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Community

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.

Oh, Yeah!

North Liberty’s ninth annual Blues & BBQ festival finally caught a break from Mother Nature, and the rain stopped nearly as soon as the free event opened on Saturday, July 11, at Centennial Park in North Liberty. The rest of the day was hot and smokin’, with plenty of saucy barbecue, cool blues music, ice-cold craft beer and fun kids’ activities to meet everyone’s summer to-do list. Above, Kevin “B.F.” Burt, , accompanied by Big Medicine, offers up his usual great performance on the big stage. See more photos and information on Blues & BBQ in upcoming editions of the Leader.

What’s burning?

City of Tiffin hopes to stamp out illegal dumping at municpal yard waste burn site

TIFFIN– The City of Tiffin wants to continue providing a convenience to residents, but frequent abuses of the service warranted changes.
The Tiffin City Council approved revisions to an ordinance defining how residents use the city-provided “burn pile,” an area where yard waste can be dumped for safe burning later.

call the dive team

Trained volunteers provide unique service to county, area

IOWA CITY— Johnson County citizens have a variety of public safety agencies on duty around the clock to protect them, ranging from traditional fire departments and law enforcement agencies to the county’s ambulance service. Specialty units such as the Hazardous Material (HAZMAT) Response Team, the Sheriff’s SWAT team, County Rescue 52 and the bomb squad supplement these organizations.
But one such unit operates literally in the murky shadows most of us never see.

We Run Glow Run 5K Race, Family 1K event  to be Sept. 5; proceeds benefit Steele Basler family

NORTH LIBERTY– We Run, North Liberty’s running shoe specialty store, will host a Glow Run 5K race and Family 1K event on Saturday, Sept. 5, at 9 p.m. at Performance Health Fitness, 3290 Ridgeway Dr., Coralville.
The registration fee covers entry into the chip-timed 5K race, technical race-day shirt and finishing medal for the first 600 registrants, along with entry into a drawing for door prizes.
The 1K race is not timed.