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MARCH 2015
A free community newspaper for the communities of
Oxford•Tiffin•North Liberty•Swisher•Shueyville•Solon•Ely
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Iowa City, Iowa
north johnson county
The following communities,
organizations and schools distribute
their official newsletters through
North Johnson County:
North Liberty City ................page 4
Swisher City ........................page 7
Shueyville City .....................page 8
Solon Senior Advocates ....... page 12
Solon City............................ page 13
Solon Community Schools ... page 14
Ely City ................................page 17
The North Liberty Community
Food & Clothing Pantry has
the following immediate
North Liberty Community Pantry
89 North Jones Blvd.
North Liberty, IA 52317
Donation hours: 9AM-5PM weekdays
The Solon Food Pantry has
the following immediate
Solon Food Pantry
Pantry hours: Monday 2-6 p.m
Donations: Mondays 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Phone: 319-430-8655
Located in the Solon United Methodist
two singing camp counselors,
400 children and Grace Com-
munity Church members have
in common?
They all love Hairy.
And who wouldn’t? Hairy is
a kooky, comedic puppet with
more fuzz than finesse, and
enough energy and enthusiasm
Hairy is a zany puppet who loves chocolate, hair brushings and silly jokes. He and his handlers, Diane
and John Windle, are part of a puppet menagerie that travels the Midwest teaching about the Bible and
God’s word. The Windles brought song, dance, puppets and comedy to Grace Community Church Jan.
31 to help teach Bible and character lessons to children and families, as part of their Hairy & Company
traveling ministry. (photos by Lori Lindner)
Audience members at Grace Community Church enjoy dancing
and singing with Diane and John Windle Jan. 31. Above, siblings
Lucy and Caleb get caught up in the action at the Hairy & Company
to fill an auditorium. That’s
what he did on Saturday,
Jan. 31, at Grace Community
Church in North Liberty.
Hairy & Company is the
signature act of the singing,
entertaining Christian outreach
duo John and Diane Windle
of Oshkosh, Wis. The two also
serve as missionary outreach
staff at Forest Springs Camp
and Conference Center in Wis-
consin. Armed with a guitar,
microphones, and their team
of loveable, quirky puppet
characters– everything from
Snozzle, a forgetful creature
with a long and bulbous nose
who has never learned to pay
attention, to Emit the wise old
camel who is a world traveler–
the Windles use their puppets,
songs and audience interac-
tion to teach Bible stories and
character lessons to children
of all ages.
Cindy Sulwer is Children’s
Ministry Director at Grace
Church. The Harry & Compa-
ny troupe has been invited to
Grace Church six times.
“The most important
message is how awesome our
Savior is and that Jesus is
better than anything this world
can offer,” said Sulwer. “People
need to know there is hope and
they are loved.” Sulwer said the
church congregation members
always ask to see Harry & Com-
pany return.
“Kids love the different
characters, and both parents
and kids love the humor of
the show,” said Sulwer. “It is a
fun, family-friendly show that
points to Christ.”
NL Optimist pancake
breakfast March 7
North Liberty Optimists will
be hosting their 42nd annual
Pancake Breakfast on Saturday,
March 7, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
at the North Liberty Commu-
nity Center. Tickets can be
purchased at Chiropractic TLC,
the library, city hall or any of
the banks in town. Tickets are
available for adults for $6,
children ages 3-10 for $2 and
age 2 and under are free. All
proceeds will go to the youth
of North Liberty.
Shueyville United
Methodist pancake
supper March 27
SHUEYVILLE– Shueyville
United Methodist Men’s
Pancake Supper will be held
Friday, March 27, from 5-7
p.m. The public is invited to
come and enjoy good food and
fellowship with friends.
The all-you-can eat supper
includes pancakes, eggs, ham,
sausage, hash browns and
beverage. This supper sup-
ports mission activities both
at home and around the world.
The church is located at 1195
Steeple Ln. NE in Shueyville.
Cost of supper is $6 for adults,
$3 for children ages 3-12 and
children under 3 are free.
Solon Spotlight
Spaghetti Dinner
and Musical
Showcase March 9
SOLON– Mark your calen-
dars for Monday, March 9, for
the annual Solon Spotlight
Spaghetti Dinner and Musical
Showcase. The dinner will be
held in the Solon High School
commons. The menu includes:
spaghetti, salad, bread, drink
and dessert. Tickets are $8
for adults and $5 for children
10 and under and student
performers. Serving times are
from 4:45 until 7 p.m. Diners
will enjoy performances by the
middle school and high school
jazz bands and the high school
jazz choirs.
Starting at 6:45 p.m., the
middle school show choirs will
perform in the high school
gym, followed by a progressive
showcase of musical talent
from fifth grade choirs and
bands, continuing up to the
high school choirs and band.
Enjoy an evening of good
food and great music. All
proceeds from the dinner will
benefit K-12 performing arts
programs at Solon schools.
Solon Survivor
Extreme 5K
Saturday, March 7
SOLON– The Solon Survivor
Extreme 5K will take place on
Saturday, March 7, at 9 a.m. at
the 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 Krush
Youth Sports 8U baseball team,
with a portion of the proceeds
to be donated to the local food
This is an “off-the-grid
race” full of hills, creeks and
many man-made and natural
obstacles. It will be hard, you
may get wet, you will get dirty,
and you will absolutely have
lots of fun.
Registration is $25 for
adults and will include a
Survivor Extreme 5K T-shirt,
and $20 for age 18 and under.
Please register at https://get-
vivorExtreme. Participation is
limited to 300 people.
see special supplement
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Extended Hours:
Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Thursday and Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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Special Interests:
chronic disease
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Special Interests:
prevention of athletic
injuries, nutrition
Jason Powers, MD
Special Interests:
obstetrics, preventive
health, pediatric and
adolescent health
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Special Interests:
pediatric care,
disease prevention,
health promotion
and fitness
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Special Interests:
women’s health,
obstetrics and
gynecology, pediatrics
Family medicine clinic services include:
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Meet our providers
UI Health Care — North Liberty
Ryan Hauser is the Sales/Service Manager for Haus-
ers Water Sytems in the North Liberty location, which
opened last year. The office has model units and prod-
ucts for demonstration, offering additional convenience
for the company’s customers in the Corridor. (photo by
Lori Lindner)
Water: Itʼs just what they do at Hausers
Hausers Water Systems now at
your service in North Liberty
By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– A business doesn’t
stick around for 66 years without doing
things right.
Hausers Water Systems does only wa-
ter, and they do it well.
So well, in fact, that the Manches-
ter-based business has officially expand-
ed into the Corridor, with an office at
580 Madison Ave. in North Liberty and
personnel ready to establish the loyal
client relationships Hausers is known for.
Hausers is a fourth-generation, fam-
ily-owned business established in 1949
by Milton and Ruth Hauser, who operated
the water treatment business from their
home in Manchester. Their son Charlie
bought the business in 1973, and when
Charlie retired 25 years later, his sons
Chad Hauser and Sean Hauser took over
the company. In the tradition set by their
great-grandparents, the brothers contin-
ued to build a clientele that now includes
residential and commercial customers
from coast to coast.
Though Hausers has served the Cor-
ridor area for many years, it’s always
been from the Manchester location. Tre-
mendous increase in demand for their
products warranted an expansion in their
production facility seven years ago, and
a desire to more efficiently serve their
clients in North Liberty, Solon, Coralville,
Iowa City, Tiffin and the surrounding
areas prompted them to open a second
office closer to those communities.
“In the Corridor, the housing market
is huge,” said Ryan Hauser, son of owner
Sean and manager of the North Liberty
office. “We do a lot of residential and
commercial business, so we
thought this was the place
to be.”
Hausers offers every-
thing from household water
softening or filtration sys-
tems to large commercial,
farming and industrial op-
erations, as well as bottled
water and water coolers
marketed under their Rip-
pling Springs name. The full
line of Hauser’s Water Sys-
tems products brings puri-
fied water to industries like
John Deere and Rockwell
Collins, and to hospitals
and scientific laboratories,
where high quality and pu-
rity mean everything.
They can also bring it
right to your shop, store-
front, and household faucet.
The key to Hauser’s high-
ly purified water is a pro-
cess called “reverse osmosis
and electro-deionization,” a
system that rids water of in-
visible impurities. Common-
ly called R.O., it can remove
many types of molecules
from water, including lead,
total dissolved solids, ni-
trates, chlorine and other contaminants.
The result of traveling through an R.O.
membrane is improved taste, odor and
appearance of the water, as well as re-
moval of potentially harmful pollutants.
In addition, a residential R.O. system
requires no energy, is easy to clean and
maintain, and has a low production cost
on the front end.
“We do more R.O. systems than prob-
ably most others in the area because
we believe in the overall quality R.O.
delivers for drinking water,” said North
Liberty team member and Sales Manager
Dick Hartvigsen. “It’s a micro-filtration
process that removes a lot of impurities
that make it far superior to tap water.”
Corridor-area contractor Kevin Mc-
Creedy of McCreedy-Ruth Construction
also believes in Hausers product and
“We’ve been using Hausers since 2011,
in a parade home. Since then they have
done most of our custom houses,” said
McCreedy. He continues to use Hausers
products and installers because they care
about what they do.
“They do a nice job. They want things
to look good when they are done, and if
I mention any suggestions to them, they
are more than happy to oblige me and do
what I ask. As a general contractor that
means a lot to me,” said McCreedy.
Hausers also takes the extra step for
McCreedy’s clients. As a contractor, Mc-
Hausers: Continued on page 11
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In its second year, the market is
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By Jen Moore
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY- It was just last
November when Diane Rinehart, Jenni-
fer Babcock, and Kristie Klever began
working together at Body Bliss Healing
But this partnership had been in the
works for much longer than that.
Though they didn’t know it at the
time, Klever and Rinehart attended the
same workshop in Des Moines in 2010,
with Klever traveling all the way from
Colorado to get there.
And it was Babcock who gave Rine-
hart her very first massage years ago.
All three now work under the same
roof at Body Bliss, located at 395 Beaver
Kreek Centre in North Liberty. Rinehart
and Babcock are both certified in mas-
sage therapy, with Babcock specializing
in pregnancy massage. Klever practic-
es biofeedback, a process that makes
clients more aware of their bodies’
functions and how to control them.
Rinehart first opened Body Bliss
almost eight years ago after spending
years at an office job. After learning
about massage therapy, she became
intrigued and felt it was something fun
she could make into a career.
For four years she worked at Bella
Vita Chiropractic Center, but when the
business moved to Iowa City, Rinehart
made the decision to strike out on her
“I’ve been blessed with good clients,”
Rinehart said. “And strong thumbs.”
Rinehart made the decision to add
Babcock after receiving numerous calls
inquiring about pregnancy massage.
Though she could give the massages,
she wasn’t certified in the practice.
She knew, however, that Babcock was
looking for office space and extended
the offer to her.
Babcock began practicing pregnancy
massage in 2002, in addition to Swed-
ish and Shiatsu massage, because she
NL day spa expands its
services to the community
Find your bliss here
Diane Rinehart, Kristie Klever and Jennifer Babcock offer everything from Swedish
and pregnancy massages to biofeedback treatments at Body Bliss Healing Therapies.
(photo by Jen Moore)
wanted to make expecting mothers feel
more “relaxed and joyful” during their
“I knew before I even had children
that it would be beneficial to me and
anyone who wants to become a parent,”
Babcock said. “Pregnancy comes with
a lot of pressures, so this helps to get
through it.”
Fewer instances of pregnancy and
labor complications, anxiety relief,
and improved sleep are just a few of
the merits Babcock lists in support of
pregnancy massage, which she adminis-
ters under the business name Mother’s
She also had positive experiences
with massage during her own pregnan-
cy and witnessed firsthand the benefits
of it. After finding out she was preg-
nant with twins, she received biweekly
massages, which she said helped get
her though the pregnancy with minimal
“It was considered a high risk preg-
nancy, and when you’re faced with that,
it’s kind of nerve wracking,” Babcock
said. “Going (to massages) helped me
stay calm and relaxed.”
She also hopes to give small class-
es on infant massage to parents next
year, as well as couples classes to teach
partners techniques to assist expecting
mothers in their labor and pregnancies.
“I would really like to promote the
idea that massage is something that
can benefit an entire family,” she said.
While Babcock and Rinehart’s work
is done on the outside of a person’s
body, Klever specializes in what she
calls “inner massage.”
Under the business name Quantum
Transformations, Klever uses biofeed-
back, a technique that goes back over
40 years in the medical community
Klever attaches electrodes to the
client, and those electrodes are able
to read stressors in the person’s body.
The machine can then help the body
revert back to a balanced state. It’s of-
ten used to combat anxiety, depression,
and even allergies.
It often takes several sessions to
identify and resolve problems, though
many clients continue to come in for
maintenance. Klever also acts as a life
coach to help clients live healthier and
more fulfilling lives.
“A lot of people become more aware
of what their underlying issues are,”
said Klever, who clarifies that she does
not diagnose or cure ailments. “We
explore those issues in lifestyle and see
where emotions are triggering stress.”
Eventually, Rinehart, Babcock, and
Klever would like to offer packages that
combine both massage and biofeed-
“They can both be stand-alone treat-
ments, but they can do amazing things
together,” Rinehart said. “It’s all about
reducing stress in the body.”
All three practitioners will offer
specials for new customers during the
month of January and services can be
set up by appointment. Rinehart can be
reached at 319-665-4343, Babcock at
319-330-8363 and Klever at 360-649-
Join Senior Dining in North Liberty
for good food, friends and fun
NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty kicks off a new
year with a totally new program for seniors.
Seniors are invited to come together every Friday
for a catered lunch at 11:30 a.m., and an activity from
noon to 1 p.m.
The first Friday, March 13, will be a lunch with a St.
Patrick’s Day theme and a birthday celebration for all
attendees who have March birthdays.
All seniors are welcome to attend the program at
the North Liberty Community Center, 520 W. Cherry
St., North Liberty. Cost is $3 per person.
For more information, contact Judy McRoberts at
Annual “Lucky Run” by We Run
March 21 in North Liberty
NORTH LIBERTY– We Run in North Liberty is orga-
nizing its annual “Lucky Run” for March 21, beginning
at 9 a.m. at the University of Iowa Community Cred-
it Union located in North Liberty on Landon Road.
The race includes three chip-timed distances, a 1K,
a 5K and a 10K. Participants will receive a technical
shirt, a finishing medal and a goodie bag. Additional
proceeds will be used for two charities, Soles4souls
and Brian to Boston (Michael Linslow Respite Center).
The event has been organized to get people up and
moving. Registration information for the race can be
found at www.werunllc.com under the Lucky Run tab.
To participate as a sponsor, please contact race direc-
tor, Kris Tharp, via phone at 319-310-5656 or email at
NL farmers market vendor
applications are now available
NORTH LIBERTY– Penn Landing Market, which
brought a farmers market back to North Liberty last
summer, is now accepting applications for the 2015
season. After last year’s pilot program, the market
will be expanded and held every Sunday from 11 a.m.
to 2 p.m. starting in May. The market will run through
Seasonal passes are just $230, with single-day
passes available for $12 space permitting. For ques-
tions or more information contact Lesley Triplett or
Veronica Tessler at 847-707-9999 or through e-mail
at pennlandingmarket@gmail.com. Applications are
available by calling 847-707-9999, online at pennland-
ingmarket.org/sell, or via email at pennlandingmar-
Let SHARE do the shopping
NORTH LIBERTY– Bring home a ready to cook Eas-
ter Dinner Package for $30 through the North Liberty
SHARE IOWA Food Program. The package includes a
2-pound all natural ham, a 2 1/2-pound USDA chuck
roast, a fresh produce assortment, frozen broccoli
and a 18-ounce lemon cake roll for dessert.
Local churches, businesses and other organizations
are invited to participate during the Easter season of
giving. SHARE welcomes anyone that would like to
make a donation to local families so they can enjoy a
holiday meal.
Orders are due by March 15, with a pick up date
of March 28 at the North Liberty Community Center.
Order forms and menus are available at the North Lib-
erty Community Library or through online ordering at
In addition to the holiday package, SHARE offers
more assorted nutritious food packages. Visit our
website or call your local contact agent, Carmen, at
319-626-3455 or the main office at 800-344-1107.
SHARE is a non-profit food program for everyone.
It is a volunteer-run, food-buying group offering great
food at exceptional pricing. SHARE is for you.
