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June 7th, 2018

Encouraging kids to "stay creative"

Children’s picture book author Alastair Heim visits North Liberty Community Library

NORTH LIBERTY– Alastair Heim had words of encouragement for the kids of North Liberty.
On the morning of Saturday, May 26, families kicked off their weekend with a visit from the internationally published children’s picture book author. Heim took the occasion to read his books to the young locals, share some wisdom and sign copies of his work, with Prairie Lights Books providing books for sale. The event, which began at 11 a.m., was hosted by the library in partnership with the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature, free to the community.

June 6th

Playtime in North Liberty

Innovative playground coming to Centennial Park

NORTH LIBERTY– This summer, kids will be making slide runs and scaling rope rungs to a backdrop of blues music. Come July, Centennial Park will finally have its own playground– two, in fact.

Conventional playground

For the G.O.O.D. of the community

Heritage Christian School’s annual serve-a-thon

NORTH LIBERTY– Third-graders squealed with excitement as they navigated the thick brush and rolling hills of Squire Point, evading thorn bushes and using downed trees as balancing beams. It was a cool, cloudy morning on Friday, May 11, as the students of Heritage Christian School took part in Operation G.O.O.D. (Giving Of Ourselves Day).

May 24th

Lady Spartans win in Williamsburg, lose on senior night to South Tama

SOLON– The Lady Spartans started their week by mending their winning ways in Williamsburg on Tuesday, May 15, with an offensively aggressive performance resulting in a win over the Williamsburg Raiders girls’ soccer team, 2-1. Their success was stymied on Thursday, May 17, at home against South Tama, as they fell on Senior Night, 1-0.

State track meet brings out personal bests for Solon boys

Ira, Linderbaum 2nd

DES MOINES– The Solon boys track and field team found success against tough statewide competition, again.
“We were really pleased with our team performance at the state track meet. Our goal from the beginning of the year has always been to go out and compete as the best version of ourselves each time we have the opportunity. When you can do it during championship season it is very satisfying,” said Coach Mark Sovers.

Spartans advance against Highland

Possible substate final against No. 2 Iowa Mennonite Saturday

SOLON– Solon’s varsity boys took their first step toward a trip to the state soccer tournament Monday.
The Spartans took care of business against one-win Highland Riverside in the opening round of Class 1A Substate 5 soccer May 21, dispatching the Huskies 5-0 at Spartan Stadium.
The win advanced Solon to a semifinal Wednesday, May 23, against Holy Trinity Catholic- Fort Madison, which defeated Central Lee 2-0 in a quarterfinal Monday evening in Burlington.

Record 4x400 lifts girls to eighth

Lady Spartans leapfrog from 13th place late at state meet

DES MOINES– A top-eight finish; a couple more school records and Solon’s girls’ track team returned from the 2018 state track meet knowing they had pushed themselves to the limit.
Qualifying in 14 events, the Lady Spartans had the numbers. A down-to-the-wire second-place finish in the 4x400 meter relay and school record in the fourth-place shuttle hurdle relay were final day highlights; but it took an all-in effort from everybody to rack up the 28 team points.

Solon coach takes robotics on the road

Recent trip to Romania and possible trip to Israel for quickly expanding field

SOLON– Bill Mattaliano brushed it off as a joke when asked to travel to Romania to help run a robotics competition.
“Yeah, sure, right,” he recalled saying.
“Next thing I know, I’m in Romania, helping run a 96-team tournament.”
The tournament, held March 24-25, was only the country’s second of its kind.
Mattaliano, who said his “real job” is a prison guard at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center in Coralville, has been coaching the Solon Robotics Club since 2009.
That first year, he said, just three students participated in the after-school program.

Solon American Legion Boys State

SOLON– Coming into its 79th annual session, American Legion Hawkeye Boys State will be held at Camp Dodge in Johnston June 10-15. Boys selected to attend from Solon this year are Lance Martin, son of Dean and Carole Martin, and Jesse Miller, son of Randy and Denise Miller. They were chosen by members of the Solon American Legion Post No. 460 to attend based on scholastic and community achievements.

Solon American Legion Girls State

SOLON– Iowa Girls State is one of the premier programs sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary and was all started by a dream of four women over 70 years ago in hopes of teaching young women about the political process. Girls State is a “learning by doing” program, which takes the girls through the entire political process.