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Community

North Liberty is “doing it right”

Housing trends, inventory reviewed by NL council, P&Z

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty City Council and the city’s Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission had a lot to talk about during their recent joint meeting Aug. 4, but much of the discussion centered on the quantity– and quality– of multifamily housing.
North Liberty City Planner Dean Wheatley led the discussion between the two groups, a regularly-scheduled forum to give the council and commission a chance to touch base in person and communicate about policies and procedures.

Highway 965 is open; let’s have a party Aug. 30

NORTH LIBERTY– To celebrate the reopening of Highway 965, the city will co-host a block party from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 30, at Penn Landing, near the intersection of Highway 965 and Penn Street.
In addition to the great food, drink and shopping the Penn Landing area regularly offers, the party will include live music, games, balloon animals, inflatables, dogs demonstrating flyball, a caricature artist, prizes, samples, specials and more. Penn Landing’s weekly farmers’ market will also be open, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with some vendors holding extended hours.

Marching Clippers to host car wash Aug. 15

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana Marching Clippers will host a car wash on Saturday, Aug. 15, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The car wash will be located at the CCA High School and on site of several area businesses.

Operation ReLeaf to return in October

NORTH LIBERTY— The City of North Liberty, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Alliant Energy are again partnering for Operation ReLeaf. ReLeaf is a program that helps residential customers save energy by planting trees to shade their homes or to create a wind break, as well as improving long-term community reforestation and energy conservation through efficient landscaping.
Since 2001, Iowa has seen more than 62,265 new trees planted throughout the state due to Operation ReLeaf.

NL Summer Lunch hosts End-of-Summer Bash Friday, Aug. 14

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Summer Lunch Program will host an End-of-Summer Bash for the public on Friday, Aug. 14, at the Ranshaw House, 515 W. Penn St., North Liberty.
The event will begin at 10 a.m. with a presentation to thank the many volunteers, donors and restaurants that made the program’s second year a stunning success. Free lunch for all and activities for kids will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., featuring bouncy houses, face painters, a balloon artist, and, of course, delicious free food.

Clippers everywhere!

CCA staff, students get cuts for a cause

TIFFIN– When is getting a haircut nothing short of an act of love?
When it is done to benefit the nonprofit organization that provides prosthetic hairpieces to pediatric patients.
Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Middle School student council organized a Locks of Love hair cutting and fundraiser event– a hair raiser, if you will– in May before the end of the school year. Stylists Kati Burns of 965 Salon & Spa in North Liberty and Dannelle Soppe and Breanna Gassmann of Shear Inspiration in Anamosa donated their time and talents to give the haircuts, with the tresses being donated to Locks of Love.

RAGBRAI rolls through Solon

Almost 20,000 cyclists ride into Solon July 24 for the Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa

SOLON– A sense of excitement filled the air of Main Street for the second time in a week, as the long-anticipated Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI XLIII) made its way through Solon on July 24, right on the tail of the community’s annual Beef Days celebration (July 17-18).

Girls in Science names Kristine Vanderwiel Scientist of the Year

Solon native recognized for her mentorship to girls

SOLON– Years ago, a teenage girl in Solon dreamed of engineering.
Kristine Vanderwiel, née Gleason, absorbed her experiences in 4-H and youth career conferences with excitement and hope.
Today, she passes that on as a youth mentor, inspiring and encouraging girls interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Waving their star-spangled banners

Bikers ride Aug. 15 to show love for the American flag

Editor’s note: This article contains language some may find inappropriate for young readers.

Solon Economist
OXFORD– Something just doesn’t make sense to Lydia Bringer.
“I don’t understand why I have this love for the flag more than kids who were born here.”
Bringer was born in Mexico and came to the United States legally after the death of her mother. She underwent the long, arduous and expensive process to gain citizenship and proudly proclaimed the Pledge of Allegiance when it was granted. Before she accepted citizenship, she did a little soul searching.

Solon Booster’s Bash Golf Outing on Saturday, Aug. 22

SOLON– The Solon Athletic Booster Club will be sponsoring the 15th annual Booster Bash Golf Outing on Saturday, Aug. 22, at the Lake Macbride Golf Course. The event is open to anyone interested in supporting the student athletes of the Solon Community School District.

Annual Community Polka Festival Aug. 16 in Ely

Festival will be held Sunday, Aug. 16, at the Ely American Legion Hall, located at 1545 Main St. in Ely. This fundraiser is for St. Luke’s Child Protection Center.

Clothing sought for 175th Anniversary Style Show

SOLON– Vintage clothing wanted! In conjunction with the celebration of Solon’s 175th Anniversary, a committee from the GFWC Solon’s Women’s Club is preparing a vintage clothing style show. The committee is seeking items of clothing that would be applicable for the Style Show. Persons wishing to share applicable clothing items may contact Sandy Phillips at 319-363-2210 or via email at eaglemere50@gmail.com. It is hoped that contributors might like to participate by wearing a piece of their clothing in the Style Show. The Committee extends its appreciation to those who are able to help.