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Community

September activities for the Old Gold Diner

Old Gold Diner wishes to extend a thank you to Sam’s Main Street Market for sponsoring the Aug. 10 meal. Patrons should drop in and be sure to thank Sam and company for their support of the Old Gold Diner.
• Bingo is held Tuesdays and Thursdays. Penny bingo starts at 11 a.m. and following lunch, play is for prizes with a black-out winning a free Old Gold Dinner meal ticket as the grand prize.

Pumpkins and paintball

Zombies to infest Colony farm this fall

NORTH LIBERTY– It’s about to get creepy at the Colony Pumpkin Patch.
Well, creepy-ish.
In addition to pick-your-own pumpkins, the beloved corn maze and other kid-friendly activities, visitors to North Liberty’s local haunt will have the opportunity this Halloween season to “kill” zombies that have overrun the family farm.
“A couple years ago, friends of ours brought zombie paintball to our attention,” said Dean Colony, co-owner of the Colony Pumpkin Patch along with his wife, Katie. “We kept looking into it and finally we thought, as big as the zombie craze is, let’s do this thing.”

Your input is wanted

CCA seeks public opinion on future facilities needs

TIFFIN– Residents of the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District have the opportunity to help shape the future of the district by voicing their opinions at a Facilities Planning Committee public input meeting on Thursday, Sept. 8, at the high school.

Meet Eric Ewald

New Van Allen principal already at “home” in North Liberty

NORTH LIBERTY – Eric Ewald is two months into his new job as principal of Van Allen Elementary, and he’s feeling right at home.
That’s partly because he is home. Ewald, his wife and their two kids live and spend their days in North Liberty already. For Ewald, living and working in the same community is a major plus. Moreover, Van Allen is a great fit, he said.
Ewald will bring to Van Allen an emphasis on what he considers his two biggest strengths as a principal: relationships and communication.
Relationships start with kids, he said.

North Liberty PD seeks public input

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Police Department has opened a survey to gather thoughts and opinions on the department .
The anonymous, confidential survey asks respondents about the courteousness of any contacts with the department, concerns within the community and other customer-service questions.
The short, 14-question survey is available online at eSurv.org?u=North_Liberty_PD_Short_Survey.

NL Treasure Hunt supports its community fund

NORTH LIBERTY– A treasure hunt, with a grand prize of four tickets to the Oct. 1 Iowa Hawkeyes’ football game versus Northwestern, is set to help raise funds and awareness of the North Liberty Community Fund (NLCF).
Entry fees for the Grow Our Community Treasure Hunt are $25. Participants will visit local businesses to collect stamps on a Community Fund card, from Sept. 2 to 11, and then submit completed cards for a chance to win the prize drawing. To sign up and get your card with the first business stamp, visit Great Western Bank in North Liberty on Sept. 2.

You say you want a "Servolution"

Fifth annual Servolution serves over 250 kids at Penn Meadows

North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– The first day of school is never easy, but a group of local organizations does its best to make the transition easier for students and parents.
Servolution, an annual back-to-school outreach organized by LIFE Church of Coralville, has been providing kids of all ages with free shoes, school supplies, haircuts and clothes for five years at Penn Meadows Park in North Liberty.
Adam Kolosik, missions coordinator at LIFE Church, said it was largely thanks to ToGather Together that the whole thing got started.

City seeks communications specialist

NORTH LIBERTY– The city’s communications department is looking for a new member (technically a full-time “communications specialist”).
This position is responsible for the city’s video production, including live public meeting coverage, social media, public events and service announcements and scheduling as well as other communications functions. Good candidates are creative self-starters with a passion for the community and good troubleshooting abilities.

Applications for social service funding

NORTH LIBERTY– Each year, the City of North Liberty funds a number of organizations which offer social services to North Liberty residents, including the Family Resource Centers at its elementary schools, the Johnson County Housing Trust Fund and the North Liberty Community Pantry. As part of its budget for the current fiscal year, the North Liberty City Council set aside $12,000 in discretionary funding for social service programs and projects serving North Liberty residents.

DOT to overhaul Hwy. 1 sidewalks

State program helps smaller towns with ADA compliance

SOLON– Long stretches of sidewalk along Highway 1 in Solon will be replaced next year as part of a state program to address accessibility issues.
About three-quarters of a mile of sidewalk will be reconstructed as part of the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) project, which will be let in December for the 2017 construction season.
The new sidewalks will come at no cost to property owners, thanks to the state’s plan to deal with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990.

Football food

Solon United Methodist Church celebrates six decades of serving up

SOLON– For many Solonites, the University of Iowa’s football season is kicked off by a local tradition that predates tailgating in campus parking lots.
For over 60 years, the Solon United Methodist Church (SUMC) has been holding “Football Dinners” on every home Saturday of the Hawkeyes’ regular season calendar.

Bridge Bank hosts “High-Five Your Cop” Aug. 27

SOLON– Bridge Community Bank invites the public to show support for local law enforcement officers on Saturday, Aug. 27, from 9:30-11 a.m. at the Mechanicsville, Mount Vernon and Solon bank locations. The “High-Five Your Cop” event will be held in the parking lot of each bank. If it rains, the event will take place in the lobby. Local law enforcement officers from Cedar and Johnson counties, Lisbon, Mechanicsville, Mount Vernon and the Iowa State Patrol will be special guests at these meet and greet events.