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Community

Still time to register for We Run’s annual “Lucky Run” to be held March 21

NORTH LIBERTY– We Run in North Liberty is organizing its annual “Lucky Run” for March 21, beginning at 9 a.m. at the University of Iowa Community Credit Union on Landon Road in North Liberty. The race includes chip-timed 1K, 5K and 10K. Participants will receive a technical shirt, a finishing medal and a goodie bag. Additional proceeds will be benefit charities Soles4souls and Brian to Boston (Michael Linslow Respite Center). Registration information for the race can be found at www.werunllc.com under the Lucky Run tab.

Shueyville United Methodist Church to host pancake supper March 27; public is invited to attend

SHUEYVILLE– Shueyville United Methodist Men’s Pancake Supper will be held Friday, March 27, from 5-7 p.m. The public is invited to come and enjoy good food and fellowship with friends.
The all-you-can eat supper includes pancakes, eggs, ham, sausage, hash browns and beverage. This supper supports mission activities both at home and around the world. The church is located at 1195 Steeple Ln. NE in Shueyville. Cost of supper is $6 for adults, $3 for children ages 3-12 and children under three are free.

Longou hopes to open Red Vespa pizzeria in May

abatement, parking variance approved

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist
SOLON– The wheels are officially turning on the Red Vespa.
Solon City Council members approved a site plan and a tax abatement application on Feb. 18 for a proposed downtown pizzeria that is expected to open as early as May.
Red Vespa Pizzeria is located at 208 E. Main St., and will feature a handmade wood-fired brick oven baking Neapolitan pizza, according to co-owner Aziz Longou of Solon.
Council members gave their green light for the new Main Street eatery by waiving parking requirements and approving a 10-year tax abatement plan.

RAGBRAI returns

Bicycle ride to pass through Solon a week after Beef Days

SOLON– Guess who’s coming to lunch?
About 10,000 bicyclists on their way to Coralville.
The City of Solon has accepted an invitation by the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI) to participate as a pass-through town Friday, July 24.
The decision was announced at a Feb. 18 city council meeting during City Administrator Cami Rasmussen’s report.
The 43rd edition of the statewide bicycle race will begin in Sioux City Saturday, July 18, and end in Davenport Saturday, July 25, spanning a route of 462.2 miles.

If a student leaves Solon, can they still open enroll and attend?

Board amends policy to give students who move away automatic approval

SOLON– Can we keep them?
Only if the policy says so.
The Solon Community School District (SCSD) board continued its discussion of open enrollment at a Feb. 9 meeting. This time, the topic turned to what should be the policy for students who move out of the district but wish to continue to attend Solon schools.
According to the Department of Education, the district can give priority to those students as long as it’s included in the Insufficient Classroom Space Policy.

Senior Advocates seeking nominations for Senior of the Year

SOLON– May has been declared the month to honor seniors and the Solon Senior Advocates are seeking nominations for the 2015 Solon Senior of the Year. Send in your written nomination for the person you feel best fits the criteria of this award.
Qualifications for Solon Senior of the Year must be someone who has given of themselves in service to the community through volunteerism, enhancing the well-being of others or someone always ready to assist or provide help when needed. The nominee should live in Solon or the immediate area and be over 60 years of age.

Solon Public Library

Babygarten

Babygarten helps to nurture the bond between caregiver and child, increase eye-hand coordination and develop body awareness. This rhythmic program will enrich your child’s life from the very beginning and provides an excellent foundation for the future. Our next session of Babygarten will run March 6 through April 10, on Fridays, at 9:30 a.m. Registration for the program is now open. Each session will feature music, board books, and toys for children ages birth to 24 months.

Solon Library Foundation raffle

Booster Club’s 2nd annual celebration of athletics Feb. 27

SOLON– The Solon Athletic Booster Club will host its Second Annual Celebration of Solon Athletics on Friday, Feb. 27, at the AvaCentre in Solon with entertainment starting at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m.
Everyone is welcome for dinner and a night of entertainment with proceeds benefitting Solon High School and Middle School athletics. The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with pre-dinner music, the coaches presenting the state of each program and a keynote address by Marshall Koehn, University of Iowa football player and 2011 Solon graduate.

Spotlight Spaghetti Dinner and Musical Showcase March 9

SOLON– Mark your calendars for Monday, March 9, for the annual Solon Spotlight Spaghetti Dinner and Musical Showcase. The dinner will be held in the Solon High School commons. The menu includes: spaghetti, salad, bread, drink and dessert. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under and student performers. Serving times are from 4:45 until 7 p.m. Diners will enjoy performances by the middle school and high school jazz bands and the high school jazz choirs.

County seeks towns’ support for Community ID program

NORTH LIBERTY– Will North Liberty be among the Johnson County cities that support a proposed Community ID program?
At the city council’s Feb. 10 meeting, Johnson County Auditor Travis Weipert presented information and fielded questions about the program the county hopes to launch by June of this year.
Weipert also came seeking North Liberty’s financial support for the program’s start-up costs.
“That ship has sailed for us,” North Liberty councilor Chris Hoffman said. “We had a funding request last meeting that we had to turn down because the fund we pull from is depleted.”

Paying for progress

Tiffin approves five year CIP

TIFFIN– Make way for progress.
In January, the City of Tiffin adopted its most recent Capital Improvements Plan for fiscal years 2015 through 2020, and the to-do list is born of necessity, said Mayor Steve Berner.
“It includes needed projects. I don’t see much for wants until you reach years four or five, and those are there more as placeholders than as specific projects,” Berner said.

CCA and the school finance formula blues

Lingering uncertainty at state level leaves district guessing at budget

OXFORD — While legislators on both sides of the political aisle debate school aid funding, Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District Superintendent Tim Kuehl is sure of one thing: it won’t be enough.
Kuehl has been outspoken this year regarding Governor Terry Branstad’s proposal of a 1.25 percent increase in state supplemental aid to schools, often called “allowable growth.”