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May 29, 2015 North Johnson County

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North Liberty City ................page 4
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Swisher City ......................page 10
Solon City............................ page 15
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Solon Senior Advocates ....... page 18
Ely City ................................page 20
FILL THE
SHELVES
The North Liberty Community
Food & Clothing Pantry has
the following immediate
needs:
PEANUT BUTTER, CANNED
FRUIT, RICE, SOUP, TUNA
FISH, SOAP.
North Liberty Community Pantry
89 North Jones Blvd.
North Liberty, IA 52317
319-626-2711
www.northlibertycommunitypantry.org
Donation hours: 9AM-5PM weekdays
The Solon Food Pantry has
the following immediate
needs:
PANCAKE MIX, SYRUP,
JELLY, JUICE.
Solon Food Pantry
Pantry hours: Monday 2-6 p.m
Donations: Mondays 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Phone: 319-430-8655
Located in the Solon United Methodist
Church
&
Convenient Urgent Care Trusted Primary Care.
All under one roof.
1765 Lininger Lane, North Liberty
Urgent Care: 319-665-3073 Family Practice: 319-665-3053
www.mercycare.org/clinics
Unique proposal, debated partnership
Supervisors,
Shueyville discuss
improvements to
Curtis Bridge Road
Brent Foss, Shueyville Mayor Pro Tem, and Mickey Coonfare ask questions of Johnson County Super-
visor Terrance Neuzil during a special city council meeting Thursday, May 7, in Shueyville. Neuzil and
the council members discussed an overlay project for Curtis Bridge Road and a request from the county
for the city to share in the cost. (photo by Chris Umscheid)
Shueyville: Continued on page 19
By Chris Umscheid
Solon Economist
North Liberty Leader
SHUEYVILLE– For anybody
who has driven the length of
Curtis Bridge Road in northwest
Johnson County, to say it is in
bad shape would be an under-
statement. Its dilapidated condi-
tion led county officials to move
the road up on its Five-year Road
Maintenance and Improvement
Plan, with work scheduled to
begin late this summer.
Some surface material will be
ground down, and the road will
be widened two feet on either
side before a hot asphalt overlay
is applied for a smoother ride.
However, the Johnson County
Board of Supervisors only autho-
rized work from the southern
city limit of Shueyville to the end
of the road, approximately 1.56
miles in length, at an estimated
cost of $742,000.
Supervisors Terrance Neuzil
and Mike Carberry, along with
County Engineer Greg Parker
and Assistant County Engineer
Neil Shatek, came to a special
meeting of the Shueyville City
Council on Thursday, May 7,
with proposals to extend the
length of the project. One option
would be to pave and widen an
additional one-tenth of a mile,
with the cost shared equally be-
tween the county and the City of
Shueyville– an $18,000 expense
to the city. To pave and widen
the road all the way to 120th
Street, a segment entirely within
the city limits, would cost the
City of Shueyville $488,000.
According to the 2010 census
conducted by the U.S. Census
Bureau, Shueyville’s population
is 577. Under Iowa Code, the
county is responsible for main-
taining Farm-to-Market routes–
like 120th Street and Curtis
Bridge Road– until the town’s
population reaches 750.
The city and county faced
a similar situation together in
2006 when Shueyville asked the
county to improve 120th Street,
the main east-west thoroughfare
through town. The city asked
again in 2008. In 2009, a propos-
al was made to have the county
bond for the project, with the
city repaying the bond over a
20-year span; the first such ar-
rangement in Johnson County.
In 2010, the County approved
an engineering and construction
management contract for the
$2.2 million project, which was
completed in 2012.
Through the use of Tax In-
crement Financing (TIF), the
city will make larger lump sum
payments to pay off the 120th
Street improvements by 2021,
according to budget analyst Dan
Grady. The city ended up paying
for over 80 percent of the total
project, and 100 percent of the
portion through Shueyville,
With the 120th Street project
still fresh in their minds, Mayor
Pro Tem Brent Foss and coun-
cil member Mickey Coonfare
peppered Neuzil and Parker
with questions about the Curtis
Bridge Road project and the
county’s proposals.
“The way I understand it, the
county is responsible to main-
tain our roads,” Foss said, and
Parker agreed. Coonfare then
asked why the county wants
Shueyville to assume respon-
sibility for its improvements.
Parker deferred to Neuzil, who
said the road was determined to
be in the most need of attention.
“So the board of supervisors
actually moved this project up in
our five-year plan,” Neuzil said.
“Johnson County maintains over
950 miles of road, and as far as
prioritization, we try to balance
that throughout the county.”
Neuzil said the board’s intent
was to gauge the city’s interest
in a cost-sharing partnership on
the project, either to the south-
ern city limit or all the way to
120th Street.
Foss rephrased his question,
asking why the portion within
city limits wouldn’t be part of
the overall project. Again, Neu-
zil said the supervisors decided
the southern end was their fo-
cus, which is primarily outside
Shueyville’s city limits.
“I guess what hurts me,”
Coonfare said, “is when we
started on 120th Street the city
agreed to do a 50/50 split, and
by the time it was done it was an
80/20 split.”
Neuzil noted it was an agree-
ment made by both entities.
“It was the only way we could
get it done,” Coonfare argued.
Former Mayor Bryan Bred-
man had been in office during
the 120th Street discussions
and project, and he offered his
observation.
“The City of Shueyville picked
up the tab for 120th Street. Had
we not done something, you
(the county) would be paying
to maintain 120th Street while
now all you have to do is plow
it. (Our) 500-some citizens paid
for that road.”
Neuzil countered they will
eventually pay for the road as
the city continues to repay the
bond.
But if Shueyville does not help
pay for improving Curtis Bridge
Road, the county will continue
Solon can drive May 30
SOLON– Save your pop
cans. As a way to raise money
to help a student attend and
compete at the National Lead-
ership Conference, Solon FBLA
will conduct a pop can drive
on Saturday, May 30, from 9
a.m. to noon. Those wishing to
drop off cans and bottles may
do so at the high school. Those
wishing to donate but unable
to do so during the day of the
can drive, please contact Jodi
Leimkuehler at the high school
at 319-624-3401.
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north liberty news
Holy Trinity summer Bible
school July 13-17
NORTH LIBERTY– Holy Trinity Luther-
an Church, a growing Lutheran church
in North Liberty, is planning an ac-
tion-packed week of summer fun for your
children just when they’ll be screaming
“I’m bored! There’s nothing to do!”
Plans are in the works for a fun-filled
week at Vacation Bible School (VBS) and
Day Camp scheduled for July 13-17.
Ewalu Day Camp is for those enter-
ing first grade through those entering
sixth grade in the fall 2015. It will be
Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
and Friday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Cost is $60 per
youth (multi-child discount is $55 for
each additional child).
Hero Training Camp VBS is for 3-year-
olds through those entering first grade
and will be held Monday-Thursday from
6-7:30 p.m. Cost is $15 per child.
All youth are welcome. Call Holy Trin-
ity at 665-2200 to register or to answer
any questions you may have.
Edible Outdoors Bow and
Fly Fishing June 6
NORTH LIBERTY– On June 6, from 1-3
p.m., Edible Outdoors (EO) will host a
Bow and Fly Fishing event at the Liberty
Centre Pond in North Liberty. The pond
is located at the intersection of Cherry
Street and Highway 965.
Participants will learn bow fishing
from expert Laura DeCook (Mahaska
County Naturalist and member of the
Bowfishing Association of Iowa). Instruc-
tion will cover basic equipment, tech-
niques, benefits of fishing carp and other
rough fish, and hands-on bow fishing.
Charles D’Ambrosio and Tim Taranto
will be teaching the fly fishing portion
of the class. D’Ambrosio’s class will
cut through the mystique of fly fishing
and get to its essential simplicity. His
instruction explain how the rod, reel and
fly line work together, and then focus
on the mechanics of casting, providing
lots of individual, hands-on instruction.
The hope is that participants will leave
the session with a good feel for casting
that will, with a little practice, lead more
enjoyment of local trout streams.
Recipes will be shared with the oppor-
tunity to sample Iowa fish. Local fishing
biologist Paul Sleeper will be on hand to
answer area fishing questions.
Edible Outdoors (EO) is a community
of people dedicated to learning about
foraging, hunting and fishing in the active
classroom of the outdoors. EO explores
the true nature of what our land can pro-
vide in a respectful and sustainable way.
The EO mission is to connect people to
people, land and our resources in a way
that benefits nature.
Those seeking to attend the class
may contact Rachel Vanderwerff at 319-
358-2542 or buy individual tickets for
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REPRI NTED FROM THE MAY 7 EDI TI ON OF THE NORTH LI BERTY LEADER
Dakota Zirbel (seated) and her mom, Yolanda Halferty, have opened Vintage Soul, a
fashion and home décor boutique in Liberty Plaza. The shop’s grand opening was
Saturday, May 9. (photo by Lori Lindner)
Fashion, furnishings to feed the soul
New North Liberty boutique
opens in Liberty Plaza
By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– Looking for some-
thing that speaks to your soul?
Old or new, you could find the
perfect thing at the new Vintage Soul
boutique in North Liberty.
Co-owners and mother-daughter duo
Yolanda Halferty and Dakota Zirbel
opened the new shop this month in
Liberty Plaza off Highway 965, offering
a colorful medley of women’s clothing
and home décor items, jewelry and
tchotchkes that will blend well with any
taste.
The clothing and some items are
new, others are vintage, but all have
been carefully selected by the two wom-
en because of their unique qualities and
special appeal.
“We both like unusual, eclectic items,
whether it’s in clothing or home décor,”
said Halferty. “We gravitate toward
that.”
Halferty has sewn since high school,
and continued sewing clothing for
herself and her family throughout the
years. Formerly a buyer for JoAnn’s
Fabrics, Halferty developed a love for
interesting textures, patterns and ma-
terials.
“We just love being artistic and ex-
pressive,” said Halferty.
That artistic expression spills over
into the shop, where richly-patterned
dresses, skirts and tops hang next to
one-of-a-kind finds. Custom T-shirts
with engaging tag lines are designed by
Halferty and Zirbel and printed by Hal-
ferty’s sons, who own screen printing
businesses Kyote Sports in Mason City
and Fangs for Nothing in Des Moines.
While Vintage Soul is a boutique in the
strictest sense– small and specialized–
its available clothing is not restricted to
a particular customer.
“We definitely think that what we
carry will be flattering to all sizes,”
said Halferty. “We offer clothes for real
women, so we passed on vendors that
didn’t make clothes that were made for
a range of sizes. We also wanted styles
that were fashionable, fun and flirty.”
“And versatile,” Zirbel added.
Vintage Soul has clothes suitable for
special occasions or every day, from
sassy skirts and fringe-trimmed dresses
to simple T-shirts that go well with a
favorite pair of jeans. “I’m not a real
girly-girl, so I want to be able to throw
a leather jacket on with a dress and still
have it look good, with that extra edge.”
Stained glass pieces, gilded mirrors,
distinctive picture frames and ran-
dom antique artifacts like old cameras
and bygone toys are just a few of the
objects customers can find at Vintage
Soul to make their own homes more
visually interesting.
“We like vintage and the quirkiness
it provides in the home setting,” said
Halferty. With an interest in architec-
ture and the character of older houses,
she sees elegance in details no longer
found in modern structures and con-
temporary design. “We are looking for
that beauty of the way things used to
be made,” she said.
Zirbel also appreciates objects that
seem to carry the past with them.
“I like the things that have a story
behind them,” said Zirbel. “I’m a huge
history nerd, so I try to learn about
them. Everything has a story, and I
think that is engaging to my genera-
tion, more than things that are (mass
produced) and store-bought.”
New products– or new-to-the-shop
treasures– will flow into the shop
regularly, as Halferty and Zirbel plan to
keep inventory fresh and inviting.
“We definitely want to offer unique
pieces you can’t find anywhere else,”
said Halferty. “Any time you are buying
vintage or accessories, it has to speak
to you, whether it’s your past or things
you can relate to. That’s how we came
up with the name, Vintage Soul. It
speaks to us.”
“It’s all the stuff I want to take home
and can’t,” added Zirbel. “It’s a little bit
of everything.”
Vintage Soul held its grand opening
Saturday, May 9. Ten percent of the
day’s proceeds were donated to the
Habitat for Humanity ReStore. In addi-
tion, the shop will host ladies’ nights
the first Thursday of each month, with
wine, desserts, special deals and other
surprises.
4 • JUNE, 2015 • NORTH JOHNSON COUNTY
NEWSLETTER
Recreation Center: 626-5716
Library: 626-5701
City Hall: 626-5700
CITY NEWS
Trail construction to begin on North Ridge Trail
Improvements on North Liberty’s North Ridge Trail recre-
ation trail between Penn Street and Forevergreen Road
will begin on Wednesday, June 3. This project, which will
widen, elevate and resurface the trail, is expected to last
into August.
Work will be done in segments. When each segment is
being improved, its temporary closure will be required
until the work is complete and the trail segment is safe
to reopen.
Work will begin with the largest part of the project: rais-
ing, patching and resurfacing the trail segment between
Zeller Street and Golfview Drive. This work is expected
to last into late July. At this same time, crews will do
some week-long culvert work on a segment between
Cherry and Zeller streets.
Following completion on the Zeller-to-Golfview segment,
work will move to the trail segment between Penn and
Cherry streets, which is expected to last about two
weeks. Then, crews will complete patching and overlay
work between Cherry Street and Zeller Street, which
is expected to last about two weeks. Finally, crews will
resurface the segment between Golfview Drive and
Forevergreen Road, which is also expected to last about
two weeks.
Users of the trail are asked to use caution and find
alternative routes around the work. Details and updates
on this and other North Liberty construction projects are
available at northlibertyiowa.org/projects.
Annual Garbage Stickers
Late June is time to renew annual garbage stickers.
Stickers will expire on June 30, 2015. Annual stickers
will be available at City Hall after the last garbage pickup
in June. Each sticker costs $62.40 and is valid for a
year. Stickers can be purchased over the phone with
a credit card, as well, at any time. City staff will mail
the new stickers to you after the last garbage pickup in
June.
Yard Waste Program
The City’s yard waste program has transitioned from
stickers to yard waste bags soon. Instead of purchasing
stickers to stick on garbage bags for yard waste, bags
will be available for purchase at various locations in
town. Bags must have the Johnson County Refuse logo
to be acceptable. There are no changes to what can be
put in the bag. The new bags will be compostable great-
ly reducing the number of plastic garbage bags heading
to our landfills.
Mowing
When it comes to mowing your lawn its easy to go into
“automatic” pilot...SO a friendly reminder - when you are
rolling along make sure your mower is pointing in the
right direction - towards the lawn at all times. Grass clip-
pings decompose in a matter of days, adding nutrients
like Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium (NPK) to the
lawn. This good lawn care habit also keeps clippings
out of our streets, storm
drains and eventually
streams where they cause
nothing but water quality
problems. Thanks for
your help in an effort to
make water quality better
in Iowa!
Grass and Weeds
The City has a policy requiring grass to be mowed and
weeds to be maintained. Residents are required to
maintain the grass and weeds on their entire property.
Failing to maintain your lawn can result in fines and/or
costs being assessed. Help keep North Liberty beautiful!
Special Census Jobs in our Community
In the near future, the U.S. Census Bureau will conduct
a Special Census in our community. Local residents
are needed to work as Enumerators. Enumerators visit
households and collect a few facts about each member
such as name, age, and relationship to the householder.
Enumerators are paid $13.55 per hour, plus mileage
and paid training.
To be considered for temporary census employment,
review the job description fact sheet to determine if
you meet basic eligibility requirements. Then submit a
completed job application to Debra Hilton at City Hall
no later than June 26. The job description fact sheet
and job application can be viewed online by clicking on
“Employment”; at www.census.gov/programs-surveys/
specialcensus.html. Paper copies of both documents
can also be picked up at City Hall.
You will be contacted just prior to the Special Census to
take a job-related test to further determine suitability for
census employment. The job description fact sheet and
application also includes information about identification
documents you need to bring to the testing session. If
selected, you will be invited to attend a training class
and then given a work assignment that lasts approxi-
mately 3 to 5 weeks.
For more information about Special Census jobs in our
community, please contact Tracey Mulcahey at City Hall,
319-626-5712, tmulcahey@northliberytiowa.org.
Why does North Liberty need a Special Census?
Some residents may wonder why we are conducting
another census just for our community. After all, didn’t
we just participate in the big national census in 2010?
Well, things have changed since then. Our population
has grown. New people have built homes and moved
into our community. It is vital that we document this
change with certified census counts so that we get our
fair share of state and federal funds. This is why we
are conducting and paying for a Special Census in our
community. It simply makes sense.
Census data are used to distribute millions of feder-
al and state dollars throughout the nation to provide
important services at the local level. Healthcare, schools
and education, day care programs, transportation
planning, and services for seniors all use census data to
determine how much money each community receives
to provide these important services.
Census data are also used by business to locate poten-
tial markets, open new stores, market products, and
create new jobs.
Census data will be used by our community to plan
our future. By using current census data, we can work
to create public improvement strategies that minimize
traffic congestion, meet the growing needs of seniors,
project where and when new schools are needed, and
make decisions affecting everyone in our community
based on current and accurate information.
This is why we ask you to participate in our Special
Census. By cooperating with the census enumerator and
answering five short questions for every person living
in your home, our community will receive our fair share
of state and federal funds so we can provide important
services you depend on every day.
To find out more about our Special Census, contact City
Hall or visit the Census Bureau’s Web site located at the
following address: www.census.gov/regions/special-
census/ or by contacting Tracey Mulcahey at City Hall,
319-626-5712, tmulcahey@northliberytiowa.org.
