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Community

Solon’s 175th chautauqua celebration Sept. 18-20

SOLON– Not many 175-year-olds will celebrate a birthday for three whole days.
The City of Solon is gearing up for just that, as the community prepares to commemorate 175 years of incorporation Sept. 18 through Sept. 20.

Facilities Usage Meeting set for Wednesday, Sept. 16, at SMS

SOLON– A Facilities Usage Meeting will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 16, at 7 pm. in room 403 at the Solon Middle School. The meeting will be held to discuss upcoming facilities needs through December. Please make sure your team or group has a representative present and bring your schedule. You may call Jody McSweeney with any questions at 319-624-3401, ext. 1300.

September activities for Old Gold Diner

Old Gold Diner fundraiser, Sept. 23: Double entertainment, back by popular demand, Johnny Krob, The Singing Cowboy, will delight us with music during the meal and, shortly after the meal, Joan and Jennel will entertain us with country, blues, gospel and yodeling. There will be a special meal. Watch the Solon Economist for more information. The cost of this meal will be $7 with no Old Gold Diner tickets being accepted. Proceeds will be used to continue entertainment on a monthly basis, and to pay for meals for those unable to afford them.

Even Herky salutes NLFD

NLFD hosts annual fundraiser

NORTH LIBERTY —Bobbers Grill and Scales Pointe Campground were bustling Saturday, Aug. 22, as the North Liberty Fire Department held its annual “Salute to Summer” event. The daylong gathering featuring activities for kids and adults is the volunteer department’s fundraiser. The proceeds from the event will go toward additional training and equipment.
In addition to the department’s trucks, an all-terrain utility vehicle outfitted for brush fires and a large event Emergency Medical Services (EMS) response was on display. Funds raised in previous years made that purchase possible.

ICCSD school board approves $80,000 for more busing

District officials hope to revise busing criteria to recognize socioeconomic barriers

IOWA CITY– Parents came in droves to the Iowa City Community School District Board of Directors meeting, on Aug. 25, urging the board to add discretionary busing to the newly-opened Alexander Elementary. After hearing from more than 20 parents, the board voted unanimously to allocate $80,000 for discretionary busing.
As of last week, district officials said no date had been set for when bus service to Alexander school, located at 3571 Sycamore St. in Iowa City, would begin.

Group to re-pitch pet project

Dog park group to address parks board Sept. 3

NORTH LIBERTY– A group of North Liberty residents urging the city to help build an off-leash dog park will address the North Liberty Parks and Recreation Board at its meeting Thursday, Sept. 3, at 7 p.m. at City Council Chambers, 1 Quail Creek Circle in North Liberty.
“Given the community support we’ll demonstrate with our petition, we hope the board will add an off-leash dog park to the city’s parks plan,” said group spokesperson Jake Villhauer of North Liberty. “The residents we hear from are very excited about the possibility.”

Affordable health screenings coming to North Liberty Sept. 28

NORTH LIBERTY– Residents living in and around 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

New features coming to Tiffin website at www.tiffin-iowa.org

TIFFIN– The City of Tiffin has been working to bring new features to the city’s website to increase convenience and make it easier to access information. These new features consist of online utility payments and electronic access to city documents (such as resolutions, ordinances, council meeting minutes and building permits). City staff plans to have these new features up and running within the next few months. Over the past few weeks, the city’s website has been also updated to include city council packets, which are hosted through the website dropbox.com.

Roll the rock

39,000-pound boulder finds new home at Legion Park

SOLON– As a two-man crew from Holiday Wrecker & Crane prepared to move the 39,000-pound Solon Freedom Rock to its new home, a bald eagle flew overhead north of the Legion Veterans Memorial.
The small crowd of Solon Area Community Foundation and Solon American Legion members in attendance took that as a good sign.
The boulder, donated by the Leo Shima and Kevin Shima families, was relocated from a ditch near 140th Street off Polk Avenue to the Legion ballpark Thursday morning, Aug. 21.
The rock was tipped up its end and placed on a gravel base adjacent to the veterans memorial.

Meet the candidates

SOLON– Community members had the chance to visit with Solon Community School District’s four board candidates on Aug. 19 during a forum moderated by the Solon Economist at the Solon Public Library. Audience members submitted questions for the candidates and each candidate was given two minutes to address each of the selected questions. Afterward, candidates mingled and chatted informally with voters in attendance.

Solon Methodist 175th Homecoming Celebration Sunday, Aug. 30

SOLON– Solon United Methodist Church will host a 175th Homecoming Celebration Sunday, Aug. 30, to commemorate the church’s origin, history and accomplishments over the last century and three-quarters.

St. Mary Catholic Church to host Harvest Festival Sunday, Sept. 20

SOLON– St. Mary Catholic Church in Solon will host its annual Harvest Festival on Sunday, Sept. 20, from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. The community is invited to enjoy a chicken dinner, children and family activities, silent auction and more. Tickets are on sale at the church.