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Community

Tiffin city wide yard sale weekend of May 7

TIFFIN– Tiffin’s City Wide Yard Sale will be held the weekend of May 7. In order to have your sale items registered with the City, submit sale registrations by April 15 to have the location and items on the City Map. Maps of yard sale locations will be available at City Hall, Casey’s and The Depot on April 29.

Council says yes to outdoor service

City to develop policy for eateries wanting to expand onto Main Street

SOLON– Evening parking is already a problem on Main Street.
Losing a couple of spots on a seasonal basis probably won’t make a difference, argued Solon City Council member Steve Duncan.
With that in mind, council members directed City Administrator Cami Rasmussen and City Attorney Jim Martinek, at an April 6 council meeting, to develop a set of guidelines which would allow Main Street restaurants to temporarily lease on-street parking spaces for use as outdoor dining areas.

A passion for wrestling

Hayden Taylor is making a name for himself on the mats

SOLON– Hayden Taylor lives for wrestling.
For six years, it’s been his passion and he’s got five state titles and numerous other awards to show for it.
Hayden, a sixth-grader in Solon, was introduced to the world of wrestling at the age of 6 when his dad, Jason Taylor, asked if he was interested in wrestling and said he could hang out at Spartan (varsity) practice as long as he didn’t get in trouble grade-wise with his school work.

Finding the formula for fun

Middle School students, staff create Solon’s largest human square root sign

SOLON– The entire Solon Middle School student body and staff lined up on the old high school football field on Monday, April 4, to celebrate Square Root Day, a play on the month and date to get the year (4x4=16).
Nearly 500 total people, including about 460 students in fifth-eighth grades, followed the instructions given by eighth grade math teacher Nancy Trow via megaphone. Trow was the innovator of the idea.
A photo was taken for the yearbook.

Ely News by Lenna See

Roberta Rowell, of Mechanicsville, formerly of Solon, was surprised on Saturday, March 12, when her sister and niece, Georgia Dick, of Baltimore, N.Y., and Jennifer Ayers, of Cicero, N.Y., arrived to visit for a few days. They were joined by Marcus Ferreter, of Cedar Rapids, and enjoyed dinner at Ryan’s restaurant in Cedar Rapids on Monday. They went to the Reformatory and the Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa and enjoyed dining at the General Store, in Stone City, where they were joined by Roberta’s daughter and granddaughter Tina Angell and Crystal Wherry, of Anamosa.

Local scouts, parents clean up Muddy Creek

Scouts get their feet wet for water quality

NORTH LIBERTY– It doesn’t take much to convince a bunch of Boy Scouts that splashing around near a creek can be fun. It’s the adults you have to worry about.
“For the kids, everything’s fun,” said Ray Bennett, Cubmaster for Cub Scout Pack 275. “It’s the adults that see this as work.”

Park it somewhere else

New ordinance aims to improve safety, aesthetics in residential zones

TIFFIN– Local businesses may be required to relocate vehicles and equipment if the Tiffin City Council passes an amendment to its zoning ordinance.
Council members unanimously passed the second reading of the amendment last Tuesday, April 5. The amendment, which has both a home occupation and parking component, will most likely affect construction, hauling and excavation companies that use their pri­vate addresses for parking large trucks and storing supplies.

If you receive, you shall give

NL Community Fund looks to community for grant support

NORTH LIBERTY– Growing community, growing needs, growing support.
That slogan– at least most of it– couldn’t be more representative of North Liberty, which isn’t the small bedroom community its early residents remember. A special census put the city’s current population at 18,228– a 36 percent increase since the U.S. Census Bureau’s last official count of 13,374 in 2010.

NL Community Pantry names new executive director

From food bank to food bank

NORTH LIBERTY–After a five-year stint at the Crisis Center of Johnson County, Kaila Rome will join the North Liberty Community Pantry staff as the new executive director.
“We’re excited to have Kaila join [the pantry] to continue its work and build on its successful history,” said Sean Pearl, chair of the board of directors. “She’s a great fit for our innovative pantry.”

CCA’s Reagan Boeset receives 2016 STEM Teacher Award

One of the best in the state

TIFFIN— In March of 2014, Joe Greathouse, an assistant professor in the construction management program at Kirkwood Community College, introduced the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school board to the idea of an innovative educational experience for high school students in the Architectural, Construction and Engineering (ACE) Academy. He proposed students, under the tutelage of seasoned professionals, design and build a facility dedicated to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) on the CCA campus.

Tiffin approves $9 minimum wage

Council opts out of Johnson County increases with flat rate

North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– Starting May 1, Johnson County residents who work minimum wage jobs in Tiffin could be earning 15¢ less than those who hold jobs in Iowa City and Coralville.
After months of discussion and several proposals including an age-tiered wage scale, the Tiffin City Council, at last, passed an ordinance rejecting the countywide minimum wage increase of $9.15 per hour. Instead, the city opted for its own municipal $9 minimum wage.

Sign up now for Avenue of the Flags 2016

Flying colors

NORTH LIBERTY– Since 2011, the Optimist Club of North Liberty has been helping North Liberty residents display their patriotism.
The organization’s Avenue of Flags program is now in its sixth year, and the Optimists encourage everyone to sign up to celebrate their American spirit.