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Solon Firehouse unveiled

Firefighters embark on $4.3 million fundraising campaign

SOLON– They know it’s a big building.
They know it’s a lot of money.
But here’s the analogy Solon firefighters made as they introduced a plan for a new $5 million firehouse.
The current fire station on Iowa Street was built in 1959, explained department member Greg Morris.
“Where we’re sitting right now was built by the firefighters in ‘58 and ’59,” Morris said. “My grandfather’s one of the guys who signed the personal note to guarantee payment. The only actual construction cost for the fire station to this community was from the bond issue in 1990.”

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North Liberty dog park

City to purchase land on east side of town

NORTH LIBERTY– On Tuesday, June 12, the North Liberty City Council approved the purchase of land for a dog park. The plan is to reallocate $225,000 in trail lighting funds from the FY18 budget. A purchase agreement could be considered as early as June 26.

A season in limbo

Penn Landing Market’s future in question

NORTH LIBERTY– Summer break is in full force in North Liberty. The rec center pool is open for business, and cyclists are eagerly strapping on their helmets for a weekend ride. But the absence of a certain community fixture may leave some locals scratching their heads.

A rare honor for a unique man

Robert Dunn of North Liberty receives Congressional Gold Medal in Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS– Robert Dunn has joined a very elite group. The 85-year-old North Liberty resident was presented with a Congressional Gold Medal Thursday, June 7, at the Veterans Memorial Building in Cedar Rapids. The medal was in recognition of Dunn’s service as a Cadet in the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) during World War II and presented by Col. Joe Hackett, Commander of the Iowa Wing of the United States Air Force Auxiliary (better known as the CAP).

TAKO offers an anglers' feast

Hosts free day of fishing at Liberty Centre Pond

NORTH LIBERTY– When a free fishing event is announced in North Liberty, families are quick to take the bait.
On Saturday, June 2, an estimated 300 people from around the Corridor lined Liberty Centre Pond. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., families cast their lines into the scenic waters as part of the Take a Kid Outdoors (TAKO) free fishing event.

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.

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).

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

Young farmers argue for changing Ag Exemption

IOWA CITY– Young farmers in Johnson County raised their voices loud and clear to the board of supervisors: change or scrap the county’s agricultural exemption policy.
The young guns blazed away during a Thursday, May 10, public hearing on the proposed county comprehensive plan, citing the immense difficulties many budding farmers encounter in trying to purchase 40 acres (the minimum amount of land required to be considered a “farm” in Johnson County).

Growing a love of learning

Enrichment Therapy & Learning Center offers kids an alternative

NORTH LIBERTY– On the morning of Wednesday, April 25, five students huddled around a table, immersed in a science experiment. In the theme of invention, learning specialist Elizabeth Drewelow led the group as they pierced lemons with pennies and nails in attempt to conduct electricity. But this was not your everyday science class.
Located on Jordon Street in North Liberty, Enrichment Therapy & Learning Center, P.C. offers an alternative path to learning for students struggling with academic and communication skill development.

Girls take WaMaC East track title

State track qualifier at home Thursday, May 11

SOLON– The midfield celebration was loud… but short… as Solon’s girls raised their WaMaC Conference East Division trophy May 7. They walked away with a 37-point win on their home track. But they also realize the hard work continues. Their Thursday task– the Class 3A state qualifying meet, also at Solon– is to advance as many events as possible to the 2018 state track meet, May 17-19 in Des Moines.

CRANDIC on the run

Inaugural marathon supports Corridor school districts

NORTH LIBERTY– In the calm morning hours of Sunday, April 29, a sea of over 1,200 people gathered on Landon Road in North Liberty, tightening their shoelaces and warming up in preparation for the journey ahead. The city served as host not only to residents of the Corridor area but also to people from across the U.S. as the RUN CRANDIC half marathon began.