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Community

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.

Tried and true, or fresh and new?

NL voters will be asked to choose Nov. 4

NORTH LIBERTY– The candidates for North Liberty mayor set the dichotomy between themselves early in an Oct. 8 forum held in the North Liberty City Council chambers.
Incumbent North Liberty Mayor Gerry Kuhl will face resident Amy Nielsen in the Nov. 4 election.
In his opening statement, Kuhl said that while he brings years of background in city government to the chair, his opponent has never served on a city board or commission.

Room with a view

NL engineer, inventor creates must-have baby safety product

NORTH LIBERTY– Gerald Beranek of North Liberty has always had a knack for solving everyday problems, consistently putting to use his background and education in mechanical engineering.
It was an everyday problem that led him to design and create his new product that is suddenly booming in the baby world; the Vusee monitor shelf.
As expectant parents, Beranek and his wife were setting up the baby’s nursery about eight months ago.
“When my wife asked me to put up the baby monitor, I wasn’t sure where it should go,” said Beranek. “Basically, there was no good place for it.”

Friends of the library host 10th annual waffle breakfast

NORTH LIBERTY– Support the Friends of the North Liberty Community Library while enjoying delicious waffles from Dad’s Belgian Waffles of Algona on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 8 until 11 a.m.
The cost is $8 per person. Kids 5 years and under are free. The breakfast includes all you can eat waffles, sausage and beverages. Tickets are available in the library or at the door the day of the breakfast. Enter a 50/50 raffle for a cash prize at the breakfast.

City of North Liberty to host community Halloween events

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty trick-or-treat night will be on Halloween, Oct. 31, from 5 to 8 p.m. Remember to take an adult, only knock on doors at houses that have their outdoor lights on and be safe.
Other Halloween events:

Tiffin Trick-or-Treat Friday, Oct. 31.

TIFFIN– Trick-or-Treat night in Tiffin will be held Friday, Oct. 31, from 5 until 8 p.m. Please be cautious of little ghosts and goblins as you drive through town.

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.

NL American Legion Auxiliary to host free annual Veterans Day dinner Nov. 11

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty American Legion Auxiliary will host a Veterans Day dinner on Tuesday, Nov. 11, beginning at 6 p.m. at South Slope’s community room, 980 N. Front St., North Liberty.
The evening will include a home-cooked meal, videos, music, military ceremonies and a guest speaker, as well as door prizes. Dinner is free to veterans and one guest.
All area veterans are invited to this free annual event, sponsored by the North Liberty American Legion Auxiliary, with the venue courtesy of South Slope Cooperative Communications.

North Liberty Community Pantry awarded challenge grant for community garden project

NORTH LIBERTY– A new project in North Liberty will bring growth to the community in a whole new way.
In September, the North Liberty Community Pantry was awarded a $38,850 challenge grant from the Wellmark Foundation in order to develop a community garden. Now, pantry supporters and director Tina DuBois are in the process of raising the required matching funds, which must be pledged by Dec. 15.

Smoke Eater retires

Solon’s former fire chief looks back on 40 years as a firefighter

SOLON– For 40 years, Dan Smith responded to emergencies in Solon, Iowa City and the surrounding area as a firefighter. In September, he put his helmet on the rack for the final time as he retires from the Solon Fire Department.
Smith is the son of the late Vernon Smith, a man who served the community as mayor, town cop, city councilman and volunteer firefighter (for eight years).

Council, fire chief review need for Knox-Box requirement

Gwen Prentice appointed to planning and zoning

SOLON– It’s time to lock up a safety issue in Solon, according to Solon Fire Chief Bob Siddell.
At the Oct. 1 Solon City Council meeting, Siddell reported on Tri-Township Fire Department activities, which included an update on plans for Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 5 through 11.
“The Knox-Box situation– I need to get this thing straightened out,” said Siddell.
A Knox-Box, known officially as the KNOX-BOX® Rapid Entry System, is a small, wall-mounted safe that holds building keys for fire departments, Emergency Medical Services, and law enforcement to retrieve in emergency situations.