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Community

Ely News by Lenna See

Roberta Rowell, of Mechanicsville, formerly of Solon, was surprised on Saturday, March 12, when her sister and niece, Georgia Dick, of Baltimore, N.Y., and Jennifer Ayers, of Cicero, N.Y., arrived to visit for a few days. They were joined by Marcus Ferreter, of Cedar Rapids, and enjoyed dinner at Ryan’s restaurant in Cedar Rapids on Monday. They went to the Reformatory and the Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa and enjoyed dining at the General Store, in Stone City, where they were joined by Roberta’s daughter and granddaughter Tina Angell and Crystal Wherry, of Anamosa.

Local scouts, parents clean up Muddy Creek

Scouts get their feet wet for water quality

NORTH LIBERTY– It doesn’t take much to convince a bunch of Boy Scouts that splashing around near a creek can be fun. It’s the adults you have to worry about.
“For the kids, everything’s fun,” said Ray Bennett, Cubmaster for Cub Scout Pack 275. “It’s the adults that see this as work.”

Park it somewhere else

New ordinance aims to improve safety, aesthetics in residential zones

TIFFIN– Local businesses may be required to relocate vehicles and equipment if the Tiffin City Council passes an amendment to its zoning ordinance.
Council members unanimously passed the second reading of the amendment last Tuesday, April 5. The amendment, which has both a home occupation and parking component, will most likely affect construction, hauling and excavation companies that use their pri­vate addresses for parking large trucks and storing supplies.

If you receive, you shall give

NL Community Fund looks to community for grant support

NORTH LIBERTY– Growing community, growing needs, growing support.
That slogan– at least most of it– couldn’t be more representative of North Liberty, which isn’t the small bedroom community its early residents remember. A special census put the city’s current population at 18,228– a 36 percent increase since the U.S. Census Bureau’s last official count of 13,374 in 2010.

NL Community Pantry names new executive director

From food bank to food bank

NORTH LIBERTY–After a five-year stint at the Crisis Center of Johnson County, Kaila Rome will join the North Liberty Community Pantry staff as the new executive director.
“We’re excited to have Kaila join [the pantry] to continue its work and build on its successful history,” said Sean Pearl, chair of the board of directors. “She’s a great fit for our innovative pantry.”

CCA’s Reagan Boeset receives 2016 STEM Teacher Award

One of the best in the state

TIFFIN— In March of 2014, Joe Greathouse, an assistant professor in the construction management program at Kirkwood Community College, introduced the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school board to the idea of an innovative educational experience for high school students in the Architectural, Construction and Engineering (ACE) Academy. He proposed students, under the tutelage of seasoned professionals, design and build a facility dedicated to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) on the CCA campus.

Tiffin approves $9 minimum wage

Council opts out of Johnson County increases with flat rate

North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– Starting May 1, Johnson County residents who work minimum wage jobs in Tiffin could be earning 15¢ less than those who hold jobs in Iowa City and Coralville.
After months of discussion and several proposals including an age-tiered wage scale, the Tiffin City Council, at last, passed an ordinance rejecting the countywide minimum wage increase of $9.15 per hour. Instead, the city opted for its own municipal $9 minimum wage.

Sign up now for Avenue of the Flags 2016

Flying colors

NORTH LIBERTY– Since 2011, the Optimist Club of North Liberty has been helping North Liberty residents display their patriotism.
The organization’s Avenue of Flags program is now in its sixth year, and the Optimists encourage everyone to sign up to celebrate their American spirit.

Ely group brainstorms future rec. center

Committee explores $2 million project

ELY– A newly formed Ely committee doesn’t expect people to memorize the name behind the acronym. It just wants people to join in on the conversation.
The Community, Cultural, Recreational, Educational and Civic (CCREC) committee met for the first time in March 2015 and has toyed with the idea of a new community center since.
“We’re just a small group of folks brainstorming through the whole process,” said committee chair Bob Mreen. Community involvement at this point is low, he noted, but anyone is welcome to attend meetings. Six people currently make up the group.

Earth Day Kick Off April 17 launches Methodist initiative

SOLON– Get a head start on Earth Day with family-friendly fun in Solon. The Kick Off to Earth Day will be Sunday, April 17, 1-4 p.m. at the Timber DOME Lodge, at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area.
The no-cost event will feature everything from making pine cone bird feeders, tote bags from T-shirts (no sewing!), a guided nature walk, coloring, puzzles, word games and fun facts.
In addition, displays will promote composting, rain gardens, the importance of pollinators and healthy food options.

Learning the ropes

Lakeview fourth graders promote heart-healthy life

SOLON– Being active can be fun.
For 90 minutes, Lakeview Elementary’s fourth graders were very active.
The entire class invaded the Solon High School gymnasium Friday, Feb. 26, to participate in Jump Rope for Heart, a community service program and fundraiser of the American Heart Association (AHA).

Solon Senior Advocates cancel trip to LeClaire; Bluff Lake on deck

SOLON– The Solon Senior Advocates have cancelled the April 21 trip to LeClaire and Davenport due to the lack of participation, scheduling instead a Friday, April 22, trip to Bluff Lake Catfish Farm for shrimp and prime rib. Participants will leave from the Solon Recreation and Nature Area at 2 p.m. Trip cost is $6. Call 624-2710 for reservations.