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Community

"Seussical Jr" March 24-25

SOLON– Solon Middle School students, under the organization of a group of high school seniors, will be presenting the musical “Seussical Jr.” March 24 and 25 in the Solon Center for the Arts.
Tickets are $5 at the door and will go on sale one hour prior to each show.
The Saturday, March 24, performance begins at 7 p.m., while the curtain goes up Sunday, March 25, at 5 p.m.

Shueyville Methodist Pancake Supper

SHUEYVILLE– The annual Shueyville UMC Men’s Pancake Supper will be Friday, April 6, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The church is located in Shueyville but the address is 1195 Steeple Lane NE in Swisher. Pancakes, scrambled eggs, hash browns, sausage links and ham will be provided as part of the all you can eat buffet. The money raised from the event will support local and international missions of the church. The cost of the meal is a free will offering to support mission. Enjoy the food and fellowship at the Shueyville United Methodist Church.

Band can and bottle drive Saturday, March 31

SOLON– The Solon High School band will conduct a can drive at the high school band room on Saturday, March 31, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Call 319-624-2381, ext. 1112, to schedule pick up.

"Take that lift as long as you want"

From hospice room, Malatek thanks Divoky

CEDAR RAPIDS– Tom Malatek just wanted to say thank you.
Malatek, 67, a lifelong resident of Ely and a longtime member of the Ely Fire Department and Solon American Legion, was having trouble with his right leg as he underwent treatment for multiple myeloma at area hospitals.
Mark Divoky, owner and operator of Mark’s Auto Body in Solon, heard of Malatek’s difficulty and offered the use of a wheelchair-accessible van he had recently purchased.

Family atmosphere returning

Lake Macbride update:

SOLON– The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) held a meeting Wednesday, Feb. 28, at the Solon Public Library to discuss a range of issues concerning Lake Macbride State Park, including its upcoming 100th anniversary in 2020.
The 2,180-acre park features a 940-acre lake, 14.5 miles of trails, and 101 campsites. And, as of last year, one alcohol ban.
The park played host to over half a million visitors in 2017 (509,500), though many long-term visitors voiced concerns, as the last beach in Johnson County allowing alcohol until last year, it had become less of a family atmosphere.

Seeking Beef Days T-shirt designs

SOLON– The Solon Beef Days Committee is soliciting T-shirt designs to mark the 2018 Solon Beef Days celebration to be held on July 20-21.

Prescribed burn planned for Solon Prairie

SOLON– The Johnson County Conservation (JCC) Department will conduct a prescribed burn at the Solon Prairie, at some point, between March and April, weather conditions permitting.

Mehaffey trail extension open house

NORTH LIBERTY– Construction is underway on the Mehaffey Trail Extension Project. The North Liberty Community Center is hosting a project start-up open house Thursday, March 22, 4:30-6 p.m.

Front Street Road closure

NORTH LIBERTY– Beginning Wednesday, March 21, Front Street from Zeller to East Chestnut is be fully closed for construction, including the roadway and sidewalks. Detour routes are marked for north- and southbound Front Street traffic.
Also, pending weather, a lane reduction at Zeller Street and Front Street will occur from 8:30 a.m. Friday, March 23, to 7 a.m. Monday, March 26. This reduction will require reducing Zeller Street at Front Street to a single lane with alternating traffic.

Growing Pains

Community pantry seeks funds to match city expansion

NORTH LIBERTY– With a growing population comes growing demands. And amidst the perpetual expansion of North Liberty, it’s easy to overlook a less fortunate segment of the community that could use a hand.
“We just had a really busy year,” said Executive Director of the North Liberty Community Pantry Kaila Rome. “It was an overall increase in every capacity, and we’re not seeing a sign of that stopping.”

Abduction Scare leads to public discussion

Sometimes, it’s OK to be Rude

AMANA– Sometimes it’s perfectly OK to be rude when you’re a kid.
That’s the message Iowa County Sheriff Robert Rotter gave to a packed audience Thursday, March 15, in the Amana Library. A recent unusual occurrence led to Sheriff Rotter meeting with parents and students to ease their concerns and share some tips to avoid becoming a victim.

Volunteer Spotlight

NORTH LIBERTY– Rylee Johnson is a high school student who started volunteering with North Liberty Community Pantry in the summer of 2017. Despite her busy schedule with academics and activities, she continues to volunteer several times a month at the pantry. She enjoys volunteering while the pantry is open, so she can interact with shoppers, but also does off-shift activities, such as stocking shelves during evenings.