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June 14th

Fireworks OK in Tiffin, for now

TIFFIN– It’s too late for Tiffin.
When Governor Terry Branstad signed the fireworks bill into law last month– allowing their sale and use for the first time since the 1930s– he and the state legislature didn’t give local governments enough time to react, said Tiffin City Administrator Doug Boldt.
“That’s something a lot of people aren’t happy about, that this is coming so late,” he said during a Tiffin City Council work session Tuesday, June 6.

Sparking community interest

NORTH LIBERTY ON FIRE: A three-part series

Recruitment and retention prove difficult for NLFD

NORTH LIBERTY– Hiring and retaining volunteers has proven especially challenging, not just for the North Liberty Fire Department (NLFD), but also for volunteer fire departments across Iowa and across the nation.
More households rely on two or more incomes, parents are busy with their kids’ many activities and the basic time requirement placed on a volunteer firefighter for initial and on-going training has also increased significantly over the years.

Diamonds are this town’s best friend

NLYBS celebrates 25th anniversary season

NORTH LIBERTY– Around a thousand area kids have their last at-bat or final pitch of the summer next week as North Liberty Youth Baseball and Softball (NLYBS) wraps up its 25th anniversary season.
It’s a bittersweet end for not only the players, but also the countless parents and volunteers that flood Penn Meadows Park every weeknight for two months.

Seven Solon boys named to WaMaC All-Conference soccer teams

Radcliffe, Vang, Yetley named First Team

Solon finishes second in WaMaC East

SOLON– Seven members of the Solon varsity boys soccer team were named to WaMaC All-Conference teams. The selections were released Tuesday, May 30, along with the final conference standings.
Juniors Nick Radcliffe and Issac Vang and sophomore Luke Yetley were named First Team All-Conference.
Senior Ben Carr and junior Eric Weetman received Second Team honors.
Sophomores Jorel Justus and Luke McInnis received Honorable Mention accolades.

Seven Solon girls named to WaMaC All-Conference soccer teams

Durr, Diersen, Tucker named First Team

Solon finishes second in WaMaC East

SOLON– Seven members of the Solon varsity girls soccer team were named to WaMaC All-Conference teams. The selections were released Tuesday, May 30, along with the final conference standings.
Seniors Josie Durr and Ali Diersen and junior Megan Tucker were named First Team All-Conference.
Sophomore Taylor Ryan and senior Aurora Christner received Second Team honors.
Senior Krysten Ulin and junior Brianna Smith received Honorable Mention accolades.

Lady Spartans split with No. 6 Hawks

Solon takes doubleheaders from Independence and DeWitt

SOLON– The Lady Spartans are giving as good as they get.
Solon’s varsity softball team split a doubleheader with No. 6 (3A) West Delaware and took on two more losses at a Davenport West tournament, but managed two other WaMaC sweeps to move to 13-5 on the season.
The third-ranked Lady Spartans hosted the sixth-ranked Hawks June 6 in Solon for a well-anticipated WaMaC East matchup. Solon took the first game in nine innings, 4-3, before falling in the nightcap, 4-1.
Freshman Kayla West struck out six and walked two while giving up three runs (one earned) for the win in the opener.

Spartans hand Vikings first losses

Doubleheader baseball sweeps against Vinton-Shellsburg and South Tama

SOLON– The Spartans put a blemish on Vinton-Shellsburg’s perfect season.
Solon’s varsity baseball team swept a home doubleheader from the Vikings June 7, putting an end to a nine-game winning streak and handing Vinton its first losses of the season.
Junior Zach Wegmann’s grand slam sparked the Spartans in the 12-8 opening game.
Vinton-Shellsburg had scored four runs in the first inning and two more in the second off Solon junior Tyler Linderbaum for a 6-0 lead.

Swisher American Legion Auxiliary sending three girls to Girls State at Drake University

SWISHER– Three girls from Prairie High School will be attending Girls State for a week in June at Drake University in Des Moines. The program is being held on the campus at Drake for the second year where the girls will interact with others from across the state of Iowa. There are usually about 300 girls that attend from across the state of Iowa at Girls State. As “citizens,” they study local, state and national government processes by setting up their own governments and administering them according to the laws of their particular state.

Swisher American Legion sponsors boys to Hawkeye State Camp

SWISHER– Boys State is a week-long hands-on experience in the understanding of the democratic form of government, organization of political parties and the relationship of one to the other in shaping Iowa government.
Boys State teaches leadership and following others. It is an opportunity to gain pride through elections, solving problems and working as a team. They will learn respect for our government and how our democracy is preserved.

Ely News by Lenna See

Rebecca See, of Dubuque, and Ronald See spent the Easter weekend in Chicago visiting relatives. On Saturday they attended memorial services for a cousin, Alan Johnson. On Easter Sunday they went with the family to the East Book Club in Chicago for dinner and also visited with Les and Doris Teichner.