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Community

Solon Dance Team to sell gently used uniforms this month

SOLON– The Solon Dance Team is cleaning its closet and is selling gently used uniforms and props. Items would be great for Homecoming Spirit Week, Halloween or even for a kid’s pretend/dress up closet. Lots of colors and sizes are available, reasonably priced. Stop by the table at the Sept. 9 football game or after school Sept. 12-16, from 3:15-4 p.m., in the high school commons. If you have questions regarding the sale, contact Marjorie Lane at 319-624-3401, ext. 1116 or by email at mlane@solon.k12.ia.us.

NL man charged after woman injured Sunday on Coralville Res.

IOWA CITY– An Illinois woman was injured Sunday, Sept. 4, when two jet skis collided on Coralville Reservoir shortly after 2 p.m.
The collision occurred when a jet ski operated by Matthew Radueshel, 22, of North Liberty, was following a jet ski being operated by Cory Bettis, 30, of Shaumburg, Illinois. The two jet skis collided as they were beginning to turn.

Water restrictions lifted

An employee of Central Tank Coatings, Inc. of Elgin, paints an orange stripe around the Solon water tower Thursday, Sept. 1. The Solon City Council approved an additional $9,800 in cost for the tower painting to add the Solon Community School District Spartan logo to the west side (and add the stripes). The extra money was covered by the Solon Area Commuity Foundation ($5,000), the Solon Beef Days Committee ($4,000) and the Optimist Club of Solon ($1,000).

Tiffin’s “new front door”

Major commercial, residential development to abut I-380

By Shianne Fisher
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– Something big is coming to Tiffin.
In a special city council meeting Wednesday, Aug. 10, a Coralville developer presented a 265-acre land use plan for the most northeastern part of the fast-growing city. The development, which will connect seamlessly to the forthcoming Forevergreen Road interchange, is chock full of mixed-used housing, single-family residences, and nearly 100 acres of commercial opportunity.

North Liberty Treasure Hunt supports community fund

NORTH LIBERTY– A treasure hunt, with a grand prize of four tickets to the Oct. 1 Iowa Hawkeyes’ football game versus Northwestern, 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 Sept. 2 to 11, and then submit completed cards for a chance to win the prize drawing. To sign up and get your card with the first business stamp, visit Great Western Bank in North Liberty on Sept. 2.

Construction to begin on Hwy. 965 bridge

Project commences Tuesday, Sept. 6 on Iowa River bridge crossing

NORTH LIBERTY– Weather permitting, bridge deck replacement on the Highway 965 bridge over the Iowa River will begin at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 6. Construction should be complete by the end of November 2016. Cramer and Associates, of Grimes, will be the prime contractor. VJ Engineering, of Coralville, will provide construction oversight.

NL man charged following jet ski collision, injury Sunday on Coralville Res.

IOWA CITY– An Illinois woman was injured Sunday, Sept. 4, when two jet skis collided on Coralville Reservoir shortly after 2 p.m.
The collision occurred when a jet ski operated by Matthew Radueshel, 22, of North Liberty, was following a jet ski being operated by Cory Bettis, 30, of Shaumburg, Illinois. The two jet skis collided as they were beginning to turn.

A chance glance

NL man may have spotted the legendary Loch Ness Monster

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– Loch Ness is a 22 1/2-mile-long lake, up to a mile-and-a-half wide and over 700 feet deep located in Scotland. Legend dating back to the sixth century tells of a large creature, or creatures, living in the lake.

Giant balloon games at NLRC Sept. 16-17

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Recreation Center will join forces with Chad Johnson of ICBalloons to create the world’s first interactive giant balloon games event Sept. 16 from 3-7:30 p.m. and Sept. 17 from 2-7 pm.

NLCP Taste & Tour Sept. 8 at Growing Together Garden

NORTH LIBERTY– Join The Growing Together Garden, North Liberty Community Pantry's 9,600-square-foot garden, for its second annual Taste & Tour Thursday, Sept. 8, from 6-8 p.m. The garden is located on the west side of the pantry (89 N. Jones Blvd.).
The evening will include garden to table samples, kid activities, as well as pantry and garden tours.
For more information or with questions mail garden@northlibertycommunitypantry.org or call 319-626-2711.

Star Party Sept. 23 at Penn Meadows

NORTH LIBERTY– The night time is the right time! Join Take a Kid Outdoors (TAKO) and the City of North Liberty this fall to learn about the night sky Friday, Sept. 23, from 7-9 p.m. Contact Judy for more information or to register at judy@earthviewenvironmental.com. This is a family event, and children must be accompanied by an adult.

Sidewalk cafes can serve May to November

City lowers fees for outdoor eateries

SOLON– The Solon City Council significantly reduced the price of hosting outdoor service for Main Street restaurants.
In response to feedback from two downtown eateries, council members voted, at an Aug. 17 meeting, to slash the cost of renting public sidewalk and street space and eliminated a per-day fee. The city also extended the outdoor service season from May 1 to Nov. 1.
The ordinance and its accompanying policy have been in place since June, but none of the qualifying Main Street establishments have taken advantage.