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Community

Milli Gilbaugh wins Iowa Poetry Association’s humorous verse competition

DES MOINES– The Iowa Poetry Association (IPA) is shipping the 71st edition of “Lyrical Iowa,” the annual anthology comprised of poems by Iowa writers of all ages. According to Editor Lucille Morgan Wilson, the present volume contains 351 poems, chosen from 2,150 entries in their contest held earlier this year. Entries came from all but 10 of Iowa’s 99 counties, sent by persons ranging in age from kindergartners to near-centenarians in well over 100 cities and towns.

Solon News by Lenna See

berty, were Scott, Cheryl, Emily and Chloe Leaverton, of Cedar Rapids, Bud Lingel and Phyllis Fiala.

Ty and Suzie Netolicky entertained with a dinner at their home on Christmas day. Among the guests attending were Brandon and Amanda Netolicky and family, of Des Moines; James and Carly Netolicky; Grant and Wendy Netolicky and family; Stuart Netolicky, of Iowa City; Nicole Netolicky and Jason Hanson and family; Alicia Netolicky and Jesse Larpenter and family; Amber Netolicky and Cale Thornton and family; and Derich Schmelzer and family.

Ely News by Lenna See

Dave, Tina, Mason, and Eliza Kearns, of Shellsburg; Roy, Jennie, Dalton and Paige Rambo, of Vinton; and Shirley and Chris Worley enjoyed supper on Tuesday evening, Dec. 20, at the Red Robin Restaurant in Cedar Rapids. The occasion was to celebrate Mason’s fifth birthday.

Christmas eve supper guests of Don and Gail Nederhiser were Bruce, Donna, Haley, Macy and Logan Griebel; Dennis, Jill, McKayla, McKenzie and Amelia Hartl; and Paul, Tricia, Natalie and Nathan Nederhiser. A gift exchange was held.

Public invited to Friends of Coralville Lake meeting Jan. 18

CORALVILLE– The Friends of Coralville Lake (FoCL) invite the public to a meeting Wednesday, Jan. 18, at the Coralville Lake Welcome Center (2850 Prairie Du Chien Rd. NE, Iowa City) at 6:30 p.m. to share information with the community and respond to questions.
Incorporated on June 16, FoCL is a volunteer-driven organization that works with the U.S. Corp of Engineers to enhance the recreational and aesthetic value of the Coralville Lake area.

4-H New Member Night Monday, Jan. 23

IOWA CITY– Ever wonder what 4-H is really about? You don’t have to live on a farm to enjoy 4-H. There is something for everyone, whether it be robotics to sewing, shooting sports to pets. Come join others interested in 4-H on Monday, Jan. 23, from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Johnson County Extension Office to learn and get started with Johnson County 4-H. 

Another bond vote for CCA in 2017

New elementary, high school expansion and other improvements to be decided by voters

OXFORD– Voters in the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District will be asked to approve a nearly $34-million bond issue this fall as the district continues to grapple with increasing enrollment and projected growth.

Curbside Christmas tree pick-up Jan. 11

NORTH LIBERTY– Christmas trees will be picked up curbside on Wednesday, Jan. 11. Trees must be bare of all decorations or flocking. Do not place trees in plastic bags. Please have trees at the curb by 7 a.m.

2017 pet tags now available

NORTH LIBERTY– It is now time to purchase your pet tags for 2017. Cats and dogs are required to wear tags that may be purchased at city hall for $2. Owners must provide verification of their pet being spayed/neutered to receive this rate. A nonspayed/nonneutered pet requires a fee of $25.
A tag provides identification in the event a pet is lost. The registration of an animal helps the city to ensure that all animals in the city are up to date with vaccines.
Dogs and cats must be kept on their owners’ property or on a leash at all times. Pets found “at large” will be impounded.

Hockey night with the Rough Riders Jan. 20 in Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS– It’s a night to spend in Cedar Rapids cheering on the Rough Riders hockey team in a face-off with the Youngstown Phantoms.
Discounted tickets for Friday, Jan. 20, at 7:05 p.m. will be offered to all interested. Individuals must provide their own transportation.
Order tickets at 319-261-GOAL and mention “North Liberty” for the discount. Tickets are $10.75–$16.75, based on zone.

Citywide snowman contest Dec. 1 through Feb. 28

NORTH LIBERTY– Build a snowman in any city park or your yard between Dec. 1 and Feb. 28, take a photo and submit it to Jason Egly at jegly@northlibertyiowa.org along with your name, contact information and where the snowman was built. Entries will be displayed at the North Liberty Community Center and online to be judged by recreation staff.The winning family receives prize!

More charges filed in murder-for-hire scheme

MUSCATINE– A North Liberty man accused of attempting to hire a hit man last June is facing additional charges.
On Thursday, Dec. 29, Muscatine County Attorney Alan Ostergren announced that three counts of attempted murder had been filed against Justin Lee DeWitt, 36, of North Liberty. Each charge is a Class B felony punishable by up to 25 years in prison.
According to criminal complaints, DeWitt allegedly sought the murder of three individuals– an Iowa Department of Public Safety special agent, an adult male and an adult female– while he was an inmate in the Muscatine County Jail.

Troop 216 to host chili supper Feb. 4

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty Boy Scout Troop 216 will host its 37th annual Chili Supper from 4:30-7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at the North Liberty Community Center.
Tickets are $5. Children 5 and under are admitted free. The dinner includes all-you-can-eat meat or vegetarian chili, bread, drinks and a variety of homemade desserts, including traditional Scout cobbler.
The dinner is the troop’s primary annual fundraising event. Proceeds help cover the cost of high adventure trips, summer camp and other activities for the troop’s 30 Scouts.