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Community

Smooth sailing for new Clear Creek Amana school

Tiffin Elementary launches its inaugural year

TIFFIN— It’s anchors aweigh for Tiffin Elementary, the newest building in the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) School District. The approximately $14 million structure was constructed as part of a $48 million bond issue voters approved in February of last year. Other projects included in the bond were an addition to the middle school, which is still under construction, and a high school addition slated for construction in the spring. A groundbreaking ceremony was held three months after the bond was approved, and site work commenced almost immediately at the corner of Highway 6 and Jasper Avenue.

Domestic violence awareness is prevention

Solon joins other cities in proclaiming October Domestic Violence Awareness Month

SOLON– Along with cities and counties across the country, the Solon City Council declared October Domestic Violence Awareness Month at its Oct. 7 meeting.

Honor, bravery and appreciation

Local fabricator says “thank you” in a big way

SOLON— There are many traditions in the fire service, including the Maltese Cross, the time-honored symbol of firefighters. The Maltese Cross is considered a badge of honor and a symbol of protection displayed by American firefighters.
In Solon, it’s also a sign of gratitude and appreciation.
Bill Frees, owner of Newport Fab and Machine, Inc., recently fabricated and donated a Maltese Cross emblem to the Solon Fire Department.

Solon Trapshooting Team can collection Saturday, Oct. 17

SOLON– Solon Trapshooting Team will be collecting cans on Saturday, Oct. 17, from 8-11 a.m., at the Solon Fire Station to raise funds for the program. For questions regarding the can drive, contact Kris McAtee at 319-325-3438.

Our Lord’s Church to host Fall Festival Saturday, Oct. 17

SOLON– Our Lord’s Church will hold its 11th annual Fall Festival Saturday, Oct. 17, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the church, located at 131 N. Market St.
The soup luncheon will feature homemade chili, chicken noodle and chicken tortilla soup, along with hot dogs, chili dogs and drinks. The bake sale will include fresh farm eggs, bread from the Sykora Bakery and other member specialties.
The church will again be selling Dutch Letters, a pastry from Pella, crafts and other items.

Solon KCs breakfast Oct. 18

SOLON– The Solon Knights of Columbus (KCs) will host an all-you-can-eat breakfast Sunday, Oct. 18, from 8 a.m. until noon at St. Mary Catholic Church parish hall. The cost is $6 for ages 12 and older, $3 for ages 6 through 11, and free for ages 5 and younger.
The KCs will be serving eggs, biscuits and gravy, sausage and pancakes.

Venture Crew informational meeting Oct. 21 at St. Mary

SOLON– An informational meeting will be held for those interested in joining Venture Crew. Anyone between the ages of 14 to 21 interested in High Adventures should plan to attend a meeting at St. Mary Church in Solon on Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 7:45 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. The meeting is open to all denominations and both genders.
Adults interested in helping with forming the group should attend as well. Those interested in attending who have questions may contact Tim Broghammer at 319-624-2700.

There to help

Rural Health and Safety Clinic faces many challenges

HILLS– President Ronald Reagan is quoted as saying, “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’”
For four years, Roger Stutsman and Kelley Donham have been trying to convince farmers they are not from the government, and they truly are there to help.

Eastern Iowa Orchid Society show Oct. 17-18

CEDAR RAPIDS– The Eastern Iowa Orchid Society in cooperation with the Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department is pleased to announce The Fourth Annual Eastern Iowa Orchid Show and Sale on Oct. 17-18, at the Noelridge Park Greenhouse located at 4900 Council Street NE. Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4p.m. The show is free and open to the public

Moving forward with police, citizen relationships in NL

NLPD strategizes to bring cops and kids together on the court

NORTH LIBERTY — Everyone knows they serve and protect; but on Saturday, Oct. 24, North Liberty residents will find out if their sworn police officers got game, too.
The North Liberty Police Department (NLPD) will host its first “Hoops with a Cop” event at the North Liberty Recreation Center from 9 a.m. to noon, with the officers taking to the basketball court to meet the public and have a little fun.

Great shakes

NL’s fourth annual dog plunge makes a splash

NORTH LIBERTY– Tails were wagging and wet fur was flying at the North Liberty Aquatic Center, Sept. 10 and 11, during the city’s fourth annual Doggie Plunge event.
Each year as the city closes its outdoor pool to human customers, Aquatics Director Katie Gerot and her staff get ready to entertain four-legged friends who also enjoy getting wet. In order to be pet-friendly, the water must be properly prepared by cutting off chemical treatments and dropping the water level below the system’s filters.

ICCSD task force makes recommendations for use of insecticides

Committee to create long-term pest management plan

IOWA CITY – After the Iowa City Community School District Board of Directors approved a temporary district-wide pesticide ban on school facilities and grounds, a newly-assembled Integrated Pest Management (IPM) task force has made an interim recommendation to the district allowing for limited use of insecticides with low toxicity.