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Community

Making noise for music ed

Community rides bikes, plays instruments at first “Musicycle”

NORTH LIBERTY– Over 500 underclassmen and around 100 upperclassmen are anticipated to christen the halls of Liberty High School in August. And, for the Iowa City Music Auxiliary, that means a third orchestra, band and choir to support.
“We use the money for transportation to festivals, entry fees for festivals and band uniform cleaning, mostly,” said Lisa Goodfellow-Mertens, past president of the auxiliary. “That dry cleaning adds up.”

North Liberty Playful City USA honor for sixth year

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty has been honored with a 2017 Playful City USA designation for the sixth time, and was one of only three cities in Iowa. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the national recognition program honors cities and towns across the country for making their cities more playable. North Liberty invests in playgrounds, parks, green spaces and trails to make the community more playable. The city continues to support local youth sports, has added a splash pad in Penn Meadows Park as well as a coming shaded tot lot.

Council moves on original town urbanization project

“Old Tiffin” to get a facelift

TIFFIN– Tiffin City Council member Jim Bartels remembers early discussions regarding the modernization of “Old Tiffin”– the four-by-three block area south of Highway 6, home to College, Grant and Summeryhays streets.
“Ten to 15 years ago, all we did was talk about it,” said Bartels. “We didn’t even have a plan.”
The council has come a long way since then.

Helping Heroes Memorial Day golf tourney May 29

NORTH LIBERTY– Join Helping Heroes for its first annual Memorial Day golf tournament Monday, May 29, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Quail Creek Golf Course, 700 Club House Rd., in North Liberty.
Registration for the four-man, best-shot tournament includes 18 holes, a golf cart and a meal after the round. Prizes, raffles and a silent auction will also take place at the club house. All proceeds will directly benefit local veterans in need. Cost is $200 per team.

North Liberty hires free summer lunch coordinator

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Summer Lunch and Fun Program announced Marge Hartman was hired as the summer coordinator. Hartman has lived in North Liberty for the last 15 years. She is married with two boys. During the school year, she works at the Penn Elementary library. She is actively involved with PTO and Boy Scouts activities. Hartman is “excited to be involved in another great program providing food and positive activities for local children.”

Turning the tassle on another class of graduates

Solon senior Jessica Heick is all smiles as she receives a hug from her mother Chris at the 2017 graduation ceremony Sunday, May 21, in the Solon High School gymnasium. The graduating class of 2017 includes 94 seniors. (photo by Doug Lindner)

Disc golf course opening soon

By Janet Nolte
Solon Economist

SOLON– Those who’ve visited the Solon Recreation and Nature Area (SNRA) lately may have noticed there’s a new game in town– one played with flying plastic discs baby boomers will fondly remember as “Frisbees.”
“It started when we were approached by Coralville Parks and Recreation and the Army Corps of Engineers, who said they were replacing the disc golf goals on one of their courses,” said Mike Reeve, Activities Coordinator of Solon’s Parks and Recreation Department.

Summer Reading Program has begun

The kickoff party for the library’s “Build a Better World” Summer Reading Program (SRP) is Thursday, May 25, from 5-6:30 p.m. Bring your family, friends, babysitters and neighbors to the library for games and refreshments. It’s a great time to pick up a summer book bag, see the 2016 kids’ T-shirts and find the summer reading logs appropriate to your age group. Anyone can participate in the reading incentive activities to get cool prizes, including chances to win grand prizes donated by generous community sponsors.

Ely News by Lenna See

The annual Malatek family Easter celebration was hosted by Jess and Sue Schulte at their home in Ely on Easter Sunday. The beautiful day was enjoyed by Allen and Sheryl Tjelmeland, Lon Ann, Jacob and Jared Tjelmeland, Stephanie Mehmen, Lloyd and Lois Cooling, Kimberly Cooling, Tom and Patricia Malatek, Brad Malatek, Kayla Krug and Dan, Jessica, Jade, and Gaby Carter, all of Ely.

Ear for perfection

NL’s Steve Junge keeps corridor pianos in-tune

NORTH LIBERTY– Pianos are complex instruments, hand-assembled by craftsmen, that produce melodious sounds for decades. However, like any mechanical device, eventually they need attention and tuning. The seven-county area, known as Iowa’s Creative Corridor, including North Liberty in particular, now has an artisan dedicated to restoring a piano’s full musical potential.
Steve Junge, of North Liberty, began offering professional piano tuning services in November. A corporate reorganization led to Junge reevaluating what he wanted to do. Music was the answer, but what aspect of music?

Elementaries dive into robotics

$15K PLTW grant funds supplies, teacher training at Garner, Penn, Van Allen

North Liberty Leader

Solon American Legion Memorial Day services announced

SOLON– The Solon American Legion Family will hold a Memorial Day service at the Legion Park at 9 a.m. on Monday, May 29. Transportation will be available from the Legion to the Veterans Memorial. Attendees should plan to be at the Solon American Legion by 7:30 a.m. for a ride to memorial. Refreshments will follow at the Legion.
In addition to the traditional service, there will be a dedication at the Johnson County Freedom Rock.