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Community

City announces Memorial Day hours

NORTH LIBERTY– Due to Memorial Day, some offices will be closed and city service hours altered over the holiday weekend. City Hall and other city offices will be closed Monday, May 30.
The North Liberty Community Library will be closed Monday, May 30. However, unlike previous summers, the library will be open on Sundays through the summer from 1-4 p.m.
The North Liberty Recreation Center will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 28, Sunday, May 29, and Monday, May 30.

Volunteers needed for Free Lunch and Fun

NORTH LIBERTY– Gearing up for the third year in operation, the Summer Lunch and Fun Program is seeking participation from local restaurants and others to provide free food and activities for North Liberty youth. No registration required.
The program is for all youth up to 18 years old, weekdays from June 6 to Aug. 12 (no July 4) at the Ranshaw House, located just north of the North Liberty Community Center on Community Drive. Lunch is 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. with an activity following from 12-1 p.m.

Volunteer firefighters needed

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Volunteer Fire Department (NLVFD) is seeking individuals over the age of 18, who live or work in Penn or Madison Townships (this includes all of North Liberty and some surrounding area), to serve as volunteer firefighters. The NLVFD is currently seeking those available weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Address questions to Chief Eric Vandewater or Asst. Chief Bryan Hardin. Applications are also available on the fire department’s website at www.nlfire.org/recruitment.html. Materials submitted for application are not returned.

Spartan Dash raises nearly $20K for Lakeview PTO

Members of the Solon High School soccer team dust participants with colored powder at one of the many stations along the route of the Fifth Annual Spartan Dash Saturday, April 23, at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area trail. The Spartan Dash is a family-friendly event which features a number of messy obstacles and serves as Lakeview Elementary PTO’s largest fundraiser of the year. A total of 625 runners took part, raising $19,250 for the PTO.

Solon High School basketball All-Star event Sunday, June 12

SOLON– Former college, semi-pro and pro basketball players will converge on the Solon High School gymnasium Sunday, June 12, for an All-Star scrimmage to benefit the boys’ basketball team.
Solon varsity head coach Jason Pershing hopes the event will raise funds for his program while providing entertainment for the community.
“The All-Star game brings high-level athletes that our community used to watch on TV into our gymnasium,” Pershing said.

Slight increase in property tax rate for 2016-17 school year

District budget in solid shape

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist
SOLON– Solon is getting bigger, and so is its school district.
That growth is reflected in the Solon Community School District (SCSD) budget for the 2016-17 school year, adopted at the April school board meeting.
The $31.6 million budget includes almost $11 million in construction costs for the new middle school and performing arts center and $10 million for instruction.

SCSD counselors work to set minds at ease

Helping students with the transition

SOLON– We always fear the unknown, said Solon Middle School counselor and facilitator Tony Nicol. This is especially true for kids entering into a new school– an experience that can be scary for a student.
The Solon Community School District’s counseling department works hard to keep transitions between schools as seamless as possible for the students.
“You’re going somewhere you’ve never been before,” Nicol said. “Everything we (the counseling department) do is to try to inform them of what it’s going to be like.”

Solon Parks & Rec Department

Shueyville graduates celebrate 125th anniversary of first class

SHUEYVILLE– It has been 125 years since the first graduating class of Shueyville High School. The school’s annual banquet was held at the Shueyville United Methodist Church on Friday, April 22.
The meeting saw new officers, President Kathryn Birky, Vice President Marvin Pospisil, Treasurer Marvin Pospisiland Secretary Adeline Volesky.
The oldest members that attended were Arlene Reyman and Roman Volesky from the class of 1941.

Optimist Club donates $10,000 toward piano

Solon High School vocal music instructor Joel Foreman accepts a $10,000 donation from Solon Optimist Club President Marv Stastny at an April 26 Optimist Club meeting at the Solon Public Library. The donation to the Solon Education Foundation will go toward the purchase of a Steinway Model-D 9-foot grand piano for the new Center for the Arts. The piano will cost $76,500, but the Solon Community School District’s (SCSD) Board of Education has agreed to match donations dollar for dollar up to $40,000.

Tiffin eyes solar

Council discusses $17.8 thousand PV system

By Shianne Fisher
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– Add Tiffin to the list of Johnson County cities envisioning a brighter future for their public buildings.
The Tiffin City Council met with a representative of Moxie Solar, a North-Liberty-based turnkey solar operation, during an April 19 work session to discuss the addition of a 6.05 kW commercial photovoltaic (PV) system on the roof of city hall.
City Administrator Doug Boldt said the council feels adding solar is a “no-brainer” for the city.
“It’s not that big of a capital expense and it presents the right image,” he added.

A decade of service

North Liberty honors two firefighters for 10 years with the department

NORTH LIBERTY– Two North Liberty firefighters, Assistant Chief William “Bill” Schmooke and Firefighter-Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) David Cirillo, were recognized for 10 years of service to the community and the surrounding area.