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Community

Stone Soup Supper, Silent Auction to benefit community pantry

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Community Pantry will host its sixth annual Stone Soup Supper and Silent Auction on Sunday, Oct. 26, from 4:30-7 p.m., at the South Slope Community Room, 980 N. Front St., North Liberty. Event sponsors are Hills Bank & Trust Company and South Slope Cooperative Communications.

ICCSD financial state declined in 2013-2014

Personnel costs climb, key challenges lie ahead for district

IOWA CITY– The Iowa City Community School District’s (ICCSD) is in financial decline.
Those words weren’t heard Tuesday, Oct. 14, at the school board meeting, but buried in the 353-page board packet was the observation, written in the executive summary of the district’s annual financial report. “The district’s overall financial condition declined during Fiscal Year 2013-2014,” the report stated.
During his report to the board, District CFO and board secretary Craig Hansel tried to be brief.

Jail repair and renovation project goes out for bid

Outdated equipment to be replaced at an estimated $1 million

IOWA CITY– Johnson County Supervisor Rod Sullivan wants people to fully understand the situation with the county jail, and its estimated $1 million repair and renovation project.
“We’re not just fixing it up,” he said. “Our hand has been forced.”
Sullivan and his fellow supervisors unanimously approved the plans, specifications, and bid requests for badly-needed work at the facility, which was built in the 1980s. The resolution passed during the formal meeting Thursday, Oct. 2.

Stealing the spotlight

Solon native Riese Lutz to compete in Mr. Gay USofA Pageant

That penchant for the limelight continued throughout his life. Now, Lutz will compete in the Mr. Gay USofA pageant in San Antonio, Texas this November.
Though this is Lutz’s first year competing in pageants solo, he is no stranger to the stage. He spent several years traveling and working as a backup dancer for drag queens and previous pageant contestants. But being in the background was nearly impossible for someone who was born to be the star.
“After a couple of years, they were like, ‘Riese, you’re stealing the show,’” Lutz said. “They told me now was my time.”

Eastern Iowa orchid show Oct. 18 and 19 at Noelridge Park in CR

CEDAR RAPIDS– The Eastern Iowa Orchid Society, in cooperation with the Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department, is pleased to announce The Third Annual Eastern Iowa Orchid Show and Sale on Oct. 18 and 19, at the Noelridge Park Greenhouse, 4900 Council St. NE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52402.
The show is free and open to the public Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

St. Mary Catholic Church to host Solon blood drive Oct. 27

SOLON– Solon will host a community blood drive from 3:30 until 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 27, at 1749 Racine Ave. NE, inside the St. Mary Catholic Church Fellowship Hall.
To donate, please contact Kevin Hayes at 319-430-0670 or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org and use code 682 to locate the drive.

Solon council candidate Duncan appears at Oct. 8 forum

Steve Duncan and Kevin Samek seeking seat on Solon council Nov. 4

NORTH LIBERTY– The candidates for North Liberty mayor and one of Solon’s City Council candidates answered questions before an audience of about 30 people in an Oct. 8 forum held in the North Liberty City Council chambers. The candidates will square off in the municipal elections to be held Nov. 4.

Solon Public Library

Unattended children policy

(except for early-out Thursdays)
The Solon Public Library welcomes the use of its services and facilities by children, but cannot assume the responsibility for children left unattended on the library premises. That responsibility must be assumed by the parent or caregiver.
Children under the age of 10 may not be left unattended at any time. Another child acting as babysitter must be at least 11 years old.
A parent or caregiver attending a function in a meeting room may not leave a child unattended in the play area.

Solon brothers return to play in Gabe’s Iowa City Oct. 18

IOWA CITY– Joe and Jake Anderson will be returning to Gabe’s nightclub in Iowa City for a second time. The two brothers, originally from Solon, and now centered in St. Paul, Minnesota have formed the heavy-metal band Cantharone. Cantharone will be playing at Gabe’s Iowa City on Saturday, Oct. 18. The band will be playing songs from their second EP, scheduled to be released Oct. 31. Cantharone will be playing with The Savage Hacks, ASEETHE and Jucifer. The doors open at 8 p.m., and the show starts at 9 p.m. Must be 19 years old to attend and there is a $10 admission charge for this show.

Solon’s Sam Miller is finalist for Superintendent of the Year

CLIVE– Sam Miller, superintendent of the Solon Community School District, was a finalist for the 2014-15 Iowa Superintendent of the Year award sponsored by the School Administrators of Iowa.
“SAI is pleased to recognize leaders who are dedicated to advancing student achievement by providing students a quality education,” said Dan Smith, the association’s executive director.

Battery Up Oct. 18

Solon firefighters will help you change your smoke alarm batteries

SOLON– The Solon Fire Department is urging families in Solon to install and maintain working smoke alarms. Properly installed and maintained smoke alarms save lives every day across the country.
And the department members are ready to help.
From 9 until 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18, the Solon Fire Department will conduct a free “Battery Up” campaign offering in-home fire prevention to residents in need of assistance.