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Community

NL council approves increased salaries for FY15

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty city employees will receive more in their paychecks beginning this month.
The city council approved a new salary schedule for fiscal year 2015 at its June 24 meeting. The authorization includes a 2.75 percent cost-of-living adjustment, plus 2.45 percent step increase for eligible employees. Salaries for the city’s police officers– North Liberty’s only unionized department– are negotiated through a collective bargaining unit, and also include a 2.75 percent cost-of-living adjustment and a step increase for eligible officers.

St. John Lutheran Church in Ely begins new addition

SOLON– To accommodate the incredible growth in population within the Ely community, St. John Lutheran Church is taking steps to create more space for worship, fellowship and classroom learning.
“Our mission is to be a presence in Ely and to provide services for the needs of this community,” explained Pastor Erika Uthe. “Our hope and goal really is to let people know that there is a place for them and that they will always be welcome here no matter what. This addition helps us to provide the space.”

Hanson’s Grove hosts last show

SOLON– July 4 was Hanson’s Grove’s final hoorah.
According to organizer Sandy Hanson, the 2014 edition of the annual antique show held on her property north of Solon was the last.
The annual antique show couldn’t have ended on a more perfect note. The weather was mild, the attendance was enthusiastic and sales were humming.
After drenching rains on July 1, downed trees and debris, wet grounds and road closures all seemingly going to impact the show, Hanson said crews cleaned up the storm damage, the grounds dried out and the fourth dawned bright and clear.

Solon man charged with sending letters to Iowa City Regina

IOWA CITY– A Solon man has been charged with harassment after sending threatening letters to the Iowa City Regina school system.
According to the Iowa City Police Department (ICPD), Daniel Lee Stone, Solon, has been identified through DNA evidence as the author of several letters accusing the Regina football coaching staff of providing performance-enhancing drugs to athletes.

Solon Public Library

Spartan Football Storytime

Monday, July 21 through Thursday, July 24, from 4 until 5 p.m., the library will be having very special guests visit to participate in “Spartan Football Storytime.” Members of the Solon Spartan Varsity Football Team will be reading their favorite storybooks aloud for all the children that attend. This program is for kids of all ages.

Special puppet Storytime

Advocates seek donations to offset purchase of 13-passenger mini-bus

SOLON– The Solon Senior Advocates are pleased to have recently been able to make the purchase of a 13-passenger mini-bus. Paired with the Solon Retirement Village van, the Advocates are now able to transport up to 27 seniors on monthly trips, greatly reducing costs to seniors. Previous to the mini-bus purchase, a group totaling over 12 seniors required the hiring of a more expensive travel coach which resulted in higher senior travel costs.

43rd annual Beef Days begins Friday

SOLON– This Friday and Saturday, July 18 and 19, Solon Beef Days will hold its 43rd celebration. This two-day event, traditionally starting the third Friday in July, has collected and donated over $420,000 back into the community and surrounding area since 1971. This year alone the committee gave over $35,000.

Methodist youth group Beef Days Luncheon

SOLON– The Solon United Methodist Church (SUMC) youth group will be hosting its Beef Days Luncheon directly after the parade this Saturday, July 19. The youth group will be serving tenderloins, church burgers, potato salad, baked beans and amazing desserts. Meal items can be purchased individually or as a combo meal. Call 624-2251 for take-out orders. Help support the SUMC youth group’s largest fundraiser.

Matt Townsley recognized by ASCD

ALEXANDIRA, Va.– ASCD, a global community dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching, and leading, has selected Matt Townsley, currently the director of instruction and technology at the Solon Community School District, for its 2014 Class of Emerging Leaders. The ASCD Emerging leaders program is designed to prepare a young, diverse group of educators for potential influence and ASCD leadership.

Senior Advocates bus trip July 24

SOLON– The Solon Senior Advocates’ bus trip to Waterloo will depart from the Solon Recreation and Nature Area at 8 a.m. on Thursday, July 24.
The John Deere Tractor Plant Tour is scheduled for 10 a.m., lunch at the River Loop Buffet and arrival around 1 p.m. at the Grout Museum for a self-guided tour that includes a planetarium presentation. Please make your check out to the Senior Advocates and mail to P.O. Box 99, Solon, IA 52333 by Monday, July 21.

City offers to split cost of Solon lift station

SOLON– Let’s make a deal.
The city has offered to split the cost of a $100,000 lift station with the developers of Windmill Estates in an attempt to move the next phase of the subdivision forward.
The sewage lift station would be a temporary solution to a problem that will be solved in the long run by the completion of the city’s North Trunk sewer line, a $1 million project.
At last week’s Solon city council meeting, Windmill representative John Schmidt again visited with council members and city staff regarding sewer service for the 10-year-old subdivision.

Community of hope

RunLuly 5K to benefit Haiti medical clinic

NORTH LIBERTY– Local efforts to build community are reaching well beyond this state’s borders.
Members of Grace Community Church in North Liberty have joined with World Wide Village, the nonprofit organization with a mission to assist the people of Haiti, to develop a medical clinic, professional learning center, agri-business facility and a stronger spiritual community in the cities of Williamson and Luly, Haiti.