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Community

McSweeney declines

SCSD changes activities director from half- to full-time

SOLON– The Solon Community School District has decided to expand its half-time Activities Director position into a full-time role. The change will take effect at the start of the 2016-17 school year.

Macbride Raptor Project free Family Day Saturday, May 7

SOLON– Macbride Raptor Project (MRP) monthly Family Day will be held on Saturday, March 7, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Family Day is free and open to the public. The Raptor’s Nest (MRP educational center) will be open with staff and volunteers available to answer questions about the project and the raptors. Snacks and crafts will also be provided for guests.

Spartan upgrade for water tower?

Harrington seeks to raise $10K to add school emblem

SOLON– It’s all about that Spartan pride.
It would cost just shy of $10,000 to add a Spartan logo and a black stripe to the Solon water tower.
And, that’s what rural Solon resident Alan Harrington has proposed to the Solon City Council.
Their response?
Sounds great if you have the cash.
“Do they have the money to pay for it up front?” asked council member Mark Krall.
Back in March, council members approved spending an extra $9,800 to enhance the lettering on the city’s water tower when it’s painted later this year.

A different approach for law enforcement

Crisis Intervention Training comes to Johnson County

By Chris Umscheid
IOWA CITY– Law enforcement agencies in Johnson County are embracing the concept of Crisis Intervention Training (CIT), an educational program for law enforcement officers which expands their ability to deal safely and effectively with people experiencing a mental health crisis.

Red Cedar Chamber Music brings “Music and Magic Lanterns” to CSPS in Cedar Rapids and Sts. Peter & Paul

CEDAR RAPIDS– Red Cedar Chamber Music brings its 20th season to a close with its MainStage performance of “Music and Magic Lanterns” at CSPS Hall, 1103 3rd St. SE, at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 30.
An outreach performance is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday, April 29, at Sts. Peter and Paul Community Center, 1165 Taft Ave. NE, Solon.

NL Food Pantry volunteer spotlight

Paul has volunteered with the panty for a couple of years. He belongs to the North Liberty Methodist Church where helped with numerous activities.
Paul enjoys volunteering at the pantry because it gives him something to do and he enjoys all the people. Paul puts in a lot of hours at the pantry, working on a shift when the pantry is open to the public to helping with the large food pick-ups, food processing shifts, and helping the inventory manager unload all the items in the warehouse.
Paul wants the community to know the pantry is open for everyone and it is here to help everybody.

Mother nature delivers

Area group holds Kites for Kids, the second child abuse prevention event in North Liberty

NORTH LIBERTY– When was the last time you flew a kite?
Hundreds of parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts took a leap down memory lane last Saturday, April 16, at the annual Kites for Kids event, teaching their little ones a popular pastime on the North Central Junior High football field in North Liberty.
The event, sponsored by Johnson County Community Partnerships for Protecting Children (CPPC), recognized April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month and urged parents to take an afternoon to intentionally spend time with their children.

NL Library, Pantry to partner on new seed bank

NORTH LIBERTY – The North Liberty Community Library and North Liberty Community Pantry are partnering to launch a community-wide seed library which will provide seeds, resources and educational opportunities needed to grow vegetables, herbs and flowers at home.
“Community partnerships are the foundation of a thriving community,” explained Elaine Hayes, Adult Services Librarian at the North Liberty Community Library. “The library has talked about having a seed library for some time and having the chance to partner with the pantry on the initiative is perfect,” said Hayes.

One week left to apply to sell food at NL Blues & BBQ June 9

NORTH LIBERTY– Grill maestros and other food vendors have just one week left to apply to be part of Adam Schechinger State Farm Food Vendor Alley at the 10th annual North Liberty Blues & BBQ presented by South Slope Cooperative Communications, scheduled for Saturday, July 9, 2016, in North Liberty’s Centennial Park.

A different approach for law enforcement

Crisis Intervention Training comes to Johnson County

IOWA CITY– Law enforcement agencies in Johnson County are embracing the concept of Crisis Intervention Training (CIT), an educational program for law enforcement officers which expands their ability to deal safely and effectively with people experiencing a mental health crisis.

The end of an era

‘Good ol’ boy’ Rick Dvorak retires as Johnson County Planning Director

IOWA CITY– If you want to get in touch with Rick Dvorak come May, you’ll need to hit the campgrounds, shooting range or golf course– a few of the places he feels most at home, aside from his office at the Johnson County Department of Planning, Development and Sustainability.
“I’m going to miss working but I got to go,” said Dvorak. “I better get out and enjoy life a little bit.”
Dvorak, who will turn 67 in June, is retiring as planning director at the end of the month. The decision is a result of some health issues he experienced last year.