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Community

Richard and Janice Horak a gift to Iowa’s Future

Richard and Janice Horak were recognized at the Gift to Iowa’s Future recognition day when they received recognition for their conservation efforts. The Horaks’ conservation easement is being held by Bur Oak Land Trust. The Gift to Iowa’s Future recognition day was Thursday, March 24., and included remarks from Governor Terry Branstad and Department of Natural Resources Director Chuck Gipp. The program included the State of Iowa honoring more than 20 landowners, families, and organizations for gifts in 2015 of conservation land, land value, and conservation easements.

Red Vespa owners propose outdoor service for Main Street

Council members leery of losing parking

SOLON– Would the City be willing to take another step toward developing the culture of Main Street by temporarily sacrificing parking spots to allow for outdoor food service?
The owners of Red Vespa Pizzeria and Wine Bar were on the agenda for the March 16 Solon City Council meeting to find out.
Red Vespa owners Aziz and Angie Longou were at the council session with a proposal to provide seasonal outdoor service by leasing a single Main Street parking spot in front of their business.
“It makes people want to go there,” Aziz Longou told council members. “Just because of the atmosphere.”

Solon Optimist Club hoisting Avenue of Flags fundraiser

SOLON– The Solon Optimist Club is ready to raise some flags. And take them down.
The Optimists are gearing up for their 2017 Avenue of Flags program, an annual fundraiser with a patriotic spirit.
Subscribers to the program receive a 17-inch deep receptacle placed in their yard. Starting at sunrise on each of five holidays, club members and other volunteers will place a three foot by five foot flag on a 10 foot pole into the holder. The flag then flies until sunset when it is retrieved.

SHS Art Club’s Empty Bowls Luncheon to End Hunger April 9

SOLON– On Saturday, April 9, the Solon High School Art Club will host the Seventh Annual “Empty Bowls Luncheon to End Hunger” in the Solon High School Commons from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Guests will be served a modest lunch of soup and bread in a ceramic bowl handmade by a local student, educator or community member for a suggested minimum donation of $10. Guests are encouraged to keep the bowl with the club’s compliments and gratitude.

Lakeview PTO hosts 5th Annual Spartan Dash Saturday, April 23

SOLON– The Lakeview Elementary PTO will host its Fifth Annual Spartan Dash on Saturday, April 23, rain or shine. The Spartan Dash is a fun and crazy fitness event serving as the Lakeview PTO’s largest fundraiser of the year. Interested individuals should sign up to participate in the event with a “family team.”

Brett Smith Memorial Run/Walk April 16

SOLON– The Third Annual Brett Smith Memorial Run/Walk will be held on Saturday, April 16, in Solon, starting and finishing at the Solon American Legion ball diamond pavilion.
The son of Jeff and Carmen Smith, Brett Smith was diagnosed with Acute Myloid Leukemia in January of his senior year at Solon High School. He was treated at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics but was later sent to the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, and passed away there on April 16, 2012.

Shueyville United Methodist Men’s Pancake Supper April 1

SHUEYVILLE– Shueyville United Methodist Men’s Pancake Supper will be held Friday, April 1, from 5-7 p.m. at the church. The pubic is invited to attend and enjoy good food and fellowship with friends. The all-you-can eat supper includes pancakes, eggs, ham, sausage, hash browns and beverage. This supper is used to support mission activities both at home and around the world. The church is located at 1195 Steeple Ln. NE in Shueyville. The cost for the supper is adults $6, ages 3-12 $3, and those under 3 are free.

April activities for Old Gold Diner

• A hearty thank you is extended to Jason Zeman for providing the March Sponsored Meal in memory of his grandparents, Bob and Marjorie Zeman. The Old Gold Diner was also pleased to have the superintendent of Solon Community School District Davis Eidahl, accompanied by Mike Kasparek, update the diners on the progress of the building as well as other information about the school district. Also, in attendance was Congressman Dave Loebsack, who visited with diners.

Chad Elliott and Claudia Nygaard perform at Lilfest Spring Series April 2

MOUNT VERNON– A California native living in Nashville, Ten., Claudia Nygaard is the owner of a gorgeous, powerful voice and performs with a sweet mixture of engaging candidness and unparalleled musicianship.
Nygaard will stop in Mount Vernon on Saturday, April 2, at 8 p.m. to do a show for the LilFest Series at the Uptown Theatre in the First Street Cultural Center.
Nygaard has performed at over 150 fairs and festivals in 47 states and across Europe, and was chosen as one of the Emerging Artists at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in New York. 

“Just do nothing”

Area residents speak up for Johnson County min. wage increase

NORTH LIBERTY– It’s not often a group of activists implores its government to just sit back and relax but a handful of people asked the North Liberty City Council to do just that last week.
About 40 individuals, in support of the Johnson County minimum wage increase, participated in a public “speak out” outside of North Liberty City Hall on Tuesday, March 22, before a regularly scheduled city council meeting.

Learning after dark

Penn Science Night generates third year of excitement

NORTH LIBERTY– Generating electricity, building skyscrapers and simulating laparoscopic surgery: today’s elementary students are exploring science in surprising new ways.
That is the purpose of Penn Elementary School’s Science Night. Held Feb. 26 in North Liberty, this was the third annual event geared toward encouraging students to learn how fun science and experimentation can be.

North Liberty road closure, lane reduction to begin April 4

NORTH LIBERTY– Weather permitting, beginning Monday, April 4, North Liberty Road south of Dubuque Street will be closed so crews can begin work on intersection improvements. East and westbound lanes of traffic will be maintained on Dubuque Street, but traffic for southbound North Liberty Road will be detoured to Rustic Ridge Road.