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Archive

October 1st, 2012

Lady Spartans sweep Anamosa, host West Delaware Thursday

ANAMOSA– Solon’s Lady Spartans did what they were supposed to do.
The varsity volleyball squad had a single match and no tournaments scheduled last week, traveling only to Anamosa for a 3-0 conference win.
Solon defeated Anamosa 25-12, 25-7, 25-12 to move to 17-3 on the season.
“Jordan Runge swung really well, and our serving game took them out of the match from the start,” reported head coach Peter Gustin.

Cross Country girls take title at Williamsburg invitational

WILLIAMSBURG– The scoring was as easy as one-two-three at the Sept. 25 Williamsburg cross country invitational. Spartan black came across first, second and third in the girls’ 4-kilometer race. With the rest of the varsity crowded into the top 12, Solon ran away with the team title.
Lauren Benzing was first across (15:22) the finish line. Alex Smith, who has pushed into the top three or four in most meets this season, took it up a notch, grabbing meet runner-up honors (15:59) with Mallory Carr (16:10) a few strides behind in third.

Methodist family meals start Oct. 3

SOLON– The annual Wednesday night meals will begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the Solon United Methodist Church, 122 N. West St. Solon. Their purpose is to give families and community members an opportunity to build friendships and ensure no one must eat alone. United Methodist men will barbecue hot dogs and hamburgers. Other diners may bring a covered dish or dessert. Monetary donations are also accepted. Dave and Carol Richards will spearhead the 2012-2013 family meals. All Solon community members are invited to participate.

Robotics, rocketry, dog agility at 4-H Science Night on Oct. 9

IOWA CITY– Johnson County 4-H celebrates National 4-H Week with 4-H Science Night on Tuesday, Oct. 9. The event will be held from 6 until 7:30 p.m. at Montgomery Hall, 4-H Fairgrounds, Iowa City.
Current and prospective 4-H members (fourth grade and older) will explore science in the 4-H program through project demonstrations and hands on activities. The 4-H science demonstration schedule is:
6:15 p.m. Robotics by members of the 4-H robotics club.
6:30 p.m. Dog obedience and agility by Lisa and Rachel Haugland, 4-H dog project coordinators.

Penn Street Overlay District may get overhaul

NORTH LIBERTY– A proposed change to zoning requirements for development along North Liberty’s Penn Street won’t have to wait through three readings for approval.
Therefore, one developer with plans to expand his business there can move forward with his project.
The North Liberty City Council was asked to approve changes to the Penn Street Overlay District section of the code last Tuesday, Sept. 24, and to condense all three readings into one.

A plea for paving

TIFFIN– The Bella Sala (which translates to “beautiful room”) reception and banquet facility opened on Jasper Avenue in Tiffin in 2010 and has since become a popular venue for weddings, fundraisers and corporate events. Bella Sala owners Melissa Fontanini and Lyndsie Schnoor brought two not-so-beautiful issues to the Tiffin City Council at its Wednesday, Sept. 26, council meeting.
Citing a misunderstanding, Fontanini reminded the council of the history of Bella Sala’s two-year tax abatement.

Fesler makes bid for supervisory seat

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
JOHNSON COUNTY– Dave Fesler doesn’t present himself as a belonging to any politician’s club.
He doesn’t offer pat answers, doesn’t ask to go off record– at least, not during the interview for this newspaper– and he doesn’t have a campaign manager. He expects to get elected not with the backing of an established party and its accompanying resources, but through good, old-fashioned neighborhood canvassing.

Small group with big love for orchids

By Doug Lindner
North Liberty Leader
CEDAR RAPIDS– When the Eastern Iowa Orchid Society (EIOS) hosts its first-ever show this weekend, there will be a lot of locals behind the scenes.
Nile Dusdieker of North Liberty will be judging, Jon Lorence of Solon is show chair and James Quaintance of rural Solon is a member and national award-winner.

Make a difference Oct. 6

NORTH LIBERTY– Seven North Liberty churches will be hosting the “Make A Difference” service project on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Work teams from First United Methodist, Grace Community, Holy Trinity Lutheran, Hope Evangelical, Life Church, St. Thomas More and St. Silas Lutheran will be fanning out all over North Liberty performing community service in three-hour shifts. Service projects will include yard work, winter weatherization of homes, small construction jobs, and many other projects at no cost, to improve the lives of the North Liberty community.

‘What Did You Expect?’ marriage conference to be held Oct. 12

NORTH LIBERTY– Are you married or do you want to be? The “What Did You Expect?” marriage conference, with guest speaker Dr. Paul Tripp, is coming to North Liberty and is open to all who are married, engaged or want to be. Hosted by Grace Community Church, 2707 Dubuque St. NE, North Liberty, the conference is Friday, Oct. 12, from 7 until 9:15 p.m. and continues Saturday, Oct. 13, from 9 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. Doors open Friday night at 6:30 p.m.