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Community

Ely Gateway Rotary soup supper fundraiser Saturday, Feb. 27

ELY– Gateway Rotary is hosting a soup supper fundraiser Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Ely American Legion Hall from 4-7 p.m. Enjoy chili and chicken noodle soup, a bake sale, 50/50 bingo and music by Shima Country Sounds, a Cedar Rapids-area favorite. Tickets are $6 in advance for adults; $7 at the door. Kids 5 and under eat free.

Spotlight Spaghetti Dinner March 7

SOLON– Mark the calendar for Monday, March 7, 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 4:45-7 p.m. Diners will enjoy the middle school jazz band and solos/ensembles from middle school and high school students.

Solon Survivor Saturday, March 5

SOLON– The Solon Survivor Extreme 5K will take place on Saturday, March 5, at 9 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church in Solon. This is a warrior dash-style race that is almost completely off-road, and is a fundraiser for the Solon Krush Youth Sports 9U baseball team, with a portion of the proceeds to be donated to the local food pantry.

Solon restaurants supporting Post Prom

SOLON– Plan to dine at the following local restaurants on the noted day as each restaurant will be donating a portion of their sales during the designated time to the 2016 Post Prom Fundraiser.
On Wednesday, March 2: Subway (7 a.m.-2 p.m.); Monday, March 21: Frida Kahlo (evening); Wednesday, April 13: Eastwood’s (evening); and on Wednesday, April 27: El Sol (evening).
The Post Prom Committee thanks you, in advance, for your support.

Hwy. 1 signal should be complete in Sept.

City holds hearing on plans; will award bids March 3

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist
SOLON– More and more traffic flows through Solon every day, and more people are moving to the community.
None too soon for the city’s first honest-to-goodness traffic signal, which will be halting the north- and southbound lanes of Highway 1 at Main Street before the end of the year.
The proposed plans and bidding documents for the project were the subject of a public hearing at the Feb. 17 meeting of the Solon City Council.
The city will accept sealed bids through Thursday, Feb. 25, with the council scheduled to make a decision at a March 2 meeting.

Connie Mutel to speak at Prairie Preview XXXIII March 10

IOWA CITY– Bur Oak Land Trust’s 33rd annual Prairie Preview will be held Thursday, March 10, at the Celebration Farm, 4696 Robin Woods Ln. NE, Iowa City, just off Highway 1 four miles north of Interstate 80. Author Connie Mutel will talk about writing her new book, “A Sugar Creek Chronicle: Observing Climate Change from a Midwestern Woodland,” and how doing so has reshaped her life, just as climate change is reshaping our planet. “A Sugar Creek Chronicle” interweaves the science of climate change with stories about Connie’s life and the oak woodland where she lives with her family.

2016 Solon Beef Days Celebration seeks T-shirt artwork

SOLON– The Solon Beef Days Committee is soliciting T-shirt designs to mark the 2016 Solon Beef Days Celebration to be held on July 15-16.

Swisher Legion Lenten Suppers every Friday through March 18

SWISHER– The Swisher American Legion will be serving Lenten suppers every Friday through March 18 from 5-8 p.m.
The Legion will be serving 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 salad bar. Carry-out is also available.
The Swisher American Legion Junior Auxiliary will also host a bake sale in conjunction with the Lenten Suppers. The public is welcome.

Shueyville United Methodist Men’s Pancake Supper April 1

SHUEYVILLE– Shueyville United Methodist Men’s Pancake Supper will be held Friday, April 1, from 5-7 p.m. at the church.
The pubic is invited to attend and enjoy good food and fellowship with friends. The all-you-can eat supper includes pancakes, eggs, ham, sausage, hash browns and beverage. This supper is used to support mission activities both at home and around the world.
The church is located at 1195 Steeple Ln. NE in Shueyville. The cost for the supper is adults $6, ages 3-12 $3, and those under 3 are free.

March activities for Old Gold Diner

The Old Gold Diner wishes to thank Mark Pattison for providing the February meal. It was interesting to learn about Buck Creek Hops.
• Bingo is held every Tuesday and Thursday; 11 a.m. is penny bingo and following lunch, play is for prizes, with a black-out scoring a free Old Gold Diner meal as the prize.
• Cards every Friday. Warm up before lunch, 11 a.m., and play as long as desired in the afternoon. Euchre and bridge are the games of choice right now. Suggestions for other games are welcome. There is time to play cards on Wednesdays, excluding the first Wednesday of the month.

A moving experience, at long last

CCA students, staff settle into middle school’s new addition

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN— Brad Fox was a very busy man Wednesday morning, Feb. 10. The principal of the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Middle School was hustling about the new wing, moving equipment left by workmen, cleaning up construction debris and making final arrangements ahead of his seventh and eighth-grade students preparing to move in. With the start of the first period, the eighth graders marched into the new facility, arms full of whatever had filled their lockers since September.

Tiffin council reconsiders tiered wage, proposes lower age limit

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– Still searching for equanimity, members of the Tiffin City Council are now hoping to find a number everyone can live with in the debate over a municipal minimum wage ordinance.
But the number they seek is an age, not a per-hour compensation.