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Community

Casey Grover resigns from Solon City Council

Mayor wants to appoint Lynn Morris

SOLON– Solon is once again short a council member.
At a regular meeting Jan. 6, Mayor Steve Stange read an immediately-effective letter of resignation from council member Casey Grover.
Grover, elected to a four-year term in November 2013, indicated he would no longer be able to serve after moving to a home in Ely. Grover was not present for the meeting.
“It has been a great honor to be elected in our growing town,” Grover said in the letter. “I thank you for entrusting me to do a good job. I hope that I have lived up to your expectations.”

Optimist Club basketball contests at middle school Sunday, Jan. 24

SOLON– The Optimist Club of Solon will host its annual Basketball Contests Sunday, Jan. 24, at the Solon Middle School gymnasium. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. and the contests start at 1 p.m. Contests will include dribbling, passing and shooting for boys and girls ages 8 thru 13. First, second and third place awards will be given to each age group and boys and girls champion awards. Contestants will need to bring their own basketballs.

KCs to hold basketball free throw contest Sunday, Jan. 24

SOLON– The Knights of Columbus (KC) Council 12129 in Solon will hold a basketball free throw contest, for competitors ages nine to 14, on Sunday, Jan. 24. The competition will be held at the Solon Middle School in conjunction with the Solon Optimists Basketball Contests. Signup and warm ups start at 12:30 p.m. with competition taking place from 1-2 p.m. Each of the winners earns the opportunity to compete in the district competition with an eye toward moving on to state and international levels.

Solon Archery Team to host tournament Jan. 23 at high school

SOLON– The Solon Archery Team will host a tournament at Solon High School on Saturday, Jan. 23. The team hopes to get more kids involved in the sport and this would be a way for them to see the team firsthand. The tournament runs from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The team will host 500 kids from 10 Eastern Iowa schools. Participants will range in age from elementary to high school.
A raffle for a Mathews Z-2 Bow in Lost Camo will be held during the tournament to raise funds to support the team.

Solon parent pedals for autism supplies

Brad Raasch and sons trek 230 miles to assist Lakeview Elementary

SOLON– The Raasch brothers– Preston, 5, and Zander, 4– call it the Big Adventure.
Their father, Brad Raasch, calls it “the right thing to do.”
For six days in August, Raasch and his sons cycled over 230 miles– the distance equivalent to traveling from Solon to Chicago– to raise funds to purchase supplies for children on the autism spectrum at Lakeview Elementary.
Raasch set up a funding page on the Crowdsource site YouCaring, listing a target goal of $500.
“To be honest, I wasn’t sure if we’d make that $500,” Raasch said.

Kleinsmith honored with Scout Merit award

Tyler Puettmann wins Eagle Scout Project of the Year

RIVERSIDE– The Old Capitol Valley District of the Hawkeye Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, celebrated the accomplishments of the district and its volunteer leaders at the District Dinner on Thursday, Nov. 12. The dinner was held at St. Mary’s Parish Hall in Riverside.
The District Award of Merit is the highest award a district can bestow on a volunteer leader. A nominee must have rendered noteworthy service to youth in Scouting, outside Scouting, or both. The following volunteers were recognized for their service, both in and out of Scouting.

Solon Boy Scout Troop 120 Soup Annual Soup Supper Saturday, Jan. 23, at St. Mary Catholic Church

SOLON– Solon Boy Scout Troop 120 is hosting its annual soup supper on Saturday, Jan. 23, at St Mary Catholic Church from 5-7 p.m. The soup supper features home made soups of all varieties. Previous year’s have included such traditional soups as chicken noodle and chili, and some not so traditional soups such as Demok (spinach and coconut milk) and shrimp chowder. The supper is all-you-can-eat, including fresh baked bread made by the Scouts the morning of the supper and a wide assortment of desserts. Cost is $7 for ages 10 and up, $5 for ages 5 to 9 and free for those less than 5 years of age.

Something to roar about at Penn Elementary

Penn staff, students celebrate new addition

NORTH LIBERTY– As a class of Penn Elementary School students file into their brand new media center, they set their books on the library tables and settle down on the polka-dotted area rug in front of a rocking chair, ready for story time.

Tiffin property valuations rise, levies likely to remain stable

TIFFIN– Thanks to consistent growth, the City of Tiffin will have a little more breathing room at budget time.
Each year, the Johnson County Auditor’s Office provides a report of each city’s taxable values on all properties within the city limits. Tiffin City Administrator Doug Boldt told the council at its Jan. 5 meeting that Tiffin’s valuation went from $78,015,306 in January 2014 to $93,821,928 in January 2015, an increase of about $15.8 million.
That equates to roughly $130,000 more in the city’s general fund balance this year, estimated Boldt.

North Liberty: population, 18,228

NORTH LIBERTY– Before undertaking a special census last fall, city officials estimated North Liberty’s population around 17,000.
They were wrong.
The US Census Bureau conducted the count in the latter months of 2015, and the results have put the population at 18,228, according to a letter detailing the preliminary figure. The information also noted that North Liberty has 7,548 housing units.
At the last official population count in 2010, North Liberty’s population was 13,374. The new number marks an increase of 36 percent in just five years.

Cancilla, Hart head new raptor rehabilitation organization

DES MOINES– A new wildlife organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of injured and distressed raptors has been registered as a non-profit corporation in Iowa. RARE, which stands for Raptor Advocacy, Rehabilitation and Education, is headed by Nathaniel Hart and Jodeane Cancilla, both of whom hold Wildlife Rehabilitation Permits from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Beat the Bitter and get better at winter

NORTH LIBERTY– Iowans can be pretty bad at winter. Unlike our Nordic brethren up north, we tend to hide and hibernate inside once Daylight Saving Time ends.
We’re vowing to get better.
To help, you’re invited to fight off the post-holiday winter malaise and join us for winter games, friendly competition and good cheer at the inaugural Beat the Bitter. Events are scheduled in North Liberty for Feb. 6 at Penn Meadows Park during daylight and at Reds Alehouse starting at 6 p.m.