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Community

Police break policy (for a cause) in November

NORTH LIBERTY– Starting Nov. 1, North Liberty police officers have a short reprieve from the department’s strict no-beards-in-uniform policy. Participating officers will make donations to the annual Domestic Violence Intervention Program holiday toy drive and the department’s Shop with a Cop program.

Top Shelf Volunteers

The Lohman family proves volunteering can be a family affair. John and Aspen have been volunteering at the North Liberty Community Pantry, along with their two children, Quincy and Lucy, for about three years now. The entire family stocks shelves in the pantry during evenings. “The stocking is simple, but an important function for the pantry,” John said.
The Lohmans saw volunteering as a fun and productive way to spend time together as a family. John and Aspen also think it’s important to demonstrate early to their kids that volunteering is something that everyone should do.

Citizens Police Academy

Learn how local law enforcement works at the Citizens Police Academy

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Police Department, in cooperation with the Johnson County Sheriff and the police departments of the University of Iowa, Coralville and Iowa City, are offering the Citizens Police Academy with the goal of promoting a better relationship between law enforcement and the community it serves through education and hands-on learning. Training includes department tours and ride-alongs, defensive tactics, evidence collection, drug investigation and many other areas of enforcement and operations.

Free Thanksgiving dinner at South Slope Nov. 23

NORTH LIBERTY– For the sixth year in a row, a free Thanksgiving Dinner will be available to residents of North Liberty, thanks to local community members and several businesses. On Thanksgiving Day from noon until 4 p.m., a full Thanksgiving meal will be available for residents of North Liberty at the South Slope Community Center, in North Liberty.

Costumed chaos at StoneBridge

NL Montessori students pillage StoneBridge for treats

NL Montessori students pillage StoneBridge for treats
By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– For the fifth year, robots, waddling pumpkins, princesses, a dinosaur, a skunk, a gecko, a Little Mermaid and other assorted characters, including crime fighters Batman and “Paw Patrol” K-9 Chase, made the rounds of the StoneBridge Promenade’s merchants in search of Halloween treats.

Machine Shed Mantra

Senior football dads keep the spirit alive

SOLON– The “Machine shed mantra” has been a part of Solon football tradition since 1985, when Maury Miller, Coach Kevin Miller’s father, scrawled “Bear Season” on the building in reference to a rivalry game between the Solon Spartans and the West Branch Bears.
The original intent was to elevate the level of competition and has done so, for the last 32 years.

Water we going to do now?

Packed house for Gallery Acres West meeting with DNR

SOLON– It was a long meeting.
So what comes next?
Members of the Solon City Council and a standing-room-only crowd packed into City Hall Tuesday, Oct. 24, to question representatives of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) about efforts to resolve water supply issues for a nearby rural subdivision.
No official action was taken from council members and it wasn’t clear whether the marathon meeting shed any new light on how best to deal with unacceptable levels of arsenic in Gallery Acres West’s (GAW) drinking water.

SHS presents “Disney’s Mary Poppins” Nov. 10, 11 and 12

SOLON– Solon Center for the Arts will present “Disney’s Mary Poppins” Friday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 11, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 12, at 2 p.m.
Tickets are available online at www.midwestix.com/organizations/solon-center.
Tickets for “Disney’s Mary Poppins” will also be sold in-person in the Solon Center for the Arts Lobby on Saturday, Nov. 4, from 10 a.m. until noon, Monday, Nov. 6, from 6-8 p.m. and Thursday, Nov. 9, from 6-8 p.m. The box office will also be open one hour before each show Nov. 10, 11 and 12.

Holiday Tree Decorating Contest

SOLON– The GFWC/Iowa Solon Women’s Club and the Solon Public Library are sponsoring the Holiday Tree Decorating Contest at the library. The proceeds from the contest will be given to the Solon Splash Pad Fund.

Construction on 180th Street NE to county line completed

IOWA CITY– 180th Street NE, from Utah Avenue NE to the Johnson-Cedar county line, will reopen to traffic by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 25.
The improvements planned for this project are complete and only minor touch-up work along the roadway may take place over the next couple of weeks. Drive carefully through the project area and be aware of equipment and workers in the right-of-way.

Advocates attending “Elf The Musical” Wednesday, Nov. 15

SOLON– The Solon Senor Advocates are planning to attend a performance of “Elf The Musical” Wednesday, Nov. 15, at Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse in Rock Island.
“Elf The Musical” is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Based on the 2003 movie starring Will Ferrell and James Caan. Leave the Solon Recreation and Nature Area at 10:15 a.m.
Call 624-2710 to join the trip.

Solon man charged with felony theft after credit card purchases

NORTH LIBERTY– A Solon man has been accused of purchasing over $20,000 of personal items on company credit cards over an 18-month period.
According to court documents, Virgil Dewayne Olney, 43, was charged with unauthorized use of a credit card (over $10,000) and theft in the first degree, both Class C felonies.