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February 8th

Blood drive, bingo at North Bend Feb. 17

NORTH LIBERTY– North Bend Elementary (NBE) in North Liberty will host a special night of activities Friday, Feb. 17.
A blood drive with the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center will be held from 2:30-6:30 p.m. in the teacher workroom with walk-ins welcome. There will also be a fun Rock and Roll Bingo night which will run from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in the school cafeteria, so plan to stop in and donate the gift of life and stay to play some rockin’ bingo afterwards.

Sprout Kids Academy open house Feb. 12

TIFFIN– Sprout Kids Academy, a childcare and preschool center, will have an open house Sunday, Feb. 12, from 12-4 p.m. at its facility located at 400 Elderberry St. in Tiffin.
Staff will be available to give tours of the facility and meet parents, and snacks and games will be provided for the kids.
Sprout Kids Academy offers childcare and preschool, including before and after school programming, for children ages six weeks to 12 years. The center will partner with the Clear Creek Amana school district for the 2017-2018 school year to offer preschool.

Garner Elementary Waffle Breakfast Saturday, Feb. 11

NORTH LIBERTY– Garner Elementary will host a Waffle Breakfast with Class Basket Auction and Raffle on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 7:30-10:30 a.m. at the school.

Progress on many fronts for Liberty High

Principal Scott Kibby gives an update on the Home of the Bolts

NORTH LIBERTY– Construction continues on the new Liberty High School in North Liberty, and Principal Scott Kibby was pleased to report the building, set to open for the 2017-2018 school year, is on schedule. Kibby recently sat for an interview highlighting the school’s progress, not only in construction but also in staffing.
Construction update

Local Boy Scout earns Eagle rank with project at Penn Meadows

NORTH LIBERTY– Trevor Schense of North Liberty joined Cub Scouts when he was in the first grade. A friend asked him to join and later the friend moved to Cedar Rapids, but by that time Schense was hooked on Scouting and stayed a member of the pack.
As a Cub Scout he enjoyed the many activities such as his first campout, day camp, knot tying, crafts, cake auctions, pine wood derby, rain gutter regatta and many other activities.

Solon Parks & Rec

Boot Camp: SESSION 3 OF BOOT CAMP:

Classes begin Feb. 20 on Monday evenings from 6-7 p.m. and Saturday mornings from 10:15-11:15 a.m. Classes will be held in the basement of the St. Mary Church Parish Hall and include a variety of exercises, including resistance training and body weight exercises. This 10-class strengthening session is again being instructed by Renee Manders. More information and the registration forms are on the Solon Parks and Recreation website. Registration forms, as well as punch cards, are also available at Solon City Hall.

No. 2 West Delaware outlasts Spartans

SOLON– The Spartans were within striking distance.
Down seven after the first quarter to undefeated West Delaware, Solon’s varsity boys tied the game up in the second quarter and were trailing by only three heading into the final eight minutes.
But the Hawks poured in 30 points in the final period to pull away from the Spartans Jan. 31 in Solon for a 69-57 win.
“We competed at a very high level versus the No. 2-ranked team in the state,” said Solon Head Coach Jason Pershing. “We had many opportunities to take control of the game, but West Delaware responded as good teams do.”

Lady Spartans win two in a row

SOLON– Make it two in a row for the Solon girls.
The Lady Spartan varsity basketball team swept the season series with West Delaware and avenged a loss earlier in the year at Maquoketa with a pair of WaMaC wins last week.
Solon used a 30-17 rebounding edge to push its way past West Delaware, 48-40, on the road Jan. 31, and built a double-digit lead it didn’t relinquish at home against Maquoketa Feb. 3 for a 63-44 victory.
The twin wins pushed the Lady Spartans’ record to 8-12 on the year with a single game on the schedule remaining hosting Mount Vernon Feb. 8.

13 Spartans to district meet

More firsts for Solon wrestling program

WILLIAMSBURG– The Williamsburg mats have quickly become a place of firsts for the Solon varsity wrestling squad.
After securing their first-ever WaMaC conference title there in late January, the Spartans returned to Williamsburg Junior-Senior High School on Saturday, Feb. 4, to send 13 of 14 wrestlers through to districts.
“That’s the most ever for Solon,” said Head Coach Blake Williams. “It’s not very common.”

New leadership at South Slope Co-op

Chuck Deisbeck makes move from Western Iowa to become CEO

By Shianne Fisher
Solon Economist
NORTH LIBERTY– Chuck Deisbeck was called to the telecommunications industry at a young age– when he was just 8 years old to be exact.
Beginning in third grade, he spent many an afternoon rebuilding phones and installing jacks alongside his older brother for a business his father managed.
“We were kind of his hired hands but didn’t get paid,” said Deisbeck, with a laugh. “By eighth grade, I was climbing poles, and running boring machines and backhoes.”