Recreation Center: 626-5716
Library: 626-5701
City Hall: 626-5700
Monday – Friday: 6 AM. – 9 PM
Saturday & Sunday: 8 AM. – 6 PM
Optimist Club of NL Pancake Breakfast
Help support your local Optimist Club in attending this
annual event held at the North Liberty Recreation Center.
Everyone is welcome! Tickets can be purchased at Chiro-
practic TLC at 1295 Jordan St., the North Liberty Commu-
nity Library at 520 W. Cherry St., North Liberty City Hall at
3 Quail Creek Cr., or any of the banks in town. Cost is $6
for adults, $2 ages 3-10, and under 2 free. All proceeds
benefit the youth of North Liberty.
Saturday, March 7
7 AM - 1 PM
Location: Recreation
For ages 10 years & under
Saturday, March 28
10:30 AM Sharp
Location: Recreation Center
grounds (or inside if
inclement weather)
Easter Egg Hunt
The North Liberty Optimist Club and the NLRC co-spon-
sor the annual Easter Egg Hunt. Candy is spread on the
ground. If inclement weather, event is moved inside. Don’t
be late, the candy vanishes in minutes!
Swim Lessons
Next session begins week of April 7
Spring Break Open Swim Times
Enjoy the Indoor Pool during school breaks.
Monday-Friday, March 16-20
12 PM-5 PM
Fee: Child $2 per day; Adults $4 per day
Spring Cleanup Day for North Liberty residents
is Saturday, April 25, from 7 until 11:30 AM
Spring Cleanup Day is for residents of
North Liberty only. Please be prepared
to verify that you are a North Liberty
resident with a water bill stub or driver’s
license. North Liberty residents pay
$.30 each month on their recycling bill
for this service.
Miscellaneous large items are to be brought to the
Public Works Facility, 620 Calvin St. (Go south on
Front Street to Golf View Drive. Turn right and go to
Calvin Street. Turn right to Public Works facility.)
The following items will be accepted:
Furniture and other bulky items.
White goods (appliances)
Brush and tree limbs
Tires and batteries (car & truck)
Metal and car parts
Dumpsters will be delivered on Saturday morning
and each type of refuse will have a designated
Assistance will be provided to the elderly or hand-
icapped. Please call City Hall (626-5700) by
April 24 to make arrangements.
Regular household trash, paint and toxic materials
will not be accepted. A permanent drop-off site for
paint and other hazardous materials has been cre-
ated at the Iowa City landfill. Items may be dropped
off by appointment each day.
The City is working to keep the cost of water
service as low as possible for the community.
Any household receiving a shutoff notice is billed
$15 for the notice. If water is turned off for
nonpayment, the household is required to pay a
$35 reconnect fee. If you have questions, please
contact City Hall. For additional information, check
the City’s website: www.north-liberty.com.
Property owners are responsible for cleaning
sidewalks within 48 hours of a snowfall. Properties
that have sidewalks across the rear of their proper-
ty are responsible for maintenance of those walks
as well. Your cooperation is necessary to provide
safe walkways for children going to and from
school and for all walkers.
Mailboxes need to be installed properly and in the
proper location. Property owners must also be
clear snow in front of mailboxes to permit timely
delivery of mail.
Please keep fire hydrants uncovered so they are
visible in case of emergency.
If you have a storm drain adjacent to your property,
the city would appreciate your help keeping it open.
In cooperation with the North Liberty Senior Coun-
cil, Senior Dining will have a new appearance in
March. Senior dining will now be held every Friday
with lunch starting at 11:30 AM. After lunch, activi-
ties will follow. The schedule is:
Week 1 – Cards
Week 2 – Bingo/Birthday celebration
Week 3 – Movie
Week 4 – Music
Week 5 (if necessary) Games
Senior dining meals cost $5. Come to the Commu-
nity Center for good food, good friends, good fun.
If you are interested in helping the Senior Council
plan senior dining activities or meals, call Tracey
Mulcahey at 319-626-5712 or email tmulcahey@
The North Liberty Summer Lunch and Fun program
was a huge success in 2014. Organizers are pnow
lanning this summer’s programming, to run Monday
through Friday from June 8 to Aug. 14 (no meal
served July 3). The program is in need of volun-
teers to organize daily activities from 12 -1 PM for
a variety of age of kids, food donations for meal
service, and cash donations to make the entire
summer a success. Program organizers are also
seeking a part time summer employee (20 hours
for 12 weeks) to coordinate the daily program. If
you are interested in helping, email NLSummer-
Lunch@northlibertyiowa.org. We look forward to
this summer’s program being even better.
Lifeguard Class:
Become an American Red Cross certified Lifeguard. Must
swim 100 yds. freestyle, 100 yds. breaststroke and an
additional 100 yds. freestyle or breaststroke continuously,
as well as a timed brick test, to complete the pretest for the
course. Must demonstrate correct rescue skills, first aid/
CPR, and get 80 proficiency on written exam.
Bonus: Work Memorial Day through Labor Day and get
class fee reimbursed. Must be at least 15 years old by last
day of course. Fees: Res $160; Non-res $165 per person.
Lifeguard Pre-test: March 10; 7-8 PM/ April 14; 7-8 PM
Lifeguard Class:
March 13, 5-9 PM
March 14, 8 AM – 6 PM
March 15, 8 AM – 6 PM
April 17,5-9 PM
April 18, 8 AM – 6 PM
April 19, 8 AM – 6 PM
Water Resistance Exercise Class
Back by popular demand, this class is a fast paced, cardio
workout using ankle cuffs, belts, gloves, weight ball and
hand held resistance buoy. Ages 15 years & up.
Sessions run March 2-30 OR April 1-29 (No class April 3)
Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays: 8-8:45 AM.
Fees: Res/Non-res SS3:$46/$51; SS4: $42/$47 or $4 drop-
in fee per day
Lucky Duck Morning Swim
A special morning open swim time for caregivers and
young children. Safety and supervision is needed; ages 5
and under should always be within arm’s reach.
Now through April 24 (No class April 3) on Fridays; 9-11:30
AM Fee is $1 per child; pay at front desk
Spring Crafts
Recreational class gives kids a chance to make seasonal
crafts. Ages: 3-5 years old
Session: March 3-31 (No class March 17)
AM Class: Tuesdays; 10-10:30 AM or 10:30-11 AM
PM Class: Tuesdays; 6-6:30 PM. or 6:30-7 PM
Fee: Res/Non-res $20/$25
Registration deadline: February 28
Winter/Spring brochures are
available online at www.
northlibertyiowa.org/rec or you
can stop by the Rec Center
and pick one up in person.
Registration for most
programs through April
2015 is now in progress.
continued from page 4
Recreation Center: 626-5716
Library: 626-5701
City Hall: 626-5700
By Jennie Garner
Library Director
March brings spring fever and
the library has many programs
for all ages to keep you enter-
tained while you wait for the
weather to warm up. Join us
for a series of Master Gardener
programs being offered on
Monday evenings in March.
Join us for a family potluck on
March 13 from 6-8pm to kick
off spring break week. Your
admission is a covered dish or
crock pot dish to share. Please
bring table settings for your
family and any special bev-
erages you’d like. The library
will provide lemonade and fun
family activities.
We’ll also offer a fun family
spring break project. Use
household items (cardboard,
foil, construction paper, and
other supplies) to create your
family crest or shield to submit
for display in the library’s large
glass display case. Shields
must by no larger than 15”X15”
and should be submitted by
5pm, Friday, march 20. Pa-
trons will have a chance to cast
their vote for the most creative
family shield from March 23-
30. The winning shield will be
announced and a fun family
prize will be awarded to the
winner on Tuesday, March 31.
You can still get your 2015
Culver’s calendar (with loads
of coupons) for $5 at the library
and help the library at the
same time. All proceeds are
being donated to the library by
the Coralville Culver’s. Pick
yours up today!
North Liberty Community
Library has the honor of
hosting the All Iowa Reads
author, Robin Oliviera, in
partnership with the Marion
Public Library, for a discussion
of Oliviera’s book My Name
Is Mary Sutter (2010), which
was chosen as the All Iowa
Reads title for 2015. In this
historical novel, Mary Sutter is
a brilliant, headstrong midwife
from Albany, New York, who
dreams of becoming a surgeon
during the Civil War. We hope
you’ll join us to welcome Ms.
Oliviera from Seattle on April
21 at 6:30pm.
Beginning in April, the library
will offer a pop-up branch
at the North Liberty Food &
Clothing Pantry. Adult Services
Librarian, Elaine, and other
staff will be spending two days
a month (a Tuesday and a
Thursday from 3-5 p.m.) at the
food pantry offering library ser-
vices. Visitors will be able to
sign up for library cards, check
out materials and request
items. We’re excited to partner
with the Food Pantry for this
new service.
If you are planning any fun
weekend getaways, the library
has Iowa Travel Guides avail-
able free of charge. Pick one
up in the library.
The library staff strives to
provide services and programs
tailored to meet the needs of
community members and area
residents. While it may not be
possible to adopt all sugges-
tions, we welcome your input.
Please contact Library Director
Jennie Garner with sugges-
tions, questions or concerns
at 319-626-5778 or email
The library’s spring program
brochure is available in the
library and online at www.
• My Baby Story Time:
Every Tuesday at 10 AM
Designed for infants up to 24 months and
parent/caregiver. At this program you can
expect a combination of stories and rhymes
that will also incorporate movement.
• Tot Time (2-4 years)– Fridays, 10 AM
• Easter Egg Hunt. March 27, 10 AM
Geared for 2-4 year olds.
• Storytime(Pre-K)– Wednesdays, 10 AM
• PJ Storytime (family)– Thursdays, 7 PM
NOTE: Though we have recommended ages
for storytime, we encourage you to try them
all and see what fits best for you and your
• Family Pot Luck– Friday, March 13,
6-8 PM. Bring a potluck dish to share and
tableware for your family. Library will provide
lemonade and family fun activities.
• What’s Your Shield submissions due
Friday, March 20. Create a family crest or
shield and submit for display and a chance
to win a family fun prize. (see details in the
library brochure or the director’s Shelf Life
column, this page).
• Crafternoons (K-5th)– Tuesdays, 3:30-
4:30 PM
• Lego Thursdays (K-5th)– 1st & 3rd Thursday,
2:30-4 PM
• Throwback Wednesday (Teen)– 2nd & 4th
Wednesday, 5 PM
• Teen Game Night– March 13, 6 PM. Teens,
bring your friends and join us for this af-
ter-hours, teens-only classic board game night
in the library.
• Sociable Seniors– Mondays, 10 AM
• Just for Fun Hand Crafts– Tuesdays, 7 PM
• Genealogy– with Sarah Uthoff, Monday,
March 23, 6:30 PM. Get a start on geneaology
from a librarian’s point of view. You’ll learn what
you need to take your first steps in the right
direction. Topics include basic forms, how to ask
the right questions, terminology and organiza-
tions that can be of help.
• BYOB (Bring Your Own Book)–North Liberty
Chapter, Friday, March 27, 5:30 PM at Bluebird
Café, North Liberty.
This book discussion group that brings local
restaurants and books together. March’s read
is Anthony Bourdaine’s “Bone in the Throat”
(please note the title change), a thrilling Mafia
caper laced with entertaining characters and
wry humor.
• Last Tuesday of the Month Book Club–
March 31, 6:30 PM– Join us for a discussion of
School-age Workshops
Escape the winter blues by entering another world for
an afternoon. Each week offers a new world to explore
through various crafts and activities allowing children to use
their imagination. Instructor: Stephanie Fiser
Ages: 6-12 years Signup deadline:
SS7: March 7: Sports Feb. 27
SS8: March 14: St. Patrick’s Day Mar. 6
Saturdays; 1:30-2:30 PM
Fee: $8 per session, per child
Registration Deadline: Friday prior to session date
Introduction to Scrapbooking for Kids
Come learn the basics of scrapbooking including cropping,
layout design options, A variety of tools will be available to
experiment with. Class fees include supplies needed. Child
needs to bring 4-6 pictures. Instructor: Stephanie Fiser.
Ages: 6-12 years Signup deadline:
SS3: March 7 Feb. 27
SS4: March 14 Mar. 6
Saturdays; 3 -4 PM
Fee: $10 per session, per child
Registration Deadline: Friday prior to session date
Tae Kwon Do: Adults & Children
Learn self control, self confidence, discipline, courtesy and
self defense. This activity is for the entire family. Uniform
required. Instructor: Chris Varo Ages: 6 years and up
SS3: March 2-30
SS4: April 2-30
Monday and Thursday; 5:30-7 PM
Fee: Res/Non-res: SS2: $48/$53; SS3 & 4: $54/$59; or $7
drop-in fee per class if not full.
Jr. Golf
Great introduction to the game of golf for kids. Learn skills
at the Quail Creek Golf Course range and practice green.
Participants need to bring their own set of clubs. Meet at
NLRC, transport to golf course. Ages: 8-13 years
SS1: April 7-28
Days/Time: Tuesdays; 3:45-4:45 PM
Fee: $30 per person
Location: Meet at NLRC at 3:45 PM; van transport to Quail
Creek Golf Course
Registration Deadline: April 2
the classic “To Kill a Mockingbird,” by Harper
NOTE: Additional copies of books and
materials for book/discussion groups are
available at the library.
Enjoy a variety of topics with different Master
Gardeners, Mondays in March at 6:30 PM.
• Monday, March 2: Outstanding
Shrubs for the Midwest Home Garden,
with Mike Anderson, LCMG.
Mike will review several species of shrubs
that do well in the Midwest, including
some that may be unfamiliar to you as
well as many recognizable and long-time
• Monday, March 9: Fabulous Foliage
with Lori Bailey, LCMG.
Learn about “must have” foliage plants in
a flower garden. Lori will share growing
tips, care advice and creative ways to use
showy plants. The foliage shape, texture
and long lasting color will transform your
flower garden giving it the WOW factor
you long for.
• Monday, March 16: Growing in a Hoop
House- Phil Pfister LCMG.
A hoop house can be a relatively inexpen-
sive way to get an early start on vegeta-
bles and to extend the growing season
well into fall and winter. In this discussion,
LCMG Phil Pfister will provide ideas for
materials used to construct a hoop house,
plants that work well, and growing and
insect management tips.
• Monday, March 30: Container Gar-
dens - Deb Walser LCMG.
Container gardens do not have to be
three geranium, asparagus fern and vinca
vines. You don’t need to grow only one
tomato in a container; you can grow a
whole salsa garden in a container. Come
see what can be done with your contain-
ers. Deb Walser’s own containers will be
featured along with planting instructions.
You will never have a plain container
garden again.
Technology Librarian, Janet, will not be doing
group computer classes during the month of
March. If you are interested in learning more
about topics like Pinterest Tutorial, Cloud
Storage or Make a Website, Janet will still be
happy to meet for individual training on these
and other technology-related topics. Contact
her at 319-626-5777 or jlubben@northliber-
tyiowa.org to set up a time. Look for classes
to be offered later this spring or summer.
Want to learn a new game? Try pickleball; the cross
between hand ball, tennis, and badminton. Open play for all
and free lessons may be given during play. For adults and
senior citizens
Session: January 5-April 30 (No play April 3 & 5)
Monday – Friday; 8–12 PM; Sundays; 10 – 2 PM;
Wednesdays; 6 -9 PM
Location: Inside at NLRC Jones Gymnasium; Court 2
Daily fee $2 per person or purchase monthly package
Resident $10; Non-resident $15
Get together for a half or full court pick-up game of
basketball. Check with the front desk for conflict dates
when programming takes precedence. Daily drop-in fees
assessed. Ages: 18 years & up (not in high school)
Noon Ball: Through April 30 (No play March 16-20; April 3)
Monday-Friday; 12 – 1:30 PM at NLRC
Evenings: January 6-April 30
Thursdays, 6:15-8:45 PM at North Bend Elementary
Daily fee $2 per person or purchase monthly package:
Resident $10; Non-resident $15
Cardio Pump
Interval training utilizing progressive and moderate
resistance with free weights and cardio during recovery. All
fitness levels welcome. Ages: 14 years & up
Now through April 19
Mondays & Wednesdays, 7:30-8:30 PM.
Fees: $27-$32; or $3.50 drop-in fee per class
Cardio Kickboxing
Basic punches and kicks are broken down one at a time
and combined to make for a high energy, full body workout.
