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Community

Road work: Penn Street between Jones Blvd. and Cameron Way

NORTH LIBERTY– Work has begun to widen Penn Street to five lanes between Cameron Way and Jones Boulevard. Two lanes of traffic will remain open through the work site, however the speed limit and lane width will be reduced to allow crews to begin utility work and install storm sewers.
On Monday, April 17, the sidewalk on the south side of Penn Street will be closed as grading and utility work will begin on the south side of Penn Street. The sidewalk will be removed and then repaved once the south side of Penn Street is reconstructed. This sidewalk closure is expected to last through June.

Spring Cleanup Day April 29

NORTH LIBERTY– Spring Cleanup Day on Saturday, April 29, from 7-11:30 a.m. is for residents of North Liberty only. Please be prepared to verify that you are a North Liberty resident with a water bill stub or driver’s license. North Liberty residents pay 30¢ each month on their recycling bill for this service.
Miscellaneous large items are to be brought to the Public Works Facility, 620 Calvin St.
Assistance will be provided to the elderly or handicapped. Please call City Hall (319-626-5700) by April 27 to make arrangements.

Ely Road construction to bring detours

Roundabout at Hwy. 382 intersection coming this season

SOLON– Everyone’s favorite route between Solon and Cedar Rapids will be the subject of extensive construction this year.
Two more phases of an Ely Road (W6E) overhaul are planned for this season, including the conversion of its intersection with Highway 382 into a three-way roundabout.
Following the completion of the roundabout, the Johnson County Secondary Roads Department plans to proceed with the paving of three-quarters of a mile of Ely Road from the intersection north to 140th Street NE, adjacent to the Lakeview OHV park.

SHS Art Club hosts 8th Empty Bowls Luncheon Saturday, April 8

SOLON– On Saturday, April 8, the Solon High School Art Club hosts the Eighth Annual Empty Bowls Luncheon to End Hunger in the Solon High School commons.

Optimist Club’s annual Easter Egg Hunt set for Saturday, April 15

SOLON– The Optimist Club of Solon hosts its Annual Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, April 15, at 1:30 p.m. at the east end of the Solon Recreation and Nature Area. The event is for children of all ages.

May Day Breakfast May 6

SOLON– Highlight May 6 on the calendar to remember to attend the GFWC/Iowa Solon Women’s Club May Day Breakfast at the Solon Methodist Church from 7 to 11 a.m. Egg and meat casseroles, homemade kolaches and rolls, fruit, orange juice, coffee and milk will be served.
The cost is $6 per adult and $3 for children (ages 5-12) tickets are available from GFWC/Iowa Solon Women’s Club members or at the door on May 7. Bring family and friends and receive a special deal, five adult tickets for $25 and/or five children tickets for $12.

Dan & Debbie’s Creamery to host Taste of Iowa April 8 in Ely

ELY– Come taste the delicious flavors and products that are made locally right in the wonderful state of Iowa on Saturday, April 8, from 1-4 p.m. at Dan & Debbie’s Creamery (1600 Main St.).

A renewed sense of focus

Quilters sew sensory blankets for Solon special ed classrooms

SOLON– It didn’t take long for Cameron Dziubinski to notice a difference in some of his students.
“When Cam came back to us and told us he had four kids that sat still for instruction, and he was so thrilled, it’s because they have this on their lap,” said Nancy Trow, an eighth-grade math teacher at Solon Middle School, as she held up a small weighted blanket.
Trow and four other middle school staffers spent one day during Spring Break sewing eight of the sensory blankets for special education classrooms at Lakeview Elementary and the middle school.

Hwy. 30 bypass work near Mt. Vernon

MOUNT VERNON– Road construction work to grade the roadway and construct several new bridges and culverts on the U.S. 30 Mount Vernon/Lisbon bypass between Irish Lane, just west of Mount Vernon, and Charles Avenue, just east of Lisbon, require shoulder closures, road closures, and intermittent lane closures from Monday, April 3, to late September 2018, weather permitting, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s Davenport construction office. Construction not requiring lane closures will also occur during daytime hours.

Solon High School Community Service Day Monday, April 24

SOLON– Students at Solon High School will be doing community service projects throughout the community Monday, April 24, from 12-3 p.m.
Students are looking forward to giving back to the community that has given so much to our schools. This year, the high school would like to extend an invitation to elderly residents in the community. If you have an outdoor project, we would like to help. Also, if you are a business in Solon and need a few hands, we can do that too! Students will spend the afternoon throughout the city helping businesses and residents in need.

Kites for Kids Saturday, April 8

NORTH LIBERTY– April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. Please join others in the community for a fun and free kite festival on North Central Junior High School’s football field and at Tiffin City Park on Saturday, April 8, from 12-2 p.m. Kites will be flown in honor of all the children in Johnson County who have been impacted by child abuse.
Every year, 1,500 children in the United States are lost due to the effects of child abuse. In Iowa, 8,298 children were abused in 2015. There were 120 reports of child abuse in Johnson County alone.

Al Dayhoff book signing April 6

NORTH LIBERTY– Al Dayhoff, author of two books, “God and Tattoos” and “Church in a Blues Bar,” will be featured at a book signing event at Café Muse in North Liberty. The event is Thursday, April 6, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. with a presentation of his research into tattoos from 7-7:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to meet the author and hear about his findings on why folks are adorning their bodies with art and other messages.