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Community

DOT confirms funding for Hwy 1 stoplight

City to receive $115,900 grant for $238,590 project

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist
SOLON– It’s finally official.
The City of Solon has received notice from the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) of a $115,900 grant to help pay for a traffic signal at the intersection of Highway 1 and Main Street.
The city has known of the DOT’s pending award for months, but it wasn’t official until the city received the grant agreement, which was approved by the members of the Solon City Council at a June 3 meeting.

Ely’s Jenny Houlihan - leading by example

One of Iowa's 100 Great Nurses

CEDAR RAPIDS– Jenny Houlihan has done a lot in her 13-year nursing career. She’s the current Director of Acute Adult Services at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids; she serves as secretary for her district’s chapter of the Iowa Organization of Nurse Leaders; she earned a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Iowa; and she is a long-time member of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.
She also holds the prestigious position of Girl Scout Troop #5819 leader.
The list just keeps on growing, especially now that she’s been named one of Iowa’s 100 Great Nurses.

City Wide Clean Up Day June 13

SOLON– The City of Solon will host its annual City Wide Clean Up Day on Saturday, June 13, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. City residents may drop off garbage and recyclables at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area. Those dropping off should be prepared to present identification.

Methodist Church to host blood drive June 27 at Family Life Center

 SOLON– Solon will host a community blood drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 27, at 122 N. Iowa St., inside the Solon United Methodist Church Family Life Center gymnasium.
To make an appointment to donate, please contact Rick Havel at 319-530-1596 or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org and use code 682 to locate the drive.

Turkey Vulture Festival June 20

IOWA CITY– The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be hosting the Fifth Annual Turkey Vulture Festival on Saturday, June 20, from 8 a.m. until noon at Coralville Lake’s East Overlook Picnic Area. This is a free, family event and the Corps encourage parents to accompany their children. Activities will include face painting by Funny Face Designs, temporary tattoos, children’s games, crafts and more.

Solon Public Library

Storytime

Storytime is held Tuesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. The program is filled with stories, songs, activities and rhymes. Every week there is also a craft. Older and younger siblings are always welcome to attend. During the 2015 Summer Reading Program “Every Hero has a Story,” the June 16 Storytime theme will be “Superheroes.”

Afternoon Adventures

Mary’s Meals founder returns to Solon

SOLON– Solon’s favorite Scottish son, Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, returned for his second visit in less than a year, as part of his global launch of his recent book, The Shed That Fed A Million Children. MacFarlane-Barrow is the founder of Mary’s Meals, a global charity that aims to break the cycle of poverty by providing children with a nutritious daily meal in a place of education.

Boldt assumes role as Tiffin’s administrator

TIFFIN– As the City of Tiffin transitions into new leadership, the city’s new manager will be transitioning back into the public sector.
Doug Boldt, 41, was hired as Tiffin City Administrator last month after a search conducted by Pat Callahan Associates garnered 22 applicants and culled five interviewees from that list.
Boldt served as Tipton’s City Manager from 2005 until 2012. Though he has spent the last three years working in the private company he co-owned, public service has never been far from his mind.

Filling the rest of Prairie West

Tiffin’s latest development to include several new businesses

TIFFIN– Tiffin has seen a lot of new housing in recent years.
The latest development along Highway 6 will bring additional commercial entities as well.

Thanksgiving in July food drive, annual Turkey Trot to be July 11

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Community Pantry will host the Third Annual Thanksgiving in July Turkey Trot 10K/5K Races/Family 1-Mile event on Saturday, July 11, at 8 a.m., in conjunction with the communitywide food drive that provides food assistance to the hungry. The chip-timed race will begin and end at Centennial Park, 1565 St. Andrews Dr. in North Liberty. Participants will receive a dri-fit shirt with timely registration.
All funds raised from the Turkey Trot will benefit the North Liberty Community Pantry and local families.

Pollinator party at NL Pantry June 13

NORTH LIBERTY– Party at the Growing Together Garden with some pollinators at the North Liberty Community Pantry, located at 89 N. Jones Blvd., on Saturday, June 13, from 1-3 p.m.
Local experts will explain the life and habitat of pollinators with live butterflies a¥nd honeybees as guests. Learn how to start your own pollinator garden that is both beautiful to behold and beneficial for the creatures that help feed us. 

Holy Trinity to hold Bible school July 13

NORTH LIBERTY– Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, a growing Lutheran church in North Liberty, will offer Vacation Bible School (VBS) and Day Camp July 13-17.
Ewalu Day Camp is for those entering first grade through sixth grade in fall 2015. It will be Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $60 per child, with a multi-child discount of $55 for each additional child if more than one child is attending from the same family.