By Lori Lindner
JOHNSON COUNTY– Johnson County Supervisor Sally Stutsman has a long history of serving her communities; it is within that spirit that she hopes to takes a major step into a new and wider realm of public service.
Stutsman has announced her intention to run for the Iowa House in 2012. She decided to run after the state adopted a legislative redistricting plan that created House District 77, which includes all of Johnson County and has no incumbent representative.
IOWA CITY– Johnson County Auditor Tom Slockett sent 1,500 survey postcards to voters in rural and unattached voting precincts to assess opinions on current polling stations, should they be closed or consolidated.
At least two members of the Johnson County Board of Supervisors were unhappy about the unscientific survey.
SOLON– The Solon Public Library will be hosting a series of special events the week of Aug. 14-21 in honor of the library building’s 10th anniversary.
On Tuesday, Aug. 16, at 6:30 p.m. Annie Wilcox, a speaker from Barnes & Noble, will discuss “What’s New?” in the literary world. Topics will cover new releases, books you might be interested in that are not on the “Best Seller List”, books from Iowa authors and just fun reads.
On Thursday, Aug. 11, the library will be closing at 6:30 p.m. so that the carpets may be cleaned. The library will be closed all day on Friday, Aug. 19, in preparation for the gala celebration in conjunction with the 10th anniversary celebration week. The staff regrets any inconvenience this may cause. Please plan your renewals accordingly and remember you can renew online or by phone, as well as in person.
Be sure and pick up the rules for the cake baking contest at the circulation desk in the library and plan to enter. The contest will be held on Sunday afternoon, Aug. 21, in conjunction with the weeklong 10th Anniversary celebration. Entries will be judged by a panel of city officials and after the prizes are awarded in all the different categories, the cakes will be carved up and served to all of the birthday party attendees.
Test your knowledge with the trivia contest during the anniversary week activities. The trivia contest contains 25 questions about library history and statistics. Contest forms will be available at the kickoff breakfast, at the library all week and on-line after Aug. 14. Entries are due at 5 p.m. on Aug. 20. The winner will be announced at 2:30 p.m. during the birthday party on Sunday, Aug. 21. The prize is a $20 gift certificate to a Solon business of the winner’s choice. You need not be present to win. Library employees, board members and volunteers are not eligible to enter.
During the anniversary celebration week, the senior dining lunch on Wednesday, Aug. 17, will be in the meeting room of the library. The meal will be sponsored by the Solon Women’s Club. Reservations must be called in by Monday, Aug. 15, to 624-2251. Ice cream and cake will be served for dessert. The program will be Carol Bodensteiner, author of “Growing Up Country: Memories of an Iowa Farm Girl.”
Would you like a real thorough look at the library including the workroom and basement? Have you ever wondered about some of the items displayed in the library, or where your books go when you put them in the book drop? Sign up your club or organization or as an individual to get in on a tour during anniversary week. The Friends of the Solon Library will be the guides. They will provide interesting facts, statistics and information about the library and show you all the places you never get to see in the library.
“The Bride’s House” by New York Times bestselling author Sandra Dallas is a historical fiction set in the year 1880. Three generations of women have lived in the same Victorian home, called the Bride’s House. The house hides secrets of the three proud, strong and willful women, Nealie, Pearl and Susan.
Wednesday, Aug. 10
IC West All-State Camp, 8 AM-1 PM
Drumline Camp, 9AM-3 PM Thursday, Aug. 11
IC West All-State Camp, 8 AM-1 PM
Drumline Camp, 9AM-3 PM final @ Ft. Dodge, 4 p.m. Aug. 12-17
Band Camp, 9 AM to 3 PM