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Community

Filling the rest of Prairie West

Tiffin’s latest development to include several new businesses

TIFFIN– Tiffin has seen a lot of new housing in recent years.
The latest development along Highway 6 will bring additional commercial entities as well.

Thanksgiving in July food drive, annual Turkey Trot to be July 11

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Community Pantry will host the Third Annual Thanksgiving in July Turkey Trot 10K/5K Races/Family 1-Mile event on Saturday, July 11, at 8 a.m., in conjunction with the communitywide food drive that provides food assistance to the hungry. The chip-timed race will begin and end at Centennial Park, 1565 St. Andrews Dr. in North Liberty. Participants will receive a dri-fit shirt with timely registration.
All funds raised from the Turkey Trot will benefit the North Liberty Community Pantry and local families.

Pollinator party at NL Pantry June 13

NORTH LIBERTY– Party at the Growing Together Garden with some pollinators at the North Liberty Community Pantry, located at 89 N. Jones Blvd., on Saturday, June 13, from 1-3 p.m.
Local experts will explain the life and habitat of pollinators with live butterflies a¥nd honeybees as guests. Learn how to start your own pollinator garden that is both beautiful to behold and beneficial for the creatures that help feed us. 

Holy Trinity to hold Bible school July 13

NORTH LIBERTY– Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, a growing Lutheran church in North Liberty, will offer Vacation Bible School (VBS) and Day Camp July 13-17.
Ewalu Day Camp is for those entering first grade through sixth grade in fall 2015. It will be Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $60 per child, with a multi-child discount of $55 for each additional child if more than one child is attending from the same family.

Girl Scouts leave their mark on North Liberty parks

NORTH LIBERTY— While some Scouts might spend an afternoon removing trash from local parks, Girl Scout Troop No. 5664 in North Liberty is leaving stuff behind.
The Girl Scouts are leaving letterboxes, an outdoor treasure hunt similar to geo-caching. The hobby offers all ages an excuse to go outside and explore. Letterboxers follow clues (these days, the clues are online) to small, weatherproof boxes containing a stamp that is hidden in a publicly accessible area. Once they find the letterbox, they collect a copy of the stamp, leave their own mark and return the box to its hiding place.

Baton twirling workshop June 20

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty resident Sophia Aguirre is sponsoring a local baton twirling workshop at Heritage Christian School starting at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 20, in North Liberty. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association of Eastern Iowa. The workshop is in support of her participation in the upcoming Miss Iowa’s Outstanding Teen pageant on June 13, at the Adler Theatre in Davenport.

Tiffin Community Fund invites community leaders to discuss grant funding opportunities June 16

TIFFIN– Tiffin Community Fund, an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Johnson County, will meet with community and business members, as well as representatives of the Clear Creek Amana Community School District and the City of Tiffin to discuss grant opportunities.
The meeting will be held Tuesday, June 16, from 7-8 a.m. in the Tiffin City Hall, located at 300 Railroad St.
The meeting will outline procedures and opportunities for funding. 
Individuals who wish to attend should RSVP by June 11 to Beverly Marshall-Goodell at 319-545-2281 or by email to revbev@southslope.net.

Dr. Davis Eidahl selected by school board as new Solon superintendent

Ottumwa super to replace Miller

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist
SOLON– After his semifinal interview with the Solon Community School District Board of Education last week, Dr. Davis Eidahl knew Solon was the right place.
“The questions that the board asked, the priorities that they identified, they’re really focused on that student achievement, making sure that those students that enter into the Solon district, they leave with a tremendous educational advantage because of the experiences they had,” Eidahl said. “And that is really right up my alley and something that excites me.”

Supervisors, Shueyville discuss improvements to Curtis Bridge Road

Unique situation, unique proposal

SHUEYVILLE– For anybody who has driven the length of Curtis Bridge Road in northwest Johnson County, to say it is in bad shape would be an understatement. Its dilapidated condition led county officials to move the road up on its Five-year Road Maintenance and Improvement Plan, with work scheduled to begin late this summer.
Some surface material will be ground down, and the road will be widened two feet on either side before a hot asphalt overlay is applied for a smoother ride.

Solon FBLA can drive May 30

SOLON– Save your pop cans. As a way to raise money to help a student attend and compete at the National Leadership Conference, Solon FBLA will conduct a pop can drive on Saturday, May 30, from 9 a.m. to noon. Those wishing to drop off cans and bottles may do so at the high school. Those wishing to donate but unable to do so during the day of the can drive, please contact Jodi Leimkuehler at the high school at 319-624-3401.

City Wide Clean Up Day June 13

SOLON– The City of Solon will host its annual City Wide Clean Up Day on Saturday, June 13, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. City residents may drop off garbage and recyclables at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area. Those dropping off should be prepared to present identification.

Solon Senior Advocates

Proposed Senior Advocate trips

All trips leave from Solon Recreation and Nature Area.
*Bus trips
*Thursday, June 18: Paddle Boat/Grist Mill, Muscatine
Thursday, July 16 – Maharishi U. – Fairfield
*Thursday, August 20 – Bellevue/Galena
Call 624-2710 or 430-8655 or sign-up at Old Gold Dining.
If you have signed up for a trip, please call two weeks in advance if you must cancel as the Advocates need to reserve a bus and often purchase tickets ahead of time.

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