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Community

Ely News

The Ely American Legion St. Quentin Post #555 held an annual oyster stew and chili supper on Friday evening, Veterans Day, at the Legion Hall. Guest speaker was Ken Rizer, State Representative in District 68. Commander of the Ely Post is Marvin Peters.

Rob and Erin Kramer, Lowen and Finnley, of Cedar Rapids, Butch and Annette Wieneke and Brett Wieneke were among a group that were Thanksgiving dinner guests at the home of Butch’s sister, Nancy Hoemel, in West Liberty.

Terry Mackey was released from Mercy Skilled Nursing in Cedar Rapids on Friday, Nov. 25, and is recuperating at home.

Solon News

Shannon Smith, of Creston, Bud Lingel and Phyllis Fiala were dinner guests on Thanksgiving evening of Drew and Susan Smith in Hiawatha.

Rebecca See, of Dubuque, spent the Thanksgiving day weekend at the home of Ronald See.

Rebecca See, of Dubuque, and Ronald See were post-Thanksgiving day guests of Justin and Janice See in Palo on Saturday, Nov. 26.

Mickey Machacek was a Thanksgiving day dinner guest of Annelee Machacek.

Robotics can drive Jan. 7

SOLON– Solon Robotics is collecting cans and bottles on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017. Please drop off donations behind the middle school, where the buses park, between 9 a.m. and noon. Students on the teams will be going around town collecting cans and bottles that have 5¢ deposits.
If you need your donation picked up before Jan. 7, please contact coach Bill Mattaliano at 319-541-6855 or email Bill.mattaliano@gmail.com.

Free Christmas meal at Our Lord’s Church Sunday, Dec. 25

SOLON– Our Lord’s Church will serve a free Christmas meal Sunday, Dec. 25. Everyone is welcome to attend. Reservations are not required but would be helpful. The meal will be served at noon at the church, located at 131 N. Market St. Rides and deliveries are also available. Call Duane or Anna at 319-841-2243, a local call from Solon, with questions or for reservations.

Jerry Linderbaum Memorial Alumni Basketball Tournament Dec. 31

SOLON– The Solon Athletic Booster Club will sponsor the Jerry Linderbaum Memorial Alumni Basketball Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 31. Tip off is scheduled for 9 a.m. with proceeds from the event going towards the Jerry Linderbaum Scholarship Fund and Solon Basketball Program.

Corps: Stay away from unstable ice on Coralville Reservoir

CORALVILLE– The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is warning individuals to be careful on all frozen lakes. With the colder temperatures, ice has begun to form on the Coralville Lake and the Corps is currently lowering the lake level to its winter elevation. The combination of ice formation and lowering of the lake levels will create unstable and dangerous conditions. Ice that is not supported by lake water is at risk of cracking, breaking or giving away at any time. As the ice shelf begins to drop, it can cause a dangerous slope along the shoreline, making it hard to get back off the ice.

Denise Hoy named new Ely City Administrator

Successor to Aaron Anderson comes from Conrad, begins Jan. 1

Successor to Aaron Anderson comes from Conrad, begins Jan. 1
ELY– The City of Ely hired a new city administrator, Denise Hoy, to fill the job vacated by Aaron Anderson, who left to take a position out of state in September of this year.
Denise will step into the position on Jan. 1. Before taking the position in Ely, Denise worked for the City of Conrad as the City Administrator and Clerk.

Running into winter

City staffer closes in on 1,000 miles to raise funds for Girls on the Run

NORTH LIBERTY– You won’t often find Nick Bergus jogging around the indoor track at the North Liberty Recreation Center.
“I don’t like running inside,” he said. “It’s definitely not my favorite.”
Despite his office in the North Liberty Communications Department being located virtually underneath the track, Bergus said he prefers outdoor runs– even in the winter.
“I’ve got my whole chart for outside temperature and what I need to actually wear,” he said. “This time of year I’m in the baklava and I’m wearing two layers on my legs and two or three layers on top.”

Winter is here, but we’ll Beat the Bitter Feb. 3 and 4

NORTH LIBERTY– Snow has arrived and Beat the Bitter– North Liberty’s celebration of winter games and good cheer– is back with two days of winter fun on the tundra of Penn Meadows Park on Friday, Feb. 3, and Saturday, Feb 4. 

Unstable ice on Coralville Reservoir

Gingerbread house contest Dec. 1-19

NORTH LIBERTY– Gingerbread, frosting, licorice and red hots, oh my! Create a gingerbread house for the North Liberty Community Library’s annual Gingerbread House Contest, submissions will be accepted Dec. 1-19.
The only rule for the contest is to have fun. Give your house a fun or festive name and bring it to display at the library by Dec. 19. You can also email a photo of your house to mharrison@northlibertyiowa.org. Images must be clear and close up.

Passing the baton

Ambition twirlers carry on “golden” tradition

IOWA CITY– Longtime Hawkeye fans remember Diana Reed as the “Golden Girl,” the baton twirler who performed with the University of Iowa (UI) Marching Band at football games and won the title of “Miss Iowa” in 2007.
Jessica Baker, 23, remembers Reed as the teacher and coach of Diana’s Golden Twirlers, the program Reed founded to offer twirling classes for an eager group of kids which included Jess and her younger sister Julia.