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Community

Solon restaurants supporting Post Prom

SOLON– Plan to dine at the following local restaurants on the noted day as each restaurant will be donating a portion of their sales during the designated time to the 2016 Post Prom Fundraiser.
On Wednesday, March 2: Subway (7 a.m.-2 p.m.); Monday, March 21: Frida Kahlo (evening); Wednesday, April 13: Eastwood’s (evening); and on Wednesday, April 27: El Sol (evening).
The Post Prom Committee thanks you, in advance, for your support.

Hwy. 1 signal should be complete in Sept.

City holds hearing on plans; will award bids March 3

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist
SOLON– More and more traffic flows through Solon every day, and more people are moving to the community.
None too soon for the city’s first honest-to-goodness traffic signal, which will be halting the north- and southbound lanes of Highway 1 at Main Street before the end of the year.
The proposed plans and bidding documents for the project were the subject of a public hearing at the Feb. 17 meeting of the Solon City Council.
The city will accept sealed bids through Thursday, Feb. 25, with the council scheduled to make a decision at a March 2 meeting.

Connie Mutel to speak at Prairie Preview XXXIII March 10

IOWA CITY– Bur Oak Land Trust’s 33rd annual Prairie Preview will be held Thursday, March 10, at the Celebration Farm, 4696 Robin Woods Ln. NE, Iowa City, just off Highway 1 four miles north of Interstate 80. Author Connie Mutel will talk about writing her new book, “A Sugar Creek Chronicle: Observing Climate Change from a Midwestern Woodland,” and how doing so has reshaped her life, just as climate change is reshaping our planet. “A Sugar Creek Chronicle” interweaves the science of climate change with stories about Connie’s life and the oak woodland where she lives with her family.

2016 Solon Beef Days Celebration seeks T-shirt artwork

SOLON– The Solon Beef Days Committee is soliciting T-shirt designs to mark the 2016 Solon Beef Days Celebration to be held on July 15-16.

Swisher Legion Lenten Suppers every Friday through March 18

SWISHER– The Swisher American Legion will be serving Lenten suppers every Friday through March 18 from 5-8 p.m.
The Legion will be serving all-you-can-eat fish ($11), shrimp ($14) and chicken strips ($7). Add-on shrimp for $6; meals for children 6-12 years of age are $5; kids 5 and under are free. Meals are served with one trip through salad bar. Carry-out is also available.
The Swisher American Legion Junior Auxiliary will also host a bake sale in conjunction with the Lenten Suppers. The public is welcome.

Shueyville United Methodist Men’s Pancake Supper April 1

SHUEYVILLE– Shueyville United Methodist Men’s Pancake Supper will be held Friday, April 1, from 5-7 p.m. at the church.
The pubic is invited to attend and enjoy good food and fellowship with friends. The all-you-can eat supper includes pancakes, eggs, ham, sausage, hash browns and beverage. This supper is used to support mission activities both at home and around the world.
The church is located at 1195 Steeple Ln. NE in Shueyville. The cost for the supper is adults $6, ages 3-12 $3, and those under 3 are free.

March activities for Old Gold Diner

The Old Gold Diner wishes to thank Mark Pattison for providing the February meal. It was interesting to learn about Buck Creek Hops.
• Bingo is held every Tuesday and Thursday; 11 a.m. is penny bingo and following lunch, play is for prizes, with a black-out scoring a free Old Gold Diner meal as the prize.
• Cards every Friday. Warm up before lunch, 11 a.m., and play as long as desired in the afternoon. Euchre and bridge are the games of choice right now. Suggestions for other games are welcome. There is time to play cards on Wednesdays, excluding the first Wednesday of the month.

A moving experience, at long last

CCA students, staff settle into middle school’s new addition

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN— Brad Fox was a very busy man Wednesday morning, Feb. 10. The principal of the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Middle School was hustling about the new wing, moving equipment left by workmen, cleaning up construction debris and making final arrangements ahead of his seventh and eighth-grade students preparing to move in. With the start of the first period, the eighth graders marched into the new facility, arms full of whatever had filled their lockers since September.

Tiffin council reconsiders tiered wage, proposes lower age limit

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– Still searching for equanimity, members of the Tiffin City Council are now hoping to find a number everyone can live with in the debate over a municipal minimum wage ordinance.
But the number they seek is an age, not a per-hour compensation.

Elementary school will start earlier

ICCSD sets bell schedule for upcoming year

IOWA CITY– Bells will ring at 7:55 a.m. for elementary school children next year, and 8:50 a.m. for secondary school. The change was made by a unanimous vote by the Iowa City Community School District Board of Directors on Feb. 9.
Currently, elementary schools run 8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., with junior high and high schools running from 8 a.m. to 3:10 p.m.

Pantry director DuBois to step down in May

NORTH LIBERTY– Tina DuBois, executive director of the North Liberty Community Pantry, will be leaving the organization at the end of May.
“We’re thankful for Tina’s leadership and service,” said Sean Pearl, chair of the pantry’s board of directors. “Tina has helped build this exemplary organization and will be leaving us in a strong and stable position to continue fulfilling our mission to feed and clothe our neighbors in need. We’ll miss her contributions, and we wish her well.”

Spill reaches Coralville Reservoir after Monday accident

SWISHER– Liquid runway deicer and diesel fuel spilled after a semi-truck owned by Cryotech Deicing Technology rolled over Monday, Feb. 15, along Interstate 380 about 14 miles south of Cedar Rapids.
The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) assisted with recovery and cleanup of the deicer and diesel fuel that escaped from the semi and flowed into McAllister Creek. About 3,600 gallons of liquid runway deicer and an estimated 50 gallons of diesel fuel flowed downstream about four miles to the Coralville Reservoir.