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Community

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.

Ely announces dining and food pantry organization, Our Table to Yours

Providing food with open arms and hearts

SOLON– Members of the Ely community are coming together to fill the stomachs and hearts of those in need.
In the middle of April, Horizons Meals on Wheels for seniors ended service in Ely.
“People in Ely were wondering what was going to happen to the program,” explained Pastor Ericka Uthe of St. John Lutheran Church. “There were a lot of different conversations going on. It just needed somebody to step up and do the coordinating.”

Beef Days co-ed kickball tourney

SOLON- Members of the community are invited to join in on the annual Solon Beef Days Adult Co-Ed Kickball Tournament to be hosted Friday, July 18, and Saturday, July 19. The entry fee for each team is $100. Contact Todd Linderbaum at 319-325-1408 for more information.

Beef Days Hay Bale Toss to add senior division

SOLON– The Solon Beef Days Hay Bale Toss will feature a new wrinkle this year.
According to organizer Tony Green, the Hay Bale Toss will add a new division, called Speed Limit, which is for participants 55 and older.
Trophies, cash and prizes will be awarded to winners of the 55 and older, 60 and older, and 65 and older. “Please bring proper identification such as wedding photos, moonshine license, criminal record, etc.,” Green said. 
The hay bale toss, established in 1999, is celebrating its 15th anniversary. Green thanked this year’s sponsors for their support.

Solon Public Library

Monthly drawing winner

Every month the Friends of the Library sponsor a drawing for a $10 prize. All you have to do to participate in this drawing is to read a book checked out from the library (or listen to one) then enter your name to win the prize. The name is picked at the end of each month. June’s winner was Allison Ressler.

Johnson County Fair

Cool blues

NORTH LIBERTY– Things will be heating up on the west side of the city this weekend; and not just the weather.
North Liberty Blues & BBQ, presented by South Slope, gets underway at noon on Saturday, July 12, at Centennial Park, near the intersection of Jones Boulevard and St. Andrews Drive in North Liberty. While the free festival is now in its eighth year, holding plenty of traditional favorites, there are some new things to look forward to as well.

Clean-up is major undertaking for North Liberty’s indoor pool

NORTH LIBERTY– It was just a piece of glass the size and texture of a dried pea.
Even so, it caused an estimated $5,000 worth of problems for the City of North Liberty.
A young patron at the North Liberty Aquatic Center’s indoor pool stepped on the fragment in the 5-foot depth area, though the swimmer did not get cut. Once pool staff identified the fragment, the incident set in motion the procedure for evacuating, closing and inspecting the pool.

CCA boundary committee charts its course

TIFFIN– The task is great, but the time is short for Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) enrollment and boundary study committee.
The members now ponder how to realign the district’s elementary school attendance areas ahead of a new elementary currently under construction in Tiffin. The committee, comprised of 16 members, held it’s first meeting Thursday, June 26, at the high school in Tiffin.

CCA requests reimbursement for “nonsufficient notice” by city

Boiling point

TIFFIN– A boil order in Tiffin caused a little bit of heat between the city and the school district this spring.
On May 28, the City of Tiffin issued an order for residents to boil drinking water due to work necessary to replace a mixing unit in the city’s water tower. The boil order was in effect until May 30.

July 12 Turkey Trot 5k, 1 Mile event to benefit NL food pantry

NORTH LIBERTY– The Community Pantry will host its second annual Thanksgiving in July Turkey Trot 5K Race and Family 1 Mile event on Saturday, July 12, at 8 a.m., in conjunction with the community-wide food drive that provides food assistance to the hungry. This chip-timed race will begin and end at the pantry, 89 North Jones Blvd. in North Liberty. Registration through July 12 is $35 (T-shirt not guaranteed).
Registration is available online at www.GetMeRegistered.com/NorthLibertyTurkeyTrot.
Not a runner? Volunteer to help at the race: www.signupgenius.com/go/70a044baaae2ea75-2ndannual1.

Top-Shelf Volunteer

NORTH LIBERTY– Judy Bornkessel is a regular volunteer who greets families every Tuesday evening when she works as the desk worker volunteer. Judy wanted to volunteer at the pantry is because “I follows Jesus Christ and he has made it my desire to love my neighbors anyway I can.”