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Community

Solon RAGBRAI committee meeting Monday, May 18

SOLON– The Solon RAGBRAI Committee will meet Monday, May 18, at 7 p.m. at Solon City Hall. Those interested in providing input or assisting are encouraged to attend.
Attendees should bring ideas and enthusiasm to assist in planning for a fun, safe and memorable day for RAGBRAI riders visiting our community on July 24. Those seeking additional information should contact Solon City Hall at 319-624-3755.

Underground tanks enhance Shueyville fire protection

Not a solution but an improvement

SHUEYVILLE– Small town and rural volunteer fire departments face many challenges, ranging from difficulties in recruiting members to having enough money to pay for equipment. The Jefferson-Monroe Twp. Fire Department, in Swisher, has another challenge.
“Our biggest obstacle here is, we have no water in the communities we serve,” said Deputy Chief Eugene Beard.

U of I Science Café May 14 at Solon's Frida Kahlo

SOLON– A Science Café is a public event that takes place in a casual setting, such as a pub or coffee house, featuring an engaging conversation with scientists about a particular topic. On May 14, from 5-6 p.m., the first Solon Science Café will be held at Frida Kahlo Mexican Restaurant. Dr.

Poppy Days contributions aid veterans

SOLON– Every year near Memorial Day, members of the American Legion Auxiliary go door-to-door in neighborhoods to distribute poppies in remembrance of all our service men and women who died in defense of our freedom. The poppies are made by disabled and hospitalized veterans and all contributions are used in programs to aid vets and their families. Various businesses in Solon will have donation containers and poppies through Memorial Day. Contributions are greatly appreciated.

Solon Color Guard celebrates 70 years

SOLON– The Solon American Legion Color Guard remembered and celebrated 70 years of service to the community on April 26. Nineteen members and their guests enjoyed the evening with dinner and retelling of stories.

Lady Spartans cruise to WaMaC title

Solon girls roll up 123 points at super meet

MAQUOKETA– With an eye now on getting entries through to the 2015 State Co-Ed Track Meet, Solon’s girls brought home two more championships last week; a 40-plus point victory margin in the 16-team WaMaC conference meet in Maquoketa, and a similar win at Monticello.

NL wastewater treatment plant to be expanded

Estimates reach $15.3 million, bids put off until May 21

NORTH LIBERTY– Even cities sometimes have to go with the flow.
Bids for North Liberty’s wastewater treatment facility expansion project were due May 7 and were expected to be considered at this week’s council meeting, but City Administrator Ryan Heiar told the council some potential contractors declined to bid because of several other large project bids due the same day.
Therefore, the bid deadline was changed to May 21.

Students, pros have 77 days to build CCA’s STEM Center

TIFFIN— Shortly after the end of the current school year, construction will begin on the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Center on the campus of the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District in Tiffin. At the heart of the project will be a dozen students from CCA and other schools in Kirkwood Community College’s seven-county area. The students will work alongside seasoned professionals as they gain hands-on training in the construction trades, as well as college credit through Kirkwood.

Moving inside NL’s Ranshaw House

Historical Society partners on grant for interior improvements

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty’s historic Ranshaw House still needs some work.
The North Liberty City Council at its April 28 meeting approved another grant application to help fund restoration of the turn-of-the-century home owned by the city.

Blues and BBQ launches volunteer recruitment

NORTH LIBERTY– In preparation for the ninth annual festival, North Liberty Blues and BBQ, presented by South Slope Cooperative Communications, has launched volunteer signup at northlibertyblues.org/volunteer. The festival will be held July 11 in North Liberty’s new Centennial Park.
The festival requires more than 200 community volunteers each year doing jobs as diverse as setting up and tearing down equipment, assisting kids into inflatable rides, serving craft beer, directing cars to parking and much more.

Full hearts fill empty stomachs

NL’s Holy Trinity exceeds goal in fight against hunger

NORTH LIBERTY– If just 25¢ can buy a child one meal, imagine what $22,000 can do.
That’s how much North Liberty’s Holy Trinity Church members raised, with help from the entire community and 18 area business sponsors, to benefit Kids Against Hunger this year.
West High School senior Mareda Smith, daughter of Pastor Tim Smith and his wife Lisa, along with West High graduate Abby Heller, organized Holy Trinity’s event and led hundreds of congregation members and volunteers in a day-long packing session March 28.

Free container gardening class at pantry Thursday, May 21

NORTH LIBERTY– How do you turn a 5-gallon bucket into a food-making machine using a drill, some soil, and seeds?  Find out at a free container gardening class on Thursday, May 21, at the Growing Together Garden at the North Liberty Community Pantry, 89 N. Jones Blvd.
Container gardening is a great alternative to in-ground gardening for those who do not have the time or land space. Why not have your houseplants grow healthy food for yourself and your family?