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Community

Something to roar about at Penn Elementary

Penn staff, students celebrate new addition

NORTH LIBERTY– As a class of Penn Elementary School students file into their brand new media center, they set their books on the library tables and settle down on the polka-dotted area rug in front of a rocking chair, ready for story time.

Tiffin property valuations rise, levies likely to remain stable

TIFFIN– Thanks to consistent growth, the City of Tiffin will have a little more breathing room at budget time.
Each year, the Johnson County Auditor’s Office provides a report of each city’s taxable values on all properties within the city limits. Tiffin City Administrator Doug Boldt told the council at its Jan. 5 meeting that Tiffin’s valuation went from $78,015,306 in January 2014 to $93,821,928 in January 2015, an increase of about $15.8 million.
That equates to roughly $130,000 more in the city’s general fund balance this year, estimated Boldt.

North Liberty: population, 18,228

NORTH LIBERTY– Before undertaking a special census last fall, city officials estimated North Liberty’s population around 17,000.
They were wrong.
The US Census Bureau conducted the count in the latter months of 2015, and the results have put the population at 18,228, according to a letter detailing the preliminary figure. The information also noted that North Liberty has 7,548 housing units.
At the last official population count in 2010, North Liberty’s population was 13,374. The new number marks an increase of 36 percent in just five years.

Cancilla, Hart head new raptor rehabilitation organization

DES MOINES– A new wildlife organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of injured and distressed raptors has been registered as a non-profit corporation in Iowa. RARE, which stands for Raptor Advocacy, Rehabilitation and Education, is headed by Nathaniel Hart and Jodeane Cancilla, both of whom hold Wildlife Rehabilitation Permits from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Beat the Bitter and get better at winter

NORTH LIBERTY– Iowans can be pretty bad at winter. Unlike our Nordic brethren up north, we tend to hide and hibernate inside once Daylight Saving Time ends.
We’re vowing to get better.
To help, you’re invited to fight off the post-holiday winter malaise and join us for winter games, friendly competition and good cheer at the inaugural Beat the Bitter. Events are scheduled in North Liberty for Feb. 6 at Penn Meadows Park during daylight and at Reds Alehouse starting at 6 p.m.

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.