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Community

St. Mary to host Financial Peace University in January

SOLON– “Liberating! Invaluable! Great!” are words that have been used by graduates to describe Financial Peace University (FPU). This nine-week program helps people get to a place of well-being with regards to finances. Graduates have been able to substantially reduce debt, save for the future, meet personal financial goals, and give like never before. FPU consists of weekly video classes taught by financial expert Dave Ramsey and coached by people who have graduated from the course. Classes will be held at St Mary Catholic Church, 1749 Racine Ave., Solon. Classes start Sunday, Jan.

Solon Public Library

Cleaning out DVDs?

If you are cleaning out your DVD shelf to make room for new additions to your collection, why not donate your old ones to the library? Your donation of goods is tax-deductible and we will either add them to our collection, or the Friends of the Library will sell them at a book sale and we can use the money to purchase new releases. It’s a win-win. We’re especially interested in any old exercise DVDs you have that you no longer use– these get a lot of circulation in the winter months as people work on New Year’s resolutions.

What if we’re just a little bit naughty?

It was HIS idea. Jolly Old Saint Nicholas conspired with Anushka Dervesh, whispering something in her ear just before her mother snapped this photo of the two of them sticking out their tongues. Santa Claus visited the North Liberty Community Center on Saturday, Dec. 7, to visit with local kids during the community’s annual Breakfast With Santa event. Children were able to enjoy a pancake breakfast, do a craft, play with Jumbe the Lion, view a toy train in action and watch a holiday video before jumping in the long line of kids waiting to sit on Santa’s lap.

North Liberty to annex eastward

City officials, supervisors discuss proposed expansion

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader

NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty is ready to annex.
North Liberty has received voluntary petitions from three different property owners in an area east of current city limits. The requests make up a total proposed annexation of 567.7 acres.

Packed agenda keeps ICCSD school board members late at December 10 meeting

By Alex Kline
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) school board members worked late into the night at their Dec. 10 meeting. The packed agenda included decisions on delay of implementation of the Raptor Visitor system, approval of the master facilities plan, and a request of information on the logistics of canceling school on Martin Luther King Day.

NL Baptist Church Christmas Eve Service

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Baptist Church is conducting Christmas Eve Service at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24. Gather around the Christmas tree as the lights are dimmed to sing Christmas carols and read the Christmas Story. Cookies, hot cocoa and coffee will be provided. North Liberty Baptist Church is located at 85 Sugar Creek Ln., North Liberty.

North Liberty’s library director announces retirement

Dee Crowner closes book as NL library head

NORTH LIBERTY– In most libraries, Dee Crowner’s next step could be found filed somewhere in the 332.024s. But, since the North Liberty Community Library switched to subject-based classification last year, here it would be simply under “retirement.” Crowner, who has been the North Liberty Community Library’s director since 1987, will be stepping down at the end of the year.
“Dee has been a valuable member of our staff for more than two and a half decades, and I’m thankful for her dedication and stewardship of the library,” said Mayor Tom Salm. “Her retirement is well deserved.”

Solon Economist holiday schedule

The Solon Economist has several more changes coming at the end of the year.
There will be an early deadline of Thursday, Dec. 19, for the Dec. 25 issue. The Dec. 25 issue will also be mailed a day early.
Beginning with the Jan. 8, 2014, edition, the publication date of the Economist will be permanently changed by one day, with the result that our papers will be arriving in most mailboxes on Thursday instead of Wednesday.
This change is being made to align our publication with the other newspapers in our small chain.

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.

Recycle defunct Christmas lights at middle school

SOLON– The Solon Middle School (SMS) Earth Team is collecting defunct Christmas lights to recycle and keep out of the landfills. Please drop them off at the SMS office by Jan. 7.

Solon foundation seeking feedback for new project

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist

SOLON– Solon could use this.
What is it?
That’s what the Solon Area Community Foundation would like to know.
The foundation wants Solon residents to provide some ideas for community improvement it can make happen.
Within reason.
“We can’t undertake a swimming pool, it has to be smaller,” foundation president Larry Meister explained. “Bigger than a breadbox, smaller than a pool.”

Solon Public Library

Friends mini-tree contest

Congratulations to Julie Drum who won the popular vote prize for her Dr. Seuss tree. There are still a few days left to bid on the mini-trees at the library. Bidding ends at noon on Dec. 14. A few trees have already been purchased using the “Buy It Now” option, and that option is still available.

Adult reading prize winner