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CCA band marches in Washington, D.C.

The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School Marching Band marched in the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., on May 30. The group has been raising funds since it received the invitation from Congressman Dave Loebsack a year ago. The band members traveled by bus on a five-day whirlwind trip which included seeing the sights of Washington, D.C. Four CCA students had the honor of laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The group is under the direction of John C. Smith. “This past week, a lifetime of memories were created.

Fire in his blood

After 24 years, Ely’s Zbanek trades chief’s helmet for firefighter’s

ELY– As a kid growing up in Ely, Randy Zbanek was a constant presence at the fire station.
“I was born and raised around it. My dad was on forever (and chief for two years); two brother-in-laws were on at a time. That was the thing to do, was to hang out at the fire station, and that’s what we did as kids… and the bug bit. I’ve been on ever since.”

Boys fall to West Liberty in soccer semifinal

SOLON– The Spartans had the lead but couldn’t hang on.
Solon’s varsity boys soccer team saw its season end Wednesday, May 25, after a 3-2 loss to West Liberty in a Class 1A substate semifinal.
The Spartans held a 2-1 advantage at the end of the first period on goals by Ben Carr and Brandan Childs, but Solon gave up two unanswered scores in the second period for the difference in the game.
Carr scored his goal at the 16-minute-mark of the first period, knotting the match at 1-1 after an early strike by the Comets.

Trojans return to state soccer tourney

Sanchez’ free kick gives IC West the 2-1 edge over Bettendorf

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– The West High Trojans are headed back to the Class 3A State Soccer Tournament in Des Moines. The tournament campaign, which starts for West Thursday, June 2, marks the 16th such trip in 17 years and the first championship quest since 2014 as the team fell short of Des Moines last year.
The Trojans pulled out a 2-1 win over the Bettendorf Bulldogs Saturday, May 28, in Iowa City to punch their tournament tickets.

And they’re off!

Britta Elijah and Taryn Anderson pull ahead in a heat of the fourth grade three-legged race during Lakeview Elementary’s Track and Field Day Tuesday, May 17, at the Solon Outdoor Events Center. The annual field day is held near the end of the school year and mixes traditional track competitions with sack races and other fun events. (photo by Doug Lindner)

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)