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Community

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.

Statewide average rainfall almost twice the normal average

DES MOINES—Recent rains improved groundwater levels across Iowa, while the National Drought Monitor shows about a third of the state is still rated as abnormally dry. Heavy rains fell on July 19 will be reflected in the next update.
Substantial rainfall during July improved shallow groundwater conditions in central Iowa and most of southeast Iowa from slight drought to normal. A small region of southeast Iowa continues to be in slight drought conditions. Shallow groundwater levels in most of northwest, southwest and northeast Iowa continue to be above normal for July.

50 years at the church organ

ELY– The congregation of the First Presbyterian Church near Ely held a special celebration in June to commemorate the 50th anniversary of church organist Sharon Furler, of Ely.
Furler started playing the organ at weekly church services when she was just 14 years old. She accompanied the church choir on piano for a few years prior to becoming the organist.

Solon High School Dance Team can drive Friday, Aug. 5

SOLON– The Solon High School Varsity Dance Team will have its annual can drive on Friday, Aug. 5, in the Solon High School parking lot, from 4-7 p.m. Donations of empty cans, bottles and plastics will be accepted. The team will return them to the Can Shed as a fundraiser for competition fees. Pop tabs will be removed and donated to the Ronald McDonald House. For those unable to drop off your cans, contact Marjorie Lane at 319-624-3401 ext. 1116 or mlane@solon.k12.ia.us to arrange a pick up.

Bluebird house building Aug. 9 at Lake Macbride Main Lodge

SOLON– The public is invited to join Lake Macbride seasonal staff in building bluebird houses. The event on Tuesday, Aug. 9, from 5 until 8 p.m. at Lake Macbride Park’s Main Lodge, is open to people of all ages.

DNR gives City of Solon green light for GSR project

New grant sought for generator

SOLON– For a long time, Solon’s water storage has been up in the air.
It’ll soon be coming back down to earth.
For the last two years, the City of Solon has been working to address the growing demand placed on its water distribution system with the construction of a new ground storage reservoir (GSR).
The 400,000-gallon water tank would be located on 0.6 acres of land adjacent to the Solon Recreation and Nature Area (SRNA) which the city purchased from St. Mary Catholic Church at a price of $25,000.

August activities for Old Gold Diner

• Thank you to Ruzicka’s Meat Processing for sponsoring the July 13 meal. Be sure to thank them for their support of the Old Gold Diner.
• Bingo is Tuesdays and Thursdays: 11 a.m. is penny bingo and, following lunch, play for prizes. Play black-out for a free Old Gold Diner meal ticket as a grand prize.

Iowa Raptor Project Family Day Aug. 6

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.

Highway 965 staying alive

NORTH LIBERTY– Highway 965 isn’t going anywhere, at least not for now.
Four ideas for the highway’s renaming set forth by a city council decision in April are in the running, but city officials are having a hard time deciding what’s right for North Liberty.
“I went into this (thinking) there’s gonna be a check box and we’ll all agree, but it was tough,” said council member Jim Sayre at the July 12 council meeting.

Roesler wins Iowa City school board special election

North Liberty majority votes Claussen

IOWA CITY– Paul Roesler went from a faithful attendee to a member of the Iowa City school board last week. Voters elected him to fill a seat left vacant by former board member Tom Yates, who resigned in May.
In the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) Board of Education special election July 19, Roesler emerged victorious with 2,938 votes (51 percent) over opponents J.P. Claussen and Janice Weiner. While Roesler won virtually all Iowa City precincts, Claussen took North Liberty (62 percent), Coralville (73 percent) and Hills (84 percent).

North Liberty Youth Baseball and Softball Fall Ball registration open

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty Youth Baseball and Softball (NLYBS) will partner with Diamond Dreams Baseball and Softball Sports Academy of Coralville during the sixth season of Fall Fun Ball. Diamond Dream trainers will work with boys and girls in first through eighth grades during the 2016-2017 school year. The season will consist of five sessions on Monday nights, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. or until dark, beginning Aug. 29 and skipping Sept. 5, Labor Day. The season will end on Oct. 3, unless there is a rainout and then the last night will be Oct. 10.

Back-to-school event Servolution Aug. 19 at Penn Meadows

NORTH LIBERTY– The annual Servolution back-to-school event for families is back again for its fifth year. LIFEchurch of Coralville, along with dozens of other agencies, churches, and schools, will serve families in North Liberty and Coralville as they transition back to school. Servolution is held at Kirkwood Elementary in Coralville on Aug. 22 from 2-5 p.m. and at Penn Meadows Park in North Liberty on Aug. 19 from 3–6 p.m. Families are given shoes, haircuts, groceries, school supplies and much more. Organizers are still looking for volunteers, shoes and other donations if you want to help!