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Community

Solon community center progressing

Middle School may soon be open for public use.

SOLON– Within a few months, portions of the former Solon Middle School may be open for public use.
Solon city and school officials have been working behind the scenes to investigate a collaboration which may eventually offer residents something they haven’t had before– a community center.
“The public is extremely eager to take advantage of this opportunity,” said Solon City Council member Lauren Whitehead.
The Solon Community School District (SCSD) has committed to maintaining ownership of the building, and will continue to utilize the oldest portion for administrative offices.

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25th annual firefighters dance Nov. 18

SOLON– The Solon firefighters host their 25th annual Firefighters Dance on Saturday, Nov. 18, beginning at 8 p.m. at the Solon American Legion.
This year’s featured band is the “Adam Keith Band” and raffle prizes will be given away throughout the night. The grand prize is an overnight stay at Riverside Hotel and Casino.
All proceeds from this year’s dance go to the Solon Firefighters Association. The association funds allow the department to purchase items not budgeted through taxation and to supplement projects, such as the department’s training facility.

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Free Thanksgiving Meal hosted by Our Lord’s Church Thursday, Nov. 23

SOLON– Our Lord’s Church will serve a free Thanksgiving meal Thursday, Nov. 23. 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 St. in Solon. Rides and deliveries are also available. Call Duane and Anna at 319-841-2243 (a local call from Solon) with questions or reservations.

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Donate Trees for Xmas walk

SOLON– The Solon Old Gold Diner Site Council and the United Methodist Women and Men will be teaming up for a third annual Christmas Tree Walk Contest from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Solon Methodist Church Family Life Center.
Enter a tree or wreath selecting from the following categories: Originality, Traditional, Theme, Unusual, General.
There are no entry fees and families, businesses and organizations are encouraged to participate in the winter fundraiser, which will direct goodwill donations to community non-profits.

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Limits to Solon fireworks

Proposed ordinance would eliminate New Year’s displays

SOLON– Residents of Solon will have four days a year to shoot off fireworks.
At a Wednesday, Nov. 1, meeting, members of the Solon City Council unanimously approved the third and final reading of an ordinance limiting private fireworks displays to July 1-4.
State legislation, signed into law in early May, approved the sale, purchase and use of fireworks across the state.

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Venture Crew Can Drive Sunday, Nov. 26

SOLON– Are those cans and bottles from Thanksgiving pilling up? Let Solon Venture Crew 52 take care of them. Solon Venture Crew Can Drive is Sunday, Nov. 26, at St. Mary Catholic Church parking lot, from noon to 4 p.m. Venture Crew is a group of young adults, ages 14 to 21, who get together for meetings and go on venture filled trips.

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Senior Conversations cancelled

SOLON– The Friday, Nov. 19, Senior Conversations at the Solon Public Library has been cancelled due to speaker scheduling conflicts. The December Conversation will be skipped and Senior Conversations will be scheduled again next year.

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Last Methodist football dinner 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.

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Matthew Edels' “Not to Brag” Blacksmith Shop video

SOLON– Great-grandchildren Pat Ikan, from Solon, and her brother Larry Blum, from Marion, introduce the “#Not to Brag: Matthew Edel Blacksmith Shop” video recorded on May 20 at the annual meeting of the Upper Midwest Blacksmith Association at the MEBS historical site in Haverhill.

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The freedom they secured

Heritage Christian School holds annual Veterans Day Celebration

NORTH LIBERTY — Veterans Day was recognized Friday, Nov. 10 at the Heritage Christian School in North Liberty with their annual Veterans Day Celebration. School Head Michael Annis said the special event has two purposes. “The first is to honor those who have served in the United States military. The second is to provide an intentional experience for our students to recognize that the cost of freedom was purchased by individuals.”

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Wanted man arrested for armed robbery

Looted neighboring apartment with rifle in hand

A North Liberty man was arrested for the armed robbery of a neighboring apartment tenant. Already wanted for a previous felony, he now faces several charges.
Accord to police complaints, Beauhanan D. Walker Jr., 33, of Country Living Apartments, at 160 Sugar Creek Ln., knocked on the door of the neighboring apartment around 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 8. When the woman opened her door, Walker aimed a rifle at her head and entered the apartment.

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Elementary school design unveiled

Innovative building plans passed unanimously

NORTH LIBERTY– Residents of North Liberty and the surrounding community can anticipate a stylish new elementary school in their near future. During the Oct. 10 Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) Board of Education meeting, a unique building design was presented for the upcoming elementary school in North Liberty.
“We really wanted to do something different,” said Director of Facilities Duane Van Hemert.

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