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Community

Begindergarten/Kindergarten Roundup

SOLON– Kindergarten Roundup will be held Thursday, March 22. There will be two sessions to choose from. The first session will be 2-3:25 p.m. and the second will be 4-5:25 p.m. Sign up for Kindergarten Roundup may be completed online beginning Thursday, March 1, through March 21.
Children must turn 5 by Sept. 15 to be eligible to enroll in Begindergarten or Kindergarten and a copy of the original child’s birth certificate must be brought to the Kindergarten Roundup.

Kaufmann welcomes Lake Macbride Conservancy

DES MOINES– Rep. Bobby Kaufmann (R-Wilton) welcomed Jeff and Sara Clark, of Cedar Rapids; Patti and Ray Hamilton, of Solon; and Tom Manor, of Solon, to the Iowa House of Representatives. The Lake Macbride Conservancy was visiting Des Moines to talk with legislators and tour the historic Iowa State Capitol.

Modernizing the neighborhood

Curb and gutter additions planned for North Front Street

NORTH LIBERTY– This spring, old town becomes new again.

Mehaffey trail extension open house March 22

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.

CCA set to approve 2018-19 budget

Property tax levy decreases by 18 cents

AMANA– The School Board of Directors for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District is set to approve the 2018-19 budget at its regular monthly meeting Wednesday, April 11. at CCA High School in Tiffin. The board reviewed the budget during a Wednesday, March 7, work session at Amana Elementary with a detailed presentation by CCA District Financial Officer Lori Robinson.

Supervisors pass FY-19 budget with controversy

Potential conservation board purchase leads to no vote from Rettig

IOWA CITY– The Johnson County Board of Supervisors approved the Fiscal Year 2019 budget Thursday, March 8, in a 4-1 vote with Supervisor Janelle Rettig casting a no vote and all five supervisors reading written statements. Included in the $127,174,236 budget is authorization for the Johnson County Conservation Board to use conservation bond funds for a potential acquisition of timberland and an adjacent lot with several structures in rural Johnson County.

Structure fire at 2870 Stoner Ct.

Caused by grinding and dust collection system

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Fire Department was dispatched at 10:13 a.m. on March 7 for a fire on the third floor of the business located at 2870 Stoner Ct., Frontier Cooperative Herbs. Upon arrival of the first due unit, smoke was visible from the roof of the structure.
The occupants of the building had self-evacuated and were all accounted for.

Begindergarten

Waiting list for Lakeview program

SOLON– An early beginning is proving popular at Lakeview Elementary.
The Solon school board held its regular monthly meeting Monday, Feb. 12, and discussed the district’s “Begindergarten” program.
Begindergarten is Lakeview’s Elementary’s alternate kindergarten curriculum, presented as an option for children technically old enough for kindergarten (5 years old on or before Sept. 15), but developmentally may be too young for the structure of kindergarten.

Troop 120 can drive, March 17

SOLON– Solon Boy Scout Troop 120 will collect cans and bottles on Saturday, March 17, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Scouts and parents will collect throughout the community. Can donations can be dropped off at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area parking lot. Donations will be used to provide camping opportunities and other Scouting activities.

Raeside at St. Mary March 8

Chains Interrupted co-founder

SOLON– Chains Interrupted co-founder Lenchen Raeside will present a program on Human Trafficking at St Mary Catholic Church on Thursday, March 8, at 7 p.m. The community is invited to attend.
Plan to join students, parents and everyone to listen to Lenchen detail her 10 year experience assisting survivors of human trafficking and educating communities on the heinous crime. Doors open at 6 p.m.
Lenchen has worked tirelessly assisting survivors but 98-99 percent of victims are not rescued, and she believes prevention is the key.

T-shirt artwork wanted

for 2018 Solon Beef Days

Seeking T-shirt artwork for 2018 Solon Beef Days celebration
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.

Hoover Trail construction gets underway

Contractors will have to negotiate sensitive areas

SOLON– Everyone’s excited to see the Hoover Trail completed.
But it’s going to be a difficult project for contractors, who gathered at Solon City Hall for a preconstruction meeting Friday, Feb. 23.
Work on the first two phases of a 5.8-mile missing trail link between Ely and Solon has commenced with the third and final phase expected in 2019.