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Community

NL Community Library receives technology grant award

NORTH LIBERTY– The State Library of Iowa is pleased to announce that the North Liberty Community Library has recently received a Library Technology Grant Award of $1,600 to purchase two laptop computers dedicated to career development. Patrons 18 years old and older can use these computers to build resumes, conduct job searches, take proctored exams and more.

North Liberty SHARE program taking orders through April 11

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty SHARE is a non-profit food-buying group that specializes in bringing high quality food at unbelievable prices. Through SHARE’S unique food network, food is offered at a 50 percent savings off retail prices, in return for volunteer time.
In February, North Liberty SHARE participants did 170 volunteering hours. The April Best Value Package is offered for $25 in exchange for two hours of volunteer service in the community.

Long tenured administrator accepts Florida post

Lippincott leaving for warmer weather

SOLON– It’s been over eight years since Cassandra Lippincott first said hello to Solon.
Now it’s time to say goodbye.
Lippincott, the city’s third city administrator and its longest tenured, announced last week she has accepted a position with the city of Wildwood, Fla., and will be leaving in April.
Lippincott came to head up Solon’s city government in November 2005, following in the footsteps of the first city administrator, Brandy Forbes, and her successor, Tracey Mulcahey.
The city created the position in the spring of 2000.

County imposes weight and speed limits on Mehaffey Bridge

What’s shaking?

JOHNSON COUNTY– Cars should travel a little slower across Mehaffey Bridge now, and big trucks will have to detour around it until a new bridge is complete.
The Johnson County Secondary Roads department placed a weight embargo on the bridge and reduced the speed effective March 11, due to too much movement as cars were driving over the bridge that is currently under construction.

Marshek drainage still unresolved

By Paul Deaton
Solon Economist
SOLON– Having filed the annual budget with the county and state, the city council made a to-do list for 2014 and began working on it with a discussion of storm water drainage in the Marshek and Eastwood subdivision at its March 19 meeting.

Solon Spotlight spaghetti dinner April 3

SOLON– Mark your calendars for Thursday, April 3, for the annual Solon Spotlight spaghetti dinner. This will be held in the high school commons, immediately before the musical showcase concert. Spaghetti, salad, bread, drink and dessert will be available for $8 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under. Serving times are 4:45 until 7 p.m. Diners will enjoy entertainment provided by the high school music students. Starting at 6:45 p.m. in the high school gym, there will be performances by the Winter Drumline and the Solon Middle School show choirs, followed by a progressive showcase of musical talent from fifth grade choirs and band continuing up to the high school choirs and band. Come enjoy an evening of good food and great music. All proceeds from the spaghetti dinner will benefit K-12 performing arts programs at Solon schools.

SOLON– Mark your calendars for Thursday, April 3, for the annual Solon Spotlight spaghetti dinner. This will be held in the high school commons, immediately before the musical showcase concert. Spaghetti, salad, bread, drink and dessert will be available for $8 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under. Serving times are 4:45 until 7 p.m. Diners will enjoy entertainment provided by the high school music students.

Solon Public Library

Need help with your Kindle/Nook/iPad?

The staff at the library is willing to help, but we’re not always available when you stop in. Help sessions can sometimes take 30 to 60 minutes. Please call 319-624-2678 to set up an appointment.

Money Smart programs in April

Money Smart Week is April 5 through 12. The Solon library has events planned that week plus Saturday, April 19. These programs are free and registration is not required. Choose any of the following topics or activities that work for you:
April 5 through April 12: Dash for the Stash

SHS drama department presents “Into the Woods” April 4-6

SOLON– Who knows what you will discover when you go “Into the Woods?” Stephen Sondheim’s musical comedy, to be presented by the Solon High School drama department, is a fractured fairy tale that combines the well-known characters of Cinderella, Rapunzel, Jack and the Beanstalk and Little Red Riding Hood with the story of the Baker and his Wife who desperately want a child. Unfortunately, the Baker and his Wife have been cursed with childlessness by a wicked witch and must perform various missions involving the characters in the other fairy tales to break the spell.

5K the hard way

SOLON– Close to 70 hardy souls dragged themselves through culverts, over bales of hay and across ice-cold streams as the Solon Sluggers 13U baseball team hosted the second Solon Survivor Extreme 5K Saturday morning, March 8, southwest of Solon.
The off-road race raised funds for the club as well as the Solon Food Pantry.

Jazz at the Commons March 30 at SHS

SOLON– Everyone is welcome to come enjoy the performances and have dinner with their families as Solon High School presents Jazz at the Commons Sunday, March 30, at the high school commons with performances by the high school jazz bands and choirs. Live Jazz begins at 5 p.m. All proceeds from food and other donations will support the Solon High School Jazz program.

Teams sought for PTO kickball tourney April 5

SOLON– A Kickin’ For Kids Kickball Tournament, sponsored by Solon Middle School PTO, will be held Saturday, April 5, at Lakeview playground and T-Ball Fields.
The cost is $175 per team, and all teams will have nine to 14 players. Option 1: half of the team must be SMS students and all teams must have at least two adults. Option 2: Competitive play (for older kids and businesses wanting to participate).

Slow down, lighten up

Weight, speed limits imposed on Mehaffey Bridge

JOHNSON COUNTY– Cars should travel a little slower across Mehaffey Bridge now, and big trucks will have to detour around it until a new bridge is complete.
The Johnson County Secondary Roads department placed a weight embargo on the bridge and reduced the speed effective March 11, due to too much movement as cars were driving over the bridge that is currently under construction.