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Community

Spending plan

Tiffin hires V&K to help create CIP strategy

TIFFIN– The City of Tiffin is paying to learn how to spend its money.
At its May 14 meeting, the Tiffin City Council approved a contract not to exceed $6,250 with engineering firm Veenstra & Kimm (V&K) Inc., to assist in crafting the city’s long-range capital improvements plan, or CIP.
Doug DeBolt and Bob Veenstra presented the proposal, outlining the services V&K provides to cities in comprehensive planning and strategies to pay for capital improvements.
“It’s a pretty methodical process with a heavy emphasis on the financial aspect,” said DeBolt.

DNR to host regional Fish Iowa! Games in North Liberty June 7

NORTH LIBERTY– The regional competition for the Fish Iowa! Games will be held Saturday, June 7, at Liberty Centre Pond in North Liberty. The Iowa Games and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources sponsor Fish Iowa! Games competitions through Iowa schools. Students learn to cast from three distances.

North Liberty honored as a leader in kids’ play

NORTH LIBERTY– KaBoom and the Humana Foundation has named North Liberty, for the third straight year, a Playful City USA community as a leader in playability by making it easy for kids to get balanced and active play.
“We’re a young and active community,” said North Liberty Mayor Tom Salm. “Our parks and recreation staff work tirelessly on our community’s recreation trails, playgrounds, parks and pools so our children and families have access to the means to stay active year round. It’s exciting to see the work recognized nationally.”

Governor, North Liberty council declares Optimists Day June 7

NORTH LIBERTY– Join the North Liberty Optimist Club and the North Liberty Recreation Department as they celebrate Iowa’s free fishing weekend and the local Optimists’ contributions to the community.

NLPD to host bike rodeo June 13

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Police Department hopes to help kids entering kindergarten through eighth grade get off to a safe start this summer by hosting a free bike rodeo on Friday, June 13, from 2 until 4 p.m. in Penn Landing, 620 Pacha Parkway, just off Penn Street.
A bike rodeo is a non-competitive, fun event for kids. During the rodeo, kids will learn bike safety tips while cruising on a course set up to teach them important bike skills. Free bike helmets will be available while supplies last. Sugar Bottom Bikes will be on hand offering free bike inspections.

ICCSD board rejects attendance zone maps; sets tenuous timeline

IOWA CITY– The Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) Board of Directors discussed administration recommendations on attendance zone maps at their May 27 work session.
They didn’t like what they saw.
After almost two hours of discussion, the board directed Superintendent Steve Murley to return June 10 with clarifying information, after which his team would re-draw the maps. They delayed re-districting for secondary school attendance zones until the elementary schools were determined and matriculation could be gauged.

CCA boys on to state, again

Third appearance in four years

TIFFIN– Weigh the anchor and trim the sails, the Clippers are casting off for Des Moines and Cownie Soccer Park.
The boys take field 6 for a Class 2A quarterfinal match at the state soccer tournament against Perry today (Thursday, June 5) at 2:35 p.m. A win advances Clear Creek Amana (CCA) to a 2:35 p.m. semifinal tomorrow (Friday, June 6). From there it’s either to the consolation match Saturday (June 7) at 1:40 p.m. or the championship at 2:30 p.m.

Champions

Solon boys take team title at state track meet

A big dose of Connor Ham (above, winning his heat in the 200-meter dash) and huge throws from Dalton Ferguson pushed Solon’s boys to the Class 3A state track meet title.
Ham won two individual events and anchored two relays to second and third place during the May 22-24 State Coed Track meet at Drake Stadium in Des Moines. Ferguson won the shot put and took fourth in the discus to add to the Spartans’ 50 point total, a winning margin of 7 3/4 over Center Point-Urbana in the team race.
Turn to Section B for results.

Solon brothers return to play at Gabe’s in Iowa City June 3

IOWA CITY– Joe and Jake Anderson, musicians originally from Solon, will be returning to play in Iowa City for the first time in five years. The brothers left Solon in 2009 to attend McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul, Minnesota. They completed school with degrees in music performance and have formed a metal-music band named Cantharone. Cantharone will be playing at Gabe’s bar in downtown Iowa City on Tuesday, June 3, at 9 p.m. The band will be playing original music from their first EP and songs from the new EP which is soon to be recorded.

Solon Spotlight Schwan’s fundraiser

SOLON– Do you love ice cream? Or any of the 350+ delicious and convenient Schwan’s foods? Would you like to have your favorites delivered to your door and help out the hundreds of Solon students involved in the performing arts? Solon Spotlight annually provides over $20,000 in support of the those students. You can help. Just order from Schwan’s from May 19 until July 1, and 20 percent of product and 40 percent of e-certificate sales will go back to Spotlight. Plus, Schwan’s will contribute five percent of all orders made under the Spotlight campaign ID for the rest of the year.

Solon Public Library

Meal and a Movie

The movie is free but registration is required for the catered meal and costs $7.50 for an entrée, vegetable and dessert. The movie follows the meal and usually begins around noon. Call Sandra Hanson at 319-624-2710 to register or sign up at Old Gold Dining.
On May 30 the Meal and a Movie group will be showing “Monuments Men.” An allied group, the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives program, are given the task of finding and saving pieces of art before they are destroyed by Hitler during World War II.

City-wide Garage Sale

Riverbottom Ramblers open Music on Main series June 4

SOLON– On Wednesday, June 4, the City of Solon and the council will be serving Dilly Bars from Dairy Queen as a celebration for the new season of Music on Main.