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Community

Tiffin Fire Association annual meeting Jan. 18

TIFFIN– The Tiffin Fire Association will hold its annual meeting on Monday, Jan. 18, at the Tiffin Fire Station commencing at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will include the appointment of directors. Immediately following will be the regular meeting including election of officers.

Black Gowns and Bowties Gala to be held at CCA Jan. 30

TIFFIN– On Saturday, Jan. 30, Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) fine arts boosters, F.A.M.E., will sponsor a Black Gowns and Bowties Gala in the CCA High School’s Performing Arts Center in Tiffin. Proceeds will be used to fund performance attire and supplies for growing fine arts programs.
The evening will begin at 6 p.m. in the high school commons area with a silent auction and piano music by some of the talented students, teachers and friends of the program. Students will serve hors d’oeuvres while guests peruse and bid on silent auction items.

Boy Scout Troop 216 to host chili supper Feb. 6

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty Boy Scout Troop 216 will host its 36th annual Chili Supper from 4:30-7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6, at the North Liberty Community Center.
Tickets are $5; children five and under are admitted free. The dinner includes all-you-can-eat meat or vegetarian chili, bread, drinks and a variety of homemade desserts, including traditional Scout cobbler.
The dinner is the troop’s primary annual fundraising event.
Tickets are available at the door or by contacting Scoutmaster Kevin Kurka at 319-665-9076.

North Liberty woman’s lottery luck changes...by 50 grand

CLIVE– A Johnson County woman said her lottery luck has changed.
Jodi Scholl, of North Liberty, said she had a bad luck streak playing the lottery’s holiday scratch games, but that changed recently. Scholl and her husband, Phil, went out to eat and stopped to buy “Winter White Super Crossword” tickets at Riverside Travel Mart, 3070 Iowa Highway 22 E. in Riverside on their way home. One of those tickets ended up winning the sixth of 13 top prizes of $50,000 available in the game.

Solon mourns loss

Body of Solon senior recovered from Coralville Lake

SOLON– A senior at Solon High School has died as a result of an accidental drowning in the Coralville Reservoir.
The body of Tanner Wymer, 17, of rural Iowa City, was recovered at approximately 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 4, about 20 hours after the canoe he was riding in capsized while on open water.
According to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, Wymer and Michael Felton, 51, Solon, were in a canoe on the Coralville Reservoir near Twin View Heights Sunday, Jan. 3, when the canoe capsized.

Optimist Club basketball contests at middle school Jan. 24

SOLON– The Optimist Club of Solon will host its annual Basketball Contests Sunday, Jan. 24, at the Solon Middle School gymnasium. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. and the contests start at 1 p.m. Contests will include dribbling, passing and shooting for boys and girls ages 8 thru 13. First, second and third place awards will be given to each age group and boys and girls champion awards. Contestants will need to bring their own basketball.

Swisher Legion Auxiliary all-you-can-eat breakfast Sunday, Jan. 11

SWISHER– The Swisher American Legion Auxiliary is sponsoring an all-you-can-eat breakfast Sunday, Jan. 24, from 8:30-11 a.m. The cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children. Kids age 5 and under eat free. The public is invited to join the Auxiliary for breakfast at the Swisher American Legion.

Mercy’s Mobile Mammography Van available in Solon Jan. 20

SOLON– The Mercy Women’s Center Mobile Mammography van will be in Solon on Wednesday, Jan. 20. The Van will be located at the Mercy Family Medicine of Solon Clinic. The clinic, formerly known as Solon Family Practice, is located at 510 W. Main St. The mobile mammography unit has been providing convenient access to breast screening services for Eastern Iowa women for nearly 20 years.

Wilson’s Orchard receives USDA Value-Added grant

Nine iowa businesses awarded $1.2 million to help develop new products, expand sales

DES MOINES– Rural Development Deputy Under Secretary Vernita F. Dore in November highlighted the importance of rural entrepreneurs to the U.S. economy and announced that the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing nearly $34 million to help 258 businesses nationwide. The funding comes from USDA Rural Development’s Value-Added Producer Grant program (VAPG).
Fox Ridge Farm, Inc. (doing business as Wilson’s Orchard) of Solon received $160,000 in grant funds which will be used to help develop new markets and grow sales.

Optimist Club to sponsor Oratorical Contest for students under age 18

SOLON– The Optimist Club of Solon is encouraging area students to speak their minds about the topic, “How My Best Brings Out the Best in Others,” as part of the Optimist International Oratorical Contest for the 2015-16 year.

West High students explore careers at Kirkwood Regional Center

Since opening, 167 ICCSD students have attended classes

By Nora Heaton
North Liberty Leader
CORALVILLE – Whether they’re looking to work in a mechanic’s shop, an operating room or a courthouse, students in the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) can find plenty of avenues to explore.

Stepping out

Johnson County Supervisor Terrence Neuzil leaves Iowa for Kalamazoo County

IOWA CITY– Last month, Johnson County bid farewell to one of the area’s most well-known citizens.
Terrence Neuzil served on the Johnson County Board of Supervisors for 15 years. He resigned his position to take a job as the County Administrator of Kalamazoo County, Mich.
Dec. 20 was Neuzil’s last day serving his hometown constituents.