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Community

Practical Farmers of Iowa’s 2015 fall farminar series starts Nov. 10

AMES– It’s that time of the year again: cooler nights, shorter days, harvest wrapping up – the perfect time to reflect on the growing season and consider improvements to better achieve farm goals next year. Practical Farmers of Iowa is set to kick off its fall farminar series in November to offer practical knowledge for row crop, livestock or fruit and vegetable farmers looking to improve their operations. The webinar series, called “farminars,” is free for anyone with an internet connection to tune in and participate.

Spooky Spartan Trail

The Solon Middle School PTO hosted the Spooky Spartan Trail Friday, Oct. 30, at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area. The fundraiser featured semi-frightening scenes along the cross coutry course adjacent to the Timber DOME Lodge. At left, Carter and Quint Chickering pick out some treats from a volunteer before moving on down the trail. (photos by Doug Lindner)

City creates new janitor position

Part-time job will serve city buildings

SOLON– Good help can be hard to find.
Sometimes you just have to do it yourself.
After over a year of trying to find a suitable contractor, the City of Solon is creating a new part-time janitorial position to provide services for the city hall, library and fire station.
“This has been a long process,” City Administrator Cami Rasmussen told city council members at a regular meeting Oct. 21.

Solon American Legion to host full breakfast Sunday, Nov. 8

SOLON– The Solon American Legion will host a full breakfast fundraiser for the Legion Color Guard Sunday, Nov. 8, from 7 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the Legion.
Legion members will serve eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, pancakes, hash browns, coffee and juice.

SMS Veterans Day Program auditorium on Wednesday, Nov. 11

SOLON– Solon Middle School’s (SMS) annual Veterans Day Program will be held at the SMS auditorium on Wednesday, Nov. 11, at 1 p.m. All veterans and community members are invited. The guest speaker will be Sgt. Alfred John Carr, who served in Afghanistan and Iraq. The Solon American Legion will be in attendance and members of the Solon Middle School band will perform. Handmade cards will be made by fifth and sixth grade students for veterans in attendance. Refreshments will be served following the program, provided by the Solon Middle School PTO.

Free Thanksgiving meal at Our Lord’s Church Nov. 26

SOLON– Our Lord’s Church will serve a free Thanksgiving meal Thursday, Nov. 26. All are welcome. Reservations are not required but would be helpful. The meal will be served at noon at the church, located at 131 N. Market Street. Rides and deliveries are also available. Call Duane or Anna at 319-841-2243, a local call from Solon, with questions or reservations.

Hydrant flushing began Nov. 2

SOLON– Beginning Monday, Nov. 2, the Solon Public Works Department started flushing fire hydrants. It is anticipated this will last two weeks. This work is necessary to ensure the proper operation of the hydrants and to draw water through the water mains at a faster than normal rate to remove any iron sediment in the pipes. During the flushing operations, you may experience fluctuations in pressure and/or discolored water. This condition is temporary and does not pose a health risk. Run your cold-water tap until it clears.

Appreciating value

Bill Greazel retires from Johnson County Assessor’s Office

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader

IOWA CITY– The tax man cometh, and stayed for 42 years.
Johnson County Assessor Bill Greazel celebrated his retirement from more than four decades of service with a reception on Friday, Sept. 25. Those years brought many changes, innovations and advancements to the assessor’s office, as well as many lessons to the man himself.
First, life is full of happy accidents.

Solon High School presents musical “Annie” Nov. 13, 14, and 15

SOLON– Solon High School now presents “Annie, The Musical!” Performance dates are Nov. 13 at 7 p.m., Nov. 14 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Nov. 15 at 2 p.m.
Tickets go on sale Monday, Nov. 9, and Tuesday, Nov. 10, from 5-7 p.m. in the Solon Middle School Auditorium Lobby.
Gold seating is $12, silver seating is $9 and Bronze seating is $6. Checks may be made payable to Solon Drama Department.

City Loop Bus Tour Nov. 14

SOLON– The City Loop Bus Tours, conducted during Solon’s 175th Anniversary for returning alumni, were so popular the Senior Advocates are planning a city loop tour Saturday, Nov. 14, for anyone interested. The tour will originate at 10 a.m. at the Family Life Center parking lot across the street from the Solon United Methodist Church. Please call 318-624-2710 for reservations. A minimum of eight passengers is required. There is no cost for the tour, however donations are welcomed.

Plan X

Clear Creek Amana Middle School adapts to space challenges

TIFFIN— At Clear Creek Amana (CCA) middle school, dealing with continued delays in the construction of a much-needed addition has caused the school district’s initial backup plan to give way to several subsequent contingency plans, said Principal Brad Fox.

NL contractor licensing on hold

NORTH LIBERTY– Lack of a full council halted North Liberty’s action on a new rule requiring builders to be licensed to build in the city.