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Community

Give your parents a hug

Dalton Ferguson gives his mother Diane a hug as his father Mike waits his turn during the commencement ceremony for Solon High School’s Class of 2014, held Sunday in the high school gymnasium. It was the largest graduating class in the school’s history. (photo by Doug Lindner)

Mehaffey Bridge work underway

Expect delays through the summer

JOHNSON COUNTY– Mehaffey Bridge Road is getting a facelift, and road officials want the public to be prepared.
North Liberty and Johnson County staff members and project engineers hosted an open house at South Slope in North Liberty on Tuesday, May 13, to answer questions about the upcoming roadwork.

51st Solon volunteer firefighters breakfast Sunday, May 25

SOLON– The Solon Fire Department will host its 51st Annual Solon Firefighter’s Breakfast from 6:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 25, at the Solon Fire Station, 131 N. Iowa St.
The breakfast is all-you-can-eat and the menu includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, fried eggs, patty sausage, sliced ham, milk and coffee. Cost is free for preschool children, $4 for children 12 and younger and $6 for adults. For more information, call 319-624-2386.

Friends of St. Bridget’s Memorial Day Mass Monday, May 26

SOLON– The Friends of St. Bridget’s Foundation announces that a Memorial Day Mass for Veterans and deceased loved ones will be offered at St. Bridget’s Cemetery on Monday May 26, at 9 a.m. The church and cemetery are located at 2136 St Bridget’s Road NE, Solon (take Highway 1 to Morse Road.) All are welcome. Please bring your lawn chairs. In case of rain, Mass will be held in the church.

Solon district to host Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast May 23

SOLON– The Solon Community School District will host its 2013-14 Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast Friday, May 23, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Lakeview Elementary Media Center.
If you have volunteered for the school district during the past school year, please feel free to attend as a token of the district’s gratitude.

Auditorium plans shaping up for September vote

Board continues tweaking

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist

SOLON– In two weeks, everyone should have a much clearer picture of the direction the school board is going with its plans for a new middle school and auditorium.
At least, that’s what Superintendent Sam Miller thinks.
Updated concept drawings and price estimates were presented to the members of the Solon Community School District’s (SCSD) Board of Education last week as they continued preparing a bond issue for consideration by district voters later this year.

Beef Days Committee awards $30,000 in donations

SOLON– Solon Beef Days Committee is proud to announce recipients of this year’s Beef Days donations, which are requested up through February and earmarked each year in April to be given back to the community and surrounding area. The following organizations and activities were chosen on the merit of their projects as this year’s recipients.
Solon Park & Rec. (first and second of three-year commitment):$4,000
Solon Post Grad Scholarships: $2,500.
Win with Reading Program (Author Sponsor):$1,200.
Solon Spartan Stadium (third of five-year commitment): $2,000.

Solon Public Library

New picture books

“Here Comes Destructosaurus!” by Aaron Reynolds.
“Betty Bunny wants Goal” by Michael B. Kaplan.
“Dragon Love Tacos” by Adam Rubin.
“Night Light” by Nicholas Blechman.
“Flight School” by Lita Judge.
“Nelly Gnu and Daddy Too” by Anna Dewdney.
“Charlie and the New Baby” by Ree Drunnond.
“The Boy who Harnessed the Wind” by William Kamkwamba.
“Yoko Finds her Way” by Rosemary Wells.
“This is a Moose” by Richard T. Morris.
“Big Bug” by Henry Cole.
“A Pet for Fly Guy” by Tedd Arnold.

Prepare for Summer Reading Program

Thomas A. Salm 1952-2014

Mayor Tom Salm leaves legacy of leadership, community pride

NL to consider water, sewer rate increases

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader

NORTH LIBERTY– As North Liberty’s population continues to rise, increasing the number of customers for which the city provides sewer and water services, it’s not enough to keep up with demand.
At least, not when the demand is for new or expanded facilities for both utilities.

Front Street, Mehaffey Bridge roadwork underway

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader

JOHNSON COUNTY– Mehaffey Bridge Road is getting a facelift, and road officials want the public to be prepared.
North Liberty and Johnson County staff members and project engineers hosted an open house at South Slope in North Liberty on Tuesday, May 13, to answer questions about the upcoming roadwork.

Highway 965 work to begin after Memorial Day

NORTH LIBERTY– The first stage of major improvements to Highway 965 is set to begin as early as next week. To facilitate the first stage of construction, Highway 965 will be closed north of Penn Street past Pasha Parkway. This stage is expected to last into August, when a second stage, expected to last into November, will begin.
During the first stage, Highway 965 traffic will be detoured along Penn Street to Alexander Way, where there will be temporary traffic signals throughout the project, back to Highway 965 via 240th Street.