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Community

Football team hosts car wash after Parade, July 16

SOLON– The Solon High School football team will host a car wash following the Solon Beef Days Parade on Saturday, July 16, from 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the Bridge Community Bank parking lot. Proceeds will be used to support the 2016 Solon High School football program.

Hearings July 26 for proposed Lake Macbride beach alcohol ban

DES MOINES– Two public hearings are scheduled to accept public comment on a proposed rule to ban alcohol on the beaches at Lake Macbride State Park and Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area.

Board drops Ames firm; new CM hired

Local oversight of construction projects to save thousands

SOLON– It’s a move that could save the school district up to $250,000.
At a special meeting Wednesday, June 29, the members of the Solon Community School District’s Board of Education voted to terminate its contract for construction manager services with Story Construction of Ames.
Instead, the district will move forward with its middle school and auditorium projects utilizing the Iowa City firm McComas-Lacina Construction.
According to Solon Superintendent Davis Eidahl, it’s a change the district has been considering for months.

Senior Advocates heading to Sally’s on Broadway July 21

SOLON– The Solon Senior Advocates’ next Restaurant Road Trip is to Sally’s on Broadway in Springville on Thursday, July 21, leaving from Terrace Lane Glen at 4 p.m. The Advocates will also be celebrating Doris Divoky’s birthday. Call 624-2710 for reservations. Twenty-one seniors dined at the Hale Tap on Wednesday, June 29.

July 17 field day explores handing farm to next generation

SOLON— Many farm transfer stories fall into one of two categories: transfers occurring within a family, or those involving a sale to an unrelated stranger. The dearth of other farm transfer models was both a challenge – and an opportunity – for beginning farmer Carmen Black and her farm mentor, long-time vegetable producer Susan Jutz, as they worked on their plan to transfer Susan’s farm to Carmen.

The final word

73-year-old Air Corps report sheds light on Pavel brother’s disappearance

MASSILLON– On May 29, 1943, a United States Army Air Corps (USAAC) B-24D heavy bomber disappeared off the coast of California during a routine training mission. Ten men were on the plane, including Second Lt. Paul Pavel of Solon, the pilot. Pavel’s plane was the 10th in a 10-plane group flying from Marysville, Calif., located in the northern part of the state. The planes took off 15 minutes apart and were to fly to a rendezvous point 140 nautical miles out to sea. Pavel’s plane never made it to the rendezvous point.

Solon public library

Unattended Child Policy

Meet your meat and its makers

Custom caterer, international food truck on the menu at Blues & BBQ

NORTH LIBERTY– If you haven’t tasted some local chefs’ off-the-beaten-path barbecue, this Saturday is your chance.
Of the 13 food vendors serving at North Liberty Blues & BBQ presented by South Slope Cooperative Communications, two are as local as it gets, but you won’t find their fare in a restaurant.
T.C. Bonez Catering & BBQ, located off Mehaffey Bridge Road near Club 76, has been smoking Iowa-grown meats since 2003, and owner Todd Carr makes it a point to never miss a Blues.
“I’m so excited,” he said last week. “I wish it was here this weekend.”

Vote early in ICCSD special election

IOWA CITY– Early voting for the July 19 Iowa City School District special election began Tuesday, July 5, at 7:45 a.m. at the Auditor’s Office, 913 S. Dubuque St.
Early voting at the Auditor’s Office will be available weekdays from 7:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. through the close of business Monday, July 18.
There will also be two satellite voting sites on Sunday, July 17.
· Coralville Public Library, noon to 4 p.m.
· Iowa City Public Library, noon to 5 p.m.

North Liberty population count official

One-quarter of mostly white residents aged 25-34, 10.5 percent under five years old

NORTH LIBERTY– A special census conducted in the City of North Liberty last fall is finally official.
According to a letter from the U.S. Census Bureau to the city, the population of North Liberty was 18,299 as of last October– up 36 percent from 13,374 in 2010. The new housing count was 7,551.
Now that the city has received the certified population count, North Liberty will receive increases in state funding distributed per capita, such as road-use tax.

“It changed my future”

North Liberty teen says online school gave her confidence

By Nora Heaton
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– Sixteen-year-old Julia Love thought she would drop out of high school. Now, she’s planning for college.
She changed the story of her education with the help of Iowa Connections Academy, a tuition-free public school done entirely online. Love completes 100 percent of her coursework from her home in North Liberty. After years of struggling to manage debilitating anxiety in a traditional classroom setting, online study has helped her gain a new confidence and self-assuredness.

Tiffin citizens speak out against new development

Council approves rezoning despite storm water runoff, traffic concerns

NORTH LIBERTY– Just when the Tiffin City Council thought it had a solution to ongoing traffic concerns along Deer View Avenue, council members were again met with civil opposition.
Around 20 community members attended a June 28 council meeting when a public hearing was scheduled for a multi-rezoning ordinance to accommodate Tiffin Heights East, a new west-side subdivision proposed by developer Jason Dumont of The Boulders LLC in Solon. Dumont was also the developer of the original Tiffin Heights.