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Community

Young farmers argue for changing Ag Exemption

IOWA CITY– Young farmers in Johnson County raised their voices loud and clear to the board of supervisors: change or scrap the county’s agricultural exemption policy.
The young guns blazed away during a Thursday, May 10, public hearing on the proposed county comprehensive plan, citing the immense difficulties many budding farmers encounter in trying to purchase 40 acres (the minimum amount of land required to be considered a “farm” in Johnson County).

Growing a love of learning

Enrichment Therapy & Learning Center offers kids an alternative

NORTH LIBERTY– On the morning of Wednesday, April 25, five students huddled around a table, immersed in a science experiment. In the theme of invention, learning specialist Elizabeth Drewelow led the group as they pierced lemons with pennies and nails in attempt to conduct electricity. But this was not your everyday science class.
Located on Jordon Street in North Liberty, Enrichment Therapy & Learning Center, P.C. offers an alternative path to learning for students struggling with academic and communication skill development.

Author and speaker Linda McCann to speak at Tiffin and NL libraries Friday, May 18

TIFFIN– Linda Betsinger McCann is speaking at the Tiffin Library on Friday, May 18 at 10 a.m., about her book, Prohibition in Eastern Iowa. She will also be at the North Liberty Community Library on the same day at 1:30 p.m., speaking on her book about the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). These events are open to the public and everyone is invited.

Junge Ford NL to host grand opening

Friday, May 18-19

NORTH LIBERTY– Junge Ford, located at 525 N. Madison Ave. in North Liberty, welcomes the public to their grand opening celebration on Friday, May 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday, May 19, from 8:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Hy-Vee will provide a lunch hour grill-out, and Jimmy Jack’s Rib Shack will cater an evening meal with a live band to close out the day.
Saturday will feature a chance to win prizes and discounts on vehicles, an F-series truck pull and a raffle for a Harley Davidson motorcycle, with all proceeds going to the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital.

CCA Community Clean-up Day Friday, April 27

TIFFIN– The annual Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School Community Clean-up Day will be held on Friday, April 27. CCA High School students from the Student Assistance Team/Interact along with National Honor Society will volunteer their day to help our older community members with yard work, windows, small household chores and general spring cleaning.

Good Neighbor Meetings for property east of Ranshaw Way

NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty may soon consider a pair of rezonings, and the public is invited to an open house-style meeting being held to explain the proposals. The properties are east of Ranshaw Way (Highway 965), one south of Lions Drive and the other south of Hawkeye Drive. The proposals are for mixed use development buildings with ground floor commercial space and upper floors residential, and the zoning being requested is C-2-B. A location map is shown on the right. This memo is being sent to property owners within 200 feet of the proposed development.

Family & Sport Chiropractic hosts Make-A-Wish fundraiser Friday, June 1

NORTH LIBERTY– Join the festivities as Family Sport & Chiropractic hosts its first open house fundraiser for Make-A-Wish Iowa on Friday, June 1, from 5-9 p.m.

e-cigs banned from public places

Council passes e-cigarette ordinance

SOLON– If you’re somewhere in Solon where you can’t smoke a real cigarette, you now can’t use an e-cigarette either.
At a May 4 meeting, Solon City Council members passed the third and final reading of an ordinance banning alternative nicotine and vapor products from use in areas defined as smoke-free by the state.
The ordinance, introduced at an April 4 session, adopts Chapter 142D of the Code of Iowa, known as the “Smokefree Air Act,” and amended the law to include newer nicotine delivery systems.

New Farmers Market opens May 29

SOLON– The Solon Farmers Market will be located in the parking lot of Mushroom Park on Tuesdays, from 3-6 p.m., starting May 29. Other days the market will be open are Sunday, May 27 (Solon firefighters breakfast), and Saturday, June 2 (weekend of Solon garage sales). The hours those days are 8-11 a.m. For vendor information, go to the city website, www.solon-iowa.com and open the Solon Farmers Market page.

Solon Legion Memorial Day services

SOLON– The Solon American Legion Family will be hosting Memorial Day Services at Legion Park at 9 a.m. on Monday, May 28. Transportation will be available from the Legion to the Legion Memorial. Plan on being at the Legion by 7:30 a.m. for a ride to the Legion Memorial. Refreshments at the Legion will follow the ceremony.
The Veterans Trail Ceremony will be at the East Overlook Park by the Coralville Dam at 1:30 p.m.
Evening service will be at the Sutliff Bridge at 9 p.m. This service is to honor those that were lost at sea.
Please plan on attending these services.

Donate your old graduation robes

SOLON– Do you have an old graduation robe to donate? Solon High School is collecting black graduation robes for future student use. To donate one, drop it by the high school office during office hours: Monday through Friday, 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. For those with questions, call 319-624-2381.

St. Bridget’s Annual Memorial Day Mass Monday, May 28

SOLON– The church doors open at 8 a.m. and Mass begins at 9 a.m. at St. Bridget’s Annual Memorial Day Event Monday, May 28.
Bring your lawn chair, family and friends to help celebrate Memorial Day with mass in St. Bridget’s cemetery. Services will be moved indoors if it rains.