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Community

RJ’z seeks to build new BP station

Co-owner hopes for quick demolition, April 1 reopening

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist

SOLON– A new building is in the works for RJ’z Express.
The locally-owned convenience store offering BP gasoline closed for business Sunday night, Nov. 22, to make way for a bigger store.
According to RJ’z co-owner Randy Walter of rural Swisher, the new, larger store will feature a full kitchen, more retail and an in-house Godfather’s Pizza franchise.

Who is paying for this?

North Liberty, Tiffin consider road upgrades as Iowa DOT plans interchange projects

NORTH LIBERTY– The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) has much to work out with the cities of North Liberty and Tiffin.
DOT officials hosted an open house Wednesday, Nov. 18, in North Liberty to answer questions about a proposed new interchange at Interstate 380 and Forevergreen Road. About 100 people attended the meeting.

Old Gold Diner Christmas Tree Walk at stable Saturday, Dec. 5

SOLON– Solon’s Old Gold Diner will be hosting the first-ever Christmas Tree Walk at the Palmer House Stable Saturday, Dec. 5, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Trees from different organizations, businesses and individuals or families will be on display, with entertainment throughout the day. A free will offering is requested, and proceeds will be shared with area non-profits, not including the Old Gold Diner.

Our Lord’s Church annual Candy Sale Friday and Saturday, Dec. 4-5

SOLON– Our Lord’s Church will hold its annual Candy Sale Friday, Dec. 4, from 3-7 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 5, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Featured will be homemade candy as well as crafts, decorations and other gift items. The sale will be held at the church, located at 131 N. Market St.

Free Thanksgiving meal at Our Lord’s Church Nov. 26

SOLON– Our Lord’s Church will serve a free Thanksgiving meal Thursday, Nov. 26. All are welcome. Reservations are not required but would be helpful. The meal will be served at noon at the church, located at 131 N. Market Street. Rides and deliveries are also available. Call Duane or Anna at 319-841-2243, a local call from Solon, with questions or for reservations.

Free Christmas meal at Our Lord’s Church Friday, Dec. 25

SOLON– Our Lord’s Church will be serving a free Christmas meal Friday, Dec. 25. All are welcome. Reservations are not required, but would be helpful. The meal will be served at noon at the church, located at 131 N. Market Street. Rides and deliveries are also available. Call Duane or Anna at 319-841-2243, a local call from Solon, with questions or for a reservation.

Tootsie roof

Spencer Michels concentrates on adding a piece to his gingerbread house at one of two workshop sessions offered by the Solon Public Library Monday, Nov. 16. (photo by Doug Lindner)

December Old Gold Diner activities

December is the month of Christmas, and a celebration on New Year’s Eve. Do you know any of these Christmas bits of trivia?
Which company was the first to use Santa Claus in an advertisement?
Which president was the first to decorate the White House?
Which country did the gingerbread house come from?
What kind of Christmas did Elvis Presley sing about?
Which reindeer is Rudolph’s dad?
Which Christmas movie has been played more than any other?

Solon facilities usage meeting to be held Dec. 9 at middle school

SOLON– The Facilities Usage Meeting will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m. in room 403 at the Middle School. The meeting is being held to discuss the upcoming facilities needs for January to April. Please make sure your team, or group, has a representative present and bring your schedule. You may call Jody McSweeney with any questions at 319-624-3401, ext. 1300.

SHS named a model Professional Learning Community at Work

SOLON– Solon High School was recently recognized by Solution Tree for its sustained success in raising student achievement. The school’s successful implementation of the Professional Learning Communities (PLC) at Work™ process was a contributing factor in the improved achievement of its students.
PLCs are schools and districts in which educators recognize the key to improved learning for students is on-going, job-embedded learning for the adults who serve those students. The three big ideas of a PLC call upon educators to:
1. Focus on learning.
2. Build a collaborative culture.

A tremendous responsibility

North Liberty Library’s veteran appreciation day reminds us of the demands of military service

NORTH LIBERTY — He was 24 years old and holding a lead container filled with the ingredients of an atomic bomb.
Joe Segreti didn’t think anything of it at the time. It was just a part of his job.
Segreti, an Iowa City resident and patron of the North Liberty Community Library, said he was among the lucky ones in World War II.

Cities await information on proposed new interchange

North Liberty, Tiffin consider road upgrades as Iowa DOT plans interchange projects

NORTH LIBERTY– The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) has much to work out with the cities of North Liberty and Tiffin.
DOT officials hosted an open house Wednesday, Nov. 18, in North Liberty to answer questions about a proposed new interchange at Interstate 380 and Forevergreen Road. About 100 people attended the meeting.