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Community

Dan & Debbie’s Creamery to host Taste of Iowa April 8 in Ely

ELY– Come taste the delicious flavors and products that are made locally right in the wonderful state of Iowa on Saturday, April 8, from 1-4 p.m. at Dan & Debbie’s Creamery (1600 Main St.).

A renewed sense of focus

Quilters sew sensory blankets for Solon special ed classrooms

SOLON– It didn’t take long for Cameron Dziubinski to notice a difference in some of his students.
“When Cam came back to us and told us he had four kids that sat still for instruction, and he was so thrilled, it’s because they have this on their lap,” said Nancy Trow, an eighth-grade math teacher at Solon Middle School, as she held up a small weighted blanket.
Trow and four other middle school staffers spent one day during Spring Break sewing eight of the sensory blankets for special education classrooms at Lakeview Elementary and the middle school.

Hwy. 30 bypass work near Mt. Vernon

MOUNT VERNON– Road construction work to grade the roadway and construct several new bridges and culverts on the U.S. 30 Mount Vernon/Lisbon bypass between Irish Lane, just west of Mount Vernon, and Charles Avenue, just east of Lisbon, require shoulder closures, road closures, and intermittent lane closures from Monday, April 3, to late September 2018, weather permitting, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s Davenport construction office. Construction not requiring lane closures will also occur during daytime hours.

Solon High School Community Service Day Monday, April 24

SOLON– Students at Solon High School will be doing community service projects throughout the community Monday, April 24, from 12-3 p.m.
Students are looking forward to giving back to the community that has given so much to our schools. This year, the high school would like to extend an invitation to elderly residents in the community. If you have an outdoor project, we would like to help. Also, if you are a business in Solon and need a few hands, we can do that too! Students will spend the afternoon throughout the city helping businesses and residents in need.

Kites for Kids Saturday, April 8

NORTH LIBERTY– April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. Please join others in the community for a fun and free kite festival on North Central Junior High School’s football field and at Tiffin City Park on Saturday, April 8, from 12-2 p.m. Kites will be flown in honor of all the children in Johnson County who have been impacted by child abuse.
Every year, 1,500 children in the United States are lost due to the effects of child abuse. In Iowa, 8,298 children were abused in 2015. There were 120 reports of child abuse in Johnson County alone.

Al Dayhoff book signing April 6

NORTH LIBERTY– Al Dayhoff, author of two books, “God and Tattoos” and “Church in a Blues Bar,” will be featured at a book signing event at Café Muse in North Liberty. The event is Thursday, April 6, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. with a presentation of his research into tattoos from 7-7:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to meet the author and hear about his findings on why folks are adorning their bodies with art and other messages.

Tiffin Fire pancake breakfast Saturday, April 9

TIFFIN– The Tiffin Volunteer Fire Department and First Responders invites the public to attend its annual pancake breakfast Sunday, April 9, from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the fire station, 221 Main St.
Chief Brian Detert said the department expects to serve around 1,200 people. The menu includes pancakes, eggs, whole hog sausage and cinnamon rolls. There will also be jam from Clear Creek Orchard for sale. There is no admission fee, but a free will donation is accepted.

A trio of bills could benefit CCA, other school districts

OXFORD– Usually when a school administrator speaks of legislation moving from one chamber to another it is in relation to school funding and the negative impacts anticipated.
Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Superintendent Tim Kuehl addressed two pieces of pending legislation during a presentation to the district’s school board of directors Wednesday, March 22, at its regular monthly meeting at Clear Creek Elementary in Oxford. And, he was encouraged and optimistic about the bills and their benefit to the district.

Transportation Equity

Azul Tequila liquor license denied for health code violations

NORTH LIBERTY– City staff recommended the denial of Azul Tequila’s liquor license renewal at a March 28 North Liberty City Council meeting due to non compliance with food code.
“Azul is working through some issues with the county health department,” said North Liberty City Administrator Ryan Heiar. “We’ve had conversations with the health department and have agreed at a staff level that it makes the most sense to deny the permit until they can get their affairs in order.”

Easter Egg Hunt April 8 at NLRC

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Optimist Club and the North Liberty Recreation Center (NLRC) co-sponsor the annual Easter Egg Hunt, which will take place this year Saturda, April 8, at 10:30 a.m. sharp at the NLRC. Candy is spread on the ground. If inclement weather, the event is moved inside. Don’t be late, the candy vanishes in minutes! This free event is for ages 10 and under.

Road closure: North Liberty Road from Oak Lane to N. Juniper

NORTH LIBERTY– Beginning Monday, April 3, weather permitting, East Penn Street/North Liberty Road will be closed to traffic so crews can regrade the road bed for improved sight lines, improve the shoulder and prepare for future trail and sidewalk additions, and realign the road’s curve for improved safety. Work is expected to last through the fall.
Traffic on East Penn Street and North Liberty Road will be detoured to North Juniper and Dubuque streets, but residents along the construction will have access throughout the project.

Community garden registration open Friday, April 7

NORTH LIBERTY– Plots are available at North Liberty Meade Barn, east of Penn Meadows Park, on a first-come, first-served basis.
Each plot is 10-by-30 feet. A hydrant is available on site for water, but no hose hook-ups are allowed. Individuals need to bring buckets to transport water to their plots. Planting may begin May 1, earlier if plots are ready, and plots must be cleared by Nov. 1. Plots are assigned after registration, payment and completed lease agreement.