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Community

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.

Man falls through ice at wildlife area

NORTH LIBERTY– On Dec. 31, at 10:38 a.m., the Johnson County Joint Emergency Communication Center received a 911 call from a lone hunter who had fallen through the ice. He was partially submerged in the water, stuck in the ice and unable to move. The location given was in the Hawkeye Wildlife area north of Swan Lake Rd and East of Greencastle Ave. After a brief search, the subject was located in a secluded area of the wetlands approximately one half mile east of Greencastle Ave. He was pulled from the water by personnel donning cold water rescue suits.

UI DeGowin Blood Center to host Jan. 7 blood drive in North Liberty

NORTH LIBERTY– The UI DeGowin Blood Center will host a blood drive Thursday, Jan. 7, from 3:30-7:30 p.m. in the North Liberty Recreation Center. To schedule an appointment to donate blood at this blood drive, please call 319-356-2058 with an appointment time, or sign up online at www.uihealthcare.org/bloodcenter. All successful donors will receive a DeGowin Lunch Bag.

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.

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 and 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 with the proceeds assisting in covering the cost of high adventure trips, summer camp and other activities for the troop’s 30 Scouts.

Christmas Tree-ts

Around 200 people attended the first annual Christmas Tree Walk sponsored by Solon’s Old Gold Diner Dec. 5 at the Palmer House Stable on Main Street. Twenty-five individually decorated Christmas trees were on display throughout the day, and free-will offerings were collected for Solon nonprofit organizations. The event also featured live music, with the McAtee Trio (Sami, James and Lillee) pictured at right. (photos by Doug Lindner)

Robotics can/bottle drive Jan. 2

SOLON– The Solon Robotics teams will conduct a can/bottle drive on Saturday, Jan. 2, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Students will go door to door asking for any empty containers with a 5¢ deposit to be recycled to raise funds. Can or bottle pickup can be arranged by contacting coach Bill Mattaliano at solonrobotics367@gmail.com. Donations may be dropped off at the robotics room, behind the Solon Middle School auditorium.

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.

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.

Supervisor candidate Hoffman to hold meet-and-greet events

JOHNSON COUNTY– Chris Hoffman, candidate for Johnson County Supervisor, will be hosting meet-and-greet events in Solon, North Liberty, Coralville and Iowa City next week. Hoffman has been a North Liberty City Councilor for eight years, and believes his experience as an elected official will benefit all of Johnson County.
Hoffman will be available to answer questions and to hear constituents’ thoughts on the current state of Johnson County at these locations and times:
Monday, Jan. 4: Solon Community Library, Reading Area, 320 W. Main St., 5:30-7:30 p.m.

More time to fight crime

Cities consider request to increase contracted hours with Sheriff

JOHNSON COUNTY– Growing populations require additional services, and law enforcement is usually at the top of the list.
Once each year at municipal budget time, Johnson County Sheriff Lonny Pulkrabek visits the governing bodies in each of the county’s smaller communities to report how often his department protects and serves them.

Rocca learned the ropes as an intern at Lake Macbride

SOLON– There’s a new ranger in town.
Lake Macbride State Park near Solon recently welcomed Park Ranger Nick Rocca. Rocca replaced Ranger Gwen Prentice, who transferred her position to Wildcat Den State Park, near Muscatine, late in the summer.