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June 3rd

North Liberty Community Pantry 5th Annual Turkey Trot July 8

NORTH LIBERTY– Grab your shoes and join North Liberty Community Pantry on July 8, at 9 a.m. for the 5th annual Turkey Trot 10k, 5k, and 1-Mile(ish) Event, sponsored by University of Iowa Community Credit Union (UICCU). Runners and walkers, of all ages, are invited to register in advance at getmeregistered.com/NorthLibertyTurkeyTrot as the race is expected to sell out quickly.

ICCSD hires firm to design new North Liberty elementary school

THE ISSUE
While North Liberty’s population continues to boom, area elementary schools become more crowded. According to a 2015 special census, which put 10.5 percent of the city’s populace under the age of five, a potential 2,000 kids could be approaching elementary in the coming years.

WHAT WE KNEW
In July 2016, the Iowa City School Board unanimously approved the $1.4 million purchase of 21.59 acres on the northeast side of North Liberty near South Slope.

The purchase was tentatively set to replace the planned Grant Elementary.

WHAT HAPPENED

North Liberty citywide garage sales June 8-11

NORTH LIBERTY– Submissions are now open for North Liberty’s citywide garage sales, happening Thursday, June 8, through Sunday, June 11.
The master list of sales, found at http://northlibertygaragesales.com, will close to edits and new submissions Tuesday, June 6, at 8 p.m. It will then be distributed to the public Wednesday, June 7, by 9 a.m. and will be available for download from the website. There will also be a Google Map of all the sales. It is free to submit a sale.

Kayak and paddle board demo day June 10

SOLON– Experience the latest in kayaks and stand up paddle boards Saturday, June 10, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Sugar Bottom Recreation Area in Solon.
Scheels’ experts and Wilderness Systems representatives will be on hand to assist and answer paddle sports questions. Register onsite to win a Scheels gift card.
The entrance to Sugar Bottom Recreation Area is located at 2164 Mehaffey Bridge Rd. NE in Solon.

Free fishing at Liberty Centre Pond June 3

NORTH LIBERTY– Come and spend a day enjoying the outdoors fishing with Take A Kid Outdoors.
June 2, 3, and 4 are Free Fishing Days in Iowa this year. Take A Kid Outdoors (TAKO) will host their free family fishing event on Saturday, June 3, at the Liberty Centre Pond, located at 795 W. Cherry St.

NORTH LIBERTY ON FIRE:

A three-part series

Consultant looks at the NLFD with an eye toward the future

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Fire Department (NLFD) was formally organized in 1945 when the city was small and well separated from its neighboring towns. Now, the department, which covers North Liberty as well as Penn and Madison townships (56 square miles total), protects the lives and property of over 22,000 inhabitants.

Fireworks ban to remain in North Liberty

Council to consider moratorium on sales

By Shianne Fisher
North Liberty Leader

NORTH LIBERTY– Standing before the North Liberty City Council, Interim Fire Chief Bill Schmooke recalled an incident a couple months ago that led to an entire field burning down.
The culprit? A handful of kids messing around with fireworks.
“It happens,” he said. “And it’s going to happen more if we say it’s OK.”

June news from the Old Gold Diner

May was a busy month. The month had five Wednesdays and there was something going on each one. Birthdays, kids, entertainment and, not one, but two sponsored meals. Also, St. Mary’s lifts and Mary Hunt provided May Day baskets for the seniors. We enjoyed Lyle Beaver and look forward to his coming again to entertain.

• Thank you to South Slope for sponsoring a meal in May. Dan Swick was back and brought the new CEO Chuck Deisbeck. We learned lots and many seniors had lots of great questions. We are proud to have brought them back to town.

Solon defeats Regina, splits with Muscatine and Indee

Juniors look to keep building momentum

SOLON– It’s hard to say whether the magic can be repeated.
But at least Solon baseball coach Keith McSweeney now has time to focus on baseball when he’s not teaching.
McSweeney’s varsity baseball team rode a winning streak into the state baseball tournament last year, shelling first-seeded Dubuque Wahlert 12-2 in the quarterfinals before falling 7-5 in the 3A semifinals to eventual champion No. 2 Harlan.
The Spartans have started the 2017 season with a 3-2 record, including a 5-4 win over Iowa City Regina May 25.

Girls movin’ on

Solon defeats Northeast Goose Lake, 10-0

SOLON– The Lady Spartans aren’t done yet.
Despite losing the final three matches of the regular season, Solon’s varsity girls regrouped for the beginning of postseason play and handed Northeast Goose Lake a goose egg.
Solon shutout Northeast 10-0 in the quarterfinal round of the Class 1A Region 6 playoffs Tuesday, May 30, in Solon.
Senior Erin Capper’s header found the back of the net with 14 minutes remaining in the second period to seal the win for the Lady Spartans in a game abbreviated by the mercy rule.