Senior Dining Needs Your Help
The North Liberty Senior Council started a revitalized
Senior Dining Program in March. The newly revised
program serves lunch to seniors every Friday starting at
11:30 a.m. Meals are provided from a local restaurant
at a cost of $3. To be a part of the weekly meal, RSVP
to the Community Center by the Thursday before. An
activity is scheduled each week after the meal.
The Senior Council needs help from the community
to keep this updated program going! Volunteers are
needed to obtain meals, serve, clean up and coordinate.
Volunteers can help as their schedule allows. Cash
donations would also be welcome to keep the cost to
seniors affordable. Please contact Tracey at City Hall,
319-626-5712 or tmulcahey@northlibertyiowa.org to
get involved.
North Liberty Summer Lunch
and Fun Program
Summer 2015
Kick Off Event, June 8
Summer is coming and you can help feed kids
while school is out. The Unity Coalition is seeking
to provide a summer program for youth, regard-
less of need, that will include a
free, nutritious lunch with pro-
gramming offered. The program
will run for most of the summer
break, from June 8 through
August 14 (except Friday, July 3
for the July 4 holiday). This sum-
mer, meals will be served at the
North Liberty Ranshaw House,
just north of the Community Cen-
ter, Monday through Friday from
11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. There
are no income requirements or
registrations. Kids under 18 can
just show up and enjoy!
Neighborhood Centers of
Johnson County (NCJH) is the
community partner for opening
day: lunch on Monday June 8,
and an activity coordinated by
NCJH. A summer youth event/
activity fair will be hosted during
the program. If you would like to include your
organization, please email NLSummerLunch@
northlibertyiowa.org to reserve your spot.
The organizing committee needs both financial
and volunteer support for this program. Last
summer, over 2,500 meals were served to kids
during the program. Any amount will help fill
kids’ tummies all summer long. Tax deductible
cash donations can be made to the North Liberty
Community Betterment organization, a 501c3.
Other donations of food and supplies would be
welcomed, too. The program is working to be
waste free by using compostable plates and uten-
sils. The program is seeking donations of coolers,
water jugs, and picnic tables.
Volunteers will be needed daily during the course
of the program to put the lunches together and
serve them. Summer Lunch Coordinator, Kim
Ruth, will make sure that the lunch menu, food,
food preparation, food service, clean up and activ-
ity leading are full of volunteers. Help just one day,
or volunteer every week this summer.
The committee truly appreciates your consider-
ation of the program and looks forward to hearing
from you soon. For more information on volunteer-
ing or donation to the program, please contact
Kim at NLSummerLunch@northlibertyiowa.org or
call 319/626-5712.
Website pages:
Homepage: http://nlsummerlunch.wordpress.
com/
Volunteer Page: http://nlsummerlunch.wordpress.
com/volunteer/
Items We Need Page: https://nlsummerlunch.
wordpress.com/2015/02/13/gearing-up-for-
2015-new-site-new-hours-need-for-item-donations/
Contact Page: http://nlsummerlunch.wordpress.
com/contact-us/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NLSum-
merLunch
http://northlibertyiowa.org/
NORTH JOHNSON COUNTY • JUNE, 2015 • 5
Recreation Center: 626-5716
Library: 626-5701
City Hall: 626-5700
REC CENTER UPDATES
AQUATIC CENTER
First session of summer swim
lessons begins week of June 9
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SHELF LIFE
By Jennie Garner
Library Director
Library Update
Summer is here which means
exciting summer reading pro-
grams at the library. We now
offer five different programs
including babies (birth to 2
years), preschool (3-5 years),
kids (K-fifth grade), teen (sixth
to 12th grade) and adult (over
18 years). Everyone should
choose the program that is
right for the individual based
on age or reading level. Sign
up has begun for the summer
reading program. Weekly pro-
grams are offered beginning
Tuesday, June 16. Register
today at the library or online
at www.northlibertylibrary.org.
Reading logs are available
at the library and can also be
printed from the website.
Family Reading Challenge
There has been a change in
plans for the Family Reading
Challenge. We now have
three prizes to offer this year,
including a family pool party
for 80 friends and family at the
North Liberty Aquatic Center;
six passes to Lost Island (with
a gas card and meal); and
a meal at Olive Garden in
Coralville. Families are entered
into the drawings by having all
members of a household par-
ticipate in respective programs
and submitting completed
reading logs. Thank you to our
sponsors: Friends of the North
Liberty Library, Olive Garden
(Coralville), and the North
Liberty Aquatic Center.
Friends Book Sale
The Friends of the Library
is holding a huge book sale
this month! The book sale
will run Thursday, June 11,
through Saturday, June 13,
during regular library hours.
Patrons who’ve contributed
to Friends of the Library in
2015 get an early bird sneak
peek pass to the book sale for
Wednesday, June 10, from 4-8
p.m. Give your annual Friends
contribution at the information
desk to receive your early bird
ticket. We’re selling hundreds
of books for all ages, mostly
fiction. Prices include 50¢
for paperbacks and $1 for
hardbacks. Fill a bag during
the sale for $10.
Closed Sundays
Just a reminder that the library
is now closed on Sundays.
We’ll reopen Sundays
beginning Sept. 13. Please
note that fines aren’t counted
on Sundays during summer
months.
Outdoor Jazz
Join us on June 24 at 6:30
p.m. as the library hosts the
Smith Studio Jazz Band for an
outdoor jazz concert and fam-
ily picnic. People are encour-
aged to bring lawn chairs and
a picnic dinner as they enjoy
live music in the library parking
lot. This program is free and
open to the public.
Welcome new staff
The library staff is excited
to welcome three new team
members in June. We’ll have
a summer intern and two new
library assistants starting soon
so patrons will see some new
faces at the Information Desk
and in the library.
New Releases
Here’s a review of new book
releases available at the
library in June: Stephen King’s
Finders Keepers (out June 2),
Laura Dave’s Eight Hundred
Grapes, Seveneves by Neal
Stephenson, and S. J. Wat-
son’s Second Life (out June
9). Come check out the new
shelves or search the library
catalog for more new titles.
Questions? Comments?
The library staff strives to
provide services and programs
tailored to meet the needs of
community members and area
residents. While it may not be
possible to adopt all sugges-
tions, we welcome your input.
Please contact Library Director
Jennie Garner with sugges-
tions, questions or concerns
at 319-626-5778 or email
jgarner@northlibertyiowa.org.
More programming informa-
tion and the current program
brochure is available online at
www.northlibertyiowa.org.
If you have general questions
about upcoming programs
or library services, please
call 319-626-5701 or visit our
website.
North Liberty Blues & BBQ, presented by South Slope Cooper-
ative Communications, is now in its ninth year of bringing North
Liberty and the Corridor together for a day of free live blues
music, tons of family-friendly activities and delicious food. This
year, Blues & BBQ will be on July 11 starting at noon, to be held
in the east-side Centennial Park for the second year.
In addition to the live music on the UICCU main stage, which will
include Iowa Blues Hall of Famer Ernie Peniston and award-win-
ning Hector Anchonodo and Kevin “B.F.” Burt, this year will
feature a side stage with acoustic acts throughout the day.
New this year will be a hot air balloon glow at dusk, with full-size
balloons lighting up Centennial Park as the sun sets.
One balloon will be available throughout the day at the Front
Porch Playground, which will also be hopping with games, obsta-
cle courses and a climbing wall. The event will also feature the
Shive-Hattery Everyday Arts Pavilion, with craft activities by local
art groups and non-profit organizations.
Pitmasters and grill maestros will set up along Adam Schechinger
State Farm Food Vendor Alley, offering a plethora of grilled and
smoked meats and other delicious treats throughout the day. And
what goes great with barbecue? Iowa craft beer, which will again
be featured in the Verdian Credit Union beverage garden, with
plenty of space to spread out in the sun or the shade.
More information and other announcements available at northlib-
ertyblues.org.
North Liberty Blues & BBQ wouldn’t be possible without its
wonderful community sponsors including: South Slope, Veridian
Credit Union, University of Iowa Community Credit Union, Adam
Schechinger State Farm, Shive-Hattery, MidWestOne, Commu-
nity Foundation of Johnson County, Big Country Seeds, Lep-
ic-Kroeger Realtors, Rockwell Collins, Hills Bank & Trust, FOX
Engineering, MercyCare North Liberty, Rage Grafix, New Pioneer
Co-op, Casey's General Store, Linn County REC, Port O Johnny,
Great Western Bank, Johnson County Refuse, Alliant Energy,
Quality Care, Sleep Inn & Suites, The North Liberty Leader,
KKRQ The Fox, Little Village, 1630 KCJJ, CBS 2 KGAN, Fox 28
KFXA, Mediacom and OnMedia, the Iowa City Coralville Area
Convention and Visitors Bureau and the City of North Liberty. The
Blues & BBQ committee thanks them for their support.
Renew a Drivers License at the Library
As of May 29, the Iowa Department of Transportation drivers’
license kiosk is now available in the library across from the
information desk. Residents may use the self-service kiosk to
renew their driver’s license, change their address, or make other
adjustments rather than waiting in lines at the motor vehicle of-
fices. The kiosk will include a touchscreen, a camera, and a pay
station. Users will get a temporary license on the spot, and then
receive their permanent license by mail.
Eligible Iowans can use the kiosk if they:
• have an existing valid Iowa driver’s license or ID card that has
not been expired more than one year and is less than 180 days
to the renewal date (not a commercial driver’s license)
• are at least 18-years of age but younger than 70-years-old
• are a U.S. citizen; and do not have any medical or vision condi-
tions that would impact their ability to drive.
AT THE LIBRARY IN JUNE
Free Fishing Weekend
Come to Liberty Centre for a day of free fish ing and aquatic
education organized by the Iowa DNR, Scheel’s All-Sports, and
the City of North Liberty. Bring your pole or an ID to check one
out. Learn how to cast, look at tanks containing various species
of Iowa fish and turtles, learn about water and boat safety, have a
free hot dog and get the chance to win fishing related items.
For all ages; children must be accompanied by an adult.
Saturday, June
10 a.m.-12 p.m. • Free!
Great American Backyard Campout
Join the North Liberty Recreation Department and Boy Scouts
Troop #216 for a Great American Backyard Campout. Activities
will include fishing, learning to cook on a campfire, swimming,
movies and breakfast. Campfires are welcome. Event is open to
all - not just scouts. Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Sat., June 27, 2 p.m. - Sun., June 28, 10 a.m.
Fee: $7 per person (includes dinner and breakfast)
Registration Deadline: June 24
Fish Iowa! Games Eastern Iowa Cast Off
Cast away at Liberty Centre Pond. All Iowa youth are eligible to
participate. Register online: www.iowagames.org. All competitors
will cast at once, and are scored in three age divisions: 8 and
under; 9-11 and 12-18. Awards ceremony will follow the competi-
tion. All participants are recognized.
Ages Kdg. through age 18.
Saturday, June 6; 8:30-11 a.m.
$5 entry fee (On-site registration will be available)
FAMILY PROGRAMS
Smith Studio Jazz Outdoor Concert & Family Picnic:
Wednesday, June 24, 6:30 p.m.
SPECIAL BABY PROGRAMS
Music Together Program with Sara from Preucil School of
Music: Tuesday, June 16, 10 a.m.
Sign, Play, Grow! With Becky from West Music: Tuesday,
June 30, 10 a.m.
SPECIAL TOT PROGRAMS
Charlie’s Puppet Show: Friday, June 19, 10 a.m.
Winter in June (snowman crafts): Friday, June 26, 10 a.m.
PROGRAMS FOR SCHOOL AGE
(K-fifth grades)
Blank Park Zoo presenting Animal Heroes: Tuesday, June 16,
2:30 p.m.
Gadget Making: Tuesday, June 23, 10 a.m.
Movie: Big Hero 6: Tuesday, June 30, 10 a.m.
LEGO Thursdays: Thursday, June 18, 1-3 p.m.
PROGRAMS FOR TEENS
(completed sixth-12th grades)
Chocolate Olympics: Tuesday, June 16, 1 p.m.
Special Effects Makeup: Tuesday, June 23, 1 p.m.
Movie: Guardians of the Galaxy: Tuesday, June 30, 1 p.m.
ADULT PROGRAMS
“Myths and Truths about Ghosts and Apparitions: The
Reality behind Paranormal Investigating” with guest
speaker Darcie McGrath: Tuesday, June 16, 6:30 p.m.
North Liberty Food Pantry & Community Garden: Guests
Isla DeWald and Tina Dubois.Tuesday, June 23, 6:30 p.m.
Monuments Men presented by guest speaker Nancy Trask:
Tuesday, June 30, 6:30 p.m.
BOOK CLUBS
Tough Talk Discussion Group: Child Vaccination:
Thursday, June 18, 6:30 p. m.
BYOB North Liberty Chapter discussion of Bootleg:
Murder, and the Lawless Years of Prohibition by Karen
Blumenthal held at Red’s Alehouse (405 N Dubuque St.):
Friday, June 26, 5:30 p.m.
Last Tuesday of the Month Book Club: discussing
Monuments Men by Robert Edsel,Tuesday, June 30,
6:30 p.m.
NOTE: Additional copies of books and materials for book/discus-
sion groups are available on a first come, first served basis.
TECH TOPICS
• Do Drop In (tech help): First and third Wednesday of each
month, 1-3 p.m.
• Make a Website: Thursday, June 4, 9:30-11 a.m.
• Get Googled: Thursday, June 11, 9:30-11 a.m.
• Photo Editing: Thursday, June 18, 9:30-11 a.m.
WEEKLY PROGRAMS
Sociable Seniors: Mondays, 10 a.m.
Stitching Around: Tuesdays, 7 p.m.
SPECIAL EVENTS
Youth Art Workshops
Get kids excited about art over the summer. Each class includes
a make it, take it craft and kids will have fun in an interactive
activity or game. Be sure to dress in clothes to get messy! Ages:
Grades K-6. Saturdays; 1:30-2:30 p.m. Fee: $8 per session/child
Session ................................................... Deadline
June 6: Wind Chime / Giant Bubbles ....... June 1
June 13: Nature / Balloon Ping Pong ...... June 8
June 20: God’s Eye / Minute to Win It ...... June 15
June 27: Make Own Foosball & Play ....... June 22
Cardio Kickboxing
Basic punches and kicks are broken down one at a time and
combined to make for a high energy, full body workout. Class
designed to increase flexibility, endurance, core and overall
strength. All fitness levels welcome. Ages: 14 years & up
SS2: June 2-30
SS3: July 2-30
SS4: August 4-27 (No class Aug. 11 & 13)
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Fees: Res/Non-res SS2 & 3: $27/32; SS4: $18/23; or $3.50 drop-
in fee per class
Before & After School Program (BASP)
Provides recreational activities, supervision and guid ance for kids
off on non-school days. Held at the Rec. Center. Each day must
be 10+ students enrolled or could be canceled. Ages: Grades K-6
Time: 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Registration deadline: One full week prior to
date.
Summer Camp .......................... Fee
Week 1: June 8-12 ..................... $180
Week 2: June 15-19 ................... $180
Week 3: June 22-26 ................... $180
Week 4: June 29-July 3 .............. $190
Week 5: July 6-10 ....................... $180
Week 6: July 13-17 ..................... $180
Week 7: July 20-24 ...................... $180
Week 8:July 27-31 ...................... $190
Week 9: August 3-7 .................... $180
Week 10: August 10-14* ............. $180
*Contingent on ICCSD start date
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REPRI NTED FROM THE MAY 7 EDI TI ON OF THE NORTH LI BERTY LEADER
Somethingʼs brewing in the Corridor
By Jen Moore
North Liberty Leader
CEDAR RAPIDS– When Kirkwood Program Developer
Matt Murphy first started brewing his own beer two
years ago, he had a lot of questions.
In search of answers, he turned to YouTube, and
found dozens upon dozens of videos produced by a
young beer enthusiast who went by the handle, terpsi-
choreankid.
“He was one of my biggest resources starting out,”
Murphy said.
“This one guy” turned out to be someone right in
his own backyard; Joe Williams, a home brewing expert
and owner of the Marion and North Liberty home brew
supply stores, BIY (Brew It Yourself).
“I had no idea he was someone around here,” said
Murphy.
Williams began making the videos after he realized
there was a shortage of resources for those wanting
to get into home brewing. He began making step-by-
step instructional videos for beginning brewers. As
more viewers showed interest in learning about home
brewing, he expanded his content from simple refer-
ence materials to longer, more in-depth productions.
Williams’ followers have now grown from about 20
when he first started to over 11,000.
Now, Williams is expanding his teaching to more
than just videos. He and Murphy are teaming up to of-
fer home brewing classes provided by Kirkwood Com-
munity College’s continuing education department.
The idea was the brainchild of Murphy, who wanted to
see a home brewing class at Kirkwood for years.
According to both Murphy and Williams, home
brewing has been steadily increasing in popularity and
many people see it as a creative outlet, a chance to
experiment and create something that is uniquely their
own.
“It’s super rewarding and you feel empowered to
add your own twists and angles,” Murphy said. “The
more you do it, the more rewarding it is.”
Murphy and Williams started home brewing when
they were both given supplies as gifts. It’s now become
a huge part of both their lives.
For Williams, it was so important to him that
when his fiancé, Nikki Scheel expressed an interest in
moving from Chicago back to her hometown of Cedar
Rapids, he hesitated.
“I joked, ‘Gosh, I don’t think I want to move there,
they don’t have a home brew store!’” Williams said.
“So, Nikki said, ‘why don’t you just start one?’”
Williams began contacting brewing supply distrib-
utors and researching the idea. He noticed that while
Kirkwood
Community College,
NL business capitalize on
home brewing popularity
BIY owner Joe Williams weighs and measures grain to be used in the brewing process. (photo by Jen Moore)
there were several home brew clubs in the area, there
were no local shops for supplies.
