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Community

Progress and changes for CCA; some required, some desired

CCA board receives building projects update

OXFORD– Walls are going up now, and by next year, other walls may be coming down.
Clear Creek Amana (CCA) community school district’s construction manager Ray Willoughby delivered the monthly building projects report to the board of directors at its regular meeting Thursday, Sept. 18. Work is progressing at the new elementary school on the east side of Tiffin, with floor slabs in place and walls erected.

North Liberty launches curbside composting program

NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty is launching a program to help its residents divert food waste from the landfill.
The city and Johnson County Refuse are piloting the program for the next month with a small number of households and will expand the program in mid-October.
Participants will pay a refundable deposit for a curbside collection bin, which they’ll need to line with a yard waste bag, available for $1.65 at a variety of stores in North Liberty. The compost will be collected with their recycling and trash each week.

Schwab re-elected board president

District to try online waiting list

SOLON– The waiting list for the Solon school district will soon move online.
At a reorganizational meeting Monday, Sept. 8, members of the Solon school board continued discussions on revised guidelines for the district’s open enrollment policy.
Part of that discussion included a demonstration of an online intake program for prospective open enrollees by Director of Instruction and Technology Matt Townsley.

Solon firefighters will help you change your smoke alarm batteries

Battery Up Saturday, Oct. 18

SOLON– The Solon Fire Department is urging families in Solon to install and maintain working smoke alarms. Properly installed and maintained smoke alarms save lives every day across the country.
And the department members are ready to help.
From 9 until 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18, the Solon Fire Department will conduct a free “Battery Up” campaign offering in-home fire prevention to residents in need of assistance.

Mary’s Meals provides food and education to help impoverished children around the globe

Just one good meal

SOLON– In the early 1990s, Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow went to Romania with the simple goal of bringing food and clothing to children’s hospitals.
However, once he arrived, his mission changed drastically.
After wandering into a room where he admits he probably wasn’t supposed to be, he was greeted with the sullen, hopeless faces of about 50 children, long forgotten and abandoned by society. Some, even at the age of 12 or 13, couldn’t even walk, simply because no one had bothered to teach them.
At that moment, he knew he had to do more than just provide them basic aid.

Solon Homecoming royalty

The 2014 Solon Homecoming Court has been announced, with the coronation to take place this week during Homecoming festivities. Queen candidates include Haley Bell, Brandi Uhlenkamp, Katie Folkerts, Carlyn Haas, Shae Goldsberry and Reed McCarty. King candidates include Zach Nunemaker, Connor Ham, Logan Linderbaum, Brandon Kramer, Adam Nelson-Ockenfels and Chris Cass. (photo by Doug Lindner)

Solon Public Library

New books

“Edge of Eternity” by Ken Follet. Ken Follett’s Century Trilogy follows the fortunes of five intertwined families– American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh– as they make their way through the twentieth century. Edge of Eternity, the finale, covers one of the most tumultuous eras of all, the 1960s through the 1980s.
“Personal” by Lee Child. You can leave the army, but the army doesn’t leave you. Not always. Not completely, notes Jack Reacher– and sure enough, the retired military cop is soon pulled back into service. This time, for the State Department and the CIA.

Lake Macbride park harvest and replanting meeting set for Sept. 29

SOLON– Interested neighbors and park users of Lake Macbride State Park have the opportunity to comment on the proposed tree harvest and replanting project scheduled for 2015.
A public meeting will be Monday, Sept. 29, at 6:30 p.m. at the Solon Public Library.
In the winter of 2013, Department of Natural Resources (DNR) foresters walked 933 acres of forest cover in Lake Macbride State Park, recording data to help classify and describe the woodlands which they then used to develop a Forest Stewardship Plan for the park.

Solon Parks and Recreation 2014 girls basketball registration

SOLON– The Solon Parks and Recreation Department will soon be accepting registrations for the 2014 girls basketball program.

Flu clinics at Solon Schools Oct. 9, 16 & 23

SOLON– The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) will be at Lakeview Elementary Thursday, Oct. 9, from 3:30 until 6 p.m.; Solon Middle School Thursday, Oct. 16, from 3:30 until 6 p.m.; and Solon High School Thursday, Oct. 23, from 3:30 until 6 p.m.
These clinics will offer Flu Shots QIV– $32; Flu Mist QIV– $35; High Dose Flu (for ages 65+ years) – $45; and Pneumonia vaccine– $90. If a cash/check payment is received at the time of the clinic, a $3 discount will be applied to the above prices.

Solon writer publishes chapter in business marketing textbook

SOLON– A local scholar’s phenomenological trademark research project has been published as a chapter in an international business marketing textbook. Beth Duffy, PhD, received notice from Routledge publishers in England that Brand Mascots, a collection of research authored by marketing professors and professionals from around the world, has been published containing her original research as Chapter 14.

CCA board approves elementary boundaries

Part of Tiffin will attend Oxford

OXFORD– A change is coming next fall for some students in the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school district.
With a new elementary school opening on the east side of Tiffin next fall, the district assigned a committee to determine new attendance area boundaries for four elementary schools, which was a three-month process.
The district’s board of directors received the committee’s recommendation on Wednesday, Sept. 10, and approved it at the board’s regular monthly meeting Thursday, Sept. 18.