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Community

City-wide garage sales June 9-12

NORTH LIBERTY– Local organizers have selected the weekend of June 10 for city-wide garage sales in North Liberty and have set up a website with information for sellers and buyers: northlibertygaragesales.com.
In addition to the website, garage-sale-goers will be able to pull up a mobile-friendly Google Map and find nearby sales by item categories.
“I always thought it was one of those things dying for an upgrade,” said organizer Lydia Fine. “I just wanted to make it easier for people to find what they need.”

Dubuque Street Trail closure

NORTH LIBERTY– Weather permitting, a segment of the Dubuque Street Trail just west of North Liberty Road will close on Wednesday, May 25. The closure is necessary so crews can perform storm sewer work and then replace the trail segment. The trail is expected to reopen on Friday, May 26, ahead of the Memorial Day weekend.

Saving Sugar Bottom’s hardwood trees

Bur Oak Land Trust launches campaign to purchase more Big Grove timber

SOLON– Imagine you’re in the heart of Iowa City on a busy day– cars, people and concrete.
Now think about being 7 miles away, standing in the middle of the Bur Oak Land Trust’s Big Grove Preserve, a centuries-old forest populated with tall hardwoods– calm and quiet, broken only by the occasional songbird.

Hidden habitat

Over 400 attend Macbride Raptor Project family day

SOLON– You may not know it exists, unless you’ve been there.
From a bird’s eye view, the Macbride Raptor Project, nestled into the Macbride Nature and Recreation Area, seems to be situated on the tip of a gravel wing; down below it is home to more than 20 birds of prey– three of which have been featured in the project’s new family day. The third event was held Saturday, May 7, and featured the American kestrel, North America’s littlest falcon.

Setting the table for outdoor dining

Council gets first look at proposed Main Street policy

SOLON– The vision for outdoor dining on Solon’s Main Street came into a little sharper focus at a May 4 city council meeting, but it’s still a little blurry around the edges.
In March, Red Vespa Pizzeria and Wine Bar owners Aziz and Angie Longou asked the city to consider allowing seasonal outdoor service by leasing a Main Street parking spot in front of their business.
In April, council members agreed and directed city staff to develop guidelines to allow sidewalk and street seating for Main Street eateries.

Solon Poppy Days May 21-May 30

SOLON– Memorial poppies, made by hospitalized and disabled veterans, will be available in various businesses in Solon from May 21 through Memorial Day.
The red poppy has been the symbol for honoring and remembering the men and women who served and died in services to our country since 1921.
The poppy was immortalized by Canadian Colonel John McCrae in his poem “In Flanders Fields” after WWI and also is used in Canada, Great Britain and other countries to honor the war dead.

Solon students rock Assessments

This year’s scores were the best in Solon school history

By Nora Heaton
Solon Economist
SOLON– Matt Townsley can describe Solon schools’ Iowa Assessment scores in three words: “We rocked it.”
Townsley, the Solon Community School District (SCSD) director of instruction and technology, said Solon students’ performance this year was the best in the district’s history.
The district’s goal states that 90 percent of students will be proficient and 25 percent of students will be highly proficient in tested areas.

Solon firefighters annual breakfast Sunday, May 29, at fire station

SOLON– The Solon volunteer firefighters would like to invite the public to their annual breakfast.
The firefighters will be serving breakfast at the fire station Sunday, May 29, from 6:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Adult admission is $6 and children are $4. The breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, fried and scrambled eggs, milk and coffee. This is one of two annual fundraisers for the firefighters’ association.

Memorial Day Mass at St. Bridget’s Church set for 9 a.m.

SOLON– Memorial Day Mass for veterans and deceased loved ones will be held Monday, May 30, at 9 a.m. at St. Bridget’s Church of Nolan Settlement, 2136 St. Bridget’s Rd., Solon. Please bring your lawn chairs as Mass will be offered in the cemetery. In case of rain, it will be held in the church. All are welcome.

Longest-serving NL firefighter passes

Annual Bob Parker Blood Drive May 26 held in his honor

NORTH LIBERTY– Robert D. “Bob” Parker, 63, of North Liberty, passed peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, on Saturday, May 14, 2016, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. A memorial service to celebrate Bob’s life was held Wednesday, May 18, at Lensing Funeral Home, Iowa City, with Father Ed Fitzpatrick officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The North Liberty Fire Fighters Foundation or to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

School board boundary talks far from over

After votes on several motions, discussion lingers

By Nora Heaton
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– The atmosphere was tense as the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) Board of Directors approved boundary changes at the elementary and secondary levels.
The Board has been discussing attendance zones at recent work sessions and had created a set of maps for a vote at its May 10 meeting. Most directors agreed time was of the essence, and that families needed the information about where their kids would attend school.

Goats on the go at Penn Elementary

NORTH LIBERTY– There were some new kids on the block at Penn Elementary last weekend, but they didn’t stick around for long.
On Saturday, May 14, Ames-based company Goats on the Go released around 30 goats, mostly adult females with some juveniles, on the south side of Penn to clear weeds and underbrush on school property. The Iowa City Community School District contracted signed a contract with the company in March for $2,225 and 1.5 acres cleared between Penn and Shimek elementary schools.