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Community

High speed chase ends east of Solon

Juvenile girl critically injured in crash

SOLON– A high-speed chase between troopers and a Des Moines man listed on the state’s sex offender registry ended east of Solon Nov. 22.
Jeffery D. Rangel, 20, of Des Moines, was charged by an Iowa State Patrol trooper with eluding resulting in injury, a Class D felony, after a chase began on Interstate 80 and reached speeds of 116 mph on Highway 1 between Iowa City and Solon.

Cost of sheriff’s contract to increase

Pulkrabek makes annual visit to city council

SOLON– The cost of the city’s contract with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) is going up by about $3,500.
The sheriff’s office currently provides 34 hours of weekly law enforcement to the City of Solon at a cost of $41 per hour. That hourly cost will increase $2 an hour, to $43, beginning in July 2017.
It was not unexpected news.
The sheriff’s office instituted a policy of increasing its hourly rates every other year and, with that understanding, the city upped the number of contract hours from 32 to 34 last year.

St. Mary Cookie Walk Sunday, Dec. 4

SOLON– St. Mary Helping Hands will host its annual Cookie Walk Sunday, Dec. 4, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. at St. Mary Parish Hall.

Cedar Rapids Horsemen’s Club Christmas soup supper Saturday, Dec. 3

WESTERN– The Cedar Rapids Horsemen’s Club hosts its annuals awards banquet and Christmas soup supper on Saturday, Dec. 3, at the club house, 11808 Club Rd., in Western. Social hour begins at 5 p.m., a meal is served at 6 p.m. and after the meal, Santa Claus will arrive at 7 p.m. Awards will be presented following Santa’s visit. Bring a soup or dessert to share, and a wrapped gift for your child. Santa will distribute these when he comes after dinner. High Point and year-end awards will be presented and announced. Contact Toby at 319-270-4235 for more information regarding the soup supper.

Dine out at Solon restaurants to support Post Prom this month

SOLON– Solon Post Prom provides an alcohol-free, safe and supervised celebration following prom for Solon students and their guests. The event is jointly supported through our schools, families, and community businesses.
The following restaurants graciously agreed to donate a portion of their proceeds, on the indicated evenings, to Solon Post Prom. Please visit and dine on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at Red Vespa; on Wednesday Dec. 14, at Big Grove Brewery; and Thursday, Dec. 22, at Eastwood’s to enjoy great food and support Solon students.
Many thanks to the businesses for their support.

Christmas Tree Walk Dec. 3

A Christmas Tree Walk hosted by Old Gold Senior Dining will be held at the Solon United Methodist Church Saturday, Dec. 3, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. featuring trees from organizations, businesses and individuals. Entertainment throughout the day and the Solon United Methodist Men’s soup, sandwich and pie lunch served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Golden Eagle featured at the Iowa Raptor Project Family Day Saturday, Dec. 3

SOLON– Join the Iowa Raptor Project for Family Day on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Macbride Recreation and Nature Area, 2095 Mehaffey Bridge Rd. NE.
December’s Family Day will feature the Iowa Raptor Project’s Golden Eagle named Aquila. Golden Eagles are the largest, fastest, and nimblest raptor in North America, so kids will have the chance to make wings and race them to find the hidden rabbit. There will also be a fire going and hot chocolate available to help keep the spectators warm.

Cider house showcase

New Rapid Creek Cidery to showcase craft brews at Wilson’s Orchard

IOWA CITY– You might call him the Johnny Appleseed of Johnson County. Spend a little time talking apples with Paul Rasch and you easily imagine him sitting down with that iconic apple evangelist of the 19th century, quaffing hard cider and striking up a spirited conversation on the relative merits of heritage fruit trees and the ripening schedules of various cultivars.

City council to make decision on mayoral vacancy

Members must appoint or hold special election

NORTH LIBERTY– Members of the North Liberty City Council have an important decision to make this month, but it seems as though that decision has already been made for them.
“I do know there is at least one person that is actively collecting signatures to force a special election,” Mayor Amy Nielsen told council members at a Nov. 22 meeting. “You might as well call for it.”

TiffinFest to be revamped July 2017

Council transfers funds to new group,

TIFFIN– After a two-year hiatus, TiffinFest is making a comeback, although the beloved town festival may look a little different.
At its Nov. 1 meeting, the Tiffin City Council approved the transfer of roughly $14,000 in previous festival funds to a new committee determined to reintegrate the weekend event back into the community.
“We just decided that it needed to be an all new event,” said organizer Melissa Fontanini, owner of Bella Sala in Tiffin. “New name, new logo, fresh faces running it, new activities. It really is going to be an amazing, fun, family-friendly event.”

Gingerbread house contest Dec. 1-19 at the library

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.

Breakfast with Santa Saturday, Dec. 3

NORTH LIBERTY– Santa will be waiting for kids to enjoy a hot meal, provided by the North Liberty Lions Club, on Saturday, Dec. 3, at the North Liberty Recreation Center from 8-11 a.m.
The event includes live music, crafts, special holiday movies on the big screen and a model Christmas train for everyone to enjoy. Don’t forget to visit with Santa and tell him what you want for Christmas. Don’t worry about a camera, photos will be taken free of charge by Sandi Spurrell Photography and posted to her website days later.