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Community

Dance for a Difference

Liberty High to host fundraiser April 22 supporting pediatric terminal disease patients

NORTH LIBERTY– Students of Liberty High are wasting little time establishing their new school as a vessel of support for local families struggling with pediatric illness.
To finish its first year, the school is preparing for its inaugural Dance for a Difference fundraiser. The event will take place Sunday, April 22, from 12-4 p.m. in the small auxiliary gym at Liberty High School in North Liberty.

Corridor Bicycle Showcase March 30

IOWA CITY– An open house showcasing bicycles– from commuter to electric to adventure– will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, March 30, in the south side of the parking ramp of the Health and Human Services Building, located at 855 S. Dubuque St. in Iowa City. The public is welcome to drop by anytime during this free event hosted by the Johnson County Green Team. Door prizes and free bicycle maps will be available.

Optimist Easter Egg Hunt Saturday

SOLON– The Optimist Club of Solon hosts its Annual Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, March 31, at 1:30 p.m. at the east end of the Solon Recreation and Nature Area. The event is for children of all ages. Bring a basket for your goodies.

Band can and bottle drive Saturday

SOLON– The Solon High School band will conduct a can drive at the high school band room on Saturday, March 31, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Call 319-624-2381, ext. 1112, to schedule pick up.

Coffee Shoppe Jazz Thursday, April 5

SOLON– The Solon High School Jazz Bands welcome you to Coffee Shoppe Jazz on Thursday, April 5 Solon High School Jazz Bands welcome you to Coffee Shoppe Jazz on Thursday, April 5, in the high school commons at 7:30 p.m. Enjoy the high school jazz band concert while tasting treats. The band will be selling Dan and Debbie’s ice-cream, chocolate milk, cookies and coffee.

Prescribed burn planned for Solon Prairie

SOLON– The Johnson County Conservation (JCC) Department will conduct a prescribed burn at the Solon Prairie, at some point, between March and April, weather conditions permitting.

Automated curbside garbage and recycling coming in July

Minimum $12.50 per month combined charge

SOLON– The cost and method of collecting garbage and recycling in Solon will be changing later this year.
At a March 7 meeting of the Solon City Council, Johnson County Refuse owner Steve Smith outlined his plans to convert from manual pickup to an automated system for curbside service beginning July 1.
According to Mayor Steve Stange, city officials were aware of the pending change, which would increase the minimum monthly charge for garbage and recycling to $12.50 per month.
Currently, residential households pay $6.35 monthly for recycling, and $1.25 per garbage tag.

Green the fleet

Johnson County transitioning

By Cale Stelken
North Liberty Leader

IOWA CITY– The bluest county in Iowa is going green.
Johnson County is taking strides to form a more eco-friendly fleet of vehicles, an initiative that’s been several years in the making.
“I drove a Prius for about 10 years,” recalled Mike Carberry, Johnson County Supervisor. A longtime environmental advocate, Carberry was convinced to invest in hybrid and electric cars on a county level after his switch to an all-electric Chevrolet Volt.

City applies for second traffic signal

Traffic study shows warrant met for stoplights

SOLON– The vehicle counts are growing.
Time for another traffic light.
At a March 21 meeting, Solon City Council members authorized City Engineer Dave Schechinger to proceed with an application for state funds to assist with the construction of stoplights at the intersection of Highway 1 and 5th Street.
The intersection was the subject of a recent study by the Metropolitan Planning Organization of Johnson County (MPOJC), which measured traffic flow in April and again in September of 2017.

Ely News by Lenna See

Glenda Smith and Zane, of Tiffin, and Frances Buresh flew to Orlando, Fla. on Tuesday, March 13, to spend a week visiting Glenda’s son and Frances’s grandson, Blaze Smith, and his friend JoAnna, in Orlando. They stayed in the Aloft Hotel. They touched the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, attended the S.A.K. Comedy Club, went to several beaches and lakes, and other interesting sights. Zane enjoyed a lot of fishing. On Saturday evening, they attended a dinner and a tournament of the Medieval Times. They returned home Tuesday, March 20.

Meterology group, including Kyle Hugeback, wins national awards

AMES– Kyle Hugeback, from Solon, was among the students in the Iowa State University chapter of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) recently named Outstanding Student Chapter of the Year by the national organization for its innovative efforts to support membership, member growth and for their contributions to the community through educational outreach, fundraising, and events for K-12 students.

Red Cedar Chamber Music to present HarpStrings April 18 at Sts. Peter and Paul

SOLON– Red Cedar Chamber Music’s directors and core ensemble, violinist Miera Kim and cellist Carey Bostian will be joined by Iowa City native, harpist Katherine Siochi, for a concert program titled HarpStrings, Wednesday, April 18, at 7 p.m., at Sts. Peter and Paul Community Center, 1165 Taft Ave. NE.
The performance is part of Red Cedar Chamber Music’s rural outreach and is free to the public.