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Czech mates

Carl Richey and Czech student Daniel White make most of visit

SOLON– “I told my parents, let’s do this,” Carl Richey said when he saw the flier posted at school last fall.
It described an opportunity to participate in a summer exchange program sponsored by the Czech Heritage Foundation.
High school students of Czech, Moravian or Slovak ancestry living within 100 miles of Cedar Rapids and Iowa City were eligible to apply to the Foundation’s Homestay program, which has awarded 55 scholarships since it began in 1983.

Engaging kids

NLFD covers fire, bike and traffic safety at Garner Elementary

NORTH LIBERTY– It’s October, and that means it’s time for National Fire Prevention Week.
On the morning of Friday, Oct. 13, Captain Chris Kochanny and Lieutenant Mike Johnson of the North Liberty Fire Department (NLFD) took turns presenting information to the students of Garner Elementary, assisted by a slideshow, videos and various props.

No luck on Friday the 13th

Davenport Assumption sinks CCA, 41-7

TIFFIN– The Knights of Davenport Assumption locked themselves into a three-way battle for the top of Class 3A District 4, and either a guaranteed football playoff berth or possible wild card spot Friday, Oct. 13, by defeating the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers 41-7 in Tiffin. The Clippers, with four losses, are out of the playoff picture for 2017 and were playing their final home game of the year ahead of ending the season Friday, October 20 in DeWitt.
The Knights began spoiling CCA’s Senior Night with 4:47 remaining in the first quarter by scoring on a short run for a 7-0 lead.

Drake dives into Korea

Summer abroad includes trip to the Demilitarized Zone

SOLON– Valerie Drake was lost in Seoul, South Korea.
She had flown from Cedar Rapids to Detroit to South Korea’s Incheon International Airport and taken the bus to Seoul, but despite researching in advance, she took the wrong turn and couldn’t find her hotel.
It was night, she was exhausted and she didn’t have international service on her cellular phone.
But she planned it that way.
Drake, a 2014 graduate of Solon High School, traveled to South Korea for a summer program at Ewha Womans University, in Seoul, to help complete her minor in Korean at the University of Iowa (UI).

Taking a Knee shakes CCA

Racist social media post follows in the wake of an athlete kneeling

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TIFFIN– The controversial act of football players kneeling in protest during the performance of the national anthem has moved from the National Football League and college ranks to the turf of Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School in Tiffin.

One board game at a time

Geek City is North Liberty’s new hub of entertainment

NORTH LIBERTY– In an age of screens and digital media, Geek City is bringing back real communication. Located at 365 Beaver Kreek Center, Suite B, in North Liberty, Geek City is a board game and comic book emporium offering a little something for everyone. Between games for kids, Star Wars-themed entertainment and graphic novels, Geek City hopes to become a hub of entertainment in North Liberty.

Devoted to serving kids

Youth librarian Cassi Elton ready to reach out to Solon

SOLON—Solon’s kids were welcomed to the library’s Storytime with a ukulele last week, as new Youth Services Librarian Cassandra (Cassi) Elton sang and strummed “If You Want to Read a Book” to the tune of “If You’re Happy and You Know It.”
Elton, who began in her new role on Sept. 18, will be facilitating and planning weekly Storytime, instructing Babygarten, and organizing early-out activities and teen programming.
Working with boisterous children sounds like a fun challenge to her, rather than a scary task. She loves kids’ contagious enthusiasm.

Homecoming

Homecoming King Nick Radcliffe and Queen Ellen Cross. (photo by Jeff Hess)

Grow It Cook It

Kids take vegetables from garden to table

NORTH LIBERTY– What kid hasn’t turned up their nose at vegetables, no matter how well prepared, opting instead for French fries or pizza, if given the choice? It’s a perennial problem for parents of middle-schoolers and teenagers.
A new program, piloted this summer in Johnson County, aims to offer a solution. On Aug. 9, kids who participated in the Grow It Cook It summer day camp held their first public “Taste and Tour” event at the garden space adjacent to the North Liberty Community Pantry (NLCP).

Fall auction nets haul for Sts. Peter & Paul

Historical foundation runs low on fixin’s at annual fundraiser

SOLON– Kolaches and burgers were steadily flying off the counters at Sts. Peter and Paul’s annual fall auction fundraiser on Sunday, Sept. 17.
“We were starting to run low on a few food items in the kitchen,” said Jean Litts, the organizer of the Sts. Peter and Paul Historical Foundation and Chapel’s annual Fall Fun Auction. “No one was ever in danger of going hungry, as we had plenty of burgers and buns and kolaches left, but things like potato salad and beans, we were definitely running out on.”

Homecoming court announced

Solon’s Homecoming royalty will be named this week, culminating with the crowning of the queen Friday night during halftime of the varsity football game against Fort Madison. The 2017 Homecoming Court includes: (front) Alexis Ashton, Grace Keith, Ellen Cross, Delaney Bair, Sophie Nicol, Olivia Felton; (back) Nick Radcliffe, Luke Ira, Tyler Linderbaum, Payton Bandy, Zach Wegmann, Spencer Wegmann and Jaden Owen. (photo by Doug Lindner)

Old Gold Jailbirds

Incarcerated for a good cause

Make your reservation by Friday, Sept. 22

SOLON– It’s time for the community to join together in a jailbreak.
Solon’s Old Gold Diner hosts its major fundraiser for the year Wednesday, Sept. 27, with a special meal, entertainment and a lock-in of jailbirds who have to raise bail money for the program before their release.
Scott Kleppe, Brad Randall, Paula Sears, Denny Gruber, Kris Brown and Ruby Jean Berridge stepped forward to become “jailbirds” for a short amount of time, raising bail by asking friends, family and program-supporters to make cash donations to the cause.