Therefore, he and Scheel opened their first BIY loca-
tion in 2012, and in April of 2014, they expanded to a
location in North Liberty.
“All the biggest homebrew shops are online,” Wil-
liams said. “Our trickiest thing was getting in front of
people and letting them know they have a homebrew
store [locally].”
One of the perks of having a home brew supply
store in the area is simply having someone available to
answer questions, Williams said.
Home brewing can be daunting for someone first
starting out; it’s a lengthy process with numerous
options. But it’s not as complicated as one might think,
Williams said.
“Brewing is a lot like riding a bicycle. You’re going
to be real shaky at first and you’re going to think, ‘I
don’t know what’s going on here,’” he said. “And then
after a couple of times you don’t even think about it.”
That’s one reason Murphy was so interested in start-
ing a home brewing class at Kirkwood. A lot of his first
batches were done by trial and error, and some of the
results were less than impressive.
He also worked in the tasting room at Lion Bridge
Brewing Company in Cedar Rapids and often heard
customers say they wished there was a place they
could learn to brew their own beer.
“So I thought, ‘OK, why not put that interest to use
and offer some classes at Kirkwood?” he said.
When trying to figure out curriculum, Murphy
thought about what he wished he would have known
starting out, then worked with Williams to develop the
different courses that offer a thorough look at what
really goes into the brewing process.
Held at Kirkwood’s Culinary Kitchen in Cedar
Rapids’ NewBo City Market, classes are offered both
as a one-day intensive learning session or a staggered,
three-weekend-long course. The first session kicked off
on March 28 and will continue throughout the summer
Home brew: Continued on page 21
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Saturday, May 30
OXFORD– Elementary
school students in the
Clear Creek Amana Com-
munity School District
are invited to a Child
Safety Fair on Saturday,
May 30, from noon to 3
p.m., at Creekside Park in
Oxford. The fair will in-
clude all elementary stu-
dents at Amana Elemen-
tary in Amana, Oxford
Elementary in Oxford,
and North Bend Elemen-
tary in North Liberty.
The event is spon-
sored by Canopy Lodge
(Masons) of Oxford.
There will be games for
the kids along with rep-
resentatives from various
community organizations
participating in the fair.
Some of the activities
and organizations that
will be there are:
• The Oxford Fire De-
partment will have a fire
truck on hand and will be
available for questions.
• The Oxford First Re-
sponders will bring their
rescue vehicle and will be
available for questions,
• The Johnson County
Sheriff’s Office will send
their K-9 Unit – they will
put on a demonstration
and will be available for
questions.
• The UIHC Air Care
will have their helicop-
ter and crew on hand
and will be available for
questions.
• A Fingerprinting
Merit Badge Counselor
will be at the fair to help
the Boy Scouts earn this
badge – the Child Safety
Card will go home with
you.
For more information
regarding the event,
contact Bruce Dolder at
BruceDolder@canopy-
lodge290.org.
Blues and
BBQ launches
volunteer
recruitment
NORTH LIBERTY– In
preparation for the ninth
annual festival, North
Liberty Blues and BBQ,
presented by South Slope
Cooperative Communica-
tions, has launched vol-
unteer signup at northlib-
ertyblues.org/volunteer.
The festival will be held
July 11 in North Liberty’s
new Centennial Park.
The festival requires
more than 200 commu-
nity volunteers each year
doing jobs as diverse as
setting up and tearing
down equipment, assist-
ing kids into inflatable
rides, serving craft beer,
directing cars to parking
and much more.
Volunteering is simple,
select a position and time
from the array of options
at northlibertyblues.org/
volunteer, and check in
at the MidWestOne Vol-
unteer and Information
Tent on July 11. At the
MidWestOne Volunteer
Tent, volunteers will
receive a event T-shirt,
other goodies and in-
structions. Volunteers
are invited to enjoy the
festivities before, or af-
ter, their assigned shifts.
North Liberty Blues
and BBQ has been North
Liberty’s premiere fam-
ily-friendly event since
2007. The annual event
offers fun for all ages
with mouthwatering
food, live music, arts-in-
spired kids’ activities,
local craft beers and
more. Those interested in
volunteering or addi-
tional information about
North Liberty Blues and
BBQ can visit northliber-
tyblues.org.
North Liberty Blues
and BBQ would not be
possible without its com-
munity sponsors: South
Slope, Veridian Credit
Union, Adam Schechinger
State Farm, University of
Iowa Community Credit
Union, Shive-Hattery,
MidWestOne, Big Country
Seeds, FOX Engineering
, Hills Bank and Trust,
Johnson County Refuse,
Lepic-Kroeger Realtors,
MercyCare North Liberty,
Rage Grafix, Rockwell
Collins, The North Liber-
ty Leader, 110.7 The Fox,
Little Village Magazine,
KCJJ, CBS 2 and Fox 28,
Mediacom and OnMedia,
Casey’s General Store,
Great Western Bank, Linn
County REC, New Pioneer
Co-op, Port O Johnny, Al-
liant Energy, Quality Care
and Sleep Inn and Suites.
NL SHARE Iowa
food program
combines giving
and receiving
NORTH LIBERTY–
SHARE is a non-profit
food program for every-
one. SHARE packages
contain an assortment of
foods that are nutritious,
easy to cook and offer
savings when compared
to supermarket prices.
Those who have pur-
chased SHARE packages
before know that the
only requirement is to do
good deeds for someone
else for two hours. Local
participants have done
226 hours of volunteer-
ing in the community
during April. Some help
with the SHARE program,
some at the food pantry,
hospitals, schools and
churches. People can or-
der the Best Value pack-
age with meats, fresh
fruits, fresh vegetables
and staples at a cost of
$25. More packages are
offered on the website.
SHARE is a valuable
resource right here, right
now, in the community
helping to budget par-
ticipant’s grocery needs.
For those interested in
ordering, monthly flyers
are available at the public
libraries in North Liberty,
Solon, Swisher and Ely.
Pre-orders for June are
due by the June 14 with
a pick up date of June
27 at the North Liberty
Recreation Center from
10-11 a.m. Online orders
and more package offers
can be seen at www.sha-
reiowa.com or by calling
800-344-1107. The local
SHARE Iowa contact is
Carmen and she is reach-
able at 319-626-3455.
Join SHARE Iowa and
enjoy the experience.
Grab your South Slope
Ballot and Vote Today!
Tese are the primary reasons I want to win a board seat:
• To be both Accessible to and Responsive to the Members’ Interests. I’ll spend time every week
seeking the input of members from every part of the South Slope service area.
• To make Certain that South Slope Retains Quality Employees to do Quality Work. South Slope
has a long and treasured history of customer service. Its competitors only wish they had the same
history. We must honor and respect those who do good work to carry on this South Slope tradition.
• To Ensure that we Retain Local Control of South Slope. Tis means I’ll actively oppose South Slope
being fed up to a mega-corporation like Mediacom, Cox or Time Warner.
I think I’m well prepared to get these things done. Why?
• I know this area. I’ve lived my whole life in this area.
• I’m a Lawyer. Tis will help me understand the heavily-regulated telecommunications industry.
• I have years of Experience working Hand-in-Hand with State and Federal Regulators and Lawmakers
• Endorsed by Hawkeye (Cedar Rapids) Federation of Labor, Iowa City Federation of Labor,
and Linn County Democratic Central Committee
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The roadsides in Johnson County
will soon showcase the colors of many
native prairie grasses and wildflow-
ers for travelers to enjoy. Watch for
the changing colors and species as
the growing season progresses, with
a variety of different colors, heights,
textures and blooming periods. Keep a
lookout for honeybees and the Monarch
butterfly, too, because these deep-root-
ed plants provide important pollinator
habitat.
The County’s Integrated Roadside
Vegetation Management program
(IRVM), started in 1990, is responsible
for planting construction areas or dis-
turbed areas into appropriate vegeta-
tion, usually prairie species. The IRVM
program plants these species because
they are the vegetation best suited to
Iowa’s climate and soil types, and they
help to control encroaching and inva-
sive weeds and brush. Other, less visi-
ble benefits are providing wildlife and
pollinator habitat, improved erosion
control and stormwater infiltration.
The IRVM program generally plants a
mixture of grass and wildflower species
for better diversity and habitat. Exam-
ples of the grass species used are Indi-
angrass, Big Bluestem, Sideoats Grama
Grass, Little Bluestem, and Switchgrass.
These are the most common grass
species found in many prairies. Sites
that typically have wetter soil may have
species such as Prairie Cordgrass or
Bluejoint Grass planted. The Secondary
Roads Department also makes use of
a wide variety of wildflowers such as:
Black-eyed Susan, Yellow Coneflower,
Blazingstar, Butterfly Milkweed, Ber-
gamot, Pale Purple Coneflower, and
Rattlesnake Master, to name just a
few. The showy flowers are a pleasant
accent to a field of waving grasses.
There are small pieces of prairie
scattered all around Johnson County.
A prime location to look is Herbert
Wildflowers are more than a pretty face
JOHNSON COUNTY
Hoover Highway out to Interstate 80.
It has a good diversity of grasses and
colorful flowers. Look for Prairie Dock,
Compass plant, Blazingstar, Wild White
Indigo, and New England Aster in the
county right-of-way. Another excellent
spot for prairie viewing is on Poweshiek
Avenue south of Iowa City. It has a fan-
tastic display of Grey-headed Coneflow-
ers, Purple Coneflowers, Wild Bergamot,
and Indiangrass. Another way to view
the flowers is to slowly drive some
of the gravel roads and watch for the
vibrant blues, oranges, yellows, and
purples of the wildflowers. There are
many fine textbooks and field guides to
help with identification.
For more information about Johnson
County’s IRVM program, please visit
the Secondary Roads web page at www.
johnson-county.com/roads and click on
Roadside Vegetation Management.
– Chris Henze is Johnson County’s
Roadside Vegetation Manager.
IOWA CITY– The Johnson County
Secondary Roads department is planting
native vegetation in county roadsides as a
way to reduce maintenance costs. The di-
verse seeding mix is comprised of several
species of native grasses and wildflowers
and its deep roots and taller growth help
squeeze out noxious weeds. With root
systems six to ten feet deep, these hardy
perennial plants survive drought, road
salt applications and other environmental
stresses while holding soil in place.
Plantings will improve roadside wild-
life habitat as well, providing food and
cover for pheasants and songbirds. The
wildflowers and distinctive texture of na-
tive grasses also add color and interest to
the landscape. County crews will identify
appropriate locations for the plantings.
The seed that Johnson County received
will plant approximately 20 acres of road
right-of-way.
According to Johnson County Road-
side Vegetation Manager Chris Henze,
“The native vegetation of Iowa prairies
works best for our landscape. The deep
roots were responsible for building Io-
wa’s rich soils, and help the plants sur-
vive during extreme heat and moisture
during Iowa’s changing seasons. More
than any other plants, these natives are
naturally adapted to our climate and
growing conditions and provide superior
performance in our ditches. With most
of the landscape engaged in agricultural
production, it’s also personally rewarding
to not only perform a function with these
plants, but also return some of them to
the local landscape.”
The Integrated Roadside Vegetation
Management (IRVM) program at the Uni-
versity of Northern Iowa applies annually
for Transportation Alternatives Program
(TAP) funds through the Iowa Depart-
ment of Transportation. This year, 38
Iowa counties, including Johnson County,
received a share of the seed.
Visit the Secondary Roads page at
www.johnson-county.com for more
information on the County’s Roadside
Vegetation Management program.
Native seed for reduced maintenance plantings coming to a Johnson County roadside near you
OXFORD– Join the talented staff from
Coralville’s Brush and Barrel and a John-
son County Conservation naturalist for
a morning of great scenery and painting.
The program will take place on Saturday,
June 13, from 9-11:30 a.m. at the Bob-
white Shelter in F.W. Kent Park.
No painting experience? Not to worry,
the Brush and Barrel will provide step-
by-step instruction to create a beautiful
Van Gogh-inspired landscape painting.
After the painting program, participants
can enjoy an optional hike to learn about
the landscape.
Find your inner Van Gogh at Kent Park painting class
The fee for this program is $40 and
includes instruction, painting supplies,
and light refreshments. Pre-registration
is required. Space is limited, so register
early by visiting Brush and Barrel’s web-
site or following this link http://bit.ly/
paintingthelandscape.
Participants should meet at the Bob-
white Shelter located on the east side of
the park between 8:30 a.m. and 8:45 a.m.
In the event of bad weather, the program
will be moved to the CEC. F.W. Kent Park
located at 2048 Hwy 6 N.W. in Oxford.
NORTH JOHNSON COUNTY • JUNE, 2015 • 9
SHUEYVILLE CITY COUNCIL MEETING
Special Shueyville City Council
Meeting May 7, 2015
Mayor Brent Foss, Mayor Pro-tem called
the special meeting of the Shueyville City
Council to order at 6:05 pm on Thursday,
May 7, 2015 in the council chambers at
the Shueyville Community Center.
Present: Brent Foss, Mickey Coonfare,
Chris Lacy, and Teresa Eadie, Clerk/
Treasurer
Absent: Markus Cannon, Jerry Cada,
Pam Larson
Citizens Present: Terrence Neuzil, Mike
Carberry, Neil Shatek, Jim Coonfare,
Bryan Bredman, Greg Parker
New Business: Greg Parker, Johnson
County Engineer presented a proposal
and an estimate of the cost to repair
three separate section of Curtis Bridge
Road project. The first section is 1.56
miles (south line) for an estimated cost
of $724,000 which the County would
pay for. The second additional proposed
section is 1.65 miles (north line-shared
portion of the road) for an addition
$18,000 for each city and county.
Total estimated cost of $760,000 is
to complete both sections. The County
would pay for $742,000 and Shueyville
$18,000. The third section would
2.56 miles (to 120th intersection) for
estimated additional $488,000 cost for
the city of Shueyville. The total estimated
cost of the whole project is $1,230,000.
Johnson County wants to begin the first
section of the project in the middle of
July and end work around the end of
October 2015. The first section of the
project is going to bid around the first
or second week of June but may take
longer with the addition of the second
and third sections. The proposed overlay
section would be two 11’ lanes and
on both sides of the road would be a
2’ safety edge and 4’ earth shoulder
finishing.
The county suggested the project might
be able to be funded through a road repair
bond. Both parties agree that the road
needs to be fixed but an agreement needs
to be made for how much each should pay.
Coonfare moved to adjourn the meeting,
seconded by Lacy. All Ayes, motion carried
3-0. Meeting adjourned at 7:00 p.m.
Brent Foss
Mayor Pro-tem
Teresa Eadie
City Clerk/Treasurer
Shueyville City Council Meeting
May 12, 2015
Mayor Brent Foss, Mayor Pro-tem called the
regular monthly meeting of the Shueyville
City Council to order at 6:30 pm on Tuesday,
May 12, 2015 in the council chambers at
the Shueyville Community Center.
Present: Brent Foss, Mickey Coonfare,
Chris Lacy, Jerry Cada, and Teresa Eadie,
Clerk/Treasurer
Absent: Markus Cannon, Pam Larson
Citizens Present: Peg Becicka, Janice
Horak, Brenda Truka, Pam Truka
Citizen’s Comments: Several citizens had
concerns about future development and
the easement requirement near Maplewood
second addition. They also have had a
negative impact from the water runoff
from the addition north James Avenue.
The City Engineer addressed these issues
and updated citizens about an upcoming
questionnaire that will be available to
citizens asking for feedback. Another citizen
questioned about runoff issues with the
proposed Jacob’s Landing, third addition.
Consent Agenda: No comments on agenda,
April 14, 2015 minutes or Treasurer’s
Report. The City Clerk explained the
expenses for the bond payments and
invoice for legal fees with the Lakewood
development. It was requested to email
attorney about who pays for Lakewood
fees and wait on payment. Sheriff’s report,
43 dispatches: 28 traffic, 4 suspicious/
criminal/theft, 2 phone request, 2 bar
checks, 5 medical and 2 fire. 1 remodel
permit. Cada motioned, seconded by
Coonfare, to approve the Consent Agenda
consisting of the Agenda, April 14, 2015
minutes, Summary List of Claims –except
attorney invoice, Johnson County Sheriff’s
Report, Permits, Licenses, and Treasurer/
Clerk’s Report. All Ayes, motion carried 4-0.
Business: CR Signs presented an idea and
discussed features available for a city sign
to go in front of the community center or by
the interstate. The sample sign submitted
is approximately $14,000, but they can
accommodate any budget.
The signs on the corner of 120th and
Curtis Bridge Rd were reviewed. It was
suggested that one sign size may have
changed and needs to be measured and
another is trying to be confirmed if they are
still in business. These will be tabled till next
month’s meeting.
Direction was given to the City Engineer to
relay to the County that the City of Shueyville
was interested in continuing discussion
on the potential to cost share for the
project (overlay Curtis Bridge Road from
120th Street to Sandy Beach Road). 
There was  some discussion on the level
of participation; however, the City did not
arrive at a percentage or dollar amount. 
The general discussion was that they
would like to see the split be close to the
percentage of traffic that was generated by
city resident’s vs county residents.
Motioned by Coonfare, seconded by Lacy
to approve Resolution 2015-10 Adjustment
of Hours for the City Clerk, All Aye, motion
carried 4-0.
Second reading of Ordinance 12-18-
14-01 Amendment to 2014 Electrical
Code for Johnson County was approved,
All Ayes, motion carried 4-0
Moti oned by Cada and seconded by
Coonfare, to approve Resolution 2015-
11 Transfer of Funds, All Ayes, motion
carried 4-0
Motioned by Coonfare, seconded by
Cada to approve Resolution 2015-12
Approving and Authorizing Agreement
for Law Enforcement Protection with
Johnson County Sheriff’s Department,
All Ayes, motion carried 4-0.
