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A Quilt of Valor
by DJ Kauffman Correspondent · February 23rd, 2017
A Quilt of Valor, made one piece at a time, was presented to patriot Barb (Burmeister) Kula of Anamosa at the Marion Hy-Vee on Tuesday, Feb. 14, by Kay Prasil of Lisbon and Ralph Osenbaugh of Cedar Rapids. Kula said she most likely will frame her made-from-the heart-and-hands heirloom and then later be buried with it when the time comes.

Harvey Sollberger to be featured in Paris, France concert
by Nancy Grindle Correspondent · February 23rd, 2017
A full evening portrait concert of the works of composer-flutist Harvey Sollberger, a Marion High School graduate, will be presented by the French Flute Orchestra in Paris, France, on February 27.

The Views senior living community offers unique concept
by Nancy Grindle Correspondent · February 23rd, 2017
Groundbreaking for The Views Senior Living of Marion complex is expected soon at 720 Oakbrook Drive in south Marion. The project is unique in that it features the WELL concept of building and is the first WELL building in the state of Iowa as well as the first WELL assisted-living building anywhere, according to Project Manager Chad Schumacher of Larson Construction. Larson is the general contractor creating the facility.

2017 Democratic Caucuses Meeting
by Report submitted · February 23rd, 2017
2017 Democratic Caucuses will be held on Saturday, March 4. Democrats from Alburnett, Central City, Center Point, Coggon, Palo, Lisbon/Franklin Township, Mount Vernon, Prairieburg, Robins, Springville, Toddville, Walker and some parts of Marion and rural Bertram (State Senate District 48) will be meeting at Gwen's Restaurant, 119 West Main in Lisbon. Registration starts at 9 a.m. and the meeting starts at 10 a.m.

Volunteers Needed
by Report submitted · February 23rd, 2017
Care Initiatives Hospice is looking for caring, compassionate people in the Marion area to become hospice volunteers. Care Initiatives Hospice currently has patients at Crestview Acres and Bickford Cottage in Marion. Volunteers can provide care and support to patients and families to help ensure quality of life at the end of life. Volunteers determine their own schedule and can help such as holding a hand, listening to memories and life stories, and sharing special talents.

Art exhibit at Lowe Park displays local talent, passion for the arts
by Alyssa James Correspondent · February 23rd, 2017
On Monday, Feb. 20, 2017, the Marion Arts Council hosted the opening reception for the Mount Mercy University, Kirkwood Community College, and Indian Creek Elementary School Art Exhibition. The event took place in the Lowe Gallery from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Students, teachers, and professors from all three schools were present at the event and welcomed the public to view the wonderful art.

Doing a Good Turn
by Nancy Grindle Correspondent · February 23rd, 2017
Boys and leaders in Scouting try to do a Good Turn (something to help someone) daily. In this case, Boy Scout Troop 501 and Cub Scout Pack 501 saw that North Linn School District needed a U.S. flag to hang in the elementary gym, so they got one as well as a plaque and presented them to Mrs. Sarah Meyer of North Linn Elementary during an 8 a.m. assembly on Presidents' Day.

Down Memory Lane
by By Voanne Hansen Times News · February 23rd, 2017
Check out what's going on in Marion History

Hussite Fantasy to come to Marion
by Report submitted · February 23rd, 2017
Red Cedar Chamber Music continues its tradition of celebrating Eastern Iowa's rich Czech heritage with Hussite Fantasy, a MainStage concert event, at 7 p.m. on Saturday, February 25 at First Presbyterian Church, 2701 Rochester Ave., Iowa City, IA and 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 26, at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, 1400 Inspiration Place SW, Cedar Rapids, IA.

Linn-Mar FFA Chapter celebrates 2017 FFA Week
by Submitted by Barbara Lemmer, LMHS · February 23rd, 2017
The Linn-Mar FFA Chapter is celebrating National FFA Week this week, February 18-25, 2017. This year's theme is "Transform Purpose to Action," and it embraces more than 89 years of FFA traditions while looking forward to the organization's future.

Linn-Mar Student of the Week: Ben Digmann
by Report submitted · February 23rd, 2017
Ben Digman is a senior at Linn-Mar High School for the 2016-17 school year.

Linn-Mar's Success Center committed to achieve student independence
by Report submitted · February 23rd, 2017
The transition from high school to the workforce or secondary education is a big step in life for all students. For students enrolled in an Individualized Education Program (IEP), they may not be ready to make that transition yet. That's where the Linn-Mar Success Center comes in. According to Christine McSweeney, director of off-site programming, "the center is a 12-plus program for students who have already gone through four years of high school and range in age from 18-21." The goal of the center is to assist students who still have skill deficits in areas like independent living, jobs skills and functional academics. "These are real-life skills you would need to understand while out in the community, such as reading signs, menus and bus schedules," she said.

Marion Student of the Week: Bethany Darling
by Report submitted · February 23rd, 2017
Bethany Darling is a senior at Marion Independent for the 2016-17 school year.

Prince and David Bowie announce Marion concert date: Finding your way in the age of fake news
by Madeline Jarvis Adult Services Coordinator, Marion Public Library · February 23rd, 2017
Does that sound too good to be true? Sadly, it is. Fake news websites deliberately spread false stories or hoaxes to drive up their web traffic. As an estimated 44 percent of Americans rely on Facebook for their news source, it's easy to be overwhelmed with articles on your feed.

Washington Tea honors Good Citizens
by Nancy Grindle Correspondent · February 23rd, 2017
Eleven area high school students were recognized as DAR Good Citizens for 2017 and honored at a George Washington Birthday Tea held at Summit Pointe Senior Complex on Sunday, Feb. 19, at 2 p.m.
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