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Community

District will hold school on MLK’s Birthday

By Alex Kline
North Liberty Leader

IOWA CITY– School and the activities planned for Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) will continue as planned for Martin Luther King (MLK) Day on Jan. 20, 2014.
ICCSD Superintendent Stephen Murley informed the board that the Iowa Department of Education had no process for amending a district’s current calendar year at the Tuesday, Dec. 17, board meeting.

No common ground yet

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

NORTH LIBERTY– If Tiffin mayor Steve Berner had a new 28E agreement on his Christmas wish list, he may want to go ask Santa Claus for something else.

All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth

Grace Fiala (right) reacts while talking to Santa Claus along with sister Grace (left) at the Solon State Bank Friday, Dec. 13. Santa Claus spent time with more than a dozen children during his annual visit to the bank. (photo by Doug Lindner)

Mercy’s Mobile Mammography Unit to be in Solon Jan. 20

SOLON– The Mercy Women’s Center mobile mammography van will be in Solon on Monday, Jan. 20. The van will be located at the Mercy Family Medicine of Solon Clinic. The clinic has recently been renamed from Solon Family Practice, and is located at 510 W. Main St. The mobile mammography unit has been providing convenient access to breast screening services for Eastern Iowa women for 27 years.

Boy Scout Troop 120 soup supper Saturday, Jan. 11

SOLON–Solon Boy Scout Troop 120 is hosting its annual soup supper on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, at St Mary Catholic Church from 5 until 7 p.m. The soup supper features homemade soups of all varieties. Previous year’s soups have included traditional choices such as chicken noodle and chili as well as some not so traditional selections such as demok (spinach and coconut milk) and shrimp chowder. This all-you-can-eat meal also includes fresh baked bread made by the Scouts the morning of the supper and a wide assortment of desserts.

Spotlight can drive fundraiser on Jan. 4

SOLON– Solon Spotlight is having a can drive fundraiser on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014. Please drop off empty cans and bottles at the Solon Fire Station any time that day from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. For pick up, or more information, please email JamiWolf.realtor@gmail.com.
Solon Spotlight annually provides over $20,000 in support to cover the costs of things such as fees for band and choir competitions, accompanist fees, instrument and technology upgrades, performing arts scholarships and more from elementary on up to high school.

A Dining Dilemma

Meal sites struggle with dwindling federal dollars

By Lori Lindner
Solon Economist

JOHNSON COUNTY– Increasingly, as state and federal dollars are cut from social assistance programs, local organizations and individuals are attempting to absorb the costs.
When a funding shortfall empties the plates of our nation’s elderly– those who rely on home-delivered meal programs like Meals on Wheels or who regularly attend congregate dining sites– it can become a matter of eating or going hungry.

More than a meal at Our Lord’s Christmas

Church gears up to host 50 for holiday dinner

By Alex Kline
Solon Economist

SOLON– With Christmas quickly approaching, members of Our Lord’s Church aren’t just scrambling to put together their own meals for their families and friends, they are also preparing for a feast to feed over 50 people at their small location on Highway 1.
The church has been providing the free Christmas meal in Solon for nine years. Members of the community and those just passing by are welcome to join the church on Wednesday, Dec. 25, to enjoy a traditional feast with no strings attached.

Boy Scout Troop 120 soup supper Saturday, Jan. 11

SOLON–Solon Boy Scout Troop 120 is hosting its annual soup supper on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, at St Mary Catholic Church from 5 until 7 p.m. The soup supper features homemade soups of all varieties. Previous year’s soups have included traditional choices such as chicken noodle and chili as well as some not so traditional selections such as demok (spinach and coconut milk) and shrimp chowder. This all-you-can-eat meal also includes fresh baked bread made by the Scouts the morning of the supper and a wide assortment of desserts.

Free Christmas meal at Our Lord’s Church in Solon Dec. 25

SOLON–Solon Boy Scout Troop 120 is hosting its annual soup supper on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, at St Mary Catholic Church from 5 until 7 p.m. The soup supper features homemade soups of all varieties. Previous year’s soups have included traditional choices such as chicken noodle and chili as well as some not so traditional selections such as demok (spinach and coconut milk) and shrimp chowder. This all-you-can-eat meal also includes fresh baked bread made by the Scouts the morning of the supper and a wide assortment of desserts.

Moving to higher ground

Volunteers from the Solon United Methodist Church youth groups and from United Action for Youth gathered in the brisk conditions at Randall Park Tuesday afternoon to help spread sand and mulch for the relocation of the park’s playground equipment. The city made the decision earlier this year to move the playground to higher ground after spring flooding eroded the base. (photos by Doug Lindner)

Deer disease outbreak no longer in effect

By Alex Kline
Solon Economist

JOHNSON COUNTY– The outbreak of hemorrhagic disease (HD) that killed over 1,000 deer in Iowa this year has ended, said Department of Natural Resources (DNR) deer project biologist Tom Litchfield. With shotgun season, some hunters might be wondering what the local deer populations will be like after back-to-back outbreak years.
Though this year’s reported cases of hemorrhagic disease was much less than the almost 3,000 suspected deaths of 2012, the quick progression and spreading of the disease can be detrimental to local deer numbers.