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News

Solon girls basketball camp July 15-18

SOLON– There will be a basketball camp this summer for girls going into fourth through eighth grades next year. The camp will be held July 15 through 18 in the Solon High School gymnasium. The seventh and eighth grade camp will be held from 9 until 11 a.m., and the fourth, fifth and sixth grade camp will be held from 1:30 until 3 p.m.
The camp cost is $50 which includes a T-shirt. Current Lady Spartan coaches and players will be instructing the girls in basketball fundamentals.
Please contact coach Tony Nicol at tnicol@solon.k12.ia.us if you are interested and need a registration form.

Eighth graders manning Music on Main

SOLON– Eighth grade students planning to go on the educational trip to Washington D.C. in April 2014, are selling concessions at the weekly Music on Main Street events in Solon. Drinks, popcorn and other summertime treats will be available during each week’s performance. All profits and donations will help to defray the cost of the Washington D.C. trip for students.

Join first summer evening hike June 21

TIFFIN– Get out and enjoy the first evening of Summer Friday, June 21, from 8 until 9:30 p.m. at Evergreen Landing parking lot at F. W. Kent Park.
The almost-full moon will rise long before the sun sets, so we should enjoy both as we hike on the prairie and around the big lake from Evergreen Landing at Kent Park. The hike is over uneven terrain, so wear sturdy shoes. Long pants and bug spray are strongly recommended.
For more information about this or other sponsored events, please contact the Johnson County Conservation Department office at 319-645-1011.

Nadas to perform at NewBo, Freedom Fest

CEDAR RAPIDS– The Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival’s Concert Night at NewBo will be held Saturday, June 29, beginning at 4:30 p.m.
The Nadas, a Des Moines based band making a return visit to Cedar Rapids, will begin the concert. Performing at 7 p.m. will be Chicago-based band Simpleton & Cityfolk. The concert is free with a 2013 Freedom Festival button. For more information visit www.FreedomFestival.com or call 319-365-8313.

Annual fireworks will be held over Lake Macbride July 4

SOLON– Celebrate Fourth of July fireworks over Lake Macbride at dark.
The Fourth of July boat parade will start at the Lake Macbride causeway at 4 p.m. Please come and decorate your boat. Rain date is Saturday, July 6.
Donations toward the fireworks are welcome and can be sent to: Mark Ramsey, 1598 Spartan Cir. NE, Solon, IA 52333.

Cancer Kick

Solon junior Tyler Shaffer was the target of dozens of soccer balls Tuesday as he played the role of a dangerous cancer cell during the Solon Lady Spartans’ Coaches Vs. Cancer fundraiser, part of the soccer match between Solon and Iowa CIty Regina. A dollar bought a chance for a point-blank goal shot at Shaffer during halftime of the varsity game. (photo by Doug Lindner)

Supervisors debate failed jail proposal

Etheredge offers Poor Farm proposal

IOWA CITY– In the wake of a third failed bond referendum for a proposed justice center to replace the county jail and renovate the historic courthouse, Johnson County supervisors are looking for alternatives.
The board met Tuesday, May 14, for the official canvass of votes and to discuss the next steps to be taken. Board member Rod Sullivan expressed his disappointment with the results.

Swisher junior shooters aiming for excellence

Swisher American Legion program promotes responsible firearms for developing minds

By Chris Umscheid
Solon Economist
SWISHER– In an era of tense controversy over the use and possession of firearms, one group in this northwest Johnson County town is learning to respect guns, rather than fear them.
And they’re learning life lessons while learning to shoot.
For two years, the American Legion Post 671 in Swisher has sponsored a Junior Shooting Sports Program, one of the legion’s many family and youth programs. Participants from ages 12 to 18 use an air-powered rifle shooting a .177 caliber pellet as they learn gun safety and marksmanship.

Good Ole Days

Pioneer cuisine and craft taught during SMS Pioneer Days

Lily Feaker wore her best bonnet especially for Solon Middle School’s Pioneer Day on May 2. She was hard at work at the quilting table with Michelle Steggall. Students also learned about woodcarving, ice cream making, and hunting with bows and arrows and other old-fashioned fun and games.

One rockin’ run to benefit resource center

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– More than 200 runners and walkers took to the streets of North Liberty on Saturday, May 18, to raise money for local families. The GPV PTO Rockin’ 5K Run/Walk and Little Rockin’ 1Mile Run was co-coordinated between Garner, Penn and Van Allen elementary schools in North Liberty.
The participants’ entry fees were donated to the North Liberty Family Resource Center, which has a location at each of the three schools.

City now seeking sites for garden tour

NORTH LIBERTY– The Centennial Garden Tour Committee welcomes your participation in the 2013 North Liberty Garden Tour, to be held Saturday, July 13, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The event will be held concurrently with the city-wide picnic and family day.

RUNNER UP!

Solon’s girls swarm the runner-up trophy as the Class 3A state track meet concludes Saturday evening in Des Moines at Drake Stadium. Turn to page 10 for full coverage. (photo by Joel Miller)