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Community

Youth baseball and softball fun fall league to begin Sept. 8

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty Youth Baseball and Softball (NLYBS) is providing a fun, relaxed baseball/softball experience for kids ages six through 10. The season consists of five sessions on Monday nights from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. beginning Sept. 8. The season will end on Oct. 6, or Oct. 13 if there is a rain-out during the season. The first 45 minutes will be practice and the second 45 minutes will be scrimmaging. The cost is $25. Please register on-line at the NLYBS website: www.eteamz.com/NLYBS/.

North Liberty’s annual Fun Run/Walk to be held Sept. 21

IOWA CITY– The North Liberty Steering Committee of the Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce announces the annual North Liberty Fun Run/Walk on Sunday, Sept. 21, beginning at North Bend Elementary. Sponsored by MidWestOne Bank, the event features a 5K route and free kids’ race for children ages 12 and under.

Invasive species eradication day Sept. 6

Join Iowa’s five land trusts to celebrate land protection in Iowa. Come for the volunteer day; stay for live music and lunch.
The Nature Conservancy, Bur Oak Land Trust (formerly known as Johnson County Heritage Trust), Whiterock Conservancy, Four Mounds Foundation and INHF will host a volunteer day to eradicate invasive species and take back the land with complementary lunch and live music to follow.
Turkey Creek Preserve (near Iowa City) at 2525 Sugar Bottom Rd. Solon, on Saturday, Sept. 6, from 9 a.m. until noon.

Volunteer efforts fuel new shelter

Parks and Recreation Commission makes the most of a tight budget

SOLON– Sometimes the kids don’t get along with the parents, and vice versa. In the end, however, time adds perspective.
At a joint meeting of the Solon City Council and the Parks and Recreation Commission, some of the members of the municipal family got together to see how things were going.

County drops request for LOST funds

By Lori Lindner
Solon Economist

JOHNSON COUNTY– All the hoopla between governments in Johnson County over their propensity to share is apparently now moot.
The Johnson County Board of Supervisors has withdrawn its request for the county’s municipalities to collaboratively pay for a long-awaited courthouse expansion in exchange for an extended sunset.

Solon school board to host hearing on building proposals Aug. 25

SOLON– The Solon Community School District Board of Directors will be hosting a public hearing on the proposed new middle school and performing arts center Monday, Aug. 25, at 6:30 p.m. in the high school media center.
The two construction projects would be funded with a $25.5 million bond issue being placed before district voters in a Tuesday, Sept. 9, special election.
Architects for the project will provide a presentation on the project during the public hearing.
Members of the public will be given the opportunity to ask questions and express their views orally and in writing.

Solon to turn 175 in 2015

Celebrate Solon’s history, and future, under the big tent next September

By Chris Umscheid
Solon Economist

SOLON– The community of Solon will celebrate its 175th anniversary next year, and plans for the dosquicentennial include a community-wide gathering known as a Chautauqua.

Solon Public Library

New audio books

“The Family of Jesus” by Karen Kingsbury. Offers a collection of scripturally based short story views of six of the family members of Jesus Christ, including Mary, Joseph, Jesus’ brother James, John the Baptist, Zechariah, and Elizabeth.

Blood drive Monday, Aug. 25, at Solon United Methodist Church

SOLON– Solon will host a community blood drive from 3 until 6 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 25, at Solon United Methodist Church, inside the Family Life Center Gymnasium.
Appointments: To donate, please contact the Blood Center at 800-747-5401 or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org.

Reserve your Spartan Stadium football parking spot now

SOLON– The Solon Community School District is once again selling preferred parking spaces for Friday night and postseason football games. There are 49 spots in the lot and 12 of these spaces will be reserved for handicapped parking that will be available on a first come-first serve basis at each home football game for those cars with the appropriate handicapped plate or hanging mirror permit. Of the remaining spaces, seven will be reserved for game administration, with the other 30 made available to the community for purchase.

Solon yearbooks available

SOLON– To 2014 graduates and their parents: Yearbooks have arrived at the high school. Please stop by the high school office during the next two weeks to pick them up. If a sibling or neighbor will pick up a book in your stead, please email Jim Erickson at jerickson@solon.k12.ia.us to let him know who that might be or to ask him any questions if you have any. Due to prohibitive costs, we will not be mailing yearbooks to families who still have an address in the corridor.

LOST causes “distractions” for courthouse bond issue

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader

JOHNSON COUNTY– All the hoopla between governments in Johnson County over their propensity to share is apparently now moot.
The Johnson County Board of Supervisors has withdrawn its request for the county’s municipalities to collaboratively pay for a long-awaited courthouse expansion in exchange for an extended sunset.