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Community

SEBA Junior High Honor Band

The weekend of Jan. 20 and 21, the Southeast Iowa Bandmasters Association (SEIBA) Junior High Honor Band was held at Iowa City West High School. This year’s guest director for the band was Dorothy Jacobi, former Solon Middle School band director. Representing Solon Middle School were Garett Martin (eighth grade, alto saxophone), Gabe Hinman (eighth grade, alto saxophone), and Kayla Young (seventh grade, tenor saxophone). (contributed photo)

SHS Scholarship Fair

SOLON– Solon High School (SHS)is in the early phase of organizing the Scholarship Fair and awards ceremony at the high school. Any interested groups are welcome to participate in this process.
The Scholarship Fair is a day when interested groups may hand out scholarship applications (or directions to apply) to the Senior class students.
A Turn In Day is then hosted when a representative of the interested group can come to collect the applications. It typically lasts about 30 minutes to an hour.

Old Gold Diner February activities

• Thanks to the Lite Window and Door Company for sponsoring the January meal. Many noticed the changes on the south side of Solon, but now we know a little bit about what is there. It’s not just windows and doors, they have blinds, too. You don’t need to leave town to find solutions for your home.

• FYI Old Gold Diner will be closed Feb. 19 for Presidents Day.

• Bingo is most Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m. is penny bingo and following lunch, play is for prizes with a black out final game for a free Old Gold Diner meal ticket as the prize. There will be no bingo Feb. 13.

965 Phase 3

Prepping for more Ranshaw Way expansion

NORTH LIBERTY– With the amount of growth North Liberty experienced in recent years, parts of Ranshaw Way have become a bottlenecked route for commuters. Fortunately for them, one of the busiest parts of the former Highway 965 will finally get the expansions it needs to match its rush hour traffic. The construction project known as 965 Phase 3 will span four blocks from Penn Street to Zeller Street. Shive-Hattery, of Iowa City, was selected to design the project, and the expansion will go out for bid in February.
City Administrator Ryan Heiar is eager for its fulfillment.

Lake Macbride to hold informational meeting

SOLON– Iowa State Parks have begun a new tradition of hosting annual informational meetings to update the public on park activities. Lake Macbride State Park will be hosting its annual meeting Wednesday, Feb. 28, at 6 p.m. at the Solon Public Library meeting room. Topics will include visitation, trends in Iowa State Parks, recent projects and volunteer efforts/coordination.

A home of their own

Liberty High Bolts to get athletic fields, sooner than later

NORTH LIBERTY– Once winter finally lets go of its grip upon Eastern Iowa and the ground begins to thaw, heavy equipment will begin the process of converting an empty field into an athletic complex at Liberty High School.

Council approves changes to speed limits

Speed limits updated on North Liberty Road and Dubuque Street

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty City Council unanimously approved changes to speed limits on Dubuque Street and North Liberty Road, following recommendations from the Metropolitan Planning Organization of Johnson County (MPOJC), at its Jan. 23, 2018, meeting. This change eliminates the 50 miles-per-hour limit on Dubuque Street and adds a 45 miles-per-hour zone north of Salm Drive to near city limits on North Liberty Road.

Freezin’ for a Reason

Polar Plunge raises bucks for NLPD’s K-9

NORTH LIBERTY– Falco, the North Liberty Police Department’s (NLPD) first K-9, has made a bit of a splash since arriving recently. So much so, 33 people were willing to literally make a splash in the frigid waters of the pond at Centennial Park, and donate $50 each toward his food, on-going training and medical care, to do so.
The event, formally known as the Freezin’ for a Reason Polar Plunge, and informally as “Feed the Beast” was held Sunday, Jan. 28, with temperatures in the 20s and a steady breeze, which only added to the chill.

Skate country

Local communities provide free outdoor skating rinks

JOHNSON COUNTY– “The best things in life are free,” sang Barrett Strong on his 1959 single “Money (That’s What I Want).”
The cities of North Liberty, Solon and Ely found a way to capitalize on Iowa’s traditionally cold winters and are offering free outdoor ice skating in designated areas.
Ever since Mike Reeves, the Solon Parks and Rec activities director, can remember, that’s the way it’s been in Solon.
He said he couldn’t tell you when the city started it or why, every winter the city has flooded their outdoor skating area with a hydrant and a series of hoses.

Snow removal in Johnson County

Johnson County Secondary Roads

When it’s time for snow or ice to be removed from Johnson County roads, the Secondary Roads Department follows its Snow Removal Policy. (You can find the full policy on the Secondary Roads web page at www.johnson-county.com.)

City, SCSD, fire dept. to share fuel depot

3,000 gallon diesel tank installed at public works

SOLON– It should be a win-win all the way around.
The Solon Community School District (SCSD), the City of Solon and the Solon Tri-Township Fire Department have entered into an agreement for the joint operation of a diesel fuel depot outside the city’s public works facility.
The 3,000-gallon tank was installed and is expected to be operational in February.
The idea originated with the school district last year.

Optimist basketball contests Jan. 28

SOLON– The Optimist Club of Solon will host its annual Basketball Contests Sunday, Jan. 28, at the former Solon Middle School (Iowa Street) gymnasium. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. and the contests start at 1 p.m. Contests will include dribbling, passing and shooting for boys and girls ages 8 through 13. First, second and third place awards will be given to each age group and to overall boys’ and girls’ champion. Contestants will need to bring their own basketball.