Ages 14 years & up
Now through April 30
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 7:30 – 8:30 PM
Fees: Fees: $27-$32; or $3.50 drop-in fee per class
Cross Fit
Class meets four nights a week. M/W = Cardio Pump; T/
TH = Kickboxing. All fitness levels are welcome. Ages: 14
years & up. Now through April 30
Days/Times: Mondays-Thursdays, 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Fees: $40.50; or $3.50 drop-in fee per class.
It may be hard to believe, but spring will soon be
on its way and with it, the ground will be thawing.
That’s great news for winter-weary residents. The
thaw season, however, can put additional burdens on
Johnson County’s secondary road system. As
frost is coming out of the ground, the chip
seal/oil road systems are most susceptible
to damage and, to protect them, the county
may subject the roads to embargoes.
Pursuant to Iowa Code Sections 321.471,
321.472 and 321.473, the Johnson Coun-
ty Board of Supervisors annually adopts a
resolution that allows the County Engineer
to impose weight restrictions on specific sec-
ondary road systems within Johnson County
for a 90-day period. If weight restrictions
are enacted, the embargoed roads will be
limited to any vehicle less than 8 gross tons.
The Board of Supervisors adopted this year’s
resolution at its Feb. 26 meeting, giving my
office the authority to issue embargoes as
Late February through early May is a common
time for weight restrictions to be posted on Coun-
ty roadways. If my office issues an embargo order,
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Road embargoes, dust control right around the corner
information will be updated daily on the county web
page (www.johnson-county.com) under the Secondary
Roads department heading. A map showing roadways
that could potentially be embargoed, along with a file
listing the effective date of each embargo,
will be available. Residents are advised to
check local media for embargo information.
Special permits for vehicles 8 gross tons
or greater are available only if there is a
need to move farm produce of the type
subject to rapid spoilage or loss of value, or
to move any farm feeds, or fuel for home
heating purposes. To reduce the likelihood
of shortages for such items, residents are
asked to plan in advance.
Permits will not be issued to allow con-
struction materials or equipment exceeding
the weight limits to operate on embargoed
roadways. Over-weight vehicles traveling
on restricted roads without a permit will be
subject to prosecution.
Qualified participants may apply for the special
permit in person at the Johnson County Secondary
Road Department, 4810 Melrose Ave. West, Iowa City,
IA 52246, by mail, or by contacting the department
Greg Parker, John-
son County Engi-
at 319-356-6046 or jenmoore@co.johnson.ia.us to
request a permit application be faxed to them. The
following information will be needed to complete
the permit: vehicle license plate number(s), driver’s
name(s), type of material being transported and
planned route or roads.
Another spring road issue for residents in unincor-
porated areas is dust control.
Each year, the Johnson County Secondary Roads
department allows private residents to contract with
pre-approved dust alleviation applicators to apply a
dust control product to county roadways. Residents
are responsible for 100 percent of the cost. Permit
forms must be completed and submitted to the
selected applicator with payment by May 9, 2015. A
current list of dust alleviation applicators approved
by the county will be posted to the Secondary Roads
page of www.johnson-county.com in the next few
weeks. Permit forms, rules, regulations and policies
are available on that page. Permit forms will also be
available from approved applicators. Residents can
contact the Johnson County Secondary Roads depart-
ment at 319-356-6046 with questions.
– Greg Parker, P.E., is Johnson County Engineer.
TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Youth
Football Program is holding registrations for incom-
ing fifth and sixth grade students for the 2015-2016
school year on Tuesday, March 3, from 6-8 p. m. in
the Clear Creek Amana Middle School multi-purpose
room. All students and parents interested should
come to the meeting to find out more about the pro-
gram. Fundamentals of football will be taught. This
is full contact with pads and helmets. All equipment
will be furnished except shoes. Cost for the program
is $150. The cost will include: a jamboree; practices
which start mid-August and will last until the final
game in October, there will be four practices the first
couple of weeks and three practices thereafter until
the season is completed; and six games on Sundays,
starting in mid-September and running through Oc-
tober. Registration forms will be available that night
and students will be weighed and measured for uni-
forms after the informational meeting. We encourage
all students to participate, so if the fee is a problem,
scholarships are available. If you have any questions
or would like to volunteer to help coach, please con-
tact CCA Coordinator Jim Seelman at 319-626-6155
evenings or e-mail at bev-jim-mba@msn.com. This is
not a school sponsored program.
Clear Creek Amana Youth Football registration set for Tuesday, March 3
“Without libraries what have we? We have no past
and no future.”
– Ray Bradbury
March at the Swisher Library
March. In like a lion, out like a lamb, they say. I’ll
hope it’s true because it sure looks like it is coming in
lion, but I am ready for spring! Spring means gar-
dens, baseball, bike rides, rhubarb and asparagus.
And your local library can help with all of that. Find
out what plants to plant in that shady spot under the
trees, read about minor league ball in Clinton, check
out Iowa trails or maybe find a good recipe for spring
produce. Welcome, spring!
Easter Egg Hunt April 4
It is that time of the year again, time for the Swisher
Easter Egg Hunt. The Swisher Library is collecting
candy and cash donations for the annual hunt.
You can drop off bags of small, individually wrapped
candies or a cash donation at the library any time
before March 31. Feel free to drop them in the drop
box if we are not open when you come by.
Egg stuffing open house: We will be stuffing eggs
on Wednesday, April 1, from 4 until 8 p.m., or until
we finish them all. Feel free to stop by and help out, it
is lots of fun.
And then come join us for the big Easter Egg Hunt.
Saturday, April 4, at the Castek City Park. The
hunt goes off right at 11 a.m. so make sure all kids
(ages 0-10) are there with baskets ready
Open Hours
Monday-Thursday: 4-8 p.m.
Saturdays: 10 a.m.-noon
Or if the Open Flag is up … come on in!
Story Time
Thursdays, 6:30 p.m.
March 5: A-B-C
March 12: Happy St. Pat’s!
March 19: Welcome Spring
March 26: Baseball
Join us for all the fun!
Book Club March 17
Our book for March is “Devil in the
White City” by Erik Larson.
Erik Larson intertwines the true
tale of the 1893 World’s Fair and
the cunning serial killer who used
the fair to lure his victims to their
death. Combining meticulous re-
search with nail-biting storytelling,
Erik Larson has crafted a narrative
with all the wonder of newly-dis-
covered history and the thrills of
the best fiction.
Books are in now. Stop in and pick one up and then
join us for the discussion on Tuesday, March 17, at 7
Book Marks
Box ordinance that would require new businesses
and encourage existing businesses to install Knox
Box. Council directed this to be put on the next
regularly scheduled council meeting to set a public
Public hearing for adoption of Small Wind Energy
Conversion System Ordinance was done. 1st Reading
of Ord.#241—Small Wind Energy Conversion System
was done.
Public hearing for adoption of 2014 National Electri-
cal Code was done. Ordinance#242-- 2014 National
Electrical Code was adopted.
Council reset public hearing date for adoption of
2013-2023 Swisher Comprehensive Plan to March
9, 2015 at 7p.m. Kakacek noted that
Planning & Zoning needs to have public
hearing first, so this needs to be reset
until they have their meeting in Febru-
Council set public hearing date for
adoption of 2015-16 Budget to March 9,
2015 at 7 p.m. at City Hall.
Resolution No. 2015-04 to adopt Goal
Setting Report was approved.
Council set public hearing date to adopt 7RS(residen-
tial single) District on March 9, 2015 at 7 p.m. at City
Council set public hearing date to rezone from
12RS(residential single) to 7RS(residential single) of
certain properties in Swisher on March 9, 2015 at 7
p.m. at City Hall.
Resolution No. 2015-05 to rezone Sedlacek property
was approved. Within the 2 mile fringe area.
Resolution No. 2015-06 of Preliminary and Final Plat
for FW Sedlacek Addt. was approved. Within the 2
mile fringe area.
Replacement of Recycle Bins: Kakacek inquired if
Council would consider not charging new residents
for recycle bins when they move into Swisher as a
welcome, if there are no bins in the existing house.
Council approved not to charge for recycle bins when
a new resident moves into Swisher or moves within
the city.
Resolution No. 2015-07 to change payroll dates was
approved to change to the 15th and last day of month
instead of the 1st and 15th.
Feb. 9
City Council
Hearing March 9 for new utility billing;
Fire dept. recommends Knox Box
Citizens’ Comments: Johnson County Sheriff
Department will contact City if roads are icy on 120th
Street. Beard noted fire department received fire
truck on Friday.
Library Director Laura Hoover gave the following
updates: received grant monies for library teen room,
patrons may pay library fines with canned foods, $1
off per each item donated. The food will be donated to
North Liberty Food Pantry.
Mayor Report: Mayor Taylor noted the follow-
ing: he attended several meetings as representative
of Swisher and gave meetings updates. He thanked
Hoover for spearheading grant request from INS.
Council Reports: Gudenkauf reported the Com-
munity Foundation for Johnson County met at Kava
House last month. The Swisher Com-
munity Fund is looking for board volun-
teers. They plan to install park benches
this spring.
Employees’ Reports: Vondracek not-
ed they will be cleaning storm sewers,
cleaning outside of sewer plant, and
maintenance of city vehicles in the near
future. Mayor inquired council if was
okay to have three city guys working
for snow emergencies all at the same
time even though council formally approved only two
persons working for snow removal before. Council
was okay with this. Kakacek noted there will be a ball
diamond usage meeting this Tuesday, the city office
will be closed on Thursday for a few hours for website
Ordinance #240—Increase Sewer Rates was adopt-
ed. Rates will start increase on July 1, 2015 and the
following two years.
Public hearing date to change billing periods for
sewer service to monthly was set for March 9,
2015 at 7 p.m.
Council agreed not to change the sewer penalty rate at
$15.00 per month. It was recommended to ad-
vertise more about sewer payment option of
ACH. Council set a public meeting to discuss sewer
penalty rates for March 9, 2015 at 7 p.m.
Council agreed to allow bike ride through Swisher
streets on Saturday, May 2, 2015 sponsored by Ride
4 Youth to benefit United Action for Youth. Council
expressed their concern of safety due to Swisher City
Wide Garage Sales also that day.
Gene Beard noted the Jefferson-Monroe Volunteer
Fire Department requests the City adopt Knox
Phone: 319-857-4539
Fax: 319-857-4529
E-Mail: swisher2@southslope.net
City of Swisher
66 Second Street
P.O. Box 279
Swisher,Iowa 52338
New City Office Hours:
Mondays 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.,
Tuesdays, Thursdays and
Fridays 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
March 1: Swisher
Auxiliary Breakfast.
Breakfast is served. $8
all you can eat, the public
is welcome.
Feb. 20-March
27: Annual Lenten
Suppers at the Swisher
Legion. 5-8 p.m. All-you-
can-eat fish $11; shrimp
$14; chicken strips $7;
add on Shrimp $6; chil-
dren 6-12 years of age $5
and children 5 years and
younger are free. Served
with one trip thru Salad
Bar and take outs are
available. The public is
welcome and the Juniors
will be having a bake sale
each week as well. For
more information con-
tact 319-857-4687.
Bake Sale &
Saturday, April 4, 2015.
9:00-10:30 a.m.
Swisher Savings Bank &
North Johnson County (NOJOCO) is a free community newspaper containing a mix of newsletter
information from area cities and schools, news of upcoming events and advertising.
NOJOCO is distributed by standard mail and newsracks at the end of every month to residents in
Oxford, Tiffin, North Liberty, Swisher, Shueyville, Solon and Ely– approximately 14,000 households.
Questions and submission should be addressed to:
Doug Lindner: hybrid@southslope.net * 319-624-2233
Shueyville City Council Meeting –
February 10, 2015
Mayor Markus Cannon called the regular
monthly meeting of the Shueyville City
Council to order at 6:30 pm on Tuesday,
February 10, 2015 in the council
chambers at the Shueyville Community
Present: Markus Cannon, Mayor,
Mickey Coonfare, Council Member,
Brent Foss, Council Member, Jerry Cada,
Council Member, and Teresa Eadie,
Absent: Chris Lacy, Council Member,
Pam Larson, Council Member
Citizens Present: Peg Becicka, Gary
Bruxvoort, Mark Story, Bryan Bredman,
Steve Kass, Eugene Beard, Dee Land,
Margart Sherry
Citizen’s Comments: A comment was
made to have a list or write none on
licenses and permits to be approved.
Reminder that salt should not be used
on the Community Center front steps
and back deck as it is too hard on newer
concrete. A complaint was issued that
the plow has taken out their mailbox
again and that they contacted the county
to make them aware of the situation.
It was also brought to the Councils
attention that some sidewalks have
not been cleared in a timely manner as
stated in the code. Gene Beard from
the Fire Department announced that
the newly purchased 2009, Rescue
Pumper is here. It was also discussed
that snowmobiles are still driving on
120th Street. The Mayor said that he
has stopped several people and gave them
a reminder warning. It was also brought to
the attention of the Council that a youth
bike ride is scheduled to be riding through
Shueyville on May 2nd. This is the same
weekend that Swisher hosts it annual
garage sale day and the route is very busy
with traffic. It was recommended that the
City contact the group and express the
concerns with safety. It was suggested
that an announcement was posted in the
NoCoJo paper to let citizens know of the
Consent Agenda: No comments on Agenda.
No comments of January 13, 2015
minutes. Budget Workshop minutes need to
have more description of items discussed.
Summary of Cl ai ms, no comments.
Treasurer’s Repor t , no comment s.
Sheriff’s report, 20 dispatches: 12 traffic,
4 suspicious activities, 1 phone request,
2 extra patrol and 1 bar check. Lonnie
Pulkrabek presented a review of the sheriff
contracted hours report for the upcoming
year expenses and cost increases. No
licenses or permits to review. Council
Member, Coonfare motioned, seconded
by Council Member, Cada, to approve the
consent agenda consisting of the Agenda,
Minutes from the January 13, 2015 and the
Budget Workshop Minutes with the addition
of more detail description, Summary List
of Claims, the Johnson County Sheriff’s
Report, Permits, Licenses, and Treasurer/
Clerk’s Report. All Ayes, motion carried 3-0.
Employees: Council Member Cada is looking
into cost of City sign, MPO sent letter about
set up traffic counts-Schechinger, the City
Engineer will email them locations, Saturday
April 11, 2015 at 9 am is a legislative
breakfast for Jo Co. Celebration of the
Young Child, It was discussed what holiday’s
the city office is closed. Schechinger, the
City Engineer is going to print off a large
Shueyville zoning map for the council
Old Business: Southview is still under
review till the legal owner of the road a
can be determined. Brown will plow the
road and defer the billing until ownership
is determined. A citizen suggested snow
removal violations be reviewed. Citizen
questioned procedures on ordinances, so it
was motioned by Council Member, Foss and
seconded by Council Member, Coonfare to
defer the discussion of the Knox Box, Sign
Ordinance and 12-1814-01, Amendment to
2014 Electrical Code for Johnson County
and the front door to community center
till next meeting. All Ayes, motion 3-0.
Discussion was heard from the public about
ordinance violation within the city. The city
attorney needs to review letter sent from
Solon Bank before lifting moratorium. No
additional comments for rental contract
for center.
New Business: Motion by Council Member,
Foss, seconded by Council Member, Cada,
to set Public Hearing for March 10, 2015
at 6:30 for FY16 Budget. All Ayes, motion
carried 3-0.
Motion by Council Member, Cada, and
seconded by Council Member, Coonfare
to table the Final Plat for Jacob’s Landing,
3rd Addition till next meeting till sewer pipe
easement and Spring Valley Place road is
confirmed to be paved. All Ayes, motion
carried 3-0.
Correspondence: no comments.
Announcements: none.
Council Member, Cada moved to adjourn
the meeting, seconded by Council
Member, Coonfare. All Ayes, motion
carried 3-0. Meeting adjourned at 8:50
Markus Cannon Mayor
Teresa Eadie City Clerk/Treasurer
Shueyville City Council Budget
Workshop – January 29, 2015
Mayor Markus Cannon called the Budget
Worskshop of the Shueyville City Council
to order at 6:30 pm on Thursday, January
29, 2015 in the council chambers at the
Shueyville Community Center.
Present: Markus Cannon, Chris Lacy,
Mickey Coonfare, Brent Foss, Jerry
Cada and Teresa Eadie
Absent: Pam Larson
The budget was discussed.
Motion by Foss, seconded by Cada to
set Public Hearing, Feburary 10, 2015.
All Ayes, motion carried 4-0.
Cada moved to adjourn the meeting,
seconded by Foss. All Ayes, motion
carried 4-0.
Meeting adjourned at 7:25 p.m.
