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Community

Learn about current and future NL projects at 2017 open house

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty’s continued growth means the city has a number of projects planned for 2017 and more areas needing attention. The public is invited to an open house to learn more about plans and priorities, meet engineers and staff, and ask questions about planned and future projects.
The open house will be held on Wednesday, March 29, from 4:30 to 6 p.m., in the North Liberty Community Library’s meeting rooms. There will be no formal presentation. Rather, the public is invited to come any time during the open house that is convenient.
Projects beginning in 2017 include:

Iowa DOT to host Forevergreen Road public information meeting April 13

NORTH LIBERTY– The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) will hold a public information meeting Thursday, April 13, to discuss the West Forevergreen Road proposed improvements and right-of-way needs near Covered Bridge Boulevard to South Jones Boulevard in North Liberty. Additionally, Iowa DOT and city of North Liberty staff will be available to discuss the proposed improvements from east of Kansas Avenue to near Covered Bridge Boulevard, which was already displayed at a public information meeting on Nov. 1, 2016.

Certification debacle for area fire departments

Scandal at the Fire Service Training Bureau causes firefighters to scramble

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
AMES– Last June, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) announced the results of an investigation of the Fire Service Training Bureau (FSTB) in the State Fire Marshal Division of the Iowa Department of Public Safety (DPS).
The investigation involved the scoring and the certification processes for individuals who took training classes through the FSTB, such as Firefighter 1, Firefighter 2, Fire Instructor and others.

Shueyville UM Men’s Pancake Supper Friday, March 31

SHUEYVILLE– The Shueyville United Methodist Men’s Pancake Supper is Friday, March 31, from 5-7 p.m.
Come enjoy good food and fellowship with friends.
The pancake supper is an all-you-can eat supper which includes pancakes, eggs, ham, sausage, hash browns and beverage. The supper is used to support mission activities, both at home and around the world.
The church mailing address is 1195 Steeple Ln. NE, in Swisher, but is located in Shueyville, just 3/4 mile east of Interstate 380 on Exit 10.
Cost for adults is $6, ages 3-12 is $3, and those under 3 are free.

County comp plan meeting draws crowd

Area residents provide input for Johnson County’s future

Solon Economist
SOLON– A steady flow of people walked around the Solon High School media center Feb. 22, adding their comments to what will eventually become a blueprint for Johnson County’s future.
They were taking part in one of five public input sessions for the county’s first comprehensive plan– “JoCo 2.0—Sustaining Success Through 2028.”

Shueyville United Methodist Pancake Supper March 31

SHUEYVILLE– The Shueyville United Methodist Men’s Pancake Supper is Friday, March 31, from 5-7 p.m.
Come enjoy good food and fellowship with friends.
The pancake supper is an all-you-can eat supper which includes pancakes, eggs, ham, sausage, hash browns and beverage. The supper is used to support mission activities, both at home and around the world.
The church mailing address is 1195 Steeple Ln. NE, in Swisher, but is located in Shueyville, just 3/4 mile east of Interstate 380 on Exit 10.
Cost for adults is $6, ages 3-12 is $3, and those under 3 are free.

Solon Spotlight can drive March 25

SOLON– Solon Spotlight will collect cans and bottles on Saturday, March 25, from 9 a.m. to noon. Solon students and parents will collect throughout the community. Can donations can be also dropped off at the Solon High School band room that same morning. Donations will be used to support arts, drama, music and speech programs at the elementary, middle school and high school levels.

Spotlight Spaghetti Supper March 23

SOLON– Bring the family and enjoy a spaghetti dinner, provided by Zio Johno’s, with musical entertainment by Solon students. The dinner will be served in the Solon High School commons from 4:30-7 p.m., just prior to the All-School concert. Proceeds from the event will go to the Solon Spotlight organization. Solon Spotlight purchases musical instruments, pays for competition fees, supports arts activities and all of the district’s fine arts programs.

Artwork sought for 2017 Solon Beef Days

SOLON– The Solon Beef Days Committee is soliciting T-shirt designs to mark the 2017 Solon Beef Days celebration to be held on July 21-22.
Original artwork is being accepted for the T-shirt design. Each artist may submit more than one design.

“Just try it”

encourages Solon schools’ Nutrition Director Becky West

SOLON– It’s 11 a.m. on a Thursday morning at Solon High School.
A lunch server is out sick, so district Nutrition Director Becky West will throw on an apron and join the crew on the serving line, feeding hungry students.
It’s all in a day’s work.
West is a new face in the Solon schools, starting last summer after seven years working as nutrition director in the Highland Community School District.

Solon senior advocates newsletter

2017 proposed Advocate trips

All trips originate at Solon Recreation and Nature Area.
• Thursday, March 16: West Branch Hoover Museum, Route 66 Tour. $10.
• Wednesday, April 19: Rock Island, Circa 21; “Music Man.” TBA. Sign up now – reservations are needed soon.
• Thursday, May 18: Kalona; Salina Bontrager, bakery, Stringtown, Country Store, Perry Bender greenhouse. $50.
• Thursday, June 22: Prairie City, Neil Smith Wildlife Refuge. $20.
• Thursday, July 20: Waterloo, John Deere Museum. $25.

Solon News by Lenna See

Allen Shima, son of Kevin and Sherri Shima, was honored on his ninth birthday on Tuesday evening, Jan. 17, with dinner at the Huhot Mongolian Grill in Coralville. Those attending were his grandparents, Leo and Elaine Shima, of Solon; Jerry and Lou Adair, of Oxford; and Nathan, Missy, Logan and Leigha Pacha, of Oxford.

Kevin and Sherri Shima entertained with a party in honor of their son, Allen, for his ninth birthday on Saturday afternoon, Jan. 21, at the United Methodist Church Family Life Center. About 25 classmates, friends and relatives attended.