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Community

NL’s “Make A Difference Day” is April 18

NORTH LIBERTY– Several North Liberty churches will host the service project “Make A Difference Day” on Saturday, April 18, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Work teams from several local churches will fan out all over North Liberty to perform community service.
Service projects could include yard work, small construction jobs, window washing, painting or other projects at little or no cost, to improve the lives of North Liberty residents.

April 19 pancake breakfast, raffle - Oxford American Legion

OXFORD– The Oxford American Legion Post 537 will hold a breakfast and raffle fundraiser on April 19 from 7:30 a.m. until 12 noon, at 128 E. Main St. in Oxford.
Buy tickets now for the chance to win a 21-inch, self-propelled Troy Built lawn mower. Proceeds will go to Boys State or Legion scholarships for graduates. Raffle tickets are $5 each. The drawing will be held April 19 after the breakfast. Purchase tickets at the Legion or call 319-828-1008 to make arrangements to meet someone to purchase them.

Hatching nest eggs

Hills Bank celebrates agriculture month

NORTH LIBERTY– March was agriculture month at Hills Bank and Trust Company, and what better way to celebrate than inviting a few chicks over?
It was baby chick day at North Liberty’s Forevergreen Road location on Saturday, March 28. Doors opened to the public so children and families could visit the baby chicks hatched at the bank earlier this month.

Supt. Miller leaving Solon to head AEA

SOLON– It was a tough decision, but it was a big opportunity as well.
Solon Community School District (SCSD) Superintendent Sam Miller has accepted a position as chief administrator at Area Education Agency (AEA) 267 in Cedar Falls.
He will remain with the district until his current contract ends June 30.
The Solon school board held a special meeting Tuesday, April 7, to consider Miller’s resignation and the timeline for a superintendent search. The board hired Ray and Associates of Cedar Rapids to begin the process of recruiting Miller’s replacement.

Sutliff Road upgrade planned before RAGBRAI rolls

Fuel tax increase provides extra funding for county road project

JOHNSON COUNTY– An increase in the fuel tax might cause anger at the pumps, but some drivers in Johnson County will realize its benefits yet this year.

RAGBRAI information meetings to be held April 17 and 20

SOLON– The City of Solon will host two informational meetings for Solon businesses, local churches and non-profit organizations interested in having a vendor booth for RAGBRAI July 24 in Solon. The community is invited to attend one of these meetings to be held at city hall on Friday, April 17, at 10 a.m. or Monday, April 20, at 7 p.m. City staff will review the route through Solon, Main Street business outdoor service areas and vendor booth information.

Solon Public Library

Support the library

The Solon Public Library Foundation, a non-profit organization, was established in 2004 to provide support for long term library services. The Foundation’s first project was to provide a Web-based catalog system. The online access allows patrons to browse the library catalog, reserve books and extend check out periods. Upgrading the digital capabilities of the library was also a part of the project.
The Foundation is currently looking to fill three positions on their board. The term for each position is three years.

Old Gold Diner celebrates 35th

SOLON– Solon’s Old Gold Diner will celebrate its 35th anniversary Wednesday, April 15, with musical entertainment by Johnny Krob.
Other April events include
• Old Gold Diner Site Council meets April 28 at 1:30 p.m.
Reservations must be made the day before by 1 p.m. (for Monday call by 1 p.m. the Friday before)
All ages are welcome; children must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is $3.25 per person no matter their age.

Create your own art at April 11 Art for the Arts Spotlight FUNraiser 

SOLON– On Saturday, April 11, local artist Lianne Westcot will host and provide step-by-step guidance in her studio in Swisher for the creation of a 16x20 canvas called Springtime Symphony. The public is encouraged to attend and participate in its creation.
There will be two sessions, both on Saturday, April 11, the first at 3:30 p.m. and the second at 7:30 p.m. No painting experience necessary.
Solon Spotlight will provide light snacks. Participants are encouraged to bring your favorite beverage– only non-alcoholic beverages at the 3:30 p.m. seating.

Sutliff Bridge Authority scholarship aims to help area students

SUTLIFF– A new scholarship aims to help six area students.
The Sutliff Bridge Authority is awarding a one-time $1,000 scholarship to a student from each of the following school districts: Lisbon, Mount Vernon, North Cedar, Solon, West Branch and Tipton.
Applicants are required to be accepted to a two- or four-year college, university or construction trade school and to be studying environmental science, history, agriculture, structural/civil engineering or architecture. An essay on “why historic preservation is important” is part of the application process.

SHS Drama Department to present “12 Angry Jurors” April 17-19

SOLON– The Solon Drama Department is proud to present “12 Angry Jurors” as its 2015 spring play. The show, renamed from the 1957 film “12 Angry Men,” is an American classic that explores our justice system, prejudice and the power of the individual. The show takes place over the course of one evening in the jury room as 12 jurors deliberate on their verdict. Tempers flare and each juror’s morality is tested. Did the 19-year old boy kill his father or is there room for reasonable doubt?

Compromise results in cuts to street projects

MPO distributes trails, transportation funding to Tiffin, North Liberty

NORTH LIBERTY– It wasn’t exactly an April Fool’s joke when the leaders of two of the county’s three largest communities were hit with a punch line last Wednesday that resulted in a significant financial cut.
Staff from the Metropolitan Planning Organization of Johnson County (MPOJC) delivered generally good news to government representatives at their Urbanized Area Policy Board (UAPB) meeting April 1.