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Community

Feeding a community

NORTH LIBERTY– Turns out, there is such a thing as a free lunch.
And North Liberty served more than 3,700 of them over the summer.
North Liberty’s free Summer Lunch and Fun program celebrated its final weekday lunch on Friday, Aug. 14, with volunteer recognitions, cake and Dilly Bars for dessert and additional activities for kids, completing the program’s second successful year.

Tiffin council seals deal with dentist

Tax rebate approved for Hart Family Denistry

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– As one of Iowa’s fastest-growing communities, it’s not only residents who want to call Tiffin home.
The city has increasingly been approached by business developers hoping to locate in the community, as well as existing business owners planning to expand their operations. Some of them also hope to take advantage of city-sponsored tax incentives to do so.

The highway is open!

Celebrate the end of road construction at NL’s busiest intersection this Sunday, Aug. 30

NORTH LIBERTY– “I like road construction,” said no one. Ever.
But Highway 965 is open. Celebrate with a block party from 12 to 4 p.m. this Sunday, Aug. 30, at Penn Landing, near the intersection of Highway 965 and Penn Street.

ICCSD board candidates provide profiles

With less than two weeks to go before the school board election, Iowa City board candidates ask for your vote

IOWA CITY– The Sept. 8 election will bring five new members to the Iowa City Community School District Board of Directors.
All 13 candidates in the race have provided the North Liberty Leader with a statement describing their background and their top priority in serving the district, should they be elected to the board. Their responses appear unedited starting on page A7.
To hear from the candidates in person, attend one of the remaining candidate forums. Upcoming scheduled forums include (but may not be limited to):

North Liberty Building
Community forum
Saturday, Aug. 29

Meet your local newspaper editor events in September

Editors to meet residents in NL Sept. 14, Iowa City Sept. 15

NORTH LIBERTY– Ever wonder how a story gets into a newspaper? Why did an editor choose one story over the other? What makes a story newsworthy? How can I get a notice about an upcoming event for my community-based group into the newspaper?
How important is the local newspaper to my community and, most important, me?

CCA to host STEM open house Aug. 29

TIFFIN– An open house will be held Saturday, Aug. 29, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the new Clear Creek Amana STEM Center, located at 311 W. Marengo Rd. in Tiffin. A presentation will take place in the gymnasium with tours of the STEM Center and lunch following.
The Vocational Training Council of The Greater Iowa City Area Home Builders Association, in partnership with Kirkwood Community College, assisted students and volunteers in the design and build of a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) classroom located at CCA Middle School in Tiffin.

Trojans seventh in home golf invitational

North Liberty Leader
RIVERSIDE— The West High Trojans finished seventh overall in their Boys Golf Invitational on Monday, Aug. 17, at the Blue Top Ridge Golf Course in Riverside.
West Des Moines Valley won the invitational, with 314, followed by Ankeny Centennial, Dubuque Wahlert, Burlington, Johnston and Pleasant Valley. Muscatine, Dubuque Hempstead and Bettendorf rounded out the 10-team field.
Centennial’s Chris Winkel and West’s JD Goodfellow finished one and two respectively with 74 strokes each.

Hoover Nature Trail meeting to Aug. 26 at Solon City Hall

SOLON– On Wednesday, Aug. 26, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Solon City Hall council chambers, located at 101 N. Iowa St., all interested persons are invited to attend a meeting to discuss the proposed extension of the Hoover Nature Trail in Johnson County between Solon and Ely.
There will be a short presentation at 6 p.m. Johnson County Conservation Board and consultants on the project, McClure Engineering Company, staff will be present to discuss the proposed trail extension. 

Solon Booster’s Bash Golf Outing on Saturday, Aug. 22

SOLON– The Solon Athletic Booster Club will be sponsoring the 15th annual Booster Bash Golf Outing on Saturday, Aug. 22, at the Lake Macbride Golf Course. The event is open to anyone interested in supporting the student athletes of the Solon Community School District.

Construction underway on middle and high school sites

Foundations could be finished this month

SOLON– Construction for Solon’s new middle school and high school center for the arts are underway, and foundations for both projects could be finished by the end of August, said Story Construction Project Manager Randy Johnson.
Johnson addressed the Solon Community School District Board of Directors at its Aug. 10 meeting to provide an update on the projects’ progress. With the last of the contracts for the project signed by board president Dick Schwab that evening, Johnson said contractors are now ready to purchase materials and dive into the work.

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.