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Big Picture cultivates creativity

Channeling the inner artist

NORTH LIBERTY– It was 5 p.m. on a chilly Wednesday afternoon, and another class was in session. Peyton Gordon, Grant Nidey and Finn Fountain sat together at a paper-lined table as Becky Popelka led the students on a collage using watercolors, salt and decorated paper.
“This is a mixed media project,” she began, presenting the materials her beloved “kiddos” were about to employ.

Freezin’ for a Reason

Polar Plunge raises bucks for NLPD’s K-9

NORTH LIBERTY– Falco, the North Liberty Police Department’s (NLPD) first K-9, has made a bit of a splash since arriving recently. So much so, 33 people were willing to literally make a splash in the frigid waters of the pond at Centennial Park, and donate $50 each toward his food, on-going training and medical care, to do so.
The event, formally known as the Freezin’ for a Reason Polar Plunge, and informally as “Feed the Beast” was held Sunday, Jan. 28, with temperatures in the 20s and a steady breeze, which only added to the chill.

Skate country

Local communities provide free outdoor skating rinks

JOHNSON COUNTY– “The best things in life are free,” sang Barrett Strong on his 1959 single “Money (That’s What I Want).”
The cities of North Liberty, Solon and Ely found a way to capitalize on Iowa’s traditionally cold winters and are offering free outdoor ice skating in designated areas.
Ever since Mike Reeves, the Solon Parks and Rec activities director, can remember, that’s the way it’s been in Solon.
He said he couldn’t tell you when the city started it or why, every winter the city has flooded their outdoor skating area with a hydrant and a series of hoses.

A Real Deals Reboot

New owners remodel home décor store

NORTH LIBERTY– Sometimes you have to tear it down to build it back up again.
That was the case for Real Deals on Home Décor, which has spent the better part of January undergoing a major facelift. Located at 225 Beaver Kreek Centre, the business will host a grand re-opening Thursday, Feb. 1 through 3 to honor the occasion.
“We tore everything down,” said Dawn Lenth, who purchased Real Deals with her husband Brian on Dec. 29 last year. “All the walls came down, and we had to go through and do a full inventory and just start packing stuff up so we can start rebuilding.”

City, SCSD, fire dept. to share fuel depot

3,000 gallon diesel tank installed at public works

SOLON– It should be a win-win all the way around.
The Solon Community School District (SCSD), the City of Solon and the Solon Tri-Township Fire Department have entered into an agreement for the joint operation of a diesel fuel depot outside the city’s public works facility.
The 3,000-gallon tank was installed and is expected to be operational in February.
The idea originated with the school district last year.

Four conference dual victories

Spartans take down Western Dubuque

TIFFIN– The Spartan varsity wrestling squad moved its dual meet record to 17-5 on the season with a pair of conference sweeps.
Solon traveled to Tiffin Monday, Jan. 21, for a rescheduled double dual with Clear Creek Amana (CCA) and Center Point-Urbana. The Spartans overcame an early Clipper lead for a 46-24 win, then blew past the Stormin’ Pointers, 54-21.
Thursday, Jan. 18, Solon headed up to Epworth for a double dual with Western Dubuque and Central DeWitt. The Spartans overwhelmed the Sabers, 47-24, and scored a solid victory over the Bobcats, 40-24.

Fire and ice

Area firefighters cope with difficult fires and brutal weather conditions

Fire and ice

Area firefighters cope with difficult fires and brutal weather conditions

JOHNSON COUNTY– Area firefighters, largely volunteer, have dealt with not only a number of challenging house fires, but also brutal sub-zero cold and dangerous wind chill factors. Extreme conditions are not unusual for firefighters as they routinely work in one of the most Immediately Dangerous to Life and Health (IDLH) environments possible; a “working” structure fire, where flames, toxic smoke and the potential for structural collapse are among the risks. Adding the aforementioned weather conditions, firefighting becomes even more hazardous.

Liberty Dance Team wins state

Eyes regional and national titles in debut season

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NORTH LIBERTY– It was an unexpected victory.
“The competition is tough. The bar has been raised in our competition in the last five years quite high,” said Kathy Enyart, Executive Director for the Iowa State Dance Drill Team Association (ISDTA). “So for them to come as a new face, that’s a pretty remarkable accomplishment.”

Clippers struck by Lightning

Liberty boys hand CCA boys 58-45 loss

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NORTH LIBERTY– Stu Ordman and the Liberty High varsity boys basketball team improved their record to 5-6 with a 58-45 home win over Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Saturday, Jan. 6. The Lightning handed the Clippers their second loss in two days as the Creek Boys fell the night before to Central Clinton, DeWitt and dropped to 2-7.

Downtown Vision

A deeper look at Solon’s downtown

SOLON– A pedestrian mall and a bed and breakfast district could be part of the future for downtown Solon.
Both were presented conceptually Dec. 20 as Solon City Council members mulled the findings of a downtown visioning project recently completed by MSA Professional Services, the same consulting firm which assisted with the city’s comprehensive plan update in 2015.
Council members did not extensively discuss the results, but were expected to prepare comments prior to accepting the document at a future meeting.

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.