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Community

School board looks at building options

Concept for middle school configuration appears elusive

By Alex Kline
Solon Economist

SOLON– What would it look like?
The members of the Solon school board began investigating more refined options for a possible multi-million dollar building project last week during a work session Monday, Nov. 25.
Board members visited with architect John Darveau of the architectural firm Struxture to consider two concepts for a new middle school as well as additional wings to the high school.

Make new friends, and keep the old

Familiar face returns to put new shine on Solon’s Old Gold Dining

By Lori Lindner
Solon Economist

SOLON– Ely resident Duane McAtee has served people much of his life.
Therefore, it’s not a big surprise that he has returned to Solon’s senior dining program as site manager; but to most, it is a blessing.
Solon’s Old Gold Dining program has been offering meals to the area’s senior residents for 33 years. Today, people aged 60 and up can get a hot meal for the price of a free-will donation, five days a week. The meals are served at Solon United Methodist Church fellowship hall, or delivered to homebound residents upon request.

St. Bridget’s Christmas party Sunday, Dec. 8

SOLON– St. Bridget’s will host an open house and Christmas party on Sunday afternoon, Dec. 8, at the historic St. Bridget’s Church built in 1894. The church is located at 2136 St. Bridget’s Rd. NE, Solon. The church will open at 1:30 p.m. and at 2:30 p.m., the West Branch Community Chorus will provide Christmas music followed by a visit from Santa. Everyone is welcome to attend the free concert, refreshments and hospitality. For information, please contact John Wall, 319-643-5495. 

St. Mary cookie walk set for Sunday, Dec. 8

SOLON– The annual St. Mary of Solon cookie walk will be held Sunday, Dec. 8, from 8 a.m. until noon in the St. Mary Catholic Church hall at 1749 Racine Ave.
There will be a variety of cookies and candy and even some homemade pies to choose from.
Shoppers can walk the aisles choosing their favorites. The price will remain at $5 per pound for cookies and candy; pies will be sold per whole pie. Everyone is welcome.

Solon Community Pantry serves 40 ready-to-make Thanksgiving meals

SOLON– On Monday, Nov. 25, the Solon Community Pantry provided 40 families with a box containing all the ingredients to cook a complete Thanksgiving turkey or ham dinner. This was possible only through the generosity of the community. The pantry would like to thank each and every person or group that so generously donated money or food in support of this holiday meal, plus the many volunteers who stepped forward.

Free Christmas meal at Our Lord’s Church in Solon Dec. 25

SOLON– Our Lord’s Church will be serving a free Christmas meal Wednesday, Dec. 25. 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 with questions or reservation.

Solon UMC Family Life Center to host blood drive on Dec. 19

SOLON– Solon will host a community blood drive from 2:30 until 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 19, at the Solon United Methodist Church Family Life Center inside the gymnasium at 122 N. Iowa St., Solon.
To donate, please contact Rick Havel at 319-530-1596 or rickhavel@gmail.com; or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org.

School board looks at building options

Concept for middle school configuration appears elusive

By Alex Kline
Solon Economist

SOLON– What would it look like?
The members of the Solon school board began investigating more refined options for a possible multi-million dollar building project last week during a work session Monday, Nov. 25.
Board members visited with architect John Darveau of the architectural firm Struxture to consider two concepts for a new middle school as well as additional wings to the high school.

Solon Public Library

Early out movie Thursday, Dec. 5

The last early out activity for 2013 will be a movie on Thursday, Dec. 5, at 1 p.m. The animated movie “Planes” is rated PG.
Parents or caregivers are responsible for getting students to the library and picking them up when the movie is over. School age children under the age of 10 may attend the early out programs without an adult but must be picked up at the conclusion of the program if they are not in the care of a babysitter, who must be at least 11 years old.

Friends annual holiday sale

How things change and stay the same

North Liberty City Council member and centennial committee chairman Terry Donahue (left) helps to unveil a new mural in the North Liberty Community Library. The piece was created by artist Bounnak Thammavong (right) to commemorate the city’s 100th year of incorporation, and revealed to the public Nov. 16 as part of the community’s centennial celebration finale. (photo by Lori Lindner)

UI Recreational Services offers Snowy Owl Camp in December

IOWA CITY– The University of Iowa Recreational Services will offer their Snowy Owl Camp to first through sixth graders on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays, on Dec. 23, 26, 27, 30 and Jan. 2 and 3, 2014. Camp days will begin supervision at 7:45 a.m. and will be provided until 4:15 p.m. Snowy Owl Camp will take place in three main facilities: Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex, Macbride Nature Recreation Area and the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center. The camp is broken down into three program areas:

Iowa City-area schools benefit from Mediacom’s ‘Shoes That Fit’ campaign

IOWA CITY– School age children from six Iowa City and North Liberty-area elementary schools will benefit this year from the annual “Shoes That Fit” campaign that supplies need-specific shoes and clothing to local children. The non-profit community outreach program is led by Mediacom, along with Iowa City business partner Scheels.