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Community

Knights of Columbus Spaghetti Supper Saturday, May 12

SOLON– The Solon Knights of Columbus (KCs) will host an all-you-can-eat spaghetti supper on Saturday, May 12, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church Parish Hall. The cost is a free will donation. Doug Thompson’s famous sauce will be available for purchase at $5 a quart.

Townsley departs SCSD for UNI role

District announces replacement, changes in scope

SOLON– The Solon Community School District Board of Education accepted the resignation of Matt Townsley, Director of Instruction/Technology and former math teacher at the regularly scheduled April 9 meeting.
After 14 years with the Solon School district in which he proved instrumental in many key reforms, Townsley will head this fall to the University of Northern Iowa (UNI), where he has accepted a teaching position in the Leadership Department. Townsley will instruct future principals and superintendents.

May Day Breakfast May 5

SOLON– Meet your friends or members of your family at the Solon United Methodist Church for the GFWC/Iowa Solon Women’s Club May Day Breakfast on Saturday, May 5, from 7 to 11 a.m. Enjoy egg and meat casseroles, homemade kolaches and rolls, fruit, orange juice, coffee and milk.
Adult tickets are $6 each or five tickets for $25. Children aged 5 to 12 are $3 each or five for $12. Children under the age of 5 are free.

No hydrants? No problem

Firefighters practice moving big water

LAKE MACBRIDE– Fire hydrants.
Most towns have them strategically placed on street corners and other easily accessed locations, so firefighters can quickly find them, connect their pumpers to them and assure a steady and uninterrupted water supply.
However out in the rural areas and in towns without a municipal water system, those familiar fireplugs are nowhere to be seen.
Firefighters have utilized tank trucks, or tankers, to haul water to fire scenes for as long as there has been motorized fire apparatus.

Matthew Edel Blacksmith Shop historic site in Haverhill update

HAVERHILL– On March 26, Solon resident Pat Ikan traveled to the State Historical Society office in Des Moines to meet with Historic Sites Manager Jennifer Bancescu to get an update on the Matthew Edel Blacksmith Shop (MEBS) in Haverhill.
Ikan, a great-granddaughter of Matthew Edel and retired educator, is committed to raise awareness of the family’s unique historic site and its place in Iowa’s history.
Ikan provided the following updates:

Solon Parks & Rec Department

BASEBALL/SOFTBALL UMPIRES NEEDED. You must be in at least ninth grade and have either played or umpired softball or baseball previously. Pay is $20/solo, $15/behind the plate; $10 on the bases. Games will be on Monday and Thursday evenings in May and June, starting at 6 p.m. at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area diamonds. If interested, contact Mike Reeve at mike.reeve@solon-iowa.com or 319-594-1978.

Dance for a Difference fundraiser scores big

NORTH LIBERTY– It was a vivacious scene in Liberty High School’s auxiliary gym on the afternoon of Sunday, April 22.
About 100 dancers signed up for Dance for a Difference, which ran from noon to 4 p.m. The event featured a DJ, face painting, food, a costume dance raffle, a silent auction and a teacher dance at 3 p.m.
“Dance for a Difference was amazing. Everyone was dancing, singing and just sharing their love with one another,” remarked Liberty High senior and Difference Maker Madi Barta, following the event.

Lane reduction: Penn, west of Alexander

NORTH LIBERTY– Weather permitting, crews will begin work on trail upgrades and extensions along the south side of Penn Street, between Kansas Avenue and Alexander Way. This work will require the closing of one eastbound lane of traffic on Penn Street. The intermittent closure will be between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and is expected to last up to three weeks.

North Liberty celebrates Older Americans Month

NORTH LIBERTY– This May is Older Americans Month and, in celebration, the City of North Liberty is hosting new and existing nutritional, social and educational programs for local seniors the entire month. The theme is “Engage at Every Age,” so the goal is to encourage seniors to try new things and to learn ways to give back to the community via volunteering.

NL pantry golf tournament Friday, May 4

CORALVILLE– Registration is open for the North Liberty Community Pantry’s 8th Annual 4-Person Best Shot Golf Tournament held Friday, May 4.
Registration is at 7:30 a.m. with final check-in at 8:30 a.m. A shotgun start begins at 9 a.m. followed by a catered meal at 1 p.m. The tournament will take place at the Brown Deer Golf Club at 1900 Country Club Dr. in Coralville. The entry fee is $450 per team, prepaid. This includes a continental breakfast, green fees, a cart, a catered meal, driving range balls and team picture. A silent auction will also take place along with awards ceremony.

Changes to NL’s trash system this summer

NORTH LBERTY– Working with Johnson County Refuse, the contractor who has long provided service in North Liberty, the city approved a plan to modernize North Liberty’s refuse, recycling and curbside compost system, with heavy-duty wheeled carts and new options for residential customers. The fee for trash collection will be rolled in with the current city utility bill, with the city passing every dollar of the monthly service fee to Johnson County Refuse.

Apply to serve on a NL board or commission

NORTH LIBERTY– For those looking to get involved in their city, serving on a volunteer board or commission is a great way to do so. Boards members and commissioners work with and advise staff, provide recommendations to council and can make a difference in many aspects of community development.