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Community

Winter is here, but we’ll Beat the Bitter Feb. 3 and 4

NORTH LIBERTY– Snow has arrived and Beat the Bitter– North Liberty’s celebration of winter games and good cheer– is back with two days of winter fun on the tundra of Penn Meadows Park on Friday, Feb. 3, and Saturday, Feb 4. 

Unstable ice on Coralville Reservoir

Gingerbread house contest Dec. 1-19

NORTH LIBERTY– Gingerbread, frosting, licorice and red hots, oh my! Create a gingerbread house for the North Liberty Community Library’s annual Gingerbread House Contest, submissions will be accepted Dec. 1-19.
The only rule for the contest is to have fun. Give your house a fun or festive name and bring it to display at the library by Dec. 19. You can also email a photo of your house to mharrison@northlibertyiowa.org. Images must be clear and close up.

Passing the baton

Ambition twirlers carry on “golden” tradition

IOWA CITY– Longtime Hawkeye fans remember Diana Reed as the “Golden Girl,” the baton twirler who performed with the University of Iowa (UI) Marching Band at football games and won the title of “Miss Iowa” in 2007.
Jessica Baker, 23, remembers Reed as the teacher and coach of Diana’s Golden Twirlers, the program Reed founded to offer twirling classes for an eager group of kids which included Jess and her younger sister Julia.

Holiday hours announced

NORTH LIBERTY– Hours for city offices and services will adjusted in the coming weeks. Regular hours will be held except for the following:
On Friday, Dec. 23, the recreation center will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The library and city offices will be closed.
On Saturday, Dec. 24, and Sunday, Dec. 25, the library, recreation center and all city offices will be closed.
On Monday, Dec. 26, the library will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the recreation center will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Reminders for snow and winter weather

NORTH LIBERTY– With winter weather in the the forecast, the City of North Liberty wants to reminds residents about snow emergencies and other snow procedures.
Snow emergencies go into effect automatically when there is 2 inches of snowfall or when one is declared by city administration. The goal of the city’s snow ordinance is to allow North Liberty’s streets to be cleared efficiently, so travel is safer and melting snow can drain quickly.
When a snow emergency is in effect, on-street parking is prohibited; cars can be ticketed every 12 hours or towed.

Just in time

The City of Solon is pleased to announce the completion of its first traffic signal installation at the intersection of Main Street and Market Street (Highway 1). This signal became active Tuesday morning, Dec. 6. 

Free Christmas meal at Our Lord’s Church Sunday, Dec. 25

SOLON– Our Lord’s Church will serve a free Christmas meal Sunday, Dec. 25. Everyone is welcome to attend. 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 for reservations.

Jerry Linderbaum Memorial Alumni Basketball Tournament Dec. 31

SOLON– The Solon Athletic Booster Club will sponsor the Jerry Linderbaum Memorial Alumni Basketball Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 31. Tip off is scheduled for 9 a.m. with proceeds from the event going towards the Jerry Linderbaum Scholarship Fund and Solon Basketball Program.
For more information regarding the tournament or more information regarding participation, contact Coach Jason Pershing at jpershing31@gmail.com or Adam Stahle at astahle10@gmail.com.

Advocates plan Dec. 14 restaurant trip to CR’s Lighthouse Inn

SOLON– The Solon Senior Advocates are planning a restaurant trip Wednesday, Dec. 14, to the Lighthouse Inn Supper Club in Cedar Rapids leaving from the Solon Recreation and Nature Area at 4 p.m. Upon returning, the Advocates plan to tour the many remarkable Christmas displays in Solon. Please call 624-2710 for reservations.

Facilities Usage Meeting Dec. 7

SOLON– The Facilities Usage Meeting will be held Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m. in room 403 at Solon Middle School. The topic of discussion will be the upcoming gym usage schedule for January through April. Please make sure your team has a representative present. Contact Jody McSweeney with any questions at 319-624-3401, ext. 1300.

Passing the baton

Ambition twirlers carry on tradition started by Golden Girls

IOWA CITY– Longtime Hawkeye fans remember Diana Reed as the “Golden Girl,” the baton twirler who performed with the University of Iowa (UI) Marching Band at football games and won the title of “Miss Iowa” in 2007.
Jessica Baker, 23, remembers Reed as the teacher and coach of Diana’s Golden Twirlers, the program Reed founded to offer twirling classes for an eager group of kids which included Jess and her younger sister Julia.