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Community

Lowe’s remodels pantry’s kitchen

kitchen space for pantry’s Growing Together Garden harvest gets a makeover

NORTH LIBERTY– A community service project by Lowe’s Home Improvement will help the North Liberty Community Pantry make the most of its community garden harvests.
As part of the company’s nationwide “Lowe’s Heroes” program, volunteers from the Coralville store installed cabinets, new countertops and added space at the pantry for a new dishwasher donated by Lowe’s.
The North Liberty Community Pantry planted a 9,600 square-foot teaching garden in spring 2015 to provide fresh produce and educational nutrition programs for its clients and the community. 

Top Shelf Volunteer

Nelson celebrates 15 years volunteering at North Liberty Community Pantry

NORTH LIBERTY– Jacqueline Nelson saw a lot of changes in the 15 years she has been a volunteer at the North Liberty Community Pantry. The First United Methodist Church was located in a different part of town and handed out only a few sacks of food to local families. Fast-forward 15 years, the pantry is located on Jones Boulevard, on the same campus as the church, built new in 2013.

Robotics can/bottle drive Jan. 2

SOLON– The Solon Robotics teams will conduct a can/bottle drive on Saturday, Jan. 2, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Students will go door to door asking for any empty containers with a 5¢ deposit to be recycled to raise funds. Can or bottle pickup can be arranged by contacting coach Bill Mattaliano at solonrobotics367@gmail.com. Donations may be dropped off at the robotics room, behind the Solon Middle School auditorium.

Schools for a modern world

SOLON– Students are often asked to study the world as it once was and learn to operate successfully within the world as it currently is. Now, they will be trained how to navigate the world that will be.
This year, the Solon Community School District made a concerted effort to make include “21st century skills” in the curriculum.

Despite larger class sizes, Garner students are flourishing

Bigger and still better

By Nora Heaton
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– Sometimes, numbers don’t tell the whole story. Sometimes the experience matters more.
At Buford Garner Elementary School, class sizes may be higher than the district’s ideal numbers, but the atmosphere is one of creativity, curiosity, and innovation, said Principal Nick Proud.

CCA Middle School expansion completion pushed back…again

OXFORD— Hopes of moving into Clear Creek Amana’s new middle school addition over the Christmas and New Year break were dashed last week.
Superintendent Tim Kuehl gave the monthly construction update to the school board at its Monday, Dec. 14, meeting in Oxford.
“I was hoping for moving everything over Christmas, which, of course, is not happening,” Kuehl said. The move-in timeframe has been pushed to January.

Council ranking upcoming projects

City begins review of capital improvements list

SOLON– Solon’s city council is making its list and checking it twice.
The city’s Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) is a compilation of significant wants and needs for the community, annually reviewed by the members of the city council as budget time approaches.

Getting to know teacher librarian Miranda Kral

Check out some humor with your books

SOLON– Miranda Kral asks some unusual questions.
What building has the most stories? (A library.) Who is the coolest king in the world? (King Author.) What does a cat like to read? (A mewspaper.)
As the Solon Community School District’s new teacher librarian, her favorite puns include— you guessed it— libraries and books.

Free Christmas meal at Our Lord’s Church Friday, Dec. 25

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

Solon Booster holiday store at Dec. 21 home basketball game

SOLON– Still looking for that perfect Spartan gift? By popular demand, the Solon Athletic Boosters are offering more opportunities to shop our holiday inventory. Come get your Spartan Athletic socks, mini-basketball backboards and youth Solon clothing. Great clearance prices on colorful Solon sweatshirts and other items, too.
The Booster shop will be open Monday, Dec. 21, in the Solon High School commons during the boys basketball game against Cedar Rapids Kennedy. If you have any questions, please contact Kim Hawkins at 319-331-0758.

Salvation Army kettle placed at Sam’s Main Street Market

IOWA CITY– The Johnson County Salvation Army has been welcomed into the Solon community. Sam’s Main Street Market is hosting a countertop Red Kettle to support the “Give Hope Today” holiday season.
Solon community member Alison Holroyd contacted the Johnson County Salvation Army to get her town involved this Christmas. With the support of Sam’s Main Street Market, a countertop Red Kettle has been placed by the check-out register. A Salvation Army bell accompanies the kettle and will be rung with each donation though Dec. 24.

Dolfi Kalm wins volleyball gold medals

Even at age 74, volleyball dreams do come true

LISBON– The year 2015 has been a year of dreams coming true for Lisbon’s Dolfi Kalm, formerly of Solon. Kalm won a pair of gold medals in national volleyball championships in Detroit and Minneapolis. However, the road to those championships was far longer than the several hours spent driving the highways.
A native of Maynard, Kalm started his teaching career in Atkinson, Neb., moved to Oklahoma to teach and moved back to Nebraska for three years, ahead of taking a principal position in Gladbrook.