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Community

Time to nominate Solon’s outstanding seniors of the year

SOLON– May is “Older Americans Month” and once again it is time to submit your nominations for 2014 Senior of the Year. Nominate whom you feel has contributed to the betterment of the community and to the folks who live here. There are so many seniors who are eligible candidates that we are asking for two seniors to honor this year. This is a great opportunity to honor those who do so much good in our community. Please address your nomination to P.O. Box 99, Solon, IA 52333. The deadline is May 13.

Youth football registration April 13

n Youth Football program will be held Sunday, April 13, from 5 until 6 p.m. at the Solon Middle School cafeteria. Players will be weighed and fitted for equipment. A parent or guardian must be present during registration. Questions? Contact coordinators Brad Gunnells at 319-624-3542, Brett Arduser at 319-624-5215, or see www.spartanyouthfootball.org.

Tree questions answered April 24

SOLON– State of Iowa District 12 Forester Mark Vitosh and District 3 Forester Joe Herring will lunch with the seniors at Old Gold Diner on Thursday, April 24.
Mark will bring along the survey of Solon trees he completed last year, and answer questions about trees and their current project to restore the oak forest at Lake Macbride State Park. All are welcome to attend at the Solon United Methodist Church for lunch at 11:30 a.m., $3.25 per meal. Call Duane no later than 1 p.m. on April 23 to reserve your meal. Unable to attend? Ask a friend to attend with your tree question.

Solon Methodist Living Last Supper performances begin April 11

SOLON– Members of Solon United Methodist Church (SUMC) will be presenting five Living Last Supper performances in April, including their first interstate show and a Maundy Thursday performance at SUMC.
The Living Last Supper is a dramatic interpretation where each disciple reflects upon one’s life with Jesus in the setting of Leonardo Da Vinci’s famous painting.

Solon Public Library

Are you new to Solon?

Please stop in and check out the services we offer at the Solon library! We have popular titles, large print, westerns, Christian fiction, science fiction and lots of non-fiction for gardeners, history buffs, financial tips, good health habits, and much more. We have a large audio book collection and DVDs for both children and adults. Also available for check out are puzzles, puppets, and cake pans. In our reading area, you will find four area newspapers and a variety of magazines.

SCSD seeking foreign exchange student host family

SOLON– The Solon Community School District (SCSD) is seeking one Solon family to host a high school-aged foreign exchange student for the 2014-2015 school year. If your family is interested, please contact PAX Academic Exchange at 1-800-555-6211 or go online to www.pax.org.

Third “Spartan Dash” April 26

SOLON– The Lakeview PTO will host its third annual Spartan Dash on Saturday, April 26, rain or shine. The Spartan Dash is a fun and crazy fitness event that will serve as the Lakeview PTO’s largest fundraiser of the year.
Interested individuals should sign up to participate in the event with a “family team.” Family teams will walk, skip, or run through obstacles set up along the one-mile trail in the Solon Recreation and Nature Area (SRNA). Obstacles will be suitable for both children and adults and are guaranteed to have you laughing.

Johnson County Sheriff’s office releases 2013 annual report

Curious trends in crime stats

JOHNSON COUNTY– Sometimes there are no clear cut answers to explain why things are the way they are. As an example, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) released its annual report documenting the department’s activities in 2013. While some categories of offenses are down, Sheriff Lonny Pulkrabek is at a loss as to why, exactly. On the other hand, in general, calls for service are up, continuing a trend that shows the department is busier with each passing year.

NLFD responds to dryer fire in apartment

NORTH LIBERTY– A working smoke detector helped provide a quick response and limited damage to a North Liberty apartment building Sunday.
The North Liberty Fire Department was dispatched to 162 Elm Ridge Drive Sunday April 6, at approximately 4 p.m. for a building fire. First arriving North Liberty Police units reported thick smoke on the third floor of the apartment building and residents were evacuated. North Liberty Fire Department units arrived and found smoke throughout the structure and heavy smoke coming from an apartment on the third floor.

Sign up now to give or receive “Make a Difference” assistance

NORTH LIBERTY– Several North Liberty churches will be hosting “Make A Difference Day,” a service project, on Saturday, April 26, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Work teams from local churches will be fanning out all over North Liberty performing community service. 
Service projects will include yard work, small construction jobs, window washing, painting and many other projects at little or no cost, to improve the lives of the North Liberty community.

North Bend Elementary 5K and 1 Mile Color Run this Saturday, April 12

NORTH LIBERTY– On Saturday, April 12, the North Bend Elementary Parent-Teacher Group (PTG) and various sponsors will host the school’s first annual North Bend Elementary 5K and 1 Mile Color Run, beginning at 9 a.m. at Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) North Bend Elementary, 2230 St. Andrews Dr. The event is a fundraiser for the North Bend PTG, with proceeds going toward classroom enrichment, playground equipment, technology equipment, field trips, guest speakers and educational supplies.

NL police to offer disposal for unused prescription drugs

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Police Department, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Agency, will collect expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs on Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Liberty Pharmacy, 555 W. Cherry St., for safe disposal.
This service is free and anonymous. Tablets, capsules, and all other solid dosage forms will be collected. Liquid medications in their original containers will be accepted as well.