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Community

Equipment damage slows North Liberty leaf collection

NORTH LIBERTY– Leaf collection in North Liberty will be slowed due to the destruction of one of the city’s vacuum trucks. The damage was caused when a piece of concrete, obscured by leaves at the curb for collection, was sucked into the truck’s impeller. No injuries were reported during the incident.
Repair will require the truck to be out of service through the end of leaf collection, limiting collection to a single crew working with older, less efficient equipment.

West High swimmers qualify for state meet

Six girls will compete Saturday in Marshalltown

North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– Six West High swimming and diving team members will compete in the 2015 state meet Saturday, Nov. 7, in Marshalltown.

First phase of Hoover Trail funding approved

State trail fund, conservation bond to cover cost

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist
SOLON– It’s a go.
The first phase of the Hoover Trail project has received $679,699 in funding from the Iowa Department of Transportation’s (DOT) State Recreational Trails Programs.
The state funding, coupled with money from the county’s Conservation Bond Fund, will enable construction of the first segment of a dedicated recreational trail between Solon and Ely, according to Johnson County Conservation Department Program Manager Brad Friedhof.

Freedom Rock design set in stone

Ray “Bubba” Sorensen creating 99-county canvas

SOLON– “This is kind of a way to have a job and also keep my life in perspective,” Ray “Bubba” Sorensen II said, taking a break from work on the Solon Freedom Rock. “And be thankful I’m an American.”
Sorensen, 36, of Greenfield, was close to putting the finishing touches on the Solon Freedom Rock, one of 99 planned for the state of Iowa.
Solon’s rock, representing Johnson County, is No. 38.

Hydrant flushing to begin Nov. 2

SOLON– Beginning Monday, Nov. 2, the Solon Public Works Department will begin flushing fire hydrants starting at 9 a.m. It is anticipated this will last two weeks. This work is necessary to ensure the proper operation of the hydrants and to draw water through the water mains at a faster than normal rate to remove any iron sediment in the pipes.

County celebrates Mehaffey Bridge opening

JOHNSON COUNTY– Mehaffey Bridge is finished.
Officials from Johnson County, representatives of VJ Engineering and Iowa Bridge and Culvert, and members of the public gathered in the rain Wednesday, Oct. 21, to conduct a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of the two-year project.

Solon softball team collecting cans Nov. 1; also selling take-and-bake 

SOLON– The Lady Spartan Softball team is holding a can drive and fall fundraising event. The can drive will be Sunday, Nov. 1, from 9 a.m. until noon. Drop off your cans at the softball field. The Lady Spartans will also drive around Solon to collect cans. Team members will be selling pans of homemade take-and-bake lasagna and apple crisp, which are great for holiday guests and gatherings. An 8x8 apple crisp pan can be purchased for $12 (take-and-bake) and a 9x13 pan lasagna will be $15 (take-and-bake).

Solon American Legion to host full breakfast Sunday, Nov. 8

SOLON– The Solon American Legion will host a full breakfast fundraiser for the Legion Color Guard Sunday, Nov. 8, from 7 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the Legion.
Legion members will serve eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, pancakes, hash browns, coffee and juice.

Solon High School presents musical “Annie” Nov. 13, 14, and 15

SOLON– Solon High School now presents “Annie,” the musical! Performance dates are Nov. 13 at 7 p.m., Nov. 14 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Nov. 15 at 2 p.m.
Tickets go on sale Saturday, Oct. 31, from 9-11 a.m., Monday, Nov. 9, and Tuesday, Nov. 10, from 5-7 p.m. in the Solon Middle School Auditorium Lobby.
Gold seating is $12, silver seating is $9 and Bronze seating is $6, checks may be made payable to Solon Drama Department.

Old Gold Diner November activities

November is the month of Thanksgiving. Do you know these bits of interest about it? Here’s something to talk about around the Thanksgiving table!
• What year did the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade begin?
• Which President first proclaimed Thanksgiving as a national holiday?
• A male turkey is called a tom. What is a female turkey called?
• Which country first adopted Thanksgiving as a national holiday?
• What is the name of the skin that hangs from a turkey’s neck?
• True or false: the song “Jingle Bells” was written for Thanksgiving?

NL council approves smaller lot sizes in office, research park

Downsizing to draw businesses

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY­– North Liberty officials are trying to make it easier for businesses to locate in the city’s available office and research park areas.
The North Liberty City Council, at its Oct. 13 meeting, approved the first reading of a zoning amendment reducing the minimum size of lots for land zoned O/RP (Office/Research Park). Instead of requiring 2-acre lots, zoning officials are requesting to allow 1.5-acres. Lot width would go from a minimum of 200 feet to 150 feet, and allow side yards to be just 20 feet wide instead of 50 feet.

Little pumpkin with a big haul

Presley Russ gets ready for Halloween as she visits Colony Pumpkin Patch during the farm’s Fall Festival Saturday, Oct. 3. The annual event offers family activities, vendors, displays and of course, lots of pumpkin picking. The Colony Pumpkin Patch also has a corn maze, with this year’s proceeds benefitting the North Liberty Community Pantry. For information and more photos from the event, see page A6. (photo by Lori Lindner)