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Ely Firefighter’s Breakfast July 4

ELY– The Annual Ely Volunteer Fire Department Firefighter’s Breakfast is Monday, July 4. Proceeds from this yearly event support the department’s operational expenses.

Tickets can be purchased from any Ely firefighter or local merchants. Adult tickets are $7 in advance, $7.50 at the door, $3 for children 12 and under, and children 5 and under eat free.

All-you-can-eat pancakes, eggs, sausage, bacon, milk, coffee and water will be served. Serving, rain or shine, from 6:30 a.m. to noon at the Ely Fire Department, 1300 Main St. in Ely.

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Takes family to open Ely creamery

Dan and Debbie’s Creamery will sell milk and ice cream, opening July 30

ELY– The opening-soon Dan and Debbie’s Creamery in Ely will sell white and chocolate milk, squeaky cheese curds and homemade ice cream. But it will also sell some things that are non-quantifiable: the security of knowing your milk comes from happy, well-treated cows, the satisfaction of finding a tasty and high-quality product by a local business, and the knowledge that your dollar supports a business built and maintained by an entire family.

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Women of Troy tame the Tigers

IC West wins 12-2 and 12-2 over Cedar Falls

IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy improved to 19-5 overall and 15-1 in the Mississippi Valley Conference’s Valley Division following their softball doubleheader sweep Tuesday, June 21, over the Cedar Falls Tigers. West High took both games, 12-2, in five innings each.
Jessie Harder kicked off the scoring in the bottom of the third inning of game one with a two-run double, followed by Skylar Ryan with a two-run single and Darby Donovan knocking an RBI double.
The Tigers answered with a home run off Harder in the top of the fourth, which was good for two runs.

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Accidental farmers

Eat-local enthusiasts in third year of produce business

NEWPORT– It’s not your average farmers market, but it’s not your average farm, either.
The Iowa Grown Market, located off Newport Road, south of Solon, is in its third year selling organically-grown produce from a family farm near West Branch– in addition to products from a host of other farms, backyards and kitchens within a 20-mile radius through consignment.

North Liberty firefighters host open house and grill out

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Fire Department shined up its trucks, opened the big bay doors and fired up a grill Saturday, June 18, as the firefighters welcomed the community to an open house and grill out.

A long time coming

Developer seals the deal on North Liberty family entertainment center

By Shianne Fisher
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– It’s not the Wisconsin Dells, but it’s close enough– at least to John Burchert and his family.

Takes family comes together to open Ely creamery

Dan and Debbie’s Creamery will sell milk and ice cream, opening July 30

ELY– The opening-soon Dan and Debbie’s Creamery in Ely will sell white and chocolate milk, squeaky cheese curds and homemade ice cream. But it will also sell some things that are non-quantifiable: the security of knowing your milk comes from happy, well-treated cows, the satisfaction of finding a tasty and high-quality product by a local business, and the knowledge that your dollar supports a business built and maintained by an entire family.

CCA band marches in Washington, D.C.

The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School Marching Band marched in the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., on May 30. The group has been raising funds since it received the invitation from Congressman Dave Loebsack a year ago. The band members traveled by bus on a five-day whirlwind trip which included seeing the sights of Washington, D.C. Four CCA students had the honor of laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The group is under the direction of John C. Smith. “This past week, a lifetime of memories were created.

Fire in his blood

After 24 years, Ely’s Zbanek trades chief’s helmet for firefighter’s

ELY– As a kid growing up in Ely, Randy Zbanek was a constant presence at the fire station.
“I was born and raised around it. My dad was on forever (and chief for two years); two brother-in-laws were on at a time. That was the thing to do, was to hang out at the fire station, and that’s what we did as kids… and the bug bit. I’ve been on ever since.”

Boys fall to West Liberty in soccer semifinal

SOLON– The Spartans had the lead but couldn’t hang on.
Solon’s varsity boys soccer team saw its season end Wednesday, May 25, after a 3-2 loss to West Liberty in a Class 1A substate semifinal.
The Spartans held a 2-1 advantage at the end of the first period on goals by Ben Carr and Brandan Childs, but Solon gave up two unanswered scores in the second period for the difference in the game.
Carr scored his goal at the 16-minute-mark of the first period, knotting the match at 1-1 after an early strike by the Comets.

Trojans return to state soccer tourney

Sanchez’ free kick gives IC West the 2-1 edge over Bettendorf

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– The West High Trojans are headed back to the Class 3A State Soccer Tournament in Des Moines. The tournament campaign, which starts for West Thursday, June 2, marks the 16th such trip in 17 years and the first championship quest since 2014 as the team fell short of Des Moines last year.
The Trojans pulled out a 2-1 win over the Bettendorf Bulldogs Saturday, May 28, in Iowa City to punch their tournament tickets.

And they’re off!

Britta Elijah and Taryn Anderson pull ahead in a heat of the fourth grade three-legged race during Lakeview Elementary’s Track and Field Day Tuesday, May 17, at the Solon Outdoor Events Center. The annual field day is held near the end of the school year and mixes traditional track competitions with sack races and other fun events. (photo by Doug Lindner)