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Community

The secret to long life: “Just say, yes dear”

2015 honoree went from WW2 battlefields to Solon State Bank

SOLON– Don Erusha has been a part of the Solon community since taking on duties at the Solon State Bank in 1963, retiring as Executive Vice President in 2000, and has had a hand in several key endeavors since. For his contributions to Solon, Erusha was named one of two 2015 Seniors of the Year.
The 92-year old acknowledged his busy past. “I was (busy), but not anymore. I’m not doing very much around here anymore,” he said.
Erusha continues as a member of the Solon Area Community Foundation (SACF), an organization he helped start.

Solon Methodist 175th Homecoming Celebration Sunday, Aug. 30

SOLON– Solon United Methodist Church will host a 175th Homecoming Celebration Sunday, Aug. 30, to commemorate the church’s origin, history and accomplishments over the last century and three-quarters.

St. Mary Catholic Church to host Harvest Festival Sunday, Sept. 20

SOLON– St. Mary Catholic Church in Solon will host its annual Harvest Festival on Sunday, Sept. 20, from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. The community is invited to enjoy a chicken dinner, children and family activities, silent auction and more. Tickets are on sale at the church.

Construction to begin on Curtis Bridge Road NE south of Shueyville Aug. 24

SHUEYVILLE– Weather permitting, construction will start on Curtis Bridge Road NE from Shueyville’s corporate limit south to the dead end of Curtis Bridge Road NE on Monday, Aug. 24. Although Curtis Bridge Road will remain open to traffic, travelers should expect lane closures using pilot cars and flaggers with the potential for somewhat lengthy traffic delays. Construction should be complete by the end of October 2015.

NL takes first look at possible city campus

Council ready to take concept to the public

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty’s civic campus is part of a plan nearly nine years in the making, and it won’t likely come to fruition for at least a couple more years.
The City of North Liberty has long anticipated a comprehensive city campus, since RDG Planning and Design conducted a study in 2006 evaluating the city’s existing facilities and space needs. That study concluded in 2007, with RDG presenting a long-range plan prioritizing recommended improvements including a centralized civic services center.

In the not-so-hot seat

CCA school board candidates run unopposed, make their cases for election to an empty room

OXFORD– Voters in the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District will have an easy time deciding whom to vote for in the school board of education election on Tuesday, Sept. 8. Four of CCA’s five board candidates are incumbents, and all five are running unopposed on the official ballot.
The lack of challenges in the race could account for the lack of public attendance at the forum held Tuesday, Aug. 11, at Clear Creek Elementary in Oxford.

Tiffin easements need to be re-signed

TIFFIN– The City of Tiffin is still working on improving the Inflow & Infiltrations (I & I) issues within the sanitary sewer system in the Original part of Tiffin. Within the last year Tiffin residents may have received a letter regarding a meeting to discuss this topic, followed up by further contact from the city’s engineers, Hart-Frederick Consultants, to get signatures for a temporary construction easement.

Meet-and-greet event for ICCSD candidates Aug. 29 in North Liberty

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Building Community group has invited the 13 candidates on the Sept. 8 ballot for the Iowa City Community School District to a meet-and-greet event in North Liberty. 
The free, public event will be from at 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Aug. 29, in the lower-level Gerdin Conference Room 2 at the North Liberty Community Center, 520 W. Cherry St. The North Liberty Building Community Group is nonpartisan, will not make endorsements, and is hosting this opportunity only for residents to meet the candidates in person and to gather information about them in one place.

Construction to begin on Curtis Bridge Rd. NE near Shueyville Aug. 24

SHUEYVILLE– Weather permitting, construction will start on Curtis Bridge Road NE from Shueyville’s corporate limit south to the dead end of Curtis Bridge Road NE on Monday, Aug. 24. Although Curtis Bridge Road will remain open to traffic, travelers should expect lane closures using pilot cars and flaggers with the potential for somewhat lengthy traffic delays. Construction should be complete by the end of October 2015.

Meet school board candidate Shawn Eyestone

NORTH LIBERTY– Shawn Eyestone and his campaign cordially invite the public to attend “meet-and-greet” events. Eyestone is running for a seat on the Iowa City Community School District Board. Guests will have an opportunity to speak with Eyestone about his areas of focus on the future of the school board and what action plans he’d like to set in motion when elected.
The following dates and locations have been set for the meet and greet events:
Sunday, Aug. 23. 10:30 a.m. Panera Bread located at 1646 Sycamore St. in Iowa City.

Higher minimum wage gets maximum support

Public hearing moves county closer to new wage ordinance

JOHNSON COUNTY– Though the Johnson County Board of Supervisors heard overwhelming support for an ordinance that would raise the minimum wage countywide, there are still many unanswered questions, pockets of uncertainty and details to be worked out before a final vote.
The board held a public forum Wednesday, Aug. 12, at the Johnson County Health and Human Services building to allow the public to weigh in on a proposed ordinance that would increase the minimum hourly wage for all workers in Johnson County from $7.25 to $10.10 by January 2017.

Annual Pelican Festival on Sunday, Sept. 13

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will partner with Iowa Audubon for the Fifth Annual Pelican Festival on Sunday, Sept. 13, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., located across the road from the IDNR headquarters at the Hawkeye Wildlife Area, 2564 Amana Road N.W.
This is a free family event and there will be guest speakers on a variety of topics. Prime pelican viewing will be enhanced with spotting scopes provided by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR).