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August 25th, 2016

Ely Fall Fest Sept. 16-18

ELY– The ninth annual Ely Fall Fest returns Sept. 16-18. The weekend festival begins Friday night with a Moonlight 5K and 1-mile run at 7:45 p.m., followed with a community celebration. Saturday is an all-day festival featuring over 20 activities and events, including kids’ inflatables and games, an adult co-ed softball tournament, a cornhole tournament, pet parade, youth punt/pass/kick competition, magic show, wiener dog race and live music throughout the day. The day is capped with a fireworks display at dusk. Sunday is devoted to the Classic Car Show from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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Iowa Master Naturalist Program at Macbride Recreation Area beginning Sept. 12

SOLON– Iowa has recently been added to a list of more than 25 states with a Master Naturalist program. In the Iowa Master Naturalists (IMN) program, local experts provide adult students with 40 hours of education about Iowa’s environment and natural history for a $250 materials fee. In return, IMN students pledge to complete least 40 hours of volunteer work for environmental education, stewardship or citizen science projects.

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Council wants park back

City decides to dip into park fund for flash flood repairs

SOLON– After a spring flood in 2013, Randall Park sat idle and unused for most of the year as the city worked with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to determine the park’s fate.
Record water levels engulfed the park again Aug. 11-12, but this time the city isn’t waiting to take action.
At a regular council meeting Aug. 17, council members voted to utilize a park fund to rehabilitate the park as soon as possible.

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Bridge Bank hosts “High-Five Your Cop” Aug. 27

SOLON– Bridge Community Bank invites the public to show support for local law enforcement officers on Saturday, Aug. 27, from 9:30-11 a.m. at the Mechanicsville, Mount Vernon and Solon bank locations. The “High-Five Your Cop” event will be held in the parking lot of each bank. If it rains, the event will take place in the lobby. Local law enforcement officers from Cedar and Johnson counties, Lisbon, Mechanicsville, Mount Vernon and the Iowa State Patrol will be special guests at these meet and greet events.

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Football food

Solon United Methodist Church celebrates six decades of serving up

SOLON– For many Solonites, the University of Iowa’s football season is kicked off by a local tradition that predates tailgating in campus parking lots.
For over 60 years, the Solon United Methodist Church (SUMC) has been holding “Football Dinners” on every home Saturday of the Hawkeyes’ regular season calendar.

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DOT to overhaul Hwy. 1 sidewalks

State program helps smaller towns with ADA compliance

SOLON– Long stretches of sidewalk along Highway 1 in Solon will be replaced next year as part of a state program to address accessibility issues.
About three-quarters of a mile of sidewalk will be reconstructed as part of the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) project, which will be let in December for the 2017 construction season.
The new sidewalks will come at no cost to property owners, thanks to the state’s plan to deal with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990.

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August 17th

Clear Creek Amana boys cross country An interesting season ahead

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TIFFIN– “This could be an interesting year for Clear Creek Amana (CCA) cross country,” said coach Ben Robison about the 2016 season.
Robison is in his second year at the helm of the varsity program, which lost its top two runners from last season to graduation.
“But, we are bringing back two 2015 state qualifiers. I’m looking for our three other seniors to step up and fill varsity spots,” he said.
He’s also hoping for big things out of some freshmen.

Lightning will strike this fall

Liberty High to field freshman athletic teams in ’16-‘17

NORTH LIBERTY– While construction still continues on the new Liberty High School in North Liberty, some future students will compete in the school’s uniforms this school year.
Principal Scott Kibby confirmed the Liberty Lightning Bolts will be in action, albeit at the freshman level, for the 2016-2017 school year.

West Looking for improvement

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IOWA CITY– 2015 was a disappointing season for the West High Trojans on the varsity gridiron. The team posted a 4-7 record with four losses to open the season, including a three-point season-opening loss to Cedar Rapids Kennedy, a 33-0 shutout loss to West Des Moines Valley and a 14-12 loss to rival City High in the annual Battle of the Boot.

Party on the turf

Annual kick-off event raises money for CCA football

TIFFIN– The 2nd annual Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Football Kick-Off to Friday Night Lights was held Friday, Aug. 12, at the high school stadium in Tiffin. The event serves as a fundraiser for the football program as well as a way to build excitement for the coming season.
Headlining the event again this year was contemporary country music artist Jake McVey, who had the students dancing on the sideline. McVey and his bass player even jumped off the stage and rocked out among the students at one point.