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Community

North Liberty to hold open house for 2015 projects

NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty has a number of projects planned for this year and invites the public to an open house to learn more about the plans, meet engineers and staff, and ask questions about the projects.
The open house will be held on Tuesday, March 31, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., in the North Liberty Community Library’s meeting rooms.
Projects that will be presented include:
• Penn Meadows Park upgrades, including bathrooms, a concession stand, picnic shelter and splash pad;
• North Liberty recreation trail resurfacing, re-grading and upgrades;

Questions prompt more communication of a legal nature

Turtles, bats and a claim of improper consultation

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– The disagreement about the City of North Liberty’s right to condemn private property for a public sewer project has grown beyond local boundaries.
Notification has been sent to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) suggesting the entities violated the national Endangered Species Act in issuing a permit for the project.

Volunteers asked to help end hunger Saturday, March 28

NORTH LIBERTY– Kids Against Hunger 2015 will take place on Saturday, March 28, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in North Liberty. Volunteers will pack food for distribution by the international food relief organization, Kids Against Hunger.
In order to make this a great event, the church congregation must raise over $18,750, and needs hundreds of volunteers to do the actual packing.

NLYBS Field Enhancement Day to be Saturday, March 28

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty Youth Baseball and Softball (NLYBS) Field Enhancement will be Saturday, March 28, from 9-11 a.m. at Penn Meadows Park. NLYBS players, and their families, are asked to come out and help get the fields ready for the season.
The area for the new sports pavilion (bathrooms and concession stand) plus the brick courtyard will be marked off, with bricks that were purchased prior to Feb. 26 on display.

Tiffin Fire and First Responders will host annual pancake breakfast April 12

TIFFIN– Tiffin Fire and First Responders will host their annual pancake breakfast Sunday, April 12, at the Tiffin Fire Station. Pancakes, eggs, whole hog sausage, cinnamon rolls and Clear Creek Orchard jams will be served from 6 a.m. to noon. There is no cost associated; however, free-will donations are encouraged.
The money raised by the firefighters and first responders has been used to purchase protective safety equipment, medical gear and even fire trucks in the past.

Trapshooting can drive March 28

SOLON– The Solon Trapshooting Team will conduct a can drive fundraiser on Saturday, March 28, from 8 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the Solon Fire Department. For more information, contact Gerald Chaloupka at 319-624-2825.

Spartan Clothing and Sports Equipment Sale March 28

SOLON– The Junior Post Prom Committee will host a Spartan Clothing and Sports Equipment Rummage Sale to help fund the Post Prom Party for Solon High School students. The rummage sale will take place on Saturday, March 28, in the Solon High School commons from 8 a.m. until noon. If you would like to donate or have any questions, please contact Angi Shelangoski at ashelangoski@solon.k12.ia.us or 319-624-2007.

Legion Riders host annual Palm Sunday breakfast on March 29

SOLON– The Solon American Legion Riders will host the annual Palm Sunday all-you-can-eat breakfast on Sunday, March 29, from 7:30 - 11:30 a.m. at the Solon American Legion. The menu consists of scrambled eggs, pancakes, hash browns, bacon, sausage links, biscuits and gravy, orange juice, milk and coffee. Tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 6-12 and children under 6 eat free.

Fate of SCSD orchestra pit waiting in the wings

Board continues to work with architect, construction manager to find savings

SOLON– Solon school board members are hoping for the best but planning for the worst.
Board members met again with the district’s architectural firm and construction manager during a March 10 meeting to continue the search for alternates and possible cost savings to bring a $25.5 million bond issue project in on budget.
Preliminary cost estimates indicate the two projects to be funded by the September 2014 bond issue– the construction of a new middle school and a performing arts center addition to the high school– are trending towards the high side.

Solon Public Library

Big Library Read

The Big Library Read is an international program that gives libraries and their patrons unlimited access to a selected title creating a virtual, global book club. This Spring’s selection is “Shakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard” by Laura Bates. This is a riveting true-life tale of Shakespeare professor and prison volunteer Laura Bates as she teaches about the playwright in supermax solitary confinement, developing a friendship with a brilliant, dangerous convict.

City chooses MSA to update Solon Comprehensive Plan

SOLON– The City of Solon has hired MSA Professional Services to help update the community’s Comprehensive Plan.
At a March 4 meeting, city council members voted to approve MSA’s proposal at a cost of $12,000.
The Solon Comprehensive Plan was last updated in 2008. The plan serves as a guide for future development decisions that includes demographic information as well as planning recommendations.

Living Last Supper performances in March

SOLON– Members of the Solon United Methodist Church and St. Mary Catholic Church will present five Living Last Supper performances during Lent, including the first performance at St. Mary Catholic Church in Solon. The Living Last Supper is a dramatic interpretation where each disciple reflects upon their life with Jesus in the setting of Leonardo Da Vinci’s famous painting. Local performances will be on Monday, March 23, at 6:30 p.m. at the Solon Care Center, on Thursday, March 26, at 6 p.m. at St. Mary Church in Solon, and on Tuesday, March 31, at 7 p.m.