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Community

NLYBS, city to pool funds

Team effort on new concession stand, restrooms at Penn Meadows Park

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader

NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty and a local recreation program are teaming up to pool financial resources and further serve the community’s youth.
North Liberty Youth Baseball and Softball (NLYBS) has pledged $250,000 toward a new concession stand and restroom pavilion to be build at Penn Meadows Park on the city’s east side.

Tiffin changes lawn watering program

Want to water? Buy the meter

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– It’s hard to think of green grass with snow on the ground, but the City of Tiffin is asking residents to prepare for a significant change coming this spring.
Previously, those who regularly watered outdoors were able to take advantage of temporary seasonal meters– defunct, manually-read meters made available when the city updated to radio-read meters. After city employees installed them each spring, residents were asked to read the lawn meters themselves and contact city hall monthly to report outdoor usage.

The power of movement

Find fitness and more at NL’s CrossFit Philia

By Jen Moore
North Liberty Leader

NORTH LIBERTY- In Denise Barnhouse’s words, at some point, “a gym becomes a ‘gym.’”
The warm, welcoming smiles and greetings that often accompany a gym’s opening start to fade, and it morphs into that stereotypical notion of a bunch of nameless, faceless people who come in –or don’t come in- do their workouts, and leave when they’re done.
Denise and her husband, Ian, wanted to change that.

Closing the gap

Hoover Trail could be extended to Solon in 2016

IOWA CITY— Trail users in Johnson County could have reason to rejoice in 2016 as plans to close a major gap in the Hoover Nature Trail begin to take shape.

Boy Scout Troop 216 to host chili supper Feb. 7

NORTH LIBERTY – North Liberty Boy Scout Troop 216 will host its 35th annual Chili Supper from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at the North Liberty Community Center.
This dinner is the troop’s primary annual fundraising event.  Proceeds help cover the cost of high adventure trips, summer camp and other activities for the troop’s approximately 30 scouts.

“Famous” SAL Kettle-Fried Chicken Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 7

SOLON– The Solon Sons of the American Legion are hosting its annual “Famous” Kettle-Fried Chicken Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Solon American Legion. The menu includes all-you-can-eat kettle-fried chicken, cheesy potatoes, oven-baked beans, bread, dessert and soft drinks. Serving is from 5 until 7:30 p.m. with take-out available. Tickets are $9 for adults, $4 for children 6 to 12 and children under 6 eat free. Proceeds will benefit the community and Solon school projects.

Influenza spreads across Iowa

DES MOINES– After weeks of low to moderate influenza levels in Iowa, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) reports statewide surveillance indicates flu activity is increasing. The flu season typically peaks in February and can last as late as May. The most current surveillance shows cases of influenza have been confirmed by the State Hygienic Lab (SHL) in every region of the state and the geographic reach of influenza is now categorized as ‘widespread,’ the highest level.

New newspaper in the Leader and Economist family

MOUNT VERNON– The owners of the Solon Economist and North Liberty Leader newspapers have purchased the Linn News-Letter and Linn County Shopper, weekly publications covering northern Linn County and located in Central City.
Jake Krob and Stuart Clark purchased the business from Kathy Brockman. Kathy and her husband, Dick, owned the paper since 2004. Dick passed away in April 2013.
All current staff remains at the paper, with Rae Ann Holub continuing as editor.

It’s not so scary

AORN’S Teddy Bear Hospital informs public on role of OR nurses

SOLON-Standing at about six feet tall, the patient might have seemed just a little bit intimidating to the average kindergartener.
But really, he was just a big teddy bear.
Over 30 Solon area children, parents, and stuffed animals attended the Teddy Bear Hospital on Saturday, Nov. 8. The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) put on the event held at Lakeview Elementary.

Designs tweaked as school district prepares to build

Added square footage driving up estimates for performing arts center

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist
SOLON– There’s a lot to be done, but so far, so good.
Members of the Solon school board visited Tuesday, Dec. 16, with architects and construction management staff for an update on the new middle school and performing arts center projects.
Architects and school staff have met for a series of input sessions to fine-tune the designs, while project manager Story Construction anticipates two bid lettings; one in February and one in March.

Mercy’s Mobile Mammography van to visit Solon Tuesday, Jan. 20

SOLON– The Mercy Women’s Center mobile mammography van will be in Solon on Tuesday, Jan. 20. The van will be located at the Mercy Family Medicine of Solon Clinic. The clinic was formerly known as Solon Family Practice, and is located at 510 W. Main St. The mobile mammography unit has been providing convenient access to breast screening services for Eastern Iowa women for over 28 years.

Solon Public Library

Monthly drawing winner

Every month the Friends of the Library sponsor a drawing for a $10 prize. All you have to do to participate in this drawing is to read a book checked out from the Solon Public Library (or listen to one) then enter your name to win the prize. The name is picked at the end of each month. December’s winner was Sandy Lawrence.

Third grade BINGO