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Community

Veterans Day lunch at the library Nov. 11

NORTH LIBERTY– Veterans and guests/family are invited to attend the North Liberty Community Library’s second Veterans Day Appreciation at the North Liberty Community Library. This year the library staff is offering a lunch and presentation by retired National Guardsman Dave Lewis on Friday, Nov. 11, at 11:30 a.m. in the library.
“Our mission is to be a community gathering place and we’re pleased to host this event to honor and recognize the veterans and service members in our community,” said Adult Services Librarian Elaine Hayes.

Developers unveil plan for St. Mary auditorium

Commercial, residential mix planned for former church building

SOLON– There may be a new use on the horizon for an old Solon building.
The former St. Mary auditorium and an adjoining property were the subject of a mixed-use concept plan before the members of the Solon City Council Oct. 19.
Prairie Equity Group, LLC, of Iowa City, is proposing to renovate the 1915 building into commercial storefronts and 16 upper-level condominiums, with the conversion of a separate lot into a gated parking area.

Women aim to revitalize Swisher

Downtown business owners uniting for Nov. 5 block party

SWISHER– The namesake of the rebranded bar in downtown Swisher is no doubt obvious to current residents, but the stories behind the “Main Street” boutiques may only be familiar to natives.
Rebekah Neuendorf, co-owner of Black Squirrel Tap & Beer Garden, open since August at the old Shooter’s locale, said choosing the bar’s name was fairly straightforward.
“Everybody who comes into town notices the black squirrels,” she said. “For the local people, they know they’re here. It kind of becomes a cool story and good talking point.”

Silent auction to support SMS teacher Roger Thompson Nov. 2

SOLON– Solon Middle School staff are holding a silent auction to support teacher Roger Thompson, recently diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer. The silent auction will be Nov. 2 from 3:30-6:30 p.m. and Nov. 3 from 1:30-6:30 p.m. in the middle school cafeteria.
Auction items include handmade quilts, four tickets to Solon High School’s winter musical, gift cards from local restaurants and businesses, a signed Iowa football, baked goods, two tickets to the Iowa-Nebraska football game, gift baskets and much, much more.

Our Lord’s Church October Fest luncheon Saturday, Oct. 29

SOLON– Our Lord’s Church will host October Fest on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The luncheon will serve three kinds of hot soup, hot dogs and chili dogs will also be served from 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Kolaches, cinnamon rolls, cream puffs and lots of other baked goods will also be available. Cheese Curds from Ely’s Dan and Debbie’s Creamery will be on hand as will breads from Sykora’s Bakery. Kalona Ice Cream Bars will also be available for $2, however please call for large orders.
A review of Christmas gifts and crafts will be part of the event.

Swisher Junior Auxiliary Halloween Fair Sunday, Oct. 30

SWISHER– The Swisher Junior Auxiliary invites everyone to attend the Halloween fair Sunday, Oct. 30, beginning at 4:30 p.m. at the Swisher American Legion. Each year the event seeks to bring the community together. Attendees can enjoy a hay rack ride through Swisher and s’mores and hot chocolate in the pavilion. Dress to impress the judges; the Costume Contest winners and prizes will be announced at 5:45 p.m.

Swisher Auxiliary Annual Turkey Homemade Turkey Dinner Nov. 5

SWISHER– On Saturday, Nov. 5, from 4:30-7:30 p.m., the Swisher Auxiliary hosts its Annual Homemade Turkey Dinner. Adult meals cost $10 and kids meals are $5. The Junior Auxiliary will host Turkey bingo upstairs through dinner. Bingo cost is $1 per game with winners receiving a turkey to take home. Arts and crafts will be offered for children attending the event during bingo.

Snipes running write-in campaign

Former council member running unofficially for seat

SOLON– Dale Snipes didn’t realize how much he missed being on the Solon City Council.
Snipes, 59, was appointed to the council in February 2015 and stood for election in November of that year. But when the hours of his employment changed, he made the decision to step down, and his letter of resignation was accepted July 7.
Afterward, he received comments from citizens expressing regret about his move, something he called “humbling.”

Little Hands on the Prairie

Annual Kent Park prairie seed harvest Nov. 5

OXFORD– Play a role in expanding the native prairie areas throughout Johnson County. Johnson County Conservation (JCC) hosts its annual prairie seed harvest on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 10 a.m. to noon at F.W. Kent Park. All volunteers, including individuals, groups and families are welcome to attend, no prior experience is needed.

Keystone Place at Forevergreen ribbon cutting, open house Nov. 2

NORTH LIBERTY– On Nov. 2, State Senator Kevin Kinney, North Liberty Mayor Amy Nielsen, North Liberty City Council members, the Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce, and other local officials will celebrate the grand opening of the new Keystone Place at Forevergreen retirement community with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house. This event is open to the business community.
The ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 4 p.m., with the open house to follow until 6:30 p.m. Remarks are anticipated around 5 p.m.
Keystone Place is located at 1275 W. Forevergreen Rd. in North Liberty.

Access road across Coralville Dam to close Oct. 31 to Nov. 4 for rail and cable work

CORALVILLE– The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Coralville Lake will be completely closing the roadway across the Coralville Dam beginning Monday, Oct. 31, at 8 a.m. and will reopen on Nov. 4, at 6 p.m. The closure applies to both vehicle and pedestrian traffic.

Let there be traffic lights?

Tiffin council awaits Hwy. 6 signalization warrant

TIFFIN– It’s a race between vehicle and pedestrian.
With the Ireland Avenue extension project complete, Tiffin residents are no doubt enjoying the ease in traffic flow.
But it comes at a cost.
“There really are no acceptable gaps for students or pedestrians to cross the intersection without some sort of assistance,” said Ben Carhoff of Hart-Frederick Consultants at a Tiffin City Council meeting Tuesday, Oct. 4.