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Community

Lake Macbride to host July 4th fireworks, boat parade

SOLON– Celebrate Fourth of July fireworks over Lake Macbride at dark.
The Fourth of July boat parade will start at the Lake Macbride causeway at 4 p.m. Please come and decorate your boat. Rain date is Saturday, July 5.
Donations toward the fireworks are welcome and can be sent to: Mark Ramsey, 1598 Spartan Cir. NE, Solon, IA 52333.

Steve Duncan appointed to City Council

Council considers utility franchise for Alliant Energy

SOLON– The Solon City Council appointed Steve Duncan to fill the vacant council seat created when Steve Stange was appointed mayor.
“We’ve had a vacancy (on the council),” began Stange. “One of my goals was to try and find somebody that was kind of keeping up on what’s going on in the city, and has been active in our council meetings. I was looking for somebody that was in an area that is under development.”
“I approached Steve Duncan who ran for school board in the past,” said Stange.

Bond issue firm at 25.5 million

Language for Sept. 9 ballot on June 26 agenda

SOLON– The Solon school board is expected to finalize a Sept. 9 date for a $25.5 million bond issue referendum later this month.
According to Solon Superintendent Sam Miller, the district is planning a special board meeting Thursday, June 26, to accept a petition calling for a bond issue and to consider a resolution calling for a special election.
It’s a big step for the district, which has been discussing potential facility needs for months.

Scholarship process to be improved for Class of 2015

SOLON– Though school is out for summer and fall classes seem yet too distant to worry about, now is the right time to be thinking about college finances.
In addition to giving a first-year college scholarship to all Solon graduates who apply, Solon Dollars for Scholars awards Continuing Education Scholarships (CES) to Solon alumni in their second, third and fourth years of college. This summer, the volunteer organization has $32,000 in its CES coffers for those current college enrollees. The deadline for this year’s CES applications is June 15.

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City to forgive late payments for May utility billing

SOLON– With the move into the new city hall, the City of Solon did not charge delinquent fees for April water/sewer bills that were due May 15. With some issues in doing the bills for May, the city will not be charging a delinquent fee if received after June 15. This will only be for this month’s water/sewer billing.

Solon Sluggers make donation to food pantry

The Solon Sluggers, a 13U baseball team that has been together five years, donated food and funds from their second annual Solon Survivor Extreme 5K race to the Solon Community Pantry Monday, April 14. Pictured are: (front) Adam Bock, Aidan Dall and Mason Stahle; (middle) Cam McQuinn, Kale Altman, Andy Brokaw and Ben McAtee; (back) Coach Carl Stahle, Jake Roskopf, Ryan Geistkemper, Eric Weetman, Clay Gerdin and Andy DeValk. Not Pictured: Coaches Jeff Geistkemper and Mike Gerdin. (photo by Carol Tobias)

Master Gardener Hortline spring hours

IOWA CITY– The Johnson County Master Gardeners are staffing the spring season Hortline service for area homeowners and garden enthusiasts. The Hortline, staffed by volunteers, will be open from 9 until 11a.m. every Monday and Friday plus 3 until 5 p.m. every Wednesday. You may speak to a Master Gardener by calling 319-337-2145, leave a message, email or stop by the Johnson County Extension Office, located adjacent to the Johnson County 4-H Fairgrounds at 3109 Old HWY 218 S. You may email your questions to Shannon at bielicke@iastate.edu.

WIC benefits available statewide on a first-come, first-serve basis

DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today announced that Farmers Market Nutrition Program applications are now available for eligible WIC recipients and low-income older Iowans.
The WIC Farmers Market Nutrition and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Programs provide eligible Iowans with checks that can be redeemed for fresh, locally grown produce at authorized farmers markets and farm stands from June 1 through Oct. 31.

The cross they bore for freedom

Members of the Swisher American Legion Auxiliary and Junior Auxiliary formed a cross as the Ely Presbyterian Choir performed “The Old Rugged Cross” during the Memorial Day observance in Swisher on Monday, May 26. The wreath on the cross memorializes those members of the nation’s armed forces who made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms Americans still have. (photo by Chris Umscheid)

Council plans to appoint Mayor Salm’s replacement

Citizens have chance to call for special election until July 8

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty City Council has decided to appoint a mayor to replace the late Tom Salm.
By unanimous vote Tuesday, June 10, the council’s action sets the stage for nominations and a vote for approval to fill the vacancy at its next meeting June 24.

Bid awarded for CCA’s new elementary

Building to be open fall 2015

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school district has hired a contractor to build its new school.
Portzen Construction, Inc. of Dubuque was the winning bidder for building the new elementary on the northeast corner of the intersection of Highway 6 and Jasper Avenue. Portzen’s bid of $14,403,700 was accepted at the school board’s regular meeting Wednesday, May 21, at Clear Creek Elementary in Oxford.
The amount includes four alternate features, such as a full-size gymnasium, additional parking spaces and casework cabinetry in the classrooms.