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Community

If you receive, you shall give

NL Community Fund looks to community for grant support

NORTH LIBERTY– Growing community, growing needs, growing support.
That slogan– at least most of it– couldn’t be more representative of North Liberty, which isn’t the small bedroom community its early residents remember. A special census put the city’s current population at 18,228– a 36 percent increase since the U.S. Census Bureau’s last official count of 13,374 in 2010.

NL Community Pantry names new executive director

From food bank to food bank

NORTH LIBERTY–After a five-year stint at the Crisis Center of Johnson County, Kaila Rome will join the North Liberty Community Pantry staff as the new executive director.
“We’re excited to have Kaila join [the pantry] to continue its work and build on its successful history,” said Sean Pearl, chair of the board of directors. “She’s a great fit for our innovative pantry.”

CCA’s Reagan Boeset receives 2016 STEM Teacher Award

One of the best in the state

TIFFIN— In March of 2014, Joe Greathouse, an assistant professor in the construction management program at Kirkwood Community College, introduced the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school board to the idea of an innovative educational experience for high school students in the Architectural, Construction and Engineering (ACE) Academy. He proposed students, under the tutelage of seasoned professionals, design and build a facility dedicated to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) on the CCA campus.

Tiffin approves $9 minimum wage

Council opts out of Johnson County increases with flat rate

North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– Starting May 1, Johnson County residents who work minimum wage jobs in Tiffin could be earning 15¢ less than those who hold jobs in Iowa City and Coralville.
After months of discussion and several proposals including an age-tiered wage scale, the Tiffin City Council, at last, passed an ordinance rejecting the countywide minimum wage increase of $9.15 per hour. Instead, the city opted for its own municipal $9 minimum wage.

Sign up now for Avenue of the Flags 2016

Flying colors

NORTH LIBERTY– Since 2011, the Optimist Club of North Liberty has been helping North Liberty residents display their patriotism.
The organization’s Avenue of Flags program is now in its sixth year, and the Optimists encourage everyone to sign up to celebrate their American spirit.

Ely group brainstorms future rec. center

Committee explores $2 million project

ELY– A newly formed Ely committee doesn’t expect people to memorize the name behind the acronym. It just wants people to join in on the conversation.
The Community, Cultural, Recreational, Educational and Civic (CCREC) committee met for the first time in March 2015 and has toyed with the idea of a new community center since.
“We’re just a small group of folks brainstorming through the whole process,” said committee chair Bob Mreen. Community involvement at this point is low, he noted, but anyone is welcome to attend meetings. Six people currently make up the group.

Earth Day Kick Off April 17 launches Methodist initiative

SOLON– Get a head start on Earth Day with family-friendly fun in Solon. The Kick Off to Earth Day will be Sunday, April 17, 1-4 p.m. at the Timber DOME Lodge, at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area.
The no-cost event will feature everything from making pine cone bird feeders, tote bags from T-shirts (no sewing!), a guided nature walk, coloring, puzzles, word games and fun facts.
In addition, displays will promote composting, rain gardens, the importance of pollinators and healthy food options.

Learning the ropes

Lakeview fourth graders promote heart-healthy life

SOLON– Being active can be fun.
For 90 minutes, Lakeview Elementary’s fourth graders were very active.
The entire class invaded the Solon High School gymnasium Friday, Feb. 26, to participate in Jump Rope for Heart, a community service program and fundraiser of the American Heart Association (AHA).

Solon Senior Advocates cancel trip to LeClaire; Bluff Lake on deck

SOLON– The Solon Senior Advocates have cancelled the April 21 trip to LeClaire and Davenport due to the lack of participation, scheduling instead a Friday, April 22, trip to Bluff Lake Catfish Farm for shrimp and prime rib. Participants will leave from the Solon Recreation and Nature Area at 2 p.m. Trip cost is $6. Call 624-2710 for reservations.

SHS Art Club’s Empty Bowls Luncheon to End Hunger April 9

SOLON– On Saturday, April 9, the Solon High School Art Club will host the Seventh Annual “Empty Bowls Luncheon to End Hunger” in the Solon High School Commons from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Guests will be served a modest lunch of soup and bread in a ceramic bowl handmade by a local student, educator or community member for a suggested minimum donation of $10. Guests are encouraged to keep the bowl with the club’s compliments and gratitude.
All proceeds will be donated to the Johnson County Crisis Center Food Bank and Solon Food Pantry.

SHS students place at Future Business Leaders Conference

CORALVILLE– Four students from Solon High School attended the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) State Leadership Conference in Coralville on March 31-April 2. There were over 900 students from across the state in attendance.
FBLA is the largest business career student organization in the world, with nearly a quarter-million students in 6,000 chartered high school and college chapters. Its mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs.

Lakeview Care for Kids summer program registration begins April 11

SOLON– The Lakeview Care for Kids summer program begins on June 6 and ends on Aug. 5. Before and After School Program (BASP) is then closed until the first day of the new school year. There are field trips three times per week, including swimming trips to local pools. The program offers breakfast, hot lunch and two snacks per day. Each summer the program participates in the Beef Days Parade, a favorite activity of the kids during the summer. Registration for the program is April 11-15.