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Community

The plan to preserve St. Mary’s of Newport

130-year-old structure needs new roof, siding

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist
NEWPORT– There used to be a village of Newport along the road halfway between Solon and Iowa City.
St. Mary’s Church of Newport is just west on Newport Road, and if funds for its preservation are not raised, it may soon become a memory from the distant past, too.
The 130-year-old structure no longer serves a Catholic congregation as it did for the first 110 years of its existence. Even its role as a precinct polling place has fallen along the wayside.

Solon woman collects $50K on Ghostbusters lottery game

CLIVE– A Solon woman said she normally doesn’t play the lottery, but when she saw her favorite movie used as the theme for one of the Iowa Lottery’s new scratch tickets, she just had to try it.
Carrie Meyer of Solon claimed the second of 10 top prizes of $50,000 available in the lottery’s new “Ghostbusters” scratch game. She said she bought her winning ticket Sunday at Casey’s, located at 203 S. Market St. in Solon.
The 40-year-old said she scratched off her ticket later the same day and was a little disappointed at first because she thought she didn’t win.

Solon FC Soccer announces Fall 2016 Registration information

SOLON– Attention parents of students entering third through eighth grades, the Solon FC is a soccer club for boys and girls in the U14, U12 and U10 age groups. The FC is currently accepting players for the fall 2016-spring 2017 seasons. The FC is an exciting opportunity for Solon youth to work with high school and college coaches and players to learn soccer and improve their skills, play against other schools and have fun. More information about registration and Solon FC can be found online at www.solonfc.org.

May activities for Old Gold Diner

• Thank you to the Solon Senior Advocates for sponsoring the May 11 meal. Thanks to Larry Meister for giving an update on what the Advocates are up to these days.
• Bingo on Tuesdays and Thursdays, at 11 a.m., is penny bingo and, following lunch, play for prizes with black out for a free Old Gold Dinner meal ticket as the grand prize.

Solon Senior Advocates cancel trip to LeClaire; Bluff Lake on deck

Proposed Senior Advocate trips

*Thursday, June 16: NOTE CHANGE: Galena, Ill. Leave Solon Recreation and Nature Area at 9:15 a.m.; $45. 11 a.m., Galena Heritage Step-on tour; 12 p.m., dine at historic DeSoto Hotel; 1:30 p.m., visit the Galena/JoDavies Co Museum (including a Galena ore mine shaft) and/or a shopping spree.
^Thursday, July 21: Kent Park/Lake Macbride: leave Solon Recreation and Nature Area at 11 a.m.; $15. Picnic in shelter at Kent Park, chat with Brad Freidhof, conservation program manager.

Honoring service, remembering sacrifice

Three Johnson County veterans added to Coralville Vets Trail

CORALVILLE– Three Johnson County veterans– Robert Hatcher, Rodney Walls and Gary Sopher– were recognized for their service by having their names added to the Veterans Trail at the Coralville Lake during the 2016 Dedication Ceremony held on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30. The three men joined the ranks of 185 other veterans, which have been added over the past 27 years.

NL Annual Free Fishing Weekend June 4 at Liberty Centre Pond

NORTH LIBERTY– Join other area families Saturday, June 4, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., at Liberty Centre Pond for a day of free fishing and aquatic education organized by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Scheels, Take A Kid Outdoors and the City of North Liberty. Bring your pole or an ID to check one out. Try to catch bluegills, catfish and more, right in town. Enjoy learning how to cast properly, take a look at live specimens of Iowa fish and turtle species, learn about water and boat safety and have a free hot dog.

Penn splash pad floundering

Bidding dry for aqua play feature

By Shianne Fisher
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– Kids may have little summer to enjoy the Penn Meadows Park splash pad if a contractor doesn’t soon take the plunge.
The City of North Liberty opened bid letting for the $100,000 project on May 17 but didn’t receive any bids, said City Engineer Kevin Strom at a May 24 North Liberty City Council meeting. Councilors voiced concern at the meeting as to whether the splash pad, to be located near the new Penn Meadows Park Pavilion, would be finished by the original August 2016 completion date.

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.
Questions about sales can be addressed to the organizers at questions@northlibertygaragesales.com.

Volunteer at Blues & BBQ July 9

NORTH LIBERTY– In preparation for its 10th year, North Liberty Blues & BBQ is recruiting volunteers. The annual festival requires some 300 community volunteers, doing jobs as diverse as set up and tear down, assisting kids into inflatable rides or with crafts, serving craft beer and directing cars to parking and much more.

NLFD Open House and grill-out June 18

NORTH LIBERTY– The NLFD would like to open its doors and invite the community to come see the firehouse and get to know the firefighters and the equipment on Saturday, June 18, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be fun and interactive “firefighting” games and demonstrations for all ages. The fire department will also be grilling out and serving lunch.

North Liberty Summer Reading Program kicks off

NORTH LIBERTY– Kids and adults alike can tackle reading this summer with the North Liberty Community Library (NLCL) Summer Reading Program, which officially kicked off Wednesday, May 25, at the Zeller Street Hills Bank in North Liberty.
The event showcased the various 2016 summer reading programs for babies, toddlers, school-age kids, teens and adults– all focused on the Collaborative Summer Library Program’s (CSLP) fitness, health and wellness theme. The programs are meant to tie in with the Summer Olympics occurring in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in August.