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February 20th

Create centennial ice cream now

NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty is having an ice-cream recipe contest to celebrate the community’s 100th birthday. Submit your own ice-cream recipe for a chance to have it featured for all your friends and neighbors to enjoy at Isaac’s Creamery. Pick amazing base, sweet swirl-in, and a great mix-in and email your recipe by March 1 to: northliberty100@gmail.com, or send it to: Ice Cream Contest, c/o Tracey Mulcahey, City of North Liberty, 3 Quail Creek Cr., North Liberty, IA, 52317. For more information, visit the centennial website at northliberty100.org.

Wine tasting at the NL library Feb. 28

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Community Library is hosting a wine tasting with the Brick Arch Winery of West Branch on Thursday, Feb. 28, from 8 until 9:30 p.m. Adults 21 years and older may attend and must have valid photo ID to participate in the wine tasting. Bottles of wine will be available for purchase. Come join the fun, taste new wines and enjoy an evening out. Contact adult services staff, Elaine or Laura, at 319-626-5701 with questions.

Clear Creek Watershed Enhancement Board to host public meeting in Coralville Feb. 28

CORALVILLE– The Clear Creek Watershed Enhancement Board public meeting to be held at the Coralville Public Library, 1401 5th St., Coralville, IA 52241 at 5 p.m. on Feb. 28.
The purpose of the meeting is to provide information to the public concerning the accomplishments of the watershed board to make Clear Creek clear again and to welcome input for further priorities in the watershed.
The featured speaker will be James Martin of the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, who is regional basin coordinator for southeast Iowa.

Solon trapshooting team to hold can drive at NL American Legion Feb. 23

SOLON– The Solon trapshooting team will hold a can drive on Saturday, Feb. 23, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., and the drop-off point will again be the North Liberty American Legion (Club 76), one mile out of North Liberty.
Contacts for pick up or questions will be Scott Rath, 319-626-6809, Gerald Chaloupka, 319-624-2825, or Al Ziskovsky, 319-350-5362 The team will accept all 5¢ Iowa deposit containers and will be happy to pick them up from either North Liberty or Solon or anywhere in between. They may also be dropped off at the Legion (by the storage units).

Tie council vote results in lower return on investment

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– Some on the Tiffin City Council don’t agree with putting most of the city’s eggs in one basket, even if it is the best basket around.
At the council’s Feb. 13 meeting, a tie vote shot down City Administrator Michon Jackson’s suggestion to amend the city’s investment policy in order to keep a balance of about $7 million in Solon State Bank until bond proceeds designated for capital improvement projects could be spent down. The current policy puts a cap on deposits of no more than $2.5 million in any one of three local financial institutions.

Long list of ideas for shortage of space

Facilities committee holds brainstorming session

OXFORD– The facilities committee tasked by the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) School Board of Directors to explore options for dealing with the district’s continued enrollment growth took a major step toward making a recommendation.

Nobody came

Public silent on city’s budget

NORTH LIBERTY– Apparently, North Liberty residents are completely satisfied with the way the city proposes to spend their money.
The North Liberty City Council offered a special agenda item last Tuesday, Feb. 12, to allow the public to ask questions and offer input on the city’s proposed 2014 fiscal year budget.
Nobody came.

Evans places 5th at state wrestling

DES MOINES– People who do not know Solon 195-pound wrestler Lance Evans would have given him little chance of even qualifying for this year’s state wrestling meet, let alone placing in the tournament.
He sustained a severe knee injury this past summer, which required surgery, and was only cleared to start practicing during the week prior to the sectional tournament.
Evans went on to win both sectional and district championships in qualifying for the state wrestling tournament in Des Moines and won four matches, bringing home a fifth-place medal.
His match results were as follows:

Pesky guards propel Solon past Marion

MARION– Marion’s Amanda Sahm was trying to bring the ball upcourt, but Rylee Smith was applying pressure all the way.
Just over half court, Smith made a swipe at the ball, jarred it out of Sahm’s hands, and dove after it onto the floor.
It must’ve seemed like it was that way all night for the Marion Indians.
Solon’s Lady Spartans knocked Marion out of postseason play Thursday with a 64-50 win on the Indians’ home court in the first round of the Class 4A girls’ basketball playoffs.

Solon district waiting on state’s allowable growth decision

SOLON- School districts around the state receive a per-pupil amount that mostly comes from the state, about 88 percent, with local property taxes making up the remaining school revenues. That amount is set at about $6,000 per student this year.
Whether it grows or not– the allowable growth– is determined by the Iowa Legislature, and school districts are often left waiting on the state to agree on a number so local districts can set budgets.
Democratic state senators, with a narrow 26-24 voting edge, passed a four percent increase for the next two years.