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January 4th

Born to be a firefighter

New NLFD Chief Brian Platz looks to be an agent of change

North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– As a young boy growing up in Dyersville, Brian Platz developed an early passion for the fire service. His dad was the chief for 18 years and the younger Platz spent much of his time at the station with him.
“Those were the formative years of my life growing up,” he said. “He eats, sleeps and breathes fire, so I think he instilled the love for the fire service in me. I knew from the very beginning I wanted to be a firefighter, and there’s no other course for me.”

Solon Parks & Rec

Yoga: 

SESSION 2 OF YOGA. Carol Daly (carolt.daly@gmail.com), a certified yoga instructor and physical therapist, will teach another session of yoga in Solon during January and February. It will start Jan. 8 and run for 10 classes. She currently teaches at the Rolling Hills Yoga Studio in Mt. Vernon, as well as community yoga classes. She is trained in ParaYoga, but has also studied Hatha, Vinyasa, Anusara, Iyengar, and Bikram traditions. The classes will be on Monday and Thursday evenings from 6-7 p.m. in the auditorium lobby of the Iowa St.

Almuni return for basketball

SOLON– Some familiar faces returned to the court for Solon over the weekend.
Despite sub-zero temperatures outside, six teams of Solon alumnus gathered at the Solon High School and Middle School Saturday, Dec. 30, for the Jerry Linderbaum Memorial Alumni Basketball Tournament.
Sponsored by the Solon Athletic Booster Club, the double elimination tournament featured games held at the high school and middle school gymnasiums.
Proceeds benefit the Jerry Linderbaum Scholarship Fund and the Solon boys basketball program.

Christmas tree pick-up

Johnson County Refuse will be picking up Christmas trees on Friday, Jan. 12. Please place on the curb near your garbage and recycling.

Dance "Spectacular 2018”

SOLON– Solon’s dance team will present “Spectacular 2018” on Saturday, Jan. 27, at 6:30 p.m. in the Solon High School gym. Several dance teams and studios, including Solon’s very own award winning Solon Dance Teams, will create a show highlighting the dance season. Admission is $5 or use your district activity pass. Concessions and shirt sales will be open during the evening. Snow date will be Friday, Feb. 9, at the same time.

Archery home tournament Jan. 6

SOLON– On Jan. 6, The Solon Spartan Archery Team hosts its home tournament at the Solon High School Gym. The tournament runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The tournament anticipates close to 500 archers attending comprising teams from the surrounding area.
The team will also hold a raffle to award two lucky people a new hunting bow. The bows retail for $1000. Tickets are $5 each or five for $20. Contact Mike Brinegar at 319-361-4891 to purchase tickets and information on the bows awarded as prizes. Solon Archery Team members will also be selling tickets.

The Buy Nothing project

Facebook group builds community relations through gifting economy

By Cale Stelken
Solon Economist
NORTH LIBERTY– In a season characterized by stores packed with shoppers eager to buy that perfect gift for their loved one, a local Facebook group puts a fresh spin on gift giving.
“It’s a hyper-local gifting economy,” explained Melissa Chagala, a North Liberty resident and administrator for the North Liberty/Solon chapter of the Buy Nothing project.

Liz Kroul Wins Award for Personal Excellence

Liz Kroul, of Mount Vernon, and a 66 year member of the Solon Women’s Club received the General Federation of Women’s Clubs’ “Jennie Award” for personal excellence as shown by a club member’s contributions to her club, community and family. This award was presented by GFWC/Iowa State President, Betty Wade of Cedar Rapids, at the Solon Women’s Club Holiday Party on Dec. 14 held at the Solon Palmer House Stable. Kroul was selected as the Iowa State and Mississippi Valley Region recipient for the 2016-2018 Administration. (contributed photo)

Welcome Hoover Trail

Phase 1 & II construction bids received by county conservation board

SOLON– The Hoover Trail is on its way, but how will the City of Solon move bicyclists through town?
Answers will be forthcoming, but a glimpse into the future was offered at a Dec. 20 Solon City Council meeting.
City Engineer Dave Schechinger’s preliminary trail plan addressed how to link the Hoover Trail, the Iowa River Corridor Trail and Sutliff Road with businesses and services in Solon, as well as how the Hoover Trail might exit town to the southeast.

Confinement sites sign up

DES MOINES– Counties interested in evaluating construction permits for proposed animal feeding facilities must adopt and submit a construction evaluation resolution to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) between Jan. 1 and 31.
About 87 counties pass a resolution each year, which allows them to review construction permit applications required for larger totally roofed animal feeding operations (confinements).