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Community

Ag classes coming to CCA

District last offered ag and FFA in the late 1970s

TIFFIN– Next year, blue corduroy jackets might be seen in the hallways of the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School in Tiffin, identifying students enrolled in a brand new agricultural education program, which has also joined the Future Farmers of America (FFA).
CCA last offered agricultural classes in the late 1970s in partnership with Kirkwood Community College. However, the college dropped the program and the school district was unable to continue it. Interest in the curriculum and hopes for restarting the program laid dormant like seeds waiting for an opportunity to burst forth.

May Day Breakfast Saturday, May 5

SOLON– Highlight Saturday, May 5, on the calendar and remember to attend the Solon Women’s Club May Day Breakfast at the GFWC/Iowa Solon Methodist Church from 7-11 a.m. At the breakfast, the following items will be served: Egg and meat casseroles, homemade rolls and kolaches, fruit, orange juice, milk and coffee.
The cost is $6 per adult and $3 for children (ages 5-12) tickets are available from GFWC/Iowa Solon Women Club members or at the door on May 5.
The profit made from the breakfast will be split between the Solon Public Library and the Solon Community School District libraries.

City-wide Garage Sale registration

Solon’s City-wide Garage Sale is set for the first weekend in June: Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2. If you don’t have enough for your own sale, you can always donate items to The Friends of the Solon Public Library. The Friends hold their own sale, with proceeds benefiting the library. (Donations of bedding and clothing are discouraged as those items do not sell well.) The Friends will also hold a plant sale on June 1 and 2, so please think of the library when you’re dividing your perennials.

A win in JMFD’s battle to save lives and property

Additional water supply for firefighting in Shueyville

SHUEYVILLE– Residents in the Shueyville area in general, and future residents of the Jacobs Landing subdivision on Curtis Bridge Road will have some measure of peace of mind as the Jefferson-Monroe Fire Department (JMFD) has placed another underground water tank.

It’s Official

Johnson County to lease, then purchase, Celebration Barn

OXFORD– The Johnson County Conservation Board (JCCB) unanimously approved entering a lease agreement with the Iowa Natural Heritage Trust Fund (INHF) for seven parcels of land known as The Celebration Barn.
The board took action during a Tuesday, April 17, meeting at Kent Park, ending speculation and rumors regarding the purchase.

Harmony Hawks are coming to town

SOLON– Solon High School’s (SHS) vocal choirs will perform in an informal concert with the Harmony Hawks barbershop chorus Thursday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the Solon Center for the Arts. All three Solon choirs will sing a song from their state contest set followed by the Harmony Hawks concert presentation.
The concert is free and open to the public. “If you have never heard barbershop live before, this is an awesome opportunity right on our home turf,” SHS Director of Choral Activities Joel Foreman. “We hope you can join us for a fun, free night of music making!”

Solon Old Gold Diner May activities

• Thanks to the Phil Michel and company for representing the Memorials by Michel and sponsoring the April meal.

• Bingo is held Tuesdays and Thursdays with 11 a.m. Penny Bingo and following lunch play is for prizes with a black out final game for a free Old Gold Dinner meal ticket as the prize.

There’s a lot of recreation news, folks

More advisory members named, farmers market to Mushroom Park

SOLON– There’s a lot of recreation news, folks.
The agenda for the Solon City Council last week was dominated by decisions about new recreation programs and projects, including continued appointments to a new recreation advisory team, the dissolution of the Solon Parks and Recreation Commission, an application to Iowa Great Places for the Solon Recreation and Nature Area (SRNA) in support of a splash pad and the selection of Mushroom Park as the location of a new farmers market.
Whew.

Kites for Kids honors child abuse victims

NORTH LIBERTY– Kites filled the sky above the football field at North Central Jr. High in North Liberty Saturday, April 21 during the Kites for Kids festival. The family-friendly activity was part of Child Abuse Prevention Month, and was held to recognize and honor children who have been affected by child abuse. It also recognized the many non-profit and social services organizations, which work tirelessly in an attempt to prevent child abuse.
While some families brought their own kites to fly, free kites were provided on-site, with minimal assembly required.

Pantry golf tournament Friday, May 4

CORALVILLE– Registration is open for the North Liberty Community Pantry’s 8th Annual 4-Person Best Shot Golf Tournament held Friday, May 4.
Registration is at 7:30 a.m. with final check-in at 8:30 a.m. A shotgun start begins at 9 a.m. followed by a catered meal at 1 p.m. The tournament will take place at the Brown Deer Golf Club at 1900 Country Club Dr. in Coralville. The entry fee is $450 per team, prepaid. This includes a continental breakfast, green fees, a cart, a catered meal, driving range balls and team picture. A silent auction will also take place along with awards ceremony.

An effluent fit for the affluent

North Liberty’s advanced wastewater treatment plant

NORTH LIBERTY– It’s safe to say North Liberty’s a special place. And while the growing community maintains its small town ambiance, it certainly doesn’t cut corners. Even the city’s approach to wastewater treatment is top-notch– just ask newly appointed Superintendent Drew Lammers.
“Everybody throughout the city, residents included, should be proud of what we have,” Lammers remarked.

Plant overview

Built in 1967, North Liberty’s wastewater treatment plant underwent major upgrades in 1998 when it was a sequential batch reactor (SBR) facility.

Beauty and the Beast dance in Tiffin

TIFFIN– True love and internal beauty won out over vanity and ego as the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School Drama Department performed the musical version of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” Thursday, April 19, through Saturday, April 22, in the Performing Arts Center, in Tiffin.