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Community

Solon Senior Advocates cancel trip to LeClaire; Bluff Lake on deck

SOLON– The Solon Senior Advocates have cancelled the April 21 trip to LeClaire and Davenport due to the lack of participation, scheduling instead a Friday, April 22, trip to Bluff Lake Catfish Farm for shrimp and prime rib. Participants will leave from the Solon Recreation and Nature Area at 2 p.m. Trip cost is $6. Call 624-2710 for reservations.

SHS Art Club’s Empty Bowls Luncheon to End Hunger April 9

SOLON– On Saturday, April 9, the Solon High School Art Club will host the Seventh Annual “Empty Bowls Luncheon to End Hunger” in the Solon High School Commons from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Guests will be served a modest lunch of soup and bread in a ceramic bowl handmade by a local student, educator or community member for a suggested minimum donation of $10. Guests are encouraged to keep the bowl with the club’s compliments and gratitude.
All proceeds will be donated to the Johnson County Crisis Center Food Bank and Solon Food Pantry.

SHS students place at Future Business Leaders Conference

CORALVILLE– Four students from Solon High School attended the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) State Leadership Conference in Coralville on March 31-April 2. There were over 900 students from across the state in attendance.
FBLA is the largest business career student organization in the world, with nearly a quarter-million students in 6,000 chartered high school and college chapters. Its mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs.

Lakeview Care for Kids summer program registration begins April 11

SOLON– The Lakeview Care for Kids summer program begins on June 6 and ends on Aug. 5. Before and After School Program (BASP) is then closed until the first day of the new school year. There are field trips three times per week, including swimming trips to local pools. The program offers breakfast, hot lunch and two snacks per day. Each summer the program participates in the Beef Days Parade, a favorite activity of the kids during the summer. Registration for the program is April 11-15.

Senior Advocates seek nominations for Solon Senior of the Year 2016

SOLON– May is designated as Older Americans Month and the Solon Senior Advocates are seeking nominations for Solon Senior of the Year. Please send in your written nomination of the person you feel best fits the criteria of this award, someone who has given of themselves in service to the community through volunteerism, enhancing the well-being of others or someone always ready to assist or provide help when needed. Nominees should live in Solon or the immediate area and be over 60 years of age.

Getting to know Scott Kibby

West High AD selected as Liberty High’s new principal

IOWA CITY– The Liberty Lightning will be led by Scott Kibby, Iowa City West High’s current Athletic Director, when the new Liberty High opens in 2017.
The Iowa City Community School District Board of Directors approved Kibby as Liberty’s principal at a March 22 school board meeting.
Kibby, who will begin with a salary of $147,500, rose to the top of a candidate pool of over 30, said Jim Pedersen, the district’s interim chief human resources officer.

Are we there yet?

NL residents anxious for Forevergreen improvements, interchange

NORTH LIBERTY– Construction on West Forevergreen Road and the new Interstate 380 interchange could be underway by late 2017, but for some North Liberty residents that’s just not soon enough.
“It couldn’t happen quicker for me,” said Duane Miller, who lives in the new Fox Valley development. He said it’d be “very convenient” to be able to hop on the interstate within just a few minutes from his house.

Tiffin Volunteer Fire Department pancake breakfast April 10

TIFFIN– The Tiffin Volunteer Fire Department and First Responders will be holding a pancake breakfast on Sunday April 10. The department expects to serve approximately 1,200 people. The breakfast tradition continues at the Tiffin Fire Station in Tiffin from 6 a.m. to noon.

Better, but not great

CCA Superintendent discusses likely budget scenario

TIFFIN— Iowa’s legislative body, consisting of the Democrat-controlled Senate and the Republican-led House of Representatives, reached a compromise in the amount of State Supplemental Aid for the state’s school districts for the 2016-2017 fiscal year. While Governor Terry Branstad wanted a 2.45 percent increase over last year’s amount, the House called for two percent and the Senate wanted four percent

Loyalty at long last

Council dog-ears dog park

By Shianne Fisher
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty City Council buried thousands in bones for a dog park in its FY17 budget, but it may take proponents of the pet-friendly recreation area a while to dig up.
At its Jan. 28 budget meeting, the council agreed to reserve $10,000 per year from a surplus in the city’s hotel/motel tax. The item will be revisited each fiscal year and allocated to other areas if necessary.

CCA to hold district-wide Color Fun Run to benefit student programming opportunities April 9

TIFFIN– A district-wide Color Fun Run benefitting the Parent Teacher Groups at all four elementary schools in the Clear Creek Amana School District will be Saturday, April 9, with a 5K race beginning at 9 a.m. and the 1 mile commencing at 10 a.m. This will be a fun, family-friendly event complete with color stations.
Both routes begin at Clear Creek Amana High School located in Tiffin and will pass by multiple color stations. Runners should be prepared for some colorful fun.

Clipper Band to host Drive 4Ur School April 9

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clipper Band will partner with Carter Ford in Oxford for a Drive 4Ur School fundraiser April 9 from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the CCA High School parking lot in Tiffin.
Come test drive a new Ford, fill out a form and Ford will pay $20 per form (one per household, must be 18 years of age) up to 300 forms or $6,000. The money raised will go toward the CCA High School Band as it prepares to go to Washington, D.C., to march in the National Memorial Day Parade.