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Community

Roesler wins Iowa City school board special election

North Liberty majority votes Claussen

IOWA CITY– Paul Roesler went from a faithful attendee to a member of the Iowa City school board last week. Voters elected him to fill a seat left vacant by former board member Tom Yates, who resigned in May.
In the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) Board of Education special election July 19, Roesler emerged victorious with 2,938 votes (51 percent) over opponents J.P. Claussen and Janice Weiner. While Roesler won virtually all Iowa City precincts, Claussen took North Liberty (62 percent), Coralville (73 percent) and Hills (84 percent).

North Liberty Youth Baseball and Softball Fall Ball registration open

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty Youth Baseball and Softball (NLYBS) will partner with Diamond Dreams Baseball and Softball Sports Academy of Coralville during the sixth season of Fall Fun Ball. Diamond Dream trainers will work with boys and girls in first through eighth grades during the 2016-2017 school year. The season will consist of five sessions on Monday nights, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. or until dark, beginning Aug. 29 and skipping Sept. 5, Labor Day. The season will end on Oct. 3, unless there is a rainout and then the last night will be Oct. 10.

Back-to-school event Servolution Aug. 19 at Penn Meadows

NORTH LIBERTY– The annual Servolution back-to-school event for families is back again for its fifth year. LIFEchurch of Coralville, along with dozens of other agencies, churches, and schools, will serve families in North Liberty and Coralville as they transition back to school. Servolution is held at Kirkwood Elementary in Coralville on Aug. 22 from 2-5 p.m. and at Penn Meadows Park in North Liberty on Aug. 19 from 3–6 p.m. Families are given shoes, haircuts, groceries, school supplies and much more. Organizers are still looking for volunteers, shoes and other donations if you want to help!

Donor Dash 5K Fun Run and Walk Aug. 20 at North Bend Elementary

NORTH LIBERTY– Iowa Donor Network’s first annual Donor Dash 5K Fun Run and Walk honors those who have given the gift of life, celebrates the lives of organ and tissue recipients and recognizes those who continue to wait for a lifesaving transplant.

Building unity in the community

Life Pointe’s CommUNITY Day endures the heat in Tiffin

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– Excessive heat alerts and storms brewing to the north and west didn’t put a damper on things as the Life Pointe Christian Faith Center hosted it’s fourth annual CommUNITY Day event Saturday, July 23, at the Tiffin soccer fields.
“This is the event we put on each year to give back to the community,” Caleb Thomas, the community coordinator for Life Pointe said.
“We’re very blessed to be having people coming out,” he added.

SCSD board considers tighter open enrollment

With more housing options, directors want parents to invest in Solon

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist
SOLON– Two years ago, the Solon school board voted to further restrict the number of students entering the district through open enrollment.
Now, board members are thinking about closing the door.
Ceasing all open enrollment was one of the possible scenarios discussed by board members at a July 11 regular meeting, and although no decisions were made, at least one board member said he was leaning in that direction.

A habit of volunteerism

SOLON– For Marcy and Larry Olson community service is just the right thing to do – whether it takes the form of Marcy’s food deliveries to seniors in Solon or Larry’s route transporting children with special needs to and from school.
If you ask them why they do it, they’ll reply: just because.
“I don’t really think about it, I guess,” Larry said. “It’s just something I do.”

Construction to start on Hwy. 1/Main Street signalization project

SOLON– Within a month, the intersection of Highway 1 and Main Street will likely be fully signalized.
According to City Engineer Dave Schechinger, construction of the traffic signals was expected to begin after Beef Days and be completed some time in August.
Schechinger reported on the status of the project at a July 6 meeting of the Solon City Council, noting a pre-construction meeting had been held with contractor Advanced Electric Service.
Advanced submitted the lowest of six bids for the project– $98,430– and was awarded the project at a March 2 meeting.

Solon High School Dance Team can drive Friday, Aug. 5

SOLON– The Solon High School Varsity Dance Team will have its annual can drive on Friday, Aug. 5, in the Solon High School parking lot, from 4-7 p.m. Donations of empty cans, bottles and plastics will be accepted. The team will return them to the Can Shed as a fundraiser for competition fees. Pop tabs will be removed and donated to the Ronald McDonald House. For those unable to drop off your cans, contact Marjorie Lane at 319-624-3401 ext. 1116 or mlane@solon.k12.ia.us to arrange a pick up.

Bluebird house building Aug. 9 at Lake Macbride Main Lodge

SOLON– The public is invited to join Lake Macbride seasonal staff in building bluebird houses. The event on Tuesday, Aug. 9, from 5 until 8 p.m. at Lake Macbride Park’s Main Lodge, is open to people of all ages.

Senior Advocates heading to Sally’s on Broadway July 21

SOLON– The Solon Senior Advocates’ next Restaurant Road Trip is to Sally’s on Broadway in Springville on Thursday, July 21, leaving from Terrace Lane Glen at 4 p.m. The Advocates will also be celebrating Doris Divoky’s birthday. Call 624-2710 for reservations. Twenty-one seniors dined at the Hale Tap on Wednesday, June 29.

Big plans for Cedar River Crossing

Conservation Board project to enhance both sides of Sutliff Bridge

SUTLIFF— More changes are coming to Sutliff. The small settlement, in the extreme northeastern corner of Johnson County, was thrust into the spotlight in 2008 after record flooding heavily damaged the historic Sutliff Bridge. While the bridge was rebuilt in 2012, that project did not mark the end of preservation efforts in the area also known as “Cedar River Crossing” or “McLellan’s Landing.”