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Ending the year on a high note

Jazz vocal ensemble 5th Street Jazz poses proudly with their state championship trophy (photo courtesy of Joel Foreman)

American Legion Auxiliary’s Poppy Days in Solon May 17 through 26

SOLON– Each year the American Legion Auxiliary distributes poppies to commemorate the sacrifice of our servicemen and women who gave their lives in our country’s wars. The tradition of having the memorial flower honor the war dead began after World War I when returning soldiers brought memories of the battlefield poppies which were immortalized in Canadian John McCrae’s poem “In Flander’s Fields” whose opening lines are familiar to millions around the world:
“In Flander’s Fields the poppies blow,
Between the crosses row on row…”

Milli Gilbaugh to read May 17

SOLON– Local writer and artist Milli Gilbaugh will be reading from her short stories Saturday, May 17, at 1 p.m. at the Solon Public Library as part of a meeting of the local chapter National League of American Pen Women.
The public is welcome to attend.

North Bend Elementary hosts first Powder Fun Run

NORTH LIBERTY– After a bitter winter, students and their families were motivated to get outside and kick up their heels.
Over 450 participants joined in North Bend Elementary’s first annual 5K and 1 Mile Powder Fun Run fundraiser held Saturday, April 12, in North Liberty.
“This was a phenomenal turnout for our first event,” said co-organizer Angie Rummel. “We felt the event was very successful. Even though it was a bit windy, the temps warmed up for us and the rain– and snow– stayed away. After having such a long and cold winter, it was great to be outside and get active.”

Greyson Gray: legend, terrorist foe, 12-year-old

North Liberty author writes popular young adult series

NORTH LIBERTY– Some people struggle their entire lives trying to figure out what it is they are passionate about, and what they want to do. For Benjamin, “B.C.” Tweedt, the answer is clear.
He wants to be a writer.

Johnson County deputy tops among cops

Oxford’s Kinney named Law Enforcement Officer of the Year

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– In 1986 Kevin Kinney of Oxford joined the Johnson County sheriff’s office as a reserve deputy. Since then he has been a full-time deputy, became a detective and led the way in several high-profile cases.
Nearly 28 years later, Lieutenant Kevin Kinney has been recognized with an honor he’d never imagined.