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Community

Solon Advocates select Brannaman and Bark as Seniors of the Year

SOLON– The Solon Senior Advocates’ recipients of the 2014 Senior of the Year award are Rita Brannaman and Fred Bark. Both Rita and Fred have given their time, energy and resources to the betterment of the community and are well deserving of this yearly award.
Senior of the Year was first awarded in 2006 to Jack Neuzil. In the following years, recipients included Wayne Croy, Milt Hunt, Pat Ikan, Marie Kroul, Elaine Reynolds and Bev Noska, Anna McAtee and Jean and Bob Stinocher.

All-star/alumni game June 8 to raise funds for basketball program

SOLON– The Solon high school boys’ basketball program with hold an all-star/alumni game fundraising event on June 8 at 7 p.m. at the Solon High School gymnasium. Requested donation is $5. All proceeds will go toward the boys’ basketball program.

Solon Public Library

New computers

We are in the process of updating our public computers. It is currently a work in progress, but over time, we will have all new computers with updated software and faster speed for patrons use.

Storytime

Storytime is a library program that takes place every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. for children ages 2 through 5. Each themed session includes stories, songs, and rhymes followed by a craft. Younger siblings are always welcome to attend. The themes for the rest of May include “Going on an Adventure,” “Bugs,” and “Ways to Travel.”

Early out

DNR to hold Solon water quality monitoring workshop June 7

IOWA CITY– IOWATER, Iowa’s statewide volunteer water quality monitoring program, will host an introductory IOWATER Workshop on June 7 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at the Solon United Methodist Church. During the one-day workshop classroom instruction will be combined with hands-on training as participants learn how to monitor and assess the quality of their local streams, rivers and lakes.
IOWATER emphasizes a perspective based on the watershed, or the area of land that drains into a body of water, and what citizens can do to protect and improve local water bodies.

Banner year for Solon Middle School show choirs

SOLON– Congratulations to the Solon Middle School show choirs on a successful competition season.

Solon basketball camps offered in June and July

SOLON– Camp Director and head boys basketball coach Jason S. Pershing will be offering three different camp opportunities for the Solon community as well as surrounding communities. The basketball camps will foster a fundamental approach, with a lot of skill development. Each camp will have a guest camp instructor that has competed athletically at the collegiate level as well as professional level. Each camp will be capped at 42 participants, to ensure maximum interaction, individualized attention and instruction.

Wonka

The Clear Creek Amana High School Drama Department presented Roald Dahl’s “Willy Wonka” in four performances from Thursday, April 10, through Saturday, April 12. For more photos of the production, see page A8. (photo by Chris Umscheid)

Clear Creek Amana school board approves 1:1 computer purchase for middle school in 2014-15

Technology advanced

OXFORD– Starting this fall, every student in the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) middle school will have their own Chromebook personal computer to use in class and at home. The district’s school board approved spending $157,739.50 to purchase 500 devices at its regular meeting Wednesday, April 16, at Clear Creek Elementary in Oxford.

NL’s Wayson attends citizens’ police academy

Law enforcement up-close and personal

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– The 17th annual Citizens’ Police Academy concluded last Monday, April 7, with a graduation ceremony for nearly 30 Johnson County residents who wanted an up-close and personal look inside the world of law enforcement.

Schools to hold 5K, 1 mile run May 17

NORTH LIBERTY– Penn, Garner and Van Allen PTOs will co-sponsor the second annual GPV PTO Rockin’ 5K Run/Walk and Little Rockin’ 1 Mile Run on Saturday, May 17. This event will begin and end at Penn Elementary. The 1 mile run will begin at 8:30 a.m., followed by the 5K at 9 a.m.
All proceeds from this event go to the North Liberty Family Resource Centers serving the students and families of Penn, Garner and Van Allen Elementary schools.
Register for the event at https://secure.getmeregistered.com/get_information.php?event_id=10205.

Get together, make a difference in NL

NORTH LIBERTY– “What do you love about our community? What do you think would make North Liberty a better place to live?  How could we do that together?”
These are questions a group of people asked over the last year as they followed God’s call to find ways to better serve the community.  They started by asking community members what they think North Liberty needs to make it a better place to live.  The group gathered a lot of information through that process and want to share it with others.

Springmier library, Tiffin Community Fund and Johnson County Historical Society to host Oak Hill Cemetery walk June 1

TIFFIN– The Springmier Community Library, Tiffin Community Fund and Johnson County Historical Society will hold an Oak Hill Cemetery Walk Sunday, June 1, at 2 p.m.
A free-will donation to participate will benefit the Springmier Community Library and Tiffin Community Fund.
The walk will be conducted by Loren Horton, retired State Historical Society of Iowa senior historian. He received his BA and MA from Iowa State Teachers College (now UNI), and his doctorate from the University of Iowa.