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Community

Movie Under the Stars Thursday, Aug. 11

SOLON– As daylight fades, the movie rolls Thursday, Aug. 11, at Randall Park in Solon. Join neighbors and friends for Family Movie Night when the 2009 film ‘Up’ is featured.

Herdliska tabbed for temporary council seat

Two Solon council seats to be placed on general election ballot

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist
SOLON– It will cost the City of Solon about $1,500 to add two council seats to the November general election ballot.
Council members voted at a regular meeting Aug. 3 to appoint former member Ron Herdliska on an interim basis to replace Dale Snipes, who resigned at the beginning of July.
Herdliska’s term on the council will be temporary, however, as he has no plans to fill out the remainder of Snipes’ term, which extends through 2019.

Swisher American Legion Auxiliary Juniors start school supply drive

SWISHER– Swisher American Legion Auxiliary Juniors will start a back to school supply drive for veterans’ families with a parade in the Swisher Fun Days parade.
The float in the Swisher Fun Days parade will kick off a school supply drive. Donations of any and all school supplies, including monetary donations, may be dropped off at the following Swisher businesses: Kava House, Shooters, Shelton’s Grocery, Swisher Trust and Savings Bank and Carrie’s Creations. Donations will be collected Aug. 8-13.
All donations will provide for veterans’ families in need.

Old Gold Diner

Thursday, Aug. 11: 2016 State Fair begins. All beef corn dog, loaded potato skins, fruit yogurt parfait, funnel cake fries with caramel. Bingo a.m. and p.m. Foot clinic – call for appointment.

Friday, Aug. 12: Crumb topped fish fillet, baked potato, asparagus with Hollandaise, starburst poke cake. Cards a.m. and p.m.

Monday, Aug. 15: Roasted chicken, parsley mashed potatoes, broccoli casserole, melon cubes.

Tuesday, Aug. 16: Lasagna, seasoned green beans, garlic bread, buttermilk brownie. Bingo a.m. and p.m.

CCA school district, City of Tiffin in disagreement over sidewalk payments

At odds once again

TIFFIN– It’s sat complete for a couple of months, but payment for the public sidewalk along Highway 6 is just now causing some confusion between the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school district and the City of Tiffin.
“In my mind, it’s pretty cut-and-dried,” said CCA superintendent Tim Kuehl during a conversation in late July.
According to an agreement signed in July 2014, said Kuehl, the city is responsible for $120,701 of the total $321,869 cost of the sidewalk, which spans the south side of Hwy. 6, from the west side of the high school to Ireland Avenue.

NLPD to host town hall meeting Aug. 21

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Police Department will host a town hall meeting, moderated by Sabrena Shields, a student and family advocate at North Central Junior High School, to discuss the department, community policing, citizen’s rights and successful interactions. The meeting will be held on Sunday, Aug. 21, in meeting room C at the North Liberty Community Center, 520 W. Cherry St., from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Dinner and childcare will be provided at the meeting. Raffle drawings for school supplies and other prizes will also be held.

Corn roast, live music at Iowa Grown Market Aug. 13

NEWPORT– It’s time for the Iowa Grown Market’s first annual Community Corn Roast. The entire community is invited to the event Saturday, Aug. 13, at 2613 Newport Rd. NE, in Solon. Join the free family fun as the market serves up fresh roasted sweet corn to the righteous tunes of local band Notes from the Underground. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and cooler of your favorite beverages, the market will provide the rest. Live music is presented from 3-5 p.m. The event will be rescheduled in the case of rain.

NLFD Salute to Summer Aug. 20

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Fire Department’s annual Salute to Summer returns Saturday, Aug. 20, at Bobber’s Grill, located at 1850 Scales Bend Rd. NE, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Join community members for food, kids activities, a vacation raffle, poker run, silent auction and more. Music by Two Buck Chuck begins at 7 p.m.
Salute to Summer is a fundraiser held by the North Liberty Firefighter Foundation annually. Funds raised are directed to the North Liberty Fire Department for firefighter and EMT training, as well as community support efforts and fire equipment expenses.

Room to “grow something”

Lowe’s donates $2,800 to renovate Penn student gardens

NORTH LIBERTY– Penn Elementary students will notice a little something different about their Grow Something garden when they return to school this month.
With help from the Lowe’s Heroes project, parent volunteers and even current Penn Panthers, the greenhouse area was transformed into a garden patio last week, complete with raised beds, new planters and two arbor entrances.

Penn Meadows splash pad open until Labor Day

NORTH LIBERTY– Just in time for the dog days of summer, North Liberty’s first splash pad opened Thursday, Aug. 4.
Located on the north side of Penn Meadows Park, 170 N. Dubuque St., the splash pad offers a baseball-themed spray feature as well as in-ground jets, a durable, grippy surface and limestone seating at the perimeter. The splash pad will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily during the season. Seasonally, the splash pad will operate starting each Memorial Day weekend and operate through Labor Day weekend.

NL Community Pantry free salsa making class Aug. 11

NORTH LIBERTY– Learn how to make salsa with the North Liberty Community Pantry.
Community members are invited to this free event Thursday, Aug. 11, from 6-8 p.m. at the Growing Together Garden, 89 N. Jones Blvd., adjacent to the pantry.
Registration is required and class size is limited. Register by calling 319-626-2711 or stop by the pantry.

NL Porchfest Aug. 20 in Arlington Ridge neighborhood

NORTH LIBERTY– What if there was an afternoon when porches became stages and everyone just walked around listening to musicians, hung out on lawns and sidewalks and connected with their neighbors?
Porchfest is “community in the key of summer.”