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Community

Solon school board to host hearing on building proposals Aug. 25

SOLON– The Solon Community School District Board of Directors will be hosting a public hearing on the proposed new middle school and performing arts center Monday, Aug. 25, at 6:30 p.m. in the high school media center.
The two construction projects would be funded with a $25.5 million bond issue being placed before district voters in a Tuesday, Sept. 9, special election.
Architects for the project will provide a presentation on the project during the public hearing.
Members of the public will be given the opportunity to ask questions and express their views orally and in writing.

Solon to turn 175 in 2015

Celebrate Solon’s history, and future, under the big tent next September

By Chris Umscheid
Solon Economist

SOLON– The community of Solon will celebrate its 175th anniversary next year, and plans for the dosquicentennial include a community-wide gathering known as a Chautauqua.

Solon Public Library

New audio books

“The Family of Jesus” by Karen Kingsbury. Offers a collection of scripturally based short story views of six of the family members of Jesus Christ, including Mary, Joseph, Jesus’ brother James, John the Baptist, Zechariah, and Elizabeth.

Blood drive Monday, Aug. 25, at Solon United Methodist Church

SOLON– Solon will host a community blood drive from 3 until 6 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 25, at Solon United Methodist Church, inside the Family Life Center Gymnasium.
Appointments: To donate, please contact the Blood Center at 800-747-5401 or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org.

Reserve your Spartan Stadium football parking spot now

SOLON– The Solon Community School District is once again selling preferred parking spaces for Friday night and postseason football games. There are 49 spots in the lot and 12 of these spaces will be reserved for handicapped parking that will be available on a first come-first serve basis at each home football game for those cars with the appropriate handicapped plate or hanging mirror permit. Of the remaining spaces, seven will be reserved for game administration, with the other 30 made available to the community for purchase.

Solon yearbooks available

SOLON– To 2014 graduates and their parents: Yearbooks have arrived at the high school. Please stop by the high school office during the next two weeks to pick them up. If a sibling or neighbor will pick up a book in your stead, please email Jim Erickson at jerickson@solon.k12.ia.us to let him know who that might be or to ask him any questions if you have any. Due to prohibitive costs, we will not be mailing yearbooks to families who still have an address in the corridor.

LOST causes “distractions” for courthouse bond issue

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader

JOHNSON COUNTY– All the hoopla between governments in Johnson County over their propensity to share is apparently now moot.
The Johnson County Board of Supervisors has withdrawn its request for the county’s municipalities to collaboratively pay for a long-awaited courthouse expansion in exchange for an extended sunset.

CCA boundary committee fine-tunes scenarios

Public input meeting to be held Aug. 26

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

TIFFIN– The attendance and boundary study committee for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District has met four times and refined a number of elementary school attendance area boundary scenarios.
Soon it will be your turn to speak your piece and have your thoughts and concerns heard, documented and taken into consideration.

ICCSD school board holds listening post

“Why bus students to school when they could walk?”

By Paul Deaton
North Liberty Leader

NORTH LIBERTY– Members of the community suggested taking the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) diversity policy, approved in February 2013, off the table when redesigning school attendance area boundaries.
During the Wednesday, Aug. 13, listening post held, board president Chris Lynch and directors Tuyet Dorau, Patti Fields and Brian Kirschling indeed listened more than they spoke.

TiffinFest - Annual community celebration begins Friday

It only takes 8 Seconds

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader

TIFFIN– On Friday, Aug. 22, at 8 p.m., the band 8 Seconds will come to the TiffinFest stage to perform a free concert, located at and sponsored by Bella Sala, 205 S. Park Rd. in Tiffin.
It is just one of the musical treats to be enjoyed at this three-day event.

West High students kick off Dance Marathon fundraising Aug. 22

NORTH LIBERTY– Fundraising for this year’s West High School Dance Marathon (WHSDM) will kick off with an FTK (For the Kids) Pool Party on Friday, Aug. 22, at the North Liberty Recreation Center pool.
This event will welcome West High students back to school and help raise awareness for the West vs. Kennedy Gold Out game on Aug. 29. These are the first of many fundraisers that will accumulate toward the ultimate total to be revealed at the WHSDM main event in January.
The pool party will be held from 8-9:30 p.m. with a $5 donation for entrance.

Forever Green’s Fun Fair, school supply drive to be held Aug. 23

CORALVILLE– Don’t miss the Fun Fair Aug. 23 from 10 A.M. until 4 P.M. at Forever Green Garden Center 125 Forevergreen Rd. Coralville.
The goal of the Fun Fair is to raise money and awareness for ToGather Together. Each year ToGather Together works with social service agencies, faith communities, businesses, and schools in a coordinated effort to provide over 3,000 Johnson county students with basic school supplies so they can begin the school year ready to learn. Since ToGather Together is run by volunteers, every dollar earned buys a pencil, paper or backpack for a local child.