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Community

Solon UMC Family Life Center to host blood drive on Dec. 19

SOLON– Solon will host a community blood drive from 2:30 until 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 19, at the Solon United Methodist Church Family Life Center inside the gymnasium at 122 N. Iowa St., Solon.
To donate, please contact Rick Havel at 319-530-1596 or rickhavel@gmail.com; or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org.

School board looks at building options

Concept for middle school configuration appears elusive

By Alex Kline
Solon Economist

SOLON– What would it look like?
The members of the Solon school board began investigating more refined options for a possible multi-million dollar building project last week during a work session Monday, Nov. 25.
Board members visited with architect John Darveau of the architectural firm Struxture to consider two concepts for a new middle school as well as additional wings to the high school.

Solon Public Library

Early out movie Thursday, Dec. 5

The last early out activity for 2013 will be a movie on Thursday, Dec. 5, at 1 p.m. The animated movie “Planes” is rated PG.
Parents or caregivers are responsible for getting students to the library and picking them up when the movie is over. School age children under the age of 10 may attend the early out programs without an adult but must be picked up at the conclusion of the program if they are not in the care of a babysitter, who must be at least 11 years old.

Friends annual holiday sale

How things change and stay the same

North Liberty City Council member and centennial committee chairman Terry Donahue (left) helps to unveil a new mural in the North Liberty Community Library. The piece was created by artist Bounnak Thammavong (right) to commemorate the city’s 100th year of incorporation, and revealed to the public Nov. 16 as part of the community’s centennial celebration finale. (photo by Lori Lindner)

UI Recreational Services offers Snowy Owl Camp in December

IOWA CITY– The University of Iowa Recreational Services will offer their Snowy Owl Camp to first through sixth graders on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays, on Dec. 23, 26, 27, 30 and Jan. 2 and 3, 2014. Camp days will begin supervision at 7:45 a.m. and will be provided until 4:15 p.m. Snowy Owl Camp will take place in three main facilities: Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex, Macbride Nature Recreation Area and the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center. The camp is broken down into three program areas:

Iowa City-area schools benefit from Mediacom’s ‘Shoes That Fit’ campaign

IOWA CITY– School age children from six Iowa City and North Liberty-area elementary schools will benefit this year from the annual “Shoes That Fit” campaign that supplies need-specific shoes and clothing to local children. The non-profit community outreach program is led by Mediacom, along with Iowa City business partner Scheels.

Marking time

North Liberty celebrates a century

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty’s 100th birthday came with some unexpected gifts that will keep on giving.
Throughout 2013, the community celebrated North Liberty’s centennial year with monthly events that both commemorated the past and reveled the present. A little more surprising were the plans and visions for an improved future that resulted from the conversations and planning that took place over the last 12 months, said Assistant City Administrator and Centennial Committee member Tracey Mulcahey.

All Hands on Deck!

Bonnie (Erika Bailey) gets a lift from some sailors during “Heaven Hop,” one of the many musical numbers during Solon High School’s production of “Anything Goes,” presented Nov. 15-17 at the Solon Middle School Auditorium. Turn to page B6 for more photos from the Cole Porter musical.

Special election for Swisher

Election in January, Gudenkauf remains mayor pro tem

By Chris Umscheid
Solon Economist
SWISHER– The bomb was dropped Monday, Nov. 11, but the shock waves continued to tremble in this northwest Johnson County community a week later.
Mayor Tim Mason, and city clerk Connie Meier both resigned suddenly during the Nov. 11 meeting, making council member Mary Gudenkauf the mayor pro tem and leaving the city of just under 900 without a city clerk.

A debt we can never repay

SMS event honors our nation’s veterans

By Chris Umscheid
Solon Economist

SOLON– America has a debt problem.
Chris Croy, commander of American Legion Post 460 in Solon said a Google search on the Internet for “national debt” provides over 28 million topics related to government spending and deficits. It does not, however address what he calls our nation’s greatest debt: “that which America owes to her veterans.”

Closer to compromise on Main Street

Council discusses potential agreement with general contractor

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist

SOLON– Solutions were on the horizon for the city last week, as Solon council members found quick consensus on a direction to resolve a dispute with the contractor for the 2012 Main Street improvement project.
A quick decision was also made regarding the city’s Tax Increment Finance (TIF) budget for the next fiscal year.
Short two members and juggling a quorum, the Solon City Council met last week at a bit of an accelerated pace, shuffling the agenda to arrange action items.

Solon Public Library

LEGO Club

The popular Lego Club meets the first Monday of the month from 6:30-7:30 p.m. That means that Dec. 2 will be the next meeting night. Come and join the fun.

Tree decorating contest & auction