It was discussed the need to replace
flags at the community center. Motioned
by Coonfare and seconded by Cada
to replace flags as needed. All Ayes,
motion carried 4-0.
Motioned by Cada and seconded by
Lacy to approve City Clerk to attend
IA Municipal Profession Institute (clerk
school) July 20-24
Discussion was held about the Iowa
Living Roadways application and when
it is due. It was requested that the City
Clerk look into further.
It was discussed that Lacy and Coonfare
will take care of the weeds at the
community center.
It was suggested that someone from
Shueyville Council attend the small city
workshop in Solon June 4th.
Announcements: We need to have
someone look at the outdoor lighting
and recommend repairs. Lacy asked
if anyone knows of stop signs in need
of repair.
Cada moved to adjourn the meeting,
seconded by Coonfare. All Ayes, motion
carried 4-0. Meeting adjourned at 8:15
p.m.
Brent Foss
Mayor Pro-tem
Teresa Eadie
City Clerk/Treasurer
The Heart of the Corridor
SHUEYVILLE
SHUEYVILLE CITY OFFICE 319-848-7626
2863 120TH ST NE, SWISHER
WWW.SHUEYVILLEIA.COM
By Dorothy Teslik
Girls State Chairman for Unit No. 671
SWISHER– Five Prairie High School junior girls have
been selected for a week in Ames to attend and enjoy
Girls State. This program is held on the campus of
Iowa State University where the girls will be involved
with girls from across the state of Iowa. The program
is a mythical state government program to teach civic
responsibilities and the structure of government from
Governor on down to city offices. Each girl will cam-
paign and run for offices of their choice.
They will be divided into two political parties and
will then create their own way of running for offices
and working with the other girls in their cities to use
their strategies on how to and who will be running
for the offices of choice. They will be among approx-
imately 300 other girls participating in party rallies,
elections, town meetings and legislative sessions.
All the girls will be seniors at Prairie High School
next year. They were chosen by the Swisher Ameri-
can Legion Auxiliary after letters were sent out to at
least 20 girls in the junior class. These five girls are
very active in school and showed much interest in the
process of Girls State. The Swisher American Legion
Auxiliary is proud to present these five girls to Girls
State.
Kali Ainsworth
Kali is 17 years old and has been a Junior Auxiliary
member since birth. She has held many offices both
within the unit and the department. She is planning to
become a member of the Auxiliary when she grad-
uates. Her plans are to attend Kirkwood and then
Mount Mercy University to pursue a career in nursing.
She works part-
time at The-
isen’s and in her
spare time loves
to ride hors-
es. Kali comes
from a family of
military mem-
bers from her
great-grandfa-
ther, her grand-
father, great
uncles and her
uncle.
Rachel Harder
Rachel is involved with Key Club (a youth affili-
ate of Kiwanis), Science National Honor Society and
National Honor Society. Her special areas of interest
are band (clarinet), German, and sciences. She is a
volunteer at the horse corral at a Camp Little Cloud,
a Girl Scout Camp, mornings at Prairie Crest helping
third graders with reading skills and playing tennis
with family and friends. She is a member of the Ely
Presbyterian Church near Ely. She is in choir, bell
choir and youth group. Her plans are to attend Iowa
State University and study biochemistry with a minor
in German. She hopes to attend University of Iowa for
her doctorate to become a medical practitioner.
Kathryn Lee
Kathryn is 17 years old and lived in Swisher her
whole life. She loves spending time volunteering and
being with friends and traveling with family. She
Kali Ainsworth. Rachel Harder.
Swisher American Legion Auxiliary sending five girls to Girls State
Kathryn Lee. Constance Schlitter. Sydney Stolba.
would like to open her own landscaping business
when she finishes school.
Constance Schlitter
At Prairie, “CC” is a member of the marching band,
show choir, Skills USA, cheerleading and National
Honor Society. She is a member of the Swisher Junior
Auxiliary and the Jefferson Monroe Fire Department.
After graduation, she wants to pursue a culinary ca-
reer and later own a small town business.
Sydney Stolba
Sydney is in BPA, Science NHS, Best Buddies, cross
country, golf, and The Leadership for 5 Seasons
program. She is a dedicated, goal-oriented person
determined to get to where or what she wants to do.
She plans to attend the University of Iowa and enroll
in dental school to become an oral surgeon. She also
plans to join the ROTC program.
10 • JUNE, 2015 • NORTH JOHNSON COUNTY
Book Club
Our book for June is “The Physick Book of Deliver-
ance Dane” by Katherine Howe.
A crime lost to time. A secret buried deep. One book
unlocks an unimaginable truth.
Salem, Massachusetts, 1681. Fear
and suspicion lead a small town to
unspeakable acts. Marblehead, Mas-
sachusetts, 1991. A young woman is
about to discover that she is tied to
Salem in ways she never imagined.
Books are in now. Stop in a pick one
up and then join us for the discus-
sion on Tuesday, June 16, at 7 p.m.
“Eating and reading are two pleasures that combine
admirably.”
– C.S. Lewis
Summer Hours
Starting June 8
Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturdays 10 a.m. to noon.
And make sure to check out the Farmer’s Market on
our west lawn starting Thursday, June 18!
Book Marks
Fun Days Signage: Rebekah Neuendorf requested if
Swisher Fun Day banners could be put up thru town up to
promote the event. Council agreed to let Swisher Fun Days
Committee purchase banners. Fun Days will coordinate
with Superintendedn Vondracek to mount banners.
Park Improvements was tabled until Park Commission
Representative is present to discuss their requests. Call for
vote.
3rd and Final Reading of Ord.#245 to Amend Billing for
Sewer Service was done and adopted. Billing will change
to monthly and due the 20th of each month starting
July 2015.
Street Sweeping: Norm Neal stated he wants his street
to be cleaned. Kakacek gave rates of various companies
to sweep/vacuum streets. Council directed Kakacek to get
more details for next regularly scheduled meeting. Coun-
cil noted they should sell the city sweeper.
Vondracek will present a preliminary list of
items to sell at next meeting.
Council approved Barker-LeMar
Agreement: Kakacek noted the state has
approved funding for this post excavation
groundwater sampling and site monitoring
for D & G Lot.
Alleys: City Engineer Cutsforth noted the
quotes for the two alleys behind Shelton’s
Grocery and Shooters surpassed the budgeted amount and
recommended council to reject bids and get bid only
for the alley behind Shelton’s. Couincil rejected all alley bids
and have city engineer obtain bids for alley behind Shelton’s
Grocery.
Resolution No. 2015-17 to Award Bid for 2015-16 Pave-
ment Rehabilitation passed. Council reviewed and
discussed bids from Prairie Road Builders of $20,576.80
and LL Pelling of $25,561.00 and awarded bid to Prairie
Road Builders not exceeding $27,000.00 with the city
engineer adding part of Swisher View Drive.
Council passed Resolution No. 2015-18 to rezone appli-
cation of David Kutcher, requesting a rezoning of 1.98
acres of the property located at 1321 Hwy 965, Swisher,
Iowa (within the 2 mile fringe area agreement policy with
Johnson County and City of Swisher)” from MH-Heavy
Industrial to ML-Light Industrial.
Council approved Resolution No. 2015-20 for Support of
Community ID: Mayor Taylor noted the Johnson County
Board of Supervisors have approved Community ID and if
approved by Swisher, we would be accepting the general
idea but at no cost to Swisher. County Auditor and Attorney
are still working out the details.
Businesses and Flags: Council reviewed letter from
American Legion Auxiliary requesting to work with busi-
nesses to have flags attached to their buildings. Legion
would donate the first flag. Council indicated support for
the Legion doing this.
Code on UTVs: Kakacek noted the current code does
not address UTV but the state code does address it and
Swisher’s future codification will address it as well. Council
directed this to be on the next agenda to consider allowing
ATV, UTV’s on certain streets.
Council approved Resolution No. 2015-21 to write off delin-
quent utility account.
Correspondence: Council reviewed invitation letter from
Army Corps of Engineers and Veterans Trail Commission
to Memorial Day ceremony and Iowa League of Cities Small
City Workshop. Johnson County Sheriff April 2015 Report,
Building Permits for 200 Orchard Street & 321 Amy Street
and Mediacom update were on the council table for review.
May 11
Swisher
City Council
meeting
highlights
Council to consider allowing ATVs
and UTVs on approved streets
Consent Agenda was approved consisting of Agenda, April
13, 2015 Minutes, List of Claims, March 2015 Clerk/Trea-
surer Report and Utility Audit Report, Alcohol Refund to
Shooters on Second.
Citizens’ Comments: Greg Brenneman expressed con-
cern of street cracking on Swisher View Drive. City Engi-
neer Cutsforth noted this was planned for repair in 2017-18
budget year but may be able to repair some of it earlier.
Library Director Hoover reported the following: Teen
Room should be done by 6-1-15, Easter Egg Hunt went well,
sold 800 books at the Book Sale, Summer Reading Program
for children will start 6-11-15 and Summer Adult Reading
Program starts 6-6-15, the Swisher Library is officially part-
nered with North Liberty Food Pantry. She showed some
new library books.
Engineer Report: City Engineer Cutsforth noted he com-
pleted the zoning map changes and worked
on the alley/street quotes.
Sheriff Report: Mayor inquired Deputy
Sheriff input of the Community ID Program.
He was in favor of it.
Mayor Report: Mayor Taylor noted the
City Wide Garage Sale and Cleanup went
well.
Employee Vondracek noted the following:
they are mowing a lot due to the rain, finished the park
preparations, Dave Chalupsky has started work on the
culvert at Castek Park, are straightening signs throughout
town, will be renting skid loader to work on drainage issues
and plans to paint lines on the streets. Hinrichs requested
the “Welcome” signs to Swisher be touched up and replace
the plants by the signs. Council agreed. Kakacek noted up-
coming committee meetings, requested to contact attorney
regarding resident not following building requirements
process. Council agreed.
Public Hearing to Adopt 2014-15 Budget Amendment
was held. No verbal or written comments were received.
Resolution No. 2015-16 to Adopt 2014-15 Budget Amend-
ment passed.
Mayor Taylor read Proclamation of Older Americans
Month 2015: Carolyn Warkentin noted Johnson County
Livable Community is to assist with successful aging and
always needs volunteers. Mayor read and signed Older
Americans Month 2015 Proclamation.
Phone: 319-857-4539
Fax: 319-857-4529
E-Mail: swisher2@southslope.net
City of Swisher
66 Second Street
P.O. Box 279
Swisher,Iowa 52338
New City Office Hours:
Mondays 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.,
Tuesdays, Thursdays and
Fridays 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
News
Swisher American Legion
June 3: Fun Days meeting at city hall, 6 p.m.
June 5: Junior camp closes with Department Con-
vention 9 a.m.
June 7: All-you-can-eat breakfast.
June 8: Auxiliary meeting, 6:30 p.m.
June 14-19: Girls State at ISU in Ames.
June 14: 9th Annual Membership Dinner, 5 p.m.
All You Can Eat Breakfast June 7
Sunday, June 7, 8:30-11:30 a.m.
Adults, $8. Children, $5. Under 5 years free. Spon-
sored by Swisher American Legion Auxiliary. All
proceeds go to Honor Flight.
Kids Summer
Reading Kick-off
Thursday, June 11, 6 p.m.
Get registered for Summer
Reading and meet some
great Community Heroes!
Reading Bingo that is!
Adult Summer Reading Open
House Coffee
Saturday, June 6, 10 a.m. to noon
Come in for some fresh coffee and treats, check out
what’s new at your library, and pick up your summer
reading Bingo Card for a full summer of reading plea-
sure, challenges and surprises.
SWISHER
FARMER’S MARKET!!
The newly created Swisher Farmer’s
Market will be held every other Thursday
night from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on the empty
lot west of Swisher Library. Dates of the
market are: June 18, July 2, July 16, July
30, Aug. 13, Aug. 27, Sept. 10, Sept. 24,
and Oct. 8.
WELCOME all local vendors, farmers and
backyard growers. Set up your own booth
and tables and participate in one or all of
the dates. NO FEES! Please contact City
Clerk Tawnia Kakacek at 857-4539 for
more information and to sign up.
Do you have a news item to submit for NoJoCo?
email hybrid@southslope.net
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JOHNSON COUNTY– Johnson County Public Health
joins the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH)
and the World Health Organization (WHO) in recog-
nizing World No Tobacco Day. As part of the event,
which is held every May 31, Quitline Iowa is offering
eight weeks of nicotine patches, gum or lozenges to
eligible participants enrolling in the no-cost program.
“Globally, 6 million people die each year due to to-
bacco-related causes, and 600,000 of those are people
who die from second-hand smoke,” said Susan Vileta
of Johnson County Public Health. Over 4,000 Iowans
will die from smoking-related diseases, costing Iowa
over $1 billion in direct health care costs. As part
of Iowa’s Healthiest State Initiative, which inspires
Iowans and their communities to improve their health
and happiness, Quitline Iowa is available to help all
Iowans quit.
Quitline Iowa pairs tobacco users with a Quit
Coach® to help them develop a quitting plan and
determine if patches, nicotine gum or lozenges, or
another medication would help them quit for good. A
Quit Coach® also helps those enrolling in the program
by:
• Preparing participants for their quit date;
• Helping develop an individualized Quitting Plan;
• Providing tips and support to live in a smoke-free
environment;
• Offering advice and information on medications
that may help with withdrawal symptoms.
About 77 Johnson County residents seek help from
Quitline Iowa each month to end their tobacco depen-
dence for good. Call today or enroll online and that
could be you. Iowans can take advantage of the pro-
gram by calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669),
or visiting www.quitlineiowa.org to enroll. Registra-
tion specialists and Quit Coach® staff members are
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JOHNSTON– Coming into its 76th annual session,
American Legion Hawkeye Boys State will be held at
Camp Dodge in Johnston on June 14-19.
Selected to attend from Solon this year will be Ca-
leb Asprey, son of Dave and Jill Asprey, Cole Meiers,
son of Don and Kerry Meiers, and
Ian Steinbrech, son of Ken and Pat
Steinbrech. They were chosen by
members of the local American
Legion Post #460 to attend based
on their scholastic and community
achievements.
Iowa American Legion Hawkeye
Boys State is a weeklong “Hands-
On” experience in the operation of
the democratic
form of gov-
ernment, the
organization of
political parties,
and the relationship of one to the
other in shaping Iowa government.
Through the Boys State objective of
“learning by doing,” young men will
learn more about city, county and
state government in one week than
they would in an entire semester of
high school.
Boys State is an exercise in
leading, as well as following others.
Elections are an opportunity to show the ability to
perform under pressure and to show character in the
face of victories and/or defeats.
Boys State will test skill in solving
problems and working effectively
within a team.
Boys State is an opportunity to
gain pride and respect for our form
of government and the price paid
by people to preserve democracy.
The week contains ceremonies,
assemblies, and guest speakers as
well as marching and pageantry.
Daily flag raising and lowering cere-
monies are also conducted.
Boys State is a chance to meet
new people. With over 500 dele-
gates in attendance, Boys State offers an opportunity
to meet people who represent Iowa’s diversity in heri-
tage and culture. One of the finest objectives afforded
to young men by Boys State is the friendship they will
form with other Boys State citizens, many of whom
will become lifelong friends.
SOLON– Trisha Coberly, daughter of Scott and Lisa
Coberly, and Payton Hancox, daughter of Greg and
Sarah Hancox, both of Solon, have been chosen by
Unit No. 460 of the Solon American Legion Auxiliary
to attend the annual session of the Iowa American
Legion Auxiliary Girls State to be held June 14-19, on
the campus of Iowa State University in Ames.
The girls will be among approximately 300 young
women attending Iowa Girls State who have complet-
ed their junior year of high school and will study city,
county and state government processes. Iowa Girls
State citizens set up their own city, county and state
governments and administer them according to the
laws of Iowa. The girls also participate in legislative
sessions, campaigning, party rallies, debating and
voting, along with acquiring deeper knowledge of
parliamentary procedure. In addition to their political
activities, the girls hear several motivational speakers
along with local and state government officials.
Solon students named to Legion Boys and Girls State
Asprey, Meiers, Steinbrech selected
for hands-on Democratic experience
Caleb Asprey.
Cole Meiers.
Ian Steinbrech.
Trisha Coberly.
The culmination of the week on Friday evening,
June 19, is the inauguration of the newly elected state
officials. The inauguration program
will be held at Stephens Auditorium
on the campus of Iowa State Uni-
versity. The public is invited.
The girls were chosen to attend
Iowa Girls State on the basis of
interest, leadership, and scholastic
qualities. Iowa
Girls State is
sponsored by the
Department of
Iowa American
Legion Auxiliary
and is staffed by
Auxiliary mem-
bers and former Iowa Girls State
citizens who volunteer their time.
Across the nation, over 20,000
young women attend Girls State
each summer.
Coberly, Hancox to represent Solon
Auxiliary in mock government
Payton Hancox.
NORTH JOHNSON COUNTY • JUNE, 2015 • 15
SOLON CITY HALL
101 N. Iowa St.
Telephone: 624-3755
Fax: 624-2122
CITY OFFICE HOURS:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 8 a.m.-12 p.m., 1-4 p.m.
Wednesday: 8 a.m.-12 p.m., 1-5 p.m.
newsletter
CITY UPDATE
By Cami Rasmussen,
City Administrator
Adult Summer Reading
Participate in the 2015 Adult Summer
Reading Program by picking up a reading
challenge list, completing the form, and
dropping it in our Adult Summer Reading
prize drop box. Simple as that! Enter as
many times as you want to win gift cards
to local restaurants and other great
prizes! This program suns May 28-July
25. Winners will be contacted at the end
of July.
