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Community

Goodbye, Mrs. Sandersfeld

Lakeview first grade teacher Rosann Sandersfeld settles into retired life

SOLON– Three months after her retirement from teaching first grade at Lakeview Elementary School, Rosann Sandersfeld leafed through a book of student letters.
Printed painstakingly in pencil, the children thanked Mrs. Sandersfeld for her teaching career and urged her to enjoy retirement in the simplest of ways. Some hoped she’d be able to sleep in more and watch TV. Some, in a throwback to their first grade nutrition unit, implored their teacher to eat nuts and drink milk. All agreed, she must spend as many days as possible in pajamas.

Council approves water tower paint job

SOLON– This new paint job will cost $62,500.
The members of the Solon City Council approved a bid of that amount from Central Tank Coatings, Inc. of Elgin for painting the city’s water tower.
The city received two quotes for the project, reported Public Works Director Scott Kleppe at a regular Aug. 5 council meeting. The other bid, for $76,780, came from the company with which the city had a long-standing relationship, Maguire Iron of Sioux Falls, S.D., said Kleppe.

Solon school news

Middle School football equipment handout Aug. 19 and Aug. 30
SOLON– Eighth grade football players will receive their equipment on Wednesday, Aug. 19, starting at 4 p.m. in the middle school athletic hallway. Seventh grade football players will receive their equipment on Thursday, Aug. 30, starting at 4 p.m. in the middle school athletic hallway.

Solon Booster’s Bash Golf Outing on Saturday, Aug. 22

SOLON– The Solon Athletic Booster Club will be sponsoring the 15th annual Booster Bash Golf Outing on Saturday, Aug. 22, at the Lake Macbride Golf Course. The event is open to anyone interested in supporting the student athletes of the Solon Community School District.
This year’s outing is going to be the day after the all-sports

Annual Community Polka Festival Sunday, Aug. 16, at Ely Legion

ELY– The Annual Community Polka Festival will be held Sunday, Aug. 16, at the Ely American Legion Hall, located at 1545 Main St. in Ely. This fundraiser is for St. Luke’s Child Protection Center.

Familiar faces to fill CCA school board ballot

OXFORD — Four incumbents are running for reelection to the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District Board of Directors in the upcoming school board election to be held Tues., Sept. 8.
Current board members Terry Davis, Matt McAreavy, Bob Broghammer and Steve Swenka are seeking reelection this cycle. Davis, of Oxford, is running for one of two At Large seats with McAreavy, also of Oxford. McAreavy was appointed to the District Two seat to fill the vacancy created when former board member Kevin Kinney was elected to the State House. The At Large seats carry four-year terms.

After Governor Branstad’s veto, officials have tough decisions to make

ICCSD board reacts to statewide drop in education funding

IOWA CITY – The Iowa City Community School District will turn its attention to funding, and name Supplemental State Aid as its sole legislative priority for the 2016 session.
Board of Directors Vice President Brian Kirschling presented the district’s new legislative priority report at its July 28 meeting.
“It’s the one and only priority that affects everything we do: funding,” he said.

Masons consecrate new Tiffin Elementary School with cornerstone ceremony

TIFFIN — When cathedrals were built across Europe thousands of years ago, the first stone placed was the cornerstone. Extreme importance was placed on it being square, level and plumb. Centuries later, laying the cornerstone became more of a symbolic process, as when George Washington presided over the Masons’ Masonic cornerstone ceremony for the United States Capitol building in 1793.
The Masons continue the tradition today, and performed the cornerstone ceremony for the Clear Creek Amana Community School District (CCA) at the new Tiffin Elementary on Sat., Aug 1.

North Liberty is “doing it right”

Housing trends, inventory reviewed by NL council, P&Z

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty City Council and the city’s Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission had a lot to talk about during their recent joint meeting Aug. 4, but much of the discussion centered on the quantity– and quality– of multifamily housing.
North Liberty City Planner Dean Wheatley led the discussion between the two groups, a regularly-scheduled forum to give the council and commission a chance to touch base in person and communicate about policies and procedures.

Highway 965 is open; let’s have a party Aug. 30

NORTH LIBERTY– To celebrate the reopening of Highway 965, the city will co-host a block party from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 30, at Penn Landing, near the intersection of Highway 965 and Penn Street.
In addition to the great food, drink and shopping the Penn Landing area regularly offers, the party will include live music, games, balloon animals, inflatables, dogs demonstrating flyball, a caricature artist, prizes, samples, specials and more. Penn Landing’s weekly farmers’ market will also be open, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with some vendors holding extended hours.

Marching Clippers to host car wash Aug. 15

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana Marching Clippers will host a car wash on Saturday, Aug. 15, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The car wash will be located at the CCA High School and on site of several area businesses.

Operation ReLeaf to return in October

NORTH LIBERTY— The City of North Liberty, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Alliant Energy are again partnering for Operation ReLeaf. ReLeaf is a program that helps residential customers save energy by planting trees to shade their homes or to create a wind break, as well as improving long-term community reforestation and energy conservation through efficient landscaping.
Since 2001, Iowa has seen more than 62,265 new trees planted throughout the state due to Operation ReLeaf.