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Community

Celebrate Bike Month in North Liberty

Bike commuting workshop May 11

NORTH LIBERTY– In honor of Bike Month 2017, Johnson County is sponsoring several events in the area.
One of those is a “How to be a Bike Commuter” workshop at the North Liberty Community Library (520 W. Cherry St.) on Thursday, May 11, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Jon Yetley of Sugar Bottom Bikes will teach you everything you need to know to bike commute, including quick repairs and maintenance.

Musicycle at Penn May 13

Trail opening delayed

Sitting water, slope don’t meet ADA standards for use

By Shianne Fisher
North Liberty Leader

TIFFIN– With the weather warming up, bikers and pedestrians may be tempted to use the new trail on the south side of town. But, city officials note, that trail is still closed.
“There are people that just go right around the orange fence. I see it every day,” said City Administrator Doug Boldt. “But it is closed off. It’s not ours yet.”
Due to ponding issues on much of the trail, the city has yet to accept the project (Trail Phase Five) from Metro Pavers, which completed construction last October.

“Jump Rope for a New Heart”

Tiffin gym raises money for area man’s transplant

By Shianne Fisher
North Liberty Leader

TIFFIN– Eric McClintock hadn’t even met the man organizing a fundraiser for his pending heart transplant.
“There are only so many appointments to go to, so many meals you can bring,” said McClintock, who was born with a rare heart defect. “In short of saying hand me cash, this is one way we could tell people who were asking something they can do.”

Pig & Pint Prelude fundraiser Friday, July 7, to benefit Blues & BBQ

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty residents are invited to purchase tickets in a special presale for the Pig & Pint Prelude, a private fundraiser the night before Blues & BBQ on July 7 to benefit the annual event.

Bur Oak Land Trust Family Day Sunday, May 21

SOLON– Family Day with Bur Oak Land Trust will be hosted on Sunday, May 21, at the Turkey Creek Preserve. Admission is free and refreshments will be offered. There will also be seining in the creek and scavenger hunt with prizes.
Bur Oak Land Trust presents Family Day at Turkey Creek Preserve from 1-3 p.m. at 2545 Sugar Bottom Rd. NE in Solon.
Turkey Creek Preserve is 107.24 acres of woods and former pasture land, including five acres of reconstructed prairie which also has geocache locations.

The state of Swisher

Mayor Chris Taylor helps chart the future of small-town Iowa

SWISHER– Running for city office, and most recently for chair of the Johnson County Democrats, both sort of came about by accident, said Swisher Mayor Chris Taylor.
Happy accidents, he noted, that began with his bid for a Swisher City Council seat in January 2014.
“I remember sitting at my kitchen table and thinking, ‘Well this isn’t something I’ve done before,’” he shared. “I have no background in politics, but I thought it’d be a good way to get to know my community better, help the community ask some bigger questions about what it wanted to be, where it wanted to go.”

Here we go again

Food For Thought

The orders have all been sent in to the seed catalogs, we planted the spinach early, a few radishes and some onion sets, hoping for no frost and some really early spinach salads. We didn’t get the potatoes planted by Good Friday, but managed to do it over the Easter weekend– close enough, we hope. We should get the peas in right away, too. They really do better before the weather gets too warm. In fact, I remember snow on the pea vines when they were in bloom one spring, and it didn’t hurt them one little bit. I think that was the year we first used pea brush.

Solon KCs hosting spaghetti supper Saturday, May 6

SOLON– Solon’s Knights of Columbus (KC) host its annual spaghetti supper Saturday, May 6, from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church Parish Hall.
The KCs will be serving a spaghetti dinner with garlic bread and salad in exchange for a free will donation. Doug Thompson’s famous spaghetti sauce will be available for carry-out sale.

Be A Hunger Hero for Mary’s Meals May 13 at SRNA

SOLON– On Saturday, May 13, from 9 a.m. to noon, Be A Hunger Hero at Solon Recreation and Nature Area.
This event is for the entire family to enjoy a morning full of hero themed activities. A super-hero training course provided and ran by Iowa Gym-Nest, cape decorating, Solon firefighters, bounce houses, and face painting are all provided for participating children.
One mile and 5K fun runs will start at 9:30 a.m. The runs take place on the paved trail around the recreation and nature area and partially on the graveled Lake MacBride Nature Trail.

Sheriff’s office seeking information on incident at Solon Casey’s Apr. 26

SOLON– The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information relating to an incident at Casey’s General Store at 203 S. Market St. in Solon.
On Wednesday, April 26, at approximately 3:45 p.m., an unknown subject had a conversation with some children outside of the store. The subject is described as an older white male with white hair wearing sunglasses and a black hat with flames on it. The subject was driving a newer silver four-door car and left southbound on Hwy. 1 after the interaction.

Solon Women’s Club May Day Breakfast Saturday, May 6

SOLON– Invite friends and family to attend the May Day Breakfast at the Solon United Methodist Church on Saturday, May 6, from 7-11 a.m.
The all-you-can-eat breakfast consists of egg and meat casseroles, homemade kolaches and/or rolls, fruit, orange juice, coffee and milk. The cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children 5-12. Younger children are free.
Tickets will be available at the door or from the GFWC/Iowa Solon Women’s Club members.

County assessment center unveiled

SOLON– A county initiative to build a behavioral assessment center received positive responses from members of the Solon City Council.
“I can guarantee you the money that is saved by having these types of services for people that are mentally ill, versus throwing them into a jail or a prison system, is substantial,” council member Shawn Mercer said after a presentation during an April 19 meeting.