Teen Summer Reading
Program information
Every week during the 2015 Summer
Reading Program the library will b e
hosting Teens on Tuesday at 2 p.m. This
program is free, will last about 45 min-
utes and is for fifth graders and up.
June 2: Kickoff Party: Play outdoor
superhero games (2-3 p.m.). The library
will be having popcorn while showing the
movie “Marvel’s The Avengers” (3-4:30
p.m.).
June 9: Life Size Chutes & Ladders:
This week we’ll be playing life-size Chutes
and Ladders. Play on our giant game
board and be your own game piece!
June 16: Scavenger Hunt: Always
great competition.
June 23: Roy Lichtenstein POP Art:
Create comic book-inspired art pieces.
June 30: No program: Enjoy the
holiday!
July 7: Jeopardy: Participate in a Jeop-
ardy-style trivia game to win prizes.
July 14: Water Games: Wear some-
thing you don’t mind getting wet for this
crazy, fun day.
Children’s Summer Reading
Program information
Storytime: Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. from
June 2-July 14 (Storytime will NOT meet
on June 30). Join us for stories, songs,
rhymes, and crafts! This program is
designed for children ages preschool-kin-
dergarten, but siblings are always
welcome. Each program is approximately
40 minutes long.
Afternoon Adventures: Wednesdays at
1:30 p.m. from June 3-July 15 (Afternoon
Adventures will NOT meet on July 1).
Each week we will read a book and then
do an activity and/or crafts. This pro-
gram is designed for children in grades
1-4 and lasts approximately 40 minutes.
Family Movie Night: Tuesday, June 2,
at 6:30 p.m. Join us for Family Movie
Night when we watch “The Incredibles.”
Snacks and drinks will be provided. This
movie is rated G and is 115 minutes.
Officer Matt and K9 Visit: Tuesday,
June 9, at 6:30 p.m. The audience will
learn about Officer Matt and his police
dog. Hear about their training and see
demonstrations of how the two of them
SOLON PUBLIC LIBRARY NEWS
work together as a K9 unit.
Jester Puppets- The H.E.R.O.S: Tues-
day, June 16, at 6:30 p.m. H.E.R.O.S
is a three-person show with multimedia
and special effects including 20 puppets.
This story starts with four young children
as they play video games and talk. They
imagine what kind of hero they would be
and proceed to tell a story through which
puppets and live characters come to life.
The adventures take a turn when each
kid unknowingly reveals a trial in their life
such as being bullied, feeling inadequate
and even just having a big nose, but learn
to face and even overcome them.
Pint Size Polkas: Tuesday, June 23, at
6:30 p.m. Accordion player and children’s
polka musician, Mike Schneider, from
Milwaukee, Wis., will perform his show,
“Real American Heroes.”
Library meeting room space
Now is the time for the groups that use
the meeting room space on a regular
basis to start planning ahead for next
year. The library asks that you re-register
your group each July. We will try to ac-
commodate your traditional time and day
of the week, whenever possible. Tuesday
evenings will not be as available next
year. Park and Recreation yoga classes
will be scheduled for Tuesday nights, at
approximately 4:30-7 p.m., from early
fall through mid-spring. Call the library at
624-2678 if you have questions.
June hours
Starting June 1, the library will begin its
summer hours. The hours will be Monday
through Thursday 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and
Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Solon single seniors
The Solon Public Library and the Solon
Senior Advocates have created a single
seniors informational organization. The
aim of this group is to share resources
and to have discussions about a vari-
ety of subjects which are important to
single seniors. Some of the topics that
will be discussed are personal finance,
household issues, socialization, nutrition,
mobility, relocation and downsizing. The
next meeting will be held Wednesday,
June 17, at 9 a.m.
Dates to remember
Storytime: Every Tuesday morning at
10:30 a.m. for children ages 2 through
5. Join us for stories, songs, and a craft.
Meal and a Movie: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., usu-
ally on the last Friday of the month. The
movie is free, but registration is required
for the catered meal and costs $7.50
for an entrée, vegetable, and dessert.
The movie follows the meal and usually
begins around noon. Call Sandra Hanson
at 624-2710 to register, or sign up at Old
Gold Dining.
City Wide Garage Sale: June 5 and
June 6.
Family Movie Night: “The Incredibles.”
Tuesday, June 2, at 6:30 p.m.
Officer Matt and K9 visit: Tuesday,
June 9, at 6:30 p.m.
Jester Puppets- The H.E.R.O.S.: Tues-
day, June 16, at 6:30 p.m.
Pint Size Polkas: Tuesday, June 22, at
6:30 p.m.
LEGO Club: The first Monday of every
month (June 1). This program runs from
6 until 7 p.m.
SOLON CITYWIDE CLEAN UP DAY
Saturday, June 13, 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at
the Solon Recreation and Nature Area.
City limit residents only.
RAGBRAI IS COMING THROUGH
SOLON ON FRIDAY, JULY 24!
Please contact Solon City Hall at 624-
3755 if your local group or organization
is interested in having a vendor booth.
SOLON COMPREHENSIVE PLAN
A website to follow the plan process has
been established at www.thesolonplan.
com. Please participate in a survey at
the website above and give your input
and insight regarding the future for the
City of Solon. The survey will be available
through June 30.
BRUSH COLLECTION
Brush collection begins in April. Brush
is collected the FIRST MONDAY of each
month, April through November. Neatly
place brush parallel to the curb by 7:30
a.m. No brush shall be larger than 8
inches in diameter and no longer than 15
feet in length.
Brush pickup shall consist of Twigs and
Branches ONLY. The City will not collect
grass clippings, stumps, garden waste,
rocks, sod, leaves, bushes and dimen-
sional lumber.
Johnson County Refuse will pick up all
types of yard waste provided they have
a YARD WASTE sticker on the bag. Items
include leaves, sod, grass clippings,
bushes and garden waste. Stickers can
be purchased at the Solon City Hall, 101
N Iowa St. Each sticker costs $1.25 and
is good for one bag up to a 39-gallon
capacity with a 40-pound weight limit.
They will be picked up with garbage on
Fridays.
The City also has a compost site avail-
able behind the new Public Works Building
located at 1031 Stinocher St. City resi-
dents are allowed to drop off landscape
waste only. For further information you
may also contact the city hall at 624-
3755.
BURN REGULATIONS
The City of Solon has specific burn days/
times for yard waste. Residents can burn
between the dates of April 1 through May
25, and Oct. 1 through Nov. 25 on Tues-
days, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 7
a.m. through 7 p.m. As has always been
the case, no burning of garbage or con-
struction material is allowed. Recreational
fires are permitted.
GOLF CART PERMITS
Golf Cart Permits are now available at
City Hall for the 2015 season. Licensed
carts are permitted on authorized streets
between April 1 and Oct. 31. The cost for
a permit is $25 and you must provide a
valid drivers license and proof of insur-
ance. Permits must be renewed annually.
Contact city hall at 624-3755 for addi-
tional information. Must be 18 years old
and have a valid drivers license to drive a
golf cart on city streets. Gators and four
wheelers are not allowed.
RECYLCING BINS
Replacement bins can be purchased at
city hall for $7 each.
“Still Alice”
“Black or White”
“These Final Hours”
“The Babadook”
“The Homesman”
“Interstellar”
“Unbroken”
“Selma”
“Island of Lemurs: Madagascar”
“Big Eyes”
“Paddington”
FILM CLIPS
SOLON PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT
Swim Lessons at Mount Vernon Pool
Registrations are still being accepted,
although you will need to pay a $15 late
fee after May 29. The registration form
is on the Solon Parks and Recreation
website or can be picked up at Solon city
hall. Swim lessons will run the mornings
of June 8-19 from 10-10:45 a.m. Swim-
mers will be picked up by school bus
at Lakeview Elementary at 9:40 a.m.
and dropped back off at the elementary
school at approximately 11 a.m.
Solon Beef Days Middle School Kick-
ball Tournament
It’s for boys and girls that will be in
grades 5-8 in the upcoming school
year (i.e. the 2015-16 school year). It
will be held on Saturday, July 18, at the
Solon Recreation and Nature Area ball
diamonds. Teams can pre-register by
a) going to the “www.beefdays.com”
website, or b) going to the Solon Parks
and Recreation website, downloading the
form, and turning in the completed form
and registration fee ($20) to Solon City
Hall. Teams can also register and pay the
day of the event. Team registration and
check-in is from 11:30 a.m.-noon, with
the tourney starting shortly after.
Fall flag football registration
Fall flag football registration has started
and lasts until Aug. 7. All pre-K through
fifth grade Solon students should have
either brought home a registration form
or had one emailed. You can register
online at https://solon-iowa.cogran.com/.
More registration forms are available at
the Solon Parks & Recreation website or
can be picked up at city hall. The coach-
es meeting will be Wednesday, Aug. 12,
at 6:30 p.m. at Solon City Hall. Practices
will start a few days after. Games will be
on Monday nights for pre-K through fourth
grade (fifth-sixth grade TBA) and are
scheduled to start the week of Aug. 31.
Fall soccer registration
Fall soccer registration has started and
lasts until Aug. 14. All pre-K through fifth
grade Solon students should have either
brought home a registration form or had
one emailed. You can register online at
https://solon-iowa.cogran.com/. More
registration forms are available at the So-
lon Parks & Recreation website or can be
picked up at city hall. The coaches meet-
ing will be Thursday, Aug. 20, at 6:30
p.m. at Solon City Hall. Practices will
start a few days after. Matches for pre-K
thru third grade will be on Tuesday nights
(tentatively starting Sept. 8), unless more
teams require playing some matches on
Thursday evenings. Matches for fifth-sixth
grade will be on Thursday evenings and
are tentatively starting Sept. 10.
Movie in the Park
The next free movie offered by the Solon
Parks and Recreation Department will be
on Friday, Aug. 21, at diamond No. 1 of
the Solon Recreation and Nature Area.
The concession stand (selling popcorn,
juice boxes, Gatorade, water, etc.) opens
at 8 p.m., with the movie starting around
8:30 p.m. You’ll need to bring lawn
chairs, and/or blankets, sleeping bags,
pillows, etc. No coolers will be allowed
and f ree will donations are appreciated.
The movie to be shown will be announced
at a later time.
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Solon Community
www.solon.k12.ia.us
School District
DISTRICT REMINDERS
Notes from the Nurses
Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
The first day of
school will be
Thursday, Aug. 24,
2015.
Have an enjoyable
summer.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
Federal law protects the privacy of student education records. The law
applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of
the U.S. Department of Education. The Family Educational Rights and
Privacy Act affords parents and students over 18 years of age (“eligible
students”) certain rights with respect to the student’s education records.
These rights are:
• (1) The right to inspect and review the student’s education records
within 45 days of the day the school receives a request for access.
Parents or eligible students should submit to the school principal [or
appropriate school official] a written request that identifies the record(s)
they wish to inspect. The school official will make arrangements for ac-
cess and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where
the records may be inspected.
• (2) The right to request the amendment of the student’s education
records that the parent or eligible student believes are inaccurate.
Parents or eligible students may ask the school to amend a record that
they believe is inaccurate. They should write the school principal [or
appropriate school official], clearly identify the part of the record they
want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate. If the school decides not
to amend the record as requested by the parent or eligible student, the
school will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and advise
them of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment.
Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided
to the parent or eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing.
• (3) The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable infor-
mation contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent
that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. One exception, which
permits disclosure without consent, is disclosure to school officials with
legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed
by the school as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff
member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit
personnel); a person serving on the school board; a person or company
with whom the school has contracted to perform a special task (such
as an attorney, auditor, medical consultant, or therapist); or a parent
or student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or
grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing
his or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if
the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or
her professional responsibility.
Kindergarten Requirements
Immunizations Record: According to Public Health [641] Iowa Administra-
tive Code, section 641-7.5(139A) Proof of Immunization. 7.5(1) Applicants,
or their parents or guardians, shall submit a valid Iowa department of
public health certificate of immunization to the admitting official of the
school or licensed child care center in which the applicant wishes to enroll.
641-7.9(139A) Compliance. Applicants not presenting proper evidence of
immunization, or exemption, are not entitled to enrollment in a licensed
child-care center or elementary or secondary school under the provisions
of Iowa Code section 139A.9. This must be on file by the first day of school.
These are the required vaccines needed to enter kindergarten:
Diptheria/Tetanus/Pertussis (DTP)
*4 doses, with at least 1 dose of vaccine received on or after 4 years of age
if the applicant was born after September 15, 2000, but before September
15, 2003.
*5 doses with at least 1 dose of vaccine received on or after 4 years of age if
the applicant was born on or after September 15, 2003.
Polio (IPV/OPV)
*3 doses, with at least 1 dose received on or after four years of age if the
applicant was born on or before September 15, 2003; or
*4 doses with at least 1 dose received on or after four years of age if the
applicant was born after September 15, 2003.
Measles/Rubella (MMR)
*2 doses of vaccine; the first dose shall have been received on or after
12mos of age; the second dose shall have been received no less than 28
days after the initial dose.
Hepatitis B
*3 doses if the applicant was born on or after July 1, 1994.
Varicella
*1 dose received on or after 12mos of age if the applicant was born on or
after September 15, 1997, but born before September 15, 2003, unless the
applicant has had a reliable history of natural disease; or
*2 doses received on or after 12mos of age if the applicant was born on
or after September 15, 2003, unless the applicant has a reliable history of
natural disease.
2) Physical Exam: Physical Exam: In addition, according to Iowa Code
Chapter 22(2001); 281 IAC 12.3(4) Student records. Each Board establishes
and maintains a system of student records. The Solon Community School
District has maintained the policy that all students enrolling in kindergarten
must have a physical exam by a licensed physician.
3) Lead Screening: Your child will also need to have their blood lead level
checked. House File 158 was passed by the 2007 legislature and was
amended by the 2008 legislature. It went into effect as of July 1, 2008, and
requires all children entering kindergarten to have a lead screening. This re-
quirement will assure that children are tested and if the results are high, the
student can receive interventions to reduce the effects of lead poisoning on
their growth and development. There is a section on the physical form for
your physician to fill out regarding the lead screening.
4) Dental Screening: Dental Screening: All students entering kindergar-
ten will also need to have a dental screening. House File 906, which was
passed by the 2007 legislature and went into effect as of July 1, 2008,
requires all children entering elementary school to have a dental screening.
The purpose of the dental screening requirement is to improve the oral
health of Iowa’s children. Dental screenings will facilitate early detection
and treatment of dental disease. A screening is valid from age 3 years old
to 4 months after enrollment date. A dentist, dental hygienist, physician,
physician assistant, or registered nurse can complete this form. Dental
Screens must be completed on the Iowa Department of Public Health Certifi-
cate of Dental Screening Form.
As the 2014-2015 year is coming to an end, it’s time
to start thinking about the upcoming year. The fol-
lowing is a list of requirements for students attend-
ing Solon Community Schools for 2015-2016.
5) Vision Screening: New state law requires all students entering kinder-
garten need a vision screening prior to the first day of school. Please have
the vision certificate completed by your family doctor or eye doctor. If your
son/daughter had a vision screening by the Lions Club in preschool, please
provide a copy of those results.
All Kindergarten forms are due by Monday, Aug. 3, to the Central
Office. Please contact the school nurse if you are unable to meet these
requirements due to insurance reasons.
Middle School / High School Requirements
7th Grade:
All students entering 7th grade will need proof of an adolescent tetanus,
diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough) booster immunization (called
“Tdap”) for school in the fall. Without this documentation, your son or
daughter will not be allowed to participate in education at Solon. Students
can receive this immunization at a doctor’s office or at the Johnson County
Public Health Department. Updated immunization forms can be brought to
the Middle School office or faxed to 624-2518. All updated forms should be
returned prior to the first day of school. If you have an appointment sched-
uled after school begins, or if you have any other questions regarding this
information, please contact Amy Link at 624-3401, ext 1108.
9th Grade:
All children entering the 9th grade are required to have a dental screening.
This state requirement was passed by the 2007 legislature and became
effective July 1, 2008. The purpose of the dental screening requirement is
to improve the oral health of Iowa’s children. The screening is valid if com-
pleted 1 year prior to enrollment or up to 4 months after the start of school
(August 24, 2014 - December 24, 2015).
The Certificate of Dental Screening form is found on our website under
the registration tab. Please bring it to your dentist for completion. The 9th
grade screening needs to be completed by a dentist or registered dental
hygienist. All completed forms should be returned to the high school office.
2) Athletic forms (Middle School and High School)
As a general reminder, all students who wish to participate in any sport are
required to get an annual physical. Athletes will not be able to participate
without this form completed by your doctor. You will find this physical form
on our website under the registration tab.
As always, please contact the nurse with any questions or concerns.
3) Middle School
Immunization record
All students entering into 7th grade will need proof of an adolescent
tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough) booster immunization
(called “Tdap”) for school in the fall. Without this documentation, your son
or daughter will not be allowed to participate in education at Solon.
Kris Elijah, RN, BSN
Solon District School Nurse- Lakeview
kelijah@solon.k12.ia.us
319-624-3401 ext. 1288
Amy Link, RN, BSN
Solon District School Nurse- Middle School/High School
alink@solon.k12.ia.us
624-3401 ext 1108
• (4) The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Educa-
tion concerning alleged failures by the school district to comply with
the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that
administers FERPA are:
Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-5901
School Directory Information
The Solon Community School District may disclose, without consent,
“directory” information such as a student’s name, address, telephone
number, date and place of birth, honors and awards, and dates of atten-
dance. Parents and eligible students are afforded a reasonable time to
request that the school not disclose directory information. Schools must
notify parents and eligible students annually of their rights under FERPA.
Visit www.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/index.html for more information.
Electronic vs. Physical Files
The FERPA, FOIA and Privacy Acts do not differentiate between the
medium of storage or the method of transmission. There is no legal
difference between the level of protection afforded to physical files over
those that are stored or transmitted electronically or any other form.
