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Community

County Conservation will offer free nature program for toddlers Oct. 14

TIFFIN– Join Johnson County Conservation for a program created with toddlers in mind. Nature Buds programs are for children three to five years of age and include activities, crafts and outdoor time. The program will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 14, from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Conservation Education Center (CEC) located in F.W. Kent Park near Tiffin.

Solon 175th Chautauqua this weekend

SOLON– The City of Solon will commemorate 175 years of incorporation Sept. 18 through Sept. 20.
Solon’s three-day anniversary celebration starts Friday, Sept. 18, with an all-alumni banquet at the Celebration Farm and then moves to the Solon Recreation and Nature Area (SRNA) for a full day of FREE events Saturday, Sept. 19. An ecumenical service caps off the celebration Sunday at the SRNA.

The vision is developing for Hoover Nature Trail link

Improvements to Ely Road intersection with Hwy. 382 still undetermined

SOLON– If you like to ride bicycles, there’s nothing but good news.
The 5.8-mile missing link between two extensive Iowa trail systems might be completed as soon as 2018.
The plans to extend the Hoover Trail from Ely to Solon are progressing and Johnson County Conservation Department Program Manager Brad Friedhof thinks if all goes well, the first phase of the project could go out to potential bidders next spring.
The Conservation Department hosted a second informational meeting on the project at Solon City Hall Aug. 26 and there was a lot to share.

Solon Retirement Village host VNA flu clinic Wednesday, Oct. 7

SOLON– Flu protection is recommended for everyone age 6 months and older. The Solon Retirement Village will hold a flu vaccination clinic provided by the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) from 1-3 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 7. The clinic will offer flu shots QIV, flu mist QIV, high dose flu (for ages 65 years and older) and pneumonia vaccine (PPSV23 and PCV13 – available upon prior request). Call the VNA at 319-337-9686 to reserve a dose.

Swisher Legion Auxiliary to host all-you-can-eat breakfast Oct. 11

SWISHER– The Swisher American Legion Auxiliary will sponsor an all-you-can-eat breakfast Sunday, Oct. 11, from 8:30-11:30 a.m. The cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children, with everyone welcome to join the Auxiliary for breakfast at the Swisher American Legion.

Troop 120 hosts outdoor event for prospective Scouts Sept. 27

SOLON– Interested in Scouting, but don’t know where to turn? Solon’s own Boy Scout Troop 120 will be camping in the primitive campground at Lake Macbride State Park from Friday evening, Sept. 25, through Sunday morning, Sept. 27. Adult leaders and Scouts will be available to answer any questions and demonstrate skills. Dutch oven cooking, a long-standing tradition in Scouting, will be a highlight of this campout. 

Haluska, Hauer elected to Solon school board

Area school boards welcome new members

JOHNSON COUNTY– A few local school boards are experiencing a great deal of change since last Tuesday.
In Iowa City, the Sept. 8 school board elections brought five new members to the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) board, as directors Patti Fields, Jeff McGinness, Marla Swesey and Orville Townsend declined to seek reelection, and director Tuyet Baruah stepped down with two years remaining in her term

Economy of (smaller) scale

Tiffin works to create affordable housing with higher-density, single family zoning

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– Smaller lots can mean smaller price tags when it comes to purchasing new homes.
In an attempt to encourage development with more affordable housing, the Tiffin City Council has approved the first two readings of an ordinance amendment that will allow smaller lots for single family residential development.

City celebrates with a mix of old favorites, new traditions

SWISHER — Organizers of the 2015 Swisher Fun Days added several new attractions to the two-day annual festival. Fun Days, held Aug. 7-8 in the northwest Johnson County community, featured a Kids Zone with several inflatable attractions for the younger crowd and a first-ever human foosball tournament for more mature patrons.
The event, a Swisher tradition for decades, was previously sponsored primarily by American Legion Post 671. This year, volunteers from throughout the community organized the event.

CCA board hears annual progress report

The snapshot that defines a year

TIFFIN— Among the requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, each school district must provide an annual report to the federal government, and to the public it serves, on academic performance.
Curriculum Director for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District Mark Ernst presented the district’s Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) and Annual Progress Report (APR) to the school board at its regular meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 19, at Tiffin Elementary School.

ICCSD still drawn to magnet school concept

Task force will gather more information, community feedback

IOWA CITY– When it comes to magnet schools, officials from the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) are keeping the option on the table and asking for feedback.
At the Sept. 8 school board meeting, the ICCSD Board of Directors heard an update from the Magnet School Task Force, formed last year to explore the possibility of a magnet school in the district. Becky Furlong, the district’s Chief Academic Officer, presented the committee’s plan for seeking community feedback as a two-step process: educate and engage.

Join the North Liberty Fun Run/Walk Sunday, Sept. 20

NORTH LIBERTY– Join the Annual North Liberty Fun Run / Walk Sunday, Sept. 20. Everyone is invited to participate in this family-friendly 5K and $100 will be donated to the school with the highest participation.

Beginning at North Bend Elementary, and sponsored by Sean McIntyre Real Estate, the North Liberty Fun Run/Walk features a 5K route and a free kids race for children ages 12 and under. Registration is $15 before Sept. 18, and $20 on race day. To register online visit GetMeRegistered.com.