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Community

A third successful Beat the Bitter

Third annual winter festival attracts thousands

NORTH LIBERTY– While the ground may have been absent of snow to start the Friday festivities, that didn’t stop thousands of locals from gathering for what is becoming a North Liberty tradition. A core part of the Beat the Bitter week, Fire & Ice Friday, took place Feb. 2 at Penn Meadows Park, offering locals a variety of free activities to celebrate Iowa’s frigid season.

Swisher Legion Lenten suppers

SWISHER– The Swisher American Legion will serve Lenten suppers every Friday between Feb. 16 and March 23, from 5-8 p.m.
The Legion will serve all-you-can-eat fish ($11), shrimp ($14) and chicken strips ($7). Add-on shrimp for $6; meals for children 6-12 years of age are $5; kids 5 and under are free. Meals are served with one trip through the salad bar. Carry-out is available.
The Swisher American Legion Junior Auxiliary will host a bake sale in conjunction with the Lenten suppers. The public is welcome, call 319-857-4687 for more information.

Johnson County Comprehensive Plan

JOHNSON COUNTY– The Johnson County Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12, to discuss the final draft of the Johnson County Comprehensive Plan 2018 and receive public comment. The hearing will take place in the second-floor boardroom of the Johnson County Administration Building located at 913 S. Dubuque Street in Iowa City. Interested participants are welcome to attend.

New look for Clippers’ homeport

CCA’s stadium to receive new turf and additional seats

TIFFIN– When Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School football players score a home field touchdown this season, they’ll do it surrounded by “Clipper Blue” thanks to a full field makeover project.

North Liberty board vacancies

Board of Adjustment

The Board of Adjustment hears and decides appeals for building permit approval when a permit has been denied because of non-compliance with certain requirements of the zoning code. This board meets only when an appeal has been filed.
Appointment is to complete a term ending June 30, 2021. Full appointments are for a five-year term.

Communications
Advisory Commission

New design for Johncy’s

NORTH LIBERTY– Renovations are underway at the North Liberty neighborhood Johncy’s Liquor Store. Johncy Menezes and his wife Michelle Menezes purchased the store and decided to give it a new look. The store will stay open during normal hours. Most of the work will be completed during off hours.
Johncy’s will expand on the hard-to-find liquors and on micro brews and wines. They are in the process of upgrading the beer coolers, removing all the coolers and adding a huge walk-in cooler, just for microbrews and Iowa beers, and add a separate beer cave for all other craft beers.

Bill Riley Talent Search comes to Tiffin

Qualifying show on Saturday, March 3

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Fine Arts and Music Enhancers (FAME) will be hosting a Bill Riley State Fair Talent Search qualifying show on Saturday, March 3, at the CCA High School Performing Arts Center. There will be 15 available slots in each of the two divisions. Performers will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until all spots have been filled.

Solon Drama to present “Little Women”

March 2-4

SOLON– The Solon High School Drama Department presents “Little Women” on March 2-4. Tickets for shows go on sale on Saturday, Feb. 10, at 10 a.m. online through MidwestTix. Visit MidwestTix at https://midwestix.securemytix.com/events/26063.
In-person ticket sales begin on Feb. 17 in the high school auditorium lobby from 10-11:30 a.m.
Tickets are the same price through both venues, $11.50, $14.50 or $17.50, service fees are included in these prices.

Retirement Village to add palliative care

Groundbreaking expected in March for new wing

SOLON– Solon Retirement Village has been approved to add a palliative care unit onto its evolving campus, expecting to break ground in March. 
Melissa Reed, who has served as Administrator for nine years at the Solon Retirement Village unit of Solon Nursing Care, said for now, it is being referred to as the Solon Retirement Village Palliative Care Unit, “But we hope to have a more formal name as we get into the process.”
The project was approved in October by the State Certificate of Need board.
Palliative units are similar though distinct from hospice houses, Reed explained.

Priming the pump

Splash pad committee seeking county, state funds

SOLON– Solon’s splash pad committee is still not close to its goal of raising approximately $400,000.
But it’s much closer than it was two years ago.
Melissa Tiedemann, chair of the splash pad committee, told council members at a Dec. 20 meeting about $80,000 has been collected for the project.
The committee had $5,000 in March of 2016.
Tiedemann joined the committee after receiving an initial mailer from Solon Activities Director Mike Reeve and has spent the last year as chair of the committee.

Alzheimer’s awareness program at St. Mary

SOLON– Solon High School students will present an Alzheimer’s awareness presentation at 11:30 a.m., after Mass on Sunday, March 18, at St. Mary Catholic Church. The event is hosted by Colin Horning and Carl Richey, along with his mother Angela Steinbrech, grandmother Narg Steinbrech, and grandfather Ed Steinbrech, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s five years ago. The presentation itself will provide a basic rundown of the different forms and stages of dementia, how to care for loved ones or friends, and how it affects not only the patient but those around them.

Eastern Iowa Orchid Society receives Silver Certificate

NORTH LIBERTY– The Eastern Iowa Orchid Society received a prestigious Silver Certificate at the Winter Carnival Orchid Show held in St. Paul, Minn., on Jan. 27. In addition, the organization was awarded the Show Trophy for the best exhibit in the entire show.
The American Orchid Society judges scored the display for a national award and, with 85 points, was issued a Silver Certificate. This was a first for the local society.