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Community

Vote will shape enrollment, demographics of Liberty High

Boundary plan final

IOWA CITY– The Iowa City school board is back to square one.
After months of controversial discussion, the board voted 4-3 in favor of restoring the May 2015 secondary boundary plan at its Sept. 13 meeting. Board members Lori Roetlin, Chris Liebig and Phil Hemingway were opposed, while President Chris Lynch, Vice President Brian Kirschling and members Paul Roesler and LaTasha DeLoach were in favor of the plan. (DeLoach has since taken over the role as Vice President and was elected at the board’s Sept. 27 meeting.)
“Change is hard, it’s painful, and most people reject it,” said DeLoach.

Coralville man claims $1 million Powerball prize won with ticket bought at North Liberty Kum & Go

NORTH LIBERTY– Jeff Tomlinson Jr. of Coralville said he regularly stops at Kum & Go in North Liberty. Last week, that stop paid off.
Tomlinson purchased a Powerball ticket that won him $1 million in the Iowa Lottery’s Oct. 5 drawing.
“I didn’t really consider it a possibility, it was more of a fantasy of what would I do if I won,” Tomlinson told Iowa Lottery last week. “But I want to make sure that my family is well taken care of– now, in the future. Even my daughter, I want to make sure that she’s good for college and the future.”

Council members to consider recycling fee increase

NORTH LIBERTY– On Tuesday, Oct. 11, the North Liberty City Council was scheduled to consider an increase to the recycling charge households see on their monthly bills.
Since July 2015, North Liberty’s trash and recycling provider, Johnson County Refuse, has experienced cost increases of 650 percent, from $10 per ton to $65 per ton for recycling. The rate increase covers the additional cost and is a proposed 60 cents per household increase. If approved, the new rate of $5.15 per month would go into effect in the billing cycle.

Afternoon bus route now available

North Liberty flags down October for transit take-off

NORTH LIBERTY– A new North Liberty bus route made its inaugural loop this week.
After nearly a year of development, the North Liberty transit pilot program picked up its first passengers Monday, Oct. 10, starting a soft launch week. The official grand opening is tentatively set for Monday, Oct. 17, and will include a ribbon cutting and remarks by staff at the start of the route, said Communications Director Nick Bergus.
“It’s a long time coming,” said City Planning Director Dean Wheatley, who has coordinated the process.

Halloween Moonlight Walk Oct. 14

NORTH LIBERTY– Come take a stroll around a decorated Liberty Centre Pond under the moonlight Friday, Oct. 14, at 6:30 p.m.
The pathway will be illuminated by hundreds of lantern bags and friendly ghosts will be set up along the way waiting for you to snap a picture. Snacks and a movie will start at 8 p.m. sharp at the North Liberty Recreation Center.
All ages are welcome but children must be supervised. The fee is $1 per person; children 2 years and under are free. Meet at the Rec Center south parking lot for the walk.

Pumpkin painting and carving Oct. 15

NORTH LIBERTY– Join others at the North Liberty Recreation Center to enjoy painting or carving a pumpkin prior to the Halloween season Saturday, Oct. 15, from 8:30-10 a.m. Kids will pick out their own pumpkin to carve or decorate... or both! All materials will be provided to get the job done. Treats included. Fee is $8 per child. Ages up to 12 years old welcome.

Scouting for Food program Oct. 15

NORTH LIBERTY– Every year, the Hawkeye Area Council of the Boy Scouts hosts Scouting for Food throughout the Cedar Rapids, Iowa City and surrounding communities in order to assist in stocking the shelves of local food pantries.
Be on the lookout for a pink Scouting for Food bag that should have arrived on your door the week of Oct 8. Scouts from North Liberty Packs 216, 275, and 279 along with Troop 216 have been working with each other to coordinate bag delivery and food pick up for the community of North Liberty.

Solon Knights of Columbus all-you-can-eat breakfast Sunday, Oct. 9

SOLON– The Solon Knights of Columbus (KCs) will host an all-you-can-eat breakfast Sunday, Oct. 9, from 8 a.m. until noon at St. Mary Catholic Church parish hall. The cost is $6 for ages 12 and older, $3 for ages 6-11, and free for ages 5 and younger.
The KCs will serve scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, sausage, pancakes and omelets on request.

Scouting for Food Oct. 15

SOLON– Scouting For Food will take place in Solon on Oct. 15. 
Scouts will distribute donation bags Oct. 7-10 and collect filled bags on Oct. 15 from 9 a.m. to noon. Donations collected in Solon will be delivered directly to the Solon Food Pantry.
A donation drop box will also be placed at Solon City Hall from Oct. 3-14 for anyone not receiving a bag or living in city limits

Solon Dollars for Scholars 2016 Gala Saturday, Oct. 15

SOLON– They’re providing hope for every student
An exciting evening of great food and lively bidding is planned for Saturday, Oct. 15, as Solon Dollars for Scholars hosts the 2016 Gala at the Celebration Barn, located at 4045 245th St. in Solon. The doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Registration is required for the event. For online registration, go to solon.dollarsforscholars.org or register by mail with a donation of $45 per guest to: Solon Dollars for Scholars, P.O. Box 551, Solon, 52333.

Solon Archery Team to host open house Monday, Oct. 17

SOLON– The Solon Archery Team is hosting an open house on Monday, Oct. 17, from 6-8 p.m. at the Solon United Methodist Church Family Life Center gym. All current team members, parents and anyone in fifth-12th grades that would like to join the team are encouraged to attend. The archery team will offer forms needed to be filled out by the parents, shirts to be tried on for correct size information and will collect dues during the open house. All information concerning the archery program will be discussed. Any questions will be answered.

Flu vaccination clinics at Solon Schools Oct. 11, 18 and 25

SOLON– The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) visits Lakeview Elementary Tuesday, Oct. 11; Solon Middle School Tuesday, Oct. 18; and Solon High School Tuesday, Oct. 25, all from 3:30-6 p.m., to administer flu vaccinations to the public.
The clinics offer flu shots QIV, High Dose Flu (for ages 65 years and older) and pneumonia vaccine (available upon prior request).