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Community

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Former NFL player and bestselling author visits Solon Middle School with a message about the importance of reading

SOLON– Former NFL player and current young adult novelist Tim Green sometimes speaks in CAPITAL letters.
Green, a former defensive end for the Atlanta Falcons from 1986 to 1993, used his interest in sports and reading to weave together a message about the importance of books and hard work for a packed audience of students and teachers in the Solon Middle School gymnasium Oct. 28.
The dynamic speaker and author stressed to his audience the importance of books as a gateway to other worlds and experiences, and as the training room for their minds.

Class sizes still rising at Garner Elementary

ICCSD may allow families at crowded schools to transfer to schools with smaller class sizes

By Nora Heaton
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY – As K-3 enrollment continues to creep upward in the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD), the Board of Directors will consider options to keep class sizes down, such as allowing students to transfer to schools with small classes.

Castle crashers

Dressed in costumes and ready for tricks and treats, Kayliah and Charles Greer enter the North Liberty Recreation Center’s Haunted Happenings event Friday, Oct. 30. Recreation center staff transform the building into a semi-spooky site for the annual children’s Halloween celebration, with an indoor maze and kids’ activities co-sponsored by the City of North Liberty and the Optimist Club of North Liberty. For more photos and information about the event, see page A6. (photo by Lori Lindner)

CCE’s new principal finds renewed sense of purpose in Oxford

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
OXFORD— When talking with elementary school principal Matt Leeman, two thoughts come to mind. First, never say “never.” Second, there’s something special about the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) School District that can renew an educator’s spirit.

NL council approves arts funding for kids

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty’s new budget strategy to fund mid-year requests from nonprofit organizations has already benefitted local seniors.
Now it is helping area youth as well.
The North Liberty City Council in October approved two social service funding applications from Elder Services, in the amount of $1,120, and North Liberty Senior Dining program, for $1,500. A third application from Any Given Child of Iowa City, in the amount of $2,000 each year for three years, was considered at the council’s Oct. 27 meeting.

Local author releases new crime novel

Reading at Prairie Lights Nov. 19

IOWA CITY– Acclaimed and long time Iowa City author Patrick Irelan will read at Prairie Lights Bookstore Thursday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m.
Irelan’s new crime fiction novel, “The Big Drugstore,” is set in the Quad Cities alongside the Mississippi River. The novel introduces smart-talking, big-hearted, quick-witted and down-on-his-luck Private Detective Mike Scofield.
The book gets five stars from Foreword Reviews.

Haunted happenings

NORTH LIBERTY– With a turnout of more than 720 kids, North Liberty’s Haunted Happenings event is easily one of the most popular Halloween activities in the Corridor.
This year’s Haunted Happenings took place Thursday, Oct. 29, and Friday, Oct. 30, at the North Liberty Community Center.

Cedar Rapids Horsemen’s Club Thanksgiving Dinner Nov. 14

WESTERN– The Cedar Rapids Horsemen’s Club will hold its Thanksgiving turkey dinner and auction Saturday, Nov. 14, at the clubhouse at 11808 Club Rd., in Western, with a 5 p.m. social hour and a 6 p.m. meal. A fundraising auction will be held at 7 p.m.

22nd Annual Fall Arts and Crafts Show Nov. 7-8

CORALVILLE– Make plans now to attend the 22nd Annual Fall Arts and Crafts Show on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 7-8, at the Marriott Conference Center.
This is the area’s largest show, with over 150 talented exhibitors presenting and selling the Midwest’s finest handcrafts.
The show is a production of Callahan Promotions, Inc. and offers patrons the opportunity to enjoy original affordable arts and crafts.

Practical Farmers of Iowa’s 2015 fall farminar series starts Nov. 10

AMES– It’s that time of the year again: cooler nights, shorter days, harvest wrapping up – the perfect time to reflect on the growing season and consider improvements to better achieve farm goals next year. Practical Farmers of Iowa is set to kick off its fall farminar series in November to offer practical knowledge for row crop, livestock or fruit and vegetable farmers looking to improve their operations. The webinar series, called “farminars,” is free for anyone with an internet connection to tune in and participate.

Spooky Spartan Trail

The Solon Middle School PTO hosted the Spooky Spartan Trail Friday, Oct. 30, at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area. The fundraiser featured semi-frightening scenes along the cross coutry course adjacent to the Timber DOME Lodge. At left, Carter and Quint Chickering pick out some treats from a volunteer before moving on down the trail. (photos by Doug Lindner)

City creates new janitor position

Part-time job will serve city buildings

SOLON– Good help can be hard to find.
Sometimes you just have to do it yourself.
After over a year of trying to find a suitable contractor, the City of Solon is creating a new part-time janitorial position to provide services for the city hall, library and fire station.
“This has been a long process,” City Administrator Cami Rasmussen told city council members at a regular meeting Oct. 21.