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Presenting the Class of 2016

Angela Erusha, daughter of Neil and Patty Erusha, accepts her diploma and a handshake from Solon High School Principal Nathan Wear Sunday, May 22, during commencement ceremonies held in the high school gymnasium. The Economist’s salute to seniors will be included in next week’s edition. (photo by Doug Lindner)

Hidden habitat

Over 400 attend Macbride Raptor Project family day

SOLON– You may not know it exists, unless you’ve been there.
From a bird’s eye view, the Macbride Raptor Project, nestled into the Macbride Nature and Recreation Area, seems to be situated on the tip of a gravel wing; down below it is home to more than 20 birds of prey– three of which have been featured in the project’s new family day. The third event was held Saturday, May 7, and featured the American kestrel, North America’s littlest falcon.

Solon Girl Scouts make quilts for veterans

Solon Daisy Girl Scout Troop #5356 completed a “Pay It Forward” service project by making fleece blankets for the dialysis unit at the Veterans Administration (VA) hospital and hand-delivering them. The troop also learned about dialysis and made cards for the VA patients. (contributed photo)

Longest-serving NL firefighter passes

Annual Bob Parker Blood Drive May 26 held in his honor

NORTH LIBERTY– Robert D. “Bob” Parker, 63, of North Liberty, passed peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, on Saturday, May 14, 2016, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. A memorial service to celebrate Bob’s life was held Wednesday, May 18, at Lensing Funeral Home, Iowa City, with Father Ed Fitzpatrick officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The North Liberty Fire Fighters Foundation or to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Spartan Dash raises nearly $20K for Lakeview PTO

Members of the Solon High School soccer team dust participants with colored powder at one of the many stations along the route of the Fifth Annual Spartan Dash Saturday, April 23, at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area trail. The Spartan Dash is a family-friendly event which features a number of messy obstacles and serves as Lakeview Elementary PTO’s largest fundraiser of the year. A total of 625 runners took part, raising $19,250 for the PTO.

Red’s lands additional parking space

By Shianne Fisher
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– The unsightly patch of dirt frequented by Red’s Alehouse customers will soon be getting a concrete makeover.
An agreement between Red’s and the City of North Liberty, approved at an April 26 council meeting, will allow the restaurant owners to construct a new parking lot on the adjacent city property with an entrance through Red’s existing parking lot.
“I think everybody understands the situation here,” said City Administrator Ryan Heiar. “Red’s is located in an area where there are challenges with parking.”

Clippers third at home meet

CCA Mariah Roller readies a throw in the shot put competition Thursday, April 28, at CCA’s Pacha Relays. Roller was 10th in the event. (photo by Chris Umscheid)

“Footloose” rocks the CCA stage

Seniors shine in stage adaptation of ‘80s movie classic

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– In 1984, “Footloose” became one of the most successful motion pictures of the year and of the decade. The story, written by Dean Pitchford, focuses on a big-city kid with a rebellious streak who moves to the small agricultural town of Bomont, Texas. There, he discovers the town’s preacher– in the wake of a tragedy involving his son and three other teens– has banned rock music and dancing.

Happy birthday, Tanner

Brad Wymer prepares to release a Chinese lantern in memory of his son, Tanner, during a special ceremony held during the Denny Gruber Coed Relays April 19 at the Solon Outdoor Events Center. Tanner, a Solon senior, was killed in a boating accident in January and would have turned 18 on April 19. A memorial bench has been installed near the thrower’s area at the track, and during a break in the meet, a moment of silence was held, those in attendance sang Happy Birthday, and family members, students and community members released a series of Chinese lanterns into the sky.

Solon sending seven to Drake Relays

SOLON– Everything track and field stops in Iowa this weekend, as eyes turn to the Drake Relays. Billed as America’s Athletic Classic, the Blue Oval hosts pre-Olympic, university, college, Iowa high school and even middle school competition in Des Moines.

Three in a row for Solon boys

Spartans move to 8-2 with home wins over Raiders, Bobcats

SOLON– Since dropping two matches at a tournament in Hudson April 9, Solon’s boys varsity soccer team has rattled off three home wins in a row and upped its record to 8-2 on the season.
The Spartans held off Anamosa, 3-2, to hand the Raiders their first loss of the season Friday, April 15, and beat Western Dubuque, 2-1, on Monday, April 18. The loss was Western Dubuque’s fourth consecutive.
Anamosa came into Friday evening’s match having outscored opponents by a combined 27-1, but the Spartans jumped out to an early lead and the defense fended off a late flurry to preserve the win.

Mother nature delivers

Area group holds Kites for Kids, the second child abuse prevention event in North Liberty

NORTH LIBERTY– When was the last time you flew a kite?
Hundreds of parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts took a leap down memory lane last Saturday, April 16, at the annual Kites for Kids event, teaching their little ones a popular pastime on the North Central Junior High football field in North Liberty.
The event, sponsored by Johnson County Community Partnerships for Protecting Children (CPPC), recognized April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month and urged parents to take an afternoon to intentionally spend time with their children.