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Community

New Kids’ Campsite offers safe place to play all day

NORTH LIBERTY– Kids in North Liberty don’t have to go far to cozy up inside a tent, slide down a slippery log or swim with the frogs and fishes.
The North Liberty Recreation Center has it all, right inside the door.

Enjoy Orange Leaf frozen yogurt to help feed, clothe others in the North Libety community

NORTH LIBERTY– Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt in North Liberty has pledged a portion of its sales to help feed others in need this season.
“Being new to the community, we at the North Liberty Orange Leaf wanted to find a way to get involved and support our community. The North Liberty Community Pantry helps our community daily and especially right now during the holidays,” said Orange Leaf manager Matt Suckow.

Feed your neighbors, shop locally this holiday

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty-area businesses are finding new ways to spread the giving spirit this season.
More than 30 local businesses have pledged to either make a donation or create a promotion to generate funds for the North Liberty Community Pantry. Promotions range from donating a portion of their sales to providing items to auction or making a donation for every Facebook “like” they receive. Participating businesses include retailers to restaurants, service companies and more, making it easy for anyone to shop local and support others.

Oxford-area Masons to offer free meal Dec. 22

OXFORD– Oxford-area Masons will offer a free meal on Sunday, Dec. 22, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Oxford American Legion Post 537, 128 E. Main St, Oxford. The meal will consist of chili and potato soup, along with veggie and cheese trays.
The American Legion Auxiliary will present Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus from 1 until 3 p.m. The Masons from Canopy Lodge No. 290 in Oxford will be serving soup from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., while supplies last.
Everyone is welcome to come to the legion and enjoy free soup and enjoy the Christmas season.

Tiffin boys’ basketball team to host spaghetti supper Dec. 21

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) boys’ basketball team will host its annual spaghetti supper on Saturday, Dec. 21, from 3 until 7:30 p.m. in the CCA High School commons area, during the boys’ and girls’ basketball games. CCA Clippers basketball will host the West Branch Bears. Game times are 1:30 p.m., freshman boys; 3 p.m., girls’ JV; 4:30 p.m., boys’ JV; 6: p.m., girls’ varsity; and 7:30 p.m., boys’ varsity.
Cost for the spaghetti supper will be: adults age 13 and up, $7; seniors and ages 12 and under, $5. The public is encouraged to attend.

Meet Santa, city council in Tiffin Dec. 14

TIFFIN– Santa will be visiting the City of Tiffin on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 1 until 4 p.m. at Bella Sala, 3232 Jasper Ave. in Tiffin.
City council members and the mayor will also be available for discussion and good will.
Cookies, punch and gift bags will be available to the first 100 good little children.
For more information, contact the City of Tiffin at 319-545-2572 or visit the city’s website at www.tiffin-iowa.org.

Let there be lights!

Report says Hwy 1 traffic would benefit from signal

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist

SOLON– The City of Solon got something it had wanted for a long time, and right before Christmas, too.
The possibility of a traffic light to stop vehicles on Highway 1 at one of Solon’s busiest intersections.

School board looks at building options

Concept for middle school configuration appears elusive

By Alex Kline
Solon Economist

SOLON– What would it look like?
The members of the Solon school board began investigating more refined options for a possible multi-million dollar building project last week during a work session Monday, Nov. 25.
Board members visited with architect John Darveau of the architectural firm Struxture to consider two concepts for a new middle school as well as additional wings to the high school.

Make new friends, and keep the old

Familiar face returns to put new shine on Solon’s Old Gold Dining

By Lori Lindner
Solon Economist

SOLON– Ely resident Duane McAtee has served people much of his life.
Therefore, it’s not a big surprise that he has returned to Solon’s senior dining program as site manager; but to most, it is a blessing.
Solon’s Old Gold Dining program has been offering meals to the area’s senior residents for 33 years. Today, people aged 60 and up can get a hot meal for the price of a free-will donation, five days a week. The meals are served at Solon United Methodist Church fellowship hall, or delivered to homebound residents upon request.

St. Bridget’s Christmas party Sunday, Dec. 8

SOLON– St. Bridget’s will host an open house and Christmas party on Sunday afternoon, Dec. 8, at the historic St. Bridget’s Church built in 1894. The church is located at 2136 St. Bridget’s Rd. NE, Solon. The church will open at 1:30 p.m. and at 2:30 p.m., the West Branch Community Chorus will provide Christmas music followed by a visit from Santa. Everyone is welcome to attend the free concert, refreshments and hospitality. For information, please contact John Wall, 319-643-5495. 

St. Mary cookie walk set for Sunday, Dec. 8

SOLON– The annual St. Mary of Solon cookie walk will be held Sunday, Dec. 8, from 8 a.m. until noon in the St. Mary Catholic Church hall at 1749 Racine Ave.
There will be a variety of cookies and candy and even some homemade pies to choose from.
Shoppers can walk the aisles choosing their favorites. The price will remain at $5 per pound for cookies and candy; pies will be sold per whole pie. Everyone is welcome.

Solon Community Pantry serves 40 ready-to-make Thanksgiving meals

SOLON– On Monday, Nov. 25, the Solon Community Pantry provided 40 families with a box containing all the ingredients to cook a complete Thanksgiving turkey or ham dinner. This was possible only through the generosity of the community. The pantry would like to thank each and every person or group that so generously donated money or food in support of this holiday meal, plus the many volunteers who stepped forward.