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Community

Few changes for school calendar

District’s calendar committee aimed for consistency in 2016-17 and 2017-18, approved by the board last month

What happened
The Solon Community School District Board of Education approved the 2016-17 and 2017-18 school calendars at its Feb. 8 meeting. Calendar committee representative Brandi Radcliffe presented the committee’s recommendations to the board in January, and the decision was made in February to approve the calendar as requested by the committee.

Horaks honored for land donation March 24

DES MOINES– More than 4,500 acres of Iowa land in 15 counties was permanently protected through many donations for conservation. The landowners, families and organizations associated with the 23 donations of land or land value will be recognized during a ceremony at the State Capitol.
Richard and Janice Horak, of Swisher, purchased their 80-acre slice of heaven outside of Shueyville in 1971, on Janice’s birthday, where they planted a tree nursery and raised their two sons. Only one subdivision bordered the acreage in 1971, today it is surrounded by a growing number of housing developments. 

Solon junior becomes latest Gallon Grad

Annelyn Broghammer becomes fifth student to reach donor mark

IOWA CITY– The UI DeGowin Blood Center at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics recognized Annelyn Broghammer, a junior at Solon High School, Wednesday, March 2, for her commitment to blood donation.
Her eighth donation occurred at 3 p.m. in the blood center and, upon completion, Broghammer was recognized as a Gallon Grad and received a red cord to be worn during her high school graduation in May 2017.
Broghammer was the fifth local student to receive the designation and the first to do so during her junior year. All five students attended Solon High School.

Solon restaurants supporting Post Prom by donating sales

SOLON– Plan to dine at the following local restaurants on the noted day as each restaurant will be donating a portion of their sales during the designated time to the 2016 Post Prom Fundraiser.
On Monday, March 21: Frida Kahlo (evening); Wednesday, April 13: Eastwood’s (evening); and on Wednesday, April 27: El Sol (evening).
The Post Prom Committee thanks you, in advance, for your support.

Kindergarten Roundup March 24

SOLON– Solon Community School District’s Kindergarten Roundup will be held on Thursday, March 24. There will be two sessions to choose from. The first session will be 2-3:25 p.m. and the second will be from 4-5:25 p.m. Sign up for Kindergarten Roundup will be done online beginning Monday, Feb. 15. Children must turn 5 years old by Sept. 15, 2016, to be eligible to enroll in kindergarten. Parents should bring a copy of their child’s birth certificate to the Kindergarten Roundup.

Jail 3.0

New technology upgrades keep county jail functioning

IOWA CITY— It’s the same old jail, but with a high-tech difference after a major technological upgrade.
After voters in Johnson County repeatedly defeated bond referendums that would have replaced the County Jail, the County Board of Supervisors took action in October 2014 to extend the life of the existing facility.

One voice

North Liberty resident wins human rights award for community work

NORTH LIBERTY – RaQuishia Harrington has only one voice.
But she uses it to speak for thousands.
Harrington, who lives in North Liberty, is the site director for the Broadway Neighborhood Center in Iowa City, part of the Neighborhood Centers of Johnson County.
As a social worker, the concept of human rights is immensely important to Harrington’s day-to-day responsibilities. To her, human rights means everyone should be guaranteed the opportunity to do, to be, to exist– equally.

Public health alert for chicken products that may contain metal

WASHINGTON, D.C.– The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued a public health alert to notify the public of a recall conducted by Maxi Canada, Inc., a Québec, Canada, establishment, involving approximately 103,752 pounds of chicken product that may be contaminated with metal pieces. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) notified FSIS of the recall, which affected products exported to the United States.

IDOT to hold March 30 public information meeting regarding Forevergreen Road improvements

NORTH LIBERTY– The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) will hold a public information meeting Wednesday, March 30, from 5-6:30 p.m. at the North Liberty Recreation Center, to discuss the proposed improvements to West Forevergreen Road from east of Kansas Avenue to Highway 965 in North Liberty.
The meeting will be conducted utilizing an open forum format. Iowa DOT staff will be present to informally discuss the proposed improvement. No formal presentation will be made.

Shueyville United Methodist Men’s Pancake Supper April 1

SHUEYVILLE– Shueyville United Methodist Men’s Pancake Supper will be held Friday, April 1, from 5-7 p.m. at the church.
The pubic is invited to attend and enjoy good food and fellowship with friends.
The all-you-can eat supper includes pancakes, eggs, ham, sausage, hash browns and beverage. This supper is used to support mission activities both at home and around the world.
The church is located at 1195 Steeple Ln. NE in Shueyville.
The cost for the supper is adults $6, ages 3-12 $3, and those under 3 are free.

CCA to hold district-wide Color Fun Run to benefit student programming opportunities April 9

TIFFIN– A district-wide Color Fun Run benefitting the Parent Teacher Groups at all four elementary schools in the Clear Creek Amana School District will be Saturday, April 9, with a 5K race beginning at 9 a.m. and the 1 mile commencing at 10 a.m. This will be a fun, family-friendly event complete with color stations.
Both routes begin at Clear Creek Amana High School located in Tiffin and will pass by multiple color stations. Runners should be prepared for some colorful fun.

Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) workshops available

IOWA CITY– In the last few weeks the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) was found in Iowa City. This pest is a destructive pest of ash and it has been present in the State of Iowa since 2010. Specialists from ISU Extension and Outreach Entomology, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, the City of Iowa City, and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources/Forestry Bureau will present information on this pest on March 31 at the Johnson County ISU Extension and Outreach Office, located at 3109 Old Highway 218 S.