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Community

Solon Girl Scouts supporting Witty Kitties with project

SOLON– Members of Solon Girl Scout Troop 8967 are working on their Bronze projects. Four groups have projects to benefit the community.
One group is working to raise donations for Witty Kitties Animal Rescue; the second group is working to install benches at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area; group three is hoping to get gaga ball pits; and the fourth group is working on creating mini-libraries.

SHS jazz choirs, bands perform at laidback concert

Solon students have no treble with jazz

By Jen Corrigan
Solon Economist

SOLON– Jazz legends like Glenn Miller and Ella Fitzgerald ain’t got nothin’ on the students involved in the Solon jazz program. The high school jazz bands and ensembles hosted Jazz at the Commons Sunday, March 30, an evening filled with food, fun, and music as each band and vocal group performed selections from their competition repertoire.

Don’t stop

Workers for Alliant Energy disassemble the overhead flashing traffic light at the intersection of Highway 1 and Main Street Friday, April 18. In 2013, the City of Solon applied to the Iowa Department of Transportation to replace the overhanging lights with solar-powered lights installed on either side of the street. The lights previously flashed red to east- and westbound traffic, but yellow to north- and southbound lanes of Highway 1, which caused some confusion for motorists unfamiliar with the area. (photo by Doug Lindner)

St. John to take over Ely congregate dining

ELY– St. John Lutheran Church has announced it will take over the senior congregate dining and meal delivery service when Horizons Meals on Wheels ends service in April.
Situated in the heart of Ely, St. John has a long record of being committed to serving the community and didn’t hesitate to step forward when Horizons announced last week that its service to Ely and other sites would be discontinued due to budget shortfalls.
“It will be a big project to pull together in a short time,” said the Rev. Erika Uthe. “But there is no other option. Our people need to eat.”

Highway 965, park on NL’s to-do list

Open house gives a glimpse of projects

NORTH LIBERTY– It’s almost detour season.
Despite stormy weather, city officials and representatives from Shive-Hattery engineering firm gathered at the North Liberty Community Library Thursday, April 24, to give the public a chance to learn details of a few projects that will impact traffic in the upcoming construction season.

ICCSD slices programs, then tees up next meeting

IOWA CITY– Public reaction to $3.6 million in budget cuts mounted at the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) April 22 school board meeting, and School Board President Sally Hoelscher threatened to curtail public comments as a result. Ultimately, director Jeff McGinness asked that budget cuts be placed on the next business meeting agenda for discussion, even though the 2014-2015 budget has already been certified.