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Community

Celebrate Seiberling May 28

IOWA CITY– Bur Oak Land Trust, Project GREEN and the City of Iowa City will celebrate the life of Nancy Seiberling on Thursday, May 28, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Project GREEN gardens at the historic Ashton House, 820 Park Rd., Iowa City. Dedication of the Nancy Seiberling Peony Garden will take place at 5:30 p.m. 

County seeks feedback to identify health priorities

IOWA CITY– Over the course of 2015, Johnson County Public Health (JCPH) is partnering with over 30 local agencies to complete the Community Health Needs Assessment and Health Improvement Plan (CHNA-HIP) for Johnson County. This 12-month process, undertaken every five years, collects quantitative and qualitative data from local and state sources to determine areas of need for residents.

Swisher supports county-wide Community ID program

SWISHER– At its regular meeting on Monday, May 11, the Swisher City Council announced its support for a county-wide community ID program. A resolution was presented to the council that recognized that not all residents may be able to obtain a state-issued identification card, which in turn could prevent them from obtaining access to certain basic services in Johnson County. The Council approved the resolution by a vote of 4-0. Council member Mary Gudenkauf was absent.

Rotary Club of Coralville North Corridor presents books, checks

CORALVILLE– The Rotary Club of Coralville North Corridor (CNC) presented books and checks to area libraries at its regular club meeting on March 11. Libraries receiving the annual donations this year included: Coralville, North Liberty, Clear Creek Amana High School and Amana Elementary.
CNC Rotary supports literacy as a major project and also provides over 700 dictionaries to area fourth grade students each fall. CNC Rotary also supports the SAT/Rotary Interact Club at Clear Creek Amana High School. The club meets at Vesta Restaurant in Coralville on Wednesdays at noon.

North Liberty resident Amy Leitch named honoree for 100 Great Nurses of Iowa program

The best of health in Iowa

By Jen Moore
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– Patient care has always been a priority for nurse practitioner Amy Leitch.
She enjoys getting to know each and every one of her patients and loves making hospital visits– an experience that’s normally dreaded– into something a little brighter.
“When they’re happy to see you again, that’s a great feeling,” Leitch said. “Having them say ‘you made my experience better,’ it makes a difference.”
But for a brief moment in her 13-year-long nursing career, Leitch stepped away from that side of the profession to pursue a job in procurement services.

North Central eighth graders attend Financial Literacy Fair

CORALVILLE — Shaneka Johnson’s eyes popped out as her jaw dropped as she learned first hand just how expensive it is to buy a house or rent an apartment. Johnson was one of the North Central Jr. High eighth graders taking part in a Financial Literacy program sponsored by the Workplace Learning Connection (WLC) in partnership with the University of Iowa Community Credit Union Monday April 20 at the Coralville Library.

Trees Forever and DNR offer Backyard Forest Conference

TODDVILLE— Landowners with small backyard forests are invited to learn about tree identification, deer management, woodland wildflowers, invasive species identification and more during the Backyard Forest Conference at Wickiup Hill Outdoor Learning Center.
The conference is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 16, with registration beginning at 8 a.m. The conference will provide landowners, who own woodlands smaller than 15 acres, with information on how to manage their forests to maximize its health and the benefits that forests provide.

Solon Next stop on Freedom Rock Tour

Solon Area Community Foundation funding patriotic mural at Legion ballpark

SOLON– This October Solon will represent Johnson County as part of the Freedom Rock Tour.
Originating in 1999 as a single boulder in the town of Greenfield, the tour has expanded to over 20 counties throughout the state, with each rock getting its own unique, patriotic mural.
The only question is, how do we get it here?
Denny Gruber, of the Solon Area Community Foundation, is after one rock in particular and it’s over seven feet tall, 12 feet wide and 37 feet around.
Not to mention, it’s stuck in the middle of a field, so moving it even just a few miles is no small feat.

Rasmussen selected as Solon City Administrator

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist
SOLON– The Solon City Council found that the best candidate for the position of City Administrator was already on the job.
Current City Administrator and former mayor Cami Rasmussen will continue in her position with a new contract after being selected by council members at the conclusion of a months-long search process.
The decision was announced at the conclusion of the Wednesday, May 5, council meeting when Mayor Steve Stange congratulated Rasmussen on her appointment.

Solon RAGBRAI committee meeting Monday, May 18

SOLON– The Solon RAGBRAI Committee will meet Monday, May 18, at 7 p.m. at Solon City Hall. Those interested in providing input or assisting are encouraged to attend.
Attendees should bring ideas and enthusiasm to assist in planning for a fun, safe and memorable day for RAGBRAI riders visiting our community on July 24. Those seeking additional information should contact Solon City Hall at 319-624-3755.

Underground tanks enhance Shueyville fire protection

Not a solution but an improvement

SHUEYVILLE– Small town and rural volunteer fire departments face many challenges, ranging from difficulties in recruiting members to having enough money to pay for equipment. The Jefferson-Monroe Twp. Fire Department, in Swisher, has another challenge.
“Our biggest obstacle here is, we have no water in the communities we serve,” said Deputy Chief Eugene Beard.

U of I Science Café May 14 at Solon's Frida Kahlo

SOLON– A Science Café is a public event that takes place in a casual setting, such as a pub or coffee house, featuring an engaging conversation with scientists about a particular topic. On May 14, from 5-6 p.m., the first Solon Science Café will be held at Frida Kahlo Mexican Restaurant. Dr.