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Community

Curbside tree collection

JOHNSON COUNTY– Johnson County Refuse will collect discarded Christmas trees on Jan. 10 and Jan. 17.
Trees should be placed at the curb by 7 a.m. with all decorations removed. Please remove the tree from any bag or container. This service is free of charge.

Facebook group builds community

Buy Nothing project bonds neighbors

North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– In a season characterized by stores packed with shoppers eager to buy that perfect gift for their loved one, a local Facebook group puts a fresh spin on gift giving.
“It’s a hyper-local gifting economy,” explained Melissa Chagala, a North Liberty resident and administrator for the North Liberty/Solon chapter of the Buy Nothing project.

Hypnotist comedy show

Tiffin Jan. 25

TIFFIN– The Fine Arts and Music Enhancers (F.A.M.E.) will be hosting Clear Creek Amana (CCA) alumnus Steve Meade as he performs his comedy hypnosis show “The Virtual Reality Tour” Thursday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m. at the Clear Creek Amana High School Performing Arts Center in Tiffin. Volunteers from the audience will be taken on a spellbound lifelike mental vacation using the power of hypnosis.

Community Theatre brings “Superior Donuts” to the stage

IOWA CITY– The Iowa City Community Theatre presents “Superior Donuts” by Tracy Letts, directed by Barry A. Schreier to the stage of Exhibit Hall A at the Johnson County Fairgrounds.
Tickets are available for $19 for adults, $16 for students and seniors, and $11 for children, online at iowacitycommunitytheatre.org or at the door of the Johnson County Fairgrounds, Exhibit Hall A, located at 4261 Oak Crest Hill Road in Iowa City. Patrons with special seating needs are asked to call 319-338-0443 for arrangements.

Winterfest in the Amanas Jan. 27

AMANA– Break out your winter coat and join the Winterfest in the historic Amana Colonies. It is an authentic seasonal celebration experience for all ages during; music, winter games and fun.
Embrace the winter season on Saturday, Jan. 27, with fun for the whole family. Registration for the Freezer 5k Run/Walk begins at 8:30 a.m. with the run taking place at 10 a.m. followed by a full day of activities. Activities include Ice Sculpting, Log Sawing, Ice Skating and the traditional Nagelhauen and The Great Amana Ham Put.

Support Solon Robotics can drive Jan. 6

SOLON– Solon Robotics will be holding its fourth annual After New Year’s Day can drive on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018. Donations can be dropped off behind the former middle school auditorium from 8 a.m. until noon, or pick up can be arranged by contacting coach Bill Mattaliano at solonrobotics367@gmail.com or voice mail at 319-541-6855.
Student team members will be going around Solon on the morning of Jan. 6 collecting cans and bottles for the 5¢ deposit to help fund the program. Earlier pickup can be setup by contacting coach Mattaliano.

City water for GWA

Agreement in principle to move forward passes, 4-1

SOLON– The City of Solon will extend its water supply to Gallery Acres West.
At a Dec. 20 meeting, city council members voted 4-1 to approve a resolution directing city staff to negotiate with the rural homeowners association under an outlined set of conditions.
According to the resolution, the supply shall be metered from the city limits, Gallery Acres West (GAW) residents will pay a one-time connection fee and will be charged twice the rate for usage, and GAW will be responsible for the cost of constructing the main.
Council member Lauren Whitehead cast the dissenting vote.

The season of giving

Solon sixth graders collect 459 pounds of food for pantry

SOLON– Solon’s sixth graders are making a difference.
Nate Spengler and Mia Stahle, students in Kearce Lindner’s sixth grade class at Solon Middle School, wanted to create their own foundation (the Solon Spork Foundation) and do some good with it.
“We felt it was the season of giving, and we decided, what can we do to give back?” Spengler said. “We just wanted to do something small for the community.”
The two settled on a fundraiser to benefit the Solon Food Pantry and consulted their teacher.

Platz: Born to be a firefighter

New NLFD Chief looks to be an agent of change

NORTH LIBERTY– As a young boy growing up in Dyersville, Brian Platz developed an early passion for the fire service. His dad was the chief for 18 years and the younger Platz spent much of his time at the station with him.
“Those were the formative years of my life growing up,” he said. “He eats, sleeps and breathes fire, so I think he instilled the love for the fire service in me. I knew from the very beginning I wanted to be a firefighter, and there’s no other course for me.”

Solon public library

Dates to remember:

Tuesdays @ 10:30 a.m.: Preschool Storytime: Join us each week as we sing songs, read books, play games and make crafts! For children ages 2-5 years and their caregivers. Held weekly. During the month of January the theme puzzlers! There will not be story time programming on Tuesday, Dec. 26, or Tuesday, Jan. 2. Enjoy the holidays!
Tuesdays from 3:30-5 p.m.: Your Space: (fifth-12th grade) Snacks and space for board games, Wii, and hanging out. Held on school days only.

Decoration Citation

Pushing the boundaries of holiday cheer

NL man faced with citation for elaborate decorations

North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– There was no shortage of visitors on the evening of Wednesday, Dec. 20, despite 30-degree temperatures and harsh winds. A steady stream of vehicles swooped in with families eager to catch a glimpse of the Christmas spectacle at 1655 Red Barn Dr.
The controversy surrounding the display probably didn’t hurt.

NLPD makes Christmas brighter

Officers and community band together for annual Shop with a Cop event

CORALVILLE– There was a heavy police presence at the Target Store in the Coral Ridge Mall Tuesday, Dec. 12, however no crime had been committed and no threat mitigated.
Instead peace, goodwill and the spirit of helping thy fellow man reigned as officers and staff of the North Liberty Police Department (NLPD) conducted their third annual Shop with a Cop event.