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Community

July 12 Turkey Trot 5k, 1 Mile event to benefit NL food pantry

NORTH LIBERTY– The Community Pantry will host its second annual Thanksgiving in July Turkey Trot 5K Race and Family 1 Mile event on Saturday, July 12, at 8 a.m., in conjunction with the community-wide food drive that provides food assistance to the hungry. This chip-timed race will begin and end at the pantry, 89 North Jones Blvd. in North Liberty. Registration through July 12 is $35 (T-shirt not guaranteed).
Registration is available online at www.GetMeRegistered.com/NorthLibertyTurkeyTrot.
Not a runner? Volunteer to help at the race: www.signupgenius.com/go/70a044baaae2ea75-2ndannual1.

Top-Shelf Volunteer

NORTH LIBERTY– Judy Bornkessel is a regular volunteer who greets families every Tuesday evening when she works as the desk worker volunteer. Judy wanted to volunteer at the pantry is because “I follows Jesus Christ and he has made it my desire to love my neighbors anyway I can.”

$25.5 million decision

Middle school, performing arts center go to ballot - Sept. 9

SOLON– It’s official.
As expected, the Solon school board has decided to place a $25.5 million bond referendum for a new middle school and performing arts center before district voters.
At a June 26 meeting, school board members accepted a 220-signature petition signed by residents of the district, and passed a resolution calling for a Tuesday, Sept. 9, special election.
It was an action the district had been working toward for months.

Our Lord’s Church marks 10th anniversary

Happy Birthday, Our Lord’s Church!

SOLON– In 2004, a small group of residents gathered at the Solon Public Library for the first service of a new church community.
Two years later, the new church had its own building and had established a record of community service that it continues today.
Our Lord’s Church will mark the first decade of its existence Sunday, July 13, with a public celebration at its 131 N. Market St. location, serving brats, burgers and hot dogs after its weekly service. Potato salad, baked beans, lemonade and cake will also be served.

Army Corps of Engineers to raise Iowa River output

Stormy weather creates local disaster

IOWA CITY– Johnson County officials have signed a local disaster declaration and will ask for a State Disaster Declaration to be eligible for state assistance.
Supervisor Chairperson Terrence Neuzil and Emergency Management Coordinator Dave Wilson signed the documents Tuesday, July 1.

Solon Booster Bash Golf Outing on Aug. 2 at Lake Macbride Golf Course

SOLON– The Solon Athletic Booster Club will be sponsoring the 14th annual Booster Bash Golf Outing on Saturday, Aug. 2, at the Lake Macbride Golf Course. The event is open to anyone interested in supporting the student athletes of the Solon Community School District. This year’s fundraising proceeds will be used to purchase new equipment for the weight room.

solon Public Library

Fourth of July

The Solon Library will be closed for the Fourth of July holiday. The library will reopen at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 5.

Beef Days

The library will close early on Friday, July 18, and be closed all day Saturday, July 19, for Solon Beef Days.

Board of Friends of the Library is looking for new members

Lakeview Elementary recognized as a model professional learning community by Solution Tree

SOLON– Lakeview Elementary was recently recognized by Solution Tree for its sustained success in raising student achievement. Lakeview Elementary’s successful implementation of the Professional Learning Communities (PLC) at WorkTM process was a major contributing factor in the improved achievement of its students.
PLCs are schools and districts in which educators recognize the key to improved learning for students is ongoing, job-embedded learning for the adults who serve those students. The three big ideas of a PLC call upon educators to:
1. Focus on learning.

Kuhl appointed mayor

Swisher American Legion honors America’s fallen warriors

NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty has a new mayor.

Senior care facility to replace campground

NORTH LIBERTY– A long-established local campground is slated to become housing for the elderly.
Owners of Colony Country RV Park, located along West Forevergreen Road on North Liberty’s southern edge, sold the property and posted notice of its permanent closing on June 1.

IC board hears update on NL’s future schools

IOWA CITY– Duane Van Hemert, physical plant director for the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD), updated the operations committee on progress of the facilities capital improvement plan at a June 23 meeting.
Included were reports on Van Allen Elementary, Penn Elementary and the proposed high school in North Liberty.
There have been challenges; however, improvements and construction are expected to proceed on schedule, Van Hemert indicated.

IC school board president resigns

Murley’s contract ok’d, most administrators receive pay raise

IOWA CITY–The community came together on Tuesday, June 24, near the intersection of Sycamore Street and Daniel Place to turn symbolic shovels of dirt for the first new school in the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) in more than 20 years. That would have been news enough.
However, it was part of a busy day that ended with the resignation of Sally Hoelscher as school board president.
Hoelscher’s unexpected resignation toward midnight capped the news.