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Community

Correction to Swisher Feb. 4 voting schedule

SWISHER– Due to a submission error, the January edition of the Swisher newsletter in North Johnson County contained incorrect information regarding the special election Tuesday, Feb. 4, to fill the vacant position of mayor for a term expiring Dec. 31, 2015.
The dates and deadlines are as follows, according to the Johnson County Auditor’s office:
Friday, Jan. 10: Noon filing deadline for Swisher mayor. Ten signatures required. File with acting city clerk.
Monday, Jan. 20: Martin Luther King holiday, office closed.

North Liberty fire department reminds homeowners to shovel out fire hydrants

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty Fire Fighters are urging residents to clear snow around fire hydrants located in their neighborhoods. With more winter weather in the forecast, it is important fire hydrants remain clear of ice and snow to allow fire fighters easy access. Fire doubles in size every 17 seconds.
Having unimpeded access to the hydrants can make a significant difference while on a fire scene. Please help fire fighters by removing snow from an area of at least three feet around the fire hydrant.

Correction to Swisher Feb. 4 voting schedule

SWISHER– Due to a submission error, the January edition of the Swisher newsletter in North Johnson County contained incorrect information regarding the special election Tuesday, Feb. 4, to fill the vacant position of mayor for a term expiring Dec. 31, 2015.
The dates and deadlines are as follows, according to the Johnson County Auditor’s office:
Friday, Jan. 10: Noon filing deadline for Swisher mayor. Ten signatures required. File with acting city clerk.
Monday, Jan. 20: Martin Luther King holiday, office closed.

Tiffin Fire Association annual meeting Jan. 20

TIFFIN– The Tiffin Fire Association will hold its annual meeting on Monday, Jan. 20, at the Tiffin Fire Station commencing at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will include appointment of directors. Immediately following will be the regular meeting including election of officers.
Please contact Bill Rippert by phone at 319-331-6201 or email at weruppert@aol.com with questions.

Plucky Christmas for Solon pantry

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist

SOLON– Why did the chickens cross the road?
Because they fell out of the back of a truck topper.
Jay Proffitt has heard lots of chicken jokes in the last week.
Proffitt, along with his wife Helen and Frank and Shelley Kuennen, had been planning to secretly supply the Solon Community Food Pantry with about 60 chickens for Christmas.

Council picks up tab for diner

Old Gold Diner seeks support for going local

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist

SOLON– Art Tellin said it best.
Representatives for Solon senior citizens were present at last week’s city council meeting to discuss the city’s ongoing support of the Old Gold Diner after the senior dining site’s decision to split from provider Elder Services, Inc.
“I don’t want you to think this was a rash decision, that we just pulled away from the government funding, because we lost it anyway,” Tellin said. “We’ve got to keep this center going.”
And the city stepped up to the plate with a $6,000 contribution.

Spotlight can drive fundraiser on Jan. 4

SOLON– Solon Spotlight is having a can drive fundraiser on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014. Please drop off empty cans and bottles at the Solon Fire Station any time that day from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. For pick up, or more information, please email JamiWolf.realtor@gmail.com.

Boy Scout Troop 120 soup supper Saturday, Jan. 11

SOLON–Solon Boy Scout Troop 120 is hosting its annual soup supper on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, at St Mary Catholic Church from 5 until 7 p.m. The soup supper features homemade soups of all varieties. Previous year’s soups have included traditional choices such as chicken noodle and chili as well as some not so traditional selections such as demok (spinach and coconut milk) and shrimp chowder. This all-you-can-eat meal also includes fresh baked bread made by the Scouts the morning of the supper and a wide assortment of desserts.

Christmas tree pickup Jan. 10

SOLON– The City of Solon Christmas tree pick up will be Friday, Jan. 10. Please have trees placed at the curb by 7 a.m.

Solon Public library

Library website has a new look

We hope you’ll check out our website to see our fresh new look and additional features. Our webmaster is using the templates provided by the state library of Iowa and she works hard to make certain that our website has its own unique interpretation. A new link to Healthcare.gov has just been added.

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Mobile Mammography Unit to be in Solon Jan. 20

SOLON– The Mercy Women’s Center mobile mammography van will be in Solon on Monday, Jan. 20. The van will be located at the Mercy Family Medicine of Solon Clinic. The clinic has recently been renamed from Solon Family Practice, and is located at 510 W. Main St. The mobile mammography unit has been providing convenient access to breast screening services for Eastern Iowa women for 27 years.