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Limbo, akimbo

Penn Elementary student Brady Dauber laughs as he goes to the floor during a limbo session on roller skates. Penn P.E. teacher Tiffany Fishman introduces a roller skating unit in her classes each year as part of the physical education curriculum. For more photos, see page 20. (photo by Lori Lindner)

Blues, any way you like it

NORTH LIBERTY– Funky and soulful, jazzy and upbeat, or down-home and root-bound; however you take your music, North Liberty Blues & BBQ will be serving it up for you this weekend.

Flour Power

Steph Hooper takes a blast of flour after exiting “Great Bales of Solon,” one of the many fun obstacles at the Spartan Dash, a fundraiser for the Lakeview Elementary PTO Saturday, April 27. Turn to page 20 for more photos by Doug Lindner.

A hard knock life

TIFFIN– It started as a comic strip in the 1930s, became a Broadway smash in the 1970s and 80s, and in April 2013, it hit the stage at Clear Creek Amana High School.
It’s “Annie,” a classic American Broadway smash chock-full of optimism, hope and catchy tunes that stick in your head for days.
Jenna Tackaberry donned the curly red wig for the title role in the CCA High School production, which ran April 4, through April 6, in the CCA Performing Arts Center. Sage Spiker took on the role of Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks, the hardened billionaire who opened his heart to the plucky orphan.

North Liberty’s got talent

Mike Ogoli fine-tunes his guitar shortly before the start of the “North Liberty’s Got Talent” program showcasing the talented youth of the community Saturday, April 6, at Grace Community Church. The talent show was one of the monthly activities held as part of North Liberty’s year-long centennial celebration. For more photos from the event, see page 20. (photo by Chris Umscheid)

FLASH

Below, Solon High School students wait for more sandbags at the city wastewater treatment facility Wednesday. Students barricaded two buildings at the sewer plant to protect from the rising waters of Mill Creek.

Meet the future Mehaffey Bridge

Plans laid out for the public

NORTH LIBERTY– Johnson County Engineer Greg Parker has made a promise.
“Once we’re done, you’ll love it.”
Parker issued the vow Monday, April 15, at a public meeting held at South Slope Communications in North Liberty regarding the replacement of the aging Mehaffey Bridge. A packed crowd sat through a brief presentation, then directed over 20 questions at Parker, assistant engineer Ed Bartels and representatives of VJ Engineering and Iowa Bridge and Culvert about the nearly $9 million project.

Volunteers no longer needed to sandbag in Solon

wastewater plant out of jeopardy

Report To The Public Works Building

Fire heavily damages Solon industrial condo

Area departments respond to Thursday blaze

SOLON– Firefighters from Solon, North Liberty, Ely and Iowa City responded Thursday morning to find an industrial condominium on Solon’s south side partially engulfed in flames.

Easter brunch

Eight-month-old Tannor Ostrander of Solon samples a plastic egg while taking a leisurely crawl through the toddler field of the Solon Optimist Club’s Easter Egg Hunt Sunday. The event was rescheduled to April 7 after inclement weather wiped out the original date, and as a result the turnout was a little light.

We Run for a good cause

We Run celebrates first year with 5K

NORTH LIBERTY– What better way for a store specializing in running shoes and apparel to celebrate its one-year anniversary than with a 5K run? That’s how Kris and Brian Tharp, owners of We Run, chose to mark their big day.
At least 650 people registered for either a 5K run or 1 mile walk held on Saturday, March 23, just two days shy of the anniversary. The event also served as a fundraiser for the First United Methodist Church of North Liberty’s youth group. The group is headed on a mission trip to Puerto Rico later this year.