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Community

Ely News by Lenna See

The Ely Town and Country Club met on Monday evening, Aug. 21, at Gwen’s Restaurant in Lisbon with about 30 members attending. She served a delicious meal as usual. Following the meal and business meeting, attendees enjoyed a talk by Bryan Bailey. He told about his walk across Spain. He walked 480 miles over a five-week period. He saw some beautiful country and made several new friends. His pictures were spectacular. Hostess was Viola Zahradnik.

Doggie Plunge Sept. 7-8

NORTH LIBERTY– Bring your dog for some fun in the water at the Doggie Plunge! Pet owners 16 years and up are welcome; children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Early registration is $7 per dog; day-of registration is $10 per dog. One dog per person, please. Dogs must have proof of current rabies and distemper vaccinations present day of event. Adults are not allowed to be deeper than 2 feet due to limited chemicals for the dogs’ safety, and children will not be allowed in the water. If dogs are unable to “play nice,” they will be asked to leave without compensation or warning.

State Forest Nursery launches new online store

AMES– Ordering trees from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) State Forest Nursery just got easier. A new online sales site– http://nursery.iowadnr.gov/– features dozens of quality native Iowa trees and an easy check-out process.
Also new in 2017 are changes to how nursery stock can be used to accommodate a wider audience of people wanting to order bulk trees:
• Customers can purchase trees in bundles of 25, compared to previous order minimums of 200.
• Seedlings can be used for any purpose, including windbreaks or decorative landscaping.

CCA, Tiffin council compare notes

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– Tim Kuehl opened a joint meeting between the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District’s Board of Directors and the Tiffin City Council by saying, “We’ve got so many things going on between the school and the city, that the more we can collaborate and even just know what the other hand is doing, I think that is critical and helpful to the success of both of us.”

Liberty High kicks off its first year

Doors open at Liberty

NORTH LIBERTY– The doors of Liberty High School opened to 757 students Wednesday, Aug. 23, as the 2017-18 school year started for the brand new school.

Getting the band back together

Getting the band back together

Saluting the end of summer

Annual fundraiser for NFLD held

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Fire Department held their annual Salute to Summer event Saturday, Aug. 19, at their fire station. The annual event, the only fundraiser for the volunteer firefighters, has traditionally been held at Bobber’s but moved to the station this year.
Firefighter/EMT Mallory Barney, this year’s event Chairperson, said the ever-increasing call volume was a factor in moving the event.

Puppet Show at Grace Church Sept. 9

NORTH LIBERTY - Grace Community Churrch in North Liberty will be hosting the Hairy & Co Puppet Show on Saturday, Sept. 9.
The shows are at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., and is open to the public. No tickets are needed for the free show.
Hairy and his furry friends learn valuable lessons from the Bible through singing, storytelling, and of course, laughter, that resonates with kids of all ages (and grown ups, too).

Ashley Briggs top Froster at State Fair

DES MOINES– Two North Liberty amateur cake decorators took home awards from the Cake Decorating competition, judged August 7, prior to the start of the 2017 Iowa State Fair.
Entries were judges on execution, difficulty, appearance, neatness, originality, design, edible applications and use of color.
Ashley Briggs and Monica Walz, both of North Liberty, placed in the following categories:
Adult Open - Sculpted
1) Ashley Briggs, North Liberty
Adult Open - Single Tiered
1) Ashley Briggs, North Liberty
Adult Open - Tiered
2) Ashley Briggs, North Liberty
3) Monica Walz, North Liberty

NLCF Treasure hunt ends Sept. 9

NORTH LIBERTY– A treasure hunt, with a grand prize of four tickets to the Sept. 23 Iowa Hawkeyes’ football game versus Penn State (complete with parking pass and tailgate), is set to help raise funds and awareness of the North Liberty Community Fund (NLCF).
Entry fees for the Grow Our Community Treasure Hunt are $25. Participants will visit local businesses to collect stamps on a Community Fund card, from Aug. 1 to Sept. 9. Entering is simple, and you can pick up your entry form and map at Great Western Bank in North Liberty beginning Aug. 1.

The making of a Graham Champion

Rose McAtee honors Tom Wall with swine project

IOWA CITY­– “You’re going to be the one in your family who’s going to show hogs,” the late Tom Wall said to Rose McAtee, a fifth grader at Solon Middle School and junior member of the Graham Champions 4-H club.
Rose remembered the conversation she had with Wall at the annual Special Olympics banquet with which her family helps.
“He talked to me for about an hour about hogs,” she said. “He was a big pig farmer. We were kind of close to him. Then when I heard he passed away, I wanted to show hogs in honor of him.”

Spotlight drive-a-thon Saturday, Aug. 26

SOLON– Solon Spotlight presents a great fundraiser in conjunction with West Branch Ford with an opportunity to earn up to $6,000 to benefit all Solon students in the performing arts. It only takes 300 drivers 18 years or older to make it a reality.