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Community

Tiffinfest 2014 planning well underway

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader

TIFFIN– The wheels are rolling for TiffinFest 2014.
City Council member Mark Petersen, co-chair of this year’s event, updated the council at last week’s meeting on the planning committee’s progress.
“All the contracts are in, which is way ahead of schedule,” said Petersen.

Board accepts $140 million proposed budget for FY2015

IOWA CITY– Support for the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) school board’s recently-drafted public comment guidelines collapsed among board members at its March 11.
Though there is a lot to celebrate in the district, dissent about public participation at board meetings followed the reports of accomplishments.

First annual reuse-themed craft fair April 19

IOWA CITY– The Salvage Barn, operated by Friends of Historic Preservation, announced it is now accepting vendor applications for the First Annual Reuse-Themed Craft Fair, Craft Your Environment, which will be held Saturday, April 19, at the East Side Recycling Center, 2401 Scott Blvd. SE in Iowa City, from noon until 5 p.m. The signature event is part of the Earth Day Celebrations occurring throughout the month of April at the East Side Recycling Center.

See the forest for the trees?

DNR addresses Macbride forest management plan

By Paul Deaton
Solon Economist

SOLON– When Anthony Sells built the first sawmill with an upright saw in Big Grove Township in 1839, there were a lot of nearby trees. Things changed as the land was cleared for development, to the extent that when the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recently marked a number of mature trees in the state park, people noticed and wondered what was going on.

Old Gold Diner pulls out all the stops for Valentine’s Day luncheon

Be Mine

SOLON– Old Gold Diner Site Manager Duane McAtee modestly called it a pretty good turnout.
The fellowship hall of the Solon United Methodist Church was dressed up for a fine dining experience as the Old Gold Diner served up a sit-down dinner for Valentine’s Day Friday, Feb. 14.
Red tablecloths, red and white roses on every table, a Valentine’s Day bunting across the front of the hall, live music and a meal of prime rib, roasted asparagus and cheesecake awaited a capacity crowd.

Solon Public Library

Change in Scrabble night
Scrabble is still scheduled for the last Wednesday of each month but we are splitting kids and adults. Scrabble afternoon challenge for kids will be after school, from 3:30 until 5 p.m. (ages 8 and up).
Scrabble Night for adults will be 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. The next Scrabble Challenge will be Wednesday, March 26. Bring your own snacks.

And the winners are…

Congratulations to Mary Holubar, who is the winner of the Friends of the Library Oscar Contest.

Digital era helps Solon students show artwork globally

Lakeview art presented to the world with online museum Artsonia

https://www.artsonia.com/schools/school.asp?id=56226

Shueyville UMC men’s group pancake supper March 28

 SHUEYVILLE– United Methodist Men’s group from Shueyville will sponsor a pancake supper on Friday, March 28, from 5 until 7 p.m. The public is invited to join them for the annual Shueyville United Methodist Men’s Pancake Supper to benefit mission activities at home and around the world. Come and enjoy good food and fellowship with friends. 
All-you-can-eat supper includes pancakes, eggs, sausage, hash browns and beverage. The cost for adults is $6, for children ages 3 to 12 $3, under 3 free.

Trapshooting can drive March 22

SOLON– The Solon Spartan trapshooting team will hold a can drive at the Solon fire station on Saturday, March 22, from 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Proceeds will help with operating costs (targets, registration, etc.). For questions or pickup call 319-624-2825.

Teams sought for middle school PTO kickball tournament April 5

SOLON– A Kickin’ For Kids Kickball Tournament, sponsored by Solon Middle School PTO, will be held Saturday, April 5, at Lakeview playground and T-Ball Fields.
The cost is $175 per team, and all teams will have nine to 14 players. Option 1: half of the team must be SMS students and all teams must have at least two adults. Option 2: Competitive play (for older kids and businesses wanting to participate).

Iowa City district talks attendance zones, FY15 budget

Community engagement, likely tax increase from the ICCSD

By Paul Deaton
North Liberty Leader

IOWA CITY–The Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) board of directors moved quickly through a Feb. 25 public hearing on Penn Elementary and a consent agenda to hear a report on the developing community engagement process.
The ICCSD engaged St. Louis consulting firm UNICOM•ARC to educate, inform the public, and engage the community as the district’s attendance zones are restructured to accommodate district growth.

Split CCA board turns down storm shelter

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

TIFFIN– On a 4-3 vote, the board of directors for the Clear Creek Amana school district rejected a proposed storm shelter in the new elementar to be built on Tiffin’s east side.
The shelter, a heavily reinforced music room, has been discussed since early January.