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Community

Child Safety Fair at Creekside Park in Oxford to be Saturday, May 30

OXFORD– Elementary school students in the Clear Creek Amana Community School District are invited to a Child Safety Fair on Saturday, May 30, from noon to 3 p.m., at Creekside Park in Oxford. The fair will include all elementary students at Amana Elementary in Amana, Oxford Elementary in Oxford, and North Bend Elementary.
The event is sponsored by Canopy Lodge (Masons) of Oxford. There will be games for the kids along with representatives from various community organizations participating in the fair.
Some of the activities and organizations that will be there are:

2015 Summerships Program application deadline extended to May 31

JOHNSON COUNTY– The United Way of Johnson & Washington Counties and the Community Foundation of Johnson County have announced the extension of the 2015 Summerships Program application deadline to May 31, 2015. The Summerships Programs provides tuition funds for youth summer camps, programs and activities. Summerships are available for the cost of the activity up to $250. Students eligible for Summerships are K-12 students from Johnson or Washington County who are eligible for Free & Reduced Lunch.

Edible Outdoors to host bow and fly fishing event June 6

NORTH LIBERTY– On June 6, from 1-3 p.m., Edible Outdoors (EO) will host a Bow and Fly Fishing event at the Liberty Centre Pond in North Liberty. The pond is located at the intersection of Cherry Street and Highway 965.
Participants will learn bow fishing from expert Laura DeCook (Mahaska County Naturalist and member of the Bowfishing Association of Iowa). Instruction will cover basic equipment, techniques, benefits of fishing carp and other rough fish, and hands-on bow fishing. 

Ottumwa superintendent selected to lead Solon

Two finalists interviewed by community

SOLON– Solon’s next superintendent of schools will be Dr. Davis Eidahl.
Eidahl, 44, the current superintendent for the Ottumwa Community School District, was selected by Solon school board members at a special morning meeting Friday, May 22.
He will replace Sam Miller, who has served as head of the Solon school district since 2010. In April, Miller announced he had accepted a position as chief administrator at Area Education Agency (AEA) 267 in Cedar Falls.

New policy provides a more thorough approach in preventing and handling bullying

Zero tolerance

SOLON– Solon is taking a firmer stand when it comes to bullying in schools.
At the May 11 school board meeting, administration presented the first reading of the district’s updated anti-bullying/harassment policy, which was approved by the board.
Solon Community School District defines bullying as “intentionally aggressive behavior, repeated over time that creates an imbalance of power. This type of behavior can include but is not limited to the following: targeted acts or threats, or intent to hurt someone with no regret or remorse for the intended victim.”

Parents test out Walking School Bus in Solon

By Jen Moore
Solon Economist

SOLON– Kelsey Bumsted and Kari Juhl call themselves the “wheels on the bus.”
Though the pair is responsible for bringing a Walking School Bus to Solon this past March, they say it’s the kids who have been the ones in the driver’s seat.
“It’s the big topic at school. The kids are really the ones making it grow,” Bumsted said. “We’re just making sure (they’re safe) while they just pick up new people left and right.”

Proposed UTV ordinance sent to council committee

Golf cart ordinance also to be reviewed

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist

SOLON– The Solon City Council is continuing down the path of allowing utility terrain vehicles (UTVs) on city streets, but there are some reservations.
At a May 6 meeting, council members referred a draft ordinance allowing utility vehicles to the streets committee, along with the golf cart ordinance approved back in 2011.
Three city council members, however, had concerns about the proposed utility vehicle ordinance and about the enforcement of the current golf cart law.

Solon’s Fifth Street Jazz earns new state title

By Lori Lindner
Solon Economist
SOLON– This spring, Solon High School’s Fifth Street Jazz vocal ensemble earned the district’s fifth state Iowa Jazz Championship title in eight years.
It puts Solon in front of its other 3A level competitors across the state in terms of championships earned, and gives vocal music director Joel Foreman yet another reason to sing praises for his dedicated students.
Going to championships is an auditioned process, and schools must submit an audio recording even to be considered to attend. About 30 to 35 schools are chosen to compete each year.

Solon Music on Main Street concert series returns June 3 for 6 weeks

SOLON– Solon’s Music on Main Street Concert Series will kick off a six-week program on June 3 featuring “Kindred Spirits.”
Concerts begin at 7 p.m. on Wednesday evenings starting June 3 for the six-week run. Attendees are urged to bring lawn chairs and a picnic basket to enjoy music and the community.
The Iowa City Community Band will perform June 10 followed by Leo Shima Country Sounds on June 17.
The Eastern Iowa Brass Band will take the band stand on June 24.

Solon community rallies to support Mary’s Meals

SOLON– The excitement is building as Solon prepares to welcome Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, founder of Mary’s Meals, who will include a stop in his visit to Iowa to launch his recent book.
MacFarlane-Barrow will talk about his new book “The Shed That Fed A Million Children: The Extraordinary Story of Mary’s Meals,” on Friday, May 29, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Solon.

Solon benefits from best Beef Days ever

SOLON– The Solon Beef Days Committee is proud to announce this year’s recipients of their annual donations, requested through February and earmarked each year in April, to be given back to the community and surrounding area. The following organizations and activities were chosen on the merit of their projects as this year’s recipients:
Solon Park & Rec. (third of three-year commitment) $2,000
Solon Post Grad Scholarships $3,000
Win with Reading Program (Author Sponsor) $1,200
Solon Spartan Stadium (4th of 5 year commitment)
$2,000
Project Prom (run wristband booth) $500

Census means more revenues for North Liberty

NORTH LIBERTY­– With a town growing as quickly as North Liberty, its actual population outpaces the official count the federal government is required to conduct once every decade. In 2010, North Liberty’s official population was 13,374. Just five years later, city officials estimate the population is over 17,000.
The population is used to determine the apportionment of state road use tax that cities use to build and maintain roads, making a big difference to the growing community as it works to improve key infrastructure.