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Community

Scouts seeking new food drive record

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Boy Scouts hope to set a new record this year. Last year, Scouting for Food collected 6,324 pounds of food for the North Liberty Community Pantry. The Scouts hope to see that number grow in 2017.

Trail connections planned for 2018

NORTH LIBERTY– This fiscal year, the city will extend its 19-mile existing trail network by completing three connecting trail segments as part of the city council’s priority to increase North Liberty’s trail connectivity.
The trail projects in the current fiscal year, the top three priorities, include:
• Penn Street: approximately half mile on the south side of the road from Kansas Avenue to just east of Alexander Way.
• Scales Bend Road: approximately 950 feet connecting existing trail segments along Pheasant Lane, the west side of Scales Bend Road and Fox Run Drive.

RUN CRANDIC,

Marathon coming to the Corridor

NORTH LIBERTY– Runners, take your marks. A new marathon is coming to the area promising to be a unique collaboration between Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, and all points in between. RUN CRANDIC, powered by University of Iowa Community Credit Union, will take place on Sunday, April 29, 2018 and leave from NewBo City Market, in Cedar Rapids. It will conclude at legendary Kinnick Stadium, in Iowa City.

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 Thursday, 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.

Our Lord’s Fall Festival Oct. 14

SOLON– Our Lord’s Church will hold its annual Bake Sale and Soup Luncheon Saturday, Oct. 14, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the church, located at 131 N. Market St. in Solon.
The soup luncheon features homemade chili, chicken noodle, and chicken tortilla soup, along with hot dogs and drinks. All soups will be hot and ready at 10:30 a.m. The bake sale will include kolaches and much more. Dee Meister’s cards will also be on sale.

Scouting for Food Oct. 14

SOLON– Scouting For Food will take place in Solon on Oct. 14.  Scouts will distribute donation bags Oct. 7-11 and collect filled bags on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 9 a.m. to noon. Donations collected in Solon will be delivered directly to the Solon Food Pantry.
A donation drop box will also be placed at Solon City Hall from Oct. 3-14 for anyone not receiving a bag or living in city limits.

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.