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Community

Blues & BBQ still seeks volunteers

NORTH LIBERTY– In eight previous years, North Liberty Blues & BBQ has offered a free day of family-friendly fun for residents and visitors to North Liberty. This year, on Saturday, July 11, beginning at 12 noon, a volunteer force of about 200 people will help put on the community party, and organizers need your help.
Sign up now to help kids at the inflatable activities, keep the park tidy, direct visitors, set up the event, and more. Volunteers receive an event T-shirt, goodie bag and other fun surprises.

Shueyville to host community blood drive July 23

SHUEYVILLE– Shueyville will host a community blood drive from 3-6 p.m. on Thursday, July 23, at Shueyville Community Center inside the gym.
To make an appointment to donate, please contact the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center (MVRBC) at 800-747-5401 or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org and use code 1778 to locate the drive.

Child Safety Fair held at Creekside Park

OXFORD– Elementary students from the three Clear Creek Amana elementary schools were invited and over 50 children attended a Child Safety Fair held Saturday, May 30, at Creekside Park in Oxford.
Over 30 children were fingerprinted and several of the Boy Scouts from Troop 223 in Amana earned the Fingerprinting Merit Badge. Unit leaders from Pack 222 (Oxford and Tiffin), Troop 207 (Coralville), and Troop 216 (North Liberty) were in attendance.

retaining recruits

This is the second installment of a three-part series on the ways the North Liberty Fire Department– a volunteer unit with only three paid positions– continues to meet the challenges of protecting an ever-growing community.

NORTH LIBERTY– In addition to studying, training, relaxing and cooking, North Liberty Fire Department (NLFD)’s members now have the luxury of a bed to sleep in while pulling overnight shifts at the station. It’s a recent and particularly convenient addition for those volunteers who live out of town.

Over budget, but underway

SCSD approves bid packages for new middle school and fine arts addition

SOLON– Sure, the cost might be more than they thought, but the end result will be well worth it, according to Solon school board members.
The board unanimously approved recommended bid packages, plus several alternates, for the new middle school and fine arts addition at a special meeting Monday, June 15.
The price tag is expected to be a little over $27 million, approximately $1.5 million over the $25.5 million dollar bond the community approved last year.
Vice President Rick Jedlicka wasn’t worried about the extra cost, however.

Second well in need of shock therapy

Council authorizes cost of treatment

SOLON– Solon hasn’t had the best of luck with its city wells.
So it might just start planning for bad luck.
In an attempt to get the municipal water supply back to full strength prior to painting the water tower, city council members last week authorized a $15,650 chemical treatment for city well No. 2.

Spectacular fireworks over Lake Macbride July 4; boat parade at 4 PM

SOLON– The public is invited to see the fireworks over Lake Macbride on Saturday, July 4, with the show beginning at dusk. Rain date is July 5.
Public support for the event is greatly appreciated. Donations may be sent to Mark Ramsey at 1598 Spartan Ct. NE, Solon, IA 52333. Checks should be made payable to Fireworks Fund. This is a Cottage Reserve-sponsored night. The Solon Beef Days Committee has provided assistance with expenses.

Solon RAGBRAI 2015 Committee meeting Monday, June 29

SOLON– The Solon RAGBRAI 2015 Committee will meet Monday, June 29, at 7 p.m. at Solon City Hall. Everyone is welcome to attend.
If your local organization would like to have a vendor booth during RAGBRAI’s Solon pass-through Friday, July 24, please contact city hall at 624-3755.

Methodist Church to host blood drive June 27 at Family Life Center

 SOLON– Solon will host a community blood drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 27, at 122 N. Iowa St., inside the Solon United Methodist Church Family Life Center gymnasium. To make an appointment to donate, please contact Rick Havel at 319-530-1596 or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org and use code 682 to locate the drive.

Shueyville to host blood drive July 23

SWISHER– Shueyville will host a community blood drive from 3-6 p.m. on Thursday, July 23, at Shueyville Community Center inside the gym.
To make an appointment to donate, please contact the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center (MVRBC) at 800-747-5401 or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org and use code 1778 to locate the drive.

The high cost of living

Solon eighth graders learn how to balance their personal budgets at financial literacy event

SOLON– It’s never too early to learn how to budget, save, and plan accordingly for the future.

Fine tuning ICCSD’s budget

School board looks at ways to reduce operational costs

Iowa City– The Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) released its third quarter budget report at the district’s May 26 school board meeting.
Overall, the district budget is where it should be, according to Chief Financial Officer Craig Hansel. Board members worried, however, about how ICCSD stacked up against other similar-sized districts in several cost categories, including support staff and operational costs.