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Community

Advocates to tour Villages of Van Buren County Thursday, Aug. 17

SOLON– The Solon Senior Advocates have scheduled a trip Thursday, Aug. 17, to tour the Villages of Van Buren County. The trip leaves from the Solon Recreation and Nature Area at 7 a.m., stops for the step-on guide to arrive at Morris Park. The tour begins with a view of an 1800 barn and a feast on homemade cinnamon rolls. Next a visit to Millard’s turtle farm, then on to Bentonsport Indian Artifact Museum and the National Historic District.

Solon Dance Team to host can and bottle drive Saturday, Aug. 5

SOLON– Are your cans and bottles piling up? Help the dance team raise funds.
The Solon Dance Team will hold a can drive Saturday, Aug. 5, from 9 a.m. until noon at the Solon High School parking lot. Dance team members will be removing pop tabs and donating them to the Ronald McDonald House. Contact Marjorie Lane at 624-3401, ext. 1116 to schedule pick up.

Johnson County Archers 40 target 3D shoot July 22-23

NORTH LIBERTY– The Johnson County Archers club hosts its second leg of the Iowa Bow Hunters Association shootout Saturday, July 22, and Sunday, July 23, at the Macbride Nature Recreation Area, 2095 Mehaffey Bridge Rd. NE.
The entry fee is $12 for adults and $6 for kids. There will be 20-plus targets set up on each course, 40 arrows total. Door prizes, raffles, food, novelties and custom targets will be provided. The schedule is 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. Sunday.
The 40 target 3D shoot is sponsored by Fin and Feather of Iowa City.

Swisher Fun Days July 28-29

SWISHER– The annual Swisher Fun Days will be Friday, July 28, and Saturday, July 29, in Swisher.
Events include a kiddy tractor pull, bingo, human foosball tournament, photo contest, bags tournament, horseshoes, 5K run, parade and fireworks. The kids zone, including inflatables, will be open Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Kevin Olson takes over as City Attorney

Martinek steps down, but will still assist

SOLON– Kevin Olson hasn’t been working in Solon too long, but the town is growing on him.
Literally.
Olson, 44, is the new city attorney, replacing Jim Martinek, who scaled back his workload June 30, the end of the fiscal year.
Olson was a natural fit for Solon, having served four other local communities– Coralville, West Branch and Washington– in the same capacity.
It was during his job representing the City of Coralville Olson caught Martinek’s eye.
As a magistrate judge for Johnson County, Martinek presided over several cases in which Olson was involved as city attorney.

Banding together

OXFORD– Bird nerds– they’re everywhere.
According to a 2011 survey by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, over 46 million Americans enjoy bird watching. Twenty-two percent of Iowans over the age of 16 are birders. And Johnson County is host to a thriving intergenerational and growing birding community.
Sophia Davis, who recently finished eighth grade at Northwest Junior High, was a member of the Iowa City Bird Club for four years.

Ely News by Lenna See

The 43rd Annual See Family Reunion was held on Sunday, July 9, at the Ely Community Center with a picnic dinner. The minutes from last year were read by Lenna See. Since the reunion last year there was one marriage and one birth. Members attending were Daryl and Frances Parks, of Antlers, Okla.; Fred Parks, of Des Moines; James and Carly Netolicky, Grant, Wendy and Lauraya Netolicky, Stuart Netolicky, Marilyn Coulter, Dalton Huff and Matt See, all of Iowa City.

Solon News by Lenna See

Jamie Bos, of Woodbridge, W.Va, and Kevin and Allen Shima were dinner guests of Leo and Elaine Shima on Thursday, July 6.

Daryl and Frances Parks, of Antlers, Okla., were visitors of Ronald and Rebecca See on Saturday, July 8.

Leo and Elaine Shima attended the Shima Cousins Family Reunion on Sunday, July 9, at the Tipton Parish Hall in Tipton. A potluck dinner was enjoyed. About 40 were present.

Council members abort pilot transit program

Intracity service to run through August

NORTH LIBERTY– A poorly patronized North Liberty bus route will make its last stop next month– less than a year after it was launched.
At its July 11 meeting, the North Liberty City Council unanimously voted to end the pilot transit program effective Sept. 1. The decision essentially nullifies a contract with Johnson County, which enabled the city to use a SEATS (Special Needs and Elderly Assisted Transportation System) bus and driver since last fall.
“I think conceptually this is a great service,” said council member Annie Pollock. “I think we’ve given great effort toward it.”

Over 15k attend Blues & BBQ

A new look

NORTH LIBERTY– It was a year of firsts for the highly anticipated North Liberty Blues & BBQ, an annual food and music festival occurring the first Saturday in July.
In its 11th year, the event is still being perfected by its organizing committee to make the day accessible and enjoyable for all.

Community Day at the farmers market July 30

NORTH LIBERTY– Locals are bringing the businesses of Penn Landing together to celebrate summer Sunday, July 30, at the North Liberty Farmers Market, starting at 10 a.m.
There will be bounce houses, open houses for the Penn Landing businesses, fun activities for the whole family and fresh produce and treats right from the market. There will also be live music by Vandello, face painting, and a cornhole tournament. The first 20 teams to sign up are guaranteed a spot, with prizes going to the top two teams.

Juniper Street parking prohibited

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty City Council has approved a prohibition against parking on the north side of Juniper Street from the intersection with Dubuque Street for 228 feet to the west. This is to allow safer traffic flow.