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Community

Macbride alcohol ban takes legislative twist

Administrative rules committee sends amendment to legislature

DES MOINES– It’s up to the Iowa Legislature now.
The implementation of an alcohol ban at Lake Macbride State Park’s beach was delayed by a legislative review committee, and the Iowa House and Senate will have their chance to fix the problem.
A ban on “alcoholic liquor, beer, and wine” from beaches at Lake Macbride State Park and Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area in Linn County was approved by the Iowa Natural Resources Commission at an Aug. 11 meeting and the amended rule was to go into effect Wednesday, Oct. 5.

Solon All-Alumni Basketball Tournament Saturday, Oct. 8

SOLON– Head Varsity Boys Basketball Coach Jason Pershing announced an All-Alumni Basketball Tournament for former Solon athletes on Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Solon High School gymnasium.
Teams or individuals may register for the double-elimination tournament at a cost of $10 per participant. Bring a reversible jersey or a dark and white shirt. Tip-off is scheduled for 9 a.m.
Contact coach Pershing at jpershing31@gmail.com with any questions.

Solon Dollars for Scholars 2016 Gala Saturday, Oct. 15

SOLON– They’re providing hope for every student
An exciting evening of great food and lively bidding is planned for Saturday, Oct. 15, as Solon Dollars for Scholars hosts the 2016 Gala at the Celebration Barn, located at 4045 245th St. in Solon. The doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Registration is required for the event. For online registration, go to solon.dollarsforscholars.org or register by mail with a donation of $45 per guest to: Solon Dollars for Scholars, P.O. Box 551, Solon, 52333.

Methodist church hosts Community Cookout Sept. 28 in Solon

SOLON– Come for the cookout. Stay for the Fun. Music, games, getting together with old friends, and making new ones are all on the agenda Wednesday, Sept. 28, from 5:30-7 p.m. That’s when Solon United Methodist Church will sponsor a free Community Cookout in the parking lots between the church and Solon City Hall, northeast of the intersection of Main and Iowa streets.

2015-16 Solon High School Yearbooks available for pickup

SOLON– Parents of 2016 graduates who ordered yearbooks, the yearbooks are available for pick up in the high school office during business hours. This pertains to graduates who do not have siblings attending the high school. Siblings of 2016 graduates have been contacted and yearbooks were distributed to them. Parents are asked to make every effort to pick up yearbooks as soon as possible. The high school has extras available for those unable to order one last year. The yearbooks are $50 and checks can be made payable to Solon Community Schools.

Center for the Arts Open House set for Jan. 15

SOLON– To celebrate the opening of the new Solon Center for the Arts, an open house is scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 15, from 2-4 p.m. There will be guided- and self-guided tours through the facility with music provided by talented students playing the brand new Steinway grand piano.

Last call! Vintage cheer and dance uniform sale during Homecoming

SOLON– The Solon Cheer and Dance Teams are cleaning out their closets and selling gently used uniforms and props. Great items for Homecoming spirit week, themed student sections and Halloween. Lots of colors and sizes! Very reasonably priced! Stop by Mrs. Lane’s room before school, during seminar or after school this week or stop by the table at the Sept. 23 Homecoming game. If you have questions, contact Mrs. Lane, mlane@solon.k12.ia.us.

Flu vaccination clinics at Solon Schools Oct. 11, 18 and 25

SOLON– The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) visits Lakeview Elementary Tuesday, Oct. 11; Solon Middle School Tuesday, Oct. 18; and Solon High School Tuesday, Oct. 25, all from 3:30-6 p.m., to administer flu vaccinations to the public.
The clinics offer flu shots QIV, High Dose Flu (for ages 65 years and older) and pneumonia vaccine (available upon prior request).

Liberty High construction continues ahead of schedule

NORTH LIBERTY— Construction continues on the new Liberty High School ahead of a fall 2017 opening. According to Liberty principal Scott Kibby, work on the 210,000 square foot facility is approximately one month ahead of schedule.
The school, located near the intersection of Dubuque St. and North Liberty Road, is being built to accommodate 1,000 students initially with a 500-student addition planned for the future. Kibby anticipates opening with around 600 students, at this time, subject to attendance boundary changes and population changes in North Liberty.

Ordinance to push archers outside city limits

City council passes first reading of public safety amendment

NORTH LIBERTY– Just outside North Liberty city limits is the Johnson County Archers (JCA) shooting range. Many don’t know about the public range, said JCA Public Relations Coordinator Dan Heitzman, but soon it could be the nearest place for archery enthusiasts to shoot their bows.
At a Sept. 13 meeting, the North Liberty City Council passed the first reading of an amendment to the city code regarding public health and safety, adding arrows to the list of weapons unlawful to be discharged within city limits. Other weapons on the list include several types of firearms.

Pentecost named new streets superintendent

NORTH LIBERTY– Michael Pentecost was named the City of North Liberty’s streets superintendent by the city council, effective Sept. 14. Pentecost has been with the City of North Liberty since 2001, most recently as assistant water superintendent.
“Michael has been a valuable member of our team for more than a decade,” said City Administrator Ryan Heiar. “He brings public works experience, a strong work ethic and a deep knowledge of North Liberty.”

Bird banding at F.W. Kent Park Sept. 24

OXFORD– For the past two years, Johnson County Conservation (JCC) collaborated with federally licensed bird bander Rob Bradley to survey bird populations at F.W. Kent Park. The public is invited to observe Bradley, a bander with over 30 years of experience, and his team of volunteers in action on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 9 a.m. to noon at the bird blind near the Conservation Education Center.