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Community

A decade of service

North Liberty honors two firefighters for 10 years with the department

NORTH LIBERTY– Two North Liberty firefighters, Assistant Chief William “Bill” Schmooke and Firefighter-Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) David Cirillo, were recognized for 10 years of service to the community and the surrounding area.

North Liberty awarded $20.9 of $23.8 million in water quality loans

The other $3 million

DES MOINES– Ten Iowa communities were awarded a combined total of $23.8 million in low-interest loans for water quality projects through the State Revolving Fund. State Revolving Fund Construction Loans are a low-cost construction financing option available for Iowa cities and municipalities for water quality initiatives. Planning and Design Loans are zero percent loans that assist with the first-phase of project expenses. The Iowa Finance Authority and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources jointly administer the State Revolving Fund in Iowa.

Second annual “Organ Trail” May 14

Ride for organ donor awareness

NORTH LIBERTY– Over 100,000; that is the number of Americans, of all ages, that are patiently awaiting an organ transplant. Pedal for Life is a non-profit organization that intends to bring more attention to this unnecessary situation.

Defenders of Land and Water celebrate 10 years

North Central nature clean-up crew on the offenses

NORTH LIBERTY– You won’t find any students on the sidelines during the annual Defenders of Land and Water clean-up day. They’re too busy chest-high in underbrush or testing the limits of Muddy Creek’s edge.
Being a good steward of nature, it would seem, can actually be fun.

Car goes into pond off Mehaffey Bridge Road

SOLON– On May 6, at 6:30 p.m., the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office responded to a motor vehicle crash at the intersection of Mehaffey Bridge Road and Cottage Reserve Road, approximately three miles west of Solon. A white Ford Focus crossed Mehaffey Bridge Road from Cottage Reserve Road and drove into the path of a blue Honda Civic turning right onto Cottage Reserve Road . The Focus was struck on the passenger side and was knocked into a pond. 
None of the parties involved were injured and the driver of the Focus was able to exit the vehicle. 

Tiffin city wide clean-up day May 14

TIFFIN– City Clean-up Day will be May 14 from 8:00 a.m. to noon. If you are unable to bring your items to the City Shed, contact City Hall to schedule a time so members of Tiffin Fire Department can pick up your items. The Tiffin Fire Department asks for donations of $25/truck-load paid by cash or check, payable to Tiffin Fire Department. Payment must be received prior to pick up. Please do not dispose of batteries, paint, tires, or any other hazardous materials.

Farmer’s Market Sundays 11-2

NORTH LIBERTY– Starting in May, the North Liberty Farmers Market at Penn Landing will be ready to serve up hot food, fresh music, crisp produce, gorgeous crafts, delectable baked goods and more from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday, off Pacha Parkway by Highway 965 and Penn Street.

City-wide garage sales June 9-12

NORTH LIBERTY– Local organizers have selected the weekend of June 10 for city-wide garage sales in North Liberty and have set up a website with information for sellers and buyers: northlibertygaragesales.com.
In addition to the website, garage-sale-goers will be able to pull up a mobile-friendly Google Map and find nearby sales by item categories.
“I always thought it was one of those things dying for an upgrade,” said organizer Lydia Fine. “I just wanted to make it easier for people to find what they need.”

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.

May Day Breakfast May 7

SOLON– Highlight May 7 on the calendar to remember to attend the GFWC/Iowa Solon Women’s Club May Day Breakfast at the Solon Methodist Church from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Egg and meat casseroles, homemade kolaches and rolls, fruit, orange juice, coffee and milk will be served.
The cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children, ages 5-12, with tickets available from GFWC/Iowa Solon Women’s Club members or at the door on May 7. Families and groups can receive a special deal: five adult tickets for $25 and/or five children tickets for $12.

Solon High School basketball All-Star event Sunday, June 12

SOLON– Former college, semi-pro and pro basketball players will converge on the Solon High School gymnasium Sunday, June 12, for an All-Star scrimmage to benefit the boys’ basketball team.
Solon varsity head coach Jason Pershing hopes the event will raise funds for his program while providing entertainment for the community.
Scheduled to participate are a number of area players including Solon all-time leading scorer Matt Lesan, a graduate of Upper Iowa who played semi-professional basketball with the Chicago Steam of the American Basketball Association (ABA).

Eidahl: State of the school district is strong

SCSD superintendent, board members reflect on the past school year

SOLON– One year after becoming the Solon Community School District’s superintendent, Davis Eidahl said he believes the state of the district is strong.
Eidahl arrived in Solon last year, previously serving as superintendent for Ottumwa Community School District. Eidahl, his wife, and his three children—a son in eighth grade, a son in sixth grade, and a daughter in second grade—attended baseball and softball games and other events to get acquainted with those in the community.