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Community

$14.5 million budget approved

Levy remains steady at $11.08, res. rollback increases

TIFFIN– It’s a hefty sum, but Tiffin City Administrator Doug Boldt encouraged residents not to be alarmed.
“Don’t let that big number throw up any major red flags,” he said. “Half of it is our capital projects.”
On Tuesday, March 7, the Tiffin City Council voted, 5-0, to approve the city’s fiscal year 2017-18 budget of $14,523,513– up about $7.8 million from last year. Consistent with Boldt’s comments, about $7.6 million, or 52 percent, is due to capital projects, which often carry outside funding.

TAKO Spring Shed and Scavenger Hunt Saturday, March 25

NORTH LIBERTY– Hunt for that big rack you’ve been dreaming about on Saturday, March 25, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. with Take a Kid Outdoors (TAKO) at Creekside Commons Park in North Liberty. Lunch will be served at 11: 30 a.m., and participants are required to bring their own cutlery.
Be prepared to go on a short hike and possibly walk on some muddy trails to see spring birds, bugs and flowers. Advance registration for this free event is requested, but not required for groups of fewer than six.

Shueyville UM Men’s Pancake Supper Friday, 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.

A VERY Happy St. Patrick’s Day: Cedar Rapids man claims $2 million Powerball prize won in North Liberty

Karl Krumbholz is area’s second big lottery winner in six months

CLIVE– Maybe his Irish heritage and St. Patrick’s Day had something to do with it. Maybe his mom is pulling strings from up above to send some luck his way. Whatever the reason, Karl Krumbholz of Cedar Rapids has won a $2 million Powerball prize.
“My mom passed away a year and a half ago. We’ve been joking about it: Now the Cubs have won the World Series and I’ve won the lottery,” Krumbholz said as he claimed his prize Friday– St. Patrick’s Day– at Iowa Lottery headquarters in Clive.

First United Methodist Church of North Liberty groundbreaking ceremony April 9

NORTH LIBERTY– The First United Methodist Church of North Liberty will host groundbreaking activities on Palm Sunday, April 9. The activities will begin with the 9:45 a.m. worship celebration followed at 11 a.m. by the outside groundbreaking ceremony. Members of the community are welcome to join the festivities.

Tiffin Volunteer Fire Department annual pancake breakfast Saturday, April 9

TIFFIN– The Tiffin Volunteer Fire Department and First Responders invites the public to attend its annual pancake breakfast Sunday, April 9, from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the fire station, 221 Main St.
Chief Brian Detert said the department expects to serve around 1,200 people. The menu includes pancakes, eggs, whole hog sausage and cinnamon rolls. There will also be jam from Clear Creek Orchard for sale. There is no admission fee, but a free will donation is accepted.

Parking Pending, 121 on Main site plan approved

Developer proposes wait and see approach on additional lot

SOLON– They’re going to work on the parking details.
The Solon City Council approved a site plan for 121 on Main, a proposed Main Street development, but made the action conditional on an agreement for off-street parking.
Possible solutions were presented at a March 1 council meeting, but none came near to meeting the minimum 52 parking spaces the city’s ordinances would require.

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.

Old Gold Diner to welcome fourth graders from Lakeview March 22

SOLON– Old Gold Dining is hosting a fourth grade class on Wednesday, March 22.
There are usually 22 students that come, and organizers would like to have at least one senior citizen for each student. Non-seniors are also welcome with a reservation and a payment of $3.75 (same as seniors) for the meal. Please try to attend this fun occasion and visit with these young Solon school students. Call 624-2251 before noon the day before to make your reservations. Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m., so plan to arrive by 11:15 a.m. The class that is scheduled to come this month is section 4C (Johnson).

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.

Solon Education Foundation seeking to increase profile

SOLON– One of the community’s lesser known organizations is hoping to raise its profile by sharing its success stories using Facebook, Twitter and a new website. The Solon Education Foundation (SEF) provides a variety of services and grants to teachers and groups that support activities of the Solon Community School District (SCSD). Since its establishment in 2003, the 501(3)(c) and its board of directors has actively managed a substantial bequest, assisted a variety of local nonprofit groups administer their financial assets and distributed almost $60,000 in grant funds to SCSD teachers.

Theft, forgery charges related to Liberty View Mall construction

NORTH LIBERTY– The construction of Liberty View Mall, located along Penn Street at 595 Country Ln., continues, but one contractor hasn’t been paid for his concrete work.
According to complaints filed by police, Tony A. Pederson, 50, of Coralville, wrote two separate checks in December 2016 to Mike Accola of Iowa Concrete, both of which were returned for insufficient funds.