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Community

Best Shot

2007 Solon High School graduate Clint Grantham (right) reads the Solon Economist with his dive mate. Grantham is a U.S. Navy Diver 2nd Class, 2nd Class Petty Officer. Currently on Second Deployment in Bahrain, the two took a moment before a work dive in the Persian Gulf to catch up on local Solon news. (contributed photo)

Best Shot

Steve and Susan Julius relaxing and reading the Solon Economist at the end of September after hiking to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. They hiked back up over the next two days. (contributed photo)

Not One More

Students protest lack of gun violence legislation

NORTH LIBERTY– Students of North Liberty community schools have a message for state and federal politicians: We want gun reform.
They share a growing anxiety among students, faculty and parents around the nation who demand tougher action on gun laws. And on the afternoon of Friday, March 2, they made their voices heard.
At 2 p.m. during sixth period, students from North Central Junior High and Liberty High rose from their desks and gathered in front of North Central.

Swisher Legion Lenten suppers

through March 23

SWISHER– The Swisher American Legion will serve Lenten suppers every Friday through March 23, from 5-8 p.m.
The Legion will serve all-you-can-eat fish ($11), shrimp ($14) and chicken strips ($7). Add-on shrimp for $6; meals for children 6-12 years of age are $5; kids 5 and under are free. Meals are served with one trip through the salad bar. Carry-out is available.
The Swisher American Legion Junior Auxiliary will host a bake sale in conjunction with the Lenten suppers. The public is welcome, call 319-857-4687 for more information.

Oxford Legion dance March 25

OXFORD– Grab a dance partner and head over to Oxford. The American Legion Post 537 is hosting a dance Sunday, March 25. This will feature live performances by the Memory Bros. The event is scheduled from 6-9 p.m. with light food and beverages provided. Admission is $9.

Green the Fleet

County transitions to hybrid and electric vehicles

IOWA CITY– The bluest county in Iowa is going green.
Johnson County is taking strides to form a more eco-friendly fleet of vehicles, an initiative that’s been several years in the making.
“I drove a Prius for about 10 years,” recalled Mike Carberry, Johnson County Supervisor. A longtime environmental advocate, Carberry was convinced to invest in hybrid and electric cars on a county level after his switch to an all-electric Chevrolet Volt.

DNR report on Lake Macbride

SOLON– The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) held a meeting Wednesday, Feb. 28, at the Solon Public Library to discuss a range of issues concerning Lake Macbride State Park, including its upcoming 100th anniversary in 2020.
The 2,180-acre park features a 940-acre lake, 14.5 miles of trails, and 101 campsites. And, as of last year, one alcohol ban.
The park played host to over half a million visitors in 2017 (509,500), though many long-term visitors voiced concerns, as the last beach in Johnson County allowing alcohol until last year, it had become less of a family atmosphere.

Restoring Ranshaw House

North Liberty to renovate historic home for public use

NORTH LIBERTY– It’s been nearly 15 years in the making.
North Liberty’s historic Samuel and Emma A. Ranshaw House, located at 515 W. Penn St., is finally getting the renovations it so desperately needs.

North Liberty infrastructure improvements

open house March 7

NORTH LIBERTY– This year, North Liberty will make major improvements to key infrastructure, including Ranshaw Way (Highway 965). Once completed, these infrastructure upgrades will increase transportation capacity, add pedestrian connectivity, provide recreational amenities and replace aging infrastructure in our growing community.

The Chicken and the Egg

March 1 at the NL library

NORTH LIBERTY– On Thursday, March 1 at 6:30 p.m., the North Liberty Community Library welcomes Doris Montag, a local freelance curator and homespun humorist who will present an exhibit of artifacts from raising chickens in the 1900’s. One in a series from The History of Ordinary Things, Doris brings to the audience the science, history and stories of incubating chicks, colored eggs, breed differences, egg nutrition and her special passion– the evolution of the egg carton.

A minor adjustment

New attendance boundaries set for Christine Grant Elementary

NORTH LIBERTY– The Iowa City Community School District’s (ICCSD) Board of Directors was set to vote on and approve new elementary school attendance boundaries, in North Liberty, on Tuesday, Feb. 27.

Fat Tire Classic speeds off Saturday

SOLON– Sugar Bottom Bikes, of North Liberty, has partnered with the Solon Centennial Lions Club to present a unique experience to area riders with the Lake Macbride Fat Tire Classic on Saturday, Mar. 3.