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Community

New school board members take their seats

Last for Martin, Coons; first for Haluska, Hauer

By Nora Heaton
Solon Economist

SOLON– The torch has been passed.
The Solon Community School District bid farewell to outgoing school board directors Dean Martin and Dan Coons, and welcomed its new directors, Adam Haluska and Jim Hauer, at the Sept. 21 board meeting.
Haluska and Hauer were elected during the Sept. 8 election, in which four candidates vied for two open seats. Haluska earned 237 votes, or 62 percent. Hauer pulled in 168 votes to defeat incumbent Coons’ 165 votes, in a narrow victory.

Our Lord’s Church to host Fall Festival Oct. 17

SOLON– Our Lord’s Church will hold its 11th annual Fall Festival Saturday, Oct. 17, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the church, located at 131 N. Market St.
The soup luncheon will feature homemade chili, chicken noodle and chicken tortilla soup, along with hot dogs, chili dogs and drinks. The bake sale will include fresh farm eggs, bread from the Sykora Bakery and other member specialties.
The church will again be selling Dutch Letters, a pastry from Pella, crafts and other items. Dutch Letter orders must be made and paid in advance by Oct. 12.

Solon FD to ‘Battery Up’ Oct. 24

SOLON– The Solon Fire Department urges families in Solon to install and maintain working smoke alarms. Properly installed and maintained smoke alarms save lives every day across the country, and the department members are ready to help.
From 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24, the Solon Fire Department will conduct a free “Battery Up” campaign offering in-home fire prevention to residents in need of assistance.

Raise or no raise?

Plans to discuss county’s minimum wage ordinance North Liberty Oct. 8 Tiffin Oct. 14

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– In the aftermath of the Johnson County Board of Supervisors’ approval of a new minimum wage ordinance, the county’s municipalities are working fast to catch up.
But the North Liberty City Council is slowing things down a bit, feeling the need for more public discussion on the matter. The council will meet Thursday, Oct. 8, at 6:30 p.m. in a work session devoted to the topic.

Ordinance seeks to mitigate lack of good topsoil in new construction sites

NL to address dirt-poor development

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– Modern construction has negated the usefulness of the idiom “cheaper than dirt.”
When it comes to developing land in urban areas, dirt has become quite pricey. Earth moving and grading is one of the higher expenses involved in construction projects. And in new residential developments, dirt plays a crucial role in storm water management, protecting the local watershed from contaminants and getting that high-dollar landscaping to grow.
Now, the City of North Liberty is taking steps to preserve its valuable dirt.

Migrating to Mexico

Project documents butterflies

KENT PARK— Every fall, monarch butterflies pass through Johnson County on their way to their winter home in Mexico, a journey of over 2,000 miles. Scientifically inclined minds have often pondered where the little wonders come from, where they go and what, if anything, affects their journey. During an afternoon event Saturday, Sept. 12, at F. W. Kent Park, 65 of the colorful fliers were tagged and documented as they headed south.
Kristen Morrow, a Naturalist with Johnson County Conservation, led the event for 80 people.

Special census count to begin today, Oct. 1

NORTH LIBERTY– Beginning Thursday, Oct. 1, workers with the U.S. Census Bureau will begin counting North Liberty residents. Enumerators will be wearing official US Census Bureau badges for identification.
This special census count is important to a town growing as quickly as North Liberty, since the actual population has outpaced the official once-every-decade count required of the federal government. In 2010, North Liberty’s official population was 13,374. Five years later, city officials estimate the population to be above 17,000.

North Liberty Growing Together Garden announces Oct. 11 Taste and Tour harvest celebration

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Community Pantry (NLCP) will host a Taste and Tour at the Growing Together Garden, located at 89 N. Jones Blvd., to celebrate the initiative’s first successful growing year. The event, scheduled from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 11, is free and open to the public. Tours of the Garden and Pantry will be held from 1-2 p.m., family activities and snacks will start at 2 p.m. and last until 3 p.m.

Everyone welcome to enjoy a peaceful morning of yoga at Kent Park Oct. 10 

TIFFIN– What better way to enjoy fall than a morning yoga session at F.W. Kent Park. Join Serenity Yoga and Pilates Studio for a yoga session at the Bobwhite Shelter on Saturday, Oct. 10, starting at 9 a.m.
Participants will look out over Kent Park Lake while they participate, and a Johnson County Conservation naturalist will be on hand to answer questions about the park.
The program will have something for novices and experienced participants alike. In case of bad weather, the event will be moved to the Conservation Education Center, located in the northeast corner of F.W. Kent Park.

North Liberty Community Pantry to install water-saving rain catchment system week of Oct. 5

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Community Pantry (NLCP) plans to install a rain catchment system in its Growing Together Garden the week of Oct. 5.
The system will “harvest” rainwater from the pantry building’s roof and gutters by capturing, diverting and storing the rainwater for later use in the Growing Together Garden. The system will save money reducing the demand on the municipal water system and will help reduce run-off and erosion.

South Slope awarded NTCA Smart Rural Community designation

NORTH LIBERTY– NTCA - The Rural Broadband Association recognized North Liberty-based South Slope Cooperative Communications as one of 12 communities in rural areas of the United States that has earned Smart Rural Community designation. The Smart Rural Community initiative showcases efforts made by companies like South Slope that make rural communities vibrant places in which to live and do business.

Time to order SHARE Baking/Pantry package for October

NORTH LIBERTY– Autumn: time to pull out the bakeware and make the house smell good. There is nothing like the aroma of freshly baked apple pie, cookies and breads. This mont’s SHARE package includes: 4 pounds granulated sugar, 5 pounds flour, 18-ounce peanut butter, 14-ounce oatmeal, 6-ounce raisins, 32-ounce shelf stable 2 percent white milk, 2 pounds brown sugar, 5-ounce chopped walnuts, 7-ounce cinnamon, 16-ounce Crisco, 16.5-ounce baking mix, 10-ounce mini marshmallows, 2 pounds powdered sugar, 8 ounces vanilla, 12 ounces chocolate chips and 6-ounce cooking spray, all in one box for $30.