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Community

From microscopes to magnets, science night is a megahit at Penn Elementary

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader

NORTH LIBERTY– It wasn’t just about making ice cream. It wasn’t just the chance to watch things implode, play with worms or make objects dance in midair seemingly by themselves.
It’s that Penn students love science.
Penn Elementary School in North Liberty held its first-ever family science night on Friday, Feb. 21, and attendance exceeded expectations such that families were standing in lines– long lines– awaiting presentation times or for the chance to get up close and handle the items on the tables.

Macbride forest plan meeting March 7 at library

SOLON– Interested neighbors and users of Lake Macbride State Park get another chance to look over the park’s comprehensive Forest Stewardship Plan Friday, March 7, in a 6 p.m. public meeting at Solon Public Library.
The meeting is open to the public.
The plan, unveiled last fall, assesses current conditions, threats and concerns for woodland health and recommends specific management practices for the park, west of Solon, to help achieve the goals set forth for conservation and recreation uses.

Legion Friday fish fries begin March 7

SOLON– The Solon American Legion will be holding its Friday night fish fries March 7 through April 18, serving from 5 until 7:30 p.m. at the Legion hall. Dinner includes fish (Alaskan Pollock), coleslaw, potato, bread, dessert and beverage. Bonus: Shrimp will be served March 7 and 21, and on April 18. The cost is $9 for adults, $4 for children (6 through 12), 5 and under free. Carry-outs are available. Questions? Call Jami Hromi or Cliff Bohling at the Legion, 319-624-2277.

Trapshooting team can drive March 22

SOLON– The Solon Spartan trapshooting team will hold a can drive at the Solon fire station on Saturday, March 22, from 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Proceeds will help with operating costs (targets, registration, etc.). For questions or pickup call 319-624-2825.

Solon Survivor Extreme 5K March 8

SOLON– The Solon Survivor Extreme 5K will take place on Saturday, March 8, at 9 a.m. beginning at St. Mary Catholic Church in Solon. This is a warrior dash-style race that is almost completely off-road, and is a fund raiser for the Solon Sluggers 13U baseball team, with a portion of the proceeds to be donated to the local food pantry.
This is an “off-the-grid race” full of hills, creeks, hay bales and natural and manmade obstacles. Water and refreshments will be provided at the finish line.

County to increase property taxes for 2014-15

Conservation to spend on trails; JECC budget set to decrease

JOHNSON COUNTY– Johnson County residents will likely see an increase in their tax bills in the upcoming year, albeit a modest one.
The county Board of Supervisors held a public hearing on its proposed fiscal year 2015 budget on Feb. 25. With more than $97 million in anticipated expenditures, the overall tax levy will raise just one-half of one cent over last year’s levy for city residents, to $6.67 per $1,000 of assessed value.

Ely Rotary to host soup supper March 8

ELY– Gateway Rotary Club is hosting a chili/chicken noodle soup supper from 4 until 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 8. It will be held at the legion hall in downtown Ely.
This a fundraising project for various programs at College Community schools, especially at Prairie Edge and Prairie Woods facilities. There will be live entertainment provided by Shima Country Sounds, and a bake sale supplied by local residents.
The cost is $5 per person and children under 5 are free.
Questions can be directed to Brad Buchanan at 319-560-8075.

Shueyville UMC Pancake Supper March 28  

SHUEYVILLE– United Methodist Men’s group from Shueyville will sponsor a pancake supper on Friday, March 28, from 5 until 7 p.m. The public is invited to join them for the annual Shueyville United Methodist Men’s Pancake Supper to benefit mission activities at home and around the world. Come and enjoy good food and fellowship with friends. 
All-you-can-eat supper includes pancakes, eggs, sausage, hash browns and beverage. 
The cost for adults is $6, for children ages 3 to 12 $3, under 3 free.

County projects half a cent overall tax increase

JOHNSON COUNTY– Johnson County residents will likely see an increase in their tax bills in the upcoming year, albeit a modest one.
The county Board of Supervisors held a public hearing on its proposed fiscal year 2015 budget on Feb. 25. With more than $97 million in anticipated expenditures, the overall tax levy will raise just one-half of one cent over last year’s levy for city residents, to $6.67 per $1,000 of assessed value.

NL brings 1105 $10K closer to goal

NL council pledges additional funds to social services

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader

NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty will give $97,000 to various social services in fiscal year 2015.
Last Tuesday, Feb. 25, the city council approved a pledge of $10,000 to the 1105 Project, a capital campaign that consolidated social service organizations into a single location in Iowa City.
When council member Terry Donahue balked at giving funds to support a construction project outside of town– initially the lone voice of dissent– he leveraged his vote to get another $4,000 for the North Liberty Community Food and Clothing Pantry.

CCA approves land sale to Tiffin for access road

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

TIFFIN–The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school board of directors unanimously approved selling a parcel of land to the City of Tiffin.
The property is needed for an access road into the future Deerview subdivision just west of the high school.
The board met Wednesday night, Feb. 19, and held a public hearing on the latest proposal prior to its vote.

Getting ahead of the head shops

Tiffin to hold public hearing on banning drug paraphernalia

TIFFIN– Whether you aspire to open a head shop in Tiffin, or to make sure one never does, you might want to attend a public hearing on the matter March 12.
The Tiffin City Council set a public hearing to discuss an ordinance that would prohibit the use, possession, manufacture or sale of drug paraphernalia within city limits. Tiffin City Administrator Michon Jackson said in an email last week it was a proactive maneuver some cities are taking in light of recent changes to marijuana laws in other states.