Markus Cannon Mayor
Teresa Eadie City Clerk/Treasurer
The City of Shueyville would like to invite you to participate in a
beautification project. The community recently improved 120th
The Heart of the Corridor
Street and also installed sidewalks. To continue on the path of improving
the community the council is discussing wanting to give Shueyville a
“hometown feel.” Members of the council are seeking input on what the
residents of Shueyville would like to see along 120th Street. Some ideas
might include trees, shrubs, lighting etc. Please, submit your ideas to
City of Shueyville at 2863 120th St. NE, Swisher, IA 52338 or by email
at Shueyville@southslope.net
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Ryan Krafka gave a presentation on his time with the Peace Corps in Mozambique at the Solon Public Library on
Jan. 26. (photo by Jen Moore)
Iowa to Africa
and back
Solon native volunteers in Mozambique with Peace Corps
By Jen Moore
Solon Economist
SOLON – The road to Estaquinha, Mozambique, is a
bumpy one.
And a crowded one.
Solon Native Ryan Krafka recently returned from the
African country and a stint as a Peace Corps volunteer.
Krafka gave a presentation about his experience at the
Solon Public Library Jan. 26.
Mozambique is served by a single main highway that
travels from north to south. With only one lane going
each direction and more potholes than pavement at
times, traveling to the small village of Estaquinha was an
adventure every time Krafka hit the road.
Most of the time, such travel was done in a crowded
Toyota van meant to seat eight passengers comfortably.
B ut more often, Krafka found himself sitting with 18 to
20 of his closest friends.
“You learn to get to know your neighbor when you’re
traveling. You get used to it,” Krafka joked. “You don’t
always like it, but you get used to it.”
Krafka spent two years teaching high school math
and computer science with the Peace Corps in several
Mozambican towns. It was a dream he has wanted to
live out since his fourth grade class did a project on the
international service organization.
“Ever since then, it was in the back of my mind as
something I might want to do,” Krafka said.
After graduating from Iowa State University with a
degree in engineering, he applied to the program and was
later accepted. The first three months of his 27-month
period as a volunteer were spent learning the national
language, Portuguese, before he was sent out to his first
teaching site, the small village of Estaquinha in central
There, Krafka taught two to three mathematics classes
each day for about 80 11th- and 12th-grade students at a
Catholic mission school.
He shared a home with a fellow Peace Corps volunteer
and a housekeeper who assisted with the day-to-day
upkeep of the home. The small hut had no running water
or consistent electricity. Cooking was done primarily
outdoors over a pit of charcoal.
Mozambique is a relatively new country, only gaining
its independence from Portugal in 1975. Several years
after, the nation fell into civil war that lasted until 1992.
Since then, Mozambique has struggled to regain its foot-
ing in the global economy.
Education in particular is a struggle for most of its
rural citizens. Attending secondary school is relatively
cheap, Krafka said, but many students miss out because
they help with their families’ subsistence farms.
And though some students go on to post-secondary
education, many end up following in their family mem-
bers’ footsteps and continue to help with the family
farm. Higher education is expensive and most citizens of
this developing country simply don’t have the means to
go beyond a high school education.
But Krafka feels the country is making great strides.
His school participated in a number of extracurricular ac-
tivities, like science fairs and a competition called English
Theater, where students had the chance to practice their
English language skills in the form of skits and plays.
When Krafka took his students to the competition at
the province capital, Beira, his team placed second. This
was a huge accomplishment for a group that had never
placed before.
“We worked all year with this group. We were so
proud of them and just so happy for them; they put in a
lot of work,” Krafka said.
At first glance life in Iowa and Mozambique could
not have seemed more different, but Krafka found the
adjustment wasn’t as difficult as one might have imag-
ined. That was mostly due to the welcoming and hospi-
table attitudes of his neighbors and other community
members, and an atmosphere that he described as “very
Often, students and their families would come to
Krafka’s home to talk about school, but the conversation
would frequently shift to other subjects: religion, goals,
dreams for the future, and endless questions about life
in America.
“Their only exposure was through other volunteers
and our media, like kung fu and action movies,” Krafka
said. “They wanted to know what it was like here or what
my family was like.”
The close bonds he formed with his neighbors came
as a surprise to Krafka, who never expected to become as
ingrained in the community as he did. When it came time
to leave Estaquinha due to civil unrest, he recalls one
young girl to whom he was particularly attached jumping
into his arms, seemingly begging him not to leave.
That was the hardest part of his time there, he said,
not the lack of creature comforts like air conditioning or
hot water.
Krafka spent another year in the town of Caia, but his
favorite memories came from Estaquinha.
“I didn’t want to leave,” Krafka said. “I had a great
experience and what made it for me was my community
and my students.”
A piece of
the country
Heather Snipes of Solon stands in front of a few of her painted barn quilts. (photo by Jen Moore)
Heather Snipes turns her love of art
into a successful side business
By Jen Moore
Solon Economist
SOLON– One of
Heather Snipes’s favorite
things to do is to get on
her Harley Davidson mo-
torcycle and just drive.
Her trips often lead
her down quiet country
roads, where she takes
in the scenic farmlands
and landscapes. It was
during one of these rides
when she first became
entranced by the beauty
and intricacy of the quilt
paintings hanging on
area barns.
“When you see those
old barns out there with
those beautiful designs
on the sides of them, I
thought, ‘you know, I
could do that,’” Snipes
Snipes has had an
artistic side for as long
as she could remember,
and that love of all things
creative manifested itself
into multiple ventures
throughout the years. She
painted decorative rocks
and wooden blocks for
both herself and Solon
community members.
Later she began looking
for something new to sat-
isfy her creative side and
decided painting barn
quilts would be her next
Snipes began making
them just for herself and
her family last fall, and
as she painted and de-
signed, she documented
her work through photos
on Facebook. Soon after,
she began to receive
requests from communi-
ty members interested in
getting their own person-
alized quilts.
With the holiday
season things took off
for Snipes; many people
came to her looking for
thoughtful presents for
hard-to-buy-for loved
ones and Snipes found
herself working long
hours to make deadlines.
“I was lucky that I did
all my shopping early,”
she joked. “But it was a
labor of love.”
She has no problem
with being creative and
coming up with her own
designs, but she especial-
ly enjoys when people
come to her with a clear
idea of what they want
in their heads. Her main
focus is ensuring that
customers get exactly
what they want and that
they are happy with the
finished project.
Jennifer Meehan was
one of those who ap-
proached Snipes, last
winter, with a quilt idea
to give to her parents,
Patti and Rich, for Christ-
“She came to me and
said ‘I need something
with their last name,
Hawkeyes, and Irish de-
tails,” Snipes recalled.
Patti Meehan was
thrilled when she opened
up the present and, al-
most immediately, called
Snipes to thank her.
“It was perfect,”
Meehan said. “Just a
great gift idea. She did an
amazing job and it’s just
very special to us.”
Snipes’ studio has
now taken over what
was once an area for her
two daughters, who are
both in college. But now,
it’s hard to see past the
large table with current
projects, various finished
works and her large col-
lection of art supplies.
The small, somewhat
chaotic room has turned
into Snipes’ own little
sanctuary where she is
able to take time for her-
self and simply relax.
When she paints she
likes to listen to the radio
or scripture passages
while her English Bull-
dog, Meaty, sleeps next
to her feet.
“It’s therapy for me,”
Snipes said. “I’m just
concentrating, listening,
and relaxing.”
Barn quilts are known
for their geometric
designs, symmetry and
bold colors. Creating one
is a long and arduous
process; a four-by-four-
foot painting often takes
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savings on to homebuilders who want to include Hausers
products and systems in their new homes.
“They want a quality product when they are done,
and they are good to come back and explain how their
product works to the homeowner,” he said.
This kind of customer attention is of utmost impor-
tance for the Hauser team.
“We have the industry’s best warranty,” said Hart-
Hausers issues its own 100 percent satisfaction guar-
antee, and offers a complete refund within 90 days of
purchase if that satisfaction is not met for any reason.
“As a company, we extend the manufacturer’s warranty
and stand behind it. That’s how much we believe in our
product quality.”
On top of the warranty, if something ever does go
wrong, Hausers provides 24-hour emergency service.
Employees carry cell phones 24 hours a day, 365 days
a year, so customers can receive immediate assistance
when needed.
That service team includes Route Salesman Matt Wi-
eser, who has been working with clients in the Corridor
580 Madison Avenue
Open Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Or after hours by appointment
Sales Manager Dick Hartvigsen (left) and Route Sales-
man Matt Wieser are part of Hausers’ team that also
serves the Corridor area. (photo by Lori Lindner)
Hausers: Continued from page 2
communities for more than five years.
“I appreciate the gratitude (Hausers) give to their
customers, and the service they provide,” said Wieser.
As a courtesy, he actually calls nearly every client the
day before a scheduled delivery, to remind them of his
upcoming arrival. “I’ve got really good relationships
with my customers.”
With team members like Wieser and Hartvigsen, Ryan
Hauser believes his company can fill virtually any type
of need.
“We are highly reputable. We have some of the best
service guys you are going to find. And we take pride
in servicing all brands,” said Ryan.
Another point of pride: all of Hausers’ equipment is
manufactured in the U.S.A. That distinction is significant
to Ryan, a military veteran who recently returned home
after doing two tours of duty in Afghanistan. He hopes
customers find it meaningful as well.
But Hausers is not the kind of company that capi-
talizes on the competition’s differences to make sales.
“We sell on our strengths, not on our competitors’
weaknesses,” said Hartvigsen. “We don’t badmouth
anyone. We just do what we do very well, and that’s
what is most important to us.”
Hausers does not expect potential customers to buy
a system without asking a lot of questions, using the
company’s interactive, educational website at www.
hauserswater.com, or even coming into the office to
view Hauser’s line of products.
“We encourage it, actually,” said Ryan. “We have the
models on hand– a couple are cutaway models so we
can show the parts inside– and literature on how it all
works. We can walk people through any questions they
might have.”
For those who aren’t sure what they need, Hausers
offers free water analyses to help determine the best
water treatment options at each individual location.
Choices can vary based on the type of water source,
available plumbing and fixtures, a home’s size, or the
amount and purpose of water usage. Even old homes
can be retrofitted with Hausers’ systems.
“We don’t want to price them with the wrong unit, or
undersize it; we want to make sure they know what they
need, and why they need it,” Ryan added. “And we don’t
lock people into service contracts. If you want to switch,
no problem. There are no hidden surprises with us.”
It all boils down to a company philosophy that has
led to 66 years of continued growth and success.
“We offer exceptional service; not only for repair but
also installation. We are not a big enough company that
you will be shuffled off to some customer service office.
You can talk directly to the boss if you want to,” Ryan
said. “We just offer tremendous service.”
Funday, Sunday, March 8
Downtown Sutlif
Registration at 11 am Entry fee $5
Tee-of at noon (rain, snow, or shine)
Sutliff Golf Classic
Prizes for: longest drive, longest putt on bridge,
closest to pin, closest chip to inner tube,
marshmallow drive, best dressed.
Donation goes towards Sutlif Bridge
Endowment or Charitable Giving Funds
via Community Foundation of Johnson County.
No coolers, please.
Solon American Legion fish fry
Fridays through April 3
SOLON– The Solon American Legion will be hosting
a Fish Fry on Friday nights from 5-7:30 p.m. through
April 3. Dinner will include fish, coleslaw, cheesy par-
ty potatoes, bread, dessert and beverage. All you can
eat meals will be $10 for adults, $4 for children (ages
6-12) and 5 and under are free. Shrimp will be served
Feb. 20, March 13 and April 3. Carry-outs are avail-
able. For questions or more information, contact Jami
Hromi or Cliff Bohling at the Solon American Legion,
Helen Beck 319-640-0921
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106 E. Main Street
SOLON • 624-7000
OPEN 11:00 AM
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Senior Citizens get
a Free Drink!
Buffet includes: Pizza, Salad
Bar, Breadsticks, Chicken
Strips, Soup & Dessert.
Limit 2
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401 E. HAGANMAN LN., SOLON • 624-4444
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8am-6pm
We will
Complete Dental Care for
your entire family!
Solon Dental Center
Kari Haganman,
Dental Appointments
Over Spring Break!
We Accept Delta Dental, Wellmark Blue Dental, Aetna, Cigna and MetLife.
MC/Visa/Discover/Care Credit Accepted
Accepting New Patients
Family Friendly Caring Dentistry
Open Wednesday and Friday 8:00am-5:00pm
Family Dental
Corner of Hwy 1 and 5th Street in Solon
Call today for an appointment 624.3495
Digital X-Ray • Intra-Oral Camera • Root Canals
Extractions • General & Cosmetic Dentistry
Children • Gum Disease • Bleaching • Zoom Whitening
We love to help you
Kristine Medin, DDS
Dr. Medin is a U of I Graduate
with 20 years of experience
No appointment needed,
walk-ins welcome!
128 E. MAIN ST. • 624-7224
T/TH/F 9-5:30 • Wed 9-7 • Sat - 8-12
Monday, Mar. 2: Rotisserie
style chicken breast, rice pilaf,
hominy, frosted cake.
Tuesday, Mar. 3: Country fried
steak, mashed potatoes, broccoli,
buttermilk brownie, special des-
sert. BINGO.
Wednesday, Mar. 4: Pork
chop in gravy, boiled potatoes,
orange glazed veggies, grasshop-
per dessert.
Thursday, Mar. 5: Spaghetti
with meatballs, tossed salad,
garlic bread, sherbet. BINGO.
Friday, Mar. 6: Ham loaf,
roasted sweet potatoes parsley
cauliflower, lemon bars. CARDS.
Monday, Mar. 9: BBQ chick-
en, scalloped potatoes, aspara-
gus, custard pie.
Tuesday, Mar. 10: Catch of
the day fish, mini baker potatoes,
broccoli, bread pudding with but-
terscotch sauce. BINGO/City Rep.
Wednesday, Mar. 11: Spon-
sored meal. Country fried steak,
mashed potatoes, veggie blend,
cake & ice cream.
Thursday, Mar. 12: Bruschet-
ta chicken bake, parsley noodles,
wax beans, gingerbread chocolate
chip bar. BINGO/foot clinic-BP.
Friday, Mar. 13: Grilled Rue-
ben Sandwich, French fries, peas,
chocolate cake. CARDS.
Monday, Mar. 16: Maple BBQ
pork loin, scalloped potatoes,
cheesy cauliflower, ice cream.
Tuesday, Mar. 17: Corn beef
braised cabbage, boiled potatoes
& carrots, mint chocolate chip
brownies. BINGO.
Wednesday, Mar. 18: Smoked
sausage, sautéed peppers/onion,
mac & cheese, stewed tomatoes,
chocolate chip cookies. Music by
Barefoot Becky.
Thursday, Mar. 19: Lasagna,
veggie blend, garlic bread, lemon
lime dessert. BINGO.
Friday, Mar. 20: Breaded fish
fillet, fried potatoes, coleslaw,
pineapple cake. CARDS.
Monday, Mar. 23: Garlic pork
loin, boiled potatoes, green & gold
beans, peanut butter cake.
Tueday, Mar. 24: Carnita
Enchilada, Baja blend salad with
Southwest dressing, fruit crisp.
BINGO/Site Council
Wednesday, Mar. 25: Chicken
Alfredo, broccoli, sherbet. 4th
Thursday, Mar. 26: Bread-
ed pork chop/gravy, mashed
potatoes, scalloped cabbage,
blueberry bread pudding. BINGO.
Friday, Mar. 27: Breaded
fish fillet, baked potato, coleslaw,
coconut pudding. CARDS
Monday, Mar. 30: Salisbury
steak, parsley noodles, dilled
carrots, lemon dessert.
Tuesday, Mar. 31: Chicken
Cordon Bleu, sweet potato
crunch, broccoli, cranberry apple
crisp. BINGO.
All meals served at 11:30 a.m. in the Solon United
Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. Please call 624-2251
by 1 p.m. the day before to reserve a meal or arrange for
transportation. No weekend calls after 1 p.m. Friday.
Reservations must be made the day before by 1 p.m.
For Monday call by 1 p.m. the Friday before.
All ages are welcome, children must be accompa-
nied by an adult.
The cost is $3.25 per person, no matter their age.
March 2015 News
Thursday, March 19: Hoover Museum “America’s
First Ladies.”
*Thursday, April 16: Mennonite Meal, Stringtown,
Country Store.
