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Community

Liz Kroul Wins Award for Personal Excellence

Liz Kroul, of Mount Vernon, and a 66 year member of the Solon Women’s Club received the General Federation of Women’s Clubs’ “Jennie Award” for personal excellence as shown by a club member’s contributions to her club, community and family. This award was presented by GFWC/Iowa State President, Betty Wade of Cedar Rapids, at the Solon Women’s Club Holiday Party on Dec. 14 held at the Solon Palmer House Stable. Kroul was selected as the Iowa State and Mississippi Valley Region recipient for the 2016-2018 Administration. (contributed photo)

The Buy Nothing project

Facebook group builds community relations through gifting economy

By Cale Stelken
Solon Economist
NORTH LIBERTY– In a season characterized by stores packed with shoppers eager to buy that perfect gift for their loved one, a local Facebook group puts a fresh spin on gift giving.
“It’s a hyper-local gifting economy,” explained Melissa Chagala, a North Liberty resident and administrator for the North Liberty/Solon chapter of the Buy Nothing project.

Archery home tournament Jan. 6

SOLON– On Jan. 6, The Solon Spartan Archery Team hosts its home tournament at the Solon High School Gym. The tournament runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The tournament anticipates close to 500 archers attending comprising teams from the surrounding area.
The team will also hold a raffle to award two lucky people a new hunting bow. The bows retail for $1000. Tickets are $5 each or five for $20. Contact Mike Brinegar at 319-361-4891 to purchase tickets and information on the bows awarded as prizes. Solon Archery Team members will also be selling tickets.

Dance "Spectacular 2018”

SOLON– Solon’s dance team will present “Spectacular 2018” on Saturday, Jan. 27, at 6:30 p.m. in the Solon High School gym. Several dance teams and studios, including Solon’s very own award winning Solon Dance Teams, will create a show highlighting the dance season. Admission is $5 or use your district activity pass. Concessions and shirt sales will be open during the evening. Snow date will be Friday, Feb. 9, at the same time.

Christmas tree pick-up

Johnson County Refuse will be picking up Christmas trees on Friday, Jan. 12. Please place on the curb near your garbage and recycling.

Born to be a firefighter

New NLFD Chief Brian Platz looks to be an agent of change

North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– As a young boy growing up in Dyersville, Brian Platz developed an early passion for the fire service. His dad was the chief for 18 years and the younger Platz spent much of his time at the station with him.
“Those were the formative years of my life growing up,” he said. “He eats, sleeps and breathes fire, so I think he instilled the love for the fire service in me. I knew from the very beginning I wanted to be a firefighter, and there’s no other course for me.”

Tiffin Fire Associate annual meeting Wednesday Jan. 10

TIFFIN– The Tiffin Fire Association will hold its annual meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 10, at 6:30 p.m. at the Tiffin Fire Station. It will be followed by the regular meeting with election of officers. For more information, contact Bill Ruppert at 319-331-6201.

Penn Meadows Ice Rink open

NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty and Beat the Bitter have partnered to bring Penn Meadows Ice Rink to the community. Located on top of the tennis courts on the south end of Penn Meadows Park, the 100-foot by 115-foot seasonal rink opened on Dec. 27 and has already seen many visitors.

Curbside tree collection

JOHNSON COUNTY– Johnson County Refuse will collect discarded Christmas trees on Jan. 10 and Jan. 17.
Trees should be placed at the curb by 7 a.m. with all decorations removed. Please remove the tree from any bag or container. This service is free of charge.

Facebook group builds community

Buy Nothing project bonds neighbors

North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– In a season characterized by stores packed with shoppers eager to buy that perfect gift for their loved one, a local Facebook group puts a fresh spin on gift giving.
“It’s a hyper-local gifting economy,” explained Melissa Chagala, a North Liberty resident and administrator for the North Liberty/Solon chapter of the Buy Nothing project.

Hypnotist comedy show

Tiffin Jan. 25

TIFFIN– The Fine Arts and Music Enhancers (F.A.M.E.) will be hosting Clear Creek Amana (CCA) alumnus Steve Meade as he performs his comedy hypnosis show “The Virtual Reality Tour” Thursday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m. at the Clear Creek Amana High School Performing Arts Center in Tiffin. Volunteers from the audience will be taken on a spellbound lifelike mental vacation using the power of hypnosis.

Community Theatre brings “Superior Donuts” to the stage

IOWA CITY– The Iowa City Community Theatre presents “Superior Donuts” by Tracy Letts, directed by Barry A. Schreier to the stage of Exhibit Hall A at the Johnson County Fairgrounds.
Tickets are available for $19 for adults, $16 for students and seniors, and $11 for children, online at iowacitycommunitytheatre.org or at the door of the Johnson County Fairgrounds, Exhibit Hall A, located at 4261 Oak Crest Hill Road in Iowa City. Patrons with special seating needs are asked to call 319-338-0443 for arrangements.