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Community

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.

KC free throw contest Jan. 28

SOLON– Sunday, Jan. 28, the Knights of Columbus (KC) Council 12129 in Solon will hold a basketball free throw contest for competitors ages 8-14. The competition will be held at the old Solon Middle School gym on South Iowa Street. Again, it will be in conjunction with the Optimist Club of Solon Tristar Basketball Contests. Free signup and warm ups start at 12:30 p.m., with competition from 1-2 p.m. Each of the winners, 9-14, may earn the opportunity to compete in district, regional and state levels. KC District competition is at 2 p.m. Parents and friends are welcome to watch.

Dance “Spectacular 2018”

SOLON– Solon’s dance team will present “Spectacular 2018” on Saturday, Jan. 27, at 6:30 p.m. in the Solon High School gym. Several dance teams and studios, including Solon’s very own award winning Solon Dance Teams, will create a show highlighting the dance season. Admission is $5 or use your district activity pass. Concessions and shirt sales will be open during the evening. Snow date will be Friday, Feb. 9, at the same time.

Small towns need transit

Corridor public transportation systems need connectivity

NORTH LIBERTY– Residents of North Liberty and rural Johnson County inhabit areas that transportation planners sometimes refer to as “transit deserts,” locales where substantial numbers of people without cars rely on public transit services that stop short of providing access to the outermost pick-up and drop-off points of larger metropolitan bus and passenger rail systems. It’s an issue that has caught the attention of state-level representatives of Corridor communities.

Ely News by Lenna See

Christmas day guests of Butch and Annette Wieneke were Shirley Adams, of Connecticut; Brian Adams, of Minnesota; Rob and Erin Kramer, Lowen and Finnley, of Cedar Rapids; Dan, Elli, Addison and Mya Netolicky, Brett Wieneke and Janine Norman.

Dave and Tina Kearns, of Shellsburg, entertained with a dinner at the Red Robin Restaurant in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday, Dec. 20, in honor of their son, Mason, for his sixth birthday. Those attending were Shirley Worley, of Ely, Jim and Carolyn Kearns, of Garrison, Jennie Rambo, of Vinton, and Eliza Kearns.