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Come on, let’s play ball

Golden retriever Bo gets an invitation to play ball with this golden lab at the Sept. 8 Doggie Plunge, hosted by the North Liberty Recreation Department and the City of North Liberty, but Bo isn’t biting. The event is held every year at the end of summer, just before the outdoor facility at the North Liberty Aquatic Center closes, so people and their pooches can enjoy a dip in the pool before it is prepared for the winter season.

A celebration rings out in Tiffin

CCA picks up homecoming win over Fort Madison

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

TIFFIN– The Fort Madison Bloodhounds sniffed around for a victory and a chance to spoil homecoming for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers Friday, Sept. 27. Instead, they were sent to the pound as the Clippers played dogcatcher with a 28-8 victory. The win improved the Clippers to 2-3 overall (0-2 in Class 3A District 6) with the regular season half-over.

Solon Homecoming Royalty crowned

Solon High School’s Homecoming festivities concluded over the weekend. Connor Wiseman (above) was selected by the student body to be the 2013 Homecoming King, a decision announced at the end of the parade and pep rally Wednesday evening. Connor is the son of Steven Wiseman and Cindy Keeley. Rylee Smith (right) was crowned Homecoming Queen at halftime of the varsity football game against Clear Creek Amana Friday night. Rylee is the daughter of Anne and Aaron Smith. (photos by Doug Lindner)

High winds cause damage

Winds in excess of 60 miles an hour buffeted Johnson County last week, collapsing a grain bin and ripping the end off of the storage building (above) on the Gene Greazel property west of Solon on Highway 382. (photo by Doug Lindner)

Venenga chosen as NL chief

NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty has named its new chief of police.
Lt. Diane Venenga was chosen last week among a field of four final candidates culled from a national search orchestrated by Moulder and Associates LLC of Des Moines.

SOLON ROYALTY

It’s Homecoming Week at Solon High School, culminating with a football showdown with Clear Creek Amana Friday night and a dance Saturday night. The Homecoming Court includes queen candidates (front) Carissa Siddell, Anna Seydel, Emily Capper, Maegan Bruene, Emily Moore, Alexa Roeder and Rylee Smith; and king candidates (back) Tyler Shaffer, Shay Croy, Ethan Ahern, Dalton Ferguson, Connor Wiseman and Jordan Wymer. The king will be announced at the end of the Homecoming Parade and pep rally Wednesday night and the queen will be crowned at halftime of the varsity game Friday.

Spartans bounce back for 45-13 win over Panthers

MOUNT PLEASANT– The Solon varsity football team returned to its winning ways Friday night.
The Spartans traveled south to Mount Pleasant for their first road game and came away with a convincing 45-13 win.
But Solon started slow and trailed for much of the first quarter before getting it into gear.
“We allowed them to march the ball down the field and score on their first series. In the process, they chewed up an entire six minutes,” said head coach Kevin Miller. “In the second quarter we settled in and executed on both sides of the ball.”

One for the books

NL Community Library hosts grand opening

NORTH LIBERTY– It was a celebration for the books.
An estimated 1,400 people visited the North Liberty Community Library’s grand opening event on Sunday, Sept. 8. The community was invited to celebrate the completion of the library’s $3.3 million, 11,000 square foot expansion and renovation.
The updated space now includes more meeting and study rooms, a new periodical area, a dedicated teen lounge, new Internet and computer stations, a children’s story time room and a children’s reading area, as well as several comfortable sitting areas spread throughout the library.

Aw, shucks!

Solon schools lunchrooms to serve local farm food

SOLON– Corn means something more to us here in Iowa, and nothing shows it off better than events like the corn-shucking party at Solon High School Aug. 25.
The party, which ended when the work was done, was expected to take place from 2 until 5 p.m. Surprisingly, though, it finished an hour and a half after the fun started. The corn was served to students during the first week of school during lunch.
“It was great to see everybody working together,” Laurie Broghammer said as she cleaned up the last bits of corn from the cafeteria kitchen.

We Run for the Red White & Blue

NORTH LIBERTY– The owners of We Run specialty running store in North Liberty, Kris and Brian Tharp, often hold group running events for their customers, running students and friends.
On Sunday, Sept. 8, the runners had some special guests.
Members of Team Red, White & Blue joined the Sunday run, carrying flags and sporting their Team RBW T-shirts to honor victims and heroes of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center and the U.S. Pentagon and the attempted attack on Washington, D.C.

West sweeps East

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– Two out of three wasn’t bad.
The West High Women of Troy swept the Waterloo East High Trojans 3-0 Tuesday, Sept. 3, at home in varsity volleyball action. West took the first set 25-18, but it was a hard-fought win.
“We weren’t ready to play that first one, were we?” coach Kathy Bresnahan asked rhetorically afterward.

Making Solon a better place to be

McAtee, Stull join the Solon Public Works Department

By Chris Umscheid
Solon Economist
SOLON– There’s a couple of new faces being seen around town these days in the service of the city and its citizens. Jerry McAtee and Tim Stull joined the ranks of the Public Works Department in July, with McAtee coming aboard on July 1 while Stull started on the fifteenth.
A self-described lifer, McAtee is a Solon native through and through. His official title is that of a water and wastewater utilities specialist. Stull is a transplant, having been born and raised in Belle Plaine before living in West Branch and eventually putting down roots in Solon.