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Community

City will appeal $80K award

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty City Council voted unanimously to appeal the amount of compensation awarded to a property owner in a disputed condemnation case.
The council discussed the case in closed session at its regular meeting, rescheduled to Monday, Feb. 23, before reconvening in open session to hold the vote. No comments were made in open session.

Reserve your space at North Liberty farmer’s market

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty farmers’ market vendor applications are now available for Penn Landing Market’s 2015 season. After last year’s pilot program, the market will be expanded and held every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. starting in May. The market will run through October.
Seasonal passes are just $230, with single-day passes available for $12 if space is available. Applications are available at pennlandingmarket.org/sell, by e-mailing pennlandingmarket@gmail.com or by calling 847-707-9999.

Birds-eye view

Coralville Lake Eagle Watch and Expo: attendance and eagles rebound

JOHNSON COUNTY– The weather was more cooperative this year for the third annual Coralville Lake Eagle Watch and Expo, held Feb. 7, at the Coralville Lake and North Central Junior High in North Liberty.
Last year, an early morning snowstorm and icy conditions kept attendance down, but this time, the sun was shining and the temperatures mild, bringing the best attendance the event has seen, including the birds.

No more treats from home?

New rules on snacks and celebrations are among proposed changes

SOLON– Polish up those apples. Classrooms across the district could soon see some major changes when it comes to food in the classroom.
The Solon Community School District (SCSD) board had its first reading of the new wellness policy that will give parents and teachers clearer guidelines for food in the classroom and physical activity requirements.
The board approved the policy 4-1, with Director Tim Brown voting against it. The policy will be read again at the next meeting in March and, if approved again, would go into effect for the 2015-16 school year.

Solon Legion fish fry starting Feb.20

SOLON– The Solon American Legion will host its Fish Fry on Friday nights from 5-7:30 p.m. beginning Feb. 20 and running through April 3. Dinner will include fish, coleslaw, cheesy party potatoes, bread, dessert and beverage. All-you-can-eat meals will be $10 for adults, $4 for children (ages 6-12) and 5 and under are free. Shrimp will be served Feb. 20, March 13 and April 3. Carry-outs are available. For more information, contact Jami Hromi or Cliff Bohling at the Solon American Legion, 319-624-2277.

Learn to mentor those on parole or probation Feb. 23 at St. Mary

SOLON– Representatives of the Sixth Judicial District will be hosting a training session on Monday, Feb. 23, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. for those interested in mentoring individuals who are on parole or probation. The training will be held at St. Mary Catholic Church in Solon. For more information, contact Diane Wurzer at 319-624-2719.

175th anniversary committee seeks contacts for Solon alumni

SOLON– Solon’s 175th Anniversary committee is searching for alumni class lists in order to invite alumni to the celebration Sept. 18 through 20.
Kick-off of the three-day event will be an all-alumni banquet at Celebration Farm Friday, Sept. 18, followed by Saturday morning tours, music and skits in the big Chautauqua tent located at Solon’s Recreation and Nature Area. Ecumenical services and music will be held in the big tent Sunday.

A chance to be heard

Kaufmann stands strong on property rights

SOLON– It’s a waiting game for the Iowa legislature as new bills are brought into committee, refined and passed from one congressional body to the other and back again before final votes are tallied.
Iowa House Representative Bobby Kaufmann (R-Wilton) took the time to update the public on some of those bills currently in progress during a Jan. 31 listening post at the Solon Public Library.

Boost in pay for Solon mayor and council members?

Increases wouldn’t take effect until 2016

SOLON– City council members and the mayor could receive a 33 percent increase in their pay per meeting beginning next year.
And they could be compensated for attending not only regular city council meetings, but for other meetings as well.
The city’s elected officials gave their informal approval for the raise, which will be drafted into ordinance form and considered at a future meeting.
Solon City Council members currently receive an annual $375 stipend and $30 per meeting. The mayor receives $160 per month and $30 for each special meeting attended.

Solon Public Library

Meal and a Movie

Meal and a Movie will be on Friday, Feb. 27, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The movie is free but registration is required for the catered meal. Cost of the meal is $7.50 for an entrée, vegetable and dessert. The movie follows the meal and usually begins around noon. Call Sandra Hanson at 319-624-2710 to register or sign up at Old Gold Dining.

Dollars for Scholars “Bringing in the Green” Carnival March 1

SOLON– The Solon Dollars for Scholars ‘Bringing in the Green’ Carnival will be held on Sunday, March 1, at the Lakeview large gym. All juniors, seniors and their parents are needed to help make the carnival a success again this year. All the money raised will be used for scholarships for the Solon graduating class of 2015. Sign-up sheets are available in the high school office or by contacting Pat Zimmerman at 319-430-2105 for more information.

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.