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Community

Don’t think about old

Jeanne Erhart is a Solon Senior of the Year

SOLON– “There are a lot of people that do so much,” Jeanne Erhart said of being named one of two Senior of the Year award recipients. Phyllis Fiala was also recognized this year.
“Somebody must’ve picked Phyllis and I,” Jeanne said when asked if she knew who made the nominations.
Jeanne and husband of 63 years Wilbur have been Solonites since the early 1960s.
“All of our kids (five) went to school here and our grandkids (two) went to school here,” she explained. The Erharts have three great-grandkids, including one born in California back in July.

Robotics room Open house Aug. 31

SOLON– Fifth through 12th grade students can check out the new robotics rooms in the lower level of the old middle school, below the Central Office, on Thursday, Aug. 31, from 5-6:30 p.m., Sept. 1 from 3:15-6 p.m., and Sept. 2 from 8-10:30 a.m.
Solon Robotics competes in FIRST Robotics First Tech Challenge (FTC) and VEX Robotics around the state. Competition challenges change each season so the game is always something new. Stop in the Solon Public Library to see the display. Questions can be sent to coach Bill Mattaliano at solonrobotics367@gmail.com.

Solon Venture Crew tailgate party Sept. 1

SOLON– On Friday, Sept. 1, before the Solon-Regina game, the Solon Venture Crew will be hosting a tailgate party and informational meeting in the St. Mary Catholic Church parking lot from 3:30 to 6:45 p.m.

Solon Library Board of Trustees vacancy

SOLON– The City of Solon is accepting applications for membership on the Library Board of Trustees for a city representative. The Library Board of Trustees meets on the fourth Monday of the month at 7 p.m.
Applicants must reside within the Solon city limits. Those interested in becoming a member of the board may submit an application to the City Hall at 101 N. Iowa St. in Solon. The application can be found on the city’s website at www.solon-iowa.com.

Old Gold Diner fundraiser Sept. 27

• Thanks to Sam Lensing, from Sam’s Main Street Market, for sponsoring the Aug. 9 meal. It looked like he felt quite comfortable dining with us. If you see Sam, let him know we appreciate him and his store here in Solon.
• Bingo is typically every Tuesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. is penny bingo and following lunch, play is for prizes, with a black out final game for a free Old Gold Diner meal ticket as the prize. The second Tuesday of the month there will be no afternoon bingo.

Ely News by Lenna See

The Ely Town and Country Club met on Monday evening, Aug. 21, at Gwen’s Restaurant in Lisbon with about 30 members attending. She served a delicious meal as usual. Following the meal and business meeting, attendees enjoyed a talk by Bryan Bailey. He told about his walk across Spain. He walked 480 miles over a five-week period. He saw some beautiful country and made several new friends. His pictures were spectacular. Hostess was Viola Zahradnik.

Doggie Plunge Sept. 7-8

NORTH LIBERTY– Bring your dog for some fun in the water at the Doggie Plunge! Pet owners 16 years and up are welcome; children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Early registration is $7 per dog; day-of registration is $10 per dog. One dog per person, please. Dogs must have proof of current rabies and distemper vaccinations present day of event. Adults are not allowed to be deeper than 2 feet due to limited chemicals for the dogs’ safety, and children will not be allowed in the water. If dogs are unable to “play nice,” they will be asked to leave without compensation or warning.

State Forest Nursery launches new online store

AMES– Ordering trees from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) State Forest Nursery just got easier. A new online sales site– http://nursery.iowadnr.gov/– features dozens of quality native Iowa trees and an easy check-out process.
Also new in 2017 are changes to how nursery stock can be used to accommodate a wider audience of people wanting to order bulk trees:
• Customers can purchase trees in bundles of 25, compared to previous order minimums of 200.
• Seedlings can be used for any purpose, including windbreaks or decorative landscaping.

CCA, Tiffin council compare notes

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– Tim Kuehl opened a joint meeting between the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District’s Board of Directors and the Tiffin City Council by saying, “We’ve got so many things going on between the school and the city, that the more we can collaborate and even just know what the other hand is doing, I think that is critical and helpful to the success of both of us.”

Liberty High kicks off its first year

Doors open at Liberty

NORTH LIBERTY– The doors of Liberty High School opened to 757 students Wednesday, Aug. 23, as the 2017-18 school year started for the brand new school.

Getting the band back together

Getting the band back together

Saluting the end of summer

Annual fundraiser for NFLD held

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Fire Department held their annual Salute to Summer event Saturday, Aug. 19, at their fire station. The annual event, the only fundraiser for the volunteer firefighters, has traditionally been held at Bobber’s but moved to the station this year.
Firefighter/EMT Mallory Barney, this year’s event Chairperson, said the ever-increasing call volume was a factor in moving the event.