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“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.

CCA community clean-up day April 24

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) will hold its annual Community Clean-up Day on Friday, April 24. Students from the Student Assistance Team and National Honor Society will volunteer to help older community members with yard work, windows, small household chores and general spring cleaning.
CCA students will work in the morning, afternoon, or for full days. Students arrive for their assigned morning jobs at 8:30 a.m. and leave for lunch at 11:30 a.m. They arrive for afternoon jobs by 12:30 p.m. and leave by 3:15 p.m. It’s a great day for the kids to enjoy giving back to the community.

Mother goose

Canada goose chooses to roost on the pier

NORTH LIBERTY– This Canada goose picked an odd place to nest this spring, settling herself and her eggs in a concrete planter at the end of the fishing pier over Liberty Centre Pond in North Liberty. Joe Wilkinson of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) said geese typically nest in locations they find safest from predators, but it’s less typical to build a nest so far above the water.

Sutliff Road to get an upgrade this spring

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

ICCSD discretionary busing safe from cuts

Board directs administration to study criteria for providing routes

IOWA CITY– Discretionary busing will stay in Iowa City area schools for at least another year.
The board unanimously rejected a proposal to cut discretionary bus routes and directed the administration to continue to research possible alternatives and develop new criteria for providing the routes.
This decision was met with a round of applause by the crowd of close to 100 people, many of whom had come to speak on the topic.

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.

Lady Spartans run away at Tipton

fourth place at J-Hawk Relays

CEDAR RAPIDS– Balance through the lineup and three key event champions kept the Spartans close in the 2015 J-Hawk Relays April 4 at Kingston Stadium in Cedar Rapids.
Solon’s fourth place finish followed a runaway team title at Tipton earlier in the week.
Wins from Emma Moss in the 400-meter hurdles (1:10.24), Josie Durr in the high jump (5’2), Shelby Gunnells in the shot put (44’5) and points in eight other events kept Solon’s Class 3A girls in the mix throughout the meet, which featured larger, mostly 4A schools.

Solon names Lisa Bishop head girls basketball coach

SOLON– The Solon Community School District announced the hiring of Lisa Bishop as Head Girls Basketball Coach (pending School Board approval).
Solon Activities Director, Keith McSweeney, stated, “We’re very excited about having Coach Bishop lead our girls basketball program. We believe our girls are going to love Lisa’s positive energy and passion. She brings a wealth of playing experience and knowledge to our program. But I’m most excited about her serving as a tremendous role model for our student-athletes.”

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?

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.