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Community

Thanksgiving dinner at South Slope is free, open to the public

NORTH LIBERTY– For the second year in a row, a free Thanksgiving dinner will be available to those in need, thanks to a local community member and several businesses.
On Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28, from noon until 4 p.m., a full Thanksgiving meal will
be available for those in need at the South Slope Community Center in North Liberty. Transportation to the meal will also be available. To schedule transportation, please call 319-530-0135 and leave a message. For general information about the Thanksgiving dinner, contact Amanda Engstrom at amanda@southslope.net.

Patch work

NLPD asks for citizen input on logo redesign

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader

NORTH LIBERTY– For the next seven days, citizens have a unique opportunity to tell North Liberty police officers what to do.
The North Liberty Police Department (NLPD) is in the process of updating the emblem that will represent the department, not only on its officers’ uniforms but also on letterhead, identification badges and other items, and they are asking for the public to weigh in on the design.

Funning for the firefighters

NL comedian serves up more Comedy For Charity

By Lori Lindner
Solon Economist

North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– They’re on-call 24/7/365, ready at a moment’s notice to drop whatever they’re doing and respond to your call for help. They’re the firefighters who make up 14 fire departments in Johnson County, and North Liberty-based comedian Nathan Timmel would like to give them a little help.

School leaning toward $25M bond issue

Look for a vote in spring of 2014

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist
SOLON– Twenty-five million dollars.
That’s the projected price tag of a bond issue the Solon Community School District (SCSD) Board of Education expects to put before voters in spring of 2014.
But it still isn’t clear what the money will buy.
The district has a wide range of options, including a new middle school and a high school auditorium, and some of those were discussed again at a Nov. 11 board meeting.
What is clear is that the district will have approximately $25 million in bonding capacity to work with.

LEED or get out of the way

Secondary roads building causes heated debate

By Lori Lindner
Solon Economist
JOHNSON COUNTY– Building facilities is not an easy task when building consensus is equally difficult.
The Johnson County Board of Supervisors came to loggerheads during their Nov. 7 discussion of specifications for a proposed Secondary Roads department building at 4810 Melrose Ave. that will replace the facility destroyed by fire on March 25.

Solon Public Library

Mini-Tree Decorating Contest

Our Lord’s Church annual candy and gift sale Fri. and Sat. Dec. 6-7

New Yoga class to begin this week
SOLON– Solon Parks and Recreation is offering a yoga class that began Tuesday, Nov. 19. The class will be held on Tuesday evenings in the lower level of Brosh Chapel Community Center from 5:45 until 6:45 p.m.
Registration forms can be found on the city website at www.solon-iowa.com under the parks and recreation page.
Forms are also available at the city office. The five-week yoga class will meet on the following days: Nov. 19, Nov. 26, Dec. 3, Dec. 10 and Dec. 17.

Solon teens injured in I-380 rollover

GILBERTVILLE– Two Solon school students were injured in a rollover accident on Interstate 380 Thursday, Nov. 14, subsequent to a semifinal football playoff game at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls.
Allie Mercer, 17, and Alexa Roeder, 18, sustained non-incapacitating injuries when driver Shae Scott, 18, lost control of the 2002 Ford Expedition she was driving, according to a state accident report filed by the Black Hawk Sheriff’s Department.

Solon Community Pantry to donate ready-to-cook Thanksgiving meals

SOLON– The Solon Community Food Pantry is once again offering a ready-to-cook Thanksgiving meal box to families filled with all the holiday fixings. Boxes may be picked up Monday, Nov. 25, at the pantry between 2 and 6 p.m. Please call Carol Tobias, 319-351-6707 to reserve a meal box. Monetary donations to help with our Thanksgiving meals may be mailed to Solon Community Food Pantry, P.O. Box 344, Solon, IA 52333.

Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service Nov. 24

The Solon United Methodist Church will host an ecumenical thanksgiving soup supper and prayer service on Sunday, Nov. 24, at Solon United Methodist Church. Join members of Our Lord’s Church, United Methodist Church, and St. Mary Catholic Church at 5 p.m. for soup; and 6 p.m. for prayer. All three Solon pastors will participate. Pastor Scott Kober, of the Methodist Church, will offer the message. Members of the churches are participating with a combined choir. Please join them as they give thanks to God for our many blessings this Thanksgiving.

Solon Firefighter Dance Nov. 30

SOLON– The Solon firefighters will host their 21st annual Firefighters Dance on Saturday, Nov. 30, at Lake MacBride Golf Club.
The featured band is “Eight Seconds” and raffle prizes will be given away throughout the night. The grand prize is an overnight stay at Riverside Hotel and Casino. A University of Iowa No. 44 football helmet will also be given away.

The price of freedom

HCS students learn about sacrifice on Veterans Day

NORTH LIBERTY– Some people may see the phrase, “freedom is not free” as a cliché. For Michael Annis, the administrator of the Heritage Christian School in North Liberty, it is more of an understatement.
The school hosted it’s annual Veterans Day Celebration on Monday, Nov. 11, with veterans honored and thanked for their service through musical and video tributes as well as words of appreciation from Annis and a personal thank-you from every student in the building.