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Community

Solon firefighters annual breakfast Sunday, May 29, at fire station

SOLON– The Solon volunteer firefighters would like to invite the public to their annual breakfast.
The firefighters will be serving breakfast at the fire station Sunday, May 29, from 6:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Adult admission is $6 and children are $4. The breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, fried and scrambled eggs, milk and coffee. This is one of two annual fundraisers for the firefighters’ association.

Ely Road paving project scheduled to start June 13

SOLON– The Solon volunteer firefighters would like to invite the public to their annual breakfast.
The firefighters will be serving breakfast at the fire station Sunday, May 29, from 6:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Adult admission is $6 and children are $4. The breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, fried and scrambled eggs, milk and coffee. This is one of two annual fundraisers for the firefighters’ association.

Ely Road paving project scheduled to start June 13

ELY– A concrete overlay project will begin Monday, June 13, or later, on Ely Road between Johnson County and the City of Cedar Rapids.
The project consists of an 8-foot concrete overlay, from Johnson County north to Cedar Rapids, excluding through the City of Ely.

City hires from within to fill retirement vacancy

Dave Richards to replace Jerry McAtee

SOLON– The city didn’t have to look far for a replacement.
The Solon City Council approved the promotion of current public works employee Dave Richards to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Utility Specialist Jerry McAtee at a meeting May 18.
In his new position, Richards will be responsible for the operation of the city’s water and wastewater facilities.
Richards was selected from a pool of candidates by a committee consisting of council members Mark Krall and Mark Prentice, Public Works Director Scott Kleppe and City Administrator Cami Rasmussen.

Keela and the Boys to open Music on Main June 1

SOLON– Keela and the Boys have always loved playing on Main Street for Solon Idol. Although it hasn’t always been as a group, they have been playing with Music on Main for many years. The group was started by John Radenbaugh and Cash Turner when they were in seventh grade. The group got its name when Keela joined in 2012. Keela and the Boys is made up of Radenbaugh, Turner, Adam Roy, Uhlenkamp, Sarah Roy, Edward Richey and Hunter Thompson.

Cracking no cause for alarm

NORTH LIBERTY– A Highway 965 bridge that’s ferried traffic across the Iowa River since 1955 is in need of updates– and soon.
Structural deficiencies of a two-lane bridge between North Liberty and Swisher, discovered last Wednesday, May 18, during routine Johnson County Secondary Roads maintenance, resulted in an emergency lane closure, 20-ton maximum gross vehicle weight limit and traffic light controls set-up. The action was voted upon by the Johnson County Board of Supervisors.

Riding against the wind

Cyclists pedal to increase organ donation awareness

NORTH LIBERTY– A conversation with cycling fanatic Dave Full will often lead to a topic people may not expect.
“Are you an organ donor?” he’ll ask. “Check your driver’s license right now.”

Stepping up to lead

North Liberty Community Pantry gets a new director

NORTH LIBERTY– Where the North Liberty Community Pantry is concerned, new executive director Kaila Rome believes in treating everyone with dignity and respect. That includes individuals or families visiting the pantry to receive food, and the volunteers serving them. She also loves how the community returns that respect.

North Liberty earns national “playful city” designation

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty has been honored with a 2016 Playful City USA designation for the fifth time, and was one of only three cities named in Iowa. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the national recognition program honors cities and towns across the country for making their cities more playable. North Liberty invests in playgrounds, parks, green spaces and trails to make the community more playable. The city continues to support local youth sports, and is adding a splash pad in Penn Meadows Park.

Completed, but not yet finished

CCA Middle School addition work on-hold until students leave

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– The addition to the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Middle School in Tiffin continues to frustrate the administration and school board, despite being put into service and occupied earlier this year.
The $14.8 million, 60,000-square-foot, two-story addition was part of a $48 million bond issue voters approved in 2014 to alleviate over-crowding while providing additional space for future enrollment growth in the district. The project was to have been completed ahead of the start of the current school year but was soon besieged by delays.

NL American Legion Memorial Day schedule

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty American Legion Memorial Day flag raising schedule will be: 9:30 a.m. Ridgewood Cemetery.
Following the ceremony at Ridgewood, the Legion representatives will travel to Club 76, at 3949 Mehaffey Bridge Road, for another flag ceremony.
At 1:30 p.m., East Overlook at Coralville Lake, and at 6 p.m. at the Sutliff Bridge.

Liberty Pond sailing Sundays at 1:30 p.m.

NORTH LIBERTY– Sunday, May 22, marked the opening of the new radio-controlled sailboat racing season at Liberty Pond. The one-design boats raced are mostly in the CR-914 class. They feature a 3-foot-long hull and stand 5 feet tall from the keel to the mast tip.
Several other racing dates are planned for 1:30 p.m. at Liberty Pond and are as follows: June 12 and 26; July 10, 24 and 31; Aug. 14 and 28; Sept. 11 and 25; and every Sunday in October. On the off Sundays, racers can be found at Sherman Pond in Hiawatha.