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August 3rd, 2016

School supply drive by Swisher American Legion Auxiliary Juniors at Fun Days

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.

Ely Fall Fest and Classic Car Show Sept. 16-18

6-18. The weekend festival begins Friday night with a Moonlight 5k and 1 mile run at 7:45 pm, 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 off with a fireworks display at dusk. Sunday is fully devoted to the Classic Car Show, 8 a.m. to 3:30 pm.

Learn about blooming prairie plants at Kent Park Aug. 10

OXFORD– Enjoy a beautiful summer evening by heading outdoors in search of blooming prairie plants at the Knight Prairie Pavilion in Kent Park. The prairie walk will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 10, at 6 p.m. Johnson County Conservation (JCC) staff will lead a leisurely hike and provide interesting information and identification tips for prairie plants.

Iowa Raptor Project Family Day Aug. 6 at Macbride Nature Rec Area

MACBRIDE– The Iowa Raptor Project (IRP) invites community members to enjoy the next Family Day and featured raptor– the Harris’s Hawk– Saturday, Aug. 6, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Macbride Nature Recreation Area.
Families can visit Saguaro, the IRP’s Harris’s Hawk, and discover how the raptor species cooperatively attends nests and hunts as a team, making it the most social North American raptor. There will be teambuilding and hunting games, as well as arts and crafts in the Raptor’s Next.

Breathing room

North Liberty Family Health Centre moves, expands

NORTH LIBERTY– Care providers, responsible for making their patients happy and healthy, should be happy and healthy themselves, right?
The staff at North Liberty Family Health Centre (NLFHC) thought so. After 21 years at its location on West Cherry Street, owners of the independent practice decided to move into a space with, literally, a little more legroom.
“We just had staff members sitting on top of one another,” said Dr. Natalie (Tally) Hempy. “We were all getting carpal tunnel. We were always twisting to look at each other and our patients.”

School board approves $1.4 million property acquisition

New elementary school on the horizon

NORTH LIBERTY– Land on the outskirts of North Liberty could be home to a new elementary as early as the 2019-2020 school year, according to Iowa City Community School District officials.
However, the construction would likely push back development at another proposed elementary location.
At its July 26 meeting, the Iowa City School Board unanimously approved the $1,403,350 purchase of 21.59 acres on the northeast side of North Liberty near South Slope Cooperative Communications and just south of the Cedar Springs subdivision. Board member Lori Roetlin was absent from the meeting.

Spartan streak ends in semifinal

Solon tests eventual 3A champ Harlan at state tournament

DES MOINES– The Spartans gave the Cyclones a run for their money.
Solon made its comeback, but too many mistakes against the second-ranked team in the state resulted in a semifinal exit from the 3A state baseball tournament Friday (July 29) in Des Moines.
No. 2 Harlan defeated unranked Solon, 7-5, at Principal Park, ending a five-game winning streak for the Spartans dating back to the last game of the regular season.

Solon football preferred parking spots available now

SOLON– Beginning Aug. 1, the Solon Community School District will sell preferred parking spaces for Friday night and post season football games. There are 43 spots in the lot with 12 of the spaces reserved for handicapped parking available on a first-come-first-serve basis at each home football game for cars bearing the appropriate handicapped plate or hanging mirror permit. Of the remaining spaces, seven are reserved for game administration, and the other 24 are available to the community for purchase.

Handcrafted ice cream coming in August to Dan and Debbie’s Creamery

ELY– Dan and Debbie’s Creamery is open to the public offering fresh-from-the-farm cheese curds and other locally-made Iowa goods, including maple syrup, jam, pork and elk. The soft launch is in preparation for the release of Dan and Debbie’s premium handcrafted ice cream line later in August. Current hours of operation are sporadic during the product development phase.

Input taken on beach alcohol ban

Light attendance at public session on DNR proposal

MT. VERNON– The people have spoken.
Or at least a couple of them have.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has closed its public comment period on a proposed ban of alcohol at the Lake Macbride and Pleasant Creek beaches.
Most people chose to participate electronically, with only a handful attending a public hearing July 26 at the Palisades-Kepler State Park west of Mount Vernon.
Lake Macbride-area resident Dave Hogendorn spoke at the hearing in support of the ban.