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November 28th

NL council reviews budget goals for new fiscal year

NORTH LIBERTY– As the North Liberty City Council began to set budget goals for the upcoming fiscal year, one thing emerged as a top priority: engaging the community in planning the city’s future.
Dollar values are hard to assign to a goal like that, but seeking citizen input before proceeding with big-ticket items became part of the discussion several times during the council’s Nov. 17 budget goal setting work session.

Cities await information on proposed new interchange

North Liberty, Tiffin consider road upgrades as Iowa DOT plans interchange projects

NORTH LIBERTY– The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) has much to work out with the cities of North Liberty and Tiffin.
DOT officials hosted an open house Wednesday, Nov. 18, in North Liberty to answer questions about a proposed new interchange at Interstate 380 and Forevergreen Road. About 100 people attended the meeting.

A tremendous responsibility

North Liberty Library’s veteran appreciation day reminds us of the demands of military service

NORTH LIBERTY — He was 24 years old and holding a lead container filled with the ingredients of an atomic bomb.
Joe Segreti didn’t think anything of it at the time. It was just a part of his job.
Segreti, an Iowa City resident and patron of the North Liberty Community Library, said he was among the lucky ones in World War II.

SHS named a model Professional Learning Community at Work

SOLON– Solon High School was recently recognized by Solution Tree for its sustained success in raising student achievement. The school’s successful implementation of the Professional Learning Communities (PLC) at Work™ process was a contributing factor in the improved achievement of its students.
PLCs are schools and districts in which educators recognize the key to improved learning for students is on-going, job-embedded learning for the adults who serve those students. The three big ideas of a PLC call upon educators to:
1. Focus on learning.
2. Build a collaborative culture.

Solon facilities usage meeting to be held Dec. 9 at middle school

SOLON– The Facilities Usage Meeting will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m. in room 403 at the Middle School. The meeting is being held to discuss the upcoming facilities needs for January to April. Please make sure your team, or group, has a representative present and bring your schedule. You may call Jody McSweeney with any questions at 319-624-3401, ext. 1300.

Ed Hadenfeldt named Cornell College Alumni Coach of the Year

MOUNT VERNON– Cornell College honored Ed Hadenfeldt of Solon as the 2015 Alumni Coach of the Year during an Oct. 3 ‘C’ Club Breakfast and Athletics Hall of Fame Ceremony.
Hadenfeldt, a member of Cornell’s All-Century Football Team, retired last spring after 37 years in coaching and education. He got his start at Sioux City Heelan High School as head wrestling and assistant football and track and field coach.

From Cyclone to Spartan

Lisa Bishop takes over as head hoops coach of the varsity Lady Spartans

SOLON– Normally, she would be a Cyclone in Hawkeye country, but now, Lisa Bishop is a Spartan.
Bishop, 33, has taken the reins of the Solon varsity girls basketball team, and prepared to open the 2015-2016 season Nov. 24 at Vinton-Shellsburg.
But it almost didn’t happen.
She was pregnant with her third child, Zeke (now 7 months old) when the position of head coach for the Lady Spartans was brought to her attention.

December Old Gold Diner activities

December is the month of Christmas, and a celebration on New Year’s Eve. Do you know any of these Christmas bits of trivia?
Which company was the first to use Santa Claus in an advertisement?
Which president was the first to decorate the White House?
Which country did the gingerbread house come from?
What kind of Christmas did Elvis Presley sing about?
Which reindeer is Rudolph’s dad?
Which Christmas movie has been played more than any other?

Tootsie roof

Spencer Michels concentrates on adding a piece to his gingerbread house at one of two workshop sessions offered by the Solon Public Library Monday, Nov. 16. (photo by Doug Lindner)

Free Christmas meal at Our Lord’s Church Friday, Dec. 25

SOLON– Our Lord’s Church will be serving a free Christmas meal Friday, Dec. 25. 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 Street. Rides and deliveries are also available. Call Duane or Anna at 319-841-2243, a local call from Solon, with questions or for a reservation.