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Community

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.

Veterans pancake breakfast Feb. 16

SOLON– The Solon American Legion will hold a Veterans memorial pancake breakfast on Sunday, Feb. 16, from 7:30 until 11:30 a.m., serving all-you-care-to-eat pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns, biscuits and gravy, juice, coffee and milk. The cost for adults is $7, children (6 through 12) is $4, and children 5 and under eat free.
All proceeds go to the maintenance costs at the Veteran’s Memorial Monument.

Kettle-fried chicken dinner Feb. 1 at Legion

SOLON– The Solon Sons of the American Legion will be hosting their annual Famous Kettle-Fried Chicken Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Solon American Legion. The menu includes all-you-can-eat delicious kettle-fried chicken, cheesy potatoes, oven-baked beans, bread, dessert and  drinks. Serving is from 5-7:30 p.m., with take-out available. Tickets are $8 for adults; $4 for children 6-12; children under 6 eat free. Proceeds benefit the community and Solon school projects.

Solon KCs breakfast Feb. 2

SOLON– The Solon Knights of Columbus (KCs) will host an all-you-can-eat breakfast Sunday, Feb. 2, from 8 a.m. until noon at St. Mary Catholic Church parish hall. The cost is $6 for ages 12 and older, $3 for ages 6 through 11, and free for ages 5 and younger.
The KCs will be serving eggs, biscuits and gravy, sausage and pancakes.

SUMC youth group subs for big game Feb. 2

SOLON– The Solon United Methodist Youth Group is selling sub sandwiches for Super Bowl Sunday. These delicious subs are made by the youth on the morning of Sunday, Feb. 2. For an order form, please contact Kelly Meyer at 624-5191 or meyerk@soloniaumc.org. A great variety of toppings are available and everything is made-to-order fresh.

Unstable ice on Coralville 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.
Reduced inflows into the reservoir cause the water level below the ice to slowly drop creating an air pocket between the ice and surface of the water. The lake level is approximately one foot lower than when the ice started forming in December. This results in very unstable ice. Ice unsupported by lake water is at risk of cracking, breaking or giving away at any time.

Solon Survivor Extreme 5K Saturday, March 8

SOLON– The Solon Survivor Extreme 5K will take place on Saturday, March 8, at 9 a.m. beginning at St. Mary Catholic Church in Solon. This is a warrior dash-style race that is almost completely off-road, and is a fund raiser for the Solon Sluggers 13U baseball team, with a portion of the proceeds to be donated to the local food pantry.
This is an “off-the-grid race” full of hills, creeks, hay bales and natural and manmade obstacles. Water and refreshments will be provided at the finish line.

Post Prom Fundraiser at the CR RoughRiders

SOLON– Solon High School will hold a Post Prom Fundraiser at the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders on Saturday, March 1, at 7 p.m.
Come support the Post Prom while having fun at a hockey game. Purchase your discounted, blue zone tickets online and $5 will go back to support Post Prom.

Softball and baseball can drive on Saturday, Feb. 8

SOLON– The Solon High School softball and baseball programs will be conducting a joint can drive on Saturday, Feb. 8, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Players, parents and supporters of these programs will be fanned out in the community in search of cans. If you already have cans collected or plan to collect them over the Super Bowl weekend, these programs would appreciate your donation. If a player doesn’t visit your neighborhood, cans can be dropped off at Solon Heating and Air on Highway 1 just north of Solon.

Meal and a movie Jan. 31

SOLON– If you haven’t seen the widely acclaimed movie “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, then join the Meal and a Movie crowd Friday, Jan. 31, at the Solon Public Library at 11 a.m. The movie will follow a catered meal of lasagna, garlic bread, green beans and dessert ($7.50). Call 624-2710 or sign up at Old Gold Dining.

A failure to communicate

Stalled labor negotiations lead to public dispute, rally

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– While workers have returned to their positions at South Slope Cooperative Communications, they have done so under a company-crafted contract that has not been adopted by the workers’ union.
The lack of a negotiated agreement has created mounting tensions between union bargaining representatives and management since the previous contract expired at midnight on Oct. 31, 2013.
Last Thursday, Jan. 23, employees organized a rally and press conference at the North Liberty Community Center, to bring public attention to the situation.

Committee announces big-haired entertainment for TiffinFest 2014

North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– Expect TiffinFest 2014 to be a bit bigger this year.
Bigger crowds; a bigger carnival.
Bigger hair.
Melissa Fontanini and Lyndsie Schnoor, co-owners of Bella Sala in Tiffin, and council member Mark Petersen announced last Wednesday that the headline act for this year’s TiffinFest will be Hairball, a 1980s rock tribute band.