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Lights out for youth camp

NORTH LIBERTY– After more than 10 years of negotiations, revisions and unexpected setbacks, a local branch of the Muslim Youth Camps of America (MYCA) has withdrawn its plan to build a camp on the Coralville Reservoir near North Liberty.

Avenue of Flags project continues

NORTH LIBERTY–Memorial Day brought the sight of flag-lined streets to North Liberty’s Fox Run area, St. Andrews neighborhood and some other areas of North Liberty.
The flags are a fundraiser for the Optimist Club of North Liberty. Sam O’Brien, of Scout of Troop 216, started the project for to earn his Eagle Scout status, with a goal of selling 50 flags. As of Memorial Day, 46 flag subscriptions were sold, and by Flag Day, June 14, another 15 people planned to show their patriotism through flying their flags.

A little time yields big impacts

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– She is a big sister. He is a little brother. Together, they make one dynamic duo.
Kinsey and Keon have been matched through the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Johnson County program since February 2010. The two have taken in baseball games, gone to the museum, played games, baked cupcakes and even attended an Iowa Hawkeye football game at Kinnick Stadium. They picnic together, play catch and sometimes, do nothing more than chat about how their days went, joke around and hang out.

Forevergreen to host June 18 gardening workshop

CORALVILLE– Lawn-care questions will be answered at a June 18 gardening workshop in Coralville. This seminar will cover important information on proper care and maintenance to keep your lawn and landscape healthy and looking their best through the summer. Geared for homeowners this will offer tips and information for everyone from first time homeowners to avid gardeners. This is a great way for people who want to save money by doing it themselves to learn the right way to care for their yards.
Some of the topics that will be covered:

Packing a wallop

SOLON– Solon’s varsity baseball team outscored its opponents 72-17 last week.
The Spartans moved to 13-0 with lopsided wins against Mt. Vernon, Marion and Independence and lead Iowa’s Class 3A in home runs, runs scored and batting average, according to statistics compiled by quikstatsiowa.com.
Solon took a pair from Mt. Vernon on the road Monday, 12-8 and 21-3, behind its potent offense.
Several Spartans had multiple hits in the first game.  Marshall Koehn, Derrick Loveless, Tyler Smith, Shawn Olson and Ryan Butler collected two hits each, while Nick Day went 3-5.

Heartbreak

ELDRIDGE– Solon girls soccer closed the book on a terrific season a little earlier than they wanted to, one game short of making the state tournament. The field at North Scott once again hosted the final soccer game of the season for the Spartans. Center Point-Urbana (CPU), which Solon had beat earlier in the season, came out on top this time with an overtime win of 2-1 in the regional final June 6.  

Lady Spartans continue to challenge ranked opponents

CEDAR RAPIDS– The Lady Spartans picked up their first two losses of the season last week, but both came against ranked opponents.
Solon’s varsity softball team split a doubleheader with No. 12 (in 3A) Mt Vernon before a narrow loss to No. 3 (4A) Des Moines East at the Bill Hennessey Classic Softball Tournament held at Cedar Rapids Jefferson.
But Solon, now 12-2 on the season, stayed close to No. 2 West Delaware at the top of the WaMaC East standings, and continued to rack up wins against quality opponents.

Library is popular spot

Patrons of all ages are making the Solon Public Library a popular place to be this summer.  The Summer Reading Program is pulling in lots of patrons for the programming and reading for prizes, as well as checking out books.  On Tuesday, June 7, one daycare visit, two children’s programs and family night brought 710 visitors into the library.  An unprecedented attendance of 43 patrons attended Teens On Tuesdays @ 2.

Movie Clips

Recently added to the library’s DVD collection:

“Blue Valentine” (2010, R) stars Ryan Gossling and Michelle Williams (in an Oscar-nominated performance) as a contemporary married couple, charting their evolution over a span of years by cross-cutting between time periods.
“Justin Bieber: Never Say Never” (2011, G) follows teen sensation Justin Bieber on his 2010 concert tour.
“Gnomeo and Juliet” (2011, G) an animated feature in which the neighboring gardens of Montague and Capulet are at war, but the gnomes, Gnomeo and Juliet, are in love.

Summer Reading Program Week 2

“The Summer Reading Program is off to a great start,”’ reported Jen Leveck, Youth Services Librarian.  “We have already had a lot of kids coming in to pick up prizes and handed out a lot of T-shirts.”