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Community

NL student named State Bee semifinalis

NORTH LIBERTY– Christian Montover, a seventh grader at North Central Junior High, has been notified by the National Geographic Society that he is one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2017 Iowa National Geographic State Bee. The contest will be held at the University of Northern Iowa, Maucker Union on Friday, March 31.
Montover is the son of Sarah and Doug Goettsch, and Nathan and Kim Montover.

Mission trip fundraiser at Pizza Ranch March 20

NORTH LIBERTY– Members of Grace Community Church will be waiting tables Monday, March 20, from 5-8 p.m. at Pizza Ranch, 395 Beaver Kreek Ctr., to raise funds for a mission trip to Guatemala. A percentage of sales will go to the team, as well as all tips received from patrons.

Methodist church offers support group March 22, April 26

NORTH LIBERTY– Struggling with losing someone from death or divorce or separation? Want to talk with someone else who has gone through hard times in their life? If so, come to the First United Methodist Church in North Liberty, 85 N. Jones Blvd., on Wednesday, March 22, at 7 p.m. in the library. Meet with others who are struggling. Anyone over 18 is welcome to attend. Support is free to all.
There will also be a meeting on April 26.

LWVJC Legislative Forum at South Slope March 25

NORTH LIBERTY– The League of Women Voters Johnson County invites the public to attend a legislative forum Saturday, March 25, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the South Slope Community Center.
The forum provides an opportunity for dialogue between the legislators and their constituents in Johnson County. The legislators will present three-minute summaries of critical issues before their respective houses, particularly those of interest to them. Potential topics include labor, civil rights and housing.
For more information, visit lwvjc.org or email jclwvoters@gmail.com.

Blue Hearts beat true

Group gives mutual support, reaches out to community

NORTH LIBERTY– “It was the Dallas mass shooting when the officers were attacked this past summer,” recalled Darci Roehler, wife of a Coralville police officer. “Four or five of us were on Facebook that night, messaging each other back and forth.”
“Unable to sleep, worried,” added Jennifer Downes, a fellow police wife and co-founder of the Blue Hearts of Johnson County. “We were just kind of seeking each other out because we understood…. We were friends, some of us for 15 years. We just kind of found solace in each other that night.”
Roehler said they were all glued to the TV.

Developer balks at request for paved trail

Plan for Old Mill Creek park space to be worked out

SOLON– Everyone was apparently surprised.
Developer Cory Hodapp was surprised to find out he was expected to pay for an emergency siren and a paved trail around a detention pond in the third addition of the Old Mill Creek subdivision.
City Administrator Cami Rasmussen went him one better.
“If it’s a surprise to Cory, then I’m surprised that it’s a surprise,” Rasmussen said during a March 1 Solon City Council meeting.
It was all part of a lengthy discussion surrounding the consideration of a developer’s agreement for a new phase of the residential subdivision on the city’s western edge.

Solon Spotlight Spaghetti Dinner and Musical Showcase March 23

SOLON– Mark the calendar on Thursday, March 23, for the annual Solon Spotlight Spaghetti Dinner and Musical Showcase. The dinner will be held in the Solon High School commons. The menu includes spaghetti and sauce, salad, bread, drink and dessert. Tickets are $8 for adults; $5 for children age 10 and younger, as well as student performers. Serving times are from 4:45 until 7 p.m.

Certification scandal causes headaches

Area firefighters scramble to take testing again

By Chris Umscheid
Solon Economist
AMES– Last June, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) announced the results of an investigation of the Fire Service Training Bureau (FSTB) in the State Fire Marshal Division of the Iowa Department of Public Safety (DPS).
The investigation involved the scoring and the certification processes for individuals who took training classes through the FSTB, such as Firefighter 1, Firefighter 2, Fire Instructor and others.

Solon High School Community Service Day Monday, April 24

SOLON– Students at Solon High School will be doing community service projects throughout the community Monday, April 24, from 12-3 p.m.
Students are looking forward to giving back to the community that has given so much to our schools. This year, the high school would like to extend an invitation to elderly residents in the community. If you have an outdoor project, we would like to help. Also, if you are a business in Solon and need a few hands, we can do that too! Students will spend the afternoon throughout the city helping businesses and residents in need.

Shueyville United Methodist Men’s Pancake Supper March 31

SHUEYVILLE– The Shueyville United Methodist Men’s Pancake Supper is Friday, March 31, from 5-7 p.m.
Come enjoy good food and fellowship with friends.
The pancake supper is an all-you-can eat supper which includes pancakes, eggs, ham, sausage, hash browns and beverage. The supper is used to support mission activities, both at home and around the world.
The church mailing address is 1195 Steeple Ln. NE, in Swisher, but is located in Shueyville, just 3/4 mile east of Interstate 380 on Exit 10.
Cost for adults is $6, ages 3-12 is $3, and those under 3 are free.

Solon Spotlight can drive March 25

SOLON– Solon Spotlight will collect cans and bottles on Saturday, March 25, from 9 a.m. to noon. Solon students and parents will collect throughout the community. Can donations can be also dropped off at the Solon High School band room that same morning. Donations will be used to support arts, drama, music and speech programs at the elementary, middle school and high school levels.

Spring break stay-cation? Come to the library to paint your own shirt

The next session of Krafty Kids, a free program for students in fifth grade and up, will be held Monday, March 13, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. This time, bring a white or light-colored T-shirt to decorate with fabric paint and printing materials. Everyone is welcome, but registration is encouraged to ensure enough materials. To register, sign up at the library, email Lori at ysl@solon.lib.ia.us, or call 319-624-2678.