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Community

Ranshaw name preserved

Highway 965 receives honorary title

NORTH LIBERTY– It makes sense.
Ranshaw Way, the new honorary alias for Highway 965, once ran alongside 40 acres owned by one of North Liberty’s original settlers with the same name.
“Throughout the conversation, Ranshaw kept kind of making its way up the list,” said North Liberty City Council member Jim Sayre at an unveiling ceremony Friday, Aug. 11, on the lawn of the historic Ranshaw House off Penn Street. “It’s a great name.”

School board candidates speak

TIFFIN– Five out of six candidates for three seats on the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District’s Board of Directors participated in a candidates’ forum held Wednesday, Aug. 9. Current Board members Bob Broghammer (District No. 2) and Eileen Schmidt (At-Large) are running for re-election against Scott Rohret, Kathy Swenka and Shawn Zierke. Nikki Knapp, who was unable to attend, is running for the District No. 4 seat being vacated by Jim Seelman.

Making life sweet

SOLON– “As market goes, that’s about a premium,” Ron Puettman said as he inspected a frame of comb honey pulled fresh from a hive that currently resides on the North Liberty pumpkin farm of Dean and Katie Colony. “When the bees put honey into a comb and cap it off, it’s at its purest and most perfect form,” Puettmann noted.

Antique Roadshowing, Aug. 23

SOLON– The Solon Public Library is hosting the first Antique Roadshowing Wednesday, Aug. 23, from 9 a.m. until noon for the August Senior Conversations. Dick Taber and Michelle Juehring, expert antique presenters who spoke at the June conversations’ event on various ways to pass on family valuables, will return to perform appraisals for a modest charge.
So much interest in the June event prompted this exciting follow-up. Fifteen-to 20-minute appointments may be made for either antique items or jewelry pieces by calling 624-2710.

City Water to lake area homes?

Golf course subdivision approaches council for assistance in dealing with arsenic

SOLON– The City of Solon is going to investigate the possibility of becoming a rural water supplier.
Residents of a rural subdivision adjacent to the Lake MacBride Golf Course asked the city to consider extending water service three miles to their 14 homes, and at a July 26 meeting, council members authorized city staff to continue working on the proposal.

Bur Oak seeking volunteers Aug. 19

SOLON– Join the Bur Oak Land Trust on Saturday, Aug. 19, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Iowa City to remove invasive species from its Big Grove property.
Bur Oak, a collection of nine preserved natural areas in Iowa, needs 15 people to help remove honeysuckle, autumn olive and multi-flora rose at 3999 Starry Night Ln. NE in Solon. The volunteers will head to a local event partner for a free Surly beer after the clean-up.

Fall Activities Kickoff Thursday, Aug. 17

SOLON– The Solon Activities Department will once again be kicking off the 2017 fall season Thursday, Aug. 17, with a fun event for all families. The evening will start promptly at 5 p.m. at Spartan Stadium. A schedule of events can be found below. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the activities department at the high school. Thanks for all of the support, and see you on Thursday, Aug. 17.
Timeline of Events
Introductions of high school participants
• Freshman football: 5:00 p.m.
• Varsity football: 5:10 p.m.
• HS marching band: 5:25 p.m.

Charles City woman killed on Highway 1

SOLON– A Charles City woman was killed in a single-vehicle accident north of Solon on Highway 1 Tuesday evening, Aug. 8.
According to a report filed by the Iowa State Patrol, Tiffany L. Beckles, 35, of Charles City, was southbound on Highway 1 near 120th Street NE at approximately 10:36 p.m. Aug. 8 when the 2006 Mercury Mountaineer she was driving left the roadway and struck an Iowa Department of Transportation sign in the ditch, causing the vehicle to roll.

Kind of like Uber

Phyllis Fiala named one of Solon’s Seniors of the Year

SOLON– Somebody noticed what she’s been doing.
Phyllis Fiala, one of two Seniors of the Year (Jeanne Erhart also was honored) named recently by the Solon Senior Advocates, really couldn’t put her finger on just why she was selected for the annual honor.
“They (Senior Advocates) just decided that we must’ve done something they liked,” she said. “When I do something, I just really don’t like to have my name mentioned. But, somebody knows what you do.”
Indeed they do.
Phyllis said a Senior Advocate came up to her one day at Senior Dining.

Four candidates for three seats

Schwab will not seek re-election

SOLON– Two incumbents and two challengers will face off for three seats on the Solon school board, and for the first time in 17 years, current board president Dick Schwab won’t be one of them.
Schwab, a board member first elected in 1999, is not seeking re-election.
Incumbents Tim Brown and Rick Jedlicka are, however, along with former school board member Dan Coons and newcomer Nicole Pizzini, according to information posted by the Johnson County Auditor’s Office.
The deadline for candidates to file was Thursday, Aug. 3.

Wine-tasting at The Secret Cellar Aug. 19

SHUEYVILE– Come in your best lei, hula skirt or sombrero. The theme is “Dress in the Tropics” at The Secret Cellar’s outdoor public wine-tasting bash Saturday, Aug. 19, and there will be a prize for best dressed.
From 6-8 p.m., there will be wine tasting, beer tasting and delicious appetizers. Door prizes will be given away, too.
Help The Secret Cellar support local charities. A suggested donation is $15 advance and $20 day of. Call 319-841-2172 for advance registration.
The Secret Cellar is located at 1205 Curtis Bridge Rd. NE in Shueyville.

Ely Road to closed from 382 to 140th

IOWA CITY– Weather permitting, Ely Road will be closed to through traffic from Highway 382 to 140th Street beginning Monday, Aug. 14, at 6 a.m. There will be no access to Ely Road from Highway 382. Local traffic access to A+ Lake Macbride Storage facility and Atherton Ridge Subdivision (Jocelyn Ct. NE) will be provided from Ely Road at 140th Street. Through-traffic should follow the marked detour from Highway 382 to Highway 1 to 140th Street and vice-versa.