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Community

Iowa’s shotgun deer season gets underway Dec. 2

DES MOINES– The first of Iowa’s popular shotgun deer seasons is Dec. 2 to 6 when an expected 60,000 orange clad hunters head to the timber. That group will be followed by another 60,000 hunters who prefer the Dec. 9 to 17 second shotgun season.
Each contingent will also pack along thousands of antlerless tags, to extend their time in the field.
Fans of cold weather purchase about 40,000 tags for the Dec. 18 to Jan. 10 late muzzleloader season.

Finding lost water

New meters will allow city to track its own use

SOLON– How many water meters are there in the City of Solon?
Care to guess?
Public Works Director Scott Kleppe estimated somewhere around 1,200, but we’ll find out for sure pretty soon.
That’s because the city is looking to replace all of them next year in an attempt to further improve the efficiency of the municipal water system.
City council members discussed the pending project at an Oct. 4 meeting, and expect to follow up with action in the next month or two.

Roundabout substantially complete

IOWA CITY– The roundabout at the intersection of W6E (Ely Road NE) and F16 (Highway 382 NE) has been substantially completed. Ely Road, North of Highway 382, was open to traffic on Nov. 22. The contractor will continue to work on remaining project requirements until the spring of 2018, so watch for temporary traffic control changes in and around the intersection as things are touched up.

Surviving the Holidays grief support

seminar Tuesday, Dec. 5

SOLON– Sign up for “Surviving the Holidays,” a grief support seminar, on Tuesday, Dec. 5, at 12:15 p.m. Reservations are not necessary to attend but would be helpful so there will be enough printed materials to hand out. Let us know you would like to attend the seminar by calling 319-624-2251. Pastor Scott Keele Kober, from the Solon United Methodist Church, will be leading the program. For a reservation for the program and an Old Gold Diner meal, call 319-624-2251 by 1 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 4.

Friends of St. Bridget’s Christmas Party

Dec. 3

SOLON– The Annual Friends of St. Bridget’s Christmas party will be Sunday, Dec. 3, at the historic church locate at 2136 St. Bridget’s Rd. NE, in Solon. The doors open at noon for the 1 p.m. musical program with light refreshments and a visit from Santa to follow. All are welcome.

Gingerbread

Kaeden Hopp builds a frosting lane for she and her brother Zane’s gingerbread house.

$2.15 million Mehaffey Trail bid awarded

Through traffic to be maintained

IOWA CITY– It’s been a while coming, but a two-mile, separated trail linking North Liberty to Mehaffey Bridge is finally on its way.
At a Nov. 2 meeting, the members of the Johnson County Board of Supervisors approved a $2,150,912.55 bid from Peterson Contractors Inc. A public meeting on the project will be forthcoming.
The 10-foot concrete trail will link the intersection of Cedar Springs Drive and Mehaffey Bridge Road (North Liberty city limits) with the walking/biking lane on Mehaffey Bridge, and includes an underpass near the boat ramp.

December Old Gold Diner:

Jay and Helen Proffitt to sponsor Dec. 13 meal

November is past and it’s a downhill slide to December and Christmas. We were a little short on the fall colors, but there never seems to be a shortage of red and green in December for Christmas.

• Thanks to The Solon State Bank for sponsoring the November Meal and bringing well received messages about fraud and having things written down for your families. These are things we all should be thinking about now, and it never hurts to be reminded.

Thanksgiving food and fellowship

Volunteers host Thanksgiving dinner in North Liberty

NORTH LIBERTY– On a day when most folks set out to gorge on a large meal with family before an afternoon snooze in the recliner, a handful of community members set aside part of their holiday to provide food and fellowship.
Amanda Engstrom managed the free community Thanksgiving dinner on Nov. 23, in what has become a staple of North Liberty.

Holiday Craft Fair Sunday, Dec 3,

at Clear Creek Amana High School

TIFFIN– Shop more than 50 local crafters, handmade artists and vendors; get a picture taken with Santa; pick up holiday treats at the cookie walk and enjoy refreshments while completing that holiday shopping. Clear Creek Amana High School hosts a Holiday Craft Fair on Sunday, Dec. 3, in Tiffin, from 1-5 p.m.
Admission is a free will donation to benefit the CCA Marching Band and Color Guard. For a complete list of vendors, please visit the Facebook page at:
www.facebook.com/events/127228661310441??ti=ia

“A Christmas Carol,” performed Dec. 1

North Liberty Community Library

NORTH LIBERTY– On Friday, Dec. 1 at 6:30 p.m., the North Liberty Community Library will present “A Christmas Carol,” by Charles Dickens, performed by Ben Carling. Mr. Carling will perform from the original script Dickens used for a public reading in Boston in 1867. This one-man performance will bring multiple characters from the beloved classic to life.

Schedule announced for Beat the Bitter 2018

Forget hibernating and embrace winter with the passion of Norsemen. North Liberty’s Beat the Bitter is set to return with a week full of activities Jan. 28 through Feb. 3, 2018, for fun on the bleakest days of the year. Registration for winter games and good cheer is available at beatthebitter.com.