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February 15th, 2017

Making a big impact on the littles

Sprout Kids Academy offers top-of-the-line everything

TIFFIN– It was a no-brainer for Aimee Pitlick when she was approached two years ago to be the director of a new childcare facility in Tiffin.
“I missed it. I missed the kids. I missed the work, the good things, the babies,” said Pitlick. “You have such an ability to make such a huge impact on them.”
Having already run Tiffin’s former Busy Bees Preschool and Daycare from 2005-2010, and with a business degree from the University of Northern Iowa, Pitlick was well prepared to take on the task of helping plan a childcare facility from the ground up.

Financial aid and scholarship night Feb. 23 at CCA

TIFFIN– On Thursday, Feb. 23, starting at 6:30 p.m., Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School will host its annual Financial Aid and Scholarship Night.
Why is this event held now? The federal government has ruled that you may file your application for federal aid starting in October of your child’s senior year. Therefore, district staff wants CCA parents and students to have every opportunity to apply in time to get their college financial aid in a timely manner.

School board green lights $190 million to complete FMP

It’s a GO!

By Janet Nolte
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– It’s official: Next September, Iowa City school district voters will get the chance to decide if they want to commit nearly $190 million toward a general obligation (GO) bond to complete the 10-year facilities master plan (FMP) initiated in 2012.
At a special meeting held Tuesday, Jan. 31, the school board directors voted 5-2 to go “all in” on a bond proposal that would ensure funding for ongoing and future building upgrades, additions and new construction projects throughout the district.

Good Neighbor meeting Feb. 23

NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty may soon consider a rezoning and subdivision plat for property and the public is invited to an open house-style meeting being held to explain the proposal Thursday, Feb. 23, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the North Liberty City Administrative Office Building, 3 Quail Creek Cir.
The property is north of 240th Street on the west side of North Jones Boulevard. The proposal is to replat several lots, adding to an existing multi-family lot, so that four additional townhome-style units can be constructed.

Methodist church offers support group Feb. 22

NORTH LIBERTY– Are you struggling with losing someone in your life from death or divorce or separation? Do you wish you could talk to someone else that has gone through hard times in their life? If so, please come to the First United Methodist Church in North Liberty, 85 N. Jones Blvd., Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. in the library to meet with others who are struggling. Anyone over 18 is welcome to attend. Free to all.
There will also be meetings on March 22 and April 26.

Blood drive, bingo at North Bend Feb. 17

NORTH LIBERTY– North Bend Elementary (NBE) in North Liberty will host a special night of activities Friday, Feb. 17.
A blood drive with the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center will be held from 2:30-6:30 p.m. in the teacher workroom with walk-ins welcome. There will also be a fun Rock and Roll Bingo night which will run from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in the school cafeteria, so plan to stop in and donate the gift of life and stay to play some rockin’ bingo afterwards.

Second annual Beat the Bitter

Winter games and good cheer focus on the family

North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– Wind chills in the teens didn’t stop thousands from enjoying another year of North Liberty’s Beat the Bitter the weekend of Feb. 3 at Penn Meadows Park.
“It’s nice to have something to do in the winter,” said Sarah Espy, of North Liberty.
She and her husband Matt Espy, along with their two children, agreed the cold temperatures were worth the festivities.
“It could be a lot worse,” said Matt.

Lady Spartans end season against No. 10 Mount Vernon

MOUNT VERNON– They’ve probably seen enough of the Mustangs for now.
Solon’s varsity girls ended their basketball season with a 52-36 loss to Mount Vernon Feb. 11 in Mount Vernon.
The Lady Spartans had concluded the regular season Feb. 7 hosting the Mustangs in a 61-41 loss, then faced Mount Vernon again four days later in the Class 3A Region 5 quarterfinal.
Solon’s season closed out with an 8-14 record.

Spartans spoil CCA Senior Night

TIFFIN– The Solon Spartans fended off Clear Creek Amana (CCA) on the road Feb. 10, handing the Clippers an 82-50 varsity basketball loss on their Senior Night.
Solon broke open a tight game in the second quarter, outscoring CCA 21-10 on the way to a 36-22 halftime lead.

Eight to state

Spartans advance solo and as a team for state wrestling

SOLON– Last November, a state wrestling dual appearance was in the back of the Spartans’ minds as they began a second season under the only coach to ever get them there back in 2001.
Three months later, it’s on the forefront.
After an overwhelming victory at home Tuesday, Feb. 7, over Saydel (70-12) and Mount Vernon (51-18), Solon advanced to the Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) 2017 State Dual Tournament. They were scheduled to wrestle Sergeant Bluff-Luton in a 9 a.m. quarterfinal match on Wednesday, Feb. 15, at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.