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Community

Paws to read and laugh out loud

TIFFIN– Where can you find sassy puppets, magic tricks, jumping snakes and a trained flea circus?
Children fround them all at Springmier Library in Tiffin on July 9, when puppeteer and performer Maggie Erdmann presented Paws to Read, a fun presentation that uses puppets, magic and audience participation to encourage kids to find their favorite books in their local libraries. Springmier Library’s 2014 Summer Reading Program wrapped up July 30 with a final celebration and prizes for those who completed their reading logs. (photos by Lori Lindner)

Council says no to 16k for courthouse

Hearing set to consider borrowing for $727,000 fire station addition

SOLON– The Solon City Council did not support language in a ballot initiative that would dedicate 10 percent of potential Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) revenue toward payment of a bond for the county courthouse annex.
Council members did schedule a public hearing on securing Tax Increment Financing (TIF) for an addition to the fire station.
The city has a number of major infrastructure projects still on its to-do list, including the North Trunk sewer line, a water tower, and other municipal projects, and is currently carrying substantial debt to retire.

Volleyball camp registrations available

SOLON– Solon Youth Volleyball Camps are approaching. Registration forms are available online in the Virtual Backpack and can be turned in at camp with payment, but please email Coach Gustin with the player’s name, grade, and T-shirt size (youth or adult) at pgustin@solon.k12.ia.us, as soon as possible.
Grades three, four and five camp: Aug. 4 and 5, 10 a.m. until noon.
Grades six, seven and eight camp: Aug. 4-5, 12:30 until 2:30 p.m.

School board selects construction manager

Ames company approved pending bond issue passage

SOLON– Story Construction of Ames has been selected to provide Construction Management services for the Solon school district, if a September bond issue passes.
At a July 14 meeting, members of the Solon school board voted 4-1 to approve Story Construction at an estimated cost of between $1.29 million and $1.5 million. Tim Brown cast the dissenting vote.
Story Construction and Larson Construction Co. Inc. of Independence made presentations to the school board at its June 2 meeting, with discussion following on June 26.

Solon Public Library

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Meal and a Movie moved to Aug. 1

SOLON– Senior Advocates are moving the July Meal and a Movie to Friday, Aug. 1, at 11 a.m. at the library. A movie set in Cornwall by Sea starring Judi Dench and Maggie Smith as two sisters who nurse a gifted young Polish violinist back to health after being swept overboard. The young man’s presence tends to disrupt the peaceful lives of the sisters and their community. The meal will be provided by Sam’s Main Street Market catering Shepherd’s pie, rolls and homemade pies. Call 319-624-2710 for reservations, or sign up at Old Gold Dining.