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Community

Played to the hilt

Sir Oblong Fitz Oblong, played by CCA’s Mollie Sherman, demonstrates what she would do if she were to take up Squire Blackheart on his challenge to a duel in the Clear Creek Amana High School drama department’s winter production, “The Thwarting of Baron Bolligrew.” For more photos of the play, see page A8. (photo by Chris Umscheid)

Penn to expand

Two boards approve design for Penn school addition

By Alex Kline
North Liberty Leader

NORTH LIBERTY– When you talk to principal Kristy Heffner about the upcoming Penn Elementary expansion, you can almost hear a sigh of relief.
“This is an awesome plan,” Heffner expressed about the recently approved design plans for the school’s 23,000 square foot addition. “We’re really excited about it.”
The Iowa City Community School District Board of Education approved the plan at their Dec. 17 meeting. The over $9.3 million project is slated to begin construction in the spring of 2014 according to the district’s 10- year facilities master plan.

A new chapter begins

North Liberty library director retires

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader

NORTH LIBERTY– Dee Crowner has cracked a lot of books in the last 26 years. She has worked through three major construction projects, mentored a staff that grew from one to 14 in number, supervised dozens of fundraisers, and helped forge a path of progress as the population of North Liberty exploded by 170 percent in just 12 years.
Now she is looking forward to authoring a whole new chapter in life.

NL water, sewer utility budgets projected to rise

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader

NORTH LIBERTY– It’s too early to tell whether or not residents of North Liberty will see rate hikes on their water and sewer bills.
What is known is that the expenses for both municipal utilities are going to climb, and taxpayers will eventually be funding those increases in one way or another.
Even though the city adds accounts and sells more gallons of water each year– thus generating more revenues– a larger population also creates more demands on the city’s water and sewer systems.

Correction to Swisher Feb. 4 voting schedule

SWISHER– Due to a submission error, the January edition of the Swisher newsletter in North Johnson County contained incorrect information regarding the special election Tuesday, Feb. 4, to fill the vacant position of mayor for a term expiring Dec. 31, 2015.
The dates and deadlines are as follows, according to the Johnson County Auditor’s office:
Friday, Jan. 10: Noon filing deadline for Swisher mayor. Ten signatures required. File with acting city clerk.
Monday, Jan. 20: Martin Luther King holiday, office closed.

North Liberty fire department reminds homeowners to shovel out fire hydrants

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty Fire Fighters are urging residents to clear snow around fire hydrants located in their neighborhoods. With more winter weather in the forecast, it is important fire hydrants remain clear of ice and snow to allow fire fighters easy access. Fire doubles in size every 17 seconds.
Having unimpeded access to the hydrants can make a significant difference while on a fire scene. Please help fire fighters by removing snow from an area of at least three feet around the fire hydrant.

Correction to Swisher Feb. 4 voting schedule

SWISHER– Due to a submission error, the January edition of the Swisher newsletter in North Johnson County contained incorrect information regarding the special election Tuesday, Feb. 4, to fill the vacant position of mayor for a term expiring Dec. 31, 2015.
The dates and deadlines are as follows, according to the Johnson County Auditor’s office:
Friday, Jan. 10: Noon filing deadline for Swisher mayor. Ten signatures required. File with acting city clerk.
Monday, Jan. 20: Martin Luther King holiday, office closed.

Tiffin Fire Association annual meeting Jan. 20

TIFFIN– The Tiffin Fire Association will hold its annual meeting on Monday, Jan. 20, at the Tiffin Fire Station commencing at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will include appointment of directors. Immediately following will be the regular meeting including election of officers.
Please contact Bill Rippert by phone at 319-331-6201 or email at weruppert@aol.com with questions.

Plucky Christmas for Solon pantry

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist

SOLON– Why did the chickens cross the road?
Because they fell out of the back of a truck topper.
Jay Proffitt has heard lots of chicken jokes in the last week.
Proffitt, along with his wife Helen and Frank and Shelley Kuennen, had been planning to secretly supply the Solon Community Food Pantry with about 60 chickens for Christmas.

Council picks up tab for diner

Old Gold Diner seeks support for going local

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist

SOLON– Art Tellin said it best.
Representatives for Solon senior citizens were present at last week’s city council meeting to discuss the city’s ongoing support of the Old Gold Diner after the senior dining site’s decision to split from provider Elder Services, Inc.
“I don’t want you to think this was a rash decision, that we just pulled away from the government funding, because we lost it anyway,” Tellin said. “We’ve got to keep this center going.”
And the city stepped up to the plate with a $6,000 contribution.

Spotlight can drive fundraiser on Jan. 4

SOLON– Solon Spotlight is having a can drive fundraiser on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014. Please drop off empty cans and bottles at the Solon Fire Station any time that day from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. For pick up, or more information, please email JamiWolf.realtor@gmail.com.

Boy Scout Troop 120 soup supper Saturday, Jan. 11

SOLON–Solon Boy Scout Troop 120 is hosting its annual soup supper on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, at St Mary Catholic Church from 5 until 7 p.m. The soup supper features homemade soups of all varieties. Previous year’s soups have included traditional choices such as chicken noodle and chili as well as some not so traditional selections such as demok (spinach and coconut milk) and shrimp chowder. This all-you-can-eat meal also includes fresh baked bread made by the Scouts the morning of the supper and a wide assortment of desserts.