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Community

North Liberty Treasure Hunt supports 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.

Construction to begin on Hwy. 965 bridge

Project commences Tuesday, Sept. 6 on Iowa River bridge crossing

NORTH LIBERTY– Weather permitting, bridge deck replacement on the Highway 965 bridge over the Iowa River will begin at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 6. Construction should be complete by the end of November 2016. Cramer and Associates, of Grimes, will be the prime contractor. VJ Engineering, of Coralville, will provide construction oversight.

NL man charged following jet ski collision, injury Sunday on Coralville Res.

IOWA CITY– An Illinois woman was injured Sunday, Sept. 4, when two jet skis collided on Coralville Reservoir shortly after 2 p.m.
The collision occurred when a jet ski operated by Matthew Radueshel, 22, of North Liberty, was following a jet ski being operated by Cory Bettis, 30, of Shaumburg, Illinois. The two jet skis collided as they were beginning to turn.

A chance glance

NL man may have spotted the legendary Loch Ness Monster

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– Loch Ness is a 22 1/2-mile-long lake, up to a mile-and-a-half wide and over 700 feet deep located in Scotland. Legend dating back to the sixth century tells of a large creature, or creatures, living in the lake.

Giant balloon games at NLRC Sept. 16-17

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Recreation Center will join forces with Chad Johnson of ICBalloons to create the world’s first interactive giant balloon games event Sept. 16 from 3-7:30 p.m. and Sept. 17 from 2-7 pm.

NLCP Taste & Tour Sept. 8 at Growing Together Garden

NORTH LIBERTY– Join The Growing Together Garden, North Liberty Community Pantry's 9,600-square-foot garden, for its second annual Taste & Tour Thursday, Sept. 8, from 6-8 p.m. The garden is located on the west side of the pantry (89 N. Jones Blvd.).
The evening will include garden to table samples, kid activities, as well as pantry and garden tours.
For more information or with questions mail garden@northlibertycommunitypantry.org or call 319-626-2711.

Star Party Sept. 23 at Penn Meadows

NORTH LIBERTY– The night time is the right time! Join Take a Kid Outdoors (TAKO) and the City of North Liberty this fall to learn about the night sky Friday, Sept. 23, from 7-9 p.m. Contact Judy for more information or to register at judy@earthviewenvironmental.com. This is a family event, and children must be accompanied by an adult.

Sidewalk cafes can serve May to November

City lowers fees for outdoor eateries

SOLON– The Solon City Council significantly reduced the price of hosting outdoor service for Main Street restaurants.
In response to feedback from two downtown eateries, council members voted, at an Aug. 17 meeting, to slash the cost of renting public sidewalk and street space and eliminated a per-day fee. The city also extended the outdoor service season from May 1 to Nov. 1.
The ordinance and its accompanying policy have been in place since June, but none of the qualifying Main Street establishments have taken advantage.

A family affair at the Johnson County Fair

Solon's five Düsters participate in Johnson County Fair

SOLON– Seven ribbons and five days later, the Düster family came to the conclusion of yet another Johnson County Fair.
It’s a busy week for many families in the county. But the Düsters are unique in that they have five children in 4-H– at the same time.
All five kids started 4-H in fifth grade and are still going strong– although the oldest, who just graduated from Solon High School, participated in his last fair this year.

Marching band can drive, Sept. 3

SOLON– The Solon Marching Spartans will be holding a can drive (can and bottle recycling) on Saturday, Sept. 3, at the Solon High School band room. Please save your cans and drop them off on Saturday. The Marching Spartans will also have trucks driving through neighborhoods to collect. Thank you for your support.

St. Mary's hosts Harvest Fest. Sept. 11

SOLON– St. Mary Catholic Church, in Solon, will host its annual Harvest Festival on Sunday, Sept. 11, from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. The community is invited to enjoy a chicken dinner, children and family activities, silent auction and more. This year, the top prize of the Harvest Festival Raffle will be season tickets for two to Hawkeye men’s basketball games. Tickets for the raffle are for sale at the church.

Solon Senior Advocates’ trip to Circa 21 rescheduled for Oct. 5

SOLON– Notice! The Senior Advocates planned a trip to Circa 21 to catch the “Million Dollar Quartet” Wednesday, Sept. 21, but unfortunately that matinee sold out before participants could be registered. The only date available is Wednesday, Oct. 5, so if you are interested in this musical we encourage you to call and register as soon as possible so we don’t lose this date. This is a very popular show and seats are going fast. Cost to be determined by the number of registrations.