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NL council approves NLPD contract agreement

NORTH LIBERTY– What is the price of safety?
In North Liberty, it’s costing taxpayers about $1.48 million per year. On July 10, the North Liberty City council approved a collective bargaining agreement for the North Liberty Police Department’s (NLPD) 2012-2013 employee contract, which became effective last month.
The department currently has 15 full-time police officers (including its chief, assistant chief and one investigator), as well as two part-time officers.

Save some green with Hometown Rewards program

NORTH LIBERTY– What would you choose? An energy-efficient splash pad in a west side park; LED lighting at Penn Meadows Park; or LED lighting on the bike trail?
One of these North Liberty projects will be funded by Alliant Energy utility company, as part of their Hometown Rewards program that encourages energy-saving behaviors and upgrades for Iowa towns, but only if North Liberty residents sign up to save money and energy.
In 2010, North Liberty was the first city in Iowa chosen to be a part of Hometown Rewards, and it has been picking up steam since.

Old Gold Menu

Wednesday, Aug. 8:
LS hot turkey sandwich, mashed potatoes with LS gravy, mixed veggies, peaches.

Thursday, Aug. 9:
Breaded fish with tartar sauce, tri-potato patty, winter mix veggies, banana, oatmeal creme cookie.

Friday, Aug. 10:
LS chicken noodle casserole, broccoli Normandy, mixed green salad with assorted dressings, apricot halves.

Monday, Aug. 13:
LS tuna noodle casserole, Harvard beets, mixed green salad with assorted dressings, strawberries, ice cream cup.

Tuesday, Aug. 14:

Upcoming dates

Aug. 16, 17, 20: District workshops.
Aug. 21: First day of school.
Monday, Sept. 3: Labor Day no school.
Thursday, Sept. 20: 1 p.m. Early out.
Thursday, Sept. 20: High school parent/teacher conferences
Please visit the school’s website at www.solon.k12.ia.us under the calendars tab for the online calendar listing all activities, times, and locations. Events may be changed so this calendar is updated as changes do occur.

Welcome to Solon High School!

Movie Clips

Our DVD collection now has over 900 titles! Latest additions include:

“State Fair” A two disc set featuring both the 1945 and the 1962 versions of this classic Rodgers & Hammerstein musical. The 1962 version stars Pat Boone, Bobby Darin, and Ann-Margaret in the story about an Iowa farm family visiting the State Fair looking for blue ribbons, glory, and love.
“What’s Your Number?” (2011, R, Rom/Com) A woman looks back at the past 20 men she’s had relationships with in her life and wonders if one of them might be her one true love. Starring Anna Faris and Chris Evans.

Technology snafu creates staff headache

Due to a problem not quickly remedied, the automated circulation system at the library was out of service for most of the past week. While materials could still be checked out, renewals and holds could not be processed. Processing all the transactions once the system was back online has been completed. If there are any questions or problems with overdues, fines or holds, please call the library at 319-624-2678 and talk to a staff person. Thank-you for your patience and understanding as the staff worked to circulate materials around the technology snafu.

Work dates available for Solon house

SOLON– We need your help to build the Solon Habitat House, Sign up by emailing volunteer@iowavalleyhabitat.org or call Ashley Wahlert 319-337-8949.
Following are dates available for sign up:
Thursday, Aug. 16: 8 a.m. until noon, 1 until 5 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 17: 8 a.m. until noon, 1 until 5 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 18: 8 a.m. until noon, 1 until 5 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 23: 8 a.m. until noon, 1 until 5 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 24: 8 a.m. until noon, 1 until 5 p.m.

Flag football and fall soccer registration begins Aug. 15

SOLON– Registration for flag football and fall soccer begins Aug. 15. Flag football games are played on Monday evenings, while soccer is Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Flag football is for kids age five (must have turned five by Jan. 1, 2012) through the sixth grade. Soccer is for kids age four (must have turned four by Jan. 1, 2012) through the sixth grade. All games are played at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area. For registration information, visit www.solon-iowa.com and click on the parks and recreation tab.

What’s for lunch? Bunches of changes for US school meals

By B. Adam Burke
Solon Economist
SOLON– In slicing and dicing the Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill, all political flavors weighed in with their opinions. The five-year update, renamed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, was passed in 2010.
One-time vice-presidential candidate and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin found U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) efforts to curb certain foods an example of “a nanny-state run amok” and then started bringing batches of cookies to speeches to emphasize her point.

Free meal at Old Gold Diner reset for Aug. 15

SOLON– The Senior Advocate sponsored meal at Old Gold Senior Dining has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 15. This is because the Advocate newsletter was a week late and appeared in the Economist, Wednesday, Aug. 8, meaning seniors would not have time to reserve a meal.
Reservations for the sponsored meal were due before noon Tuesday, Aug. 14. Doug Lindner from the Solon Economist and North Liberty Leader will be the speaker. Birthday cake and ice cream are always treats on sponsored meal days, cakes courtesy of Jeanne Erhart and Betty Buchmayer.