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Community

Free Thanksgiving dinner at South Slope Nov. 23

NORTH LIBERTY– For the sixth year in a row, a free Thanksgiving Dinner will be available to residents of North Liberty, thanks to local community members and several businesses. On Thanksgiving Day from noon until 4 p.m., a full Thanksgiving meal will be available for residents of North Liberty at the South Slope Community Center, in North Liberty.

City council election results

Support for incumbents drops

NORTH LIBERTY– Some newcomers will be taking their seats at the council table.
Voters in North Liberty, Oxford and Tiffin opted for some fresh faces after the Nov. 7 city elections.
An incumbent in each community was defeated, according to results posted by the Johnson County Auditor’s Office.
In North Liberty, incumbent Annie Pollock led at the polls with 78 percent of the votes in a three-way race for two seats. Challenger Jennifer Goings captured the second seat with 60 percent, a double-digit margin over two term incumbent Brian Wayson, third with 41 percent.

Behind-the-scenes in The City of North Liberty.

NORTH LIBERTY– Few ingredients are more vital to the integrity of a community than its ability to stay informed on city activity and celebrate camaraderie through organized events. But how are these feats accomplished for a growing city such as North Liberty?
Enter Nick Bergus, Director of the city’s Communications Department. Be it through fostering special events or offering residents context for city announcements, his team provides a crucial backdrop to the everyday bustle that is North Liberty.

Local gymnast earn USA National Team honors

CORALVILLE– Nine-year-old Ly Bui of Swisher is one of six local gymnasts who earned spots on USA Gymnastics National Teams. All of the athletes train at Iowa Gym-Nest in Coralville and Iowa City. Four of the athletes are part of the Talent Opportunity Program, also known as TOPs, a program used to seek out talent at an early age and help guide the coaches through the USA Gymnastics athlete pipeline to become Hopes and elite gymnasts.

The Curious Savage returns to CCA

Kindness reigns as sanity is questioned in 1950s-vintage play

North Liberty Leader

North Liberty kids “Use the Force” to win Halloween Costume Contest

The City of North Liberty held its Halloween Costume Contest this year via Facebook. Results were determined by the photo that received the most Likes by 9 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 2. The winners were notified via Facebook and awarded a $100 gift card to the North Liberty Recreation Center, to be used towards membership or program fees.

Methodist football dinner coming to an end Nov. 18

SOLON– A fixture in the community– Solon United Methodist Church “Football Dinners” on every home Saturday of the Hawkeyes’ regular football season– is coming to an end.
The Saturday, Nov. 18, home football Saturday for the Hawkeyes hosting Purdue will be the last, according to Tawnia Kakacek, co-chair of the program.
The church will be serving from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Take out orders are welcome. Call 624-2251.

Free nature journaling class at Kent Park Saturday, Nov. 11

OXFORD– Do you love to write or draw and spend time in nature? Then try your hand at nature journaling. Johnson County Conservation (JCC) is offering a free Nature Journaling for Beginners class on Saturday, Nov. 11, from 10-11:30 a.m. The class takes place at the Conservation Education Center in F.W. Kent Park.

More time, more questions

Mayor gives council until December to decide water request for Gallery Acres

SOLON– They still don’t have answers to all their questions.
Members of the Solon City Council would like to keep looking at a request by rural subdivision Gallery Acres West to extend municipal water, but Mayor Steve Stange wants the issue resolved before the end of the year.
The decision to continue investigating rural water distribution came at a Nov. 1 regular council meeting.

True community space

Morse Community Club embraces life in the village

MORSE– The Morse Community Club, at 2542 Putnam St NE off Iowa Highway 1, is the place to be if you’re looking to kick back and enjoy community fellowship. People there chat about work and crops, and update each other on how the family is doing. It’s a relaxing, family-oriented, community-minded atmosphere, said Brian Tucker, who has been a member of the club for the past five or so years.

Legion free veterans breakfast Nov. 11

SOLON– The Solon American Legion will celebrate Veterans Day by offering a free breakfast to any veteran Saturday, Nov. 11.

Veterans Day program, Nov. 14

 SOLON– Solon High School (SHS) will host a Veterans Day program Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 8:30 a.m. in the Solon Center for the Arts Auditorium. The school is pleased to have local Solon veteran, SFC Philip Yakish, retired Iowa Army National Guard, and a 1985 Solon High School graduate who served in Desert Storm, as the guest speaker. The Solon American Legion will be in attendance and members of the Solon Middle School band and High School Choir will perform. There will be handmade cards for veterans in attendance made by the students throughout the district.