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Community

May Day Breakfast May 7

SOLON– Highlight May 7 on the calendar to remember to attend the GFWC/Iowa Solon Women’s Club May Day Breakfast at the Solon Methodist Church from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Egg and meat casseroles, homemade kolaches and rolls, fruit, orange juice, coffee and milk will be served.
The cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children, ages 5-12, with tickets available from GFWC/Iowa Solon Women’s Club members or at the door on May 7. Families and groups can receive a special deal: five adult tickets for $25 and/or five children tickets for $12.

Solon High School basketball All-Star event Sunday, June 12

SOLON– Former college, semi-pro and pro basketball players will converge on the Solon High School gymnasium Sunday, June 12, for an All-Star scrimmage to benefit the boys’ basketball team.
Solon varsity head coach Jason Pershing hopes the event will raise funds for his program while providing entertainment for the community.
Scheduled to participate are a number of area players including Solon all-time leading scorer Matt Lesan, a graduate of Upper Iowa who played semi-professional basketball with the Chicago Steam of the American Basketball Association (ABA).

Eidahl: State of the school district is strong

SCSD superintendent, board members reflect on the past school year

SOLON– One year after becoming the Solon Community School District’s superintendent, Davis Eidahl said he believes the state of the district is strong.
Eidahl arrived in Solon last year, previously serving as superintendent for Ottumwa Community School District. Eidahl, his wife, and his three children—a son in eighth grade, a son in sixth grade, and a daughter in second grade—attended baseball and softball games and other events to get acquainted with those in the community.

Macbride Raptor Project free Family Day Saturday, May 7

SOLON– Macbride Raptor Project (MRP) monthly Family Day will be held on Saturday, March 7, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Family Day is free and open to the public. The Raptor’s Nest (MRP educational center) will be open with staff and volunteers available to answer questions about the project and the raptors. Snacks and crafts will also be provided for guests.

Music on Main Street concert series begins Wednesday, June 1

SOLON– Solon’s Music on Main Street Concert Series will kick off the 2016 schedule Wednesday, June 1, at the downtown bandstand featuring “Keelah and the Boys.”
Concerts begin at 7 p.m. each Wednesday evening. Bring your lawn chairs and a picnic basket and enjoy some wonderful music. In case of rain, concerts will be moved to St. Mary Catholic Church. If you would like to financially contribute to Music on Main Street or provide sponsorship or concessions on a concert evening, please contact Nancy Upmeyer at 331 1553 or nancyupmeyer@hotmail.com.
2016 Music on Main Street

Olivia Erenberger wins McNutt 4-H Rotary Leadership Award

IOWA CITY– The Iowa City Noon Rotary Club presented the McNutt 4-H Rotary Leadership Award to two outstanding Johnson County 4-H youth on April 21. The recipients are Olivia Erenberger and Kara Schueler, each received a $600 scholarship.

Red’s lands additional parking space

By Shianne Fisher
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– The unsightly patch of dirt frequented by Red’s Alehouse customers will soon be getting a concrete makeover.
An agreement between Red’s and the City of North Liberty, approved at an April 26 council meeting, will allow the restaurant owners to construct a new parking lot on the adjacent city property with an entrance through Red’s existing parking lot.
“I think everybody understands the situation here,” said City Administrator Ryan Heiar. “Red’s is located in an area where there are challenges with parking.”

West High hires new athletic director

Huegel to replace Scott Kibby, future Liberty High principal

The Trojans have a new general.
Iowa City West High School has selected a new athletic director.
Craig Huegel, the current athletic director at Marshalltown High School, will take over for Scott Kibby, who has been selected as the new Liberty High School principal. Huegel will take up his post on July 1, according to a statement released by West High Principal Gregg Shoultz.

A path to the future

CCA committee to determine long-term facilities needs

TIFFIN– Continued enrollment growth in the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school district will necessitate additional school buildings in the future. However, how soon and where they will be located is yet to be determined. With a forthcoming comprehensive facilities plan, the district hopes to be proactive rather than reactive as needs arise.

Former Hawkeye basketball player to open youth gym in Tiffin

TIFFIN– When Darryl Moore came to the University of Iowa in 1993 little did he know he would not only get a chance to walk on the basketball team, but he would earn a scholarship, become a two-year starter and earn the Chris Street award, an award that exemplifies the spirit, enthusiasm and intensity of Chris, a former Hawkeye basketball player who died in a car wreck on Jan. 19, 1993.
Now Moore, who has been in medical sales for over a dozen years, is seeking to open a gym in Tiffin to work with kids on developing basketball and life skills.

NLPD joins the CIT movement

Two officers to attend training in May

NORTH LIBERTY– Add the North Liberty Police Department (NLPD) to the list of law enforcement agencies in Johnson County buying in to the concept of Crisis Intervention Training (CIT).
The Memphis, Tenn., Police Department pioneered the concept in the late 1980s as a way to better deal with people having a mental health issue such as hallucinations, schizophrenic episodes or paranoia. In the early 2000s, the police department in San Antonio, TX, expanded on what became known as “The Memphis Model” by training every officer in a 40-hour CIT program.

CCA approves SAVE and PPEL budgets

Additional funds supplement district’s coffers

TIFFIN– The Board of Directors for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District approved $1,480,000 in Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL) spending for the 2016-2017 fiscal year which starts on July 1. The Board also approved $1,991,096 in expenditures of Secure Advanced Vision for Education (SAVE) funds which were previously known as School Infrastructure Local Option sales and services tax or “SILO.”
The Board reviewed the budgets and approved them at their regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, April 20, at the Middle School in Tiffin.