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Community

Tiffin councilor resigns

Petersen bows out after nine years of service

TIFFIN– Tiffin City Council has a new vacancy.
Council member Mark Petersen tendered a letter of resignation to Mayor Steve Berner on Thursday, Jan. 22, citing personal reasons in an email dated Jan. 26.
“Over the past years I have been dedicated to the city of Tiffin and have reached a point that I need to turn the page and move on, as I pursue other adventures,” Petersen wrote. His resignation took effect immediately.

Bald Eagle Watch & Expo - Feb. 7

NORTH LIBERTY– The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Coralville Lake will be co-hosting a Bald Eagle Watch and Expo on Saturday, Feb. 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at North Central Junior High, 180 E. Forevergreen Road, North Liberty. The other co-hosts are the Iowa City Bird Club and the Iowa Wildlife Federation. This event is free to the public and will be held at two different locations simultaneously.
The speakers, exhibitors, and vendor will be located at the indoor venue which is North Central Junior High in North Liberty.
Guest speakers include:

Blood drive at Swisher Legion to be Feb. 3

SWISHER– The Swisher American Legion is sponsoring a blood drive on Tuesday, Feb. 3, in the Legion Hall from 3:30-7:30 p.m.
Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome.
If you are interested in scheduling an appointment to donate blood at this blood drive, call Heather Roman at 319-356-8327 or contact her via email at heather-roman@uiowa.edu.
Sign up may also be completed online at www.uihealthcare.org/bloodcenter. Under “Online Sign Up Headquarters,” click on “University of Iowa Blood Drives.”
To be eligible to donate blood a person must:

NL Optimist Club releases February calendar

NORTH LIBERTY– The Optimist Club of North Liberty announces the following upcoming dates:
Feb. 9: Board meeting at Darlene Smiths’s home, 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 12: Valentine Party at the Brown Bottle, 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 26: Regular Thursday dinner meeting at the Pizza Ranch with Maxine Webb as the guest speaker from the Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa, 6:30 p.m., Pizza Ranch.

Solon economic development seeking photos for new website

SOLON– The Solon Economic Development Group (SEDG) is seeking photographs that capture the beauty of Solon and the surrounding area.
SEDG is creating a new website for the general promotion of the community and needs photographs to help populate the site including the home page. SEDG is specifically seeking images capturing the natural beauty of the area, an example could include a landscape of fall foliage that includes a visual representation of an aspect of the community.

Optimist Club basketball contests at Solon Middle School Jan. 25

SOLON– The Optimist Club of Solon will host its annual Basketball Contests Sunday, Jan. 25, at the Solon Middle School gymnasium. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m., contests start at 1 p.m. Contests will include dribbling, passing and shooting for boys and girls ages 8 through 13. First, second and third place awards will be given to each age group and boys and girls champions.

“Famous” SAL Kettle-Fried Chicken Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 7

SOLON– The Solon Sons of the American Legion are hosting its annual “Famous” Kettle-Fried Chicken Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Solon American Legion. The menu includes all-you-can-eat kettle-fried chicken, cheesy potatoes, oven-baked beans, bread, dessert and soft drinks. Serving is from 5 until 7:30 p.m. with take-out available. Tickets are $9 for adults, $4 for children 6 to 12 and children under 6 eat free. Proceeds will benefit the community and Solon school projects.

Ely Gateway Rotary soup supper fundraiser Saturday, Feb. 7

ELY– Gateway Rotary is hosting a soup supper fundraiser Saturday, Feb.7, at the Ely American Legion Hall from 4 to 7 p.m. Enjoy chili and chicken noodle soup, a bake sale and music by Shima Country Sounds, a Cedar Rapids-area favorite. Proceeds from the event support Prairie Edge School; PrairieWood Transition Center; the Summer Reading Programs at Ely, Fairfax, and Swisher libraries and other area community projects. The public is invited to an evening of food, fellowship, music and family fun for a great cause. For more information, visit www.gatewayrotary.org.

Solon “Optimism Should Be a Priority” essays due Feb. 13

SOLON– The Optimist Club of Solon is pleased to again sponsor its annual essay contest that will run until Feb. 13. The contest is open to students under the age of 19 who have not yet graduated from high school. The theme for this 700-800 word essay contest is “Optimism Should Be a Priority.” The winner of the local contest will have his or her essay sent on to enter further competition with the ultimate winner receiving a $2,500 college scholarship. English teacher Ivy Nielsen is coordinating the contest for the Optimist Club of Solon.

Solon will seek waiver

But new 2015-16 school calendar put together just in case

SOLON– Not so fast.
The Solon Community School District’s Board of Education was expected to make a decision on the start and end dates for the 2015-16 school year last Monday.
No decision was made.
Board members tabled the lone action item on the agenda for the Jan. 12 regular session, although Superintendent Sam Miller was instructed to proceed with applying to the Iowa Department of Education for a waiver to start school prior to Sept. 1.

Dollars for Scholars there for students all four years of college

Continuing to fund education

SOLON– High school students may not set their minds on college scholarships until their last semester, but Solon Dollars for Scholars partners with the community year ‘round to provide financial assistance to those who seek it.

Solon Public Library

Friends used book sale March 7

The Friends of the Solon Public Library volunteers are sorting through over 2,000 books and media items for the sale on March 7. Sale hours will be 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Most of the items for sale will be priced at $.25. Funds raised by the book sale are used to help sponsor the Summer Reading Program and for the purchase of new material for the library.