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Nora Heaton

Happy harvest

NL Pantry celebrates first gardening season

NORTH LIBERTY – The Growing Together Garden, in the backyard of the North Liberty Community Pantry, flourished in its first year.
The pantry held a Taste and Tour event at the garden on Oct. 11. Garden Coordinator Ilsa DeWald and Nick Bergus, of the pantry’s Board of Directors Garden Committee, led attendees on a tour through the Growing Together Garden and the pantry itself.
Pantry garden volunteer Judy Bornkessel attended the event with her 12- and 6-year-old granddaughters, Annika and Beckett Kruse.
As Beckett sampled some kale, her grandmother explained the purpose of the garden.

Following threat at West, ICCSD reconsiders policy

School staff will immediately report to law enforcement, parents

IOWA CITY– The Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) decided it’s better safe than sorry when it comes to school threats.
At an Oct. 13 meeting, the district’s Board of Directors discussed changes to how threats are handled and communicated within the district.
Board President Chris Lynch recommended a three-part plan of action, and all three motions were passed at the meeting:
• Direct all staff to immediately report any threats, substantiated or unsubstantiated, to law enforcement with parent communication as soon as possible.

Domestic violence awareness is prevention

Solon joins other cities in proclaiming October Domestic Violence Awareness Month

SOLON– Along with cities and counties across the country, the Solon City Council declared October Domestic Violence Awareness Month at its Oct. 7 meeting.

ICCSD task force makes recommendations for use of insecticides

Committee to create long-term pest management plan

IOWA CITY – After the Iowa City Community School District Board of Directors approved a temporary district-wide pesticide ban on school facilities and grounds, a newly-assembled Integrated Pest Management (IPM) task force has made an interim recommendation to the district allowing for limited use of insecticides with low toxicity.

Interchange exchange: I-380 and I-80 coming

IDOT shares project plan with public

CORALVILLE– About 150 people attended a public information meeting last week at the Coralville Public Library to learn more about the Iowa Department of Transportation’s (IDOT) planned Interstate 80/I-380 interchange upgrade and new Forevergreen interchange project.
Several long tables held aerial view maps of the areas that will be affected by the construction. Although no presentation was made, officials were on hand to answer questions posed those in attendance.

A scoop of kindness

At Heyn’s Ice Cream shop in North Liberty, owner Peggy Cullivan reflects on what Heyn’s means to her

NORTH LIBERTY– The history of the business is as follows: The Iowa City location of Heyn’s Ice Cream started in 1981, originally as a second location of Dane’s Dairy run by Paul Heyn. Soon after, Dane’s Dairy decided to give ownership of the store to Heyn, who renamed it Heyn’s Ice Cream. Peggy Cullivan began working at the shop when she was 14 years old, became manager at age 19, and inherited the store from Heyn in 2007. Earlier this summer, she opened a new location at 25 E. Cherry St. in North Liberty.
Those are the facts. But there is more to the story:

ICCSD still drawn to magnet school concept

Task force will gather more information, community feedback

IOWA CITY– When it comes to magnet schools, officials from the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) are keeping the option on the table and asking for feedback.
At the Sept. 8 school board meeting, the ICCSD Board of Directors heard an update from the Magnet School Task Force, formed last year to explore the possibility of a magnet school in the district. Becky Furlong, the district’s Chief Academic Officer, presented the committee’s plan for seeking community feedback as a two-step process: educate and engage.

Four-year-old calls 911 to help grandmother

Reminder of how important it is to teach kids emergency plans

SOLON – “I’m your hero.”
Four-year-old Nathan Cross of Solon whispered these words earnestly into his mother’s ear, sitting on her lap and turning to gaze up at her with big blue eyes.
His mother laughed and agreed.
“You are my hero, buddy.”

School board candidates make their case

School election Tuesday, Sept. 8

SOLON– Two seats are up for grabs during the Sept. 8 election for the Solon Community School District Board of Directors.
All four candidates in the race have provided the Solon Economist with responses to three questions about their background, their views on the district and their hopes in serving the district should they be elected to the board. Their responses appear unedited in this week’s edition.

ICCSD school board approves $80,000 for more busing

District officials hope to revise busing criteria to recognize socioeconomic barriers

IOWA CITY– Parents came in droves to the Iowa City Community School District Board of Directors meeting, on Aug. 25, urging the board to add discretionary busing to the newly-opened Alexander Elementary. After hearing from more than 20 parents, the board voted unanimously to allocate $80,000 for discretionary busing.
As of last week, district officials said no date had been set for when bus service to Alexander school, located at 3571 Sycamore St. in Iowa City, would begin.

Meet the candidates

SOLON– Community members had the chance to visit with Solon Community School District’s four board candidates on Aug. 19 during a forum moderated by the Solon Economist at the Solon Public Library. Audience members submitted questions for the candidates and each candidate was given two minutes to address each of the selected questions. Afterward, candidates mingled and chatted informally with voters in attendance.

ICCSD board candidates provide profiles

With less than two weeks to go before the school board election, Iowa City board candidates ask for your vote

IOWA CITY– The Sept. 8 election will bring five new members to the Iowa City Community School District Board of Directors.
All 13 candidates in the race have provided the North Liberty Leader with a statement describing their background and their top priority in serving the district, should they be elected to the board. Their responses appear unedited starting on page A7.
To hear from the candidates in person, attend one of the remaining candidate forums. Upcoming scheduled forums include (but may not be limited to):

North Liberty Building
Community forum
Saturday, Aug. 29