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Community

2016 Beef Days Beef Cup 3v3 soccer tourney

The Second Annual “Beef Cup” 3v3 Tournament is a Solon Beef Days-sanctioned event, run by Solon FC. Open to teams of 3rd/4th grades, 5th/6th grades, 7th/8th grades, and high school/open class. Depending on the number of teams registered, the Beef Cup is formatted in either a round robin or a two-pool round with a playoff for first/second place and third/fourth place.

Solon Beef Days Parade Route

The Parade will commence at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 16.
The Parade staging area is located off of West 5th Street, there participants will be directed into the school grass field staging area, next to the football stadium.
The Parade will start promptly at 10 a.m., proceeding off of West 3rd Street, turning north on Iowa Street to Short Street for one block, then turning north again on West Street, across Main Street to North Street, then turning east (right) on to Dubuque Street, turn south and run the entire length of Dubuque Street to 5th Street, turn east and end at the nursing home.

Ely News

Sherry Novak of Rosemead, Calif., flew in to the Eastern Iowa Airport and spent a week visiting her parents, Bill and Irene Novak, and many other relatives and friends. On Saturday, July 2, a family picnic dinner was held on the Novak farm. They toured the Reiman Gardens in Ames, Vinton and other things in Cedar Rapids-Iowa City Corridor. They also celebrated Irene’s 80th birthday which was in May. Sherry flew home on Monday night, July 4.

Public hearings set for proposed alcohol ban at Lake Macbride and Pleasant Creek beaches

DES MOINES – Two public hearings are scheduled to accept public comment on a proposed rule to ban alcohol on the beaches at Lake Macbride State Park and Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area.

LifePointe fourth annual CommUNITY Day July 23 in Tiffin

TIFFIN– LifePointe Christian Faith Center, of Tiffin, will hold its fourth annual CommUNITY Day event Saturday, July 23, from 12-4 p.m. at the Tiffin soccer fields. This event is free and open to the community of Tiffin and other surrounding areas of Johnson County. There will be a free concert, free food, basketball competition, bouncy house and more.

North Liberty man pleads not guilty of murder-for-hire accusations

State records show intertwined business relationship between defendant and intended victim

By Shianne Fisher
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– Justin DeWitt, the North Liberty man accused of hiring a hit man to murder a business associate and three others, has pleaded not guilty.
According to online Iowa court documents, 36-year-old DeWitt, of 110 Whitman Ave., filed a written arraignment and plea of not guilty last Wednesday. He will stand trial Oct. 4 on four accounts of attempted murder and four accounts of solicitation to commit murder. Michael K. Lahammer, a Cedar Rapids-based attorney, will represent him.

NL council goes local with solar

100-plus kWh system to save thousands per year

By Shianne Fisher
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty plans to soak up a little more sunshine before the year’s end, hopefully turning those rays into usable energy.
City council members approved the recommendation by city staff to draft a solar installation agreement with Moxie Solar, of North Liberty, at the June 28 council meeting. The decision comes after the evaluation of proposals received in April and will result in three solar arrays installed– roof-mounted systems at the fire station and parks shop and a ground-mounted system at the streets facility.

IHA dog wash fundraiser July 16 at Leash On Life

NORTH LIBERTY– Local pet owners hoping to avoid the mess, hassle and fur ball-clogged bathtub drains resulting from Rover’s summer bath are in luck. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 16, the Iowa Humane Alliance (IHA) will host a dog wash, bake sale and microchip fundraiser at Leash On Life, located at 650 Pacha Parkway.
Dogs will receive a $25 wash and nail trim while their owners savor fresh baked treats and sales on select merchandise at Leash On Life. IHA clinic staff will microchip dogs at the event for $25.

Iowa River kayaking, canoeing trip July 25 in Iowa City

NORTH LIBERTY– Join the North Liberty Recreation Department and Johnson County Conservation for a kayaking and canoeing trip down the Iowa River on Saturday, July 25, starting at 8:30 a.m. Participants will meet at Sturgis Ferry landing in Iowa City, embark on a three-hour float and finish at Hills Landing, roughly nine miles down river. The trip is open to all ages and skill levels. At time of registration, specify if you would like a single kayak, a tandem canoe or if you will provide your own watercraft. Rentals are limited, so sign up early.

Bluebird house building Aug. 9 at Lake Macbride

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.

Snipes resigns from city council seat

Former member may be tapped to fill in until November election

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist

SOLON– The Solon City Council is short one member, again.
At a July 7 meeting, council members accepted the resignation of Dale Snipes, and voted to appoint an interim successor.
That replacement may be former council member Ron Herdliska, the person Snipes replaced in February of 2015.
During the July 7 meeting, Mayor Steve Stange announced the council vacancy and suggested Herdliska as a possible solution.

Sign up for Co-ed Kickball Tournament at Solon Beef Days

SOLON– Join the annual Solon Beef Days Co-ed Kickball Tournament on Saturday, July 16, starting at noon. The entry fee is $100. Please contact Carl Stahle at 563-370-7512 to sign up a team.