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September 11th, 2014

NL reschedules rained-out fireworks for Sept. 12

NORTH LIBERTY– The Eastern Iowa Airport Up-in-the-Sky Fireworks, originally scheduled for July 12 during Blues & BBQ, will be launched Friday, Sept. 12, in Penn Meadows Park.
The North Liberty Community Library will celebrate the first anniversary of its grand reopening with the fireworks display at about 9:30 p.m. It will follow the library’s free Redbox-presented outdoor showing of “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” on a 16-foot screen. Both are free.
The evening’s events will take place in Penn Meadows Park, with a rain date for the film and fireworks the following day, Saturday, Sept. 13.

Tiffin will cease free lawn-watering meters

Lush green lawns cost cash

TIFFIN– A utility program aimed at saving money for Tiffin residents has been discontinued due to confusion about the rules.
Last April, the City of Tiffin offered residents the chance to obtain a separate water meter exclusively for the purpose of watering lawns and outdoor foliage, which saved them having to pay sewer charges on that amount of usage. As the city replaced old water meters with new, electronically-read versions, the old meters were saved rather than discarded.

Tiffin begins planning for new waste- water facility

Planning ahead so sewer isn’t a drain

TIFFIN– As one of the fastest growing small towns in the state, it’s tricky to meet infrastructure needs without getting in debt too deep, too fast.
That’s why Tiffin administration and city council has already put in motion the process for addressing over-worked wastewater facilities.

The Popcorn Shoppe

Gourmet popcorn shop has endless options, tasty treats

NORTH LIBERTY– Seventeen pounds.
That’s the weight of a sperm whale’s brain. It’s the weight of an average road bicycle. It’s a Shih Tzu with an eating problem.
It’s also the weight of an extra-large bag of caramel popcorn from North Liberty’s Popcorn Shoppe.
“With all of the toppings we can add, they can get pretty heavy,” Leo Young, owner of the Popcorn Shoppe, said with a chuckle.
But that hasn’t stopped Eastern Iowans from lugging the delicious treat from the store to their homes each day.

North Liberty: land to expand

$15.3 million wastewater expansion underway

NORTH LIBERTY– After just six years, North Liberty is facing another expansion of its wastewater treatment plant.
At its Aug. 12 meeting, the North Liberty City Council approved the purchase of 28.8 acres from Four D’s Acres, LLC. The $864,000 purchase– $30,000 per acre– of land east of the existing wastewater facility will accommodate the planned expansion, said North Liberty Wastewater Superintendent Dave Ramsey.

Connecting Solon with trail system

Construction on missing link to Linn County begins in 2015

SOLON– Runners, walkers, bicyclists and snowmobilers in Solon will soon be connected to the Cedar Valley Trail in Linn County by a new multi-use trail, said Supervisor John Etheredge at the Aug. 20 joint meeting between the Johnson County Board of Supervisors and the Solon City Council.
“We’re working on land acquisition and trail planning to bring that trail down from Linn County all the way into the City of Solon,” he said.

Cross country girls 4th, boys 5th at Bob Brown Classic

IOWA CITY– Heat and humidity took its toll.
Facing 90-degree late afternoon temperature, meet officials rolled back the start times and combined the fields at the Sept. 4 Bob Brown Classic in Iowa City. The mercury was closer to 80 by the 6 p.m. varsity and junior varsity girls 4 kilometer race, and when the boys stepped to the line for their combined 5k race about 35 minutes later on the University of Iowa’s Ashton Cross Country Course.

Düster paces Solon boys

Spartans tame Mustang offense in 34-14 win

Solon defense holds Mount Vernon to 19 total yards

MOUNT VERNON– Logan Linderbaum can now add punt returner to his resume.
The Solon senior lineman plucked a blocked punt out of mid-air and rumbled 18 yards to the Mount Vernon 17-yard-line, setting up a Brandon Kramer touchdown that gave Solon a 19-7 lead right before halftime Friday night.
The Spartans tacked on two more scores in the second half and went on to a 34-14 road win over the Mustangs, moving to 2-0 on the young football season.

Lady Spartans close the door on No. 2 Mt. Vernon

Solon picks up losses to ranked teams at CR Washington tourney

SOLON– The Lady Spartan volleyball team is earning its ranking as the No. 1 team in Class 3A.
Solon emphatically turned away No. 2 (3A) Mount Vernon last week, 3-1, and spent most of the weekend battling some of the best 4A and 5A teams in the state in a tournament at Cedar Rapids Washington.
The Lady Spartans hosted Mount Vernon Thursday in front of a packed house, and despite digging a few holes, they served up a convincing win in four sets.

Dance team needs your coupons

SOLON– It’s time to start clipping. The dance team is collecting coupons again for our overseas troops. The team will accept non-expired manufacturer coupons between now and March 2015. The dancers will clip, count and mail coupons to a naval base in Japan. If you have any manufacturer’s coupons, please send them to Solon High School attention Marjorie Lane or contact Marjorie at 319-624-3401, ext. 1116, or mlane@solon.k12.ia.us to schedule a drop off or pick up.