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Community

Veterans Memorial breakfast Jan. 19

SOLON– The Veterans Memorial Committee will be hosting a special breakfast Sunday, Jan. 19, from 7:30-11:30 a.m. at the Solon American Legion. The menu will include pancakes, sausage, biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, hash browns, bacon, juice, coffee and milk. The cost for adults is $7, and $4 for children ages 6-12. Children age 5 and under eat free. All proceeds go to the Veterans Memorial Fund for maintenance purposes.

Brannaman named Women’s Club Jennie Award winner

Charter member of Solon Women’s Club honored

SOLON– Rita Brannaman of the Solon Women’s Club was chosen as winner of the 2012-2014 GFWC/Iowa Federation of Women’s Clubs’ (GFWC) “Jennie Award.” The General Federation of Women’s Clubs awards one woman from each state this honor during each two-year administration for lifetime personal excellence. The GFWC Jennie Award is named in honor of GFWC’s founder, Jane Cunningham Croly, who wrote for national newspapers under the pseudonym, Jennie June.

Little Tykes basketball program offered for first/second graders

First and Second grade boys and girls are invited to learn the basic fundamentals of basketball, proper sportsmanship, teamwork and most importantly, have FUN! The Saturday morning program will be held at the Lakeview Elementary gym beginning Feb. 22. Online registration is available at https://solon-iowa.cogran.com/.

Yoga class to start Jan. 7

A new six-week yoga class will be offered beginning Tuesday, Jan. 7. Yoga will be offered on Tuesday evenings from 5:45-6:45 p.m. at the lower level of Brosh Chapel Community Center. For more information or to register for the class, visit www.solon-iowa.com and click on the parks and recreation tab. Registration forms can also be found at the Solon City Office.

Ice skating at recreation and nature area open

The ice skating rink at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area is ready for use. Ice skating is free and open to the public during daylight hours.

Junior Optimists sponsoring mini dance marathon Jan. 10

SOLON– The Junior Optimist members will be sponsoring a mini dance marathon for students and staff members in the middle school on Jan. 10. The ‘mini’ will take place during the school day. All proceeds will be donated to the University of Iowa Dance Marathon. This will be the 20th year that the U of I hosts a Dance Marathon. The Dance Marathon provides emotional and financial support for pediatric oncology and bone marrow transplant patients and their families treated at the U of I Children’s Hospital.

Hills Bank donates more than $1,700 to Solon School District

SOLON– The Classroom Cash program from Hills Bank recently donated $1,712.92 to the Solon Community School District. These funds will be used to support programs and services which enhance student educational experiences.

Played to the hilt

Sir Oblong Fitz Oblong, played by CCA’s Mollie Sherman, demonstrates what she would do if she were to take up Squire Blackheart on his challenge to a duel in the Clear Creek Amana High School drama department’s winter production, “The Thwarting of Baron Bolligrew.” For more photos of the play, see page A8. (photo by Chris Umscheid)

Penn to expand

Two boards approve design for Penn school addition

By Alex Kline
North Liberty Leader

NORTH LIBERTY– When you talk to principal Kristy Heffner about the upcoming Penn Elementary expansion, you can almost hear a sigh of relief.
“This is an awesome plan,” Heffner expressed about the recently approved design plans for the school’s 23,000 square foot addition. “We’re really excited about it.”
The Iowa City Community School District Board of Education approved the plan at their Dec. 17 meeting. The over $9.3 million project is slated to begin construction in the spring of 2014 according to the district’s 10- year facilities master plan.

A new chapter begins

North Liberty library director retires

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader

NORTH LIBERTY– Dee Crowner has cracked a lot of books in the last 26 years. She has worked through three major construction projects, mentored a staff that grew from one to 14 in number, supervised dozens of fundraisers, and helped forge a path of progress as the population of North Liberty exploded by 170 percent in just 12 years.
Now she is looking forward to authoring a whole new chapter in life.

NL water, sewer utility budgets projected to rise

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader

NORTH LIBERTY– It’s too early to tell whether or not residents of North Liberty will see rate hikes on their water and sewer bills.
What is known is that the expenses for both municipal utilities are going to climb, and taxpayers will eventually be funding those increases in one way or another.
Even though the city adds accounts and sells more gallons of water each year– thus generating more revenues– a larger population also creates more demands on the city’s water and sewer systems.

Correction to Swisher Feb. 4 voting schedule

SWISHER– Due to a submission error, the January edition of the Swisher newsletter in North Johnson County contained incorrect information regarding the special election Tuesday, Feb. 4, to fill the vacant position of mayor for a term expiring Dec. 31, 2015.
The dates and deadlines are as follows, according to the Johnson County Auditor’s office:
Friday, Jan. 10: Noon filing deadline for Swisher mayor. Ten signatures required. File with acting city clerk.
Monday, Jan. 20: Martin Luther King holiday, office closed.