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Community

Truck strikes Iowa City police car, totals North Liberty cruiser

IOWA CITY– A car chase on Interstate 380 began with damage to an Iowa City police vehicle, and ended when a North Liberty police car was totaled.
On 4:09 on the morning of July 20, while an officer was conducting an unrelated traffic stop just south of the Melrose Avenue intersection, an Iowa City Police Department patrol vehicle was sideswiped by a pickup truck and trailer traveling northbound on Highway 218/Interstate 380.

Public invited to volunteer clean-up event at Lake Macbride Park July 29

SOLON– Lake Macbride State Park will host a volunteer event on Wednesday, July 29, from 5-9 p.m. The project will involve repairing and clearing brush from the stone steps that lead to the Lake Macbride dam. Those interested in donating their time should meet at the Lake Macbride Fisheries parking lot at 5 p.m. Participants should bring work clothes, gloves and insect repellant.
For more information on volunteering, contact AmeriCorps interpretive naturalist Nate Steele at the Lake Macbride Park Office, 319-624-2200.

North Liberty accepting social service funding applications

NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty regularly contributes funding to local social service organizations, including the Family Resource Centers at North Liberty elementary schools, the Johnson County Housing Trust Fund and the North Liberty Community Pantry. As part of its budget for the current fiscal year, the North Liberty City Council set aside $11,000 in uncommitted funding for social service programs and projects serving North Liberty residents.

UI DeGowin Blood Center to hold blood drive in NL Aug. 3

NORTH LIBERTY– The University of Iowa (UI) DeGowin Blood Center will host a blood drive Monday, Aug. 3, from 3:30-7:30 p.m. in the North Liberty Recreation Center. To schedule an appointment to donate blood, please call 319-356-2058 to coordinate an appointment time. Those seeking to sign-up may go online at www.uihealthcare.org/bloodcenter. All successful donors will receive a “Live Here, Give Here” T-shirt.

World Link seeks host families for international students

SOLON– World Link and local coordinator and host Barb Messer are seeking host families in the Solon, Clear Creek Amana and Cedar Rapids College Community school districts.
“World Link is one of the few exchange programs with a real purpose,” Messer said. “We feel the best way to ensure long-lasting peace and understanding between the U.S. and other at risk countries is to enable young people to learn about the U.S. and Americans firsthand while educating Americans about their homes and lives as well, person to person.”

Volunteer to help restore Lake Macbride stone steps July 29

SOLON– Lake Macbride State Park will host a volunteer event on Wednesday, July 29, from 5-9 p.m. The project will involve repairing and clearing brush from the stone steps that lead to the Lake Macbride dam. Those interested in donating their time should meet at the Lake Macbride Fisheries parking lot at 5 p.m. Participants should bring work clothes, gloves and insect repellant. For more information on volunteering, contact AmeriCorps interpretive naturalist Nate Steele at the Lake Macbride Park Office, 319-624-2200.

Solon Football Club, Legion give veterans trip of a lifetime

By Lori Lindner
Solon Economist
SOLON– A week-long salute to veterans held by the Spartan Football Club turned into an unforgettable trip for four of Solon’s former service men.
Last fall, parents of varsity football players organized a Salute to the Armed Forces night to be held during the team’s September home game against Marion. In addition to players wearing red, white and blue socks and flag stickers on their helmets, the game was dedicated to Solon alumni who had served in any branch of the military; those present were recognized during halftime.

2015 Spartan Youth Football Camp

SOLON– All students entering grades 2-8 interested in football are encouraged to attend the Solon Youth Football Camp Aug. 3-6. Cost of the program is $50. Grades 2-5 will attend 9-10:30 a.m. and grades 6-8 will attend from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Campers can expect to learn and apply fundamental skills applicable to football. In addition, campers will play lead up games and compete in various competitions.
Coaches will spend a great deal of time teaching fundamental techniques essential to player development.

Council approves land purchase for ground storage water reservoir

Site near SRNA will be home to 400,000 gallons of water

SOLON– The City of Solon is close to acquiring the land it needs for more water storage.
At a July 1 meeting, members of the Solon City Council approved a purchase agreement with St. Mary Catholic Church for 0.6 acres of land adjacent to the Solon Recreation and Nature Area (SRNA) at a price of $25,000. The cost includes a permanent easement for another 0.6 acres of ground owned by the church.
The land will serve as the site of a 400,000-gallon ground storage reservoir (GSR), which the city expects to build in the spring of 2016.

Clothing sought for Solon 175th anniversary style show

SOLON– Clothing wanted! In conjunction with the celebration of Solon’s 175th Anniversary, a committee from the GFWC Solon’s Women’s Club is preparing a style show. The committee is seeking items of clothing that would be applicable for the Style Show. Persons wishing to share applicable clothing items may contact Sandy Phillips at 319-363-2210 or via email at eaglemere50@gmail.com. It is hoped that contributors might like to participate by wearing a piece of their clothing in the Style Show. The Committee extends its appreciate to those who are able to help.

SOLON– Clothing wanted! In conjunction with the celebration of Solon’s 175th Anniversary, a committee from the GFWC Solon’s Women’s Club is preparing a style show. The committee is seeking items of clothing that would be applicable for the Style Show. Persons wishing to share applicable clothing items may contact Sandy Phillips at 319-363-2210 or via email at eaglemere50@gmail.com. It is hoped that contributors might like to participate by wearing a piece of their clothing in the Style Show. The Committee extends its appreciate to those who are able to help.

Shueyville comprehensive plan town meeting Tuesday, July 28

SHUEYVILLE– The City of Shueyville is in the process of updating its comprehensive plan to develop a guide for future growth and development. Others’ opinions are an important part of updating this plan. There is a town meeting scheduled on Tuesday, July 28, at 7 p.m. in the Shueyville City Council Chamber to discuss ideas for the future. Since family and work commitments can make it difficult for some to participate in the process, a survey has been mailed out to ask questions about residents’ vision for the town.

Sandhill cranes spotted near Solon

SOLON– Seeing is believing.
Add Johnson County to the areas in Iowa with uncommon reports of sandhill crane reproduction. An adult pair has seen regularly on a wetland near Solon. A couple times this spring and summer, drivers braked to avoid windshield roadkill and allow the lean, reddish brown bird the right of way across the two-lane highway.
About that time, passersby witnessed a ‘courtship dance,’ indicating these 4-foot tall birds were intent on sticking around. Now, a darker brown colt, feeding with them, seals the deal.