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Community

Senior Advocates host presidential forum at SMS Dec. 5

SOLON– The Solon Senior Advocates are scheduling a presidential political forum at the Solon Middle School auditorium Saturday, Dec. 5, from 1 until 4 p.m. to help clarify our choices.
Iowa’s caucus date is coming in a few months and there are still a lot of candidates vying for the top slot. The media, debates and talking heads are making the process somewhat confusing.
The Advocates will ask all the viable candidates of both parties to send a representative to the forum to discuss their candidates’ platforms and reasons for running.

Nothing is his kryptonite

Hawkeye Kid Captain Lincoln Ortman honored by his school, Hawkeye team members

NORTH LIBERTY– It’s not every day that North Bend Elementary School starts the morning with the entire student body and staff wearing black and gold and chanting “I-O-W-A!”
But then, it’s not every day that the North Bend community invites the Iowa Hawkeye football players to visit or throws a pep rally to honor one very special student.

Solon Optimist Club to sponsor essay contest for students

SOLON– The Optimist Club of Solon is encouraging area students to write a 700 to 800 word essay about the topic “Lead by Example: Reality or Fiction,” as part of the Optimist Iowa District Contest for the 2015-2016 year.
The Optimist Club of Solon will judge the local students’ essays based on content and presentation to determine the top winners. Winners will receive awards and the winning essays will be sent to the Zone level, and possibly the District level.
The contest is open to students under the age of 18 as of Oct. 1, 2015.

Our Lord’s Church annual Candy Sale Friday and Saturday, Dec. 4-5

SOLON– Our Lord’s Church will hold its annual Candy Sale Friday, Dec. 4, from 3-7 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 5, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Featured will be homemade candy as well as crafts, decorations and other gift items.
The sale will be held at the church, located at 131 N. Market St.

Tiffin’s public gives input on minimum wage

TIFFIN–Tiffin City Council members wanted more input on the minimum wage issue.
They got it last Tuesday, Nov. 10, in a public forum held just for that purpose.
After two council discussions on whether or not to abide by Johnson County’s new minimum wage rule ended in stalemates, the group asked to hold a public hearing on the matter. No separate ordinance was tied to the public hearing and the council expected to take no action, but they did wish to hear from members of the community about how an increase, or lack of one, would impact them.

City of NL to consider changes to parking, storage regulations

NORTH LIBERTY– As residential and commercial growth continues in North Liberty, the city must also make sure its rules and regulations keep up.
That’s the reason behind a proposed set of changes to the city’s on-site parking and storage ordinance.

NL resident hopes to fill supervisor vacancy

Neuzil verbally resigns

JOHNSON COUNTY– Lisa Green-Douglass of North Liberty has announced that she will be running for the position on the Johnson County Board of Supervisors to be vacated by current board member Terrence Neuzil.
Neuzil has resigned to take a job in Kalamazoo County, Michigan.
Neuzil was elected to the board in 2000, and has been reelected to the seat every four years since. His fourth term was to end Dec. 31, 2016.

Liberty High School public information session Nov. 23

NORTH LIBERTY– The Iowa City Community School District will hold a Liberty High School information sharing session on Monday, Nov. 23, at West High School in the Little Theater from 6:30-7:30 p.m. The meeting will provide background information regarding Liberty High School and will offer an opportunity for parents, students and community members to ask questions. Interpreters will be available and childcare will be available for children ages 2 to 12.

Free Thanksgiving dinner to be held at South Slope Nov. 26

Free Thanksgiving dinner to be held at South Slope Nov. 26
NORTH LIBERTY– For the fourth year in a row, a free Thanksgiving dinner will be available to residents of North Liberty thanks to a local community member and several businesses.
On Nov. 26, Thanksgiving Day, from 12-4 p.m., a full Thanksgiving meal will be available free of charge for residents of North Liberty at the South Slope Community Center in North Liberty.

NLFD firefighter Dave Hubler inducted into NL Hall of Fame

NORTH LIBERTY– Dave Hubler, who served 24 years as a volunteer with the North Liberty Fire Department (NLFD), including time as its chief, was inducted into the North Liberty Community Hall of Fame Nov. 5.

Parade at the Promenade

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– What better place to host a parade than North Liberty’s only official promenade?
Stonebridge Promenade, home of Blink Vision and several other commercial enterprises, was the setting for the fourth annual Halloween parade Oct. 30. Children from Montessori Children’s Garden in North Liberty were invited to don their costumes and trick-or-treat at each businesses’ storefront, and walk through the not-too-scary haunted hallway decorated by Intelec’s Scott Shephard.

No UTVs, says council

Revisions to golf cart ordinance tabled

SOLON– A majority of council members had too many concerns about safety and enforcement regarding a proposed ordinance to allow utility terrain vehicles (UTVs) on Solon city streets.
Councilors Mark Krall, Dale Snipes and Steve Duncan voted against the draft ordinance presented at the Nov. 4 meeting, and the proposed law was defeated by a 2-3 margin.
Council members tabled consideration of revisions to the law that allows golf carts on city streets, which was also on the agenda for possible action.