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Community

Looking for ideas

District open to all options for middle school use

SOLON– What are you going to do with the vacated middle school?
It’s not a question the Solon Community School District is in a hurry to answer, but it’s been posed and was discussed at a joint meeting of the city council and school board July 10.
“We’ve been wrestling with that and discussing it as a board ever since a decision was made that we were going to build new,” Superintendent Davis Eidahl told city council members. “Right now we’ve just been ears open and gathering suggestions for use of the facility we’re vacating portions of.”

Farewell from Youth Services Librarian Lori Lindner

Youth Services Librarian Lori Lindner took a teaching position in the College Community School District, and wishes to bid a fond farewell to all the wonderful patrons, teens, young children and their families who made her time at the library so enjoyable. She offers this message to all: “I will really miss seeing everyone’s friendly, smiling faces each week. It has been great getting to know so many Solon-area families, and I hope to see each of you whenever I come back to visit the library. Keep using the library, and I hope you will continue to support this fabulous community asset.”

Family Day at the Iowa Raptor Project Saturday, Aug. 5

SOLON– Join the Iowa Raptor Project for its monthly Family Day on Saturday, Aug. 5, form 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
August’s featured raptor is the Harris’s hawk. Learn about the bird and enjoy some arts and crafts and snacks. This event is free and open to the public.
The Iowa Raptor Project is located within the Macbride Nature Recreation Area at 2095 Mehaffey Bridge Rd. NE, Solon 52333.

CBJ Corporate Battle of the Bands

NORTH LIBERTY– The Corridor Business Journal (CBJ) has unveiled the lineup for its second-annual Corporate Battle of the Bands, including an appearance by The Hopping Iguanas, which is comprised of Solon Community School District employees.
The event, which will showcase six company-sponsored bands, will be held from 6-9 p.m. Aug. 24 at Big Grove Brewery in Iowa City.

Riding high

You could hear Makayla Keller of Solon screaming a block away from the Rock Star ride at Solon Beef Days Saturday, July 22. Keller was among the throng of people who took to carnival rides, participated in contests like the bean bag tournament and the hay bale toss, or took in the free entertainment at the 2017 edition of Solon’s annual summer event. Look for parade photos and more in next week’s edition. (photo by Doug Lindner)

Conserving the heart of Tiffin

Consultant presents council members with an opportunity

TIFFIN– It could be dubbed Potterfield Park, if the City of Tiffin can procure the land in time.
At a Tiffin City Council work session Tuesday, July 18, a consultant explained a one-of-a-kind chance for the city: the acquisition of 11.13 acres for a future nature area.
“It’s pretty black and white that it should be a park,” said Sandy Steil, land planning and development consultant at Steil Consulting LLC.
Steil, a member of the Bur Oak Land Trust’s board of directors and its land acquisition committee, said she’s never seen a property so well maintained.

Community Day at the farmers market Sunday, July 30

NORTH LIBERTY– Locals are bringing the businesses of Penn Landing together to celebrate summer Sunday, July 30, at the North Liberty Farmers Market, starting at 10 a.m.
There will be bounce houses, open houses for the Penn Landing businesses, fun activities for the whole family and fresh produce and treats right from the market. There will also be live music by Vandello, face painting, and a cornhole tournament. The first 20 teams to sign up are guaranteed a spot, with prizes going to the top two teams.

Family Day at the Iowa Raptor Project Saturday, Aug. 5

SOLON– Join the Iowa Raptor Project for its monthly Family Day on Saturday, Aug. 5, form 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
August’s featured raptor is the Harris’s hawk. Learn about the bird and enjoy some arts and crafts and snacks. This event is free and open to the public.
The Iowa Raptor Project is located within the Macbride Nature Recreation Area at 2095 Mehaffey Bridge Rd. NE, Solon 52333.

National Night Out in North Liberty on Tuesday, Aug. 1

NORTH LIBERTY– On Aug. 1, North Liberty and cities across the country will celebrate National Night Out. Residents are encourages to go outside, lock their doors and meet with their neighbors and North Liberty’s police officers to talk about happenings in their neighborhood and crime prevention strategies. North Liberty officers will be traveling through neighborhoods on foot and bikes between 4 and 8 p.m., making contact with community members.

All about the bond

CCA holds informational meetings ahead of $36 million vote

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Superintendent Tim Kuehl walked a tightrope Thursday, July 13, at Tiffin Elementary in one of several informational meetings built around getting upcoming bond information out to the district’s patrons.
While state law forbids the district’s administrators and school board of directors from actively advocating for yes votes, they are able to walk the fine line, as Kuehl did, between informing and campaigning.

Treasure hunt to support the community Aug. 1

NORTH LIBERTY– A treasure hunt, with a grand prize of four tickets to the Sept. 23 Iowa Hawkeyes’ football game versus Penn State (complete with parking pass and tailgate), is set to help raise funds and awareness of the North Liberty Community Fund (NLCF).
Entry fees for the Grow Our Community Treasure Hunt are $25. Participants will visit local businesses to collect stamps on a Community Fund card, from Aug. 1 to Sept. 9. Entering is simple, and you can pick up your entry form and map at Great Western Bank in North Liberty beginning Aug. 1.

Liberty High ribbon cutting celebration Aug. 15

NORTH LIBERTY– The Iowa City Community School district invites the public to Liberty High School’s official ribbon cutting celebration Saturday, Aug. 12, at Liberty High School (1400 S. Dubuque St.) from 2-4 p.m.
The Liberty High Parent-Student Teacher Organization held a planning meeting regarding the celebration Tuesday, July 11, at North Central Junior High. More information will be shared as it comes available.