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Community

Supervisor candidate Hoffman to hold meet-and-greet events

JOHNSON COUNTY– Chris Hoffman, candidate for Johnson County Supervisor, will be hosting meet-and-greet events in Solon, North Liberty, Coralville and Iowa City next week. Hoffman has been a North Liberty City Councilor for eight years, and believes his experience as an elected official will benefit all of Johnson County.
Hoffman will be available to answer questions and to hear constituents’ thoughts on the current state of Johnson County at these locations and times:
Monday, Jan. 4: Solon Community Library, Reading Area, 320 W. Main St., 5:30-7:30 p.m.

More time to fight crime

Cities consider request to increase contracted hours with Sheriff

JOHNSON COUNTY– Growing populations require additional services, and law enforcement is usually at the top of the list.
Once each year at municipal budget time, Johnson County Sheriff Lonny Pulkrabek visits the governing bodies in each of the county’s smaller communities to report how often his department protects and serves them.

Rocca learned the ropes as an intern at Lake Macbride

SOLON– There’s a new ranger in town.
Lake Macbride State Park near Solon recently welcomed Park Ranger Nick Rocca. Rocca replaced Ranger Gwen Prentice, who transferred her position to Wildcat Den State Park, near Muscatine, late in the summer.

Solon Senior Advocates

Proposed Senior Advocate trips
* Wednesday, March 2: Circa 21 “Phantom;” leaving at 10 a.m.; $65
Thursday, March 31: Cedar Rapids Library/Paramount Theater Tour; $10
All trips leave from Solon Recreation and Nature Area. Call 624-2710 or 319-430-8655 for information and reservations. *Bus trips

Hills Bank donates to Solon schools

SOLON– Hills Bank and Trust Company’s Classroom Cash program recently donated $1,526.13 to the Solon Community School District. These funds will be used to support the programs and services helping to enhance student educational experiences.

Holiday beat

Shop With A Cop event brightens holidays for local families

CORALVILLE— Christmas was a little brighter this year for six North Liberty families, thanks to the efforts of the North Liberty Police Department (NLPD) and its first-ever “Shop With A Cop” event. Six kids were paired with police officers on Tuesday, Dec. 15 at the Wal-Mart in Coralville. Together, they patrolled the aisles in search of gifts for the kids’ families.

The art of peace

Local club supports international poster contest

NORTH LIBERTY– These are peaceful lions.
The North Liberty branch of the Lions Club recognized 13 area children who participated in the international organization’s Peace Poster contest at the local club’s meeting Dec. 10, at the North Liberty Community Library.

Clear Creek Amana anticipates continued enrollment growth

The Creek continues to rise

OXFORD— Taxpayers in the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) School District might see another bond referendum within the next few years. Voters approved a $48 million bond issue in February 2014 for the new Tiffin Elementary and an expansion of the middle school and high school, all in response to enrollment growth. Tiffin Elementary opened this fall, work is nearing completion at the middle school and bids will be let soon for the high school project.

Swisher all-you-can-eat breakfast Jan. 11

SWISHER– The Swisher American Legion Auxiliary is sponsoring an all-you-can-eat breakfast Sunday, Jan. 24, from 8:30-11 a.m. The cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children, although kids age 5 and under eat free. The public is invited to join the Auxiliary for breakfast at the Swisher American Legion.

Lowe’s remodels pantry’s kitchen

kitchen space for pantry’s Growing Together Garden harvest gets a makeover

NORTH LIBERTY– A community service project by Lowe’s Home Improvement will help the North Liberty Community Pantry make the most of its community garden harvests.
As part of the company’s nationwide “Lowe’s Heroes” program, volunteers from the Coralville store installed cabinets, new countertops and added space at the pantry for a new dishwasher donated by Lowe’s.
The North Liberty Community Pantry planted a 9,600 square-foot teaching garden in spring 2015 to provide fresh produce and educational nutrition programs for its clients and the community. 

Top Shelf Volunteer

Nelson celebrates 15 years volunteering at North Liberty Community Pantry

NORTH LIBERTY– Jacqueline Nelson saw a lot of changes in the 15 years she has been a volunteer at the North Liberty Community Pantry. The First United Methodist Church was located in a different part of town and handed out only a few sacks of food to local families. Fast-forward 15 years, the pantry is located on Jones Boulevard, on the same campus as the church, built new in 2013.

Robotics can/bottle drive Jan. 2

SOLON– The Solon Robotics teams will conduct a can/bottle drive on Saturday, Jan. 2, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Students will go door to door asking for any empty containers with a 5¢ deposit to be recycled to raise funds. Can or bottle pickup can be arranged by contacting coach Bill Mattaliano at solonrobotics367@gmail.com. Donations may be dropped off at the robotics room, behind the Solon Middle School auditorium.