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Gun ban discussion draws crowd in NL

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty Mayor Amy Nielsen has learned that gun ownership is a touchy subject.
Discussion on city policy regarding firearms on public property brought citizens out in force at the North Liberty City Council meeting Nov. 24, resulting in expulsion of one individual and a backlash of criticism prior to the meeting and in the days to follow.

Veterans honored at local schools

NORTH LIBERTY– Veterans were the honorees of the day at schools across the country Nov. 11, including Penn and Van Allen elementary schools in North Liberty.

Van Allen
Van Allen Elementary School has celebrated the day of remembrance for a number of years, with the school’s Team 2 students and teachers hosting local veterans for a brief assembly and refreshments, and inviting guests to individual classrooms. Some of the veterans give presentations to classes and speak of their time in the military.

Who is paying for this?

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.

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)

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.

“Better than a dream”

Solon’s Ginkens goes Hollywood and finds “Western Religion”

SOLON– It’s easy to call Solon’s Bill Ginkens a Renaissance man. He’s been a photographer, painter, musician, horseman and short-order cook at the former Reggie’s Weenies in downtown Solon. Now, he adds actor to his list of accomplishments.
Ginkens landed a role in the independent movie Western Religion, written and produced by James O’Brien, without even trying.

Nothing is his kryptonite

Hawkeye Kid Captain Lincoln Ortman honored by his school, Hawkeye team members

NORTH LIBERTY– It’s not every day that North Bend Elementary School starts the morning with the entire student body and staff wearing black and gold and chanting “I-O-W-A!”
But then, it’s not every day that the North Bend community invites the Iowa Hawkeye football players to visit or throws a pep rally to honor one very special student.

He’s Got a Rock ‘n’ Roll Heart

Solon’s Kevin Samek inducted into Iowa Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame

SOLON­– Amped and energetic, uninhibited and intense, young rock musicians often have dreams of making it from their parents’ garages all the way to the big time.
Most don’t make it out of the garage.
Fate played a different tune for Kevin Samek of Solon.
In the 1970s, Kevin joined the rock band Windfall Jac, lending his vocal stylings to the band covering artists like Led Zepplin, ZZ Top and Eric Clapton.

Hard work and kindness:

Former NFL player and bestselling author visits Solon Middle School with a message about the importance of reading

SOLON– Former NFL player and current young adult novelist Tim Green sometimes speaks in CAPITAL letters.
Green, a former defensive end for the Atlanta Falcons from 1986 to 1993, used his interest in sports and reading to weave together a message about the importance of books and hard work for a packed audience of students and teachers in the Solon Middle School gymnasium Oct. 28.
The dynamic speaker and author stressed to his audience the importance of books as a gateway to other worlds and experiences, and as the training room for their minds.

Women of Troy to state tournament

Women of Troy Sweep Lions 3-0 in regional final

MARION– The West High Women of Troy avenged a pair of regular season losses to the Linn-Mar Lions with a 3-0 sweep Tuesday, Nov. 3, in a Class 5A regional final match, and earned their second consecutive state tournament appearance.

Spooky Spartan Trail

The Solon Middle School PTO hosted the Spooky Spartan Trail Friday, Oct. 30, at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area. The fundraiser featured semi-frightening scenes along the cross coutry course adjacent to the Timber DOME Lodge. At left, Carter and Quint Chickering pick out some treats from a volunteer before moving on down the trail. (photos by Doug Lindner)

Plan X

Clear Creek Amana Middle School adapts to space challenges

TIFFIN— At Clear Creek Amana (CCA) middle school, dealing with continued delays in the construction of a much-needed addition has caused the school district’s initial backup plan to give way to several subsequent contingency plans, said Principal Brad Fox.