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Community

SCSD seeking foreign exchange student host family

SOLON– The Solon Community School District (SCSD) is seeking one Solon family to host a high school-aged foreign exchange student for the 2014-2015 school year. If your family is interested, please contact PAX Academic Exchange at 1-800-555-6211 or go online to www.pax.org.

Third “Spartan Dash” April 26

SOLON– The Lakeview PTO will host its third annual Spartan Dash on Saturday, April 26, rain or shine. The Spartan Dash is a fun and crazy fitness event that will serve as the Lakeview PTO’s largest fundraiser of the year.
Interested individuals should sign up to participate in the event with a “family team.” Family teams will walk, skip, or run through obstacles set up along the one-mile trail in the Solon Recreation and Nature Area (SRNA). Obstacles will be suitable for both children and adults and are guaranteed to have you laughing.

Johnson County Sheriff’s office releases 2013 annual report

Curious trends in crime stats

JOHNSON COUNTY– Sometimes there are no clear cut answers to explain why things are the way they are. As an example, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) released its annual report documenting the department’s activities in 2013. While some categories of offenses are down, Sheriff Lonny Pulkrabek is at a loss as to why, exactly. On the other hand, in general, calls for service are up, continuing a trend that shows the department is busier with each passing year.

NLFD responds to dryer fire in apartment

NORTH LIBERTY– A working smoke detector helped provide a quick response and limited damage to a North Liberty apartment building Sunday.
The North Liberty Fire Department was dispatched to 162 Elm Ridge Drive Sunday April 6, at approximately 4 p.m. for a building fire. First arriving North Liberty Police units reported thick smoke on the third floor of the apartment building and residents were evacuated. North Liberty Fire Department units arrived and found smoke throughout the structure and heavy smoke coming from an apartment on the third floor.

Sign up now to give or receive “Make a Difference” assistance

NORTH LIBERTY– Several North Liberty churches will be hosting “Make A Difference Day,” a service project, on Saturday, April 26, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Work teams from local churches will be fanning out all over North Liberty performing community service. 
Service projects will include yard work, small construction jobs, window washing, painting and many other projects at little or no cost, to improve the lives of the North Liberty community.

North Bend Elementary 5K and 1 Mile Color Run this Saturday, April 12

NORTH LIBERTY– On Saturday, April 12, the North Bend Elementary Parent-Teacher Group (PTG) and various sponsors will host the school’s first annual North Bend Elementary 5K and 1 Mile Color Run, beginning at 9 a.m. at Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) North Bend Elementary, 2230 St. Andrews Dr. The event is a fundraiser for the North Bend PTG, with proceeds going toward classroom enrichment, playground equipment, technology equipment, field trips, guest speakers and educational supplies.

NL police to offer disposal for unused prescription drugs

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Police Department, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Agency, will collect expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs on Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Liberty Pharmacy, 555 W. Cherry St., for safe disposal.
This service is free and anonymous. Tablets, capsules, and all other solid dosage forms will be collected. Liquid medications in their original containers will be accepted as well.

NL Community Library receives technology grant award

NORTH LIBERTY– The State Library of Iowa is pleased to announce that the North Liberty Community Library has recently received a Library Technology Grant Award of $1,600 to purchase two laptop computers dedicated to career development. Patrons 18 years old and older can use these computers to build resumes, conduct job searches, take proctored exams and more.

North Liberty SHARE program taking orders through April 11

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty SHARE is a non-profit food-buying group that specializes in bringing high quality food at unbelievable prices. Through SHARE’S unique food network, food is offered at a 50 percent savings off retail prices, in return for volunteer time.
In February, North Liberty SHARE participants did 170 volunteering hours. The April Best Value Package is offered for $25 in exchange for two hours of volunteer service in the community.

Long tenured administrator accepts Florida post

Lippincott leaving for warmer weather

SOLON– It’s been over eight years since Cassandra Lippincott first said hello to Solon.
Now it’s time to say goodbye.
Lippincott, the city’s third city administrator and its longest tenured, announced last week she has accepted a position with the city of Wildwood, Fla., and will be leaving in April.
Lippincott came to head up Solon’s city government in November 2005, following in the footsteps of the first city administrator, Brandy Forbes, and her successor, Tracey Mulcahey.
The city created the position in the spring of 2000.

County imposes weight and speed limits on Mehaffey Bridge

What’s shaking?

JOHNSON COUNTY– Cars should travel a little slower across Mehaffey Bridge now, and big trucks will have to detour around it until a new bridge is complete.
The Johnson County Secondary Roads department placed a weight embargo on the bridge and reduced the speed effective March 11, due to too much movement as cars were driving over the bridge that is currently under construction.

Marshek drainage still unresolved

By Paul Deaton
Solon Economist
SOLON– Having filed the annual budget with the county and state, the city council made a to-do list for 2014 and began working on it with a discussion of storm water drainage in the Marshek and Eastwood subdivision at its March 19 meeting.