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Community

Solon Public Library

Solon Area Book Club

Liberty High School mascot selected, design approved, $107 million in loan notes to be sold

Lightning strikes thrice

IOWA CITY– The Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) had liberty on its mind as the school board approved school colors and a mascot for Liberty High School at its Nov. 11 meeting.
The board also approved the design for Liberty High School, and set the stage to issue $10.7 million in general obligation capital loan notes to fund cash flow for the district’s facilities master plan.

Van Allen honors veterans

NORTH LIBERTY — For the second year in a row, second graders and their teachers at Van Allen Elementary School said thanks to the veterans in their lives. Approximately 30 vets mingled in the commons area of the school’s second grade pod, swapping stories and looking over thank-you notes written by the students before being read a poem in their honor.
The veterans, many parents and grandparents of Van Allen students, then deployed among the classrooms to visit with the students, talk about their experiences and answer the students’ questions.

Skip the wait at the DMV

Library to get license renewing self-serve kiosk this spring

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Community Library has long been a place to check out the latest bestsellers, take a new technology class, find unusual cake pans and meet local authors.
Soon, it will be a place to renew your driver’s license as well.

Quality Care Storage to come to Tiffin

Business will receive three-year tax abatement when built

TIFFIN– Another developer has made a request for tax relief in exchange for providing business and economic growth in the community.
Dean Moore, owner of Quality Care Storage in North Liberty, proposes to build a new storage business on four acres next to the Kum-N-Go convenience store in Tiffin near Interstate 80.

NLFD wants to keep you safe and warm this winter season

NORTH LIBERTY– As the temperature outside drops, North Liberty residence take to the indoors to keep safe and warm. What they may not realize is that turning up the heat can increase the risk of home heating fires.

Clippers to host steak sandwich dinner Dec. 6

TIFFIN– Come support the CCA Clippers as they take on the Regina Regals. The CCA Clipper boys’ basketball team is holding its annual fundraiser Steak Sandwich Dinner on Saturday, Dec. 6, from 2 until 7 p.m. in the CCA High School commons in Tiffin. Cost is $8 for a meal that includes steak sandwich, party potatoes, vegetable, salad and dessert. Games times:  Freshmen boys, 1:30 p.m., junior varsity boys 3 p.m., varsity girls 4:30 p.m., and varsity boys at 6 p.m.

Annual free Thanksgiving meal at Our Lord’s Church begins at noon

SOLON– Our Lord’s Church will be serving a free Thanksgiving meal at noon Thursday, Nov. 27. All are welcome. Reservations are not required but would be helpful. The meal will be served at noon at the church, 131 N. Market St., Solon. Rides and deliveries are also available. Call Duane and Anna at 319-841-2243 (a local call from Solon) with questions or reservations.

Solon Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service Nov. 23 at St. Mary

SOLON– Solon’s combined Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service will be held Sunday, Nov. 23, at St. Mary Catholic Church, with a 5 p.m. soup dinner and a 6 p.m. service. The service will be led by Father Tim Sheedy and will feature the combined choirs of Solon United Methodist, St. Mary and Our Lord’s churches. Come join and give thanks.

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.