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Community

Opening in August

Board members, staff tour new building

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist
SOLON– School board members and middle school staff took a sneak peak at their latest work-in-progress last week.
The new Solon Middle School, located on 11 acres along Racine Avenue adjacent to the high school, is not quite complete, but it’s on schedule for its August opening.
Furniture has been ordered and will arrive in July, according to Solon Community School District (SCSD) Superintendent David Eidahl.
Eidahl said the district’s administration is putting a plan together for the transition to the new building.

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Cub Scout can drive April 29

SOLON– Solon Cub Scout Pack 120 will collect redeemable cans and bottles on Saturday, April 29, from 1-5 p.m.  Scouts and parents will collect throughout the community. Donations can be dropped off at the St. Mary Catholic Church parking lot from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Donations will be used to provide camping opportunities and other Scouting activities.

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May Day Breakfast May 6

SOLON– Highlight May 6 on the calendar to remember to attend the GFWC/Iowa Solon Women’s Club May Day Breakfast at the Solon Methodist Church from 7 to 11 a.m. Egg and meat casseroles, homemade kolaches and rolls, fruit, orange juice, coffee and milk will be served.
The cost is $6 per adult and $3 for children (ages 5-12) tickets are available from GFWC/Iowa Solon Women’s Club members or at the door on May 7. Bring family and friends and receive a special deal, five adult tickets for $25 and/or five children tickets for $12.

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4th Annual Brett Smith Memorial Run/Walk Saturday, April 22

SOLON– The Fourth Annual Brett Smith Memorial Run/Walk will be held on Saturday, April 22, in Solon.
Register at www.brettrunsolon.org. The Brett Smith Memorial Run/Walk will feature both a 1-mile fun run, and a timed 5K race. Both will start and finish at Randall Park.
The cost for the 1-mile is $15; the cost for the 5K is $20; children 12 and under are $10. All proceeds from the race will be donated to to Chandler Johnson, a 14-year-old Solon student diagnosed with a very aggressive brain tumor Feb. 23. Offer support on Facebook by searching “Cheering for Chandler # maximum effort.”

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Residents petition for special election

SOLON– A special election for a city council member will be coming soon.
A petition requesting a special election was delivered to Solon City Hall April 14 bearing 65 signatures of registered voters. Only 10 signatures were required.
At an April 5 city council meeting, Dale Snipes was appointed to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of longtime council member Mark Krall, who stepped down in March.
Krall’s term is set to expire at the end of the year.
The petition makes that appointment temporary pending the outcome of the special election.

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City-wide Garage Sales update

Solon’s City-wide Garage Sales will be Friday, June 2, and Saturday, June 3. If you are holding your own sale, it’s time to get on the map. Reservation forms are available inside the library and on the library’s website, www.solon.lib.ia.us.
If you don’t have enough items for your own sale, the Friends of the Solon Public Library will accept donations for the benefit of the library. Items may be dropped off any time. (The Friends cannot accept donations of bedding and clothing.)

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NL City council approves FY18 budget and $10.5 million CIP

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty is growing. And, more people means more money needed for services such as public safety, recreation and public works.
How much more? About $13.5 million in the last five years.
At a Feb. 28 meeting, the North Liberty City Council approved the city’s fiscal year 2018 budget of $47,978,285– up from $34,541,042 in FY13.

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Spring Cleanup Day Saturday, April 29

NORTH LIBERTY– Spring Cleanup Day on Saturday, April 29, from 7-11:30 a.m. is for residents of North Liberty only. Please be prepared to verify that you are a North Liberty resident with a water bill stub or driver’s license. North Liberty residents pay 30¢ each month on their recycling bill for this service.
Miscellaneous large items are to be brought to the Public Works Facility, 620 Calvin St.
Assistance will be provided to the elderly or handicapped. Please call City Hall (319-626-5700) by April 27 to make arrangements.

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Manic Drive concert at Grace Community Church Friday, April 21

NORTH LIBERTY– On their “Into the Wild” tour, Manic Drive will be stopping at Grace Community Church on Friday, April 21, from 6-8 p.m.
Featuring 30,000 watts of sound, a 30-foot LED video wall, special effects and intelligent lighting, Manic Drive brings an energetic style of worship.
Single tickets are available at graceb3.churchcenteronline.com for $10 or you can purchase a family bundle for $50. Grace Community Church is located at 2707 Dubuque St. NE.

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Library fundraiser and 2K walk April 23

NORTH LIBERTY– It’s all about the bump. The North Liberty Community Library invites community members to participate in its first Waddle Walk on Sunday, April 23, at 1 p.m., starting at the library and continuing along the trail around Liberty Centre Pond.
This 2K walk is a fundraiser to support the library’s Read to the Bump program, which helps build a baby’s personal library before birth by purchasing board books to give to expecting families. The program is currently offered at the North Liberty Community Pantry.

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Quail Creek tournament April 23

NORTH LIBERTY– Quail Creek Golf Course is hosting its first ever Big Cup Tournament to be held in the spring. The 18-hole, four-person best shot with 8-inch cups tournament is Sunday, April 23, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 700 Club House Rd.
The cost is $55 per player ($35 for members) or $220 for a foursome and includes a cart, fees, tournament entry and entry into pin events. Space is limited and only paid entrants will be guaranteed carts. Call the clubhouse at 319-626-2281 to reserve your spot.

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The state of Swisher

Mayor Chris Taylor helps chart the future of small-town Iowa

SWISHER– Running for city office, and most recently for chair of the Johnson County Democrats, both sort of came about by accident, said Swisher Mayor Chris Taylor.
Happy accidents, he noted, that began with his bid for a Swisher City Council seat in January 2014.
“I remember sitting at my kitchen table and thinking, ‘Well this isn’t something I’ve done before,’” he shared. “I have no background in politics, but I thought it’d be a good way to get to know my community better, help the community ask some bigger questions about what it wanted to be, where it wanted to go.”

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