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Community

Blue Hearts beat true

Group gives mutual support, reaches out to community

NORTH LIBERTY– “It was the Dallas mass shooting when the officers were attacked this past summer,” recalled Darci Roehler, wife of a Coralville police officer. “Four or five of us were on Facebook that night, messaging each other back and forth.”
“Unable to sleep, worried,” added Jennifer Downes, a fellow police wife and co-founder of the Blue Hearts of Johnson County. “We were just kind of seeking each other out because we understood…. We were friends, some of us for 15 years. We just kind of found solace in each other that night.”
Roehler said they were all glued to the TV.

Developer balks at request for paved trail

Plan for Old Mill Creek park space to be worked out

SOLON– Everyone was apparently surprised.
Developer Cory Hodapp was surprised to find out he was expected to pay for an emergency siren and a paved trail around a detention pond in the third addition of the Old Mill Creek subdivision.
City Administrator Cami Rasmussen went him one better.
“If it’s a surprise to Cory, then I’m surprised that it’s a surprise,” Rasmussen said during a March 1 Solon City Council meeting.
It was all part of a lengthy discussion surrounding the consideration of a developer’s agreement for a new phase of the residential subdivision on the city’s western edge.

Solon Spotlight Spaghetti Dinner and Musical Showcase March 23

SOLON– Mark the calendar on Thursday, March 23, for the annual Solon Spotlight Spaghetti Dinner and Musical Showcase. The dinner will be held in the Solon High School commons. The menu includes spaghetti and sauce, salad, bread, drink and dessert. Tickets are $8 for adults; $5 for children age 10 and younger, as well as student performers. Serving times are from 4:45 until 7 p.m.

Certification scandal causes headaches

Area firefighters scramble to take testing again

By Chris Umscheid
Solon Economist
AMES– Last June, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) announced the results of an investigation of the Fire Service Training Bureau (FSTB) in the State Fire Marshal Division of the Iowa Department of Public Safety (DPS).
The investigation involved the scoring and the certification processes for individuals who took training classes through the FSTB, such as Firefighter 1, Firefighter 2, Fire Instructor and others.

Solon High School Community Service Day Monday, April 24

SOLON– Students at Solon High School will be doing community service projects throughout the community Monday, April 24, from 12-3 p.m.
Students are looking forward to giving back to the community that has given so much to our schools. This year, the high school would like to extend an invitation to elderly residents in the community. If you have an outdoor project, we would like to help. Also, if you are a business in Solon and need a few hands, we can do that too! Students will spend the afternoon throughout the city helping businesses and residents in need.

Shueyville United Methodist Men’s Pancake Supper March 31

SHUEYVILLE– The Shueyville United Methodist Men’s Pancake Supper is Friday, March 31, from 5-7 p.m.
Come enjoy good food and fellowship with friends.
The pancake supper is an all-you-can eat supper which includes pancakes, eggs, ham, sausage, hash browns and beverage. The supper is used to support mission activities, both at home and around the world.
The church mailing address is 1195 Steeple Ln. NE, in Swisher, but is located in Shueyville, just 3/4 mile east of Interstate 380 on Exit 10.
Cost for adults is $6, ages 3-12 is $3, and those under 3 are free.

Solon Spotlight can drive March 25

SOLON– Solon Spotlight will collect cans and bottles on Saturday, March 25, from 9 a.m. to noon. Solon students and parents will collect throughout the community. Can donations can be also dropped off at the Solon High School band room that same morning. Donations will be used to support arts, drama, music and speech programs at the elementary, middle school and high school levels.

Spring break stay-cation? Come to the library to paint your own shirt

The next session of Krafty Kids, a free program for students in fifth grade and up, will be held Monday, March 13, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. This time, bring a white or light-colored T-shirt to decorate with fabric paint and printing materials. Everyone is welcome, but registration is encouraged to ensure enough materials. To register, sign up at the library, email Lori at ysl@solon.lib.ia.us, or call 319-624-2678.

Fruit and vegetable producer meet-ups in Solon and Donnellson

SOLON– Two fruit and vegetable farmers in Eastern Iowa will host producer meet-ups to discuss the upcoming season, challenges and opportunities for fruit and vegetable growers, and to meet and network with other farmers over a cup of coffee. These meet-ups are free and open to all fruit and vegetable growers.

Ely News by Lenna See

Tina Kearns, of Shellsburg, Jennie Rambo, of Vinton, and Shirley and Chris Worley spent Thursday, Feb. 16, through Sunday, Feb. 19, visiting Melody Fawl in Olathe, Kansas. Melody is the sister-in-law of Shirley and the aunty of Tina, Jennie and Chris.

The Ely Town and Country Club met at 11 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 20, for dinner and a meeting at Gwen’s Restaurant in Lisbon. Veron and Kay Erenberger were the hosts.

Donahue mayor for now

North Liberty resident files petition to hold special election

By Shianne Fisher
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– After nearly two months without an official mayor, North Liberty finally has a new civic leader, although it’s also down one city council member.
After a contentious discussion at a regular meeting Tuesday, Feb. 28, the North Liberty City Council voted, 3-2, to appoint council member and Mayor pro tem Terry Donahue as mayor. Council member Chris Hoffman’s name was also up for consideration. A third individual applied but was ineligible due to a residing address outside city limits.

CCE Fun Fair volunteers needed March 31

OXFORD– The Clear Creek Elementary (CCE) Fun Fair will be held the evening of Friday, March 31. There will be many fun games, bouncy houses, a photo booth, raffle, silent auction and food.
The CCE Parent Teacher Group needs a lot of volunteers to help out in a variety of ways during the event. Volunteers can sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0a4baba828a64-ccefun and help make the 2017 Fun Fair an awesome event. The Fun Fair is the largest fundraiser of the year and funds many of the programs kids enjoy at CCE.