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Community

ACE on target at CCA

Innovative student-professional collaboration to bring new building to CCA campus next spring

OXFORD — Last March, Joe Greathouse, assistant professor in construction management at Kirkwood Community College, introduced to the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school board the idea of an innovative educational experience.
Greathouse spoke of Kirkwood’s Architectural, Construction and Engineering (ACE) academy, which prepares students for two- or four-year degrees, a trade program or even entry into the construction field by providing mentors who work directly with students.

Gerdin family gifts $300K to Ronald McDonald Family Room at St. Luke’s

CEDAR RAPIDS– Hundreds of families with hospitalized children will be the beneficiaries of a major gift from the Gerdin Family Foundation. The family is gifting $300,000 to St. Luke’s Foundation for the creation of the Ronald McDonald Family Room®, which is currently under construction on the second floor of St. Luke’s Center for Women’s and Children’s Health. The Foundation will use $100,000 of the gift to open an endowment to support future capital needs as there will always be a demand for this type of facility for the families of critically-ill children.

Dec. 31 reception to recognize service of outgoing supervisor John Etheredge

IOWA CITY– The Johnson County Board of Supervisors will host a reception from 3 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 23, to thank Supervisor John Etheredge for his service. Etheredge’s term will expire on Dec. 31. The reception is open to the public and will be held at the Johnson County Administration Building, 913 S. Dubuque St. in Iowa City.
Etheredge began his term on March 11, 2013, to complete the term vacated when Sally Stutsman resigned after being elected to the Iowa Legislature.

Noises Off!

Theatrical frivolity on the CCA stage

TIFFIN — In 1982, playwright Michael Frayn penned a satirical look at the world of theatre titled “Noises Off.” It won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Play and the London Evening Standard’s Theatre Award for Best Comedy.

Ely woman killed in school bus accident

SOLON– An Ely woman was killed and her husband was airlifted to the hospital after her car collided with a school bus carrying approximately 30 Solon Community School District students at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, at the intersection of Highway 382 and Ely Road west of Solon.
According to a report by the Iowa Highway Patrol, Patricia Howell, 73, of Ely was driving a 2010 Ford Fusion when she turned east into the path of the westbound school bus. Bunyan Howell, 75, Ely, was airlifted to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, the report said. Both were wearing seatbelts.

Solon City Council seeking applicants interested in vacancy

SOLON– On Wednesday, Dec. 3, the Solon City Council voted to fulfill by appointment a vacancy on city council created with the resignation of Brad Kunkel who has moved outside the city limits. The city council is asking for those interested in completing the council term through Dec. 31, 2015, to send a letter of interest to Solon City Hall at 101 N. Iowa St., Solon IA 52333, by Dec. 16, 2014.

Free Christmas meal at Our Lord’s Church in Solon Dec. 25

SOLON– Our Lord’s Church will be serving a free Christmas meal Thursday, Dec. 25. All are welcome. Reservations are not required but would be helpful. The meal will be served at noon at the church, 131 N. Market St., Solon. Rides and deliveries are also available. Call Duane and Anna at 319-841-2243 (a local call from Solon) with questions or reservations.

Council moving ahead on water storage

City planning for ground storage reservoir next to SRNA well

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist
SOLON– The City of Solon has been aware that it needs additional water storage for some time.
Now a solution has risen to the top.
At a regular meeting Dec. 3, Solon City Council members voted to pursue a 400,000-gallon ground storage reservoir to be located adjacent to the Solon Recreation and Nature Area (SRNA).

Solon Public Library

Friends of the Library book donations accepted at library

If you’re cleaning for the holidays and find that you have an abundance of gently used books, DVDs, and/or puzzles, you should consider donating them to the library. All donations are tax-deductible and are either added to the library’s collection or given to the Friends of the Solon Public Library to be sold at their yearly book sale. The proceeds of their book sale go towards providing programming at the library.

Monthly drawing winner

Junior Post Prom Spartan Rummage Sale Saturday, Dec. 15

SOLON– Junior Post Prom Committee will be hosting a Spartan Rummage Sale on Saturday, Dec. 15, from 5-9 p.m. in the Solon Middle School commons. This clothing sale will include used Spartan clothing and sports equipment.

Shrek - The SHS Musical Production

SOLON– What happens when you put a couple dozen dancing dolls, three blind mice, two jaded ogres and one narcissistic lord all together in a magical kingdom where fairy tale creatures come to life and a brassy dragon falls in love with a sassy donkey?
Another fantastic musical presented by the Solon High School music and drama departments.
“Shrek the Musical,” a theater adaptation of the DreamWorks film, was directed by Solon Middle School vocal music instructor Jessica Frerich and performed by a slew of Solon’s middle school and high school students on Nov. 14 and Nov. 15.

One step closer to eminent domain procedure

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty City Council in its Dec. 9 meeting took action that moves the city one step closer toward exercising eminent domain to obtain private property for a public purpose.
On Tuesday, the council unanimously voted to proceed with obtaining sewer easements on eight private properties. In one case, the council did so in the face of litigation against it.