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Community

Tiffin Volunteer Fire Department annual pancake breakfast Saturday, April 9

TIFFIN– The Tiffin Volunteer Fire Department and First Responders invites the public to attend its annual pancake breakfast Sunday, April 9, from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the fire station, 221 Main St.
Chief Brian Detert said the department expects to serve around 1,200 people. The menu includes pancakes, eggs, whole hog sausage and cinnamon rolls. There will also be jam from Clear Creek Orchard for sale. There is no admission fee, but a free will donation is accepted.

Parking Pending, 121 on Main site plan approved

Developer proposes wait and see approach on additional lot

SOLON– They’re going to work on the parking details.
The Solon City Council approved a site plan for 121 on Main, a proposed Main Street development, but made the action conditional on an agreement for off-street parking.
Possible solutions were presented at a March 1 council meeting, but none came near to meeting the minimum 52 parking spaces the city’s ordinances would require.

Solon Spotlight Spaghetti Dinner and Musical Showcase March 23

SOLON– Mark the calendar on Thursday, March 23, 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 and sauce, salad, bread, drink and dessert. Tickets are $8 for adults; $5 for children age 10 and younger, as well as student performers. Serving times are from 4:45 until 7 p.m.

Old Gold Diner to welcome fourth graders from Lakeview March 22

SOLON– Old Gold Dining is hosting a fourth grade class on Wednesday, March 22.
There are usually 22 students that come, and organizers would like to have at least one senior citizen for each student. Non-seniors are also welcome with a reservation and a payment of $3.75 (same as seniors) for the meal. Please try to attend this fun occasion and visit with these young Solon school students. Call 624-2251 before noon the day before to make your reservations. Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m., so plan to arrive by 11:15 a.m. The class that is scheduled to come this month is section 4C (Johnson).

Solon High School Community Service Day Monday, April 24

SOLON– Students at Solon High School will be doing community service projects throughout the community Monday, April 24, from 12-3 p.m.
Students are looking forward to giving back to the community that has given so much to our schools. This year, the high school would like to extend an invitation to elderly residents in the community. If you have an outdoor project, we would like to help. Also, if you are a business in Solon and need a few hands, we can do that too! Students will spend the afternoon throughout the city helping businesses and residents in need.

Solon Education Foundation seeking to increase profile

SOLON– One of the community’s lesser known organizations is hoping to raise its profile by sharing its success stories using Facebook, Twitter and a new website. The Solon Education Foundation (SEF) provides a variety of services and grants to teachers and groups that support activities of the Solon Community School District (SCSD). Since its establishment in 2003, the 501(3)(c) and its board of directors has actively managed a substantial bequest, assisted a variety of local nonprofit groups administer their financial assets and distributed almost $60,000 in grant funds to SCSD teachers.

Theft, forgery charges related to Liberty View Mall construction

NORTH LIBERTY– The construction of Liberty View Mall, located along Penn Street at 595 Country Ln., continues, but one contractor hasn’t been paid for his concrete work.
According to complaints filed by police, Tony A. Pederson, 50, of Coralville, wrote two separate checks in December 2016 to Mike Accola of Iowa Concrete, both of which were returned for insufficient funds.

North Liberty man accused of sexually abusing young girl

NORTH LIBERTY– A North Liberty man has been arrested for the alleged sexual abuse of a 12-year-old girl.
According to complaints filed by police, 38-year-old Jaime E. Restrepo- Vasquez, who lives in the 700 block of Prairie Ridge Road, committed sexual acts against the girl two times in February. On both occasions, Restrepo- Vasquez purportedly touched the girl inappropriately underneath her clothing.

North Liberty man wins $15,000 lottery prize

Fred Harris Jr. claims top prize in ‘Quick $50’ scratch game

CLIVE– A North Liberty man has claimed a $15,000 lottery prize.
Fred Harris Jr. claimed the fourth of eight top prizes of $15,000 available in the lottery’s “Quick $50” scratch game.
Harris bought his winning ticket at Yesway, 502 Second St. W. in Ottumwa, and claimed his prize Monday at the lottery’s regional office in Cedar Rapids.
Quick $50 is a $2 scratch game. More details about how to play this game, and the number of prizes still up for grabs in it can be found on the Iowa Lottery’s website, www.ialottery.com.

CCA board looks at changes to new elementary

Many points to ponderahead of September vote

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– Once again the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) School Board of Directors finds itselfs pondering “brick and mortar” as a September bond referendum looms ever larger on the horizon.
Voters in the district will be asked to approve a $35 million bond issue for several construction projects including a new elementary school to help with overcrowding, which is forecast to hit both Tiffin Elementary and North Bend Elementary. All indications point to the new school being built on the east side of Tiffin adjacent to Tiffin Elementary.

NL student named State Bee semifinalis

NORTH LIBERTY– Christian Montover, a seventh grader at North Central Junior High, has been notified by the National Geographic Society that he is one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2017 Iowa National Geographic State Bee. The contest will be held at the University of Northern Iowa, Maucker Union on Friday, March 31.
Montover is the son of Sarah and Doug Goettsch, and Nathan and Kim Montover.

Mission trip fundraiser at Pizza Ranch March 20

NORTH LIBERTY– Members of Grace Community Church will be waiting tables Monday, March 20, from 5-8 p.m. at Pizza Ranch, 395 Beaver Kreek Ctr., to raise funds for a mission trip to Guatemala. A percentage of sales will go to the team, as well as all tips received from patrons.