No Child Left Behind
Parent/Guardians in the Solon Community School District have the right
to learn about the following regarding their child’s teacher’s qualifica-
tions: state licensure status, special endorsements for grade level/sub-
ject area taught, and baccalaureate/graduate certification/degree.
Parents/Guardians may request this information from the SCSD Central
Office by calling (319) 624-3401 x 1349 or sending a letter of request
to the Office of the Superintendent, 301 South Iowa Street, Solon, IA
52333.
McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act
Preschool-aged and school-aged children have certain rights or protec-
tions under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act.
Notices
Further information about our school’s annual notices may be found on
the school’s website under “Information,” “Notices”.
School Board Meeting
A public hearing followed by the regular meeting of
the Board of Education is set for Monday, June 8, in
the High School Media Center beginning at 6 p.m.
School Calendar
Continue to check the school’s online calendar during
the summer months for many events and changes as
they occur. Also the one-page 2015-16 school year
calendar is available on the website under “Calen-
dars.”
PowerSchool E-Registration
For the 2015-16 school year, Solon Community
Schools will be once again be using an e-registra-
tion process accessible through PowerSchool. This
process will use the same log-in information parents
of middle school and high school students use to
check grades via PowerSchool. Parents of incoming
preschool and kindergarten students will be mailed
access IDs and passwords in the early summer
months. All families are required to use e-registra-
tion; therefore, the district will be setting up com-
puters at the Central Office to assist families with
completing e-registration. The e-registration process
will be available on or around August 1 by browsing
to the SCSD website (www.solon.k12.ia.us). At the
end of the e-registration process, parents/guardians
will be directed to pay fees electronically via RevTrak
or complete a school fees form and pay by check.
In addition, several optional forms may need to be
printed and completed. Questions about e-registra-
tion may be directed to Kris at 319-624-3401 x1349
in the Central Office.
Project Lead the Way / STEM grant
The Solon Community School District applied for a
state of Iowa STEM grant to begin teaching Project
Lead the Way (PLTW) Computer Science. While the
high school was not awarded this grant, Kirkwood
Community College has agreed to commit some of
their Rockwell Collins funds to support instructor
training. The school district will be committing $2,000
for the PLTW program fee beginning next school
year.
Hyperstream
SCSD was successfully awarded a grant for contin-
ued implementation of Hyperstream by the state of
Iowa. For more information on Hyperstream, visit
http://hyperstream.org/ Thank you, Mrs. Leimkuehler.
Snack and Wellness Policy Changes for 2015-16
Beginning with the 2015-2016 school year:
• Snacks: During daily snack time, families will send
snacks for students on an individual basis.
• Classroom celebrations: (i.e. birthday and holiday
parties): In order to protect our students with aller-
gies and food intolerances, treats brought for cele-
brations must be commercially prepared food with an
intact ingredient label or fresh, uncut fruit and vege-
tables. Items not meeting these requirements will not
be used and will be returned home. No homemade
treats will be accepted.
(Note: Snacks are also available upon request to
purchase from the school food service program. Non-
food celebration items are great, too!)
NORTH JOHNSON COUNTY • JUNE, 2015 • 17
Solon Hires Superintendent - Dr. Davis Eidahl
The Solon Community School District is
pleased to announce that Dr. Davis Eidahl,
currently the superintendent at Ottumwa
Community School District, has been
selected as the district’s new superinten-
dent. Eidahl will succeed Mr. Sam Miller,
who is leaving the district to become the
chief administrator at Area Education
Agency 267 in Cedar Falls beginning July
1. Miller has led the district since 2010.
The board officially offered the contract to
Eidahl at a special meeting of the School
Board on May 22.
In his new position, Dr. Eidahl will lead the
district’s dedicated staff in the education of
1,510 students.
“We are excited to have such an extraordi-
nary leader joining the district. The Board
is confident that Dr. Eidahl will help our
district continue to grow and excel,” Board
Vice President Rick Jedlicka said.
Dr. Eidahl has been an administrator in the Ottumwa Community School
District since 2003, and he has served as superintendent since 2011. He
previously served as an elementary principal, middle school principal, and
assistant superintendent. Eidahl earned his Ed.D. in Educational Leader-
ship from Drake University in 2011.
Solon’s search was conducted over the past two months.
“The Board was extremely happy that our search drew so much interest
despite the timing and timeline challenges. Ray and Associates, who con-
ducted the search, had contacted 407 individuals from 45 states. That 51
quality applicants applied for this position speaks well of the reputation of
our students and staff. We were extremely happy with our two finalists and
greatly appreciate the time taken by the members of our interview groups
and the people who participated in the open house,” said Board member
Tim Brown.
FINE ARTS
Dr. Davis Eidahl has been
hired as SCSD’s superin-
tendent. (submitted photo)
Takeuchi selected for All State Jazz Band
Raiden Takeuchi auditioned and was selected for the All State Jazz Band.
Students across the state who made it all came together on May 13 at Johnston
High School for a six-hour rehearsal with guest conductor Anthony Williams, who currently serves as Assis-
tant Professor of Trombone at the University of Northern Iowa. After two more hours of rehearsal on May 14,
the concert was performed during the Iowa Bandmasters Convention in Des Moines. It was an awesome
concert and a wonderful learning experience for all the participants.
Solon boys basketball summer camps
Solon boys basketball is excited to offer three sum-
mer sessions of basketball camp in June and July.
Session I runs June 8-11 and costs $50; Session II
also costs $50 and will be held June 22-25; while
Session III runs July 20-21 at a cost of $25. Special
pricing is available for more than one session.
Campers will receive individualized instruction from
Solon’s coaching staff as well as from guest coaches
that have played at a high level.
Make checks payable to: Jason S. Pershing - Basket-
ball, and mail to 600 W. 5th St., Solon, IA 52333. Di-
rect questions by email to Jpershing31@gmail.com.
Solon Volleyball Camp dates revised
Solon High School will be hosting four volleyball
camps in June and July. Camp for third through fifth
grades and sixth through eighth grades will be July
29-30, while camp for ninth and 10th grades and
11th and 12th grades will be June 30-July 3. Camp
registration forms and information are now available
on Coach Peter Gustin’s website: http://file.solon.k12.
ia.us/~pgustin/pgustin/Volleyball_Camps.html.
Those with questions regarding the camps may
e-mail Coach Gustin at pgustin@solon.k12.ia.us
Solon graduatess encouraged to apply for CES
from Solon Dollars for Scholars
Graduates from Solon High School who will be
entering their second, third or fourth year in college
are encouraged to apply for a Continuing Education
Scholarships (CES) from Solon Dollars for Scholars.
In addition to giving a first-year college scholarship
to all Solon graduates who apply, Solon Dollars for
Scholars awards CES to Solon alumni in their sec-
ond, third and fourth years of college.
To apply, visit the Solon Dollars for Scholars’ website
at solon.dollarsforscholars.org, and click on the “Stu-
dents and Parents” link to log in and complete the
online application. The deadline for this year’s CES
applications is July 3.
Solon’s Fifth Street Jazz earns new state title
This spring, Solon High School’s Fifth Street Jazz vocal ensemble earned the district’s fifth state Iowa Jazz Championship title in eight years.
It puts Solon in front of its other 3A level competitors across the state in terms of championships earned, and gives vocal music director Joel Foreman
yet another reason to sing praises for his dedicated students.
Going to championships is an auditioned process, and schools must submit an audio recording even to be considered to attend. About 30 to 35
schools are chosen to compete each year.
“In the state of Iowa, vocal jazz at the high school level is a little bit newer,” said Foreman. The Iowa Jazz Championship competition has existed for
just nine years. “But it’s definitely a growing art form. It’s very common around the country.”
Nine years ago, when Foreman first offered the opportunity for a jazz choir, 40 kids signed up. The choir did not compete that initial year, but in its
second year, an auditioned group went to the state competition and won Solon’s first vocal jazz championship. That enthusiasm has sustained, and
allowed Foreman to eventually create four different jazz groups that regularly perform each school year: Premier (a women’s ensemble), and the
mixed jazz ensembles of Mainstream, Blame It On Our Youth, and Fifth Street Jazz.
From a student perspective, jazz may not the most common type of music in a high schooler’s iPod, but Foreman’s students have learned much from
studying the genre.
Senior Brittany Slusher said after middle school show choir, studying jazz was a good option for her.
“It was the next opportunity for us to explore and grow in our music, and I really think I’ve seen a lot of growth in myself as a musician, because jazz
makes you focus on so many areas of musicianship and technique,” said Slusher.
Senior Tyler Puettmann also came to high school with musical experience, but jazz was new to him.
“Mr. Foreman is a very good teacher. I didn’t want to do jazz choir, but he convinced me to, and now I’ve been doing it for four years,” said Puett-
mann. “The more you listen to jazz, the more you naturally pick up all the little things that jazz musicians will do– the swing, the rhythm, and all the
different techniques professionals use. I really love it.”
Lillee McAtee is a junior who also finds that studying jazz improves other musical skills. “A lot of people think the most difficult part of jazz is the
improvisation,” said McAtee. “That’s when you have to make your own notes and rhythm to match the setting of the song. A lot of people find that
difficult to do, but it really helps people become better musicians.”
Foreman said unlike the challenge of performing a classical piece of music, where choirs attempt to replicate exactly what is on the page and sing it
exactly as the composer intended it to be performed, jazz allows more freedom.
“What I love about jazz is that it taps into the creative side of the students. They have an understanding of how the arranger set the melody, but they
can choose what kind of feel they give it– whether it’s swing, or bossa, or funk– or they can change the melodic line,” said Foreman. “They can put
their own stamp on a solo and make it their own.”
Jazz pieces can be performed by tens of thousands of performers over history, Foreman said, “and each time it’s different. That’s what’s exciting.
When you put your jazz hat on, you get to be creative.”
That’s both a challenge and a healthy outlet for the students, Foreman said. Learning to perform jazz for an audience is not easy. “We have a lot of
practice,” said McAtee. “Mr. Foreman does a very good job of teaching us what we are supposed to be doing.”
“But sometimes he throws you under the bus,” Puettman joked.
Foreman explained. “We talk about how sometimes it’s like a diving board moment, and you just gotta jump.
There’s no other way in the pool. You’re standing on the edge, and you just have to go for it.”
But he doesn’t expect students to be great jazz soloists from the start; he begins with a few basic elements
and builds upon them.
“In jazz, we start with ‘here are a few notes you can use, or here are some syllable choices you have.’ We give
defined parameters to start, and then work from the inside out, up to a full solo.”
However, having a few good soloists does not automatically translate to a championship ensemble when it
comes to jazz, McAtee noted. It requires working together.
“It’s a team. You have to make sure you are all blended, you all know what to sing, when to sing it, and what to
put stress on,” said McAtee.
That takes focused practice, Puettman added, but there is even more to it than rehearsal.
“The more you practice, obviously the more you will understand, but when you are friends with everybody in
the group and you spend time together, you know how they think, how they act, and you make a connection
with them that makes the music better,” Puettmann said.
A lot of personal communication happens even during performances while onstage, said McAtee.
“You feed off one another,” she said. “You are constantly communicating with your eyes and there a lot of vibes
going on.”
Studying jazz has made these performers more technical musicians and consumers of music. It has also
helped students become proficient at recognizing various jazz styles and the subtle differences in each, said
Slusher.
“When you start singing more and more jazz, you start to find your own strength and what you like, since there
are so many subcategories in jazz. It’s really cool to find your own little style that you really like to do,” Slusher
added.
One way Foreman encourages students to develop their styles is to have them pick their own solo pieces, and
then go out and find several different artists who perform the same song. Each sound will be unique, Foreman
said, with its own influences.
“The beauty of jazz is we try to make each performance different, so between festivals or contests, we listen to
our performance tapes and talk about how we can change it or try different things or add things for fun to make
each performance fresh,” said Foreman.
Slusher said “fresh” was not her initial reaction to jazz.
“When you first hear jazz, you think it’s old music, that it’s from the past,” Slusher elaborated. “But you have to
really give it a chance and start listening and find what you like.”
Foreman agreed. “It’s like the sushi of music,” he joked. “You just have to try it. Experience it for yourself.
When we recruit kids at the middle school or at the high school to get kids in jazz, it’s not necessarily some-
thing that sells itself. But the experience they have, and the hard work they put in and the product they turn
out– that’s what recruits.”
The 2015 jazz season is over for Solon High School students, but the musicianship they’ve learned and the
memories they’ve made will keep these performers part of the in crowd for the rest of their lives.
“The fun that we have and the opportunities created, whether it’s solos or competitions, it’s all another oppor-
tunity for kids to perform,” Foreman said. “Both (instrumental music director) Mr. Cervantez and I would say
our goal is not for every kid that comes out of here to be a professional musician, but if we can instill a love for
music and make them lifelong consumers, these are the kids who are going to pass that passion on to their
kids. That’s what we want.”
18 • JUNE, 2015 • NORTH JOHNSON COUNTY
SOLON SENIOR ADVOCATES
June 2015 News
PROPOSED SENIOR ADVOCATE TRIPS
All trips leave from Solon Recreation and Nature
Area.*Bus trips
*Thursday, June 18: Paddle Boat/Grist Mill, Mus-
catine
Thursday, July 16: Maharishi University Fairfield
*Thursday, Aug. 20: Bellevue/Galena
Call 624-2710 or 430-8655 or sign-up at Old Gold
Dining.
If you have signed up for a trip, please call two
weeks in advance if you must cancel as the Advocates
need to reserve a bus and often purchase tickets
ahead of time.
THANKS
Thanks to Rob Hajek, Home Repair Team, for
sponsoring the Senior Advocate’s May Old Gold
Dining meal. Rob was unable to attend and Kristina
Carte from Care Initiatives, Cedar Rapids, provided
an overview of the myriad of hospice services while
debunking many myths about this very personal and
in-depth form of care for those in life-challenging
situations as well as their families.
MINI-BUS
The Advocates have started a movie outing at Cor-
al Ridge Mall or Sycamore Mall on $5/Free Popcorn
Tuesdays once a month (depending on the movie
selection). We leave from the Solon Recreation and
Nature Area at 11 a.m. to catch lunch at the mall.
Movie start times are staggered between 1-1:45 p.m.,
but most let out around 3:30 p.m. Trip cost $5.
Please call 624-2710.
The Advocates also wish to extend an invitation
to groups, individuals and organizations, not neces-
sarily seniors, to request the use of the mini-bus for
area day trips. The Senior Advocates will coordinate
with the requesting party the organizing and sched-
uling of each trip and will provide volunteer drivers.
Base charge is $25 plus $0.70 per mile for requested
trips. For more information, please call 855-9797 or
624-2710.
SINGLES HOUSEHOLD SUPPORT GROUP
The Solon Public Library and the Senior Advo-
cates held the third Singles Household Support
Group Wednesday, May 20. David Frisbie explained
the many chores, deeds and good works he will do
free of charge for seniors. Our next meeting will be
Wednesday, June 17, at the Solon Public Library at 9
a.m. Anyone dealing with a household on their own
is invited to attend. It’s an opportunity to meet each
other, exchange ideas and suggestions and discover
ways to make life simpler.
MEAL & MOVIE
Next Meal & Movie is Friday, June 26, with “Mc-
Farland, USA”– an American 2015 sports drama film
directed by Niki Caro and produced by Walt Disney
Pictures. Based on the true story of a 1987 cross
country team from a predominantly Mexican-Amer-
ican high school, McFarland High School, in McFar-
land, California, the film stars Kevin Costner as Jim
White, the school’s coach, who leads the team to win
a state championship.
CANS AND BOTTLES
A good way to help Senior Advocates with mini-
bus expenses is to take your cans and bottles to Bev
Noskas’s garage at 221 N. Iowa St. in Solon. Please
help Bev by bringing only clean cans.
CHORES
Dave Frisbie will help with chores requiring a
ladder or stepstool, lifting or moving bulky items,
hauling items requiring a truck and home safety
inspections. Give him a call at 624-6024.
HOUSE CLEANING
Jennifer Lane, 389-0665, $15/hr.
SENIOR ADVOCATES CONTACTS
Art Tellin: 624-2824 or 855-9797
Barry Byrne: 354-8757
Don Burch: 624-4054
Carol Tobias: 351-6707
Larry Meister: 624-2516
Clayton Patterson: 624-3859
Jeanne Erhart: 624-3686
Sandy Hanson: 624-2710 or 430-8655
624-3553 • 132 E. Short St., Solon
USED AUTOS FOR SALE
Mark’s
AUTO BODY
• 2005 Toyota Prius, 130K miles, new tires, auto $7,250
• 2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac, 4x4, new remanufactured motor,
new tires, leather, excellent condition, 119,500 miles $8,250
• 2008 Acura TL, 90,000 miles, auto, loaded $14,200
• 2005 Honda Element, FWD, 5 speed, loaded, 100k miles $7,500
• 2002 Ford Ranger Edge, X-cab, 4x4, Auto, 89K miles $8,200
• 1997 Dodge Ram 2500 SLT Laramie, Cummins turbo diesel,
xcab, long box, loaded,Goose neck hitch $7,500
SOLON CITY-WIDE
GARAGE SALES
Info and map of sales available
online June 4th at www.solon.lib.ia.us
Maps available at the library (320 Main St.) June 4th
JUNE 5 & 6
We Accept Delta Dental, Wellmark Blue Dental, Aetna, Cigna and MetLife.
MC/Visa/Discover/Care Credit Accepted
Accepting New Patients
Family Friendly Caring Dentistry
Open Wednesday and Friday 8:00am-5:00pm
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Corner of Hwy 1 and 5th Street in Solon
Call today for an appointment 624.3495
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Dr. Medin is a U of I Graduate
with 20 years of experience
June activities for Old Gold Diner
• Bingo Every Tuesday and Thursday, 11 am and
following lunch.
