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Community

Turkey Vulture Festival June 20

IOWA CITY– The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be hosting the Fifth Annual Turkey Vulture Festival on Saturday, June 20, from 8 a.m. until noon at Coralville Lake’s East Overlook Picnic Area. This is a free, family event and the Corps encourage parents to accompany their children. Activities will include face painting by Funny Face Designs, temporary tattoos, children’s games, crafts and more.

Solon Public Library

Storytime

Storytime is held Tuesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. The program is filled with stories, songs, activities and rhymes. Every week there is also a craft. Older and younger siblings are always welcome to attend. During the 2015 Summer Reading Program “Every Hero has a Story,” the June 16 Storytime theme will be “Superheroes.”

Afternoon Adventures

Mary’s Meals founder returns to Solon

SOLON– Solon’s favorite Scottish son, Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, returned for his second visit in less than a year, as part of his global launch of his recent book, The Shed That Fed A Million Children. MacFarlane-Barrow is the founder of Mary’s Meals, a global charity that aims to break the cycle of poverty by providing children with a nutritious daily meal in a place of education.

Boldt assumes role as Tiffin’s administrator

TIFFIN– As the City of Tiffin transitions into new leadership, the city’s new manager will be transitioning back into the public sector.
Doug Boldt, 41, was hired as Tiffin City Administrator last month after a search conducted by Pat Callahan Associates garnered 22 applicants and culled five interviewees from that list.
Boldt served as Tipton’s City Manager from 2005 until 2012. Though he has spent the last three years working in the private company he co-owned, public service has never been far from his mind.

Filling the rest of Prairie West

Tiffin’s latest development to include several new businesses

TIFFIN– Tiffin has seen a lot of new housing in recent years.
The latest development along Highway 6 will bring additional commercial entities as well.

Thanksgiving in July food drive, annual Turkey Trot to be July 11

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Community Pantry will host the Third Annual Thanksgiving in July Turkey Trot 10K/5K Races/Family 1-Mile event on Saturday, July 11, at 8 a.m., in conjunction with the communitywide food drive that provides food assistance to the hungry. The chip-timed race will begin and end at Centennial Park, 1565 St. Andrews Dr. in North Liberty. Participants will receive a dri-fit shirt with timely registration.
All funds raised from the Turkey Trot will benefit the North Liberty Community Pantry and local families.

Pollinator party at NL Pantry June 13

NORTH LIBERTY– Party at the Growing Together Garden with some pollinators at the North Liberty Community Pantry, located at 89 N. Jones Blvd., on Saturday, June 13, from 1-3 p.m.
Local experts will explain the life and habitat of pollinators with live butterflies a¥nd honeybees as guests. Learn how to start your own pollinator garden that is both beautiful to behold and beneficial for the creatures that help feed us. 

Holy Trinity to hold Bible school July 13

NORTH LIBERTY– Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, a growing Lutheran church in North Liberty, will offer Vacation Bible School (VBS) and Day Camp July 13-17.
Ewalu Day Camp is for those entering first grade through sixth grade in fall 2015. It will be Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $60 per child, with a multi-child discount of $55 for each additional child if more than one child is attending from the same family.

Girl Scouts leave their mark on North Liberty parks

NORTH LIBERTY— While some Scouts might spend an afternoon removing trash from local parks, Girl Scout Troop No. 5664 in North Liberty is leaving stuff behind.
The Girl Scouts are leaving letterboxes, an outdoor treasure hunt similar to geo-caching. The hobby offers all ages an excuse to go outside and explore. Letterboxers follow clues (these days, the clues are online) to small, weatherproof boxes containing a stamp that is hidden in a publicly accessible area. Once they find the letterbox, they collect a copy of the stamp, leave their own mark and return the box to its hiding place.

Baton twirling workshop June 20

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty resident Sophia Aguirre is sponsoring a local baton twirling workshop at Heritage Christian School starting at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 20, in North Liberty. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association of Eastern Iowa. The workshop is in support of her participation in the upcoming Miss Iowa’s Outstanding Teen pageant on June 13, at the Adler Theatre in Davenport.

Tiffin Community Fund invites community leaders to discuss grant funding opportunities June 16

TIFFIN– Tiffin Community Fund, an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Johnson County, will meet with community and business members, as well as representatives of the Clear Creek Amana Community School District and the City of Tiffin to discuss grant opportunities.
The meeting will be held Tuesday, June 16, from 7-8 a.m. in the Tiffin City Hall, located at 300 Railroad St.
The meeting will outline procedures and opportunities for funding. 
Individuals who wish to attend should RSVP by June 11 to Beverly Marshall-Goodell at 319-545-2281 or by email to revbev@southslope.net.

Dr. Davis Eidahl selected by school board as new Solon superintendent

Ottumwa super to replace Miller

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist
SOLON– After his semifinal interview with the Solon Community School District Board of Education last week, Dr. Davis Eidahl knew Solon was the right place.
“The questions that the board asked, the priorities that they identified, they’re really focused on that student achievement, making sure that those students that enter into the Solon district, they leave with a tremendous educational advantage because of the experiences they had,” Eidahl said. “And that is really right up my alley and something that excites me.”