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Community

Seussical flashes across the stage

Liberty High’s first musical plays tribute to Dr. Seuss’ works

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High School’s first musical is in the books. The show, “Seussical the Musical,” was the product of a series of books written by Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss.
Stephen Flaherty (music) and Lynn Ahrens (lyrics) took Seuss’ works, such as “Horton Hears a Who,” “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas,” “Horton Hatches the Egg” and others, and crafted them into a musical that opened off Broadway at the Richard Rogers Theatre in New York City in 2000.

City looks to rebuild Parks and Rec.

Council creates new advisory board with rural representation

SOLON– More big changes are coming.
The conversion of the former middle school into a community center has prompted the city to shake up its structure regarding parks and recreation programs.
At an April 4 meeting, council members took the first step in dismantling the Solon Parks and Recreation Commission, replacing it instead with an advisory team which will include rural representatives.

Questions asked, changes requested

P&Z gives input on county comprehensive plan

IOWA CITY– They’ve had their say. The Johnson County Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) reviewed the final draft of a proposed comprehensive plan for the county during a Thursday, April 5, work session. The five-member commission requested several changes, which were dutifully noted by Planning, Development and Sustainability (PDS) staff. P&Z gave the plan one final review, with its changes in place, during a regular meeting on Monday, April 9, and approved the plan on a 5-0 vote, sending it to the Johnson County Board of Supervisors for adoption.

Background

Quilt of Valor

Navy vet and dinosaur guy wrapped in honor

SOLON– Jack Neuzil and his wife Fran were wrapped in his new Quilt of Valor, standing in front of a crowd in the lobby of the Solon Center for the Arts.
“You don’t know how important this is,” Neuzil quipped. “Up until recently I used to do a lot of projects. They kept me warm.
“I haven’t been able to do them for the last year, and this is going to save me.””
Neuzil, a longtime contributor to a vast number of Solon community projects and best known for his wooden dinosaurs, was presented his Quilt of Valor at a ceremony March 25.

Nominate the 2018 Senior of the Year

SOLON– May is national Older American’s Month and the Senior Advocates are seeking nominations for the 2018 Solon Senior of the Year.

Red Cedar Chamber Music

Presents HarpStrings April 18 at Sts. Peter and Paul

Tiffin fire annual pancake breakfast April 15

TIFFIN– The Tiffin Volunteer Fire Department and First Responders host their annual pancake breakfast Sunday, April 15, from 6 a.m. to noon at the fire station, 221 Main St.
Chief Brian Detert said the department expects to serve around 1,200 people. The menu includes pancakes, eggs, whole hog sausage and cinnamon rolls. There will also be jam from Clear Creek Orchard for sale. No admission fee is required, but a free will donation is accepted.

Ranshaw Way widening to begin, April 16

NORTH LIBERTY– Weather permitting, on Monday, April 16, work will begin to widen Ranshaw Way (Highway 965) to five lanes between Zeller and Cherry streets. The first stage of widening work will occur on the east side of the street. Two lanes of traffic will remain open through the project; however, the speed limit and lane width will be reduced to allow crews to begin utility work and install storm sewers.

Volunteers sought for Kites for Kids, April 21

NORTH LIBERTY– The 2018 Kites for Kids Festival will be held Saturday, April 21 from noon to 2 p.m. at North Central Junior High. A partnership between Community Partnerships for Protecting Children, Johnson County and the City of North Liberty, the event supports Child Abuse Prevention Awareness with free kites, face painting, treats and beverages.
Those with questions or interest in volunteering can contact North Liberty Special Projects Coordinator Angela McConville at amcconville@northlibertyiowa.org.

Dance for a Difference Sunday, April 22

NORTH LIBERTY– Join Dance for a Different Sunday, April 22 from 12-4 p.m. in the small auxiliary gym at Liberty High School.
The event will feature a DJ, a photo booth, food and four speakers. Individuals will run treadmills, accumulating donations for every mile ran, and a silent auction will be held with contributions from local businesses.
Proceeds will be distributed among the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital, the Fight with Flash Foundation and the Ronald McDonald House.

CCA Community Clean-up Day Friday, April 27

TIFFIN– The annual Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School Community Clean-up Day will be held on Friday, April 27. CCA High School students from the Student Assistance Team/Interact along with National Honor Society will volunteer their day to help our older community members with yard work, windows, small household chores and general spring cleaning.

Liberty High up for architecture award

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High School is in the running for a People's Choice architectural award. Voting is open through April 25 and the winners will be announced on April 26. Voting every day is permitted. To vote, visit:
http://iowaarchitecture.org/peopleschoice.html