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Community

Finding compromise on a new school calendar

Committee recommendation coming at Dec. 8 meeting

SOLON– Different things are important to different people.
When it comes to the Solon school calendar, students, parents and school staff differ on which has the most impact– the starting date for the school year or ending the first semester before winter break.
The school district’s calendar committee has been working to develop the landmark dates for the 2015-16 school year, and a formal recommendation is expected at the school board’s Dec. 8 meeting.

Kunkel resigns from city council

SOLON– Solon City Council member Brad Kunkel has resigned from his position effective Dec. 1.
Kunkel has purchased a residence outside the city limits. He made the announcement at the Wednesday, Nov. 19, meeting of the city council. Mayor Steve Stange indicated at that meeting he would prefer to appoint a replacement after taking applications from the community.
The council vacancy was on the agenda for discussion at the regular city council meeting scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 3.

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.

Annual St. Mary Catholic Church Cookie Walk, Sunday, Dec. 7

SOLON– St. Mary Catholic Church in Solon will host its Annual Cookie Walk, Sunday, Dec. 7, from 8 a.m. until noon. Cookies and candies are available for purchase at $5 per pound. A variety of pies will also be available for purchase. 

St. Bridget’s 120th Birthday Party and Christmas Open House Dec. 7

SOLON– St. Bridget’s 120th Birthday Party and Christmas Open House will be held Sunday, Dec. 7, with entertainment by the West Branch Community Choir at 1:30 p.m. Santa will make an appearance and refreshments are provided. The church is located at 2136 St. Bridget’s Rd. NE, Solon, and will be open at 12:30 p.m. The public is invited to join.

‘Chef’ to be screened at ‘Meal and a Movie’ Dec. 5 at library

SOLON– The Solon Senior Advocates Meal and a Movie for November and December will be Friday, Dec. 5, at the Solon Public Library. The movie, “Chef” is a recent release starring Jon Favreau and Robert Downey, Jr., focusing on food and family. The Sam’s Main Street Market catering menu will be Mexican casserole, chips and salsa and dessert.
Sign up at Old Gold Dining or call 319-624-2710.

Solon Public Library

Notes from the window display

We want to take the time to thank Toni Russo for her years of service creating beautiful and unforgettable window displays for the library. Toni has decided it is time to move on, and we are grateful we had the opportunity to work with her and be part of her creative process. Thank you, Toni, for sharing your talent with the library and the Solon community. You set an incredibly high bar for future window displays. We’re sorry to see you move on, and we hope you’ll use your skills to brighten new windows elsewhere.

Holiday drawing

Solon High Band’s Winter Concert will be Monday, Dec. 15

SOLON– The Solon High Band’s Winter Concert will be Monday, Dec. 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the Solon Middle School Auditorium. The concert will feature a variety of traditional holiday songs. For a number of years, the students of the band have sent $35 each month to support a girl named Asnet who lives in Uganda. The band would like to take up a collection at the end of the concert. The students decide where to give the money. The band has contributed to Asnet’s family and community, Wounded Warrior Project, Habitat for Humanity, Red Cross and Witty Kitties.

New opportunities

New recreation director hopes to add more programs

SOLON- Solon Recreation Director Mike Reeve’s favorite moments are those of triumph and kindness.
Because he’s present for every Parks and Recreation game and activity, he gets to see the best of young athletes and coaches in the area. Sometimes he witnesses the excitement of a kindergartener’s very first soccer goal. Other times, he sees the definition of integrity, like when a coach tells a referee about a penalty he missed, even though it would go against his own team.

Property owner files lawsuit against NL

City to hold public hearing on east side sewer project Dec. 9

NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty has given notice to eight different property owners that their land is desired for a large city project.
At least one landowner is fighting back.

Upcoming IC school district enrollment lower than predicted

IOWA CITY- Iowa City school board members were slightly underwhelmed by the distric’ts enrollment numbers presented at the board’s Tuesday, Nov. 9 meeting
Student enrollment for the 2014-15 school year increased by 156 students in K-12, bringing official certified enrollment to 13,050. However, this increase was not as high as originally projected.

CCA declares insufficient space in four schools

No open enrollment at North Bend Elementary

OXFORD– It’s official. These four schools are out of room.
The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school board approved the district’s insufficient space policy for the 2015-2016 school year in October.