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May 13th

May 15 event to promote 1105, services in Johnson County

IOWA CITY– The public is invited to attend a program promoting social services in Johnson County and raise money for the 1105 Project on May 15 from 7:15 to 8:15 a.m. at the 1105 Project Building, 1105 Gilbert Ct. in Iowa City. Suggested donation is $10 with proceeds to benefit the 1105 Project. West Bank will provide coffee, rolls, and juice; parking is available at the site or on the street.

Free container gardening class at pantry Thursday, May 21

NORTH LIBERTY– How do you turn a 5-gallon bucket into a food-making machine using a drill, some soil, and seeds?  Find out at a free container gardening class on Thursday, May 21, at the Growing Together Garden at the North Liberty Community Pantry, 89 N. Jones Blvd.
Container gardening is a great alternative to in-ground gardening for those who do not have the time or land space. Why not have your houseplants grow healthy food for yourself and your family?

Full hearts fill empty stomachs

NL’s Holy Trinity exceeds goal in fight against hunger

NORTH LIBERTY– If just 25¢ can buy a child one meal, imagine what $22,000 can do.
That’s how much North Liberty’s Holy Trinity Church members raised, with help from the entire community and 18 area business sponsors, to benefit Kids Against Hunger this year.
West High School senior Mareda Smith, daughter of Pastor Tim Smith and his wife Lisa, along with West High graduate Abby Heller, organized Holy Trinity’s event and led hundreds of congregation members and volunteers in a day-long packing session March 28.

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 Communications, has launched volunteer signup at northlibertyblues.org/volunteer. The festival will be held July 11 in North Liberty’s new Centennial Park.
The festival requires more than 200 community volunteers each year doing jobs as diverse as setting up and tearing down equipment, assisting kids into inflatable rides, serving craft beer, directing cars to parking and much more.

Moving inside NL’s Ranshaw House

Historical Society partners on grant for interior improvements

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty’s historic Ranshaw House still needs some work.
The North Liberty City Council at its April 28 meeting approved another grant application to help fund restoration of the turn-of-the-century home owned by the city.

Students, pros have 77 days to build CCA’s STEM Center

TIFFIN— Shortly after the end of the current school year, construction will begin on the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Center on the campus of the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District in Tiffin. At the heart of the project will be a dozen students from CCA and other schools in Kirkwood Community College’s seven-county area. The students will work alongside seasoned professionals as they gain hands-on training in the construction trades, as well as college credit through Kirkwood.

NL wastewater treatment plant to be expanded

Estimates reach $15.3 million, bids put off until May 21

NORTH LIBERTY– Even cities sometimes have to go with the flow.
Bids for North Liberty’s wastewater treatment facility expansion project were due May 7 and were expected to be considered at this week’s council meeting, but City Administrator Ryan Heiar told the council some potential contractors declined to bid because of several other large project bids due the same day.
Therefore, the bid deadline was changed to May 21.

Lady Spartans split two on the road

DYERSVILLE– The Solon Lady Spartans split a pair on the road last week, defeating Dyersville-Beckman 3-2 and dropping a non-conference soccer match against No. 9 (3A) Muscatine, 3-1.
Solon, ranked No. 10 in Class 1A, fell to 5-3 on the year and will remain away from home until a matchup with Western Dubuque Monday, May 18.
No. 6 in Class 1A Center Point-Urbana comes calling the next evening, Tuesday, May 19.
At Dyersville May 4, sophomore Josie Durr scored twice and junior Nichole Oberthien added another in the 3-2 win. All three goals were unassisted.

Boys fifth at WaMaC, sixth at Marion meet

Spartans finish regular season, prepare for districts

By Ed Hadenfeldt
Special to the Economist
MAQUOKETA– The Solon boy’s track team turned in two solid performances last week in preparation for this week’s district meet, to be held Thursday evening at Mount Pleasant.
The Spartans placed fifth at the WaMaC Conference Super Meet May 7 at Maquoketa and took sixth place at Marion May 4.

Lady Spartans cruise to WaMaC title

Solon girls roll up 123 points at super meet

MAQUOKETA– With an eye now on getting entries through to the 2015 State Co-Ed Track Meet, Solon’s girls brought home two more championships last week; a 40-plus point victory margin in the 16-team WaMaC conference meet in Maquoketa, and a similar win at Monticello.