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Doug Lindner

Fareway and managers celebrate 20th anniversary

Second generations learning values carting groceries

NORTH LIBERTY- You can learn a lot of basic skills working for a grocery store.
Like being punctual.
Myron Hoffman was the tender age of 16 when he started work at the Fareway Store in his hometown of Carroll, after school let out his junior year in high school.
He knows the date by heart.
May 28, 1980.
“It was a Wednesday, 6 a.m.,” the North Liberty Fareway grocery manager recalled.
He’s been with the Boone-based chain ever since.

The dragon maker

Author Sarah Prineas drops latest title, “Dragonfell”

SOLON– Sarah Prineas created a world where cities run on magic.
Now she’s made another where dragons hoard teacups.
“Dragonfell,” her 11th book for HarperCollins, was released in hardcover in March.
It takes place in an otherworld, on the cusp of industrial revolution, with less room for magic and dragons.
Rafi Bywater, accused by a factory owner of being “dragon-touched,” is cast out of his village, and begins a journey to discover the truth, befriended along the way by Maud, a wanna-be dragon scientist.

Resolved

Fledgling debate team looking to grow

SOLON– “We’re the Solon speech and debate program,” Jesse Miller announced.
Miller and teacher/coach LeeAnn Gilroy stood in front of the Solon school board members at a March 11 meeting.
“We used to be the program,” the Solon senior clarified. “It’s grown. I guess you could say it’s doubled over the course of a year.”
The two were there to spotlight the young debate program as part of a regular agenda slot for celebrating achievements.
Miller qualified for the National Speech and Debate Association National Championships each of the last two years.

Senior to senior

Solon Senior Support looks to bridge gap between generations

SOLON– They want to make sure senior citizens have the help they need.
A group of Solon High School (SHS) students and a local pharmacist have joined forces for an ambitious project– the establishment of a non-profit to assist seniors with a variety of tasks from a simple visit to tackling technology issues.
The organization they’re forming, Solon Senior Support, will attempt to match Solon senior citizens with volunteers from the community and the high school.

McCarty retires where he started

North Liberty postmaster calls it a career

NORTH LIBERTY– Kim McCarty made it back to North Liberty.
It was where he started with the United States Postal Service (USPS) in 1979.
“Believe it or not, one of my goals in my career was I always wanted to come back and retire from North Liberty,” McCarty said. “I was fortunate enough to be able to make the right steps to be able to do that.”
McCarty, 61, the North Liberty Postmaster since 2012, retired from the USPS at the end of the day Friday, Feb. 1.
Postal customers lucky enough to visit were treated to cookies and other treats.

Snowdrifters are America’s Snowmobile Club of the Year

Local group cited for volunteerism, community impact

SOLON– The snow came late, but it was still a banner year for the Iowa Snowdrifters.

The area snowmobile club was the 2018 Club of the Year for the American Council of Snowmobile Associations (ACSA).

“I just want to thank club members, landowners, our sponsors– everybody, in terms of the award, made that happen,” said Bill Hogan of rural Solon, the current club president. “I’m just happy to be part of the club.”

Hogan said the club was recognized for outstanding achievement in fundraising, community projects and the dedicated efforts of the members to manage and maintain the trails.

Solon Firehouse unveiled

Firefighters embark on $4.3 million fundraising campaign

SOLON– They know it’s a big building.
They know it’s a lot of money.
But here’s the analogy Solon firefighters made as they introduced a plan for a new $5 million firehouse.
The current fire station on Iowa Street was built in 1959, explained department member Greg Morris.
“Where we’re sitting right now was built by the firefighters in ‘58 and ’59,” Morris said. “My grandfather’s one of the guys who signed the personal note to guarantee payment. The only actual construction cost for the fire station to this community was from the bond issue in 1990.”

Community center grand opening June 2

Mike Reeve to step down as recreation coordinator

SOLON– The new Solon Community Center is slated to open Saturday, June 2.
A grand opening for the facility, located at 313 S. Iowa St., will be held from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
But by the end of June, the city will have to find a new recreation coordinator to oversee it.
At a May 16 meeting, city council members approved usage and rental fees, rules and summer hours for the community center, as well as job descriptions for some of the employees who will be operating it.

Fore Solon golf tournament July 9

New group to direct first year funds toward community center

SOLON– Fore!
A trio of local residents, with deep roots in city and school government, have banded together to organize a new annual charity golf tournament to benefit Solon’s youth.
Fore Solon’s three-person best shot golf outing will be held Monday, July 9, at Saddleback Golf Course, with an 11:30 a.m. lunch and a 1 p.m. shotgun start.
“This is going to be something we see as an ongoing, annual event,” Steve Duncan said.

Johnson County Refuse program

New automated curbside service to begin July 1

SOLON– The City of Solon has officially adopted a new, automated curbside garbage and recycling system proposed by Johnson County Refuse of North Liberty.
Residents will receive two carts, one for recycling and one for garbage, to be used beginning in July. The new carts will eliminate the need for Johnson County Refuse employees to lift bags, limiting workplace injuries for the company.

There’s a lot of recreation news, folks

More advisory members named, farmers market to Mushroom Park

SOLON– There’s a lot of recreation news, folks.
The agenda for the Solon City Council last week was dominated by decisions about new recreation programs and projects, including continued appointments to a new recreation advisory team, the dissolution of the Solon Parks and Recreation Commission, an application to Iowa Great Places for the Solon Recreation and Nature Area (SRNA) in support of a splash pad and the selection of Mushroom Park as the location of a new farmers market.
Whew.

Official farmers market in the works

Council, parks and rec discuss public, private locations

SOLON– A new city-sponsored farmers market is in the works.
Details surrounding the program were discussed during a joint session of the Solon City Council and the Solon Parks and Recreation Commission April 4, although a location for the market is still up in the air.
The city previously allowed private vendors to set up in a portion of Mushroom Park seasonally, but has not provided direct supervision.