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Community

St. John to take over Ely congregate dining

ELY– St. John Lutheran Church has announced it will take over the senior congregate dining and meal delivery service when Horizons Meals on Wheels ends service in April.
Situated in the heart of Ely, St. John has a long record of being committed to serving the community and didn’t hesitate to step forward when Horizons announced last week that its service to Ely and other sites would be discontinued due to budget shortfalls.
“It will be a big project to pull together in a short time,” said the Rev. Erika Uthe. “But there is no other option. Our people need to eat.”

Highway 965, park on NL’s to-do list

Open house gives a glimpse of projects

NORTH LIBERTY– It’s almost detour season.
Despite stormy weather, city officials and representatives from Shive-Hattery engineering firm gathered at the North Liberty Community Library Thursday, April 24, to give the public a chance to learn details of a few projects that will impact traffic in the upcoming construction season.

ICCSD slices programs, then tees up next meeting

IOWA CITY– Public reaction to $3.6 million in budget cuts mounted at the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) April 22 school board meeting, and School Board President Sally Hoelscher threatened to curtail public comments as a result. Ultimately, director Jeff McGinness asked that budget cuts be placed on the next business meeting agenda for discussion, even though the 2014-2015 budget has already been certified.

City to eat unsavory premium increase for Tiffin employees

TIFFIN– The cost of health insurance rarely goes down.
And once in a while, there’s a spike in premiums that really causes jaws to drop.
The City of Tiffin encountered one such moment recently, experiencing a 36 percent hike in the cost of health insurance for its employees.
At a meeting last Wednesday, Tiffin council members considered whether any of the increase should be passed on to workers.
In the end, the answer was no.

Referendum likely, but jail won’t be on it

IOWA CITY– The dilemma over the Johnson County Jail and Courthouse had the board of supervisors in meetings that at times were contentious late last year. After another failed bond issue last May, which would have built a justice center, combining additional courthouse space with a new jail, the supervisors have continued to battle over a variety of options.

Sign up by May 17 for Optimists’ Avenue of Flags opportunity

NORTH LIBERTY– We are approaching the time of year when residents of North Liberty are invited to display the American flag in a colorful acknowledgment of our national values and in support of those who are actively defending freedom around the world.
For the fourth year, the Optimist Club of North Liberty is offering the community an opportunity to display its American spirit. The Optimist Club will place a 3’x5’ nylon American flag on a 10-foot pole in front of your home or business on these five national holidays: Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, Labor Day and Veteran’s Day.

Schools to hold 5K, 1 mile run May 17

NORTH LIBERTY– Penn, Garner and Van Allen PTOs will co-sponsor the second annual GPV PTO Rockin’ 5K Run/Walk and Little Rockin’ 1 Mile Run on Saturday, May 17. This event will begin and end at Penn Elementary. The 1 mile run will begin at 8:30 a.m., followed by the 5K at 9 a.m.
All proceeds from this event go to the North Liberty Family Resource Centers serving the students and families of Penn, Garner and Van Allen Elementary schools.
Register for the event at https://secure.getmeregistered.com/get_information.php?event_id=10205.

Blues & BBQ volunteer sign-up is on

NORTH LIBERTY– Sign up is now open for volunteers at the July 12 North Liberty Blues & BBQ presented by South Slope Cooperative Communications. It takes a volunteer force of about 200 people to put on this all-ages, family-friendly event. Roles include selling drink tickets or serving in the beverage garden, helping kids at the inflatables, distributing water to volunteers, set up and tear down, and many others. Volunteers can visit northlibertyblues.org/volunteer to sign up.

Parents still don’t understand SBG

Report shows interpreting grades on PowerSchool continues to stymie

SOLON– Parents just don’t understand.
A year didn’t do a lot to improve the comprehension of standards-based grading (SBG) for parents in the Solon Community School District (SCSD).
An SBG report presented at the April 14 meeting of the Solon school board showed that parents participating in a spring survey have not significantly improved their understanding of what their student is learning.
“We definitely need to do a better job helping them understand PowerSchool,” Director of Instruction and Technology Matt Townsley told board members. “That continues to be a concern.”

Randall Park reopens, council considers Windmill Estate sewer

Spring is welcomed by City

SOLON– Spring arrived late, Randall Park reopened, and the council prepared to spend more money to support growth at an April 17 city council meeting.
Council members also approved a seasonal, part-time landscaping position for the city as they moved through a packed agenda.
“Randall Park is open and getting used,” said Scott Kleppe, director of public works. “Last Friday there were probably 15 parents and kids down there as we were seeding.”

Solon Women’s Club to host May Day breakfast Saturday, May 3

SOLON– Highlight May 3 on your calendar to remind you to attend the GFWC/Iowa Solon Women’s Club May Day Breakfast at the Solon Methodist Church from 7 until 11 a.m. Egg and meat casseroles, homemade kolaches and rolls, fruit, orange juice, coffee and milk will be served.
The cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children (ages 5 through 12) tickets are available from GFWC/Iowa Solon Women’s Club members or at the door on May 3. Bring your family and friends and receive a special deal: five adult tickets for $25 and/or five children tickets for $12.

Methodists host Imagine No Malaria Pancake Supper April 27

SOLON– The Solon United Methodist Church will be hosting an Imagine No Malaria Pancake Supper on Sunday, April 27, from 5 until 7 p.m. in the Family Life Center across from the church.
The evening will feature live entertainment. The menu includes pancakes with a variety of toppings, sausage patties, scrambled eggs, fruit, juice, milk and coffee. A free will offering will be taken with all proceeds going to Imagine No Malaria, a charity whose goal is to end death and suffering from malaria by providing insecticide-treated bed nets to the people of Africa.