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Community

Dan and Debbie’s Creamery receives Iowa Entrepreneur Award

WEST DES MOINES– For several years, Dan Takes had a vision of starting a creamery right by the family’s Linn County dairy, and they would provide farm fresh dairy products to local consumers. Dan’s wife, Debbie, knew how much work would be necessary for the creamery, and with six children, Dan’s business vision needed to wait for the right opportunity.

Keystone Place mural celebrates Iowa

Retirement community artwork pays tribute with beauty and humor By Cale Stelken

NORTH LIBERTY– “It kinda felt like Oakdale, maybe a prison!”
Mary Jo Pipkin, Executive Director of Keystone Place at Forevergreen, laughed about the once imposing, concrete wall that loomed over the retirement community’s Memory Care Courtyard.
“We started out here and said, ‘Gosh, what can we do with this wall with it being secured and gated in?’” she said. The staff soon saw the giant pale slab as an artistic opportunity.

Traffic stop leads to trio’s arrest

Search warrant finds slew of drugs

NORTH LIBERTY– Three North Liberty residents face multiple charges following a search of their home. The arrests were spurred by a traffic stop gone awry the previous evening.
At about 10:30 p.m. on Oct. 24, North Liberty Police Officer Spence Madole began pursuit of a Honda Civic driven by Jahmil B. Thomas, whose license was barred for being repeat offender.
As the officer turned around and closed in on Thomas, the 23 year-old exited his car. The officer ordered Thomas to stop before he fled into the woods on foot. Officer Madole was able to identify Thomas based on booking photos.

North Liberty City council candidates speak out

Annie Pollock
Please tell us a little bit about your personal background:
I was born and raised in Northville, Michigan. I first came to Iowa to attend the University of Iowa where I earned my Bachelor of Science, Certificate of Aging Studies, Master of Arts and Master of Health Administration. I have also lived in Denver and Boston. I am proud to call North Liberty home since 2010. I live here with my husband, Zach, and our two year-old son, Xavier. I work in strategic planning and business development at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics.

North Liberty Business Boom to celebrate the business community Nov. 2

NORTH LIBERTY– Join the local business community to share a drink, a few bites and each other’s company at the North Liberty Business Boom. The open-house social will be held on Thursday, Nov. 2, from 5-6:30 p.m., at the South Slope Community Center, 980 N. Front Street. The event is complementary and no RSVP is required. More information about the event is available at northlibertyiowa.org/boom.

Clear Creek Amana Student Assistance Team/Interact club annual Senior Supper Nov. 4

TIFFIN– On Saturday, Nov. 4, the Clear Creek Amana Student Assistance Team/Interact club will host its annual Senior Supper at the high school in Tiffin. The club members look forward to an evening with members of the district 55-years-young or older. A main course of turkey, ham and mashed potatoes is provided and the students will provide the rest of the meal as pot luck. Serving starts at 6 p.m. Patrons may look forward to an evening of not quite fine dining but good conversation, good food and meeting new and returning friends.

Council Candidate Forum in Tiffin Thursday, Nov. 2

TIFFIN– The League of Women Voters of Johnson County (LWVJC) will hold a Council Candidate Forum, in Tiffin, on Thursday, Nov. 2, from 7–8:30 p.m., at the City Hall, 300 Railroad St.
Declared candidates have been invited to participate in the forum. Mayor Steve Berner is unopposed in seeking re-election to a two-year term. Five candidates are seeking a four-year term for city council: James Bartels (incumbent), Al Havens (incumbent), Joan Kahler (incumbent), Royce Phillips and Eric Schnedler.

Annual Prairie Seed Harvest at Kent Park Nov. 4

OXFORD– Play a role in expanding the native prairie areas throughout Johnson County. Each fall, Johnson County Conservation staff members collect prairie seed from county properties. The seed is then used to plant new county areas to prairie. Volunteers from the public are welcome to take part in this rewarding conservation process by attending the Annual Prairie Seed Harvest on Saturday, Nov. 4, from 9:30 a.m. to noon, at F.W. Kent Park.

City doesn’t want to take lead on Gallery Acres West

City: DNR not helping with water issue

SOLON– The city can’t investigate providing rural water if it doesn’t know how many local subdivisions would be interested.
And the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is apparently not very interested in helping determine that number.
According to discussions at the Oct. 18 meeting of the Solon City Council, the DNR stepped back from its lead role in determining whether municipal water could help resolve arsenic issues in developments outside the city.
For the city’s elected officials, the news brought their interest in researching the problem to a screeching halt.

Tickets to go on sale for “Disney’s Mary Poppins” Oct. 27

SOLON– Solon Center for the Arts will present “Disney’s Mary Poppins” Friday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 11, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 12, at 2 p.m.
Tickets will be available online at 10 a.m., Friday, Oct. 27, at www.midwestix.com/organizations/solon-center.
Tickets for “Disney’s Mary Poppins” will also be sold in-person in the Solon Center for the Arts Lobby on Saturday, Nov. 4, from 10 a.m. until noon, Monday, Nov. 6, from 6-8 p.m. and Thursday, Nov. 9, from 6-8 p.m. The box office will also be open one hour before each show Nov. 10, 11 and 12.

Solon Wrestling Club Starts Nov. 2

SOLON– The Solon Wrestling Club announced the beginning of the upcoming youth season for students in grades K-8. The club’s emphasis is learning the fundamentals of wrestling and having fun. The Solon Wrestling Club is lucky to bring back youth head coach and college All-American Dale Handley for a fourth season.

Czech mates

Carl Richey and Czech student Daniel White make most of visit

SOLON– “I told my parents, let’s do this,” Carl Richey said when he saw the flier posted at school last fall.
It described an opportunity to participate in a summer exchange program sponsored by the Czech Heritage Foundation.
High school students of Czech, Moravian or Slovak ancestry living within 100 miles of Cedar Rapids and Iowa City were eligible to apply to the Foundation’s Homestay program, which has awarded 55 scholarships since it began in 1983.