Randall Hanson, of Solon, were sentenced by Chief United States District Court Judge John A. Jarvey, according to United States Attorney Kevin E. VanderSchel. Restitution will be determined and ordered at a later date.

Learn more about Solon 4-H

SOLON– 4-H is a community of young people across America learning leadership, citizenship and life skills.
Youth grades 4-12 are eligible to join a primary club. Local clubs include:
• The Graham Champions 4-H Club which meets the first Sunday of each month at the Solon Public Library. Leaders are Rhonda Miller, 319-430-4376 and Josh Divoky, 319-721-4915.
• MacBride’s Pride 4-H Club which meets the third Sunday of each month at the Solon Public Library. Leaders are Lisa Haugland, 319-624-8090; Brenda Lindemann, 319-558-6261; and Michelle Dvorsky, 319-624-3062.

Ely News

Tiffany Ontiverous of Cedar Park, Texas, visited her parents, Lee and Janine Norman, over the weekend of Sept. 17-18.

Maurice and Rachel Garnant celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary on Sunday, Sept. 4, with a family gathering at the Ox Yoke Inn in Amana. Guests included James, Sherry, Anna and Katie Garnant of Ely; Kris Garnant and Skip Willets of Cedar Rapids; Maureen Smith and Roger Burgess of Clinton, and Leo Truhlar of Cedar Rapids. Mr. Garnant and the former Rachel Truhlar were married on Sept. 6, 1949 in Des Moines.

The Great Race

Third time the charm for Shueyville man

SHUEYVILLE– For Shueyville’s John Williams, the third time was not only the charm, but also charmed.
Williams, a retired teacher from the College Community School District’s Prairie High School in Cedar Rapids, participated in the 2016 Great Race cross-country road rally and made it all the way from near the California coast to Moline, Ill.
This was Williams’ third attempt at the event, held annually since the early 1980s, and the first time he made it from starting line to finish line.

Fall hike, yoga at F.W. Kent Park Oct. 8

OXFORD– The beauty of fall goes quickly, so be sure to get out and enjoy all that nature has to offer. You can soak in the season with a morning nature hike and yoga session at F.W. Kent Park.
Join Serenity Yoga and Pilates Studio and Johnson County Conservation (JCC) for two fall sessions held on Saturday, Oct. 8, and Saturday, Nov. 5. Both sessions will start at 9 a.m. at the Conservation Education Center.

Slow down in the name of Liberty

NL city council approves Dubuque Street speeds, 4-1

By Shianne Fisher
North Liberty Leader

NORTH LIBERTY– Drivers expecting a return to a 50 mph Dubuque Street near Liberty High School can wave that notion goodbye.
At its Sept. 13 meeting, the North Liberty City Council approved a 35 mph speed limit between the eastbound and westbound curves along Dubuque Street, including the new roundabout. The 50 mph approaches from both directions will remain.

Better late than never

City of Tiffin moves to widen, modernize Roberts Ferry Rd.

By Shianne Fisher
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– With the extension of Ireland Avenue now complete, the City of Tiffin is ready to roll out another long-anticipated road improvement project.
A public hearing was held Tuesday, Sept. 20, during a regular city council meeting to address the widening of Roberts Ferry Road from Highway 6 to West Goldfinch Drive, a project Jay Anderson of Hart-Frederick Consultants said he began working on back in 1998.
“This was supposed to be phase one,” he said. “For some reason we did phase three first, which was the top half of Roberts Ferry.”

9th Ely Fall Fest

Ely Fall Fest attendees take a spin on the hayride at the city’s annual event, held Saturday, Sept. 17, featuring pumpkin decorating, sports tournaments, local vendors and more. (photo by Shianne Fisher)

Annual festival Oct. 8 at Colony Pumpkin Patch

NORTH LIBERTY– The Colony Pumpkin Patch kicks off the fall season Saturday, Oct. 8, with food, fun, games, demonstrations and more.
Activities, including the 5-acre corn maze and pick-your-own pumpkins, take place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Weekend admission is $8 per person.
This year’s corn maze at highlights the North Liberty Police Department’s campaign to bring a K-9 officer and dog to the force. A portion of all the season’s sales support the initiative.

Halloween Moonlight Walk Oct. 14

NORTH LIBERTY– Come take a stroll around a decorated Liberty Centre Pond under the moonlight Friday, Oct. 14, at 6:30 p.m.
The pathway will be illuminated by hundreds of lantern bags and friendly ghosts will be set up along the way waiting for you to snap a picture. Snacks and a movie will start at 8 p.m. sharp at the North Liberty Recreation Center.
All ages are welcome but children must be supervised. The fee is $1 per person; children 2 years and under are free. Meet at the Rec Center south parking lot for the walk.