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Community

Water’s Edge firm presents multi-year aquatic study to council

Outdoor, indoor pool enhancements could cost $6-7 million

North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– Does North Liberty need another outdoor pool?
North Liberty City Council members floated that idea and others at their most recent meeting Tuesday, June 13, after hearing from Dave Schwartz, owner of Water’s Edge Aquatic Design.
“What you’ve got is a nice facility, it really is,” said Schwartz. “But your population is challenging. And that’s a good thing.”

Council to restrict "Citizen’s Speak"

Action expected on proposed guidelines for public input

SOLON– The Solon City Council is going to look at modifying the way it interacts with the public.
At a meeting June 7, council members and Mayor Steve Stange discussed a resolution establishing guidelines for the Citizen’s Speak portion of regular council agendas.
The changes unsettled two residents, both former council members.
No action was taken, but the resolution is expected to appear again on a future agenda.

Wigle named principal for new Solon Intermediate

School district begins process for merging fourth and fifth grades

SOLON– The name of the school district’s new fourth- and fifth-grade center will be Solon Intermediate and its principal will be current activities director Zach Wigle.
Solon Community School District Superintendent Davis Eidahl made the announcement to school staff and parents via email June 14.
Wigle came to the district at the beginning of the 2016-17 school year, succeeding Keith McSweeney, who stepped aside when the position was increased to full time.

Solon Lions to sponsor free vision screening at Beef Days

SOLON– The Solon Centennial Lions Club will sponsor free vision screenings for children 6 months to 6 years of age at Kids Corner during Beef Days Saturday, July 22, starting at noon.
“We encourage families to bring their children in for a free vision screening,” said Scott Kleppe, club president. “The actual screening takes less than a minute, but the benefits can last a lifetime.”

Finding his place

Mercy Family Medicine of Solon welcomes seasoned MD Acherkan

SOLON– Dmitriy Acherkan always knew he wanted to be a doctor.
“I don’t even recall the time when I made this decision. It was pretty obvious from, I don’t know, 4 or 5 years old, that I was going to be a doctor,” he said.
Dr. Acherkan joined Mercy Family Medicine of Solon a few months ago but has practiced medicine for over 30 years.
He reminisced on his early career as a surgical oncologist, which allowed him to care for patients from discovery of a tumor through surgery or chemotherapy.

7th Annual Red, White & Bluegrass Fest July 3 at NL Legion’s Club 76

NORTH LIBERTY– Located right here in the Corridor, the Red, White and Bluegrass Festival has been bringing you bluegrass for seven years now. Join others Monday, July 3, starting at 4 p.m. for great local and Midwest bluegrass and jam grass bands at Club 76 (The Lodge), 2349 Mehaffey Bridge Rd. NE. The festival is run by the American Legion Post 1976 and staffed by veterans and friends of veterans volunteers.

Raptor Center Family Day, July 1

SOLON– Visit the Iowa Raptor Project on Saturday, July 1, for its monthly Family Day. Staff will be featuring the Eastern Screech-Owl, and there will be crafts about habitats, some tasty snacks and more.
Family Day is always free and open to the public. Stop by any time between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. The Iowa Raptor Project is located at the Macbride Nature Recreation Area at 2095 Mehaffey Bridge Rd. NE, Solon.

More food, earlier start for Blues & BBQ

Volunteers needed for annual festival July 8 at Centennial Park

NORTH LIBERTY– Things may look and feel a little different this year at North Liberty’s annual blues fest.
It all starts with the event’s new logo, a bright yellow and blue guitar, and a greater emphasis on its mascot, Otis the Pig. There’s also the Pig & Pint Prelude dinner, parking and shuttle services, and earlier start times for food and kids’ activities.
“We’re excited for our new logo to last the next several years,” said Jillian Miller, community engagement coordinator for the City of North Liberty. She also praised the event’s new presenting sponsor, Veridian Credit Union.

UI Mobile Museum at NL Summer Lunch & Fun

NORTH LIBERTY– Visit the University of Iowa Mobile Museum and its brand-new 2017 exhibits at North Liberty Summer Lunch & Fun on Tuesday, June 27, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Family Day at the Iowa Raptor Project July 1

SOLON– Visit the Iowa Raptor Project on Saturday, July 1, for its monthly Family Day. Staff will be featuring the Eastern Screech-Owl, and there will be crafts about habitats, some tasty snacks and more.
Family Day is always free and open to the public. Stop by any time between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. The Iowa Raptor Project is located at the Macbride Nature Recreation Area at 2095 Mehaffey Bridge Rd. NE, Solon.

7th Annual Red, White & Bluegrass Fest July 3

NORTH LIBERTY– Located right here in the Corridor, the Red, White and Bluegrass Festival has been bringing you bluegrass for seven years now. Join others Monday, July 3, starting at 4 p.m. for great local and Midwest bluegrass and jam grass bands at Club 76 (The Lodge), 2349 Mehaffey Bridge Rd. NE.

North Liberty scuba club meeting June 24

NORTH LIBERTY– Openings remain for morning swimming lessons for the session that begins on June 26 and runs weekdays through July 7 (no lessons will be held July 4). For current openings, visit ActiveNet via the Recreation tab on the city website: www.northlibertyiowa.org. For a description of levels, visit the swimming lessons information page.