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Community

Building unity in the community

Life Pointe’s CommUNITY Day endures the heat in Tiffin

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– Excessive heat alerts and storms brewing to the north and west didn’t put a damper on things as the Life Pointe Christian Faith Center hosted it’s fourth annual CommUNITY Day event Saturday, July 23, at the Tiffin soccer fields.
“This is the event we put on each year to give back to the community,” Caleb Thomas, the community coordinator for Life Pointe said.
“We’re very blessed to be having people coming out,” he added.

SCSD board considers tighter open enrollment

With more housing options, directors want parents to invest in Solon

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist
SOLON– Two years ago, the Solon school board voted to further restrict the number of students entering the district through open enrollment.
Now, board members are thinking about closing the door.
Ceasing all open enrollment was one of the possible scenarios discussed by board members at a July 11 regular meeting, and although no decisions were made, at least one board member said he was leaning in that direction.

A habit of volunteerism

SOLON– For Marcy and Larry Olson community service is just the right thing to do – whether it takes the form of Marcy’s food deliveries to seniors in Solon or Larry’s route transporting children with special needs to and from school.
If you ask them why they do it, they’ll reply: just because.
“I don’t really think about it, I guess,” Larry said. “It’s just something I do.”

Construction to start on Hwy. 1/Main Street signalization project

SOLON– Within a month, the intersection of Highway 1 and Main Street will likely be fully signalized.
According to City Engineer Dave Schechinger, construction of the traffic signals was expected to begin after Beef Days and be completed some time in August.
Schechinger reported on the status of the project at a July 6 meeting of the Solon City Council, noting a pre-construction meeting had been held with contractor Advanced Electric Service.
Advanced submitted the lowest of six bids for the project– $98,430– and was awarded the project at a March 2 meeting.

Solon High School Dance Team can drive Friday, Aug. 5

SOLON– The Solon High School Varsity Dance Team will have its annual can drive on Friday, Aug. 5, in the Solon High School parking lot, from 4-7 p.m. Donations of empty cans, bottles and plastics will be accepted. The team will return them to the Can Shed as a fundraiser for competition fees. Pop tabs will be removed and donated to the Ronald McDonald House. For those unable to drop off your cans, contact Marjorie Lane at 319-624-3401 ext. 1116 or mlane@solon.k12.ia.us to arrange a pick up.

Bluebird house building Aug. 9 at Lake Macbride Main Lodge

SOLON– The public is invited to join Lake Macbride seasonal staff in building bluebird houses. The event on Tuesday, Aug. 9, from 5 until 8 p.m. at Lake Macbride Park’s Main Lodge, is open to people of all ages.

Senior Advocates heading to Sally’s on Broadway July 21

SOLON– The Solon Senior Advocates’ next Restaurant Road Trip is to Sally’s on Broadway in Springville on Thursday, July 21, leaving from Terrace Lane Glen at 4 p.m. The Advocates will also be celebrating Doris Divoky’s birthday. Call 624-2710 for reservations. Twenty-one seniors dined at the Hale Tap on Wednesday, June 29.

Big plans for Cedar River Crossing

Conservation Board project to enhance both sides of Sutliff Bridge

SUTLIFF— More changes are coming to Sutliff. The small settlement, in the extreme northeastern corner of Johnson County, was thrust into the spotlight in 2008 after record flooding heavily damaged the historic Sutliff Bridge. While the bridge was rebuilt in 2012, that project did not mark the end of preservation efforts in the area also known as “Cedar River Crossing” or “McLellan’s Landing.”

NLCP publishes 2015 program summary

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Community Pantry has made available their program summary for 2015 to the public, online at www.northlibertycommunitypantry.org.

Sixth Iowa bicycle fatality this year

Coe professor dies after Hwy. 965 collision

NORTH LIBERTY– A North Liberty man has died after being struck by a pickup truck while riding his bicycle along Highway 965 early Tuesday morning.
According to an Iowa State Patrol crash report, Devin Disterhoft, 27, of Tiffin, was driving a 2008 GMC Sierra in the northbound lane of Hwy. 965 near the Meadow Road NE intersection when his vehicle struck a bicycle around 6:30 a.m. on July 19.
The cyclist, Daniel Lehn, 58, was transported by ambulance to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, where he later passed due to his injuries.

NLCP publishes 2015 program summary

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Community Pantry has made available their program summary for 2015 to the public, online at www.northlibertycommunitypantry.org.

$1k raised in North Liberty by Iowa Human Alliance

Layla, a 4-year-old mini Austrailian Shepherd mix, gets a beauty treatment at an Iowa Human Alliance (IHA) dog wash fundraiser Saturday, July 16, at Leash On Life in North Liberty. She was one of 36 dogs to receive washes. IHA also completed 10 microchippings and several nail trimmings. Over $1,000 was raised, which will help IHA perform subsidized spaying and neutering. (photos by Shianne Fisher)