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Community

Girl Scouts donate to pantry

Eleven members of Girls Scout Troop #5647 collected food for the Solon Food Pantry. This year the troop is doing monthly community servcie activities. Pictured above are (front row) Delaney Durr, Gable Knight, Piper Stahle and Alexis Anderson; (back row) Aunika King, Gretchen Hammill, Morgan Dooley, Audrey Heineman, Madyn Hahn, Mackenzie Craig and Chloe Benjamin. (contributed photo)

Gerdin family gifts $300,000 to Ronald McDonald Family Room at St. Luke’s

CEDAR RAPIDS– Hundreds of families with hospitalized children will be the beneficiaries of a major gift from the Gerdin Family Foundation. The family is gifting $300,000 to St. Luke’s Foundation for the creation of the Ronald McDonald Family Room®, which is currently under construction on the second floor of St. Luke’s Center for Women’s and Children’s Health. The Foundation will use $100,000 of the gift to open an endowment to support future capital needs as there will always be a demand for this type of facility for the families of critically-ill children.

Solon Public Library

New books

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Old Gold Diner

Wow, what a year The Old Gold Diner is having. Many thanks to the City of Solon, The Solon Retirement Village and generous donations from members of the community. Since starting to receive meals from the Solon Retirement Village Jan. 2 this year, Old Gold Diner has been able to serve over 7,000 meals to seniors and others, in their homes or at the Solon Methodist Church where those who want to dine with friends and neighbors are hosted. Of those meals, 10 percent were meals that went to people in need of nutritional meals and unable to afford them.

SCSD accepting preschool applications for 2015-16

SOLON– The Lakeview, All Aboard, Play & Learn and Solon Learning Academy preschools are currently accepting applications for 2015-2016 openings.  
Please go to the Solon Community School District website beginning Monday, Jan. 12, at www.solon.k12.ia.us, and complete the following steps:
• Click on the “Lakeview” link at the top of the district home page.
• Click on the “Information” tab.

Farmland values fall from historic high

Land value survey shows decrease in value of $773 per acre

By Michael Duffy, Karen Kovarik, Iowa State University Extension
AMES– Average Iowa farmland value is now estimated to be $7,943 per acre— a drop in value of $773, or 8.9 percent, per acre. Land values were determined by the Iowa Land Value Survey, which was conducted in November by the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development at Iowa State University (ISU). Results from the survey are similar to results found by the Realtors Land Institute and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

Take THAT, cancer

Five junior high boys help two friends fight life-threatening illness

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NORTH LIBERTY– Ever wanted to punch cancer in the nose, knock its teeth out or even give cancer a swift knee to the groin?
Five young men from North Central Junior High (NCJH) have made it possible, on their crowd fund website “KILL CANCER for Flash and Avery.”
The group of seventh and eighth graders– Carson Baldes, Sam Rechkemmer, Kaleb Williams, Drake Woody and Ben Vander Leest– together with mentor B.C. Tweedt of North Liberty created a web-based video to help two young friends fight cancer.

Project Holiday gives more reason to celebrate

Crisis Center helps feed families during holiday season

NORTH LIBERTY– Could you buy groceries for a family of three on a budget of just over $100 each month?
It’s the difficult reality for North Liberty resident Michael Plummer and many others like him who must stretch every dollar just to get by.
But Plummer and about 1,500 other families will have a brighter holiday this year, thanks to Project Holiday 2014, a collaborative effort of the Crisis Center of Johnson County and its partners that distributes holiday meals to area families.

NLFD battles blaze in rural subdivision

IOWA CITY– A home in rural Iowa City southeast of North Liberty was destroyed by fire last week.
The North Liberty Volunteer Fire Department (NLFD) was dispatched to 6 Woodland Hts. NE, Iowa City, for a structure fire in the early morning hours Tuesday, Dec. 16.
According to a report issued by the NLFD, first-arriving North Liberty units reported flames and thick smoke showing throughout the structure. Mutual aid from surrounding fire departments was quickly summoned.

Through the eyes of a lion

By Ray Haas
Special to the North
Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– Each year, children in North Liberty eagerly look forward to the first Saturday of December and their opportunity to visit with Santa. They come to the North Liberty Recreation Center by the hundreds to talk to him and to eat a hearty breakfast of pancakes, eggs, sausage, juice, milk and coffee served by the North Liberty Lions Club.

Top Shelf Volunteers

NORTH LIBERTY– Judy and Paul McRoberts are a married couple who offer a unique dynamic to the North Liberty Food and Clothing Pantry. Both of the McRoberts can be found volunteering in different capacities around the pantry and were both an integral part of the planning of the new pantry building by serving on the Operations Committee.
The McRoberts started volunteering at the pantry at different times. Judy started 12 years ago and Paul started six years ago on a regular basis. They enjoy spending time together while they volunteer.

NL Mayor Nielsen announces office hours

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty Mayor Amy Nielsen will begin hosting regular office hours at the North Liberty Community Library, 520 W. Cherry St. The office hours are intended to offer the public another avenue to communicate with elected officials.
An initial reception, with light refreshments, is planned for Tuesday, Dec. 30, from 3 until 5 p.m. The public is invited to stop in to chat and meet the mayor.
Starting Jan. 6, Nielsen will be available each Tuesday from 4:30 until 6 p.m. to answer questions, listen to concerns, or discuss topics raised by the public.