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Community

North Liberty Slow Roll Saturday, June 17

NORTH LIBERTY– Slow rolls are short community- and family-oriented bike rides, traveling at a leisurely pace. Join your friends and neighbors for a ride around town and a social to celebrate Flag Day and Father’s Day all in one on Saturday, June 17.
Bike and helmet safety checks are from 9-10 a.m. at the North Liberty Community Center (520 W. Cherry St.), with the slow roll beginning at 10 a.m. The 8-mile route includes a scavenger hunt. A social picnic with food, music, bike decorations, lawn games and awards will follow the bike ride from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the community center.

Binge watch “The Office” outdoors June 15

NORTH LIBERTY– Binge watch the entire first season of The Office on the front lawn of the North Liberty Community Center on Thursday, June 15, starting at 6 p.m.
Admission is free and viewers are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets to the North Liberty Community Center lawn (520 W. Cherry St.). Showings will last no longer than 10 p.m. Popcorn and limited food options will be available for purchase and outside food is also welcome. Alcohol is prohibited.

May the Bike Bring You to the Market June 18

NORTH LIBERTY– Due to poor weather, the North Liberty Farmers Market rescheduled its May the Bike Bring You to the Market event for Sunday, June 18.
If you leave your car at home and walk or bike to the market, you can receive a $2 voucher to spend at any one of our fantastic vendors. Show up early because these vouchers will go quickly.
The North Liberty Farmers Market at Penn Landing is open Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information visit pennlandingmarket.org.

Tiffin dog park now open at City Park

TIFFIN– The City of Tiffin has a new dog park located next to the City Park ball fields on Kimberlite Street. This off-leash dog park provides an excellent opportunity for exercise, socialization and training. The park consists of a larger area for dogs to run and socialize and a smaller area for smaller dogs or for dogs that may not do well with other dogs but need an area to run.

Tiffin splash pad back to regular hours

TIFFIN– The sensor on the Tiffin splash pad is now working and regular weekday and weekend hours of 9 a.m. to dusk have resumed.
The city has also installed a new flooring surface to help mitigate concerns of slipping and sliding. The splash pad is located at City Park near the ball fields.

Wine & Whiskey Walk June 17 in Swisher

SWISHER– Join Swisher businesses on Saturday, June 17, for the First Annual Downtown Swisher Wine & Whiskey Walk from 2-5 p.m.
Round up some friends and make your way to our Downtown Swisher to sample a variety of delectable artisan Iowa wines, as well as Cedar Ridge whiskey. Each business will have samples and a representative from a different winery, as well as their own specials for the day.

Lightning strikes the Lady J-Hawks

Liberty puts up 37 runs in home doubleheader

North Liberty Leader
CORALVILLE– Maybe the Johnson County storm siren test commencing just before the first pitch was an omen as the Liberty High Lightning unleashed a storm on the Jefferson J-Hawks Wednesday, June 7, at the Coralville Youth Sports Complex. The Lightning moved to 11-3 on the season with a 15-5 and 22-0 pounding of Jefferson.

Bergamot drainage issue results in lawsuit

Solon couple seeks damages from builder, developer and city

SOLON– A Solon couple claims their residential lot was incorrectly graded and was serviced by an undersized storm water intake prior to a damaging 2016 flood, according to a civil suit filed in Johnson County District Court April 14.
Marty and Jessica Kelchen, of 716 Bergamot Ln., seek unspecified damages from North Corridor Custom Homes, Inc., Fox Run Development, Inc., MMS Consultants, Inc. and the City of Solon.

Whitehead to assume Solon council seat

Newcomer defeats appointee with 63% of special election votes

SOLON– Newcomer Lauren Whitehead defeated appointed incumbent Dale Snipes in the May 30 special city council election.
Whitehead won with 63 percent of the votes cast (139-81), according to final results posted by the Johnson County Auditor’s Office.
She will fill the unexpired term of council member Mark Krall, which ends Dec. 31, and the seat will appear on the November city election ballot.
Whitehead was expected to be sworn into office for the June 7 council meeting after the final tally was canvassed by the Johnson County Board of Supervisors earlier in the day.

Solon Citywide Clean Up, June 10

SOLON– The Solon Citywide Clean Up Day is Saturday, June 10, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Collection will be handled at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area.
Acceptable items include: furniture, grills (propane tanks removed), bikes, lawn chairs, and other hard to get rid of items. Empty paint cans– dried without lids– will also be accepted. Tires for $5 and large tires are $10 each. Televisions and other electronics will be accepted for a $20 fee. Appliances will be collected for $20 each and lawn mowers and other gas engines for $15 each.

Summer reading kicks off

SOLON– The Solon Public Library’s Summer Reading Program 2017, themed “Build a Better World,” officially kicked off Thursday, May 25, with Hills Bank and Trust co-hosting a fun evening of games. Hundreds of children and their families visited the library to participate in the special kick-off event and pick up reading logs for the summer.
On Tuesday, June 13, at 6:30 p.m., the library welcomes The Science Center of Iowa’s 2017 summer outreach program, “Building Blunders.”

Wine & Whiskey Walk Saturday, June 17, in Swisher

SWISHER– Join Swisher businesses on Saturday, June 17, for the First Annual Downtown Swisher Wine & Whiskey Walk from 2-5 p.m.
Round up some friends and make your way to our Downtown Swisher to sample a variety of delectable artisan Iowa wines, as well as Cedar Ridge whiskey. Each business will have samples and a representative from a different winery, as well as their own specials for the day.