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Community

Iowa River kayaking, canoeing trip July 25 in Iowa City

NORTH LIBERTY– Join the North Liberty Recreation Department and Johnson County Conservation for a kayaking and canoeing trip down the Iowa River on Saturday, July 25, starting at 8:30 a.m. Participants will meet at Sturgis Ferry landing in Iowa City, embark on a three-hour float and finish at Hills Landing, roughly nine miles down river. The trip is open to all ages and skill levels. At time of registration, specify if you would like a single kayak, a tandem canoe or if you will provide your own watercraft. Rentals are limited, so sign up early.

Bluebird house building Aug. 9 at Lake Macbride

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.

Snipes resigns from city council seat

Former member may be tapped to fill in until November election

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist

SOLON– The Solon City Council is short one member, again.
At a July 7 meeting, council members accepted the resignation of Dale Snipes, and voted to appoint an interim successor.
That replacement may be former council member Ron Herdliska, the person Snipes replaced in February of 2015.
During the July 7 meeting, Mayor Steve Stange announced the council vacancy and suggested Herdliska as a possible solution.

Sign up for Co-ed Kickball Tournament at Solon Beef Days

SOLON– Join the annual Solon Beef Days Co-ed Kickball Tournament on Saturday, July 16, starting at noon. The entry fee is $100. Please contact Carl Stahle at 563-370-7512 to sign up a team.

Football team hosts car wash after Parade, July 16

SOLON– The Solon High School football team will host a car wash following the Solon Beef Days Parade on Saturday, July 16, from 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the Bridge Community Bank parking lot. Proceeds will be used to support the 2016 Solon High School football program.

Hearings July 26 for proposed Lake Macbride beach alcohol ban

DES MOINES– Two public hearings are scheduled to accept public comment on a proposed rule to ban alcohol on the beaches at Lake Macbride State Park and Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area.

Board drops Ames firm; new CM hired

Local oversight of construction projects to save thousands

SOLON– It’s a move that could save the school district up to $250,000.
At a special meeting Wednesday, June 29, the members of the Solon Community School District’s Board of Education voted to terminate its contract for construction manager services with Story Construction of Ames.
Instead, the district will move forward with its middle school and auditorium projects utilizing the Iowa City firm McComas-Lacina Construction.
According to Solon Superintendent Davis Eidahl, it’s a change the district has been considering for months.

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.

July 17 field day explores handing farm to next generation

SOLON— Many farm transfer stories fall into one of two categories: transfers occurring within a family, or those involving a sale to an unrelated stranger. The dearth of other farm transfer models was both a challenge – and an opportunity – for beginning farmer Carmen Black and her farm mentor, long-time vegetable producer Susan Jutz, as they worked on their plan to transfer Susan’s farm to Carmen.

The final word

73-year-old Air Corps report sheds light on Pavel brother’s disappearance

MASSILLON– On May 29, 1943, a United States Army Air Corps (USAAC) B-24D heavy bomber disappeared off the coast of California during a routine training mission. Ten men were on the plane, including Second Lt. Paul Pavel of Solon, the pilot. Pavel’s plane was the 10th in a 10-plane group flying from Marysville, Calif., located in the northern part of the state. The planes took off 15 minutes apart and were to fly to a rendezvous point 140 nautical miles out to sea. Pavel’s plane never made it to the rendezvous point.

Solon public library

Unattended Child Policy

Meet your meat and its makers

Custom caterer, international food truck on the menu at Blues & BBQ

NORTH LIBERTY– If you haven’t tasted some local chefs’ off-the-beaten-path barbecue, this Saturday is your chance.
Of the 13 food vendors serving at North Liberty Blues & BBQ presented by South Slope Cooperative Communications, two are as local as it gets, but you won’t find their fare in a restaurant.
T.C. Bonez Catering & BBQ, located off Mehaffey Bridge Road near Club 76, has been smoking Iowa-grown meats since 2003, and owner Todd Carr makes it a point to never miss a Blues.
“I’m so excited,” he said last week. “I wish it was here this weekend.”