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Community

Devoted to serving kids

Youth librarian Cassi Elton ready to reach out to Solon

SOLON—Solon’s kids were welcomed to the library’s Storytime with a ukulele last week, as new Youth Services Librarian Cassandra (Cassi) Elton sang and strummed “If You Want to Read a Book” to the tune of “If You’re Happy and You Know It.”
Elton, who began in her new role on Sept. 18, will be facilitating and planning weekly Storytime, instructing Babygarten, and organizing early-out activities and teen programming.
Working with boisterous children sounds like a fun challenge to her, rather than a scary task. She loves kids’ contagious enthusiasm.

Homecoming

Homecoming King Nick Radcliffe and Queen Ellen Cross. (photo by Jeff Hess)

Investigation Ends In Suicide

Suspected burglar takes his life at North Liberty residence

NORTH LIBERTY– A 21-year-old suspect in an Iowa City burglary died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound after a police response to a North Liberty home Sept. 26.
Iowa City and North Liberty police officers went to 60 David Lee Ct. in North Liberty to assist with the investigation of an early-morning burglary in Iowa City, according to information provided by the Iowa City and North Liberty police departments.

North Liberty one of the best places to live

NEW YORK– Money magazine named North Liberty one of the best 100 places to live for 2017 in the nationwide assessment that considered more than 70 separate types of data, according to the magazine, looking at factors sharing each town’s economy, cost of living, education, housing, crime, amenities and ease of living.
North Liberty was recognized as No. 75 on the list. The citation noted North Liberty’s 5.2 percent projected job growth, 19-minute average commute time and $77,983 median household income. Council Bluffs was the only other Iowa city to make the list.

Meet the Leader’s newest reporter

NORTH LIBERTY– Much like the city of its namesake, the North Liberty Leader is undergoing changes. In September, Cale Stelken of Iowa City joined the team as a reporter and photographer. Stelken replaces Shianne Fisher, who has since moved to the Des Moines area.

Swisher Legion hosts VNA flu clinic Oct. 14

SWISHER– The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) will provide a flu shot clinic at the Swisher American Legion Saturday, Oct. 14, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
This clinic will offer flu shots QIV and High Dose Flu (for ages 65 and older). Also available upon prior request will be pneumonia vaccines PPSV23 and PCV13. Call the VNA at 319-337-9686, ext. 1155, to reserve the pneumonia vaccine dose.

Army Corps of Engineers waives fees and hosts events, Sept. 30

ROCK ISLAND, Ill.– The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), is waiving day use fees normally charged at boat launch ramps and swimming beaches at its recreation areas nationwide in recognition of National Public Lands Day on Saturday, Sept. 30.
The waiver does not apply to camping and camping-related services, or fees for specialized facilities such as group picnic shelters. Other agencies and partners managing recreation areas located on USACE lands are encouraged, but not required, to comply with this waiver of day use fees in the areas they manage.

Archery Team open house Oct. 19

SOLON– The Solon Archery Team hosts an open house on Thursday, Oct. 19, with registration at 6:30 p.m., and a parent meeting at 7 p.m. at the Solon United Methodist Church Family Life Center gym. All current team members, parents, and anyone in fifth-12th grades interested in joining the team are encouraged to attend. At this time, required forms will needed to be completed by parents, shirt sizing information completed, and collection of dues. All information concerning the archery program will be discussed. Questions regarding the program will also be answered.

VNA, Solon Retirement Village hosts Flu clinic, Oct. 5

SOLON– The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) will provide a flu shot clinic at the Solon Assisted Living Village on Thursday, Oct. 5, from 1-3 p.m.
Call the VNA at 319-337-9686, ext. 1155, for more information. The VNA will bill attendee’s insurance company, Medicare B or Medicare replacement policies. Attendees should bring their insurance cards.

First Presbyterian Church Near Ely present Soup and Kolach Supper, Oct. 21

ELY– The First Presbyterian Church, near Ely, hosts its 68th Annual Chicken Soup and Kolach Supper on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 4-7 p.m.
The cost for adults is $10 and kids 3-12 pay just $5 for the menu of piping hot chicken noodle soup with crackers, fresh bread, relishes and a drink, plus fresh-baked kolaches.
Aside from enjoying kolaches with the meal, they can be purchased by the dozen at the event’s country store where attendees can also buy other baked goods and homemade gift items.
The Riverbottom Ramblers and the Iowa Accordion Club will provide musical entertainment.

Economist, Leader and NOJOCO under new ownership

Woodward Communications, Inc. to acquire West Branch Communications

DUBUQUE– Woodward Communications, Inc. (WCI), of Dubuque, announced it will acquire West Branch Communications from Jake Krob and Stuart Clark. The sale of the company is scheduled to close on Sept. 29.

Solon old gold diner

October 2017 Old Gold Diner activities

September is fleeting away taking with it a great meal sponsored by Mercy Family Medicine of Solon, followed a week later with a room buzzing with the first class of fourth graders this school year. They always keep us young.
The fundraiser has not happened yet, but by reservations it looks to be a good day. Everyone’s support of this important program is appreciated.