*Wednesday, May 27: Circa 21 “The Sound of Mu-
Thursday, June 18: Paddle Boat/Grist Mill, Musca-
Call 624-2710 or 430-8655 or sign-up at Old Gold
Dining. All trips leave from Solon Recreation and
Nature Area.
*Bus trips
Notice: If you have signed up for a trip please let
us know two weeks in advance if you must cancel as
we need to reserve a bus and often purchases tickets
ahead of time.
The Advocates have started a movie outing at
Coral Ridge Mall on $5/Free Popcorn Tuesdays once
a month (depending on the movie selection). We leave
from the Solon Recreation and Nature Area at 11 a.m.
to catch lunch at the mall. Movie start times are stag-
gered between 1-1:45 p.m. but most let out around
3:30 p.m. Trip cost is $5; please call 624-2710.
The Advocates also wish to extend an invitation to
groups, individuals and organizations, not necessarily
seniors, to request the use of the mini-bus for area
day trips. The Senior Advocates will coordinate the
organizing and scheduling of each trip with the re-
questing party and will provide volunteer drivers. For
more information, please call 855-9797 or 624-2710.
Thanks to Tracy Gray and Jesse Ruhinda from Al-
ways Best Care, a non-medical in-home senior service
organization, for sponsoring the February Old Gold
Dining meal and explaining the wide range of services
The Solon Public Library and the Senior Advocates
held their first Single Seniors Information Group now
to be called Singles Household Support Group (not
be confused with a dating service). We shared infor-
mation about a variety of subjects that are particular
to seniors living alone. Personal finances, household
issues, socialization, nutrition, mobility, relocating
and downsizing all were important areas we want to
work on in future meetings. Our next meeting will be
Wednesday, March 18, at the Solon Public Library at 9
a.m. Please join us.
New wrinkle on the Meal & Movie agenda– each
time a drawing for a $10 gift certificate to a local
eatery will be conducted. Space allowances 20 people
so be sure and sign up early at Old Gold Dining or
call 624-2710. The next scheduled Meal & Movie will
be “By Dawn’s Early Light,” the story of a rich, spoiled
teenage boy who has to spend the summer with his
grandpa, a rancher in Colorado. Kid and grandpa
don’t mix well and grandpa agrees the kid can go
home– but learns he will do so on horseback all the
way to California– and some interesting events occur.
Colleen Powers has offered to ferry seniors to
appointments and errands. Please call 631-3940 to
check on availability and to schedule an appointment.
A good way to help us with bus expenses is to take
your cans and bottles to Bev Noskas’s garage at 221
N. Iowa St. in Solon to help us with our new BevMo-
Dave Frisbie is taking calls to help with your house-
hold chores. Give him a ring at 624-6024.
Jennifer Lane 389-0665 $15/hr
Art Tellin: 624-2824 or 855-9797
Don Burch: 624-4054
Carol Tobias: 351-6707
Larry Meister: 624-2516
Clayton Patterson: 624-3859
Jeanne Erhart: 624-3686
Sandy Hanson: 624-2710 or 430-8655
Barry Byrne: 319-354-8757
Old Gold Events
Bingo: every Tuesday and Thursday
Cards: every Friday
Foot Clinic: March 12
Musical Entertainment by Barefoot Becky Wednes-
day, March 18, to celebrate St Patrick’s Day and St.
Joseph’s Day.
New special Dessert Day March 3 (and following
first Tuesday of each month). There will be a special
homemade dessert offered along with the regular
Wednesday, March 11
Reservations due two days prior.
Sponsor: Jim Martinek
Be sure and join us!
SOLON– May has been declared the
month to honor seniors and the Solon
Senior Advocates are seeking nomina-
tions for the 2015 Solon Senior of the
Year. Send in your written nomination
for the person you feel best fits the
criteria of this award.
Qualifications for Solon Senior of the
Year must be someone who has given
of themselves in service to the commu-
nity through volunteerism, enhancing
the well-being of others or someone
always ready to assist or provide help
when needed. The nominee should live
Nominations sought for Solon Senior of the Year
in Solon or the immediate area and be
over 60 years of age.
Past recipients of this award were
Jack Neuzil (2006), Wayne Croy (2007),
Milt Hunt (2008), Pat Ikan (2009), Marie
Kroul (2010), Bev Noska and Elaine
Reynolds (2011), Anna McAtee (2012),
Jean and Bob Stinocher (2013) and Fred
Bark and Rita Brannaman (2014).
Please send your nominations for
Solon Senior of the Year to Sandy Han-
son, P.O. Box 99, Solon by May 4 or call
101 N. Iowa St.
Telephone: 624-3755
Fax: 624-2122
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 8 a.m.-12 p.m., 1-4 p.m.
Wednesday: 8 a.m.-12 p.m., 1-5 p.m.
By Cami Rasmussen,
City Administrator
Babygarten helps to nurture the bond
between caregiver and child, increase
eye-hand coordination, and develop
body awareness. This rhythmic program
will enrich your child’s life from the very
beginning and provides an excellent foun-
dation for the future. Our next session
of Babygarten will run March 6-April 10,
Fridays at 9:30 a.m. Registration for this
program is now open. Each session will
feature music, board books and toys. For
children birth to 24 months.
Solon Library Foundation
raffle drawing March 9
Tickets are now available for a Solon
Library Foundation raffle. With the pur-
chase of a $5 ticket, you have a chance
to win a $200 Kalahari gift card or a gift
basket filled with other fabulous prizes,
such as, the Date Night Basket, the
Weekend Family Fun Basket, the Local
Dessert Basket, or the “Candy Land” Bas-
ket. The drawing will be held on March
9– just in time for spring break!
Meal and a Movie
Meal and a Movie will be on Friday,
March 27, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The
movie is free, but registration is required
for the catered meal and costs $7.50
for an entrée, vegetable, and dessert.
The movie follows the meal and usually
begins around noon. Call Sandra Hanson
at 624-2710 to register, or sign up at Old
Gold Dining.
Computer classes
The library will be hosting a series of
computer classes this April 2, 9, 16, 23,
and 30 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. These
classes will cover a variety of topics for
people who are interested in learning
basic computer skills and important com-
puter programs. Each session will have a
different focus. The subjects that will be
covered are keyboarding, computer ba-
sics and Word basics part 1, Word basics
part 2, and Excel basics. Registration
begins on Feb. 23, limited space avail-
able. If you have any questions contact
the library at 319-624-2678.
Anime Club
Do you like to read the Japanese Manga
books? Do you enjoy watching Anime
films and television shows? Would you like
to get together with others who read or
draw in Japanese animation style? If so,
you should join the Anime Club! Meetings
will be held every fourth Monday of each
month, 3:30-4:45 p.m. For fifth grade
and up. If you have any questions contact
the library at 319-624-2678.
Friends of the Library used
book sale March 7
It is about time again for our annual used
book sale sponsored by the Friends of
the Solon Public Library. The Friends
volunteers are currently sorting through
over 2,000 books and media items for
the sale on March 7. Sale hours will be
9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Most of the material
for the sale will be priced 25-50¢. Funds
raised by the Friends of the Solon Public
Library are used to help sponsor the
Summer Reading Program and the pur-
chase of new material for the library.
If find that you have an abundance of
gently used books, DVDs, and/or puzzles
you should consider donating them to
the library. All donations are tax-deduct-
ible and are either added to the library’s
collection or given to the Friends of the
Solon Public Library to be sold at their
yearly book sale. When donating to the li-
brary keep in mind that the Friends group
cannot sell discarded library material so
those items should be donated else-
where. Thank you.
Scrabble Club
The Scrabble Club meets every last
Wednesday of the month. This month
the program will be on March 25 in the
library meeting room. Bring your own
snacks and Scrabble board. (We have
three Scrabble games to start with, so
don’t worry if you don’t have your own).
6:30–8:30 p.m.
Dates to remember
Storytime: Every Tuesday morning at
10:30 a.m. for children ages 2 through
5. Join us for stories, songs, and a craft.
Early-Out March 5 Movie: “Alexander
and the Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”
rated PG 81 minutes. This program will
run from 1:45 to 3:15 p.m.
Early-Out March 12 Craft: Clay pencil
holders. This program will run from 1:45
to 2:45 p.m.
Early-Out March 26: LEGOs. This pro-
gram will run from 1:45 to 2:45 p.m.
Early-Out April 2: BINGO. This program
will run from 1:45 to 2:45 p.m.
Early-Out April 9 Movie: TBA. This
program will run from 1:45 to 3:15 p.m.
Early-Out April 16 Craft: Miniature
totem poles. This program will run from
1:45 to 2:45 p.m.
Friends of the Library used book
sale: March 7 sale hours will be 9 a.m.
until 3 p.m.
The City is asking all residents to please
examine their sidewalks to be sure they
are cleared for safe passage. Solon ordi-
nances require that sidewalks be cleared
of snow and ice within 48 hours of the
snow/ice event. This is very important for
the safety of the kids and other pedestri-
ans who utilize the sidewalks!
The City of Solon has purchased several
picnic tables for the new covered shel-
ter at the Solon Recreation and Nature
Area and park areas. If you would like
to make a contribution and sponsor a
table for $250, please contact city hall at
624-3755. A label of recognition will be
placed on the picnic table.
Thank you to those who have already
made a contribution.
In areas where street parking is allowed,
there is a 48 hour limit. Street storage is
prohibited. No parking is allowed in the
area between the sidewalk and the street
known as the street right-of-way.
The City of Solon has a snow emergen-
cy policy in place to assist with street
cleaning during times of expected heavy
snow and/or blowing snow. When the city
issues a snow emergency, all vehicles
should be removed from the streets for
the time period specified in the emergen-
cy notification. The only exception to the
snow emergency parking regulations is
applying for a winter parking permit that
allows parking on the street during snow
emergencies. The snow parking permits
are granted when circumstances demon-
strate that it is impossible or impractical
to park off the street. You can now apply
for a winter 2014-2015 snow parking
permit at the city hall, located at 101
N. Iowa St. You must provide sufficient
reason for receiving a permit and final
issuance of a permit is determined by
the Public Works Director. If you have any
questions feel free to contact the city
office at 624-3755.
The 2015 Pet Licenses are now available
at the City Hall. Cats and dogs must get
a city license every year. Please bring in
a current rabies vaccination certificate
when you come in to license your pet.
Licensing your pet will allow city staff
to return your pet to your home if found
running at large.
The Solon City Hall is located 101 N.
Iowa St. City hall hours are Monday,
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 8 a.m.
to 4 p.m. and Wednesday 8 a.m. to 5
p.m. Water bill drop boxes are located in
Sam’s Main Street Market and a drive-
through drop box is located next to
the ATM in the Bridge Community Bank
drive-through. Pay your water bill with
auto withdrawal. For more information,
contact city hall at 624-3755. For general
information please visit the city’s website
at www.solon-iowa.com.
“Earth to Echo”
“LEGO: DC - Justice League vs. Bizarro
“Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No
Good, Very Bad Day”
“Downton Abbey season 5”
“Book of Life”
“The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness”
“20 Feet from Stardom”
“We are Marshall”
“Open Season: The story of seeds”
“Dear White People: A satire about being a
black face in a white place”
“Get on up”
‘The Drop”
“Leslie Sansone: Walk Off Fat Fast”
Spring soccer Pre-K thru sixth grade
A coaches’ meeting for spring soccer
will be Thursday, March 5, at 7 p.m.
in the Solon City Hall, located at 101
N. Iowa St. Practices are scheduled to
start the week of March 9. Matches for
Pre-K through third grade are scheduled
to start March 31, fourth through sixth
grade are scheduled to start on April 9.
Junior-Senior baseball and softball
A Junior-Senior baseball and softball
coaches’ meeting will be on Wednesday,
March 25, at 6:30 p.m. in the Solon
Parks and Recreation Office located at
223 S. Iowa St. Practices are scheduled
to start the week of March 30. Games
are scheduled to start the week of April
Session 2 of Zumba
Due to the overwhelming popularity of our
first session, Kelsey Karsten has agreed
to teach another session. It will again be
10 classes taking place every Tuesday
and Thursday night from 6:30-7:15 p.m.,
starting March 24. Classes will be held in
the Solon United Methodist Church Family
Life Center gymnasium. Cost of registra-
tion is $50 for a 10-punch card for city
residents and $60 for non-city residents.
Walk-ins are welcome for a $10 fee or an
unused punch on a previously purchased
card. Registration forms are available
on the Parks and Recreation website or
can be picked up from city hall or at the
Movie in the park indoor edition
The Solon Parks and Recreation Depart-
ment will be showing a free movie “Big
Hero 6” on Friday, March 27, at the St.
Mary Church Parish Hall. Doors open at
6:30 p.m. with the movie starting at 7
p.m. There will be a concession stand
serving popcorn, juice boxes, Gatorade
and water. You can bring your own lawn
chairs, blankets, sleeping bags and
pillows, there will also be metal folding
chairs available. No coolers allowed. Free
will donations are appreciated.
We would like to welcome
a new addition to the
Solon City Council. Dale
Snipes was appointed to
the Solon City Council and
was sworn in on Feb. 4.
Dale submitted a letter of
interest when a council
vacancy was created with
the resignation of Ron
Herdliska. Dale and his
wife Heather have lived in
Solon for eight years. Dale
will complete the council
term through December
2015. Welcome Dale!
Solon Community
School District
Senior Scholarship Deadline
March 13 is the deadline for seniors to sub-
mit Dollars for Scholars scholarship appli-
cations online via the Scholarship America
website. Visit the local chapter website
solon.dollarsforscholars.org, and click on the
Students and Parents link to create a pro-
file and begin the application process. Stay
up-to-date on scholarship information by
visiting the Solon Dollars for Scholars Face-
book page at www.facebook.com/soloniowa.
dollarsforscholars, or follow on Twitter, @
Senior Photos Due Now
Seniors need to turn in three photos to the
office (one each for the Solon Economist,
SHS Yearbook and 2015 class composite).
They can also be emailed to kfoster@solon.
Thursday, March 5: Early Dismissal,
1:45 p.m. -LV/MS P/T Conferences
Thursday, March 12: Early Dismissal,
1:45 p.m. -LV P/T Conferences
March 13- March 22: Spring Break,
Monday, March 23: Classes resume
Thursday, March 26: Early Dismissal,
1:45 p.m. - End of 3rd Quarter
SCSD Technology Corner
SCSD Technology Corner (scsdtechcorner.
com) is a
the use of
digital tools
in the Solon
School Dis-
trict Recent
• “Maybe you can judge a book by its trail-
er” – Mrs. Posekany’s anatomy and physiol-
ogy class students are creating book trailers
based on the titles they’ve selected to inde-
pendently read.
• “Creating Harmony and Music with
Technology” – Technology has rerouted Mr.
Foreman’s high school choir classes.
• “Created with Code” – Mrs. Dibble’s kin-
dergarten students created stories by writing
code to include different characters, actions
and words.
• “Class Dojo and Class Discussions” –
Mrs. Cromer’s middle school language arts
students use Class Dojo to help them think
about the “big picture” during class discus-
Kindergarten Round-Up will be held on Thurs-
day, March 26. There will be two sessions to
choose from:
March 26, 2-3:25 p.m.,
March 26, 4 -5:25 p.m.
Sign-up for Kindergarten Round-Up sessions will
be done online now through Thursday, March
Children must turn five by September 15, 2015
to be eligible to enroll in Kindergarten and you
will need to show your child’s birth certificate at
the Kindergarten Round-Up.
To sign up:
•Go to the website www.solon.k12.ia.us
• Click on the “Lakeview” link at the top of the
District Home Page.
• Click on the “Information” tab.
• Click on “Kindergarten Round-Up”.
Please note: you will not get an automatic reply
back once you leave your information on this
You will
receive an
email with
further in-
structions on
March 12.
check your
registrations are due March 12. If you have any
questions, please contact Becky Lighty at (319)
624-3401, ext. 1290.
Register your
online now!
Kindergarten Round-Up March 26
March 1 – Dollars for Scholars Bringing in the Green Carnival, Lakeview big gym, 1–4 p.m.
March 5 – Lakeview Conferences 2–7 p.m.
March 5 – PTO meeting, 7 p.m. in the Lakeview Conference Room
March 8 – Science Fair, 2:30-4 p.m.
March 12 – Kindergarten Round-Up online registration ends
March 12 - Lakeview Conferences, 2–7 p.m.
