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Community

Ely firefighters pancake breakfast July 4

ELY– The Ely Fire Department is hosting its annual pancake breakfast Tuesday, July 4, from 6:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 1300 Main St. There will be all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, bacon and freshly cracked eggs.
Cost is $8 in advance for adults and $8.50 at the door, and $3 for children ages 5-12. Visit elyiowa.com for more information.

Ely Fourth of July parade 6-8 p.m.

ELY– Ely’s annual Fourth of July parade will be held at 6 p.m. on July 4. The parade will begin at the fire station and will loop around and end at city hall. To enter into the parade or to volunteer, visit elyiowa.com and click on 4th of July Parade 2017 under Events.

New police station in North Liberty’s future

Council split on how to select design firm

NORTH LIBERTY– If there’s one thing North Liberty City Council members can agree on, it’s that a new police station needs to be built. They’re less in sync about who should design it.
“I don’t object to the fact we need a police station as soon as possible,” said council member Sarah Madsen at a meeting Tuesday, June 13. “I’m just trying to balance what is the most responsible use of time and money.”
She added that each council member was elected by and should best represent the residents of North Liberty and their taxpayer dollars.
“It’s an extraordinary ask,” she said.

Take a rock, leave a rock

Facebook group beats summertime boredom with childhood craft

NORTH LIBERTY– It’s a simple idea, really, said North Liberty Rocks organizer MaryAnn Hines.
Paint, hide, find and repeat– rocks, that is.
“It’s just a community spirit project is what it is,” she said. “And, I love this community.”
Which is why she started the North Liberty Rocks group on Facebook last summer. With over 150 members, the group is the place to get clues for where to find rocks and to post selfies with found ones, as well as give hints as to where you’ve hidden your own.
“It’s actually a concept that’s taking off all across the country,” said Hines.

Swimming, boating ban before city council

First reading approved regarding city-owned ponds

TIFFIN– It’s silly, said City Administrator Doug Boldt, but needs to be done.
“Ironically after however many years we’ve had these detention/retention ponds, we’ve had some issues with kids swimming in the big one, the one with the fountain,” Boldt informed the Tiffin City Council at a meeting Tuesday, June 6.
He requested the council’s permission to draft an ordinance banning swimming, since technically there’s nothing in writing that says people can’t.

fourth of july Events

Red, White & Bluegrass Fest July 3

NORTH LIBERTY– Located right here in the Corridor, the Red, White and Bluegrass Festival has been bringing you bluegrass for seven years now. Join others Monday, July 3, starting at 4 p.m. for great local and Midwest bluegrass and jam grass bands at Club 76 (The Lodge), 2349 Mehaffey Bridge Rd. NE.

Fresh produce, gardening programs at the library

NORTH LIBERTY– Libraries are always growing. The North Liberty Community Library’s (NLCL) latest endeavor is a community garden.
Last year, in a partnership with the North Liberty Community Food Pantry and Garden, the NLCL started the seed library. Patrons can “check out” a variety of vegetable, herb, and flower seeds. The seed libraries at both the library and the pantry have been very popular.

Eighth annual Bourbon & Blues at Cedar Ridge July 7-9

SWISHER– Join Cedar Ridge Windery & Distillery July 7-9 for its 8th Annual Bourbon & Blues Festival, celebrating the anniversary of Iowa's first bourbon since Prohibition! This three-day festival features live blues music, a specialty BBQ menu, and a new bourbon cocktail menu.

Water’s Edge firm presents multi-year aquatic study to council

Outdoor, indoor pool enhancements could cost $6-7 million

North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– Does North Liberty need another outdoor pool?
North Liberty City Council members floated that idea and others at their most recent meeting Tuesday, June 13, after hearing from Dave Schwartz, owner of Water’s Edge Aquatic Design.
“What you’ve got is a nice facility, it really is,” said Schwartz. “But your population is challenging. And that’s a good thing.”

Council to restrict "Citizen’s Speak"

Action expected on proposed guidelines for public input

SOLON– The Solon City Council is going to look at modifying the way it interacts with the public.
At a meeting June 7, council members and Mayor Steve Stange discussed a resolution establishing guidelines for the Citizen’s Speak portion of regular council agendas.
The changes unsettled two residents, both former council members.
No action was taken, but the resolution is expected to appear again on a future agenda.

Wigle named principal for new Solon Intermediate

School district begins process for merging fourth and fifth grades

SOLON– The name of the school district’s new fourth- and fifth-grade center will be Solon Intermediate and its principal will be current activities director Zach Wigle.
Solon Community School District Superintendent Davis Eidahl made the announcement to school staff and parents via email June 14.
Wigle came to the district at the beginning of the 2016-17 school year, succeeding Keith McSweeney, who stepped aside when the position was increased to full time.

Solon Lions to sponsor free vision screening at Beef Days

SOLON– The Solon Centennial Lions Club will sponsor free vision screenings for children 6 months to 6 years of age at Kids Corner during Beef Days Saturday, July 22, starting at noon.
“We encourage families to bring their children in for a free vision screening,” said Scott Kleppe, club president. “The actual screening takes less than a minute, but the benefits can last a lifetime.”