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January 20th

Van Allen to host dance marathon

NORTH LIBERTY– James Van Allen Elementary School in North Liberty will host a Dance Marathon on Friday, Jan. 30, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The event is sponsored by the James Van Allen Student Council. This is a fundraiser for the University of Iowa Children's Hospital Oncology Unit and Children's Miracle Network. Family tickets are $10 and individual tickets are $5. Students should come with their families. Along with the dance by DJ Mark Robe, there will be a cake auction and refreshment booth.
For more information, contact Celeste Shoppa, James Van Allen Asst. Principal, at 688-1185.

Lane Plugge honored as Iowa’s Superintendent of the Year

IOWA CITY– Words of praise were plentiful at Elizabeth Tate High School in Iowa City last week.
Superintendent of Iowa City Community School District Dr. Lane Plugge was recognized as Iowa Superintendent of the Year by the School Administrators of Iowa (SAI) organization, and district officials held a reception at Tate High School to honor him Wed., Jan. 7.
Guest speakers offered positive remarks about Plugge, his accomplishments within the district and his encouraging supervisory style, including former ICCSD Board of Directors member Pete Wallace.

School boundary discussion tests limits

NORTH LIBERTY– Iowa City Superintendent Lane Plugge said he had no illusions that everyone would be pleased.
Dr. Plugge and Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) Associate Superintendent Jim Behle proposed a revised boundary scenario for a new elementary school in North Liberty at a public forum at Penn Elementary last Wednesday, Jan. 14, and the response of some who attended matched the evening’s frigid weather.

Guest Opinion from the Iowa Senate

DES MOINES–The 2009 legislative session convened on Monday, Jan. 12.
One thing was immediately clear to every Republican and Democratic state legislator: the deepening national recession will make this session very challenging.
The nation’s economy is not good, and it’s not getting better. Even though the Iowa economy and our state budget are in much better shape than most states, we are still sharing the national pain.

Deere to be different

NORTH LIBERTY–The west end of Lininger Lane will see additional development this spring.
City Tractor Company, Inc., a dealership which sells and services lawn and commercial worksite equipment– largely of the John Deere brand– submitted a commercial site plan for approval by the North Liberty City Council on Tuesday, Jan. 13.
The plan calls for a 12,400 sq. ft. building which will house a showroom, offices, shop and storage space, as well as a 4,800 sq. ft. storage building to be located on the northwest corner of Penn Court and Lininger Lane.

January 13th

Classified Ads for January 14

HELP WANTED

THE SOLON LIBRARY is accepting applications for the part-time position of “library page”. This position is offered at 10 hrs./wk. @/$8.00 per hr. Primarily responsible for shelving materials. Some evenings, experience preferred. Comfortable working with the public, basic computer skills a plus. Applications available at the Solon Library, 320 W Main St., Solon, Iowa or download from the library website: www.solon.lib.ia.us/. Applications are due Monday, January 26th. Questions: please call 624-2678, Monday through Thursday from 12 – 5:00 PM. 1/21

Abandon your dress pants with Jeans-4-JA

NORTH LIBERTY–In celebration of National Junior Achievement Week, declared by President Eisenhower in 1955, Junior Achievement of Eastern Iowa, Inc. is holding their fourth annual Jeans-4-JA event. During the week of Feb. 2–6, employees of participating companies are encouraged to wear jeans or casual attire to work by making a donation to Junior Achievement. Each participating company can determine the cost of wearing jeans (i.e. $5/day or $20/week), with all of the proceeds going to support Junior Achievement programs in Eastern Iowa.

NL Cub Scouts Pinewood Derby this Friday

NORTH LIBERTY–The two North Liberty Cub Scout packs will be holding their annual Pinewood Derby race Friday, Jan. 16, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. in the Gerdin Conference Room at the North Liberty Community Center. 
The Pinewood Derby is a fun and exciting event where Scouts craft a car from a pine block, decorate the block, add wheels and send it flying down a track to achieve the best possible time.  The fastest cars in Pack 216 (Penn Elementary) and Pack 275 (Van Allen Elementary) will be recognized, as will the pack with the fastest average times. 

MercyCare physician holds parent-child workshop

NORTH LIBERTY– On Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009, MercyCare North Liberty family practice physician, Sarah von Harz, M.D., is presenting a workshop that will provide parents and caregivers creative ways to communicate so the children they care for will listen. The workshop will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. at MercyCare North Liberty, 1765 Lininger Lane.

CCA Kindergarten Round-up

OXFORD– All parents in the Clear Creek Amana School District who have children who will be five years old on or before Sept. 15, 2009 and are planning on sending their children to school in the fall are asked to call the elementary school their child will be attending.
If you reside in Iowa County, please call 622-3255. Students who will be attending the Amana Elementary in Middle Amana, will be attending Kindergarten Round-up on Tuesday, March 31.
If you reside in Johnson County, please call 828-4505 (Clear Creek Elementary) or 626-3950 (North Bend Elementary).