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November 13th

$300,000 committed in soil quality restoration

NORTH LIBERTY– In May, the City of North Liberty launched the largest soil quality restoration (SQR) grant program in the state, with grants up to $1,500 available to North Liberty households to pay for 100 percent of an SQR project.
These projects will not only improve residential soil quality and produce greener, lusher lawns, but improve local water quality by slowing stormwater’s path to our streams, rivers and lakes, keeping pollutants out.
On Nov. 4, the city announced all $300,000 has been committed.

Sidewalk closures on Front and Zeller streets commence

NORTH LIBERTY– As of Nov. 1, the northern sidewalk on Zeller Street, in front of Quail Ridge Park, is closed as work starts on water system improvements. The work in Quail Ridge Park includes adding two wells and a control building.
Additionally, beginning Nov. 7, the western sidewalk on Front Street in front of Roseberry Stop, north of Windsor Road and south of the Colony Pumpkin Patch, is closed. Pedestrians can cross to the east side at Tartan Drive or Windsor Road. The sidewalk closure is expected through Nov. 28.

DeGowin blood drive Nov. 21

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Community Center, 520 W. Cherry St., is hosting a blood drive by the University of Iowa (UI) DeGowin Blood Center on Monday, Nov. 21, from 3:30-7:30 p.m.
Blood donations will take about 45 minutes and successful donors receive a thank you gift.
The DeGowin Blood Center is a hospital-based blood center collecting blood for UI Hospitals and Clinics and UI Children’s Hospital patients.

Corridor Arts and Crafts at Bella Sala in Tiffin Sunday, Nov. 20

TIFFIN– Corridor Arts and Crafts at Bella Sala is happening Sunday, Nov. 20, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 205 S. Park Rd. in Tiffin.
Start holiday shopping while browsing through the booth spaces of more than 60 local businesses selling all handmade and hand crafted items. Enjoying live music from Zachary Freedom while sampling craft beer and locally made wine and eating some amazing grub from two food trucks, Stonewall Brick Oven Pizza and Local Burrito. Both will offer breakfast and lunch options.
Little ones will have a blast at Bella Sala with face painting, kids craft bags and more.

Liberty Lightning Bolt Run Nov. 20 at North Central

NORTH LIBERTY– Sign up for the first annual Lightning Bolt 5K Run/Walk and Little Bolt 1-mile Run, held on Sunday, Nov. 20, starting at North Central Junior High, 180 E. Forevergreen Rd., in North Liberty.
Early registration is $20 for the 5K run/walk, $10 for the 1-mile run, and $25 for a joint one adult and one child registration, with an addition $5 per child. Late registration begins after Nov. 12.
Proceeds benefit the Family Resource Centers at Penn, Garner and Van Allen elementary schools, as well as North Central Junior High.

Everybody Plays!

Courage League brings adaptive sports to Eastern Iowa

NORTH LIBERTY– Jolene and Chad Darter traveled nearly four hours to give their daughter one hour of giant bowling, noodle hockey and aerobic drumming– activities that may seem more like fun and games than sports.
But Melissa Clarke-Wharff, founder and executive director of Courage League Sports based in Central Iowa, believes her organization provides just what kids with physical, cognitive or emotional disabilities need.
“It’s more than just sports,” she said.

Spartans exit playoffs, 28-14

Last season’s 3A champ steals Solon’s playoff football hopes

SOLON– The Pella Dutch stole the Solon Spartans’ football playoff hopes on Friday, Nov. 4, at Spartan Stadium with a 28-14 defeat. It was the last game for many members of the Spartan varsity team and they finished the season doing what they do, playing with heart, conviction and fortitude.
The Dutch advanced to compete at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls against Cedar Rapids Xavier on Thursday, Nov. 10.

Winter sports Soup and Hoops Nov. 18

Basketball programs raising funds with soup supper Nov. 18

SOLON– Blizzard conditions put a damper on attendance at last year’s inaugural Soup and Hoops.
Second-year varsity girls basketball coach Lisa Bishop is hoping for better weather Friday, Nov. 18, when the Solon High School winter teams reach out to the community with the kickoff event.
Doors open at 5 p.m., with scrimmages for the freshman and sophomore boys’ and girls’ basketball teams beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Protheroe among teachers who traveled to Germany

SOLON– This summer, 100 social studies and STEM teachers from the United States and Canada will travel to Germany as fellows of the Transatlantic Outreach Program (TOP).

Free Thanksgiving meal at Our Lord’s Church Thursday, Nov. 24

SOLON– Our Lord’s Church serves a free Thanksgiving meal Thursday, Nov. 24. All are welcome. Reservations are not required but would be helpful. The meal will be served at noon at the church, located at 131 N. Market St. Rides and deliveries are also available. Call Duane or Anna at 319-841-2243, a local call from Solon, with questions or reservations.