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Community

Solon Booster bash golf outing on Saturday, Aug. 17

SOLON– The Solon Athletic Booster Club will be sponsoring the 13th annual Booster Bash Golf Outing on Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Lake Macbride Golf Course. This year’s fundraising proceeds will be used to purchase a new set of weight racks for the weight room.
The tournament will be a four-person scramble (best shot) with two sessions– 7:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.. The cost is $50 per person. Anyone interested in registering individually or a group should call Lake Macbride Golf Course at 319-624-2500.

Solon Cub Scout open house Thursday, Aug. 15

SOLON– The Solon Cub Scouts will be holding an open house at Lakeview Elementary during “Unpack Your Backpack” night on Thursday, Aug. 15. First through fourth graders are all welcome to join. Through the Cub Scout program parents and scouts will have fun and challenging experiences in a wide range of activities. Look for the signs at Lakeview and come talk about what the Cub Scouts have to offer.

St. John Lutheran Church Annual Community Polka Festival Aug. 18

ELY– The Annual Community Polka Festival will be held Sunday, Aug. 18, at the Ely American Legion Hall, 1545 Main St., Ely. This is a fundraiser for St. Luke’s Child Protection Center.
The event will begin with a Polka Service of worship at 10:30 a.m. at the legion hall led by Pastor Erika Uthe of the sponsoring church, St. John Lutheran, ELCA of Ely. It will be followed by a meal from 11:45 a.m. until 1 p.m. Activities and a dance will follow until 3 p.m.

Libraries refocus as technology changes how people read

North Liberty library seen as a leader in advancements

By Libby Collins
IowaWatch.org
NORTH LIBERTY– No longer limited to ink and paper, Iowa’s public libraries are spending increasing amounts of money on new technologies, such as eBooks and iPads. The number of computers in these libraries increased 76 percent from 2003 and 2012.
But it has come at a cost.

Johnson County to offer “Food Preservation 101” workshop Aug. 16

IOWA CITY– A free talk on the basics of safe canning, freezing and dehydrating of fruits, herbs and vegetables will be offered Friday, Aug. 16, from 12:10-12:55 p.m. “Extending Your Garden Harvest: Food Preservation 101” will be held in rooms 203B-C of the Johnson County Health and Human Services (HHS) Building, located at 855 S. Dubuque St. in Iowa City.

Community center gyms to be closed Aug. 19 through Aug. 22

NORTH LIBERTY– The gyms at the North Liberty Community Center, 520 W. Cherry St., will be closed Monday, Aug. 19, though Aug. 22 so the floors can be reconditioned. The gyms will reopen on Thursday, Aug. 22.

Seventh and eighth grade football equipment handouts Aug. 15, 19

SOLON– Students interested in playing seventh and eighth grade football will have equipment handouts on the following dates and times:
Eighth grade, Thursday, Aug. 15, starting at 4 p.m. in the athletic hallway at the middle school.
Seventh grade, Monday, Aug. 19, starting at 4 p.m. in the athletic hallway at the middle school.

8th graders hosting can drive for D.C. trip Aug. 17

SOLON–Solon eighth graders planning to attend a trip to Washington, D.C., will host a can drive on Saturday, Aug. 17, in Solon.
Students will be going house-to-house in Solon collecting empty refundable cans and bottles from 9 a.m. until noon. To schedule a pick-up, call 624-1502 and leave a message. Cans and bottles can also be dropped off at 605 Windsor Dr., Solon.

Solon Public Library

Babygarten starts in September

Babygarten will be starting up again on Friday, Sept. 6, and meet for six weeks through Friday, Oct. 11. The program will be from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m. on Fridays and is designed for children ages newborn through 24 months and their caregivers. Each week there will be rhymes, songs and time for free play. Registration is required. Call the library with any questions or to register.

Window display for August

Solon School News

New school staff

The Solon Community School District is pleased to welcome the following new staff:
Munson, Jacob: HS At-Risk
Shah, Brittanie: 0.5 Reading Recovery
Carls, Keri: Begindergarten
Brown, Elizabeth: First grade
O’Hare, Jennifer: Second grade
Richmann, Kalle: HS special education
White, Jim: Varsity softball
Vry, Kylie: Ninth softball coach
Scheetz, Jodi: Assistant softball coach
Link, Amy: MS-HS nurse
Johnson, Natalie: Lakeview associate
Sedlacek, Stacy: Lakeview associate
Anderson, Chris: HS math
Miller, Melanie: HS 0.5 science

Challenges ahead at CCA

Kuehl assumes superintendent duties at Clear Creek Amana

OXFORD– After three years as superintendent of the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school district, Denise Schares announced her retirement in February, setting in motion a short but intense search for a replacement.
“It’s a transition point, and I think for the district it’s a good time to bring somebody in on this really, really tremendous opportunity and challenge of enrollment growth,” Schares said at the time. Reluctantly the school board of directors launched the search, hiring G. Tryon and Associates and charging the firm with finding a highly qualified individual in two months’ time.

A feat for the century

Local pumpkin patch sends the community a 5-acre birthday card

NORTH LIBERTY– At Colony Pumpkin Patch in North Liberty, you can walk through an entire century.
Literally.
The Colony farm at 2780 Front St. has been turned into a seasonal attraction for several years now, with a pick-out-your-own pumpkin patch started by the Dean and Katie Colony family in 2005. Last year, the Colonys added a weekend fall festival and corn maze to the fun.
This year, in honor of the community’s 100th birthday, the Colonys went the extra mile on the five-acre swatch of corn, and had the maze designed to replicate North Liberty’s Centennial Celebration logo.