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Community

Holiday Tree sale to support splash pad

SOLON– Stop in the Solon Public Library to view the 16 trees entered in the Holiday Tree Decorating Contest. The trees are for sale now until Dec. 16 and the profit from the sale of the trees goes to the Solon Splash Pad.
Consider purchasing a tree for a friend, for a daughter or son in college or her/his office at work, for a grandson or granddaughter for his/her room, for the children’s teacher, for a relative in the nursing home, for yourself or for your husband.
Add some holiday lights, color and cheer to someone’s life.

Sacred Relics of the Saints at St. Mary

SOLON– A teaching and exposition of Sacred Relics is coming to St. Mary Catholic Church in Solon on Thursday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. Father Carlos Martins of the Companions of the Cross will be present to teach about over 150 holy objects, some as old as 2,000 years. Among the treasures will be relics of St. Maria Goretti, St. Therese of Lisieux (the “Little Flower”), St. Francis of Assisi, St. Anthony of Padua, St. Thomas Aquinas, and St. Faustina Kowalska.

Sts. Peter & Paul Nativity scene restored

Mt. Vernon couple refurbish Sts. Peter & Paul holiday display

SOLON– After what many guess is over 100 years of use, it didn’t surprise anyone that the characters in the Sts. Peter and Paul Chapel nativity scene needed repair.
The harder part for Sts. Peter and Paul Historical Foundation president Jean Litts was the project itself and finding the best person for the job. 
Or, in this case, the best two people. Bill Faoro and Leona Smith of Mount Vernon were selected by Litts, and the husband and wife duo assessed the project they were being handed. 

Support Solon Robotics can drive Jan. 6

SOLON– Solon Robotics will be holding its fourth annual After New Year’s Day can drive on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018. Donations can be dropped off behind the former middle school auditorium from 8 a.m. until noon, or pick up can be arranged by contacting coach Bill Mattaliano at solonrobotics367@gmail.com or voice mail at 319-541-6855.
Student team members will be going around Solon on the morning of Jan. 6 collecting cans and bottles for the 5¢ deposit to help fund the program. Earlier pickup can be setup by contacting coach Mattaliano.

Free Christmas Meal at Our Lord’s Church

SOLON– Our Lord’s Church will serve a free Christmas meal Monday, 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 St. in Solon. Rides and deliveries are also available. Call Duane and Anna at 319-841-2243 (a local call from Solon) with questions or reservation.

SCA hosts ACT event

ACT staff and Solon theater tech students collaborate on live event.

SOLON– Solon’s Center for the Arts (SCA) has been a busy venue since it opened last spring with “Disney’s The Little Mermaid,” performed by a cast of 120 students from middle to high school with technical support from 20 crew members.
From January through November, the facility hosted more than a dozen events, including several vocal and band concerts, award-winning singer and jazz bassist Katie Thiroux, and most recently, a second Disney musical, Mary Poppins.

Eastern Iowa Brass Band Spirit of Christmas Saturday, Dec. 9

MOUNT VERNON– Eastern Iowa Brass Band shares its musical experience on Saturday, Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m. at the Mount Vernon Middle School Auditorium, located at 525 Palisades Rd SW.
The 34 brass and percussion musicians perform favorites like “White Christmas” and “Sleigh Ride,” popular songs like Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” and traditional carols in “An English Christmas” with baritone David Raim.

Solon public library

Dates to remember:

Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.: Preschool Storytime. Join each week as we sing songs, read books, play games and make crafts. For children ages 2-5 years and their caregivers, held weekly. During the month of December the theme is the Alphabet. No storytime will be held the last Tuesday of the month due to the holiday.

Tuesdays from 3:30-5 p.m.: Your Space (fifth-12th grade). Snacks and space for board games, Wii and hanging out. Held school days only.

Solon News by Lenna See

Norma Kubichek was a dinner guest on Thanksgiving Day of Jim and Kris Nichols in Iowa City.

Kevin, Sherri, and Alan Shima and Leo and Elaine Shima were among the dinner guests on Thanksgiving Day of Nathan and Missy Pacha in Oxford.

Ruby Jean Berridge, Roxanne and Brian Vincent were among the Thanksgiving Day dinner guests of Tom and Erica Landon in Walker.

Ely News by Lenna See

The Ely Town and Country Club met on Monday evening, Nov. 20, at the Chrome Horse in Cedar Rapids for supper and meeting. Twenty-five members and three guests were present. Assisted by her husband John, Linda Hartley Hey, of Cedar Rapids spoke and showed pictures on the history of Western. Hosts were Glenn and Sharon Modracek.

Bryce Buresh and Kasi Ruppert were supper guests of Glenn and Frances Buresh on Tuesday, Nov. 21.

A bigger and better Beat the Bitter

Registration is open for the winter event

North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– It started as a conversation between a few residents in fall 2015.
“They started talking about how Iowans are bad at doing winter,” recalled North Liberty Community Engagement Coordinator Jillian Miller. “And that people in Minnesota actually enjoy the season and go out and play winter sports, and take advantage of the snow.”

Area police join forces to form SERT team

The plan will unite officers from North Liberty, Coralville and Johnson County law enforcement

North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY—The North Liberty Police Department (NLPD) is joining two local law enforcement agencies to create a Special Emergency Response Team (SERT). The plan will unite officers from North Liberty, Coralville and Johnson County law enforcement departments to handle emergency situations.
“This is for high-risk operations. It will be a tactical team,” explained North Liberty Police Chief Diane Venenga. “It will be making entries into homes, residents, buildings, schools when needed for hostage situations, barricaded subjects, high-risk entry on search warrants.”