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Community

Affordable health screenings coming to North Liberty Sept. 28

NORTH LIBERTY– Residents living in the North Liberty area can learn about their risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes and other chronic conditions with affordable screenings by Life Line Screening at the South Slope Community Center Sept. 28.
Screenings can check for:
• The level of plaque buildup in arteries, related to risk for heart disease, stroke and overall vascular health
• HDL and LDL Cholesterol levels
• Diabetes risk
• Bone density as a risk for possible osteoporosis
• Kidney and thyroid function, and more

State auditor releases procedures report on the City of Oxford

OXFORD– Auditor of State Mary Mosiman released an agreed-upon procedures report on the City of Oxford for the period July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2014. The agreed-upon procedures engagement was performed pursuant to Chapter 11.6 of the Code of Iowa.

Lisa Green-Douglass to run for JC supervisor

NORTH LIBERY– North Liberty resident Lisa Green-Douglass, a Democrat, has announced her run for a seat on the Johnson County Board of Supervisors in 2016.
Green-Douglass is an advocate for several issues in Johnson County, including the newly-created mental health crisis response team, an increased minimum wage and responsible land use.

CCCU collects most for NL Food Pantry’s Thanksgiving in July event

NORTH LIBERTY– Collins Community Credit Union has won the privilege of displaying the North Liberty Community Pantry Traveling Turkey trophy for the next year. Area financial institutions championed the Thanksgiving in July food drive and collected donations of food and funds the entire month of July competing for the coveted Traveling Turkey trophy complete with bragging rights.

New fitness opportunity for NL moms, stroller babies

NORTH LIBERTY– Fit4Mom North Liberty is a franchise of a fitness company based in San Diego (Fit4Mom) and is a fitness program created by moms for moms. The Stroller Strides program is an hour-long class that moms attend with their children in a stroller. The class offers a full body workout and the only equipment needed is a sturdy stroller, a towel or yoga mat, and an exercise band (provided). The workout incorporates songs and actions so that moms are able to interact with their children throughout the class.

School board candidates make their case

School election Tuesday, Sept. 8

SOLON– Two seats are up for grabs during the Sept. 8 election for the Solon Community School District Board of Directors.
All four candidates in the race have provided the Solon Economist with responses to three questions about their background, their views on the district and their hopes in serving the district should they be elected to the board. Their responses appear unedited in this week’s edition.

Bee-eee-eef Days?

Passing bee swarm finds home at Beef Days

SOLON- Another year means another successful Solon Beef Days, but preparation for this year’s festivities became abuzz when a swarm of bees was spotted near the kids’ corner on Dubuque Street. Ron Puettmann, a Lake Macbride State Park manager and local bee keeper, was one of the first ones to notice the swarm.
“We were setting up the kids’ corner and I happened to look up and see a whole bunch of bees in the air, so we had everyone back away,” Puettmann said.

Three charged with indecent exposure at Hawkeye Wildlife Area

SWISHER– A year-long effort to curtail illegal activities at the Hawkeye Wildlife Management Area in Johnson County has resulted in multiple charges being filed over the weekend by law enforcement officers for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
Three individuals were charged and arrested on Sunday for indecent exposure.

St. Mary Catholic Church to host Harvest Festival Sunday, Sept. 20

SOLON– St. Mary Catholic Church in Solon will host its annual Harvest Festival on Sunday, Sept. 20, from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. The community is invited to enjoy a chicken dinner, children and family activities, silent auction and more. Tickets are on sale at the church.

Higher minimum wage on agenda for Solon council’s Sept. 2 meeting

JOHNSON COUNTY– After many public meetings, a litany of stories of personal hardship, lengthy debate and an overwhelming push of public support, the Johnson County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the first reading of an ordinance that will raise the minimum wage countywide.

Solon’s 175th chautauqua celebration Sept. 18-20

SOLON– Not many 175-year-olds will celebrate a birthday for three whole days.
The City of Solon is gearing up for just that, as the community prepares to commemorate 175 years of incorporation Sept. 18 through Sept. 20.

Facilities Usage Meeting set for Wednesday, Sept. 16, at SMS

SOLON– A Facilities Usage Meeting will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 16, at 7 pm. in room 403 at the Solon Middle School. The meeting will be held to discuss upcoming facilities needs through December. Please make sure your team or group has a representative present and bring your schedule. You may call Jody McSweeney with any questions at 319-624-3401, ext. 1300.