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Community

No Solon council support for minimum wage increase

Council members, business reps split with county on hike

SOLON– Count Solon out.
Not a single public speaker at the Sept. 2 Solon City Council meeting supported adopting Johnson County’s proposal for an increased minimum wage.
They all spoke against it.
The mayor, all five council members and four Solon business representatives expressed their concern regarding the ordinance, which is scheduled for a third and final reading before the Johnson County Supervisors Thursday, Sept. 10.

Troop 120 hosts outdoor event for prospective Scouts Sept. 27

SOLON– Interested in Scouting, but don’t know where to turn? Solon’s own Boy Scout Troop 120 will be camping in the primitive campground at Lake Macbride State Park from Friday evening, Sept. 25, through Sunday morning, Sept. 27. Adult leaders and scouts will be available to answer any questions and demonstrate skills. Dutch oven cooking, a long-standing tradition in Scouting, will be a highlight of this campout. 

The petals of where we belong

A community doesn’t exist merely in the present moment– its past and future are chapters in the story as well. A ‘rootedness’ or ‘sense of place’ connects the chapters with meaning in our lives. The great events and the small become our history.

A major invitation

CCA marching band, color guard to travel to nation’s capitol in May

TIFFIN– Brighten the brass, shine up the sousaphones and unfurl the flags. The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clipper Marching Band is going to Washington.
The 106-piece marching band, under the direction of John Smith, along with the CCA Color Guard led by Crys Smith, were selected to perform in the National Memorial Day Parade to be held May 30, 2016, in Washington, D.C.

Off-leash dog park group appeals to NL parks board

NORTH LIBERTY– They just want to be thrown a bone.
A group of residents hoping to get an off-leash dog park visited the North Liberty Parks and Recreation Board meeting last Thursday, Sept. 3, to make another pitch for the park.
“Our primary goal is to be added to the city’s Parks Plan,” said dog park spokesperson Jake Villhauer, of North Liberty.

NL Fire Department responds to structure fire

NORTH LIBERTY– On Sunday, Sept. 6, at 7:37 a.m. the North Liberty Fire Department was dispatched to 107 Alydar Drive for a report of a smoldering charcoal grill that was melting the siding on the structure. A North Liberty Police Department officer on scene advised responding units that the back of the structure was fully involved. First-arriving North Liberty units found flames and smoke at the back home the home.

Editors to meet residents in NL Sept. 14, Iowa City Sept. 15

NORTH LIBERTY– Ever wonder how a story gets into a newspaper? Why did an editor choose one story over the other? What makes a story newsworthy? How can I get a notice about an upcoming event for my community-based group into the newspaper?
How important is the local newspaper to my community and, most important, me?

Community invited to celebrate groundbreaking for pavilion at Penn Meadows Park

NORTH LIBERTY– A groundbreaking for the new Penn Meadows Park Pavilion and Commemorative Baseball Diamond is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 21, beginning at 5:30 p.m. on the park’s north side, near Penn Street. The pavilion, built in partnership between the City of North Liberty and North Liberty Youth Baseball and Softball (NLYBS), will add restrooms, a shelter, storage and a concession stand to the heavily-used park and sports complex.

Affordable health screenings coming to North Liberty Sept. 28

NORTH LIBERTY– Residents living in the North Liberty area can learn about their risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes and other chronic conditions with affordable screenings by Life Line Screening at the South Slope Community Center Sept. 28.
Screenings can check for:
• The level of plaque buildup in arteries, related to risk for heart disease, stroke and overall vascular health
• HDL and LDL Cholesterol levels
• Diabetes risk
• Bone density as a risk for possible osteoporosis
• Kidney and thyroid function, and more

State auditor releases procedures report on the City of Oxford

OXFORD– Auditor of State Mary Mosiman released an agreed-upon procedures report on the City of Oxford for the period July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2014. The agreed-upon procedures engagement was performed pursuant to Chapter 11.6 of the Code of Iowa.

Lisa Green-Douglass to run for JC supervisor

NORTH LIBERY– North Liberty resident Lisa Green-Douglass, a Democrat, has announced her run for a seat on the Johnson County Board of Supervisors in 2016.
Green-Douglass is an advocate for several issues in Johnson County, including the newly-created mental health crisis response team, an increased minimum wage and responsible land use.

CCCU collects most for NL Food Pantry’s Thanksgiving in July event

NORTH LIBERTY– Collins Community Credit Union has won the privilege of displaying the North Liberty Community Pantry Traveling Turkey trophy for the next year. Area financial institutions championed the Thanksgiving in July food drive and collected donations of food and funds the entire month of July competing for the coveted Traveling Turkey trophy complete with bragging rights.