• Cards Every Friday, warm up before lunch and
play as long as you like in the afternoon.
• Special Dessert Day will be Tuesday, June 2.
There will be a special homemade dessert offered
along with the regular menu.
• Sponsored Meal June 10, sponsor will be the
Installed Rite by Mike Bender.
• Foot Clinic June 11. If interested, contact Bev
Noska or Duane at the Old Gold Diner for information
or get signed up. 624-2251.
• June 24, Old Gold Diner presents Music by Mike
doing impersonations of some of our favorite singers
(Dean Martin and more!). Please call ahead (624-2251)
for lunch reservations to attend.
• Old Gold Diner Site Council meets June 9 at 1:30
p.m. All are welcome to help plan activities, entertain-
ment and everyday operations; or you could give a
call to 624-2551 with suggestions.
Help support our program by purchasing a 35th
Anniversary Mug. Proceeds help to buy meals for
those who can not afford them, as well as provide
activities and entertainment for everyone.
Reservations must be made the day before by 1
p.m. (for Monday call by 1 p.m. the Friday before)
All ages are welcome; children must be accom-
panied by an adult. The cost is $3.25 per person no
matter their age.
You may receive a monthly menu by stopping at
the Old Gold Diner and picking one up, or call 624-
2251 to have it mailed to you. The weekly menu will
continue to be printed in the Solon Economist and the
monthly menu printed in North Johnson County.
OLD GOLD DINER
MONDAY, JUNE 1: Hushpuppy
fish fillet, hash brown casserole,
green beans, peach cobbler.
TUESDAY, JUNE 2: Sage stuffed
chicken, long grain wild rice,
Scandinavian vegetables, berry
layer dessert. BINGO AM & PM,
special homemade dessert day.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3: Breaded
pork tenderloin, potato salad,
baked beans, sherbet.
THURSDAY, JUNE 4: Roast beef,
mashed potatoes, spinach salad
with bacon, frosted cake. BINGO
AM & PM.
FRIDAY, JUNE 5: Baked Enchi-
lada, corn, mini cinnamon sugar
stick, fresh fruit. CARDS AM &
PM.
MONDAY, JUNE 8: Savory pork
chop, parsley potato, broccoli,
lemonade dessert.
TUESDAY, JUNE 9: Roast turkey,
ginger rice, carrots, chocolate chip
bar. BINGO AM & PM. City Repre-
sentative Site Council 1:30.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10: Oven
baked chicken, baked potato,
asparagus, frosted cupcake.
Sponsored meal: Mike Bender,
Installed Rite.
THURSDAY, JUNE 11: Traditional
meatloaf, scalloped potatoes,
country trio vegetables, cherry
gelatin dessert. Foot Clinic.
BINGO AM & PM.
FRIDAY, JUNE 12: Tender beef
tips and gravy, whipped potatoes,
buttered beets, peanut butter chip
cake. CARDS AM & PM.
MONDAY, JUNE 15: Potato
crusted fish fillet, fried potatoes
with onions, sunshine carrots, fruit
crisp.
TUESDAY, JUNE 16: Fried chick-
en, whipped potatoes, Scandina-
vian vegetable blend, fresh fruit.
BINGO AM & PM.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17: Salis-
bury meatballs in gravy, parsley
noodles, broccoli, yellow cake with
caramel icing.
THURSDAY, JUNE 18: Smoked
turkey slice, sweet potato, sugar
snap peas, cherry gelatin dessert.
BINGO AM & PM.
FRIDAY, JUNE 19: Grilled
cheeseburger, potato salad,
baked beans, vanilla orange
parfait. CARDS AM & PM.
MONDAY, JUNE 22: Italian roast
chicken breast, rigatoni Florentine,
tossed salad, garlic bread, cherry
kuchen bars.
TUESDAY, JUNE 23: Shells and
cheese, little smokies, bread stick,
lettuce salad, ice cream. BINGO
AM & PM.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24: Swiss
steak with tomato, parsley noo-
dles, cabbage with dill, fresh fruit
cup. ENTERTAINMENT – Music
by Mike.
THURSDAY, JUNE 25: Chicken
enchilada casserole, corn, spin-
ach salad, mini cinnamon sugar
stick, ice cream sundae. BINGO
AM & PM.
FRIDAY, JUNE 26: Salmon cro-
quette, creamed potatoes, lemon
broccoli, pineapple and cottage
cheese, carrot cake oat bars.
CARDS AM & PM.
MONDAY, JUNE 29: Sweet garlic
chicken breast, garden blend rice,
sugar snap peas, summer fruit
crisp.
TUESDAY, JUNE 30: Homemade
lasagna, sweet Italian green
beans, garlic bread, cookies and
ice cream. BINGO AM & PM.
Old Gold Diner June Menu
MEN • WOMEN • CHILDREN
No appointment needed,
walk-ins welcome!
128 E. MAIN ST. • 624-7224
T/TH/F 9-5:30 • Wed 9-7 • Sat - 8-12
SOLON
BARBER
SHOP
www.solonbarbershop.webs.com
Closing at 1pm
Friday, June 19 - June 20
Closed July 17-18
Closed July 24
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• Home & Garden Accessories
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(319) 895-6862
First Brick Antiques
(319) 895-0319
123 E. Main Street, Solon
Located Inside Sam’s Main Street Market
624-7000 or 624-2669
1.25 LITER OF
COKE WITH ANY
PIZZA ORDER
Offer Expires June 30, 2015
FREE
Limit 1
inside Sam’s Main Street Market
PIZZA BY THE SLICE AND
CARRY OUT AT THE DELI
Build your
own salad
$3.99 all you
can eat!
Or a small
salad for
$1.99
D & D Pizza Has Moved
Available for lunch and dinner
Call 624-7000 or 624-2669
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NORTH JOHNSON COUNTY • JUNE, 2015 • 19
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to maintain the portion within city limits,
patching potholes and doing other ongo-
ing maintenance, Bredman said.
“So you’ll just continue to patch this
and spend my county tax dollars, year af-
ter year, on a road that two years ago Greg
(Parker) came to you and told you needed
to be resurfaced?” Bredman pressed, not-
ing the majority of the traffic on Curtis
Bridge Road comes from outside the city
limits. “As a citizen, I don’t care if we put
speed bumps in, mark Curtis Bridge Road
down to 15 mph (through Shueyville), and
work with (local media) to get out to the
public who’s responsible for that road
and why it’s not getting fixed.”
Since Shueyville’s population is not
expected to reach the 750 threshold until
year 2030, Bredman suggested the county
would be filling potholes for a very long
time and at great cost.
Neuzil explained that funding for road
improvements comes primarily from ru-
ral residents, while Iowa Code provides
for some funds to be drawn from city
residents to pay for rural roads. Howev-
er, it is a capped amount, he said. “One
of the reasons we are primarily looking
at outside of city limits is because the
majority of the funding for rural roads
does come from the rural portion of our
budget,” Neuzil said.
Bredman maintained that residents’
tax dollars should go to city streets, and
that Iowa law addresses Farm-to-Market
roads for a reason. “Eighty-five percent
of the traffic goes south of town, and it
seems like the intent of the legislation
was to take the pressure off of a town of
500 to maintain a road with 5,000 cars
per day,” Bredman said. Further, the
county continues to allow development
south of Shueyville, adding to the traffic
count. “And then you want to come back
and ask us to maintain the road. That
just doesn’t seem fair,” Bredman added.
Neuzil indicated the county completes
the most amount of road improvements
it can afford. “Let’s face it, we do only
a small amount of miles each year, and
that’s all the money we have. We cannot
tax more. And we could tax more if the
communities would share revenue in a
much more prudent way, and commu-
nities aren’t doing that,” said Neuzil,
referring to the use of Tax Increment
Financing that allows cities to capture
all new taxes on developed property for
a specified amount of time.
City Engineer Dave Schechinger, of
Veenstra and Kimm, Inc., said he invited
Parker and Neuzil to the meeting to see
if there was any interest in a cost sharing
arrangement, or to look at maintenance
costs for the county over a five-year
period.
Parker estimated a 10-to-15 year lifes-
pan for the overlay. Widening the road
by two feet on both sides to create 11-
foot lanes is required by current design
standards, he said. A mid-to-late summer
start is anticipated, but bid letting for the
project had not been done.
The project’s cost estimate is based
on other county projects that went out
for bid this year, so the actual cost to
Shueyville residents could be less. Neuzil
was optimistic that if an agreement was
reached, Curtis Bridge Road could be let
for bids and completed yet this year.
Foss called the situation unique since
county residents were traveling through
the city on a road under county juris-
diction.
“I think it’s in all our best interests
to do the right thing, and we should be
able to come to an agreement on that
$488,000 as to what an appropriate split
or share is,” Foss said. “I think everybody
wants that road repaved at some point,
but it’s a matter of what that cost is, and
what the proper allocation is of that cost.”
The Shueyville City Council took up
the discussion again during its regular
meeting on Tuesday, May 12.
“I think at this point we’re not pre-
pared to give them any sort of a number.
I think we just need to give them a state-
ment that we’d like to see the road done
and we’re willing to participate in some
capacity,” Schechinger said.
Coonfare said she’d like Shueyville’s
share to be less than 50 percent
The council directed Schechinger to
communicate to the county that the city
is interested in exploring a cost-sharing
agreement, with the numbers yet to be
determined.
The supervisors met the following day
in a work session, and Neuzil briefed the
board on the meeting with Shueyville.
“They’re coming from a perspective
that this is not their road, this is the
county’s road. And as you all know, that’s
the quirk,” Neuzil said.
Shatek relayed Schechinger’s message
about the city’s interest in a cost sharing
discussion, and said Shueyville was lean-
ing toward a split based on the amount
of county traffic versus city traffic on
the road.
Neuzil said such traffic could not be
tracked in such a manner.
“Unless we’re going to put a toll on,
that would be a pretty difficult task,”
Neuzil said.
Supervisor Janelle Rettig expressed
her frustration over the situation.
“When we finished 120th Street, the
project came in under budget and Greg
(Parker) came to us and said, ‘Would you
like to spend it (the surplus) on Curtis
Bridge Road?’ And we said, ‘Sure, but
we’re not going to pay for the city part
of it, and talk to them.’ And their answer
was, ‘Absolutely no way.’”
Rettig suggested the portion of Curtis
Bridge Road located within city limits
probably could have been done at that
time, but the city declined because it
could not absorb the debt.
Now, due to the timeframe for engi-
neering and bid letting, there is a small
window of opportunity to partner on
the project, Rettig noted, in order for
the work to be completed during this
construction season.
“So if (you’re) not interested, just say
you’re not interested,” Rettig said.
Neuzil laid out three options for con-
sideration based on what he perceived as
a lack of interest on the city’s part.
First, the city could pay for the section
of Curtis Bridge Road inside city limits
while the county pays for the rural sec-
tion, whether it’s part of this project or
done at a later time.
The second option involved determin-
ing the county’s cost of maintaining the
city’s part of the road over a number of
years, and asking Shueyville to make that
level of investment.
Parker suggested a third option based
on a similar situation in Linn County. Linn
County fixed a road and then terminated
all future responsibility via a 28E agree-
ment whereby the county transferred the
road to the city, Neuzil said.
“So we make an agreement that we’ll
fix it, but we’re done with all mainte-
nance, all salting, all plowing. We would
be done with it,” Neuzil explained.
Johnson County receives approximate-
ly $50,000 in Farm-To-Market Road funds
annually for Curtis Bridge Road and
120th Street through Shueyville.
“It would be great,” Neuzil said, “if we
were no longer responsible for any road
in Shueyville.”
The board agreed to further explore
funding options within the existing bud-
get, and to contact Linn County to see
how it implemented the 28E agreement.
“If this is what it takes, and they would
agree to that, and we would pay that
$488,000 and then our hands are clean
from any more projects,” Neuzil said.
Shueyville: Continued from page 1
SOLON– Solon’s Music
on Main Street Concert
Series will kick off a six-
week program on June
3 featuring “Kindred
Spirits.”
Concerts begin at 7
p.m. on Wednesday eve-
nings starting June 3 for
the six-week run. Attend-
ees are urged to bring
lawn chairs and a picnic
basket to enjoy music
and the community.
Solon Music on Main Street
concert series returns June 3
The Iowa City Commu-
nity Band will perform
June 10 followed by Leo
Shima Country Sounds
on June 17.
The Eastern Iowa Brass
Band will take the band
stand on June 24.
There are two more
concerts to follow in
July. “The Ladds” from
Dubuque will be new
to the Solon Bandstand
Stage offering traditional
Irish music and dancers.
“The Ladds” program will
begin at 6 p.m.
The concert series
will conclude with a visit
from our neighbors, the
Mount Vernon Communi-
ty Band.
Rain location for the
concerts will be St. Mary
Catholic Church.
Several businesses
and organizations have
contributed to the 2015
concert series: the City
of Solon, the Solon Beef
Days Committee, the
Solon Women’s Club,
Adam Haluska/Edward
Jones, Ellison Insurance,
Fitzpatrick Chiropractic,
the Solon Barbershop,
Kathy Hanes, El Sol Mex-
ican Cuisine, Frida Kahlo
Mexican Restaurant and
Lucy’s Bakery, the Solon
Economist, Big Grove
Brewery, Mottinger Real
Estate Group and Bridge
Community Bank.
Those who would like
to financially contribute
to Music on Main Street
or provide sponsorship
or concessions on a con-
cert evening may contact
Nancy Upmeyer by phone
at 319-331-1553 or via
email at nancyupmeyer@
hotmail.com.
Work by Allen in Midwest Summer
exhibition at CRMA in June
CEDAR RAPIDS– Works by Solon artist Jeff Al-
len will be part of the “Midwest Summer: Light and
Warmth” exhibition opening June 5 at the Cedar Rap-
ids Museum of Art.
The exhibition presents recent work by many of
Iowa’s best-known artists. Juried by Kate Kunau, the
Cedar Rapids Museum of Art’s (CRMA) new Associate
Curator of Collections and Exhibitions, each partici-
pating artist lives in the state of Iowa.
The works in the exhibition were created during
the past three years and present a wide range of style
and media.
The theme, Midwest Summer: Light and Warmth,
allows the artists to address aspects of summer that
appeals to the senses in any manner from represen-
tational to abstract. The exhibition may pair a work
representing the golden light of a summer evening
with one evoking the steamy mugginess of a lazy
August day. The origin of this exhibition was a desire
on the CRMA’s part to continue its successful series
of presentations of Iowa artists, integrating group
and solo exhibitions of Iowa artists into the exhibition
schedule and folding Iowa art into its presentations
of American art.
Midwest Summer: Light and Warmth is a testa-
ment to the number of talented artists in Iowa and
the CRMA plans to continue this success with other
themed calls for entries, carrying on the 100+ year
tradition of supporting the arts in the local and re-
gional community.
20 • JUNE, 2015 • NORTH JOHNSON COUNTY
10 WARNING SIGNS OF
ALZHEIMER’S
Join us on Tuesday, June 2nd @ 6:30 pm as
the Alzheimer’s Association provides a FREE
presentation on the 10 signs of Alzheimer’s
and how important early detection is. For more
information call 848-7616.
FAMILY CAMP IN
Friday, June 5th 7-8:30 pm. This is sure to be
a family fun event you won’t want to miss! Build
your own fort to read in, hear a fun story, enjoy
walking s’mores treats, and end the evening
with some hide and seek fun! (Please bring
blankets & pillows and wear comfy clothes!)
Register online at www.ely.lib.ia.us or call us
at 848-7616.
SUMMER READING PROGRAM
“EVERY HERO HAS A STORY”
Registration begins June 1st!
The League of Extraordinary Librarians at
EPL have been planning an exciting summer
reading program for children, teens and
adults! Our Superhero Training Camp will run
all summer long with lots of fun programs
planned every weekday to help you become
your own Superhero! Below is a schedule for
June’s events:
MONDAY TODDLER TIME will be at 10 am.
Come listen to stories, do finger plays and
sing songs!
MIGHTY MUSCLE MONDAYS Every Monday
at 2pm Mighty Muscles programming helps us
become healthy and stronger heroes.
June 1 Family Dance Party
June 8 Super Chef – Super Smoothies
June15 Mirror, Mirror Game
June 22 Freeze Tag
(meet at Community Center)
June 29 Feet Stompin’ Fun
Ely Public Library
www.ely.lib.ia.us 848-7616
1595 Dows Street, Ely
EVENTS CALENDAR
Ely Expression
CITY OFFICE HOURS: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
1570 Rowley Street, P.O. Box 248 Ely, Iowa 52227
848-4103
After Hours Emergency Only: 848-7603
TRAINING TUESDAY Speci al trai ni ng
opportunities featuring special guests!
June 2 Madeline Jarvis
June 9 Darrin Crow
June16 Jester Puppets
June 23 Pint-Sized Polkas
June 30 Kristin Simon
WARDROBE WEDNESDAY Every Wednesday
at 2 pm we will work on your own superhero
costume.
June 3 Superhero Planning
June 10 Superhero Cape
(Please bring a t-shirt)
June 17 Emblem Mayhem & Superhero Cuffs
June 24 Flannel Bow/Bowtie
STORY TIME THURSDAY We will offer story
time every Thursday at 10 am. Come listen to
stories, sing songs and make a craft!
June 4 Superhero Training Begins
June 11 Superheroes
June 18 Sidekicks
June 25 Historic Heroes
STEAM AHEAD THURSDAY Expand your
superpowers with fun STEAM crafts and
activities!
June 4 Thaumatrope
June 11 Gadgets Galore
June 18 Support Systems Towers
June 25 Shadow Stories
TEEN TIME THURSDAY Crafts and activities
for our teens (ages 12-17), Thursdays @ 4pm.
