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We Run for a good cause

We Run celebrates first year with 5K

NORTH LIBERTY– What better way for a store specializing in running shoes and apparel to celebrate its one-year anniversary than with a 5K run? That’s how Kris and Brian Tharp, owners of We Run, chose to mark their big day.
At least 650 people registered for either a 5K run or 1 mile walk held on Saturday, March 23, just two days shy of the anniversary. The event also served as a fundraiser for the First United Methodist Church of North Liberty’s youth group. The group is headed on a mission trip to Puerto Rico later this year.

Cool victory for Clipper boys

CCA boys open with 3-0 win in frigid weather

TIFFIN– Tim Benson’s Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity soccer boys took to the field Monday, April 1, to face the Golden Hawks of Mid-Prairie in a season-opening girls/boys doubleheader. With temperatures in the low 30s and a persistent wind out of the west-northwest, the conditions were more appropriate for winter.

Good for the sole

Solon High School students collect shoes for those in need

SOLON– When it comes to community service, a handful of Solon High School students have created some mighty big shoes to fill.
When sophomores Kaytee Berstler, Sydney Gerdts, Kaitlin Hatcher, Taylor Nearad, Lake Reyhons and Jake Singkofer found themselves with time on their hands during the school day, they set about looking for a cause to support. Principal’s secretary Kim Blankenheim suggested they research an organization she had heard about called Soles4Souls, a charity that recycles shoes to be donated to those in need in the United States and more than 125 other countries.

The waiting is the hardest part

NORTH LIBERTY– The anticipation built slowly as more kids and parents made their way into the gymnasiums of the North Liberty Recreation Center.
Saturday, March 23, was the city’s annual Easter Egg Hunt, and while it wasn’t much of a hunt, it did begin promptly at 10:30 a.m. with the blast of a horn that startled many in attendance into action.

Mehaffey Bridge public meeting to be April 15

NORTH LIBERTY– The Johnson County Secondary Roads Department will be holding a public information meeting on the Mehaffey Bridge Replacement Project Monday, April 15, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the South Slope Community Center located at 980 N. Front St. in North Liberty.

Go fish

Payton Haas and her friends won big at the live goldfish game, part of the 18th annual Solon Dollars for Scholars “Bringin’ in the Green” carnival held March 4 at Lakeview Elementary. The event is a fundraiser for the local organization that gives college scholarships to every Solon graduating senior who applies. See more photos in next week’s edition. (photo by Lori Lindner)

Soon, a new chapter in library’s history

Ryan Humphrey, Ashlyn Wheery, Katelyn Humphrey and Haydon Wheery enjoy a “crafternoon” at the North Liberty Community Library on March 12. Behind them, the particle board partition separates the existing library from the new 11,000 square foot expansion that is currently under construction. The new section of the library is expected to be open to the public in May. (photo by Lori Lindner)

Aiming for excellence

Swisher American Legion program promotes responsible firearms, developes young minds

SWISHER– In an era of tense controversy over the use and possession of firearms, one group in this northwest Johnson County town is learning to respect guns, rather than fear them.
And they’re learning life lessons while learning to shoot.
For two years, the American Legion Post 671 in Swisher has sponsored a Junior Shooting Sports Program, one of the legion’s many family and youth programs. Participants from ages 12 to 18 use an air-powered rifle shooting a .177 caliber pellet as they learn gun safety and marksmanship.

Off road

Bruce Koffron trails behind Jana Holmes and Michelle Lobeck as they slog cross country through farmland southeast of Solon as part of the Solon Survivor Extreme 5K, held Saturday, March 9, as a fundraiser for the Solon Sluggers 12U baseball team and the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital. See next week’s edition for more photos and results. (photo by Doug Lindner)

Flapjack happy

Ten-month-old Ben Stoner of Oxford munches on breakfast while attending the 40th annual Optimist pancake fundraiser with his grandfather, Dick Stoner, Jr. For more photos of the event, see page 20. (photo by Doug Lindner)

A cluster of controversy

Supervisors give initial approval to Dooley subdivision

Feeling the synergy

Members of the Solon Middle School Show Choir Synergy finish one of their numbers during a performance at the Solon Musical Showcase Friday, March 1, in the Solon High School gymnasium. The members of Synergy took first place in the Class 3A middle school division of the Indianola Show/Jazz Encounter in February. Turn to page 20 for more photos of middle school performers. (photo by Doug Lindner)