March 26 – Kindergarten Round-Up, 2 p.m. or 4 p.m. sessions
April 11 – PTO Spring Bazaar, 9 a.m.–12 p.m. in the Lakeview Big Gym
April 15 – Drop Everything and Read at Lakeview, 4-7 p.m. in the Media Center
April 25 – Spartan Dash, 8 a.m.–12 p.m. at Solon Recreation & Nature Center Trail
May 19 – Track & Field Day (grades 3/4), 8:30-11 a.m., high school track (rain date May 20)
Lakeview Elementary Upcoming Events
School Board Meeting
The next regular meeting of the Solon Board of
Education will be Monday, March 9, at 6 p.m. in
the High School Media Center.
Music Concert Dates
There is a new concert schedule this school year. All grade levels will remain as individual
concerts, but each grade level will have its own concert night. All concerts start at 6:30 p.m.
Be sure to mark down the date(s) for your child(ren). The schedule is as follows:
• 3rd GRADE: March 30, 6:30 p.m., in the LV Gym
• 1st GRADE: March 31, 6:30 p.m., in the LV Gym
• 4th GRADE: April 6, 6:30 p.m., in the LV Gym
• 2nd GRADE: April 7, 6:30 p.m., in the LV Gym
• KINDERGARTEN: April 9, 6:30 p.m., in the LV Gym
Counselor Corner
For information about the School Counseling program, classroom guidance lessons, and
resources please visit https://sites.google.com/a/solon.k12.ia.us/lakeview-school-counsel-
ing/ or follow on Twitter at https://twitter.com/LV_Counselor.
After School Change Of Plans
Please notify teachers of any after-school changes for your child first thing in the morning
via handwritten note or email. If you email please add the office secretaries to the email
(Dawn Fisher dfisher@solon.k12.ia.us or Becky Lighty blighty@solon.k12.ia.us). We under-
stand that plans may change during the day due to unforeseen circumstances. In that case,
please notify the office before 2 p.m. of changes to after-school arrangements, so your child
and teacher have time to receive the message. Thank you for your help.
Outside Recess During Winter Months
Recess is a time for outdoor play and physical activity. All children are expected to go out-
side during recess unless it is raining or extremely cold. During winter weather, students
should be dressed warmly, including hats, scarves, and mittens. All students should wear
removable boots and snow pants during snowy weather in order to play on the field areas.
We will have outside recess when the wind chill is 10 degrees or above.
Virtual Backpack
Please check the virtual backpack on the district website regularly for school attendance
site, district and community event information.
A Note from the Nurse
Please remember that if your child displays symptoms of an illness, we encourage you to
assess their health in the morning before sending them to school. If your child has a tem-
perature of 100 degrees or more, they should stay home until your child is fever-free for 24
hours (without the use of a fever reducer such as Motrin or Tylenol). Your child should stay
home from school when he/she has diarrhea and/or vomiting for 24 hours after these symp-
toms have occurred. We are seeing many different types of illnesses at Lakeview. We can
reduce the number of sick children with your cooperation. Please keep your student home
as necessary using the guidelines above to prevent the spread of illness to our students
and staff. Thank You.
~ Mrs. Elijah
New mandates in 2013:
Iowa’s 2012 legislative session included
new laws impacting every literacy program
in Iowa’s elementary schools. In 2013, the
mandates were funded, breathing life into
this legislation.
A summary of the Iowa Department of Edu-
cation’s early literacy guidance follows.
• Administering all K-3 students a DE
approved universal screening assessment
three times per year
• Weekly progress monitoring for students
who exhibit a “substantial deficiency” in
• Providing Intensive instruction – in-
cluding 90 minutes daily of “scientific,
research-based reading instruction” - for
students who exhibit a substantial deficiency
in reading
• Notifying parents when a student exhibits
a “substantial deficiency” in reading, includ-
ing strategies the parents can use at home
to help the child succeed (and notifying par-
‘Bringing in the Green’ Carnival March 1
The Solon Dollars for Scholars “Bringing in the
Green” carnival will be held on Sunday,
March 1, at the Lakeview
large gym from 1-4 p.m.
Enjoy carnival-style
games, raffle prizes,
Bingo, food and
Spotlight Spaghetti Dinner, Musical Showcase March 9
Mark your calendars for Monday, March 9, for the annual
Solon Spotlight Spaghetti Dinner and Musical Showcase.
The dinner will be held in the Solon High School commons.
The menu includes: spaghetti, salad, bread, drink and dessert. Tickets are $8 for
adults and $5 for children 10 and under and student performers. Serving times are from 4:45 until 7
p.m. Diners will enjoy performances by the middle school and high school jazz bands and the high
school jazz choirs.
Starting at 6:45 p.m., the middle school show choirs will perform in the high school gym, followed
by a progressive showcase of musical talent from fifth grade choirs and bands, continuing up to the
high school choirs and band.
Enjoy an evening of good food and great music. All proceeds from the dinner will benefit K-12 per-
forming arts programs at Solon schools.
SHS presents Jazz at the Commons March 28
The community is invited to enjoy the performances of the Solon High School jazz bands and choirs,
and have dinner with their families. Jazz at the Commons will be held Saturday, March 28, at Solon
High School, with live performances by Solon High School jazz bands and choirs.
This event is a wonderful opportunity to sit back and enjoy blues, swing, be-bop and more. Perfor-
mances begin at 5 p.m. and an outstanding concession stand filled with food will be available. Din-
ner selections are chicken, pork burger or hot dog meal. Prices are $4 to $6, and desserts will be
offered for $1. Proceeds will support the Solon High School Jazz program. We hope you can all join
us for a relaxing night of jazz.
Jazz Bands to compete at SEIBA March 7
Solon High School’s Jazz (I) Orchestra and Jazz (II) Ensemble will be competing at the Southeast
Iowa Bandmasters Association (SEIBA) Jazz Festival on Saturday, March 7, at West High School in
Iowa City. Performance times will be posted on Mr. Cervantez’s website as they become available.
Kids Art Exhibit
All are welcome to the Annual MidWestOne
Bank Kids Art Exhibit on Friday, March 6, from
5:30 to 9 p.m., at 102 South Clinton St., Iowa
City. Refreshments will be served.
7th/8th grade track will begin after Spring Break.
All participants must have a current physical on
file in the Middle School office.
Show Choir
Congratulations to the Affinity (prep group) for
placing third and Synergy for placing second
in Pella on February 20. Katie Butterfield was
awarded Best Female Soloist and Zach Cra-
mer was awarded Best Male Soloist. Cece-
lia McSweeney and Dade Altman were each
awarded Star Performer.
MS Jazz Bands
The Solon Middle School jazz bands traveled to
the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and com-
peted in a jazz festival hosted by the UW-Platte-
ville music department.
The Solon Orange Jazz Band and Solon Black
Jazz Band came in first and second respective-
ly. Both ensembles received favorable remarks
from all six clinicians as well as some invaluable
tips. The students attended a masterclass by
internationally-renowned jazz artist Wycliffe
The following day, both groups traveled to Earl-
ham, Iowa, for the Jack Oatts Jazz Festival. One
of the oldest festivals in Iowa, the competition
was quite stiff. The Solon Orange Jazz Band
came in fourth place behind perennial state
powerhouses Harlan, Dallas Center-Grimes,
and Indianola schools. Both ensembles again
received outstanding input from the judges in
what they need to do to improve as musicians
personally as well as an ensemble.
ents when a student is making progress)
• Providing an evidence-based summer
reading program for students who exhibit a
substantial deficiency in reading (Effective
May 1, 2017)
• Retaining any student who is not pro-
ficient in reading by the end of the third
grade, did not attend the summer reading
program, and does not qualify for a good
cause exemption from the retention require-
ment (Effective May 1, 2017)
Current and next steps at Solon schools:
• Lakeview is currently using a new univer-
sal screening and progress-monitoring tool
(Formative Assessment System for Teachers
from the University of Minnesota) provided
by the DE in Kindergarten.
• Training for teachers on these new as-
sessment tool has started
• Mrs. Rickels, Lakeview principal, is
attending ongoing workshops to learn more
about research-based instructional strate-
• The Iowa Reading Research Center
continues to provide school districts with
additional resources and templates.
• Grades 1-4 will begin using the new as-
sessment tool in 2015-16. Additional train-
ing will be provided at that time for teachers.
Iowa’s Early Literacy Implementation Requirements
On Saturday, April 11, the Solon High
School Art Club will host the Sixth Annual
“Empty Bowls Luncheon to End Hunger” in
the Solon High School Com-
Guests will be served a
modest lunch of soup and
bread in a ceramic bowl
handmade by a local stu-
dent, educator or community
member for a suggested minimum donation
of $10. Guests are encouraged to keep the
bowl with our compliments and gratitude.
All proceeds will be donated to the Johnson
County Crisis Center Food Bank and Solon
Food Pantry. Advance tickets will be avail-
able starting April 6. For more information,
contact Joshua Koza at jkoza@solon.k12.
ia.us or visit the Solon High School Empty
Bowls web page at: http://solonarts.weebly.
Art Club Empty Bowls Luncheon April 11
Drivers Ed Classes
319-361-9405 www. mvdri versed. com
Now offering MOPED CLASSES see website for details
Classes at
St. Marys
Classes at
Christ the
King Lutheran
Upcoming Sessions:
• May 4-21
• June 22-July 3
• August 10-21
Upcoming Sessions:
• April 6-23
• May 26-June 5
• June 29-July 10
Classes now Available!
Upcoming Sessions:
• June 8-19
• July 6-17
Classes held
at the Ely
Community Center
Open Monday thru Saturday
10:30am-2am • Sunday 12-8
1650 Dows Street, Ely 319.848.3292
Monday Lasagna with garlic toast
Tuesday Country fried steak, fried potatoes
sausage gravy and texas toast
Wednesday Stufed burger with fries
Thursday Meatloaf, garlic mashed potatoes,
beef gravy and texas toast
Friday 10oz true Canadian walleye, fries,
coleslaw and texas toast $13.99
Lunch Specials 11am-2pm
All lunch specials are $7.99 unless noted
Nightly Dinner Specials 5pm-10pm
Monday ALL YOU CAN EAT jumbo wings with 10 diferent
sauces to choose from $8.99
Tuesday Single One topping pizza $7.99
Wednesday $1 hard or soft shell beef or chicken tacos. 99¢ kids meal,
includes drink and ice cream with purchase of adult meal.
Thursday ALL YOU CAN EAT jumbo shrimp coleslaw and fries $10.99,
8pm-Midnight: Open jukebox, free pool.
Friday 10 oz True Canadian Walleye, wild rice, coleslaw, texas toast $13.99
Saturday ALL YOU CAN EAT broasted chicken, coleslaw, fries $6.99
$2 Domestic Pints
$3 Specialty Pints
$3 Tall Boys
$2.25 Domestic Bottles
$2.25 Well Drinks
Happy Hour
Monday thru Friday
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Saturday, March 7th
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We are now taking consignments. If you have Machinery, Livestock
Equipment, Tools, or Lawn and Garden items you would like to have
advertised, please contact us before March 18th so we can advertise for you.
For more information, call Charles Herrold:
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Snipes over 40 hours
of work. Her current
project, which is almost
double that, will proba-
bly take several months.
Snipes puts in these
hours along with taking
care of her family and
her day job as an account
manager in the trucking
“It’s something that
doesn’t take away from
family time,” Snipes said.
“I do it on my downtime.”
She begins by creat-
ing a grid on a piece of
scratch paper, on which
she will sketch what-
ever design she plans
on painting. Once she
has a basic idea of what
the quilt will look like,
she then transfers that
design onto a piece of
wood, the size of which
will vary depending on
how big her quilt will be.
Sketching out the grid
is a painstaking pro-
cess that has to be 100
percent accurate; even
a quarter of an inch can
throw the entire painting
Her eraser and ruler
have become her best
friends because of that.
“That’s why I started
out just doing them for
myself,” Snipes said.
“When I started doing
them, I really made some
mistakes with that.”
The fun part comes
when Snipes finally
begins to paint. She does
each color individually,
rotating the quilt until
she is back to where she
began so she can move
onto the next color. The
whole time, she is refer-
ring to her sketchpad,
which shows her exactly
which squares need to be
And when your quilt
has over 500 of them,
that sketchpad turns into
a lifesaver.
“This [paper] is what
keeps me sane,” Snipes
Snipes sometimes
becomes so engrossed
with painting each sec-
tion that it’s hard for her
to visualize the finished
product until she takes a
photo of it.
“You don’t see it when
you’re hunched over
painting,” Snipes said.
“Then you step back and
realize how amazing it
Snipes’s barn quilts
range in cost from
approximately $100 to
$200, depending on the
size of the quilt. Those
interested in having one
made can contact Snipes
at 319-360-6130.
Barn quilts: Continued from page 10
2nd Annual Brett Smith Memorial
Fun Run/Walk sponsors needed
SOLON– The Second Annual Brett Smith Memorial
Fun Run/Walk needs sponsors.
In order for the race organizers to donate almost
all of the race proceeds, sponsorships are needed.
The event is scheduled for Saturday, April 11.
Last year’s proceeds were donated to Nora Sand-
erson. There are outgoing costs that are incurred,
such as the T-shirt costs and the chip timing, which
will have to come out of the entry fees if not enough
race sponsors are found. For a minimum donation of
$50, race sponsor names will appear on the volunteer
shirts. For donations over $100, race sponsor names
will appear on the race T-shirts.
To become a race sponsor, contact Sarah Drea at
dbsadrea@hotmail.com or 319-330-7854.
Solon Beef Days Committee
seeking T-shirt artwork for the
2015 Solon Beef Days Celebration
SOLON– The Solon Beef Days Committee is solicit-
ing T-shirt designs to mark the 2015 Solon Beef Days
Celebration to be held on July 17 and 18.
Original artwork is currently being accepted for the
T-shirt design. Each artist may submit more than one
design. To qualify, designs need to meet the following
guidelines: artwork must be produced using a conven-
tional media or desktop publishing software; artwork
must be 5”x7” or larger and the artwork must in-
clude the Beef Days Celebration. T-shirt designs may
also include the Beef Days bandstand/ tree logo, the
celebration dates (July 17-18) and finally, the artwork
must be original and exclusive.
Artwork will become the property of the Solon
Beef Days Committee. An honorarium of $100 for
first place, $50 to second place and Beef Days dinner
tickets for third place will be awarded to the artists
whose designs are selected by the Beef Days Commit-
tee to promote the 2015 celebration.
The selected artwork will be featured on all promo-
tional material for the Beef Days Celebration, includ-
ing but not limited to programs, posters, billboards
and T-shirts.
Please be sure to include your name and contact
information on all entries.
The Solon Beef Days Committee will accept artwork
up until May 1.
Artists may mail their entries to: Theme Design, So-
lon Beef Days, P.O. Box 355, Solon, 52333. Entries may
also be delivered to Don Ellis at the Solon State Bank.
Solon 175th Anniversary
Committee seeks assistance
SOLON– Solon’s 175th Anniversary committee
is searching for alumni class lists in order to invite
alumni to the celebration September 18 to 20.
Kick-off of the three-day event will be an all-alumni
banquet at Celebration Farm Friday, Sept. 18, fol-
lowed by Saturday morning tours, music and skits in
the big Chautauqua tent located on Solon’s Recreation
and Nature Area. Ecumenical services and music will
be held in the big tent Sunday.
The committee is asking for help locating alumni
organizers with class lists and addresses from 1990
to current graduates, to ensure all Solon alumni are
invited to participate in this three-day event, touch
base with friends, share the history and enjoy Solon’s
175th birthday.
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The Friends of EPL has a need for you! We are seeking
applications from interested parties who can serve in the
capacity as our Treasurer. Please consider being a part of
this important group and plan to attend our next meeting on
Thursday, March 12, at 7 pm. For more information, please
call Sarah at 848-7616.
We are excited to be offering our story time in a to-go format,
available for day care providers and preschools at their location!
For more information, please contact Sarah Sellon at 848-7616.
March 16: Kristin Simon with ECICOG presents a special story
time at 10am
March 17: Recently Released Children’s Movie at 2pm
March 18: Wii gaming at 2pm
March 19: Blank Park Zoo at 10am
The Ely Rotary is hosting their blood drive in the library meeting
room on Wednesday, March 3. Donation times are between 4-8
pm. Each donation helps many people and only takes about
an hour of your time. If you would like to donate, contact the
DeGowin Blood Center at 319-356-2058.
Mark your calendars and start cleaning out your closets! The
garage sale and used book sale are on Saturday, May 2. Forms
will be available on the website and at the library in April.
