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Community

Two candidates for special city council election May 30

SOLON– Dale Snipes and Lauren Whitehead will be the two candidates seeking to fill the unexpired city council term of Mark Krall.
According to the Johnson County Auditor’s Office, Snipes and Whitehead are the only two residents to file the necessary paperwork to appear on the ballot for the Tuesday, May 30, special election.
The filing deadline for candidates was Friday, May 5.
Snipes was appointed to fill the council term, which expires Dec. 31, but a petition requesting a special election was subsequently filed with the city.

Be A Hunger Hero for Mary’s Meals Saturday, May 13, at SRNA

SOLON– On Saturday, May 13, from 9 a.m. to noon, Be A Hunger Hero at Solon Recreation and Nature Area.
This event is for the entire family to enjoy a morning full of hero themed activities. A super-hero training course provided and ran by Iowa Gym-Nest, cape decorating, Solon firefighters, bounce houses, and face painting are all provided for participating children.
One mile and 5K fun runs will start at 9:30 a.m. The runs take place on the paved trail around the recreation and nature area and partially on the graveled Lake MacBride Nature Trail.

Solon 22-year-old killed in Sutliff Road accident

SOLON– A 22-year-old Solon resident was killed in a two-vehicle accident just north of Solon on Sutliff Road on May 2.
According to a report by the Iowa State Patrol, Quinn Houlahan, 22, was driving a 2009 Suzuki motorcycle westbound on Sutliff Road at approximately 6:22 p.m. when an eastbound 1997 Ford F150 driven by Glen Erenberger, 54, of Solon, attempted a left turn, resulting in a collision.
Houlahan was a 2013 graduate of Solon High School, and was currently enrolled in the HVAC program at Kirkwood Community College, anticipating graduation in May (see obituary, page A4).

Solon Boy Scout Troop 120 can drive Saturday, June 3

SOLON– Solon Boy Scout Troop 120 will collect cans and bottles on Saturday, June 3, from 1-5 p.m. Scouts and parents will collect throughout the community. Can donations can also be dropped off at the St. Mary Catholic Church parking lot from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Donations will be used to provide camping opportunities and other Scouting activities.

Trouble in River City

The Music Man

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– A variety of mischievous characters have appeared on the stage in the Performing Arts Center at the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School in Tiffin, from The Cat in the Hat to Baron Bolligrew and Willy Wonka. Add Professor Harold Hill to the list.

Tiffin citywide clean-up day May 13

TIFFIN– The City of Tiffin’s city clean-up day will be Saturday, May 13, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. You will be required to bring your items down to the public works facility. If you are unable to bring your items to the city shed, you can schedule a pick-up with the Tiffin Fire Department. The department asks that you pay a fee of $25 per truckload. You will need to pay for the pick-up prior to May 13. Contact City Hall at 319-545-2572 ext. 1 to schedule a pickup. City Hall will only accept cash or check payments. Make your checks payable to the Tiffin Fire Department.

CCA Senior Awards Assembly Wednesday May 17

TIFFIN– On Wednesday, May 17, at 6:30 p.m., Clear Creek Amana High School hosts its annual Senior Awards Assembly in the high school auditorium. At the ceremony, graduating seniors will be recognized with a presentation of awards and scholarships received.
Parents, family and friends of the Class of 2017 are invited to the to attend.

Celebrate Bike Month in North Liberty

Bike commuting workshop May 11

NORTH LIBERTY– In honor of Bike Month 2017, Johnson County is sponsoring several events in the area.
One of those is a “How to be a Bike Commuter” workshop at the North Liberty Community Library (520 W. Cherry St.) on Thursday, May 11, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Jon Yetley of Sugar Bottom Bikes will teach you everything you need to know to bike commute, including quick repairs and maintenance.

Musicycle at Penn May 13

Trail opening delayed

Sitting water, slope don’t meet ADA standards for use

By Shianne Fisher
North Liberty Leader

TIFFIN– With the weather warming up, bikers and pedestrians may be tempted to use the new trail on the south side of town. But, city officials note, that trail is still closed.
“There are people that just go right around the orange fence. I see it every day,” said City Administrator Doug Boldt. “But it is closed off. It’s not ours yet.”
Due to ponding issues on much of the trail, the city has yet to accept the project (Trail Phase Five) from Metro Pavers, which completed construction last October.

“Jump Rope for a New Heart”

Tiffin gym raises money for area man’s transplant

By Shianne Fisher
North Liberty Leader

TIFFIN– Eric McClintock hadn’t even met the man organizing a fundraiser for his pending heart transplant.
“There are only so many appointments to go to, so many meals you can bring,” said McClintock, who was born with a rare heart defect. “In short of saying hand me cash, this is one way we could tell people who were asking something they can do.”

Pig & Pint Prelude fundraiser Friday, July 7, to benefit Blues & BBQ

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty residents are invited to purchase tickets in a special presale for the Pig & Pint Prelude, a private fundraiser the night before Blues & BBQ on July 7 to benefit the annual event.

Bur Oak Land Trust Family Day Sunday, May 21

SOLON– Family Day with Bur Oak Land Trust will be hosted on Sunday, May 21, at the Turkey Creek Preserve. Admission is free and refreshments will be offered. There will also be seining in the creek and scavenger hunt with prizes.
Bur Oak Land Trust presents Family Day at Turkey Creek Preserve from 1-3 p.m. at 2545 Sugar Bottom Rd. NE in Solon.
Turkey Creek Preserve is 107.24 acres of woods and former pasture land, including five acres of reconstructed prairie which also has geocache locations.