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Community

Trapshooting can drive March 22

SOLON– The Solon Spartan trapshooting team will hold a can drive at the Solon fire station on Saturday, March 22, from 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Proceeds will help with operating costs (targets, registration, etc.). For questions or pickup call 319-624-2825.

Teams sought for middle school PTO kickball tournament April 5

SOLON– A Kickin’ For Kids Kickball Tournament, sponsored by Solon Middle School PTO, will be held Saturday, April 5, at Lakeview playground and T-Ball Fields.
The cost is $175 per team, and all teams will have nine to 14 players. Option 1: half of the team must be SMS students and all teams must have at least two adults. Option 2: Competitive play (for older kids and businesses wanting to participate).

Iowa City district talks attendance zones, FY15 budget

Community engagement, likely tax increase from the ICCSD

By Paul Deaton
North Liberty Leader

IOWA CITY–The Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) board of directors moved quickly through a Feb. 25 public hearing on Penn Elementary and a consent agenda to hear a report on the developing community engagement process.
The ICCSD engaged St. Louis consulting firm UNICOM•ARC to educate, inform the public, and engage the community as the district’s attendance zones are restructured to accommodate district growth.

Split CCA board turns down storm shelter

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

TIFFIN– On a 4-3 vote, the board of directors for the Clear Creek Amana school district rejected a proposed storm shelter in the new elementar to be built on Tiffin’s east side.
The shelter, a heavily reinforced music room, has been discussed since early January.

Family Science Night

Sisters Ava and Grace Hatch work together as they prepare to make a soda can implode at Penn Elementary during the PTO-sponsored Family Science Night Feb. 21. The experiment was a demonstration of the reactions when heat and cold are applied to water inside a container. The hands-on display manned by students in the University of Iowa’s Science Education program was just one of the many stations children and families could visit to learn more about scientific principles from all realms of science. For more photos of the event, see page A10. (photo by Lori Lindner)

Bridge closure on Copi Road

 JOHNSON COUNTY– During a scheduled structure inspection it was determined that the Copi Road Bridge should be closed effective immediately.
The section of road affected is between Half Moon Avenue and Eagle Avenue. This structure is currently in the Johnson County Five-Year Road Construction Program and is scheduled for replacement to begin fall 2014 with an anticipated completion timeline of spring 2015.

We Run second anniversary Lucky Run to be March 29

NORTH LIBERTY– We Run, LLC, is celebrating its second anniversary with a Lucky Run. Register for the 1K, 5K or 10K run that will be held on Saturday, March 29, at 9 a.m. at the North Bend Elementary School in North Liberty. Participants will receive a finishing medal and T-shirt for their entry fee. Register at www.werunllc.com/Lucky_Run.php. Portions of the race proceeds will benefit local youth fitness and Soles4Souls. Direct questions to kris.tharp@werunllc.com or call 319-626-2426.

Public invited to Tiffin city hall open house March 18

TIFFIN– The City of Tiffin will hold an open house for the new city hall located at 300 Railroad St. from 3 until 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 18. Everyone is invited to tour the facility and speak with city staff, council members and Mayor Steve Berner during the open house event. City officials are excited to have this newly constructed building that has adequate staff work space, a community event room available for rent to the public, and provides a professional atmosphere for the city to conduct its business.

Solon salon to host March 30 book signing for NL author

SOLON– Solon resident Sue Randall will be hosting an open house at the Hair Styling Chalet, 401 W. Main St., Solon on Sunday, March 30, from 2 until 5 p.m. People can drop in and meet North Liberty author S.C. Sherman and learn more about his books.

From microscopes to magnets, science night is a megahit at Penn Elementary

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader

NORTH LIBERTY– It wasn’t just about making ice cream. It wasn’t just the chance to watch things implode, play with worms or make objects dance in midair seemingly by themselves.
It’s that Penn students love science.
Penn Elementary School in North Liberty held its first-ever family science night on Friday, Feb. 21, and attendance exceeded expectations such that families were standing in lines– long lines– awaiting presentation times or for the chance to get up close and handle the items on the tables.

Macbride forest plan meeting March 7 at library

SOLON– Interested neighbors and users of Lake Macbride State Park get another chance to look over the park’s comprehensive Forest Stewardship Plan Friday, March 7, in a 6 p.m. public meeting at Solon Public Library.
The meeting is open to the public.
The plan, unveiled last fall, assesses current conditions, threats and concerns for woodland health and recommends specific management practices for the park, west of Solon, to help achieve the goals set forth for conservation and recreation uses.

Legion Friday fish fries begin March 7

SOLON– The Solon American Legion will be holding its Friday night fish fries March 7 through April 18, serving from 5 until 7:30 p.m. at the Legion hall. Dinner includes fish (Alaskan Pollock), coleslaw, potato, bread, dessert and beverage. Bonus: Shrimp will be served March 7 and 21, and on April 18. The cost is $9 for adults, $4 for children (6 through 12), 5 and under free. Carry-outs are available. Questions? Call Jami Hromi or Cliff Bohling at the Legion, 319-624-2277.