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Taking a Knee shakes CCA

Racist social media post follows in the wake of an athlete kneeling

North Liberty
Leader
TIFFIN– The controversial act of football players kneeling in protest during the performance of the national anthem has moved from the National Football League and college ranks to the turf of Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School in Tiffin.

One board game at a time

Geek City is North Liberty’s new hub of entertainment

NORTH LIBERTY– In an age of screens and digital media, Geek City is bringing back real communication. Located at 365 Beaver Kreek Center, Suite B, in North Liberty, Geek City is a board game and comic book emporium offering a little something for everyone. Between games for kids, Star Wars-themed entertainment and graphic novels, Geek City hopes to become a hub of entertainment in North Liberty.

Devoted to serving kids

Youth librarian Cassi Elton ready to reach out to Solon

SOLON—Solon’s kids were welcomed to the library’s Storytime with a ukulele last week, as new Youth Services Librarian Cassandra (Cassi) Elton sang and strummed “If You Want to Read a Book” to the tune of “If You’re Happy and You Know It.”
Elton, who began in her new role on Sept. 18, will be facilitating and planning weekly Storytime, instructing Babygarten, and organizing early-out activities and teen programming.
Working with boisterous children sounds like a fun challenge to her, rather than a scary task. She loves kids’ contagious enthusiasm.

Homecoming

Homecoming King Nick Radcliffe and Queen Ellen Cross. (photo by Jeff Hess)

Grow It Cook It

Kids take vegetables from garden to table

NORTH LIBERTY– What kid hasn’t turned up their nose at vegetables, no matter how well prepared, opting instead for French fries or pizza, if given the choice? It’s a perennial problem for parents of middle-schoolers and teenagers.
A new program, piloted this summer in Johnson County, aims to offer a solution. On Aug. 9, kids who participated in the Grow It Cook It summer day camp held their first public “Taste and Tour” event at the garden space adjacent to the North Liberty Community Pantry (NLCP).

Fall auction nets haul for Sts. Peter & Paul

Historical foundation runs low on fixin’s at annual fundraiser

SOLON– Kolaches and burgers were steadily flying off the counters at Sts. Peter and Paul’s annual fall auction fundraiser on Sunday, Sept. 17.
“We were starting to run low on a few food items in the kitchen,” said Jean Litts, the organizer of the Sts. Peter and Paul Historical Foundation and Chapel’s annual Fall Fun Auction. “No one was ever in danger of going hungry, as we had plenty of burgers and buns and kolaches left, but things like potato salad and beans, we were definitely running out on.”

Homecoming court announced

Solon’s Homecoming royalty will be named this week, culminating with the crowning of the queen Friday night during halftime of the varsity football game against Fort Madison. The 2017 Homecoming Court includes: (front) Alexis Ashton, Grace Keith, Ellen Cross, Delaney Bair, Sophie Nicol, Olivia Felton; (back) Nick Radcliffe, Luke Ira, Tyler Linderbaum, Payton Bandy, Zach Wegmann, Spencer Wegmann and Jaden Owen. (photo by Doug Lindner)

Old Gold Jailbirds

Incarcerated for a good cause

Make your reservation by Friday, Sept. 22

SOLON– It’s time for the community to join together in a jailbreak.
Solon’s Old Gold Diner hosts its major fundraiser for the year Wednesday, Sept. 27, with a special meal, entertainment and a lock-in of jailbirds who have to raise bail money for the program before their release.
Scott Kleppe, Brad Randall, Paula Sears, Denny Gruber, Kris Brown and Ruby Jean Berridge stepped forward to become “jailbirds” for a short amount of time, raising bail by asking friends, family and program-supporters to make cash donations to the cause.

Spartans cast out Demons, 40-0

Solon stays unbeaten atop District 5

SOLON– “Cast out the Demons,” capped on each side by the Spartan logo, was the warning off Highway 1 as the Washington Demons came to town on Friday, Sept. 15. They should have heeded the warning as the Solon Spartans demolished the Washington Demons, 40-0.
The Solon Spartans are sitting at 4-0, 2-0 in district play, and have only allowed seven points.
Did Solon Head Football Coach Kevin Miller see that coming?
“I’m not sure to be honest,” Miller said. “We knew that we had some important pieces in places that would allow our team to achieve at a high level.”

Lord’s Acre Sale

Saturday in Shueyville Lunch, auction, sales and activities for a good cause

SHUEYVILLE– Kitchens and craft rooms are humming with activity across the Shueyville United Methodist Church community, as members and friends of the church’s congregation prepare for the church’s 70th Annual Lord’s Acre Sale.
The sale is to be held on Saturday, Sept. 16, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the church, which is located at 1195 Steeple Ln. NE in Swisher.
The sale will feature a market, a chicken noodle soup lunch, a live auction, kids’ activities and fellowship, said Brenda Swanson, who has coordinated the past four sales.

Old Gold finds help next door

D.R. Miller steps into new role as diner’s site manager

By Nathan Countryman
Solon Economist
SOLON– D.R. Miller is proving you’re never too old to start a new career.
Miller was recently named the new manager for the Old Gold Diner in Solon, taking over for Duane McAtee, who retired at the end of July.
“One of the biggest challenges for me has been that I’ve been used to writing everything down in ink in my professional life,” Miller said. “This job requires you to write things down a lot more in pencil, to be willing to be flexible to whatever changes the day brings.”

Spartans shut out Regals, 33-0

Kula rushes for 206 yards

SOLON– In an evening filled with patriotism and Spartan pride, the Spartans routed the Iowa City Regina Regals, 33-0, on Friday, Sept. 1. The student section was awash in star-spangled splendor and the Solon American Legion presented the colors before the crowd.
It was Armed Forces Night at Spartan Stadium on Friday, Sept. 1, as the Regals came to town in hopes of defeating the Solon Spartans and getting into the win column in the 2017 season after a week-one loss to Cedar Rapids Xavier, 23-6.
The Spartans dashed those hopes.