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Community

Booster Club’s 2nd annual celebration of athletics Feb. 27

SOLON– The Solon Athletic Booster Club will host its Second Annual Celebration of Solon Athletics on Friday, Feb. 27, at the AvaCentre in Solon with entertainment starting at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m.
Everyone is welcome for dinner and a night of entertainment with proceeds benefitting Solon High School and Middle School athletics. The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with pre-dinner music, the coaches presenting the state of each program and a keynote address by Marshall Koehn, University of Iowa football player and 2011 Solon graduate.

Solon United Methodist Men hosting soup supper Feb. 13

SOLON– The Solon United Methodist Men will be hosting their annual soup supper Friday, Feb. 13, from 5-7 p.m. at the Solon United Methodist Church. Ticket prices are $7 for adults and $4 for kids under the age of 12, and includes oyster, chili, and chicken noodle soup, hot dogs and dessert.

Solon native volunteers in Mozambique with Peace Corps

SOLON – The road to Estaquinha, Mozambique, is a bumpy one.
And a crowded one.
Solon Native Ryan Krafka recently returned from the African country and a stint as a Peace Corps volunteer. Krafka gave a presentation about his experience at the Solon Public Library Jan. 26.
Mozambique is served by a single main highway that travels from north to south. With only one lane going each direction and more potholes than pavement at times, traveling to the small village of Estaquinha was an adventure every time Krafka hit the road.

Construction costs still edging past bond limit

No reason to panic, says project manager

SOLON– Projected costs for a new middle school and performing arts center currently exceed the $25.5 million target set forth in a September bond issue.
But Solon Community School District (SCSD) board members were reluctant to make amenities like a $417,000 orchestra pit an alternate to the project, and representatives of the district’s construction management firm indicated it’s not yet time to hit the panic button.
Board members met with staff from Struxture Architects and Story Construction Jan. 26 during a special session for a progress update on the two major building projects.

Solon Public Library

Blind Date with a Book

In February, the library is featuring a “Blind Date with a Book” program. You will find wrapped books on shelves throughout the library. Take a chance and take your “blind date” home, then when you finish and return, drop your name in our monthly drawing at the circulation desk for extra prizes. The featured prize is a gift certificate to a local Solon restaurant.

Babygarten

The best of mimes

Josh Meade, a junior at Clear Creek Amana High School, performs in a group mime act “The Fourth One,” during CCA’s Speech Showcase Night, held Jan. 22 at the high school in Tiffin. Meade’s was one of three mime acts presented that evening. For more photos of the event, see page A8. (photo by Chris Umscheid)

A long talk about a short bus

NL council debates $50K allocation to pilot intra-city transportation

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty proposes to purchase a few new vehicles for city use in Fiscal Year 2016, including a small bus for transporting children in the city’s Before-And-After-School childcare program.
That single $25,000 item prompted more discussion on the new budget than any other.
But the argument was not about the bus.

Tiffin to hire search firm for administrator’s position

Discussion on filling council seat likely to be held Feb. 11

TIFFIN – The City of Tiffin will hire a headhunter to replace a departing city administrator.
Michon Jackson tendered her resignation in early January, giving notice that her last day with the city would be this week. Jackson has served as the city’s administrator for three years. She accepted a position as a utilities department supervisor in Marco Island, Florida.
At the council’s Wednesday, Jan. 27, meeting, the group voted to hire the Callahan Municipal Consultants LLC, a firm based in Anamosa, to do an executive search for Jackson’s replacement.

A familiar name joins CCA

TIFFIN — A man familiar to many in the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District has joined the district’s board of education. Matt McAreavy, of rural Oxford, took the oath of office before the start of the board’s regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 21, at the high school in Tiffin. The board appointed McAreavy to fill the seat vacated earlier this month by Kevin Kinney, who was elected to the Iowa State Senate for District 39 in November.

IC school district sets target date for opening of new Liberty High

IOWA CITY – Liberty High School in North Liberty will open as a comprehensive school in the fall of 2017.
This decision was made following a recommendation by Superintendent Stephen Murley and a design committee of administrators, teachers and parents.
It means that the high school will not operate as a branch of either West or City High and will have its own athletic and extracurricular programs.

NL Pantry holds contest for naming new teaching garden

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Community Pantry is starting a garden this spring, but our garden needs a name. The community is invited to suggest names.
The project planners want to build community through this teaching garden. The work in the garden will increase healthy foods available to families served by the Pantry. Put on your creative caps and send some names soon. The person who submits the selected name will be honored in a ribbon cutting ceremony this spring.
Deadline for name entries is 5 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 15               

Boy Scout Troop 216 to host chili supper Feb. 7

NORTH LIBERTY – North Liberty Boy Scout Troop 216 will host its 35th annual Chili Supper from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at the North Liberty Community Center.
This dinner is the troop’s primary annual fundraising event.  Proceeds help cover the cost of high adventure trips, summer camp and other activities for the troop’s approximately 30 scouts.