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Family, tradition, duty, and honor

Four Tiffin firefighters recognized as they retire

TIFFIN — The Tiffin Fire Department celebrated 76 years of combined service Monday, March 15 as Chief Brian Detert (24 years), 1st. Asst. Chief Randy Morgan (31 years), 2nd Asst. Chief Corey Donaldson (11 years), and 2nd Captain Steve Kick (10 years) retired from the all-volunteer department.

Terrorists for the greater good?

NL comedian and author Nathan Timmel enters the realm of fiction with “We Are 100”

NORTH LIBERTY– What happens when the common man gets pushed to his limits and finds a group of like-minded individuals? Nathan Timmel explores the possibilities in his new book We Are 100, which is now available on Amazon.com.
Timmel, a North Liberty-based comedian, has previously penned 11 non-fiction books ranging from an autobiography to collections of letters to his young children, Hillary and Truman, which were written in hotel rooms across the country; and even an exploration of life with a new baby in the house-written from the perspective of Kitty, his late miniature schnauzer.

Let’s do it again

Solon COVID-19 clinic finishes second dose

SOLON– It went just as smoothly the second time around.
Over 1,100 people received their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccination Friday and Saturday, March 19-20, in Solon.
Towncrest Pharmacy partnered with Solon Senior Advocates, Solon United Methodist Church, the City of Solon, Johnson County Emergency Management Agency (JCEMA) and Public Health (JCPH) and local residents to host a vaccine clinic on Friday, Feb. 26, and Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Methodist Church’s Family Life Center.

Rec programs rebound

City sticking with emphasis on outdoor activities

SOLON– Business is picking up for the Solon Recreation Department.
Recreation Director Tom Harder reported strong numbers for spring soccer and a full slate of expanded programs for summer during a Solon City Council meeting March 17.
“Our numbers are basically right where they were pre-COVID, which is great,” Harder said after the meeting.
Soccer registration closed with over 250 kids signed up for 33 teams across pre-kindergarten through sixth grade, he said. Practice begins soon with games in early April.

Big news for a small business

A2Z Heating and Plumbing in North Liberty merges with the best in the area, and adds a new service while keeping the help wanted sign up

NORTH LIBERTY– The company motto for A2Z Heating and Plumbing, Inc. states, “Meeting all of your needs from A2Z,” and indeed, the staff of the North Liberty based business brainstormed and found services they provide for 25 out of the 26 letters of the alphabet. Only “X” was left out, as “Nothing begins with X.”
Since starting out in 2003, A2Z’s business has steadily grown and now they can add more items to their list under “L” and “T.”
“L” is for “Lift stations,” and now also for “Lawn irrigation systems.”

The trend continues

CCA can expect enrollment growth to continue through 202x

OXFORD– As the COVID-19 crisis seems to be fading, the school board of directors and administrative team of the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District will soon put the spotlight again on space needs.
The district received its latest enrollment forecast from RSP in January, and board members reviewed it during a Feb. 3 work session. RSP has provided enrollment analysis and projections for the district since 2014 and guided facilities planning committees and attendance area boundary discussions.

Here’s the mail

Eric Morgan celebrates a year as Solon’s postmaster

SOLON– You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone happier to see warmer temperatures than Solon Postmaster Eric Morgan.
“Very excited to see the snow gone, as is my staff,” he noted.
Morgan, 35, took up the post in Solon Jan. 19, 2020, and celebrated his anniversary in the middle of a prolonged deep freeze, but feels lucky to be here.
“My experience here has been fantastic,” he said. “It’s honestly just a great city filled with small town charm while still developing as the days pass.”

Melissa Holtz named principal at SIS

SOLON– Melissa Holtz will serve as the next principal at Solon Intermediate School (SIS).
The Solon Community School District announced March 9 Holtz accepted the position. Her hire becomes official after a background check and school board approval, according to a district release.
Holtz was identified as the best fit after formal interviews in the district on Monday, March 8. She was the top choice collectively by each group she interviewed with including teachers, support staff, administrators and students, the district stated.
Holtz was thrilled to accept the position.

You can still see what happened on Mulberry Street

Controversial to some, Dr. Seuss books still available in local libraries

IOWA CITY– Theodor Seuss Geisel (1904-1991), known to all as “Dr. Seuss,” was a prolific author and illustrator of children’s books who helped generations learn to read.
His first book, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, was rejected 27 times before being published in 1937. The book, a young boy’s whimsical fantasy tale building on having seen a horse and wagon on the street during his journey home from school, is now one of six, no longer be published due to images deemed to be racist and/or culturally insensitive.

New life for old home

120 W. Main site plan approved

SOLON– With a few more details worked out, commercial renovation can proceed on a former Main Street residence.
Solon City Council members approved a site plan submitted by North Corridor Properties Investment for 130 W. Main St. at a March 3 meeting.
Included were caveats regarding garbage, landscaping and signage to be resolved with city staff prior to the issuance of a building permit.
The house, on the corner of West and Main streets, will be converted to office use, according to developer Mark Pattison.

Solon fights COVID with clinic

Towncrest Pharmacy teams with community to deliver 1,100 vaccines

SOLON– With only four days to prepare, organizers and volunteers vaccinated more than 1,100 people over two days in Solon.
Towncrest Pharmacy, a participant in the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program, partnered with Solon Senior Advocates, Solon United Methodist Church, the City of Solon, Johnson County Emergency Management Agency (JCEMA) and Public Health (JCPH) and dozens of local residents to host a COVID-19 vaccine clinic on Friday, Feb. 26, and Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Methodist Church’s Family Life Center.
The by-appointment clinic was reserved for individuals 65 years of age or older.

The shock that saves lives

Local law enforcement agencies benefit from $10.1 million grant to purchase Automatic External Defibrillators

IOWA CITY– A defibrillator is a device administering an electrical shock to the heart in an attempt to correct a life-threatening chaotic rhythm called ventricular fibrillation, or V-Fib. In this condition, the heart muscle quivers erratically, but does not pump blood. Essentially, without a heartbeat, the person is dead. The defibrillator’s shock literally jolts the heart, stopping it completely for an instant, in the hope natural pacemakers will kick in again in a normal, life-sustaining rhythm restoring heartbeat and breathing.