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Community

Spotlight Spaghetti Dinner and Musical Showcase March 9

SOLON– Mark your calendars for Monday, March 9, for the annual Solon Spotlight Spaghetti Dinner and Musical Showcase. The dinner will be held in the Solon High School commons. The menu includes: spaghetti, salad, bread, drink and dessert. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under and student performers. Serving times are from 4:45 until 7 p.m. Diners will enjoy performances by the middle school and high school jazz bands and the high school jazz choirs.

County seeks towns’ support for Community ID program

NORTH LIBERTY– Will North Liberty be among the Johnson County cities that support a proposed Community ID program?
At the city council’s Feb. 10 meeting, Johnson County Auditor Travis Weipert presented information and fielded questions about the program the county hopes to launch by June of this year.
Weipert also came seeking North Liberty’s financial support for the program’s start-up costs.
“That ship has sailed for us,” North Liberty councilor Chris Hoffman said. “We had a funding request last meeting that we had to turn down because the fund we pull from is depleted.”

Paying for progress

Tiffin approves five year CIP

TIFFIN– Make way for progress.
In January, the City of Tiffin adopted its most recent Capital Improvements Plan for fiscal years 2015 through 2020, and the to-do list is born of necessity, said Mayor Steve Berner.
“It includes needed projects. I don’t see much for wants until you reach years four or five, and those are there more as placeholders than as specific projects,” Berner said.

CCA and the school finance formula blues

Lingering uncertainty at state level leaves district guessing at budget

OXFORD — While legislators on both sides of the political aisle debate school aid funding, Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District Superintendent Tim Kuehl is sure of one thing: it won’t be enough.
Kuehl has been outspoken this year regarding Governor Terry Branstad’s proposal of a 1.25 percent increase in state supplemental aid to schools, often called “allowable growth.”

City will appeal $80K award

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty City Council voted unanimously to appeal the amount of compensation awarded to a property owner in a disputed condemnation case.
The council discussed the case in closed session at its regular meeting, rescheduled to Monday, Feb. 23, before reconvening in open session to hold the vote. No comments were made in open session.

Reserve your space at North Liberty farmer’s market

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty farmers’ market vendor applications are now available for Penn Landing Market’s 2015 season. After last year’s pilot program, the market will be expanded and held every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. starting in May. The market will run through October.
Seasonal passes are just $230, with single-day passes available for $12 if space is available. Applications are available at pennlandingmarket.org/sell, by e-mailing pennlandingmarket@gmail.com or by calling 847-707-9999.

Birds-eye view

Coralville Lake Eagle Watch and Expo: attendance and eagles rebound

JOHNSON COUNTY– The weather was more cooperative this year for the third annual Coralville Lake Eagle Watch and Expo, held Feb. 7, at the Coralville Lake and North Central Junior High in North Liberty.
Last year, an early morning snowstorm and icy conditions kept attendance down, but this time, the sun was shining and the temperatures mild, bringing the best attendance the event has seen, including the birds.

No more treats from home?

New rules on snacks and celebrations are among proposed changes

SOLON– Polish up those apples. Classrooms across the district could soon see some major changes when it comes to food in the classroom.
The Solon Community School District (SCSD) board had its first reading of the new wellness policy that will give parents and teachers clearer guidelines for food in the classroom and physical activity requirements.
The board approved the policy 4-1, with Director Tim Brown voting against it. The policy will be read again at the next meeting in March and, if approved again, would go into effect for the 2015-16 school year.

Solon Legion fish fry starting Feb.20

SOLON– The Solon American Legion will host its Fish Fry on Friday nights from 5-7:30 p.m. beginning Feb. 20 and running through April 3. Dinner will include fish, coleslaw, cheesy party potatoes, bread, dessert and beverage. All-you-can-eat meals will be $10 for adults, $4 for children (ages 6-12) and 5 and under are free. Shrimp will be served Feb. 20, March 13 and April 3. Carry-outs are available. For more information, contact Jami Hromi or Cliff Bohling at the Solon American Legion, 319-624-2277.

Learn to mentor those on parole or probation Feb. 23 at St. Mary

SOLON– Representatives of the Sixth Judicial District will be hosting a training session on Monday, Feb. 23, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. for those interested in mentoring individuals who are on parole or probation. The training will be held at St. Mary Catholic Church in Solon. For more information, contact Diane Wurzer at 319-624-2719.

175th anniversary committee seeks contacts for Solon alumni

SOLON– Solon’s 175th Anniversary committee is searching for alumni class lists in order to invite alumni to the celebration Sept. 18 through 20.
Kick-off of the three-day event will be an all-alumni banquet at Celebration Farm Friday, Sept. 18, followed by Saturday morning tours, music and skits in the big Chautauqua tent located at Solon’s Recreation and Nature Area. Ecumenical services and music will be held in the big tent Sunday.

A chance to be heard

Kaufmann stands strong on property rights

SOLON– It’s a waiting game for the Iowa legislature as new bills are brought into committee, refined and passed from one congressional body to the other and back again before final votes are tallied.
Iowa House Representative Bobby Kaufmann (R-Wilton) took the time to update the public on some of those bills currently in progress during a Jan. 31 listening post at the Solon Public Library.