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Community

Community center gyms to be closed Aug. 19 through Aug. 22

NORTH LIBERTY– The gyms at the North Liberty Community Center, 520 W. Cherry St., will be closed Monday, Aug. 19, though Aug. 22 so the floors can be reconditioned. The gyms will reopen on Thursday, Aug. 22.

Seventh and eighth grade football equipment handouts Aug. 15, 19

SOLON– Students interested in playing seventh and eighth grade football will have equipment handouts on the following dates and times:
Eighth grade, Thursday, Aug. 15, starting at 4 p.m. in the athletic hallway at the middle school.
Seventh grade, Monday, Aug. 19, starting at 4 p.m. in the athletic hallway at the middle school.

8th graders hosting can drive for D.C. trip Aug. 17

SOLON–Solon eighth graders planning to attend a trip to Washington, D.C., will host a can drive on Saturday, Aug. 17, in Solon.
Students will be going house-to-house in Solon collecting empty refundable cans and bottles from 9 a.m. until noon. To schedule a pick-up, call 624-1502 and leave a message. Cans and bottles can also be dropped off at 605 Windsor Dr., Solon.

Solon Public Library

Babygarten starts in September

Babygarten will be starting up again on Friday, Sept. 6, and meet for six weeks through Friday, Oct. 11. The program will be from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m. on Fridays and is designed for children ages newborn through 24 months and their caregivers. Each week there will be rhymes, songs and time for free play. Registration is required. Call the library with any questions or to register.

Window display for August

Solon School News

New school staff

The Solon Community School District is pleased to welcome the following new staff:
Munson, Jacob: HS At-Risk
Shah, Brittanie: 0.5 Reading Recovery
Carls, Keri: Begindergarten
Brown, Elizabeth: First grade
O’Hare, Jennifer: Second grade
Richmann, Kalle: HS special education
White, Jim: Varsity softball
Vry, Kylie: Ninth softball coach
Scheetz, Jodi: Assistant softball coach
Link, Amy: MS-HS nurse
Johnson, Natalie: Lakeview associate
Sedlacek, Stacy: Lakeview associate
Anderson, Chris: HS math
Miller, Melanie: HS 0.5 science

Challenges ahead at CCA

Kuehl assumes superintendent duties at Clear Creek Amana

OXFORD– After three years as superintendent of the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school district, Denise Schares announced her retirement in February, setting in motion a short but intense search for a replacement.
“It’s a transition point, and I think for the district it’s a good time to bring somebody in on this really, really tremendous opportunity and challenge of enrollment growth,” Schares said at the time. Reluctantly the school board of directors launched the search, hiring G. Tryon and Associates and charging the firm with finding a highly qualified individual in two months’ time.

A feat for the century

Local pumpkin patch sends the community a 5-acre birthday card

NORTH LIBERTY– At Colony Pumpkin Patch in North Liberty, you can walk through an entire century.
Literally.
The Colony farm at 2780 Front St. has been turned into a seasonal attraction for several years now, with a pick-out-your-own pumpkin patch started by the Dean and Katie Colony family in 2005. Last year, the Colonys added a weekend fall festival and corn maze to the fun.
This year, in honor of the community’s 100th birthday, the Colonys went the extra mile on the five-acre swatch of corn, and had the maze designed to replicate North Liberty’s Centennial Celebration logo.

In-person voting for school elections begins Sept. 10

IOWA CITY– Voting in person at the Johnson County Auditor’s office will begin August 14 at 7:45 a.m. and will continue during regular Auditor’s office hours through Monday, September 9. Absentee ballots by mail will also be sent out on August 14. Call the Auditor’s Office at 319-356-6004 or email elections@co.johnson.ia.us with any questions.
The following are deadlines for the upcoming school board election:
August 1: Deadline for candidate filing. Terms four years unless noted.
August 6: Deadline for candidates to withdraw, 5 p.m.

Online license renewal goes live

DOT lets you renew in your pajamas

DES MOINES– You can do your banking online. You can pay your bills online. It is even possible in some places to order a pizza via your computer.
And now, you can also renew your Iowa Drivers License.
Gov. Terry Branstad signed House File 355 into law on May 15 authorizing electronic renewal for standard operator (Class C) licenses and identification cards with a few restrictions. Mark Lowe, the director of the Iowa Department of Transportation’s (IDOT) Motor Vehicle Division said, “We are looking forward to making the driver’s license renewal process as easy as possible.”

Seventh and eighth grade football equipment handouts Aug. 15, 19

SOLON– Students interested in playing seventh and eighth grade football will have equipment handouts on the following dates and times:
Eighth grade, Thursday, Aug. 15, starting at 4 p.m. in the athletic hallway at the middle school.
Seventh grade, Monday, Aug. 19, starting at 4 p.m. in the athletic hallway at the middle school.

Solon Public Library

Summer Reading prize winners drawn

The Summer Reading Program has concluded for the year and all of the winner’s names have been drawn. Watch this column next week for the listing of all the lucky winners. The Summer Reading Program is made possible by the support of the many generous sponsors who donate prizes and money earmarked for the event. Please visit the library and see the full list of our generous sponsors.

Storytime continues

Chickens still on the table

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty City Council is still trying to lay out the rules for keeping chickens inside city limits.
An ordinance proposed and considered at the July 23 council meeting was tabled after gathering additional feedback from the public.