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Community

Time to order SHARE Baking/Pantry package for October

NORTH LIBERTY– Autumn: time to pull out the bakeware and make the house smell good. There is nothing like the aroma of freshly baked apple pie, cookies and breads. This mont’s SHARE package includes: 4 pounds granulated sugar, 5 pounds flour, 18-ounce peanut butter, 14-ounce oatmeal, 6-ounce raisins, 32-ounce shelf stable 2 percent white milk, 2 pounds brown sugar, 5-ounce chopped walnuts, 7-ounce cinnamon, 16-ounce Crisco, 16.5-ounce baking mix, 10-ounce mini marshmallows, 2 pounds powdered sugar, 8 ounces vanilla, 12 ounces chocolate chips and 6-ounce cooking spray, all in one box for $30.

Call now to schedule assistance on Make A Difference Day Oct. 24

NORTH LIBERTY– Several North Liberty churches will host the Make A Difference service project on Saturday, Oct. 24, from 8 a.m. to noon. Work teams will be fan out all over North Liberty performing community service for three hours. Service projects will include yard work, winter weatherization of homes, small construction jobs and many other projects, at no cost, to improve lives in the North Liberty community.

Ronin to speak at CCA Financial Aid and Scholarship night Nov. 5

TIFFIN– On Thursday, Nov. 5, at 6:30 p.m., Clear Creek Amana High School will host its annual Financial Aid and Scholarship night. Ryan Ronin, guest presenter from the Iowa College Access Network, will discuss the FAFSA, Federal Student Loan programs and scholarship searches. High School counselors Mark Hovey and Grant Elsbernd will discuss local scholarships and deadlines. This is an important meeting for junior and senior parents, but is open to anyone wishing to learn about funding their child’s education.

CCA Student Assistance Team/Interact Club hosts 55 and older dinner Nov. 7

TIFFIN– On Saturday, Nov. 7, the Clear Creek Amana Student Assistance Team/ Interact Club will host its annual supper for those 55 years of age or older. The club will serve a main course of turkey or ham, mashed potatoes and gravy along with other side dishes. Service will start promptly at 6 p.m. The members of the club enjoy the evening, getting to know the senior community members. Please spend some time with club, visit with the kids, see the high school and enjoy the evening. Card games such as hearts, euchre, or rummy will be played after dinner.

Smart money: NL gets good news in borrowing scenario

NORTH LIBERTY– Even while borrowing $9.995 million, the City of North Liberty is saving its taxpayers money.
Tionna Pooler, of Independent Public Advisors, LLC, the city’s financial advisory firm, told the council at its Sept. 22 meeting that when it comes to issuing bonds, “there is nothing but good news to tell you.”

Another connection planned along Hoover Trail

Funding will determine whether construction starts in spring

SOLON– If you like to ride bicycles, there’s nothing but good news.
The 5.8-mile missing link between two extensive Iowa trail systems might be completed as soon as 2018.
The plans to extend the Hoover Trail from Ely to Solon are progressing and Johnson County Conservation Department Program Manager Brad Friedhof thinks if all goes well, the first phase of the project could go out to potential bidders next spring.
The Conservation Department hosted a second informational meeting on the project at Solon City Hall Aug. 26 and there was a lot to share.

Special meeting to review fire dept. audit

State auditor’s report finds improper accounting practices

SOLON– The release of a report which found improper bookkeeping practices within the Solon Volunteer Fire Department and its benevolent association will be discussed at a special meeting of the Solon City Council Sept. 23.
State Auditor Mary Mosiman issued a report Sept. 22 after reviewing accounts and transactions of the City of Solon Volunteer Fire Department, the Tri-Township Fire Department, and the Solon Firefighters Benevolent Association for the period Jan. 1, 2011, through May 6, 2014.

Solon American Legion Auxiliary Spaghetti Supper Sept. 30

SOLON– Solon American Legion Auxiliary will host its annual spaghetti supper Wednesday, Sept. 30, from 4:30-7 p.m. at the Solon American Legion Hall. The all-you-can-eat meal includes spaghetti, homemade sauce, garlic bread, green tossed salad, assorted dressings, homemade desserts, milk and lemonade. Cost for adults will be $7, children $4 and under age 5 eat free. Proceeds will be used for Merit Awards for Solon 2016 graduating seniors.

Troop 120 hosts outdoor event for prospective Scouts Sept. 27

SOLON– Interested in Scouting, but don’t know where to turn? Solon’s own Boy Scout Troop 120 will be camping in the primitive campground at Lake Macbride State Park from Friday evening, Sept. 25, through Sunday morning, Sept. 27. Adult leaders and Scouts will be available to answer any questions and demonstrate skills. Dutch oven cooking, a long-standing tradition in Scouting, will be a highlight of this campout. 

Solon council rejects county minimum wage

Full house attends condensed readings of city ordinance

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist
SOLON– “Shame on you,” the female voice said as a roomful of interested citizens exited the Solon City Council chambers Wednesday night.
The standing-room-only crowd had just witnessed council members unanimously condensing and approving three readings of an ordinance rejecting Johnson County’s increase in the minimum wage.
Activists, residents and business representatives spoke politely but passionately Sept. 16 for and against the council’s bypass of the hike passed by Johnson County Supervisors earlier in the month.
There was no council discussion.

SMS welcomes international performance group on Sept. 28

SOLON– Solon Middle School will welcome an international performance group on Monday, Sept. 28. The group comprises 21 university students from Capital Normal University in Beijing, who will do two 45-minute performances for middle school students in grades 3-6. The performance will include a variety of dance, instrumental, vocal and other performance pieces designed to acquaint students with elements of Chinese culture.