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Community

Old Gold Diner to feature gala celebration on Valentine’s Day

SOLON– Valentine’s Day, Friday, Feb. 14, is going to be an exciting day at Old Gold Senior Dining. An exceptional menu will be one special treat with other surprises in store. Be sure to call Duane at 319-624-2251 to sign up for this gala celebration by noon, Friday, Feb. 7. The cost is $3.25. Come be a part of this very special holiday.

Women’s Club makes Music Camperships available

SOLON– The General Federation of Women’s Club (GFWC) and Iowa Women’s club sponsors several music campership awards for deserving sixth-12th grade students. These awards can be applied toward tuition and room and board at a summer music camp within Iowa. Camperships are awarded in the amount of $400. Award recipients are responsible for the balance of their costs.

Solon Public Library

Tax forms are arriving

Basic federal tax forms are now available. Iowa state tax forms will be printed, by the library, and placed on display. The Iowa instruction booklets are only printed, by request, and there will be a fee.

Mark your calendars for the City Wide Garage Sale

If you’re planning a garage sale, now is a good time to start preparing so mark your calendars for the first Saturday in June. The dates this year will be Friday, June 6, and Saturday, June 7.

New window display

Solon Booster Club “Celebration of School Athletics” Feb. 28

SOLON– The Solon Athletic Booster Club is holding its first annual “Celebration of Solon Athletics” on Friday, Feb. 28, at Lake Macbride Golf Course. Tickets for the event are $25 per person with all proceeds benefiting the Solon Athletic Booster Club in support of Solon High School and Middle School athletics.
The schedule for the evening will be as follows:
6 p.m.: Doors open (cash bar available to patrons);
7 p.m.: Dinner: (roast beef or chicken, potatoes, and salad);
Entertainment: Solon Jazz Band performance (pre-dinner and dinner);

Synergy named Grand Champions

Solon MS show choir with early season success

JOHNSTON– Synergy, one of two show choirs at Solon Middle School, recently opened its season competing at Johnston and Dallas Center-Grimes. On Friday, Jan. 24, Solon competed at Johnston Showzam, which featured mostly 4A schools from the Des Moines and Omaha metro areas. Solon took first place in Class 3A, and finished third overall in the nine-team field, placing only behind Urbandale and Omaha Westside. Special recognition went to eighth grader Ellie Hawkins, who received the competition’s Best Female Soloist award.

NL reduces projected shortfall

Administration presents budget that is $57,000 below revenues

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty’s budget picture is much rosier than the last time it was presented.

Van Allen school to be expanded

Four new classrooms will serve 100 additional students

IOWA CITY– Paintings by Van Allen and Penn Elementary School students on the walls of the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) school board meeting were a colorful backdrop as Superintendent Stephen Murley and the board held brief discussions during an equally brief meeting on Jan. 28.

Unstable ice on reservoir

CORALVILLE– The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced that while the extreme cold has added ice to Coralville Lake, it has also caused the inflow of water into the lake to be less than the minimum outflow.

Iowa City native headlines ‘Dinner with the Zobrists’ Feb. 8

NORTH LIBERTY– On Saturday, Feb. 8, at 5:30 p.m., Heritage Christian School hosts its annual Educating for Eternity Banquet (EFE) at the Coralville Marriott. This year’s banquet is titled “Dinner with the Zobrists” and features the homecoming of Iowa City native, Heritage and City High alumna, Julianna Zobrist, along with her husband Ben Zobrist, a 2013 Major League Baseball all-star and player for the Tampa Bay Rays. The Zobrists entertain, encourage and challenge audiences across the country with their story of leadership, perseverance, family and, of course, baseball.

SHARE: great food at affordable prices

NORTH LIBERTY– SHARE IOWA offers its February grocery package in exchange for two hours of volunteer service in your community. Check out our Best Value Package for $25. Orders must be in by Feb. 7 for a pick up date of Feb. 22. Order forms are located at the North Liberty library, or place orders online at www.shareiowa.org or by calling local host site Carmen at 319-626-3455. For more information, call 1-800-344-1107.
SHARE Iowa is a non-profit food buying group. Volunteer membership fees. See more packages offered at the website.

Preliminary results for Swisher, CCA vote

JOHNSON COUNTY– Voters in two areas of Johnson County have received at least preliminary answers.
On Tuesday, Feb. 4, Swisher residents elected a new mayor to replace the position vacated by Tim Mason’s resignation in November. There were just two candidates on the ballot: Randy Hurlbert and Christopher Taylor.
Results released by the Johnson County Auditor’s office at 8 p.m. Tuesday show Taylor taking the seat, with a tally of 151 to Hurlbert’s 136 votes.

Mehaffey Bridge Road to receive more improvements this spring

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
JOHNSON COUNTY– A trip between Solon and North Liberty will take a little more time when a reconstruction project on Mehaffey Bridge Road gears up this spring.
The North Liberty City Council received an update on the planned upgrade from City Engineer Kevin Trom, of Shive Hattery Architecture and Engineering. The council approved the city’s 28E agreement with Johnson County for cost-sharing on the project.