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Community

Snipes reappointed to fill council vacancy

Replacement for Mark Krall sworn in April 6

SOLON– For the second time, Dale Snipes has been appointed to the Solon City Council.
Snipes was originally selected in February of 2015 to replace former council member Ron Herdliska, and in a twist, Herdliska was tabbed to fill Snipes’ seat when he stepped down, in July of 2016, due a change in his employment.
This time, Snipes replaces longtime city councilor Mark Krall, who vacated his seat in March and will fill a term set to expire at the end of the year.
The decision was made at an April 5 city council meeting.

Optimist Club annual Easter Egg Hunt set for Saturday, April 15

SOLON– The Optimist Club of Solon hosts its Annual Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, April 15, at 1:30 p.m. at the east end of the Solon Recreation and Nature Area. The event is for children of all ages.

May Day Breakfast May 6

SOLON– Highlight May 6 on the calendar to remember to attend the GFWC/Iowa Solon Women’s Club May Day Breakfast at the Solon Methodist Church from 7 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 per adult and $3 for children (ages 5-12) tickets are available from GFWC/Iowa Solon Women’s Club members or at the door on May 7. Bring family and friends and receive a special deal, five adult tickets for $25 and/or five children tickets for $12.

Advocates seeking nominations for 2017 Senior of the Year

SOLON– May is nationally designated as Older American’s Month and to honor our seniors the Solon Senior Advocates are seeking nominations for the 2017 Solon Senior of the Year.
Send in your written nomination for the person you feel best fits the criteria of this award, someone who has given of themselves in service to the community through volunteerism, enhancing the well-being of others or someone always ready to assist or provide help when needed.
Your nominee should live in Solon or the immediate area and be over 60 years of age.

Sts. Peter and Paul Stations of the Cross service Friday, April 14

SOLON– Sts. Peter and Paul Chapel will be hosting a Stations of the Cross service starting at 5 p.m., Good Friday (April 14). The church is located at 1165 Taft Ave. NE, Solon.

4th Annual Brett Smith Memorial Run/Walk Saturday, April 22

SOLON– The Fourth Annual Brett Smith Memorial Run/Walk will be held on Saturday, April 22, in Solon.
Register at www.brettrunsolon.org. The Brett Smith Memorial Run/Walk will feature both a 1-mile fun run, and a timed 5K race. Both will start and finish at Randall Park.
The cost for the 1-mile is $15; the cost for the 5K is $20; children 12 and under are $10. All proceeds from the race will be donated to to Chandler Johnson, a 14-year-old Solon student diagnosed with a very aggressive brain tumor Feb. 23. Offer support on Facebook by searching “Cheering for Chandler # maximum effort.”

Solon Lions Club to host its Charter Night Saturday, April 29

SOLON– The Solon Centennial Lions Club is inviting everyone to the party. The newly-formed Lions Club will host its Charter Night Saturday, April 29, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Lake MacBride Golf Course. The Charter Night includes invited speakers, a buffet dinner featuring an Iowa chop or stuffed chicken breast, entertainment and camaraderie with new found friends at a cost of $25 per person. Make checks payable to Solon Centennial Lions Club, indicate the names of those attending and choice of entree, and mail to Solon Centennial Lions Club P.O. Box 484, Solon, IA 52333.

Swisher Bunny Breakfast and Easter egg hunt Saturday, April 15

SWISHER– Bring the kids to meet the Easter Bunny Saturday, April 15, from 9-10:30 a.m. at Swisher Trust & Savings Bank, 59 Rose Ave. SW.
Sit on his lap for pictures and get a goody bag. Donuts and milk/juice will be provided.
Following the Bunny Breakfast, at 11 a.m. sharp, the City of Swisher will hold an Easter egg hunt at Castek Park.

Airplane crash near Oxford claims two lives

IOWA CITY– The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to work on the investigation of a small airplane crash that claimed two lives Friday, April 7, west of Iowa City.
The plane involved in the crash was a single engine, 1965 Piper Cherokee 180 that originated from the Greencastle Airport west of North Liberty. According to the sheriff’s office, the Joint Emergency Communications Center received a report of a plane crash near 2383 IWV Rd. SW in rural Johnson County at approximately 3:08 p.m. April 7.

Candidate forum April 17 at North Liberty Community Library

NORTH LIBERTY– With North Liberty’s special election for both mayor and city council set to take place in just two more weeks, residents deserve an opportunity to ask questions and hear from all the candidates.
For that reason, the Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce is working in conjunction with various area groups to host a candidate forum. The forum will take place 6-8 p.m. Monday, April 17, in the North Liberty Community Library meeting rooms. It is open to the public.

Early voting in progress at Johnson County Auditor’s Office

NORTH LIBERTY– Early voting for the April 25 North Liberty special election will begin Monday, April 10. Voting will be available at the Johnson County Auditor’s Office, 913 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City, from 7:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. through the close of business Monday, April 24.
The auditor’s office will also have a satellite voting site at the North Liberty Community Library, 520 W. Cherry St., on Saturday, April 22, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
More information about the North Liberty election is available at www.johnson-county.com/dept_auditor.aspx?id=22077.

North Liberty man calls in false robbery to evade police

NORTH LIBERTY– A North Liberty man allegedly called in a fake report in order to avoid being pulled over last week.
According to complaints, police observed a Ford Taurus being driven along Penn Street around 9 p.m. on Thursday, April 6, and recognized the driver as Bryce J. Wagehoft, who was barred from driving. In an attempt to divert the officer, Wagehoft then called 911 and reported an armed robbery in progress at a local convenience store. He even gave a description of a made-up suspect before hanging up, according to reports.