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Community

North Liberty Pantry to host Taste and Tour Open House Wednesday, Sept. 27

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty Community Pantry (NLCP) will host a Taste and Tour Open House on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 5-7 p.m. NLCP is located at 89 N. Jones Blvd. with Growing Together Garden on the west side of the building. This event is free and open to the entire community.
The Taste and Tour gives the community an opportunity to meet and greet staff members, learn about NLCP services and volunteer opportunities, and check out Growing Together Garden, a collaborative learning space.

Clubs and businesses want space on Tiffin’s new LED board

TIFFIN– A fish fry, a car wash, a golf outing. Area clubs, organizations and businesses have been vying for advertising space on the City of Tiffin’s new LED welcome sign.
“I’d be lying if I didn’t tell you we kind of saw this coming,” said City Administrator Doug Boldt at a Tiffin City Council meeting Tuesday, Aug. 15. “And they’re not necessarily all in Tiffin.”
He said he and Deputy City Clerk Ashley Jay-received multiple requests to include information about events and fundraisers on the sign, which became functional in July and sits on the lawn outside city hall.

Treasure hunt to support NLCF runs through Sept. 9

NORTH LIBERTY– A treasure hunt, with a grand prize of four tickets to the Sept. 23 Iowa Hawkeyes’ football game versus Penn State (complete with parking pass and tailgate), is set to help raise funds and awareness of the North Liberty Community Fund (NLCF).
Entry fees for the Grow Our Community Treasure Hunt are $25. Participants will visit local businesses to collect stamps on a Community Fund card, from Aug. 1 to Sept. 9. Entering is simple, and you can pick up your entry form and map at Great Western Bank in North Liberty beginning Aug. 1.

First day at new middle school

Ribbon cutting, flag presentation mark opening day

SOLON– Students don’t always look forward to the start of a new school year.
But the atmosphere for the beginning of classes at the Solon Community School District’s new middle school on Wednesday, Aug. 23 brimmed with excitement.

Don’t think about old

Jeanne Erhart is a Solon Senior of the Year

SOLON– “There are a lot of people that do so much,” Jeanne Erhart said of being named one of two Senior of the Year award recipients. Phyllis Fiala was also recognized this year.
“Somebody must’ve picked Phyllis and I,” Jeanne said when asked if she knew who made the nominations.
Jeanne and husband of 63 years Wilbur have been Solonites since the early 1960s.
“All of our kids (five) went to school here and our grandkids (two) went to school here,” she explained. The Erharts have three great-grandkids, including one born in California back in July.

Robotics room Open house Aug. 31

SOLON– Fifth through 12th grade students can check out the new robotics rooms in the lower level of the old middle school, below the Central Office, on Thursday, Aug. 31, from 5-6:30 p.m., Sept. 1 from 3:15-6 p.m., and Sept. 2 from 8-10:30 a.m.
Solon Robotics competes in FIRST Robotics First Tech Challenge (FTC) and VEX Robotics around the state. Competition challenges change each season so the game is always something new. Stop in the Solon Public Library to see the display. Questions can be sent to coach Bill Mattaliano at solonrobotics367@gmail.com.

Solon Venture Crew tailgate party Sept. 1

SOLON– On Friday, Sept. 1, before the Solon-Regina game, the Solon Venture Crew will be hosting a tailgate party and informational meeting in the St. Mary Catholic Church parking lot from 3:30 to 6:45 p.m.

Solon Library Board of Trustees vacancy

SOLON– The City of Solon is accepting applications for membership on the Library Board of Trustees for a city representative. The Library Board of Trustees meets on the fourth Monday of the month at 7 p.m.
Applicants must reside within the Solon city limits. Those interested in becoming a member of the board may submit an application to the City Hall at 101 N. Iowa St. in Solon. The application can be found on the city’s website at www.solon-iowa.com.

Old Gold Diner fundraiser Sept. 27

• Thanks to Sam Lensing, from Sam’s Main Street Market, for sponsoring the Aug. 9 meal. It looked like he felt quite comfortable dining with us. If you see Sam, let him know we appreciate him and his store here in Solon.
• Bingo is typically every Tuesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. is penny bingo and following lunch, play is for prizes, with a black out final game for a free Old Gold Diner meal ticket as the prize. The second Tuesday of the month there will be no afternoon bingo.

Ely News by Lenna See

The Ely Town and Country Club met on Monday evening, Aug. 21, at Gwen’s Restaurant in Lisbon with about 30 members attending. She served a delicious meal as usual. Following the meal and business meeting, attendees enjoyed a talk by Bryan Bailey. He told about his walk across Spain. He walked 480 miles over a five-week period. He saw some beautiful country and made several new friends. His pictures were spectacular. Hostess was Viola Zahradnik.

Doggie Plunge Sept. 7-8

NORTH LIBERTY– Bring your dog for some fun in the water at the Doggie Plunge! Pet owners 16 years and up are welcome; children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Early registration is $7 per dog; day-of registration is $10 per dog. One dog per person, please. Dogs must have proof of current rabies and distemper vaccinations present day of event. Adults are not allowed to be deeper than 2 feet due to limited chemicals for the dogs’ safety, and children will not be allowed in the water. If dogs are unable to “play nice,” they will be asked to leave without compensation or warning.

State Forest Nursery launches new online store

AMES– Ordering trees from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) State Forest Nursery just got easier. A new online sales site– http://nursery.iowadnr.gov/– features dozens of quality native Iowa trees and an easy check-out process.
Also new in 2017 are changes to how nursery stock can be used to accommodate a wider audience of people wanting to order bulk trees:
• Customers can purchase trees in bundles of 25, compared to previous order minimums of 200.
• Seedlings can be used for any purpose, including windbreaks or decorative landscaping.