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Community

City weathers a trying winter

Public works staff deals with 40 inches of snow, freezing wastewater plant

By Paul Deaton
Solon Economist
SOLON– As the city dealt with the effects of an oscillating polar vortex and 42 snow events, the Feb. 19 city council meeting provided evidence of how a small town dealt with extreme weather.

Dance, Dance, Dance

UI Dance Marathon raises record-breaking $1.8 million

IOWA CITY– The University of Iowa Dance Marathon Feb. 7 raised $1,801,032.20– $300,000 more than last year and the largest amount in the event’s history.
“Every day is a great day to be a Hawkeye, but today is especially a great day… a big win over Michigan and an amazing Dance Marathon toteboard,” UI Dean of Students David Grady said in a congratulatory note to the event’s organizers.

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.

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.

Seeking T-shirt artwork for the 2014 Solon Beef Days celebration

SOLON– The Solon Beef Days Committee is soliciting T-shirt designs to mark the 2014 Solon Beef Days celebration to be held on July 18 and 19.

First Presbyterian near Ely to hold March 2 celebration

ELY– First Presbyterian Church near Ely has a tradition of celebrating on the Sunday preceding the beginning of Lent. In the past they have celebrated with polka, bluegrass or jazz bands, as well as individual musicians performing during worship.
On Sunday, March 2, the church invites friends and neighbors to celebrate with them, starting with a pancake and sausage breakfast prepared and served by the church youth group from 8 until 9:15 a.m. (free-will donation).

Champion

Lance Evans caps an undefeated season with Solon’s third state wrestling title

Lance Evans is a champion.

The Solon senior won the Class 2A 220-pound title at the Iowa high school wrestling tournament over the weekend.
He became the third Solon wrestler to do so, joining Randy Beranek and Cody Kroul, according to Solon Activities Director Keith McSweeney.
And he did it without a single loss, completing the season 31-0.
“It is very impressive to go through the entire year undefeated,” said Solon wrestling head coach Brooks McLaren. “In the last two years, he has only lost two high school matches.”

Green-Douglass to appear on primary ballot in June

JOHNSON COUNTY– Lisa Green-Douglass became a political junkie at the age of 21, the first time she attended her first Iowa caucus, during the presidential election year of 1980.
“I was immediately drawn into the whole process,” said Green-Douglass. “When you are at a caucus, you are in the initial picking process. You help create the party platform. Sometimes, some of those issues end up getting legislated. It was such a thrill for me to see grass roots politics, and really understand for the first time in my life what that really meant.”

Ireland Avenue just a few official steps away

Tiffin council remains optimistic

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– The City of Tiffin has encountered many roadblocks on its six-year path to extending a main thoroughfare through town, but the Ireland Avenue project continues to gain ground.
At the city council meeting Feb. 12, City Attorney Crystal Raiber told the council the remaining necessary easement agreements were falling into place at last.

Wagner named 2013 Special Olympics coach of the year

DUBUQUE– Special Olympics Iowa is honored to announce the selection of Rob Wagner of North Liberty as Special Olympics North America’s 2013 coach of the year. Wagner was presented with the national award during the 2014 Special Olympics Iowa State Winter Games in Dubuque Jan. 14.

Youth football registration to be March 4

TIFFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Youth Football Program will hold registrations for incoming fifth and sixth grade students for the 2014-2015 school year on Tuesday, March 4, from 6 until 8 p. m. in the CCA Middle School multi-purpose room. All interested students and parents should come to the meeting to find out more about the program. Fundamentals of football will be taught. This is full contact with pads and helmets. All equipment will be furnished except shoes. Cost for the program is $150. Practices start mid-August and last until the final game in October.

Big Country Seeds to assist in securing grant for CCA schools

TIFFIN– Big Country Seeds Inc. of Tiffin, is excited to offer its support in assisting the Clear Creek-Amana (CCA) school district secure a $25,000 grant through Monsanto’s “America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education Fund.” The process begins with nomination submission by April 6 with award announcement in August.
Dan Steines, president of Big Country Seeds Inc., said the timing is right for his company to drive this initiative.