STORY TIME Toddler story times are Mondays at 10 am.
Preschool story times are held Thursdays at 10 am & 2 pm.
March 5: Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss
March 12: It’s Your Lucky Day
March 16: Kristin Simon presents
March 26: In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb
Ely Public Library
(319) 848-7616
1595 Dows Street, Ely
Ely Expression
CITY OFFICE HOURS: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
1570 Rowley Street, P.O. Box 248 Ely, Iowa 52227
After Hours Emergency Only: 848-7603
We were awarded a grant from the State Library to work
with George Lawson, a Library Consultant, for library space
planning. This planning is essential to make sure that EPL will
be able to meet the current and future needs of our growing
community! Feel free to stop in and chat with Sarah about this
exciting opportunity!
Mark your calendars now for Tuesdays at 6:30 pm in April for
our next series of free classes – think spring! Topics to include:
Flowers Hummingbirds Love; Ring My Bells for Coral Bell!; Pretty
Poisons Lurking in your Garden and Container Gardens.
Paula Bradway continues her morning yoga stretch on
Thursdays at 8am. Paula has several years’ experience with
yoga and has much to share. Please wear comfortable clothing
and bring a towel or yoga mat. Thomas Moore has 30 years
experience with Tai Chi and looks forward to meeting you. His
class will be offered Tuesdays at 8am. Space is limited for all
of these classes, so register by calling 848-7616.
Mark your calendars for May 21 at 6:30 pm as Nancy Trask
presents on Iowa’s Monuments Men. A special display will be
available for viewing at the library meeting room as well. This
presentation is sponsored by the Ely Legion and EPL. Hope to
see you there!
We continue to offer beginning knitting class and beginning
crochet class on Saturdays, March 14 & 28 at 12:30 pm. All
levels of experience (or no experience) are welcome to attend!
Stop by and socialize while working on your latest project!
Are you interested in training for a 5K or do you need a
running buddy? Back by request, EPL sponsors a Couch to 5K
Training Program and Running Club. This is an opportunity for
beginning runners or walkers to train for a 5K in 10 weeks, while
experienced runners can join the fun and run at their own pace.
We will meet in the evenings at Ely City Park starting April 13.
A waiver form will need to be completed for each participant.
As with any exercise, you should seek your doctor’s approval
before beginning. Register by calling 848-7616.
Join us for Babygarten, a fun, exciting, and informational
program for infants (birth to 24 months) and their caregivers.
Classes last about an hour and include a free play period for
both babies and caregivers. Mark your calendar for our 4-week
session beginning April 3 at 9 am. Register for this FREE class
online at www.ely.lib.ia.us or call 848-7616!
The Ely Seed Lending Library was founded in March of 2012
to promote the sharing of non-hybrid seeds within the Eastern
Iowa Community. We plan to offer more educational classes
on starting your seeds, other gardening care and tips, tomato
tasting, garden tours, seed saving classes and more! To find
out more contact elyseedlibrary@gmail.com or visit http://www.
Will have a display again at the library in April! Stop in to see the
beautifully decorated eggs and pick up some free new recipes.
Will have a special presentation at the Farmers Market on March
28 from 10-Noon. Stop by and see what they have planned!
PI DAY Έ3.14.15Ή
Stop in to celebrate Pi day with us in a special way! Pi
(3.14159….) isn’t just for mathemticians! We will have free
slices of pie on Saturday, March 15, from 9-11am. Math fun
will abound and a prize will be awarded for the person who can
recite pi to the most decimals!
We are looking for some good friends! Friends of the EPL
help promote and support the library in a variety of ways. For
more information, please contact Pat at eplfriends@ely.lib.ia.us.
Where else can you meet so many new Friends AND help the
community?  Join us today!  
The Ely City Council intends to appoint someone
to fill a mid-term vacancy on the council at the
March 9, 2015 City Council meeting; and are
looking for people interested in serving on the
City Council until after the November 5, 2015
election to fill the vacancy. The City Council chose
to use this method pursuant to §372.13(2a) of
the State Code of Iowa. The vacancy occurred
after Dave Rasmussen resigned from the Ely City
Council effective February 9, 2015. Any person
who is eligible to vote in Ely city elections may
be appointed to fill this vacancy. The person
appointed to fill the vacancy will serve until after
votes cast at the municipal election on November
5, 2015 have been canvassed by the Linn County
Board of Supervisors. The City Council intends
to take action to appoint an eligible person to fill
the vacancy on City Council during a meeting at
7:00 p.m. Monday March 9, 2015, in the City
Council Chambers at Ely City Hall, 1570 Rowley
St., Ely, Iowa.
Anyone interested in being appointed to fill the
vacancy on City Council and eligible to vote in
Ely should contact, and file a completed “Affidavit
of Candidacy” with, the City Clerk/Administrator.
Contact the Ely Clerk/Administrator by telephone
at 319-848-4103, or by email at admin_elycity@
southslope.net by noon March 5, 2015 if you are
interested in being appointed to fill the vacant
City Council position.
Any person or persons who are eligible to
vote in the City of Ely may file a petition with the
Ely City Clerk calling for the vacancy to be filled
by special election. This petition has to be filed
with the Ely City Clerk within fourteen (14) days
after the City Council makes the appointment.
A petition calling for a special election to be
conducted to fill this vacancy must include the
supporting signatures of at least twenty seven
(27) persons eligible to vote in Ely, Iowa and
should be delivered to the Ely City Clerk at 1570
Rowley Street, Ely, Iowa weekdays between 8:00
a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Contact the Ely City Clerk
for more information.
It is time to renew your Ely Golf Cart/ATV permit;
if you haven’t already. Your golf cart/ATV permit
is an annual permit that has to be renewed by
April 1. The registration fee is $25 per year; and
the City Clerk/Administrator has to inspect the
vehicle before issuing or renewing a registration.
Stop by City Hall Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to
5 p.m. to renew your permit
Ely Winter Farmers Market
Visit the Ely Winter Farmers Market for a great
variety of locally produced food and goodies in
the library meeting room from 9 a.m. to noon
on the following Saturdays: March 14 & 28, and
April 11 & 25. Contact Ali Alldredge, 848-2036
or elyfarmersmarket@gmail.com, if you are
interested in being a vendor. Stop in at the Ely
Winter Market in the Library Meeting Room for
the best in locally made goodies and sundry to
brighten your winter.
Ely’s Community Garden
Do you want more (or any) space to grow your
own fresh vegetables? If so, Ely’s community
garden is your opportunity for more gardening
space. Garden plots will be near Ely’s water
tower on Jappa Road and awarded on a lottery
basis. Gardeners need to follow Ely’s community
garden rules. The City will not be responsible
for the vagaries of gardening in a public place. 
Please contact City Hall by April 15 if you
are interested in a patch of your own in Ely’s
community garden.
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Highland Rd is Going to be
Resurfaced this Summer
Ely will resurface Highland Road from just north
of Hillcrest St. to North Drive, and possibly all the
way to Knoll Court, this summer. The City Council
will request bids for both asphalt and concrete
surfaces to determine which is the best option
for longevity and cost effectiveness. Though
initially planned for spring 2015, the City Council
reconsidered the project schedule because of
concern that rainy or late spring weather would
cause delay so that the street would not be
open for July 4, and decided to have work start
after July 4.
Extending the Hoover Trail
Ely will extend the Hoover Nature Trail southward
from Ely City Park to the Ely Community Center,
1570 Rowley Street, in 2015. Ely received a
$199,700 grant from the Iowa Department of
Transportation to help pay the cost of extending
the trail to the Community Center. Ely will use
Local Option Sales tax money to provide the
city’s required local match and pay the balance
of the cost of the work. The Hoover Trail will run
on the former railroad right of way between Main
and Hillcrest Streets; then on the north side of
Dows St. to the east side of Main St. then to the
Community Center on the south side of Rowley
Street. Work is expected to start after July 4th.
Monday 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday 1:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday 1:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Friday 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday Closed
Youth Soccer and Baseball Programs
by Ely Parks and Recreation
Sons of the American Legion
The Ely American Legion has requested a
charter for a Son of the American Legion
Squadron here in Ely.  An organizational
meeting was held on January 13 and there
are currently 16 members ready to become
part of this new organization in Ely.  There
is still time to become a member of this
organization.  For more information check
out our website at http://elylegion.com/.
Regular meetings for both the Legion and
the Sons of the Legion are the first Monday
of the month at 7 PM.  Anyone considering
membership is welcome to visit a meeting.
News from American Legion Post #555
Ely area kids area are going to be busy with
terrific spring sports activities thanks to the
hard working Ely Parks & Rec. crew. Ely area
kids can join a team to play soccer, t-ball or
baseball this spring, activities sure to be great
fun, opportunities to learn more about the
sports, and excellent exercise for all involved.
Kids’ Soccer Games and practice are
Mondays from 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. April 6
through May 4, at Community Center Park.
There will be two weeks of practice, and three
weeks of games. Registration is $30 for Ely
residents and $35 for non-residents; deadline
is March 13. We need volunteers to enjoy
Start your Sunday on April 12 with an absolutely awesome breakfast! The Annual Legion Breakfast
is Sunday, April 12 from 7AM to 12 PM at the Legion Hall, 1545 Main St. in Ely. The cost is $8
for adults, $4 for children under the age of 12 and kids 5 and under will be admitted free. Tickets
are available from Legion members prior to the breakfast and will also be available at the door. On
the menu: pancakes, fried potatoes with or without onion & caraway, scrambled eggs, sausage,
ham, biscuits & gravy, milk, juice and coffee. Mark your calendar now and come enjoy.
City Council to Fill Mid-Term Vacancy by Appointment
a great opportunity to coach and otherwise
have fun teaching the tykes about soccer and
having fun with sports.
Youth T-Ball and Baseball Games are
Monday through Thursday, May 11th through
July 1. Teams play at Ely City Park (North end
of Hillcrest Street) and the College Community
campus. Practice starts in late April.
Registration is $70; the deadline is March 6
and there is a uniform try-on Thursday, March
5, at the Prairie High School Study Hall from
6:30-8 p.m. More information, registration
forms and schedules online at www.elyiowa.
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Conservation and the
Iowa City Bird Club for a
program all about birds.
Birding Bonanza takes
place on Saturday, March
14, from 10 a.m. to noon
at the Conservation
Education Center (CEC)
located in F.W. Kent Park
near Tiffin.
Participants in Bird-
ing Bonanza will create
a take-home bird feeder
and then visit the bird
blind to learn about
common feeder birds.
Afterward, enjoy hot
chocolate and coffee and
explore the exhibit space.
All bird feeders supplies
and refreshments will be
This program is
free, but registration
is required by Wednes-
day, March 4, at 4 p.m.
To register or for more
information contact Nat-
uralist Sydney Algreen by
calling the Conservation
Education Center at 319-
645-1011 or emailing her
at salgreen@co.johnson.
F.W. Kent Park is
located at 2048 Hwy.
6 NW, Oxford. Partici-
pants should dress for
the weather and meet at
the CEC in the northeast
corner of the park.
The program may be
cancelled if inclement
weather occurs.
The Johnson County
Conservation Department
manages over 2,000 acres
of land and outdoor rec-
reation areas throughout
the County. Several na-
tive prairies, river access
areas, small community
parks and the 1,052-acre
F.W. Kent Park provide
a variety of services in
natural resources, rec-
reation, environmental
education, and conser-
vation. To learn more
about Johnson County
Conservation, visit www.
Register for March 14 guided program about birds
IOWA CITY—Bur Oak Land Trust’s
32nd annual Prairie Preview will be
Thursday, March 12, at the Celebration
Farm in Iowa City. Conservationist
Jim Kessler’s talk, “Why Planting Local
Natives and Restoring Habitat Matter”
illustrated with photographs taken on
his property, will focus on the impor-
tance of native trees, shrubs, wildflow-
ers, sedges and grasses. He will explain
how native plantings can reduce soil
erosion and flooding, increase habitat,
attract beneficial insects to gardens and
reverse the decline in pollinators.
In his words, Kessler’s talk “makes a
very strong and thought-provoking case
for native habitat reconstruction and
restoration and describes the many free
ecosystem services that native plant-
ings and habitat provide.”
He has been active in native plant
gardening, prairie restoration and na-
tive planting management for 40 years.
He and his wife, Kathy, live on 30 acres
of reconstructed and restored prairies,
oak savannas, wetlands and woodland
south of Grinnell. He teaches environ-
mental biology and introductory biolo-
gy at Iowa Valley Community College in
The Bur Oak Land Trust protects and
conserves the natural areas of Johnson
and surrounding counties for future
The Prairie Preview hosts exhibits by
local environmental groups, in addition
to a speaker, it’s doors open to the
public at 6:30 p.m. for registration and
The presentation begins at 7:30 p.m.
with refreshments being served after-
ward. Contact Tammy Wright at (319)
338-7030 or visit www.buroaklandtrust.
org for additional information.
Kessler to speak at Prairie Preview XXXII March 12
Join Johnson County Con-
servation for a program
designed with toddlers
in mind.
Nature Sprouts is a
new program for children
3 to 5 years of age and
includes outdoor time, ac-
tivities and crafts. Nature
Sprouts will take place
on Wednesday, March 11,
from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at
the Conservation Educa-
tion Center (CEC) located
in F.W. Kent Park near
March’s Nature Sprouts
program is titled “Winter
Sign up now for new nature program for toddlers at Kent Park
Wake-up” and will fo-
cus on animals waking
up from winter. Partici-
pants should dress for the
weather and be accompa-
nied by an adult. Younger
and older siblings are wel-
come as well. Following
the program, participants
can hike in the park, visit
the bird blind or enjoy the
exhibits at the CEC.
This program is free
but registration is re-
quired by Wednesday,
March 4, at 4 p.m. To
register or for more in-
formation, contact Natu-
ralist Sydney Algreen by
calling the Conservation
Education Center at 319-
645-1011 or emailing sal-
F.W. Kent Park is lo-
cated at 2048 Hwy. 6 NW
in Oxford. Participants
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Getting election mail for someone who doesn’t live
there anymore? Don’t worry it’s not last fall’s cam-
paign starting up again.
Beginning Feb. 9, the Secretary of State’s office is
mailing cards to voters who have moved in the past
year. This annual National Change of Address (NCOA)
mailing is an important part of keeping the voter rolls
up to date.
If you get a card at your home, even for someone
who doesn’t live there, do not throw it away. Check
the box that applies, sign it - changes can not be made
unless it is returned signed– make notes if needed
and return it to the office.
The NCOA mailing is required by the National
Voter Registration Act of 1993, better known as
“Motor Voter.” Under the Motor Voter law, no one’s
voter registration is cancelled simply for not voting.
Instead, the cancellation process is based primarily
on the mail.
If you reported a change of address to the Postal
Service in the last year, and the new address doesn’t
match your voter record, we are required by law to
update your voting address.
Postage-paid reply cards are sent to your new
address. This allows you to make any corrections and
return the card to our office. If these cards are re-
turned to our office as undeliverable, the cancellation
process begins.
In March, notices will be sent to voters who have
shown no activity in four years.
More information is available at http://www.john-
It is important to know that NCOA only updates
voter registration addresses within Johnson County. It
does not register you to vote somewhere else.
NCOA only updates your address. It does not up-
date your name, party or phone number, but you can
note such changes on the reply card.
If you return the card with any corrections, it must
be signed. If you don’t sign it, we are unable to make
the corrections.
If the new address, as reported by the Postal Ser-
vice, is within Johnson County, your voter registration
address has been updated to the address reported by
the Postal Service.
If the new address is correct and within Johnson
County, you may sign and return the card. You will
get a new voter card within a few weeks.
If the new address is incorrect and your correct
address is within Johnson County, write down your
correct address, sign the card and return it to the
office. Your voter registration record will be updated
and you will receive a new voter card.
If the new address is wrong and you have moved
outside the county, write down your correct address,
sign the card and return it to our office. Your Johnson
County voter registration will be cancelled.
It is important to know that this does not register
you to vote in your new community
You will need to re-register at your new address.
If the new address as reported by the Postal Service
is outside Johnson County then your voter registra-
tion record has been placed on inactive status. This is
a preliminary step to cancellation.
Voters remain on the rolls with inactive status
through two general elections. If you try to vote, you
will be asked for ID and (if needed) to update your
address. You will then be returned to active status.
Voters inactivated in 2015 will be cancelled after
the 2018 general election. Records that were inactive
through the 2012 presidential election and 2014 gen-
eral election were cancelled earlier this year.
