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Community

CCA Youth Football registration night rescheduled for March 23

IOWA CITY– Traffic will be restricted to a single lane with stoplight control at the Mehaffey Bridge over the Iowa River/Coralville Reservoir in unincorporated Johnson County beginning Monday, March 30. A maximum vehicle width restriction of 9’6” will be in place at the bridge location during this phase of the construction. 
The road will remain open to traffic, but travelers should expect potentially lengthy traffic delays, especially during the morning and afternoon peak travel hours.
The contractor hopes to complete this phase of construction in July.

CCA Youth Football registration night rescheduled for March 23

TIFFIN– Due to no school on Tuesday, March 3, the Clear Creek Amana Youth Football Program registration for incoming fifth and sixth grade students during the 2015-2016 school year has been rescheduled for Monday, March 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Clear Creek Amana Middle School multipurpose room. All interested students and parents should come to the meeting to find out more about the program. 

Mini Dance Marathon gives kids a fighting chance

raises over $6,000 for cancer patients

TIFFIN– Students and community members got down and boogied to raise money to help kids fight life-threatening diseases on Friday, March 6.
Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School’s mini Dance Marathon, now in its second year, raised $3,417 to support children battling cancer and their families. Mini marathons held by area schools support the University of Iowa’s annual Dance Marathon, a student-led organization that raises millions of dollars to assist young patients treated at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital.
At CCA, this year’s total more than doubled the amount raised last year.

Stepdad in custody; 9-year-old returned

SOLON– A 9-year-old girl allegedly taken from a Solon residence over the weekend has been has been returned safely. The man accused of taking her has been placed in custody after a two-hour standoff in Davenport.
Law enforcement authorities issued an Amber Alert Saturday afternoon, March 7, after the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office responded to a domestic situation in Solon. According to the Amber Alert, 9-year-old Brianna Crane had reportedly been abducted her stepfather, Kenneth E. Johns, and a gray Ford Focus was being sought in connection with the case.

Barefoot Becky and Irish Dancers at Old Gold Diner March 18

SOLON– On Wednesday, March 18, at 11:30 a.m., Barefoot Becky and Irish Dancers will help celebrate two special days, St. Patrick’s and St. Joseph’s Days, at the Old Gold Diner in Solon. Come and join the celebration and make a reservation for lunch. Call 319-624-2251 by 1 p.m. on March 17 to make reservations. The music will set your heart and toes-a-tapping. Special desserts will be served that day.
What is the Buzz all about? Watch for the Buzz coming soon!

Jazz at the Commons on March 28

SOLON– Everyone is welcome to enjoy Jazz at the Commons presented by Solon High School at 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 28, in the Solon High School commons. Enjoy performances by Solon High School jazz bands and choirs. All proceeds from food and other donations will support the Solon High School jazz program.

175th Anniversary Committee seeks memorabilia and photos

SOLON– The Solon 175th Anniversary Committee is seeking Solon memorabilia to display during the reunion on Sept. 18, 19 and 20. Items that specifically designate Solon such as old calendars, souvenirs, handbills, photos of buildings or gatherings at events or any items that depict Solon from the past are of particular interest.
Items may be taken to the library. The items will be cataloged with the name of the lender and will be returned following the September event.
The public’s assistance in making this a memorable occasion is greatly appreciated.

Solon City Council approves school site plans

Details yet to be worked out for pedestrian crossing

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist
SOLON– There are still quite a few details to iron out, but both sides have agreed to work together.
The City of Solon has given the Solon school district permission to move forward with the construction of both a new middle school and an auditorium addition to the high school.
City council members approved site plans for both the middle school and a performing arts center at the council’s March 4 meeting.

Solon Public Library

Anime Club

Do you like to read the Japanese Manga books? Do you enjoy watching Anime films and television shows? Would you like to get together with others who read or draw in Japanese animation style? Come join the Anime Club. Meetings will be held every fourth Monday of each month. The next meeting is March 24 from 3:30-4:45 p.m. The club is for fifth grade and up. If you have questions, please contact the library at 319-624-2678.

Donations

More than just the score

NLYBS partners with Positive Coaching Alliance to remind players, parents, coaches what the game is really about

NORTH LIBERTY– Competition was always a huge part of Scott Rundle’s life.
Like most boys, he participated in sports from a young age, where winning was everything and it didn’t matter what it took to get there.
He remembered one classmate who broke an arm while playing youth football at the age of six. His parents and coach made the decision to tape his arm and put him back in the game, feeling he was too important a player to lose.
“That was part of being tough,” Scott said. “And all the boys recognized how tough he was.”

The Long Climb

Four NL firefighters will take the Fight for Air stair climb challenge March 22.

NORTH LIBERTY– For the third year, a few North Liberty firefighters will put on their full structural firefighting gear and climb the stairs of four high-rise buildings in downtown Des Moines.
And they’re doing it so that others may one day breathe easier.
Health and Safety Officer (HSO) Ryan Brumm, EMS Lieutenant Scott McCambridge, Firefighter Jennifer Vanderhoff and Firefighter Jordan Miller have volunteered to participate in the American Lung Association’s Fight for Air Climb Sunday, March 22, in Des Moines.

Iowa newspapers honor North Liberty Leader

DES MOINES– The North Liberty Leader was among the winners in the 2015 Iowa Newspaper Association’s (INA) Better Newspaper Contests.
Awards were announced at the association’s awards banquet during the INA 2015 Convention and Trade Show held Feb. 5-6 at the Des Moines Marriott Hotel. Entries were judged by members of the Minnesota Newspaper Association. Approximately 4,200 entries were judged by their circulation class in dozens of categories.