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Community

Keystone Place at Forevergreen to open in 2016

Coming soon to NL: new options for senior living

NORTH LIBERTY– A high demand for senior living options in North Liberty will soon be met.
Developers and investors in the planned Keystone Place at Forevergreen gathered Nov. 21 at 1275 W. Forevergreen Rd., formerly the Colony Country RV Park, to break ground for the new senior living center.

Weather delays could spell trouble for CCA construction projects

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
OXFORD — They’re not ready to push the panic button just yet, but administrators and Clear Creek Amana (CCA) board members are concerned about progress on the new middle school addition, and weather-related delays.

Small change making a big difference

United Way of Johnson County, MidWestOne partner for financial literacy program

NORTH LIBERTY– Banking and saving; debit cards and credit cards; paying bills and paying off debt; insurance, taxes and investing…
Regardless of income, navigating the maze of financial decision-making is never simple. Yet money management is more often learned through the school of hard knocks than through any educational institution or formal curriculum.
Fortunately, a new financial literacy program is now helping guide the way for some Johnson County residents.

NL to sponsor holiday lighting contest

NORTH LIBERTY– Nothing says happy holidays like competition over the best holiday lights display.
The North Liberty Recreation Department is sponsoring a holiday decorating contest with prizes for the top three displays based on public and recreation center staff voting.

Tiffin to hold house decoration contest

TIFFIN– Deck the halls in December for Tiffin’s holiday decorating contest. City officials will judge the best-dressed homes for the holidays, with prizes awarded for first, second and third place. All dwellings– single family, multi-family homes and mobile homes– will be viewed and are eligible to win.

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