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Community

Report predicts more heavy rains for the Midwest

Impact of global warming is here but the fight is on

SOLON– Between 6 and 8 inches of rain fell on Solon in a matter of hours Thursday evening, Aug. 11, sending local creeks surging out of their banks and over roads to a level never seen before.
For the second time in three years, Randall Park was extensively damaged.
A similar flash flood struck in April of 2013 when severe thunderstorms and driving winds dumped as much as 8-inches of rain on the Solon area in a little over 24-hours.
In 2004, surging waters overtook the park just a year after the new playground structure was constructed.

Solon King and Queen crowned

Homecoming Queen McKenna Miller is flanked to her right by court members Makayla Lindeman and Alexis Sands, and to her left by Elizabeth Hand, Ali Dierson and Kylie Holubar on Friday, Sept. 23, following being crowned at halftime of Solon’s 34-3 defeat of the Oskaloosa Indians. (photo by Jeff Hess)
Liam Bell was announced as the 2016 Homecoming King at the conclusion of the Homecoming Parade Sept. 21. (photo by Doug Lindner)

Forevergreen Road Interchange and Local Roadway Improvements Timeline:

2016
Right of Way Design Public Information Meeting Nov. 1 for property between Kansas Avenue and Covered Bridge Boulevard
2017
Right of Way Design Public Information Meeting spring 2017 for property between Covered Bridge Boulevard and Jones Boulevard
Interchange bid letting proposed summer 2017
Local road bid letting proposed fall 2017 for Kansas Avenue through Covered Bridge Boulevard
Interchange construction fall 2017 through calendar year 2018
2018
Local road construction between Kansas Avenue and Covered Bridge Boulevard calendar year 2018, including closures and detours

Mayor Nielsen becomes Certified Elected Municipal Official

NORTH LIBERTY– Amy Nielsen, mayor of North Liberty, is among seven elected city officials to be awarded the Certified Elected Municipal Official (CEMO) designation. The designation was created by the Iowa League of Cities as a way to recognize elected officials committed to continuing professional development while in office.
The recognition program allows attendees to build towards the CEMO designation while receiving meaningful, informative and useful information on topics that expand the elected official’s knowledge and capabilities. Participation in the program is 100 percent voluntary.

Annual fall festival Oct. 8 at Colony Pumpkin Patch

NORTH LIBERTY– The Colony Pumpkin Patch kicks off the fall season Saturday, Oct. 8, with food, fun, games, demonstrations and more.
Activities, including the 5-acre corn maze and pick-your-own pumpkins, take place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Weekend admission is $8 per person.
This year’s corn maze at highlights the North Liberty Police Department’s campaign to bring a K-9 officer and dog to the force. A portion of all the season’s sales support the initiative.
The Colony Pumpkin Patch is located at 2780 Front St. NE. Pets are welcome at the farm but must remain leashed and be picked up after.

Free fall leaf pick-up to begin Monday, Oct. 3, at 7

NORTH LIBERTY– Open burning of leaves and yard waste is not permitted in North Liberty. The city will pick up leaves that property owners have raked to the curb Monday through Friday from Oct. 3 to Nov. 21.
Leaves should be piled within two feet of the curb or edge of road. No sticks, branches or any other yard waste should be mixed with the leaves. Brush or garden waste may be bundled for pickup on your regular trash day.

North Liberty lends a helping hand

NORTH LIBERTY– Although unaffected by the late September flooding much of Eastern Iowa experienced, the City of North Liberty was able to assist those areas in need.
At the request of Dave Wilson, Director of Johnson County Emergency Management Agency, the North Liberty Streets Department delivered materials to assist with flood mitigation and recovery Thursday, Sept. 22, as the Cedar River prepared to crest at near-record levels.

Solon High School Homecoming royalty

It’s Homecoming for the Solon Community School District. Members of the Homecoming Court gathered outside the high school for a photo Friday, Sept. 16. The Homecoming King and Queen will be announced this week as part of the Homecoming Parade Wednesday and the varsity football game against Oskaloosa Friday. Front: McKenna Miller, Kylie Holubar, Ali Diersen, Elizabeth Hand, Alexis Sands, MaKayla Lindemann. Back: Liam Bell, Graeson Dall, Bo Black, Justin Gibbs, Trevor Nelson, Ben Carr. (photo by Doug Lindner)

Macbride alcohol ban takes legislative twist

Administrative rules committee sends amendment to legislature

DES MOINES– It’s up to the Iowa Legislature now.
The implementation of an alcohol ban at Lake Macbride State Park’s beach was delayed by a legislative review committee, and the Iowa House and Senate will have their chance to fix the problem.
A ban on “alcoholic liquor, beer, and wine” from beaches at Lake Macbride State Park and Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area in Linn County was approved by the Iowa Natural Resources Commission at an Aug. 11 meeting and the amended rule was to go into effect Wednesday, Oct. 5.

Solon All-Alumni Basketball Tournament Saturday, Oct. 8

SOLON– Head Varsity Boys Basketball Coach Jason Pershing announced an All-Alumni Basketball Tournament for former Solon athletes on Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Solon High School gymnasium.
Teams or individuals may register for the double-elimination tournament at a cost of $10 per participant. Bring a reversible jersey or a dark and white shirt. Tip-off is scheduled for 9 a.m.
Contact coach Pershing at jpershing31@gmail.com with any questions.

Solon Dollars for Scholars 2016 Gala Saturday, Oct. 15

SOLON– They’re providing hope for every student
An exciting evening of great food and lively bidding is planned for Saturday, Oct. 15, as Solon Dollars for Scholars hosts the 2016 Gala at the Celebration Barn, located at 4045 245th St. in Solon. The doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Registration is required for the event. For online registration, go to solon.dollarsforscholars.org or register by mail with a donation of $45 per guest to: Solon Dollars for Scholars, P.O. Box 551, Solon, 52333.

Methodist church hosts Community Cookout Sept. 28 in Solon

SOLON– Come for the cookout. Stay for the Fun. Music, games, getting together with old friends, and making new ones are all on the agenda Wednesday, Sept. 28, from 5:30-7 p.m. That’s when Solon United Methodist Church will sponsor a free Community Cookout in the parking lots between the church and Solon City Hall, northeast of the intersection of Main and Iowa streets.