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Community

Our Lord’s Church annual candy and gift sale Fri. and Sat. Dec. 5-6

SOLON– Our Lord’s Church will be holding its 10th annual candy sale Friday, Dec. 5, from 3 until 7 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 6, from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Featured are a large variety of homemade candies as well as gifts and homemade items. Enjoy a cup of coffee and work your way around the room and select your items.

Senior of the Year: Rita Brannaman

A spirit of independence and courage

SOLON– If you know Rita Brannaman well, she probably has your birthday marked on her calendar.
She’s that kind of person.
“I care for other people,” she said.
Brannaman, 85, was named Solon Senior of the Year for 2014 by the Solon Senior Advocates this spring, an honor she shared with Fred Bark.
A lifelong resident of the Solon area, Brannaman has been a longtime volunteer for the Solon American Legion Auxiliary, a charter member of the Solon Women’s Club, an officer with the Sutliff Bridge Authority, and involved in a number of other local organizations.

Back to the drawing board for E&J Electric’s expansion plan?

Proposal for apartments above storage units

SOLON– “We’ve got a disagreement,” said City Attorney Jim Martinek.
“But we disagree on what, though?” asked E&J Electric owner John Schmidt.
Apparently, what constitutes a commercial garage.
Schmidt went before the Solon City Council Nov. 5, seeking input on his concept plan to combine storage for his business with upper-level apartments adjacent to the E&J Electric location on East Main Street.
He came away from the meeting uncertain.
“I have no clue what I’m supposed to do next,” Schmidt told council members.

Solon Public Library

Holiday drawings

Each time you visit the Solon library Nov. 17 through Dec. 18, you can register for a drawing sponsored by Friends of the Solon Library. The winner of this drawing will receive a 53-inch stuffed teddy bear. The drawing for the prizes will be held at noon on Dec. 18 and winner will be contacted that day by phone.

Holiday tree silent auction

Solon Food Pantry to provide Thanksgiving boxes Nov. 24

SOLON– The Solon Community Food Pantry will provide Thanksgiving boxes with all the fixings for a meal again this year. Boxes may be picked up during regular hours Monday, Nov. 24, from 2 until 6 p.m. All those interested who have not registered, please visit the pantry Monday, Nov. 17, or call 319-430-8655 for more information.

Old Gold Diner: more activities

SOLON– Wanted: Persons interested starting some new and revisited activities at Solon’s Old Gold Diner.
The Old Gold Diners would like to start a quilting group again, with beginners welcome. The type of group and the meeting date will be determined after it is known how many people are interested.
Also, organizers would like to start an Old Gold Diner kitchen band. You wouldn’t need to know how to play any instrument; you would just need a good imagination and be willing to have a little fun. For either of these activities, contact Duane at 624-2251 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on weekdays.

Nielsen sworn in as mayor

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty city hall has officially installed a new mayor.
Assistant City Administrator Tracey Mulcahey conducted the swearing-in ceremony for Amy Nielsen on Thursday, Nov. 13, in council chambers. Present were friends and several members of Nielsen’s family and extended family.
After Nielsen took the oath of office, she posed for photographs with various relatives, and took a moment to reflect on her recent election to the office.

Snowmobiles stay for the winter in NL

Council decides to keep routes, tables action on ordinance

NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty will allow snowmobiles to continue to travel through town.
At least, for now.
At its Nov. 11 meeting, the council considered an ordinance amendment that would revoke recreational snowmobiling within city limits, change the existing routes and restrict the operation of snowmobiles to the hours between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m.
City staff recommended the ordinance change as a result of safety concerns and citizen complaints, said North Liberty City Administrator Ryan Heiar.

Tiffin: get countywide, local emergency notices via phone

TIFFIN– The City of Tiffin is adopting an emergency alert system known as the Johnson County Emergency Notification System (JCENS). In the event of an emergency or severe weather conditions, an alert will be sent to the phone number provided by voice, text, email and/or pager.

Clear Creek Amana Community School District recognized

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana School District (CCA) was honored by the College Board with placement on the 5th Annual AP® District Honor Roll for increasing access to AP course work while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of three or higher on AP Exams.
Since 2012, CCA has increased the number of students participating in AP while improving the number of students earning AP Exam scores of three or higher.
CCA is committed to expanding the availability of AP courses among prepared and motivated students of all backgrounds.

Blues & BBQ gives back with donation to pantry’s garden project

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Community Betterment Group, organizers of the annual North Liberty Blues & BBQ festival, announced financial support for a community garden project of the North Liberty Community Pantry.
“Food is obviously near and dear to our hearts, and the pantry has been helping feed community members for nearly three decades,” said festival founder David Moore. “We saw an opportunity for us to aid an important local organization when it needed just a little bit of help of its own.”

Tiffin officials remind residents to register pets

TIFFIN– The City of Tiffin reminds residents to stop by city hall to get all pets registered for the new year. Register in December and the fee is discounted to $4. After Jan.1, 2015 the pet registration fee will be $10. Remember to bring updated veterinarian records. The city receives numerous calls regarding dog and cats running loose. Contact city hall first, at 319-545-2572, if you have lost your pet. Pets are kept for 24 hours. If unclaimed, they will be taken to the Cedar Valley Humane Society.