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Community

CCA sells fine fruit for fine arts

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) Fine Arts Boosters (F.A.M.E) is promoting its annual Fruit, Cheese, Meat and Nut sale from now until Nov. 5. Fruit will be delivered starting on Saturday, Dec. 7. CCA Fine Arts students and families are now taking orders, or contact FAME at ccafame@gmail.com or like us on Facebook. Order forms and other information can be found on the school’s website at http://www.cc-amana.k12.ia.us/cca_arts.html.

Tiffin holds Halloween decorating contest

TIFFIN– On Wednesday, Oct. 30, from 6 until 8 p.m., judges will tour the Tiffin community to determine the best overall Halloween decoration displays.
First, second and third place prizes will be awarded for the best home display. Anyone within Tiffin city limits is eligible for the competition.

A kiss to say I love ewe

Katherine G. is not sheepish when it comes to making new friends. She and her family visited Colony Pumpkin Patch on Oct. 5 to enjoy the patch’s annual Fall Festival. This small petting zoo was just one of the many activities and attractions at the event. Colony Pumpkin Patch on Front Street in North Liberty, with its ready-picked or pick-your-own pumpkins and giant corn maze will remain open through Halloween, weather permitting. (Photo by Lori Lindner)

Supervisors fail to find consensus on justice center

By Chris Umscheid
Solon Economist
IOWA CITY– A Johnson County Board of Supervisors work session on Monday, Oct. 14, was meant to determine the next steps toward finding a courthouse and jail proposal voters would approve.
Instead of consensus there was conflict, and after more than three hours of discussion, the five members decided to step back and try again at a later date.

St. Mary to host Solon blood drive Thursday, Oct. 24

SOLON– A Solon community blood drive will be held from 3 until 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24, at St. Mary Catholic Church, 1749 Racine Ave. N.E., inside Fellowship Hall.
To donate, please contact Deb Gaddis at 319-624-2844 or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org.

Legion to host turkey dinner Nov. 3

SOLON– The Solon American Legion will have a turkey dinner on Sunday, Nov. 3, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.
The menu includes turkey and dressing, real mashed potatoes, sauerkraut, cranberry sauce, rye bread, homemade dessert, coffee and milk. The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children 6 through 12, and children 5 and under free.

Pumpkin carving/painting event to be held Oct. 27 at Randall Park

All children age 12 and younger are invited to come paint or carve a pumpkin from 1:30-3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, at the Randall Park shelter. Solon Parks and Recreation will supply the pumpkins for the kids. Each child will get to pick out his or her own pumpkin and must be accompanied by an adult. Paint pens and markers will be provided, however each child/parent is required to bring their own carving materials. The fee is $5 per child.

Solon Public Library

Halloween Events

The library’s annual Halloween Costume Party will be Monday, Oct. 28, from 6:30 until 7:30 p.m. Children should come in costume for an hour of food, games, crafts and indoor trick-or-treating. If you can’t get there right at 6:30 p.m. or need to leave early, that’s not a problem– the event is an open house structure, where kids can go to just some or all of the activity stations. There is no charge for this event. The Teen Advisory Board will also be sponsoring a Teen Halloween Party (seventh grade and up) on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 8 until 10 p.m.

Solon’s Sam Miller among the nominees for state’s superintendent of the year

SOLON– Sam Miller, superintendent of the Solon Community School District, was a nominee for the 2013-2014 Iowa Superintendent of the Year award sponsored by the School Administrators of Iowa (SAI).
Solon has recently implemented Standards-Based Grading, a grading and reporting practice that measures students’ proficiency on well-defined course standards. Additionally, Solon has developed a comprehensive Strategic Plan, and completed construction on a new Spartan Stadium.

Making memories of a lifetime

Local veterans take Honor Flight

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader

NORTH LIBERTY­– Though they have drifted through the jungles of Panama, tramped along the 38th parallel between North and South Korea, and flown over the mountains of Japan, three North Liberty residents say their recent flights to Washington, D.C., was for each of them the trip of a lifetime.

Oct. 27 soup supper, auction to benefit pantry

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Community Pantry will host its fifth Annual Stone Soup Supper and Silent Auction on Sunday, Oct. 27, from 5 until 7 p.m., at the South Slope Community Room, 980 N. Front St., North Liberty. Event sponsors are Hills Bank and Trust Company, South Slope Cooperative Communications, JM Swank, and University of Iowa Community Credit Union.

North Liberty Recreation Center opens new kids’ play area

NORTH LIBERTY–The new Kids Campsite in North Liberty is now open to the public.
Kids Campsite is an indoor playground with soft, safe equipment for younger children, located inside the remodeled south entrance of the North Liberty Community Center.
Hours are: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. until noon and from 4 until 8 p.m.; and Saturdays and Sundays, 8 a.m. until 6 p.m.