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Community

March Old Gold Diner

Editor’s Note: The wrong copy for the Old Gold Diner’s March activities was published in the March 2 edition of the Economist. The following is the correct version.

CCA Mini Dance Marathon Friday, March 3

TIFFIN– This year, Clear Creek Amana (CCA) is hosting the 4th annual Mini Dance Marathon, in conjunction with the University of Iowa (UI) Dance Marathon, on Friday, March 3, from 7-10 p.m. at the high school. One hundred percent of funds raised will go to children at the UI hospital battling cancer, and their families. All ages are welcome to attend, and admission is $5 at the door.

NL Optimists’ pancake breakfast March 4

NORTH LIBERTY– The Optimist Club of North Liberty will host its 44th annual pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 4, in the North Liberty Community Center gymnasium, 520 W. Cherry St.
Proceeds will benefit more than a dozen North Liberty youth programs, as all Optimist clubs have a mission to be “friends of youth.” In 2015, the North Liberty Optimists donated about $25,000 to support about 20 North Liberty youth activities, including the free summer lunch program for kids at the North Liberty Recreation Center’s egg hunt.

Register for NLYBS through Friday, March 3

NORTH LIBERTY– Registration for the North Liberty Youth Baseball and Softball’s (NLYBS) 25th anniversary season is open. Sign up your child or children at www.eteamz.com/NLYBS by March 3.
Leagues are available for boys and girls age 4 through eighth grade. Call the NLYBS hotline at 319-248-1283 with questions or check the FAQ page on the NLYBS website. Scholarships are available.
New this year is First Grade Baseball, and Third Grade Rookie players will have the opportunity to pitch. Umpires will also be needed, but must be at least 14 years old. Training is provided.

Bill Riley Talent Show March 4 in Tiffin

TIFFIN– The Bill Riley Talent Search will make a stop in Tiffin at the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School Performing Arts Center on March 4 beginning at 4 p.m. The show is free open to the public.
Local actor and CCA drama coach Tom Milligan will be the master of ceremonies with approximately 30 different acts participating from ages 2-21. There will be a panel of judges who will place the top acts in each division with the winner of each division advancing to the Iowa State Fair in August.

Highway 6 signalization pushed back

Miscommunication leads to increased estimated cost

TIFFIN– It’s an unfortunate chain of events.
That’s how Ben Carhoff, of Hart-Frederick Consultants, described the situation regarding the installation of traffic lights on Highway 6 in a recent letter to the Tiffin City Council.
“I was told they were sized for traffic light poles when they’re not. They’re standard bases for street lights that were installed,” Carhoff told council members at a Feb. 7 regular meeting.

A tribute to Major General Robert L. Sentman (ret.)

NORTH LIBERTY– Retired Major General Robert L. Sentman is a Johnson County resident currently farming near North Liberty and Tiffin. His farming and patriotic roots grow deep in Iowa, as his ancestor, Joseph Denison, was an early Iowa farmer who fought in the American Civil War. Major General Sentman added 26 Sentmans, from Pennsylvania to Iowa, and also took part in the War of the Rebellion.

City to contract for Main Street concept

wrestlers on top

SOLON– Main Street will be the focus of a new concept plan authorized by the Solon City Council Feb. 1.
Council members voted to approve a contract with MSA Professional Services to oversee a downtown visioning project for just over $7,000.
It’s not the Downtown Master Plan which council members have called for in the last year, but it’s another step closer.

Solon Methodist men hosting annual soup supper Friday, Feb. 24

SOLON– The Solon United Methodist Men will be hosting their annual soup supper Friday, Feb. 24, from 5-7 p.m. at the Solon United Methodist Church fellowship hall. Ticket prices are $7 for adults and $4 for kids under the age of 12, and includes oyster stew, chili, and chicken noodle soup, hot dogs and dessert. Live entertainment will be provided by Leo Shima. Donations of new or used children’s books will be collected for the “Change a Child” campaign.

Solon KCs hosting Euchre card party Feb. 25 at St. Mary Church

SOLON– The Solon Knights of Columbus are sponsoring a Euchre card party Saturday, Feb. 25, at 6:30 p.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church Parish Hall. The public is invited. Snacks will be provided.

Solon Survivor Extreme 5K Saturday, March 4, at St. Mary

SOLON– The Solon Survivor Extreme 5K will take place on Saturday, March 4, at 8 a.m. at the St. Mary Catholic Church in Solon.
This is a warrior dash-style race that is almost completely off-road, and is a fund raiser for the Solon Krush Youth Sports 10U baseball team, with a portion of the proceeds to be donated to the local food pantry.

Solon man sentenced to four years for assault

IOWA CITY– A Solon man was sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty to assaulting a woman at an Iowa City business in 2015.
Donald E. Born, 51, of Solon, pleaded guilty Feb. 13 in Johnson County District Court to two counts of assault with intent to commit sexual abuse, an aggravated misdemeanor.
He was sentenced to two years in prison on each count, to be served consecutively for a maximum period of incarceration not to exceed four years.