If you have in fact moved outside Johnson County,
please sign and return the postage-paid card. We can
then cancel your Johnson County voter registration
right away.
It is important to know that this does not register
you to vote in your new community. You will need to
re-register at your new address.
If you have not moved outside Johnson County,
write down your correct address, sign the card and
return it to our office. Your Johnson County voter
registration will be re-activated.
If the card is returned to our office as undeliver-
able, your voter registration record will be placed on
inactive status.
What if I get a card at my house for someone who
doesn’t live there?
Indicate on the reply card that the person does
not live at the address, sign the card and return it to
our office. We can then place the person on inactive
status. However, we can’t completely cancel the reg-
istration without the voter’s own signature unless we
get notice from another community that the voter has
registered there; if we get notice that the voter has
died or been convicted of a felony or the voter has
been inactive through two general elections.
If you don’t return the card, the law requires us to
assume that the person still lives there. (Political cam-
paigns will also assume the person still lives there, so
you’ll probably get mailings and phone calls.)
If the person is a family member or someone you
know, please contact them and encourage them to
contact our office.
In order to register to vote, you must list a physical
address, so we can assign you to the right precinct
and districts.
Voters who receive their mail at a post office box,
or a commercial mail drop such as Mailboxes Etc., are
asked to provide both a street address and a mailing
address. The only exception is the Domestic Violence
Voters who are homeless must specify the location
to which they most often return.
If the new address, as reported by the U.S. Postal
Service, is a post office box or mail drop within John-
son County, this information is then added to your
voter registration record and your physical address
was not changed.
If you have moved to a different physical address,
make any needed corrections and return the signed
card to our office.
If the new address as reported by the Postal Service
is a post office box outside Johnson County, your
voter registration record has been placed on inactive
status. Contact our office if your physical address is
still inside the county.
An address change by one family member may
have been reported by the Postal Service as a change
for the whole family.
“Snow birds” who maintain a winter residence
outside Iowa and have reported a long-term address
change to the Postal Service often receive NCOA
Cards or other voter materials that are returned
without signatures cannot be processed.
These problems can be fixed by returning a cor-
rected, signed card to our office.
Please contact the office at 319-356-6004 or elec-
tions@co.johnson.ia.us with any questions.
NCOA mailings confirming votersʼ change of address
Getting election mail for someone who
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Health & Wellness
In the Corridor
A S P E C I A L S U P P L E M E N T T O T H E M A R C H 2 0 1 5 N O J O C O N E W S P A P E R
NORTH LIBERTY- It’s the stories that
Dr. Del Concha values most, in not only
his practice, but also his life.
Every day he works with patients,
many of them older, who have experi-
enced significant hearing loss, and every
day he gets to hear what he calls their
“amazing” stories, just because he is the
person that gets to sit and listen.
“Everybody you meet has a story that
is going to influence you,” Dr. Concha
said. “But if you can’t hear them or they
can’t hear you, you’re not going to able
to listen to their stories.”
In particular, he remembers his grand-
father, whom he fitted with a hearing aid
in 2000. Because the technology was so
far behind where it is today, toward the
end of his life, Dr. Concha’s grandfather
still experienced significant hearing loss,
so much so that he still couldn’t hear the
questions Dr. Concha continued to ask.
As part of the Pueblo Indian tribe,
which had no written language, there
were many traditions and practices that
needed to get passed down orally, and
many of them were lost when his grand-
father died.
“All I could do was sit and wait for him
to say something because I couldn’t ask
him any more questions,” Dr. Concha
said. “That was really, really hard be-
cause he had a lifetime of stories to tell
and I didn’t get them all.”
He feels a kindred spirit with his elder
patients in particular because, despite
the generational gap, he experienced
the same kinds of hardships they did.
Growing up on a reservation in New
Mexico, he didn’t have electricity or run-
ning water. He relates to them, because
he’s lived their lives.
In his culture, respecting, listening to,
and caring for elders was considered
incredibly important. Whether it was
gathering wood, getting water, or just
listening to them, life was about giving.
Now he continues that tradition, just a
little differently.
“Out here, the giving is helping peo-
ple keep up their quality of life through
hearing,” he said.
Dr. Concha opened his North Liberty
practice at 1295 Jordan St., Suite 4, last
December. He originally had an office in
Coralville for 14 years, but faced issues
with accessibility and a deteriorating
building. He made the decision to move
to North Liberty after realizing how much
easier it was for his patients, many of
whom live in Solon and surrounding
areas, to get to the growing community.
Originally from Albuquerque, he and
his wife moved to the area so he could
attend school at the University of Iowa.
Concha had planned to major in busi-
ness, but he took a speech pathology
course as an elective, and switched his
major after seeing the kind of effect this
work had on people.
After receiving his undergraduate
degree in Speech Pathology and Audiol-
ogy, he earned his masters degree, and
later his doctorate, in audiology. He has
been practicing since 1997.
Audiologists diagnose and treat hear-
ing impairment for people of all ages.
They also look at the general health of
patients in order to create successful,
long-term plans for them. Dr. Concha
uses equipment like a soundproof booth
and Real Ear Measures, which mea-
sures sound going into the ear. These
are staples in the field of audiology and,
in his opinion, are a must for any kind
of treatment.
He also stresses to prospective pa-
tients the importance of being informed,
whether it is about the qualifications of
their audiologists, suggested treatments,
or the projected costs, including any
In his words, his practice tries to “keep
it simple” for patients, offering what he
feels is the best treatment within their
budget. He educates clients on reason-
able expectations for their issues and
then does his best to deliver.
However, he also knows that it’s up to
the individual when it comes to making
the most of their treatment
“Patients…have a choice to make.
There are very few side effects to hear-
ing aids,” Dr. Concha said. “If you put
them in and wear them all the time, you
hear better, if you take them out, you’re
back to where you started.”
But amazing advancements in tech-
nology have made living a normal life
that much easier for those with hearing
loss. New hearing aids can connect to
televisions and cell phones and can
change the pitch of sounds so those
with hearing loss can pick up noises
they haven’t heard in years.
They can even use wireless technol-
ogy so hearing aids in each ear can
communicate with one another. This
makes it easier for the user to make
the distinction between someone talking
and background noise. Previous hearing
aids would pick up every noise, almost
like surround sound, making it difficult
for users to comfortably go into crowded
Now, those with hearing aids are more
likely to be able to return to their normal
lives and do activities they might have
once thought impossible. This is one of
Dr. Concha’s favorite parts of his work.
He recalls patients that had stopped
playing music who picked up their in-
struments again, or students who once
had issues in school and are now getting
college degrees. And there are those
who are simply able to enjoy time with
their family when they couldn’t before.
Being able to listen to and properly
communicate with others, said Dr. Con-
cha, is so much of human life and is one
of the most important factors in keeping
a good quality of life.
“If you have vision, you have objects,”
Dr. Concha said. “But when you have
hearing, you have people.”
To make an appointment, call the
office at (319) 626-2392. Office hours
are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday,
and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
More information can also be found at
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Concha Audiology opens its
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Dr. Del Concha (right) with assistant Kelly Kaufmann.
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A healthy diet is essential to long-term
health. When coupled with routine ex-
ercise, healthy diets can be an effective
way for men and women to reduce their
risk of contracting a variety of diseases,
not to mention the positive impact that
such a healthy lifestyle can have on an
individual’s quality of life. The following
are a handful of easily found foods that
pack a nutritious punch.
Once difficult to find, these low-cal-
orie alternatives to traditional pastas
are now available in many large chain
grocery stores as well as organic mar-
ketplaces. That’s good news, as a typical
two-ounce serving of whole wheat or
multigrain pasta typically includes about
seven grams of protein and six grams
of fiber.
Nonfat Greek yogurt is a great low-cal-
orie source of protein, making it a great
snack option for men and women who
want a snack that can boost their af-
ternoon energy levels without compro-
mising their waistlines. Single serving
containers of Greek yogurt tend to be
right around six ounces, and that six
ounces can include 120 grams of protein
or more.
If baked potatoes are a side dish you
typically only enjoy in restaurants, you
might want to consider eating more of
them at home. One medium-sized Rus-
set potato is roughly 170 calories and
includes three grams of fiber, five grams
of protein and 25 percent of your daily
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recommended dosage of potassium.
Russet potatoes also are high in vitamin
C and iron.
Popeye was on to something, as a
four cup serving of fresh bagged spin-
ach is just 20 calories and loaded with
vitamins and nutrients. Just one serving
of fresh bagged spinach can provide
160 percent of the recommended daily
value of vitamin A and 40 percent of the
daily value of vitamin C. Spinach is also
a great source of folic acid, which can
help prevent heart disease, stroke and
certain types of cancer.
Dried lentils make great additions to
salads, soups and stews and pack a
nutritious punch despite their relatively
small serving size. A single serving of
dried lentils is 1/4 cup, and that serving
includes 10 grams of protein and 11
grams of fiber.
A single 1/4 cup serving of brown
rice has roughly 20 less calories than a
similar serving of traditional white rice,
and brown rice is also a much greater
source of dietary fiber (1.8 grams) than
white rice (0.4 grams). Brown rice also
is rich in selenium, which can reduce
a person’s risk of developing arthritis,
certain cancers and heart disease.
Consuming excessive amounts of sodium not only affects
your health but also may affect your appearance. A diet that’s
rich in sodium has long been linked to a host of health prob-
lems, including high blood pressure, stroke, kidney disease,
and stomach cancer. But consuming too much sodium also
leads to increased water retention, which can cause weight
gain and make men and women appear puffy and bloated.
According to the American Heart Association, the recom-
mended daily sodium intake is 1,500 milligrams. But the AHA
notes that the average American consumes more than double
that amount on a daily basis, and Health Canada asserts
that Canadians also eat roughly the same amount of sodium
each day as their American counterparts. While sodium is an
essential nutrient, the human body does not need a lot of it to
reap its benefits. Bread, processed meats and soups are some
of the major contributors of dietary sodium, so men, women
and even children, who the AHA notes are far morelikely to
develop high blood pressure as adults if they consume a
high-sodium diet as a child, should study packaging on these
items to ensure they aren’t overloaded with sodium.
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Stiff, painful joints affect a vast number
of people. According to the American
College of Rheumatology, arthritis
and other rheumatic diseases afflict
roughly 23 percent of Americans, while
Canadian Health Surveys indicate that
nearly 17 percent of the Canadian adult
population have arthritis. The number of
people living with arthritis is expected to
increase as the Baby Boomer generation
continues to age.
Treatments for joint pain and stiffness
range from medication to physical ther-
apy. Finding the right regimen may take
some effort, including some trial and
error. For those looking for treatments
they can try at home, consider these
homespun remedies. (Note: Check with
a physician to confirm the safety of alter-
native treatments before adding herbs to
or modifying your existing medications.)
Regular movement helps to maintain
flexibility in the body's joints. Those with
joint pain may shy away from exercise,
but they could be doing themselves a
disservice. Low-impact exercises, like
swimming and water aerobics, can work
out muscles and joints without adding
extra stress. Walking can replace jog-
ging or running, and yoga and pilates
may be just the thing for deep stretching.
Joint pain is often tied to obesity.
Losing just a few pounds can ease
up strain on certain joints, such as the
hips, feet and knees. Shedding weight
can improve mobility and decrease pain
and potential future damage to joints.
Exercise goes hand-in-hand with healthy
eating to lose weight.
Using a heating pad, hot shower or
bath or an ice pack can work wonders
on arthritis-related pains. Hot treatments
will loosen up stiff joints, while cold
therapy is best for acute pain relief. Do
not apply hot and cold packs to the skin
directly, as this can injure the skin. Wrap
them in a towel first before application.
Explore the many different natural
foods and herbs that are purported to
reduce inflammation in the body. Ginger,
turmeric, flaxseed, grape juice, and bro-
melain can alleviate inflammation and
stiffness. Foods such as fatty fish and
nuts high in omega-3 fatty acids also will
help fight inflammation. Blueberries, gar-
lic, celery, and kelp should be included
in diets as well.
The Arthritis Foundation says regular
massages can help reduce pain and stiff-
ness and improve range of motion. The
massage therapist should have experi-
ence working on people with arthritis. In
addition, massages should be performed
by licensed physical therapists and
guided by a doctor's recommendation.
Magnesium can alleviate pain and
reduce inflammation. It is best ingested
through dark, leafy greens but also can
be taken in supplement form. Magne-
sium oil can be applied topically to sore
joint areas.
Joint pain can impact daily life and
make activities less enjoyable. Fortu-
nately, there are plenty of ways that do
not require harsh medications to loosen
joints and combat pain.
MercyCare North Liberty welcomes
family practice physician, Vince Tae-
ger, MD. Dr. Taeger is board-certified
in family medicine and specializes in
the full spectrum of family medicine, in-
cluding pediatrics, geriatrics and sports
Dr. Taeger joins Amy Andersen, MD;
Tom Drahos, PA-C; and Meghan Cooley,
DNP; at MercyCare North Liberty Family
Practice, located at 1765 Lininger Lane,
North Liberty. The clinic’s office hours
are Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m.
to 7 p.m., and Fridays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Dr. Taeger is accepting new patients.
Patients who would like to schedule an
appointment may call (319) 665-3996.
For more information visit www.mercy-
MercyCare North Liberty is recognized
by the National Committee for Quality
Assurance (NCQA) as a Patient-Cen-
tered Medical Home. As a medical home,
patients can expect to receive care
coordinated between their primary care
physician and the rest of the Mercy net-
work, including hospital, urgent care and
specialists. Patients also have access
to MyChart, MercyCare’s patient portal
that allows patients to schedule appoint-
ments, communicate with their provider
and review their medical records.
MercyCare North Liberty is part of
MercyCare Community Physicians
(MCCP). MCCP is composed of fourteen
family practice clinics in Cedar Rapids
and surrounding areas. Four urgent
care facilities and four specialty clinics
are also a part of the MCCP system.
Established in 1995, MCCP is affiliated
with Mercy Medical Center in Cedar
Rapids, Iowa.
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Health Care holds a vast range of
Therapy for healing. Therapy is a cus-
tomized tool designed to aid in the goals
of someone who is in need of a specific
healing process. Understanding the dif-
ferent types of therapies can be benefi-
cial for you and your family. Choosing the
right therapy or combination of therapies
will be the first step to healing.
a branch of rehabilitative health that
uses specially designed exercises and
equipment to help patients regain or
improve their physical abilities. Physical
therapy is appropriate for many types of
patients, from infants born with musculo-
skeletal birth defects to adults suffering
from sciatica or the after effects of injury
or surgery to elderly post stroke patients.
Physical Therapy can help to regain
strength and alleviate areas of pain.
assists with relearning daily living skills
after an illness or injury. Occupational
therapy address’s the areas of: dressing,
bathing, housekeeping tasks, cognition,
exercise, home safety modifications,
equipment recommendations and fall
risk reduction education. Occupational
therapists must think “outside of the box”
to come up with new and inventive ways
for people to stay independent.
address needs related to swallow-
ing and speech. Speech Therapists
will commonly see patients who have
suffered from a stroke and help them
relearn their swallowing functions, coor-
dinate with the doctor on recommended
diet and regain speech functions. The
speech therapist must recognize the
needs of the patient and provide appro-
priate diagnostic treatment to individuals
from diverse cultural backgrounds.
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Feng shui is the practice of arranging
a home or office environment so energy
flows gently and smoothly throughout the
building. Many homeowners adhere to
elements of feng shui, the
origins of which date back
several thousand years,
in an attempt to create
a positive environment
that is free of stress. The
basis for feng shui is that
everything in a given environment has
an energy known as “chi.” Proponents
of feng shui believe chi not only flows
through the body but also through the
environment. When a home environment
negatively affects this flow, believers in
feng shui feel this can lead to health
problems, financial troubles or domestic
strife. This is why feng shui adherents
do not allow clutter to accumulate in
their homes, as they feel clutter can
stagnate energy flow. In addition, feng
shui adherents avoid homes with long,
dark hallways or poorly lit staircases, as
they feel such areas negatively affect the
flow of energy in a home.
Utilizing Chiropractic, Active Release Techniques for soft tissue
injuries, and Laser Terapy for pain and inflammation
Back Pain
Neck Pain
Plantar Fasciitis
Runner’s Knee
Tennis Elbow
Shin Splints
Carpal Tunnel
IT Band Contracture
Achilles Tendonitis
Rotator Cuff
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Sarah Van Brocklin, D.C.
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