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Community

Supervisors pass FY-19 budget with controversy

Potential conservation board purchase leads to no vote from Rettig

IOWA CITY– The Johnson County Board of Supervisors approved the Fiscal Year 2019 budget Thursday, March 8, in a 4-1 vote with Supervisor Janelle Rettig casting a no vote and all five supervisors reading written statements. Included in the $127,174,236 budget is authorization for the Johnson County Conservation Board to use conservation bond funds for a potential acquisition of timberland and an adjacent lot with several structures in rural Johnson County.

Structure fire at 2870 Stoner Ct.

Caused by grinding and dust collection system

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Fire Department was dispatched at 10:13 a.m. on March 7 for a fire on the third floor of the business located at 2870 Stoner Ct., Frontier Cooperative Herbs. Upon arrival of the first due unit, smoke was visible from the roof of the structure.
The occupants of the building had self-evacuated and were all accounted for.

Begindergarten

Waiting list for Lakeview program

SOLON– An early beginning is proving popular at Lakeview Elementary.
The Solon school board held its regular monthly meeting Monday, Feb. 12, and discussed the district’s “Begindergarten” program.
Begindergarten is Lakeview’s Elementary’s alternate kindergarten curriculum, presented as an option for children technically old enough for kindergarten (5 years old on or before Sept. 15), but developmentally may be too young for the structure of kindergarten.

Troop 120 can drive, March 17

SOLON– Solon Boy Scout Troop 120 will collect cans and bottles on Saturday, March 17, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Scouts and parents will collect throughout the community. Can donations can be dropped off at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area parking lot. Donations will be used to provide camping opportunities and other Scouting activities.

Raeside at St. Mary March 8

Chains Interrupted co-founder

SOLON– Chains Interrupted co-founder Lenchen Raeside will present a program on Human Trafficking at St Mary Catholic Church on Thursday, March 8, at 7 p.m. The community is invited to attend.
Plan to join students, parents and everyone to listen to Lenchen detail her 10 year experience assisting survivors of human trafficking and educating communities on the heinous crime. Doors open at 6 p.m.
Lenchen has worked tirelessly assisting survivors but 98-99 percent of victims are not rescued, and she believes prevention is the key.

T-shirt artwork wanted

for 2018 Solon Beef Days

Seeking T-shirt artwork for 2018 Solon Beef Days celebration
SOLON– The Solon Beef Days Committee is soliciting T-shirt designs to mark the 2018 Solon Beef Days celebration to be held on July 20-21.

Hoover Trail construction gets underway

Contractors will have to negotiate sensitive areas

SOLON– Everyone’s excited to see the Hoover Trail completed.
But it’s going to be a difficult project for contractors, who gathered at Solon City Hall for a preconstruction meeting Friday, Feb. 23.
Work on the first two phases of a 5.8-mile missing trail link between Ely and Solon has commenced with the third and final phase expected in 2019.

Solon Archery Team to state tournament March 10-11

SOLON– After many hours of practice, thousands of arrows sent down range, and a long tournament season, the Solon Archery Team earned a spot to compete in the Iowa State competition March 10-11 in Des Moines.
According to Solon head coach Gary Mechtensimer, both the middle school and high school teams have qualified. The tournament will be held at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in the Jacobsen Exhibition Center in Des Moines. The 3D portion of the competition will be held at the Elwell Center, also on the fairgrounds.

Solon senior advocates

2018 Advocate Trips

All trips originate at Solon Recreation and Nature Area. To make reservations for an Advocate trip, call 319-624-2710 or email sandrahanson@southslope.net.

Solon public library

The library is open during Spring Break!

Alzheimer’s awareness March 18

SOLON– Solon High School students will present an Alzheimer’s awareness presentation at 11:30 a.m., after Mass on Sunday, March 18, at St. Mary Catholic Church. The event is hosted by Colin Horning and Carl Richey, along with his mother Angela Steinbrech, grandmother Narg Steinbrech, and grandfather Ed Steinbrech, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s five years ago.
The presentation itself will provide a basic rundown of the different forms and stages of dementia, how to care for loved ones or friends, and how it affects not only the patient but those around them.

Solon school news

Begindergarten/Kindergarten Roundup Thursday, March 22

SOLON– Kindergarten Roundup will be held Thursday, March 22. There will be two sessions to choose from. The first session will be 2-3:25 p.m. and the second will be 4-5:25 p.m. Sign up for Kindergarten Roundup may be completed online beginning Thursday, March 1, through March 21.
Children must turn 5 by Sept. 15 to be eligible to enroll in Begindergarten or Kindergarten and a copy of the original child’s birth certificate must be brought to the Kindergarten Roundup.