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Community

Be somebody extraordinary… help local firefighter give back

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Fire Department is holding a blood drive in support of Bob Parker on Monday, May 5, starting at 3:30 p.m. at the North Liberty Fire Department located at 25 W. Cherry St.
Volunteer firefighter Parker has served the North Liberty community as a firefighter and first responder for over 40 years. He has gotten up in the middle of many nights and snow storms to help people on some of their worst days. However, on March 7, 2012, Bob had one of those bad days himself; he was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia.

West, City high schools to host workshop on discussing drugs with children April 29

IOWA CITY– The West High and City High PSTOs are hosting a special event, “Beginning the Conversation:  Discussing Drug Use with your Children,” at City High Tuesday, April 29, at 7 p.m. in the City High Commons.
All parents and guardians of high school and junior high school students are invited to attend. A panel of local experts will discuss the most effective strategies for talking with children about drugs.

Tiffin mayor helps raise awareness of elderly hunger issues

IOWA CITY– For many elderly people, a hot meal can be difficult to come by.
That’s why Elder Services, Inc., (ESI) of Iowa City, has been delivering meals to Johnson County homebound residents through its Meals on Wheels program since 1980. To raise awareness of senior hunger and nutrition issues, ESI participated in March for Meals, a national campaign held last month initiated by the Meals on Wheels Association of America.

New SMS, performing arts center, and what else?

Estimates still need tweaking as district prepares for bond issue

SOLON– It’s safe to say the Solon Community School District (SCSD) is approaching the starting gate in the race toward a possible September bond issue.
With a $25 million spending target and conceptual plans for a new performing arts center and middle school in hand, the members of the Solon school board met with architects last week to continue the groundwork for significant facilities projects.

Optimist Easter Egg Hunt reset

SOLON– The Optimist Club of Solon will host its rescheduled Annual Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, April 19, at 1:30 p.m. at the west end of the Solon Recreation and Nature Area. The event is for children of all ages. Bring a basket for your goodies.

Solon Public Library

Thanks to our library volunteers

Imagine No Malaria Pancake Supper April 27

SOLON– The Solon United Methodist Church will be hosting an Imagine No Malaria Pancake Supper on Sunday, April 27, from 5 until 7 p.m. in the Family Life Center across from the church.
The evening will feature live entertainment. The menu includes pancakes with a variety of toppings, sausage patties, scrambled eggs, fruit, juice, milk and coffee. A free will offering will be taken with all proceeds going to Imagine No Malaria, a charity whose goal is to end death and suffering from malaria by providing insecticide-treated bed nets to the people of Africa.

St. Mary to host blood drive on Monday, May 5

SOLON– Solon will host a community blood drive from 3:30 until 6:30 p.m. on Monday, May 5, inside the St. Mary Catholic Church Fellowship Hall.
To donate, please contact Diane Wurzer at 319-624-2719 or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org.

Women’s Club to host May Day breakfast May 3

SOLON– Highlight May 3 on your calendar to remind you to attend the GFWC/Iowa Solon Women’s Club May Day Breakfast at the Solon Methodist Church from 7 until 11 a.m. Egg and meat casseroles, homemade kolaches and rolls, fruit, orange juice, coffee and milk will be served.
The cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children (ages 5 through 12) tickets are available from GFWC/Iowa Solon Women’s Club members or at the door on May 3. Bring your family and friends and receive a special deal: five adult tickets for $25 and/or five children tickets for $12.

Tree questions April 24

SOLON– State of Iowa District 12 Forester Mark Vitosh and District 3 Forester Joe Herring will lunch with the seniors at Old Gold Diner on Thursday, April 24.
All are welcome to attend at the Solon United Methodist Church for lunch at 11:30 a.m., $3.25 per meal. Call Duane no later than 1 p.m. on April 23 to reserve your meal. Unable to attend? Ask a friend to attend with your tree question.

Council still dwelling on rental housing code

NORTH LIBERTY– A proposed code to regulate the condition of North Liberty’s rental housing and the behavior of rental tenants was put on hold last week.
The North Liberty City Council tabled the final vote on a new rental housing code after hearing comments from landlords who own rental units in the city’s two mobile home parks, Golf View and Holiday Lodge.

Short-term convenience long-term consequences

JOHNSON COUNTY– They billow on tree branches and tumble rampantly across otherwise pastoral terrain. Their creation consumes 12 million barrels of the country’s oil supply annually, only to be used once and stuffed en masse under kitchen sinks everywhere. They account for the deaths of 100,000 marine animals worldwide each year, according to the Surfrider Foundation. Each one will remain on earth for the next 200 to 1,000 years.