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Keeping the kiddos fed

CCA provides over 53,000 meals during shutdown, and theyre not done yet

TIFFIN When the COVID-19 crisis closed schools, districts across the state scrambled to provide distance learning opportunities and electronic devices to make it possible. They also had to come up with a way to provide a more basic need: the lunches and breakfasts many of their students depended on.
The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District quickly mobilized on both fronts, distributing Chromebook tablets and acquiring and distributing Internet hot spots. The district also formulated a first-of-its-kind (for CCA) plan to keep the meals coming.

More development on East Main

Erusha presents mixed-use concept to council Spring 2021 construction planned

SOLON– The landscape of Solon’s Main Street is set to change again.
At a June 17 meeting, Solon City Council members reviewed a plan by Neil Erusha, of rural Solon, to redevelop three-quarters of a city block on the northeast corner of Highway 1 and Main Street into a mix of commercial and residential use.
Erusha proposed two new two-story buildings facing Main Street and the rehabilitation of an existing building on the north end of the property.
The concept depicted accesses on Highway 1, Cedar Street and Main Street, and that’s where Mayor Steve Stange had an issue.

Local student qualifies to compete at world’s largest rodeo.

DENVER– Taylor Moore, junior at Solon High School, earned a position on the Iowa State National High School Rodeo team and will travel with fellow teammates to Guthrie, Okla., on July 17-23 to compete at the 72nd annual National High School Finals Rodeo (NHSFR) in the pole bending and cutting horse competitions.

Blues and BBQ cooks up a socially distant alternative

By the North Liberty Blues and BBQ Committee

NORTH LIBERTY– It’s been two months since North Liberty Blues and BBQ organizers announced a decision to cancel the 2020 in-person edition of North Liberty Blues and BBQ presented by Veridian Credit Union due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, but fans of the festival can still have a taste of Blues and BBQ at home.

Under construction

5th Street intersection closed through mid-July for signal project Council updated on current projects

SOLON– It will be mid-July before the intersection of Highway 1 and 5th Street opens back up.
Eastbound through traffic on 5th Street has been diverted around construction of a traffic signal, and paving is scheduled for July 13-14, according to City Engineer Dave Schechinger.
During a June 17 city council meeting, Schechinger said crews are currently working on sewer and sub-drain, with subgrade scheduled for the following week. The work is expected to increase the intersection’s radius, widening the southeast corner by about 10 feet.

Splash pad back in sight

City prepares to absorb rising costs Hoping for summer 2021 opening

SOLON– The City of Solon would like to get its splash pad into the ground, but there are still costs up in the air.
It’s been a long time on the drawing board for the city’s first water park, but city officials hope to pull the project together and start construction in earnest yet this year.
At a special meeting June 10, city council members authorized a $64,518.45 down payment to Vortex Aquatic Structures International for the splash pad’s structures and recirculation equipment.
The total cost of the materials will be $215,061.50, including delivery.

Showing patriotism and helping kids

Clear Creek Lions Club blankets Tiffin with Old Glory

TIFFIN– It’s known by many names: “Old Glory,” The “Stars and Stripes,” “The Colors.” The flag of the United States of America consists of 13 red and white alternating stripes with a blue field covered in white stars (originally 13 to represent a new constellation). On June 14, 1777, The Second Continental Congress passed a resolution sealing the design of the flag recognized around the world. One-hundred thirty-nine years later, President Woodrow Wilson decreed June 14 to be “Flag Day,” a day to honor the flag and the country it represents.

If you need it, they probably have it

Corridor Equipment Rental in North Liberty is the do-it-yourselfer’s temporary tool shed

NORTH LIBERTY– For almost a year, Corridor Equipment Rental, in North Liberty, has been on a mission to be the go-to source for the do-it-yourselfer needing a specific tool for a specific task, and not for all eternity.

Black Lives Matter

Solon grads share their experiences with racism Over 100 march through Solon

SOLON– Black Lives Matter to white people, too.
And that is making a difference, according to a few Solon High School (SHS) graduates.
SHS alumni led a throng of about 150 people on a march through Solon Sunday, June 14, demanding justice for black Americans.
The Black Lives Matter (BLM) supporters shouted the names of the most recent victims in America’s race war as they walked from the SHS parking lot to the bandstand downtown.
Leading the crowd were Solon graduates Ainslee Eastman, Cate Neumann, Sydney Lawson and Ellie Hawkins, and 17-year-old Quincy Jagnow of North Liberty.

Home sweet home, at last

Liberty baseball brings back just about everybody for 2020

NORTH LIBERTY– The Bolts’ diamond was finished last year, but not in time for Coach Tom Cronk and his crew to play on it.
After two seasons of being full-time road warriors, with “home” games played at Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, the Liberty High Lightning will finally get to play on their own diamond on Liberty’s campus in North Liberty.

SIS celebrates with Flipped Parade

SOLON– This was the way school ended in 2020.
Solon Intermediate School (SIS) hosted a Flipped Parade Friday, May 29, to say farewell to some students and to say a socially-distant hello to others.
Teachers and staff holding signs lined the rear parking lot of the school and a parade of vehicles carrying students and families rolled slowly through.

Finishing the job

NL Council approves Shive-Hattery contract to finish Ranshaw House restoration

NORTH LIBERTY– “We’re at a point where we need to get it finished up and usable,” North Liberty City Administrator Ryan Heiar told city council members about the historic Ranshaw House.
Heiar introduced a proposal from Shive-Hattery to finish the rehabilitation of the house during a Tuesday, May 26, council meeting.