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Community

North Liberty population count official

One-quarter of mostly white residents aged 25-34, 10.5 percent under five years old

NORTH LIBERTY– A special census conducted in the City of North Liberty last fall is finally official.
According to a letter from the U.S. Census Bureau to the city, the population of North Liberty was 18,299 as of last October– up 36 percent from 13,374 in 2010. The new housing count was 7,551.
Now that the city has received the certified population count, North Liberty will receive increases in state funding distributed per capita, such as road-use tax.

“It changed my future”

North Liberty teen says online school gave her confidence

By Nora Heaton
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– Sixteen-year-old Julia Love thought she would drop out of high school. Now, she’s planning for college.
She changed the story of her education with the help of Iowa Connections Academy, a tuition-free public school done entirely online. Love completes 100 percent of her coursework from her home in North Liberty. After years of struggling to manage debilitating anxiety in a traditional classroom setting, online study has helped her gain a new confidence and self-assuredness.

Tiffin citizens speak out against new development

Council approves rezoning despite storm water runoff, traffic concerns

NORTH LIBERTY– Just when the Tiffin City Council thought it had a solution to ongoing traffic concerns along Deer View Avenue, council members were again met with civil opposition.
Around 20 community members attended a June 28 council meeting when a public hearing was scheduled for a multi-rezoning ordinance to accommodate Tiffin Heights East, a new west-side subdivision proposed by developer Jason Dumont of The Boulders LLC in Solon. Dumont was also the developer of the original Tiffin Heights.

Auditor reviews Tiffin bookkeeping, makes recommendations

TIFFIN– Auditor of State Mary Mosiman released an agreed-upon procedures report on the City of Tiffin for the period July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015. The agreed-upon procedures engagement was performed pursuant to Chapter 11.6 of the Code of Iowa.

IHA dog wash fundraiser July 16

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.

NL pantry 4th Annual Turkey Trot July 9

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Community Pantry will hold the Fourth Annual Thanksgiving in July Turkey Trot 10k/5k Races and Family 1 Mile Event on Saturday, July 9, at 8 a.m. All proceeds will go to the pantry as part of the community-wide Thanksgiving in July (TGIJ) efforts.

Ely Firefighter’s Breakfast July 4

ELY– The Annual Ely Volunteer Fire Department Firefighter’s Breakfast is Monday, July 4. Proceeds from this yearly event support the department’s operational expenses.

Tickets can be purchased from any Ely firefighter or local merchants. Adult tickets are $7 in advance, $7.50 at the door, $3 for children 12 and under, and children 5 and under eat free.

All-you-can-eat pancakes, eggs, sausage, bacon, milk, coffee and water will be served. Serving, rain or shine, from 6:30 a.m. to noon at the Ely Fire Department, 1300 Main St. in Ely.

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Takes family to open Ely creamery

Dan and Debbie’s Creamery will sell milk and ice cream, opening July 30

ELY– The opening-soon Dan and Debbie’s Creamery in Ely will sell white and chocolate milk, squeaky cheese curds and homemade ice cream. But it will also sell some things that are non-quantifiable: the security of knowing your milk comes from happy, well-treated cows, the satisfaction of finding a tasty and high-quality product by a local business, and the knowledge that your dollar supports a business built and maintained by an entire family.

Preparing SCSD students for success

Strategic Plan: postsecondary success and lifelong learning

SOLON– The Solon Community School District officially approved its Strategic Plan at the June 13 Board of Education meeting.
The Strategic Plan describes a vision for the district, identifies its beliefs and values, and lays out goals.

Fourth of July fireworks show over Lake Macbride seeks support

SOLON– Help support the community Fourth of July fireworks show over beautiful Lake Macbride.

Council passes sidewalk/street cafe ordinance

The issue
In March, Red Vespa Pizzeria and Wine Bar owners Aziz and Angie Longou asked the city to consider allowing seasonal, outdoor service by leasing a Main Street parking spot in front of their business.
In April, council members agreed and directed city staff to develop guidelines to allow sidewalk and street seating for Main Street eateries.
A draft was presented at a May 4 meeting.

What we knew

cakes on the griddle

Solon firefighter Tom Trump (right) finishes pouring batter onto the griddle at the annual firefighters’ pancake breakfast held May 29 at the fire station. According to the department’s Facebook page, over 2,500 people were served this year. (photo by Doug Lindner)