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Lori Lindner

Tiffin residents file petition against multifamily proposal

TIFFIN– Tiffin residents opposing a multifamily rezoning request last week cited concerns over increased traffic, decreased property values, problems with drainage and a single access street into the development.
They also repeated a maxim that has been uttered more than once when it comes to the presence of multifamily housing.
They don’t want Tiffin to be like North Liberty.

NL wastewater treatment plant to be expanded

Estimates reach $15.3 million, bids put off until May 21

NORTH LIBERTY– Even cities sometimes have to go with the flow.
Bids for North Liberty’s wastewater treatment facility expansion project were due May 7 and were expected to be considered at this week’s council meeting, but City Administrator Ryan Heiar told the council some potential contractors declined to bid because of several other large project bids due the same day.
Therefore, the bid deadline was changed to May 21.

Moving inside NL’s Ranshaw House

Historical Society partners on grant for interior improvements

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty’s historic Ranshaw House still needs some work.
The North Liberty City Council at its April 28 meeting approved another grant application to help fund restoration of the turn-of-the-century home owned by the city.

Full hearts fill empty stomachs

NL’s Holy Trinity exceeds goal in fight against hunger

NORTH LIBERTY– If just 25¢ can buy a child one meal, imagine what $22,000 can do.
That’s how much North Liberty’s Holy Trinity Church members raised, with help from the entire community and 18 area business sponsors, to benefit Kids Against Hunger this year.
West High School senior Mareda Smith, daughter of Pastor Tim Smith and his wife Lisa, along with West High graduate Abby Heller, organized Holy Trinity’s event and led hundreds of congregation members and volunteers in a day-long packing session March 28.

NL pantry garden project gets off the ground with ribbon cutting

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Community Pantry is ready to cultivate a new generation of gardeners.
Community members officially celebrated the pantry’s new project, the Growing Together Garden, with a ribbon cutting, poetry reading and tree planting on Saturday, April 25. Funded by a $38,850 grant from the Wellmark Foundation and matching dollars raised throughout the community, as well as in-kind donations of time, materials and labor, the garden is an extension of the pantry’s services to provide food to those in need.

How to save a life

Two Solon seniors reach blood donation goal

SOLON– Could a teenager dare someone to help save a life?
It could, in the case of Ty Appleget and Preston Miller, two Solon High School seniors who challenged each other to become Gallon Grads.

Filling the gap

SolonFC tries to bridge between elementary and high school soccer

SOLON– Are you ready for some fútbol?
For more than 50 Solon kids and their families, the answer is a resounding “Yes!”
This is the second year for the SolonFC, a youth soccer club initiated by a few Solon parents who saw a gap in the action for kids who love soccer. While Solon’s Recreation Department runs spring and fall soccer leagues for children in preschool through grade six and Solon High School’s soccer teams pick up new freshmen each year, there were no local soccer opportunities for players in seventh or eighth grade.

Vintage Soul

Fashion, furnishings to feed the soul

NORTH LIBERTY– Looking for something that speaks to your soul?
Old or new, you could find the perfect thing at the new Vintage Soul boutique in North Liberty.
Co-owners and mother-daughter duo Yolanda Halferty and Dakota Zirbel opened the new shop this week in Liberty Plaza off Highway 965, offering a colorful medley of women’s clothing and home décor items, jewelry and tchotchkes that will blend well with any taste.
The clothing and some items are new, others are vintage, but all have been carefully selected by the two women because of their unique qualities and special appeal.

First phase of improvements for Ely Road coming

Johnson and Linn counties partnering on three-phase project

JOHNSON COUNTY– Commuters between Linn and Johnson counties have a while before they will see work on Ely Road.
It’s coming in late August.
The first phase of Johnson County’s plan to upgrade Ely Road (W6E) will begin at the Linn County border and extend just four-tenths of a mile southward. Phase 1 includes replacing a deteriorated culvert and grading and widening the roadway’s foreslopes– the ground that goes from the shoulder to the bottom of the ditch.

PopUp books

NLCL partners with pantry to bring library materials to more patrons

NORTH LIBERTY– Patrons who use the North Liberty Community Pantry have an nice list of items to choose from these days: not just boxed and canned goods, but also fresh produce, toiletries, and sometimes cleaning supplies and paper goods.
And now…books.

Sign up now for Optimists’ Avenue of the Flags 2015

NORTH LIBERTY– Since 2011, the Optimist Club of North Liberty has been helping North Liberty residents display their patriotism.
The organization’s Avenue of Flags program is now in its fifth year, and the Optimists encourage everyone to sign up to celebrate their American spirit.

A gift for everyone

St. John Lutheran Church in Ely has more room to welcome all

ELY– St. John Lutheran Church in Ely has a lot to celebrate this spring.
The church recently completed a building project that brought a new sanctuary, office space, Sunday school rooms and updates to the existing fellowship hall. A dedication of the new space will be held on Sunday, April 26, and everyone is welcome.
St. John pastor Erika Uthe said the expansion was the result of an extensive self-study conducted by the entire congregation, which began in 2011.