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Community

Eister of Tiffin among 2014 Lifesaving Award honorees

DES MOINES– Iowa Governor Terry E. Branstad recognized six individuals for unselfish service to their fellow citizens and family members on Aug. 15 at the Iowa State Fair. The governor’s Lifesaving Awards Ceremony recognized citizens who helped a friend or neighbor in critical need of assistance, and in turn, became everyday heroes. There are four categories in which honorees are recognized: lifesaving with valor, lifesaving, meritorius service, and outstanding service.
Shondra Eister of Tiffin received an award for outstanding service.

Residents reminded to lock vehicles, garages and homes

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Police Department reminds residents to lock their garages and houses, vehicles when not in use, and to not leave valuable items in plain sight.
The reminder follows multiple reports of vehicle burglaries along Penn Street, Front Street, Holiday Lodge Road and Golf View Drive areas in the past few weeks. The recent burglaries occurred in vehicles that were unlocked and with valuable items, such as electronics, purses, wallets, keys and money, left in plain view.

School 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.

St. John Lutheran Church Polka Festival Aug. 17

ELY– The St. John Lutheran Annual Community Polka Festival will be held Sunday, Aug. 17, at the Ely American Legion Hall, 1545 Main St., Ely.

Council forgives portion of sod watering bill

Former council member questions use of impact fee

SOLON– A brief agenda belied the diverse topics discussed by the Solon City Council at their regular meeting on Aug. 6.
Council heard comments from a former city council member on two topics, they forgave a sewer bill for a developer watering sod on newly-built homes, and the fire chief reported that Dennis Hansen has retired from firefighting.
Former city council member Kevin Samek addressed council during the citizen’s speak segment of the meeting.
“I’m a little concerned about the north sewer trunk,” said Samek.

Sheedy traveling with God

Father Tim Sheedy brings his knowledge of the world to Solon

SOLON– Father Tim Sheedy’s experiences with the Catholic Church have taken him all across the globe. He’s seen the House of the Virgin Mary in Ephesus, Turkey. He’s visited the Holy Land in Israel three times. He even studied for three months in the Vatican. But none of these wonders compared to his visits to a small town with a population of just over 4,000.

Open house planned for city hall Aug. 20

SOLON– The City of Solon will host an open house and dedication for its new city hall on Wednesday, Aug. 20, at 7 p.m. following the council meeting.
Cake will be served after a dedication ceremony.

Annual Solon Sports Drink Scrimmage Friday, Aug. 22

SOLON– The Solon Athletic Booster Club will host its Fall Sports Kick Off and Sports Drink Scrimmage Friday, Aug. 22, at Spartan Stadium beginning at 5 p.m.
Admission is a free-will donation of sports drinks.
The concession stand will offer a brown bag special of a hotdog or burger, chips and a drink for $3. Come and join the club for the start of the fall season. Team photographs will start at 3:15 p.m. Information will also be available for people in attendance to learn more about the Solon Athletic Booster Club and volunteer activities.

7th Volleyball: 5 p.m.

Solon Public Library

Babygarten

Babygarten helps to nurture the bond between caregiver and child, increase eye-hand coordination, and develop body awareness. This rhythmic program will enrich your child’s life from the very beginning and provide an excellent foundation for the future. Each session will feature music, board books, and toys and is intended for children ages birth to 24 months.
Our next Babygarten program will run on Fridays from Sept. 5 through Oct. 10, at 9:30 a.m. Registration is free and can be done by calling the library at 319-624-2678 or emailing cmajor@solon.lib.ia.us.

Movie in the Park offered Aug. 15

SOLON– The Solon Parks and Recreation Department invites everyone to the movies.
The first-ever Movie in the Park Night will be held Friday, Aug. 15, beginning at 8:30 p.m. near the Timber D.O.M.E. Lodge at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area.
The event is free, but popcorn and refreshments will be available for purchase at the D.O.M.E. starting at 8:15 p.m.
Parents and children are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating. The Aug. 15 movie will be “Despicable Me 2.”

NL couple hopes to expand their family by second adoption

The gift of a lifetime

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader

NORTH LIBERTY– The Grimes family of North Liberty has a lot of love to go around.
So much so that they are in the process of adopting a second child from Ethiopia.
On Friday, Aug. 22, fellow church members and friends of the family will host a spaghetti supper and art sale at the North Liberty First United Methodist Church, 85 N. Jones Blvd., from 6 until 7:30 p.m. to help make this family circle even more complete.

CCA middle school expansion begins

Board approves construction bid, breaks ground

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

TIFFIN– The board of directors for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) community school district approved a $14,817,729 bid from Bi-State Contractors to build an addition at the middle school in Tiffin. The board officially accepted the bid at its regular monthly meeting on July 23 at Clear Creek Elementary in Oxford.