FRIDAY FLIX Join us Friday afternoons at
2pm. Bring your own or purchase snacks at
the library while you enjoy a movie. For a listing
of movies showing, please stop by the library.
SUPER SIDEKICKS – WE NEED YOU! We
are looking for some Super Sidekicks to help
us provide this reading support for our area
youth. Be a Reading Superhero to a child and
help them get a bang out of reading! Call Sarah
at 848-7616 with any questions or to sign up.
THANK YOU SUMMER READING SPONSORS
Thank you to our generous sponsors who help
make our Summer Reading Program SUPER!
Collins Community Credit Union, Solon State
Bank, Ali Alldredge, Mr. Shucks, Kristin Simon
& ECICOG, Texas Roadhouse, Kernels, Hy-Vee
Drugstore, Hills Bank, Hy-Vee, Burger King,
Peppy’s, Iowa Children’s Museum, Fazoli’s,
Chick-fi l-A, Westdale Bowling, Culver’s, Friends
of the EPL, Orange Leaf, Granite City, Pizza
Ranch, and Blank Park Zoo.
TEEN ADVI SORY BOARD ΈTABΉ
PI ZZA PARTY - Craft ni ghts, game
tournaments, book clubs, an excuse to eat a
lot of pizza... the sky’s the limit! Teens 12-17
are welcome to a brainstorming pizza party
at the Ely Public Library on Wednesday, June
10th, from 6-7:30pm. Youth Services Librarian
Madeline Jarvis wants to hear from you about
what teens want to see in upcoming programs.
Pizza and pop will be provided, but feel free to
bring a treat to share. Register online or call
us at 848-7616 by June 9th. Be sure to let us
know about any food allergies!
SEED LENDING LIBRARY What do
Hawaiian Pineapples, Purple Smudges, and
Millionaires have in common? They are all
varieties of tomatoes available at the Ely
Seed Library! Check us out for free seeds in
hundreds of varieties sure to make your garden
one to remember. Email us at elyseedlibrary@
gmail.com, find us on Facebook (www.
facebook.com/ElySeedLibrary), or stop by the
Ely Public Library for more information.
C25K (COUCH TO 5K) TRAINING We are
currently meeting and running, so feel free to
join us! However, we will be starting a new
round July 13th so we will be ready to run the
Ely Fall Fest 5K in October. We meet at 6:30
pm at Ely City Park on Mondays, Wednesdays
and Fridays. A waiver form will need to be
completed for each participant. As with
any exercise, you should seek your doctor’s
approval before beginning. Register by calling
848-7616.
* * N E W* * F R E E E V E N I N G
MEDITATION CLASSES OFFERED
Join Jennifer Day as she leads our latest health
and wellness class on meditation. Classes last
approximately 30 minutes and are scheduled
for Wednesday eveni ngs @ 6pm. Wear
comfortable clothing.
Construction Season Starts
in Ely after July 4th
The Hoover Trail will be extended from Ely City
Park to the Ely Community Center at 1570
Rowley Street. Peterson Contractors, Inc., is
the general contractor for this job. Highland
Road will be resurfaced with new asphalt from
Hillcrest Street to Knoll Court and a larger water
main installed for a portion of the street. Ricklefs
Excavating is the general contractor for this job,
and work is scheduled to start after July 4th.
The parking area at City Park will be surfaced
with asphalt. This is the parking area at the north
end of Hillcrest Street. Ricklefs Excavating is the
general contractor for this job too; with work
scheduled to start after July 4th.
What Should a Community Cultural
Recreational and Educational Center Be?
Please take a few minutes to fill out and return a
survey from the CCREC Committee that will be
in your mail this month. This survey asks what
you believe a Community Cultural Recreational
and Educational Center (CCREC) in Ely should
include. The City Council tasked the “CCREC
Committee” to determine if such a facility is
feasible for Ely, this survey is one opportunity
for you to help shape what it may become.
Results of this survey will help us determine
the interest and/or vision from our community
regarding a single point of service for leisure,
recreational, educational and city services. You
can also take the survey online at: surveymonkey.
com/r/3NHKVG8.
Trim Your Trees A reminder that the
property owner is required to keep trees trimmed
so overhanging branches are at least 15-feet
above the street and 8-feet above the sidewalk.
Please trim your trees between the sidewalk
and street so they are at least 8-feet above the
sidewalk and 15-feet above the street so they are
not a problem for pedestrians on the sidewalk, or
vehicles on the street. This is an important safety
consideration for pedestrians and traffic. Please
contact City Hall (319-848-4103) if you notice a
location where trees between the sidewalk and
street need to be trimmed.
Join the Fun at Ely City Park The new
playground and concession stand/restroom
building are ready for you to enjoy all summer.
The volunteer-run concessions booth is open
Monday through Thursday evenings during Ely
youth baseball season. The concession stand will
have a fun variety of snacks, goodies and even
grilled food, so stop by for a game and a snack.
The Ely City Park restrooms are open every day
between 8:00 a.m. and dark.
Ely Farmers Market
Ely’s Outdoor Farmers Market is by the Ely
Community Center Tuesdays from 4:00 to 6:00
p.m. and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to noon. You
will find a great variety of fresh local produce,
kolaches and other locally produced food every
time you visit the Ely Farmers Market!  Contact
Ali Alldredge, 848-2036 or elyfarmersmarket@
gmail.com if you are interested in being a vendor
at this year’s market.
Save the Dates for Fall Fest!
Fall Fest 2015 is set for the evening of Friday,
October 2nd and all day Saturday, October 3rd.
Fall Fest ’15 will start Friday evening with the
Fall Fest 5K and 1-mile events; with traditional
Fall Fest favorites along with great new activities
throughout the day on Saturday, October 3rd.
Ely’s Parks & Recreation Commission is looking
for volunteers to help out. Please contact the P&R
Crew at 319-848-4103 or by email at elyparks@
gmail.com if you or your organization are willing
to help us with Fall Fest. Visit us on the web at
www.elyiowa.com for the newest Fall Fest info.
Emergency Sirens & Severe Weather
Take shel ter i mmedi atel y when the Fi re/
Emergency siren sounds continuously for three
minutes! Ely’s Fire/Emergency sirens sound
for three continuous minutes when there is a
severe weather event like a tornado or severe
thunderstorm with dangerous winds in the area.
Go to shelter in a windowless room in your
basement or the lowest level of your house
immediately when the siren sounds for 3-minutes.
Take shelter in the innermost room of the lowest
level of your home if you do not have a basement.
After you are safely in shelter check local radio,
TV or other local media for more information on
the weather emergency. Linn County Emergency
Management Agency (LCEMA), in partnership
with our trained weather spotters, will closely
monitor the weather conditions and activate
the sirens from the Ely Fire Department when
dangerous high winds or tornados become a
threat to the area. During radar indicated weather
situations, LCEMA directs our weather spotters
to activate the sirens when needed. An “All-Clear”
siren will sound for 1 continuous minute once
the severe weather event has passed. The Ely
Volunteer Fire Department tests the sirens the
last Monday of the month. During the test you
will hear one short buzz for sound, followed by
a voice warning that will cycle 3 times - once for
each siren in Ely.
The Ely American Legion is pleased to
announce it has selected two young men to
attend Boy’s State in June to represent the
local American Legion Post. Hunter Gehrke of
Solon and Jake Crumbo of Ely will attend the
Iowa American Legion Hawkeye Boys State at
Camp Dodge in Johnston, Iowa from the 14th
to the 19th of June. Iowa American Legion
Hawkeye Boys State is a weeklong “Hands-On”
experience in the operation of the democratic
form of government, the organization of
political parties, and the relationship of one
to the other in shaping Iowa government.
Through the Boys State objective of “learning
by doing”, young men will learn more about
city, county and state government in one
week than they would in an entire semester
of high school.
Hunter Gehrke is the son of Brad and Tina
Elwood-Gehrke and is currently a junior
at Solon High School. Hunter is active in
cross-country and is a four-year letter winner
in trapshooting. Hunter is interested in law
enforcement and is currently taking college
classes at Kirkwood in addition to his high
school studies.
Jake Crumbo is the son of Chris and Wendy
Crumbo and is currently a junior at Prairie
High School. Jake is active in tennis and is a
member of Business Professionals of America
and the National Honor Society. Jake serves
as a mentor at Prairie Creek School and has
started his own company called Crumbo
Crunch.
News from American Legion Post #555
SATURDAY, JULY 4
Ely Firefighters Breakfast 6:30 a.m.-noon
Parade 6:00 p.m.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 15
Ely Firefighters Party in Our Backyard
FRIDAY, OCT. 2, AND SATURDAY, OCT. 3
Fall Fest!
www.ely.lib.ia.us
FREE YOGA AND TAI CHI CLASSES
OFFERED Paula Bradway continues her
morning yoga stretch on Thursdays @ 8am.
Paula has several years experience with
yoga and has much to share. Please wear
comfortable clothing and bring a towel or yoga
mat. Thomas Moore has 30 years experience
with Tai Chi and looks forward to meeting you.
His class will be offered Tuesdays @ 8am. A
waiver form will need to be completed for all of
our classes. These classes are free, but space
is limited, so please call 848-7616 to register.
FRIENDS MEMBERSHIP We are looking for
some good friends! Friends of the EPL help
promote and support the library in a variety of
ways. For more information, please contact
us at eplfriends@ely.lib.ia.us. Please join us
at our next meeting on Wednesday, June 10th
@ 7pm at EPL. Where else can you meet so
many new Friends AND help the community?
ELY GARAGE SALE DAY The Friends of the
Ely Public Library would like to thank everyone
who made Ely Garage Sale Day such a success!
Thank you especially if you held a registered
garage sale. If you did not register your sale
this year, please consider doing so next year.
All of the money collected from registrations
is used for publicity to bring in more shoppers.
BOOK SALE The annual book sale was a
tremendous success! Thank you to everyone
who donated items throughout the year. We
are already accepting books and movies in
good condition for our Fall Book Sale. We
can provide a receipt for tax purposes if you
wish. Thank you also to the volunteers and
staff who spent many hours organizing and
supervising the sale.
ELY COMMUNI TY NI GHT WI TH THE
KERNELS Save the date for Friday, July 24th
@ 6:35pm as the Kernels take on the Beloit
Snappers. The theme for this night is Minions
Movie Theme Night and there will be Minions
mask giveaways for the first 1,000 fans.
Children can earn the chance to participate
in: a high-five tunnel; 1st pitch; flag ceremony;
play ball kid and dream team.
The Library will be closed on Saturday, July 4th
The 44th Annual Ely Volunteer Fire Department
Firefighters Breakfast is Saturday, July 4! All
proceeds from this yearly event support the
department’s operational expenses. Tickets can
be purchased from any Ely Firefighter or local
merchants. Adult tickets are $7.00 in advance,
$7.50 at the door, $3.00 for children 12 and
under and children 5 and under eat free. All you
can eat pancakes, eggs, sausage,
bacon, milk, coffee and water.
Serving rain or shine from
6:30 a.m. to 12:00
p.m. at the Ely Fire
Department - 1300
Main Street in Ely.
Ely’s annual parade starts at 6:00 p.m. at the
Ely Fire Station, and runs along Dows Street,
Plainview Road, Highland Road, Hillcrest Street,
Walker Street to end at Rowley Street. Entry
lineup starts at 5:00 p.m. at the Ely Fire Station;
there is no cost to enter. Please contact City
Hall (319-848-4103) for more information. For
everyone’s safety please refrain from water fights
and throwing water balloons during the parade.
4TH OF JULY ELY FIREFIGHTERS BREAKFAST 4th of July Parade
NORTH JOHNSON COUNTY • JUNE, 2015 • 21
Two local weekly newspapers seek energetic,
reliable reporter/photographer to complement
our writing staff in a part-time position.
Available assignments include beat reporting,
feature writing and photography in the areas
of sports, city/school governments, and local
businesses, people and events. Coverage areas
include the communities of Solon and North
Liberty, with occasional assignments in Iowa City,
E|y, Swi:her, Shueyvi||e cnc Iiffn.
We are seeking a strong writer who is depend-
able and able to meet Friday deadlines. In turn,
we offer a relaxed, professional work experience
with the opportunity to build a strong clip
portfolio within an award-winning newspaper.
Experience with Macs, Microsoft Word and
Photoshop preferred.
Reporter Wanted
Contact Doug Lindner, managing editor, at 319-
624-2233, or Lori Lindner, news editor, at 665-2199.
OR email lori@southslope.net or
doug@soloneconomist.com
CLASSIFIEDS
$13 for the first 20 words, 10¢ each additional word. Call 624-2233.
CHILD CARE
HOME DAYCARE has open-
ings for Infants to 2 year olds.
H o u r s - 7 : 0 0 A M -
4:00PM. $125.00 per week.
Call Dell - (319) 321-2051.
SERVICES
MARY’S CLEANING. Hon-
est, dependable, insured.
Excellent references, over
20 years experience. 319-
359-8677.
ALTERATIONS, ZIPPER
FIXING, hemming, bridal/
prom sizing, and clothing re-
pairs offered. Sewing Shed
available. Give a call 319-624
3531.
MOVING SALE
OAK SPINET PIANO i n
good condition, $75 or best
offer. Navy leather sofa and
ottoman, $250. Three navy
leather chairs, $125 each.
Navy leather recliner, $80.
White sofa, $60. One chair,
$35. King master bedroom
set, $325. Buffet, $175. 319-
624-2618 or 319-321-9257.
FOR SALE
NEW MATTRESS SETS:
Twin, $99, Full $129, Queen
$149, King $249. Delivery
Available. Free Layaway.
Mattress Outlet, 319-531-
6363.
32 foot Hawkeye Tailgate
RV: 1994 RV completely
refurbished since 2008 - new
hard wood floor, window
treatments, canopy, satellite,
500 watt amp sound system,
inside/outside speakers, 42”
outside & 37” inside TV’s,
fridge and mounted grill new
2014, stove, microwave, lots
of extras. Photos on craigslist
at http://cedarrapids.craig-
slist.org/rvs/4957895833.
html. $15,000/best offer.
WANTED
JUNK APPLIANCES, includ-
ing air conditioners, furnaces,
steel and batteries. Will pick
up for free. 331-8122.
Home Brew: Continued from page 6
and fall.
The first three-session
long course teaches the
basics: how to develop a
recipe (plus a little beer
tasting), creating a batch
using malt extract, which
is simpler to use than
only grain, and how to
bottle the results. Later,
advanced classes will go
even further in depth.
“It’s a lot of help being
in front of someone who’s
done it before,” Murphy
said. “It will make a huge
difference and will show
in the final product.”
Murphy said getting
the course approved
at Kirkwood was easy,
though there were a
few legal loopholes the
college had to go through
with the state.
Kirkwood cannot have
possession of the beer
once it’s been fermented;
otherwise they are con-
sidered to be distributing
beer, for which the col-
lege is not licensed.
To stay compliant, stu-
dents will take home their
unfermented beer after
the second class and add
the yeast at home. After
that, the beer will stay in
their possession.
“They’ll still come back
for the last class and
learn how to finish up,
the product just stays at
home,” Murphy said.
And though home-
brewed beer cannot be
legally sold, according to
Iowa law, it can be given
away to friends and fami-
ly over the age of 21.
In fact, that’s one of
Murphy’s favorite parts of
the process.
“When it’s done you
get to share your work
with friends. It’s a very re-
warding process,” he said.
“It’s just awesome.”
The growth of the
brewing industry and the
increasing availability of
craft beer have also con-
tributed to the rising pop-
ularity of home brewing,
according to both Murphy
and Williams.
In 2010, Iowa food and
beverage laws changed to
allow beers with greater
alcohol content to be
distributed and brewed in
the state. This, Williams
said, sparked an interest
as people were exposed
to more varieties of beer.
In turn, this also made
people want to exper-
iment with their own
creations.
Williams is happy to
cater to those looking to
try something new. BIY
carries over 40 types of
hops and grains, so that
people can get as creative
as they choose.
And sometimes people
get really creative.
Williams had one
customer tell him about
a beer brewed with actual
pieces of lobster.
“I don’t know if that’s
something I’d want to try,
but it’s crazy what people
will come up with,” he
said.
In the cases of those
specialty beers– not lob-
ster, specifically– it can
often be more cost-ef-
fective to brew it instead
of purchasing it from a
store, he said.
But, Murphy warned,
saving a couple of bucks
shouldn’t be the main
reason to get into home
brewing, unless you plan
to keep your operation
small, a task that’s not
easy with the amount of
options out there.
“It’s a slippery slope,
once you get started,” he
said. “You always want to
keep updating your sys-
tem at home and look for
the next best thing.”
Williams said he’s
had customers who have
planned their entire
house around their
brewery in the basement,
spending thousands upon
thousands of dollars on
state-of-the art equip-
ment.
Others, like Murphy,
have just a small area in
their kitchen or base-
ment designated for their
brews.
Williams added that is
possible to home brew on
a budget, and you don’t
have to have the latest
and greatest equipment.
“I always say, ‘you can
buy a Maserati, but the
Honda is going to work
great,’” he said. “As long
as you can read and boil
water, you can do it. You
don’t have to get fancy,”
BIY Homebrew Supply
Store in North Liberty
is located at 7 Hawkeye
Drive, #105. Hours Tues-
day through Thursday are
11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Satur-
day 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and
Sunday 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
For more informa-
tion on signing up for
Kirkwood’s home brew-
ing classes, contact
Kirkwood’s continuing
education department at
(319) 398-1022 or visit
Kirkwood’s their website
at Kirkwood.edu/ce. You
must be 21 or older to
register.
22 • JUNE, 2015 • NORTH JOHNSON COUNTY
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