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November 19th

Free annual Thanksgiving dinner at South Slope Nov. 24

NORTH LIBERTY– For the fifth year in a row, a free Thanksgiving dinner will be available to residents of North Liberty, thanks to local community members and several businesses.
On Thanksgiving Day, from noon until 4 p.m., a full Thanksgiving meal will be available for residents of North Liberty at the South Slope Community Center in North Liberty.
“We continue to get such positive feedback from the community about this Thanksgiving meal,” said Amanda Engstrom, Chair of the Thanksgiving Dinner Committee.

Not North Liberty’s president

All but six Iowa counties elect Donald Trump to the White House

North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– While Iowa was one of five states to flip party sides in the 2016 presidential election last week, North Liberty– and Johnson County as a whole– stayed true to the blue.
According to the Iowa Secretary of State unofficial election results, 93 of Iowa’s 99 counties voted for president-elect Donald Trump, effectively handing the business mogul six of his total 290 electoral votes and choosing the state’s first Republican since George W. Bush in 2004.

Living the good life at Keystone Place

New senior facility provides quality care and location

NORTH LIBERTY– Sue and Bruce Clark, of Iowa City, were finally able to move into their new home late last month– along with dozens of other area seniors.
“It’s been a long time we’ve been waiting,” said Sue. “We’re proud that we can live here.”

Review gear before shotgun deer seasons begin

DES MOINES– The first of Iowa’s shotgun deer seasons begin Dec. 3, giving hunters ample time to get their gun cleaned, oiled and patterned before heading to the timber.
“Most hunters want their guns sighted in for deer season. We suggest they come to a shooting range and begin at 25 yards and work out distances where they feel comfortable taking a shot in the field,” said Megan Wisecup, hunter education administrator for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. “Practicing and knowing how the gun will perform before opening day is a good way to prepare for a successful hunt.”

Solon’s production of “Little Mermaid” delayed

I would like to take this time to announce a calendar change with our district’s musical production, “The Little Mermaid.”
Our initial completion date for our new 800-seat, state-of-the-art auditorium was early December, but as we near completion, we are much more confident with planning for a mid-January completion date.

Highway 965 bridge reopened to traffic on Friday, Nov. 11

NORTH LIBERTY– The Johnson County Secondary Road Department announced substantial completion of the Highway 965 bridge project: the Highway 965 bridge reopened to traffic on Friday, Nov. 11, early enough for early morning traffic. The contractor, Cramer and Associates, of Grimes, completed work three weeks ahead of schedule.

Solon pantry offering Thanksgiving gift certificates to Sam’s Market

SOLON– The Solon Community Food Pantry is offering Thanksgiving gift certificates to Sam’s Main Street Market for enrolled families. The certificates are valid until Tuesday, Dec. 6, and are available at the pantry on Monday, Nov. 21 and Monday, Dec. 5. Please call 319-430-8655 if you are unable to visit the pantry on those dates to make other arrangements.

Free Thanksgiving meal at Our Lord’s Church Thursday, Nov. 24

SOLON– Our Lord’s Church serves a free Thanksgiving meal Thursday, Nov. 24. 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. Rides and deliveries are also available. Call Duane or Anna at 319-841-2243, a local call from Solon, with questions or reservations.

Council moves ahead with water storage project

Work on 400,000- gallon ground storage reservoir to start in spring

SOLON– It will take Solon to a whole new level.
Bids for the construction of a 400,000-gallon water tank at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area will be awarded next month.
The project, originally expected to start in the spring of 2016, will now get underway a year later, with completion sometime in the fall of 2017.
The ground storage reservoir (GSR) will triple the capacity of the city’s municipal water storage, currently limited to a single 200,000-gallon water tower.

Mercer, Morris elected

Solon narrowly leans to Clinton in presidential race

SOLON– Lynn Morris will fill out the remaining year of her appointed term as a member of the Solon City Council, and Shawn Mercer will be a newcomer.
Morris and Mercer received 896 and 802 votes respectively in the Nov. 8 general election, according to results posted by the Johnson County Auditor’s Office.
Mercer, while alone on the ballot for a three-year term, was opposed with a write-in campaign conducted by former council member Dale Snipes. It was actually Snipes’ term on the ballot, Snipes resigned from the council in July and had been replaced on an interim basis by Ron Herdliska.