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Community

Saluting the end of summer

Annual fundraiser for NFLD held

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Fire Department held their annual Salute to Summer event Saturday, Aug. 19, at their fire station. The annual event, the only fundraiser for the volunteer firefighters, has traditionally been held at Bobber’s but moved to the station this year.
Firefighter/EMT Mallory Barney, this year’s event Chairperson, said the ever-increasing call volume was a factor in moving the event.

Puppet Show at Grace Church Sept. 9

NORTH LIBERTY - Grace Community Churrch in North Liberty will be hosting the Hairy & Co Puppet Show on Saturday, Sept. 9.
The shows are at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., and is open to the public. No tickets are needed for the free show.
Hairy and his furry friends learn valuable lessons from the Bible through singing, storytelling, and of course, laughter, that resonates with kids of all ages (and grown ups, too).

Ashley Briggs top Froster at State Fair

DES MOINES– Two North Liberty amateur cake decorators took home awards from the Cake Decorating competition, judged August 7, prior to the start of the 2017 Iowa State Fair.
Entries were judges on execution, difficulty, appearance, neatness, originality, design, edible applications and use of color.
Ashley Briggs and Monica Walz, both of North Liberty, placed in the following categories:
Adult Open - Sculpted
1) Ashley Briggs, North Liberty
Adult Open - Single Tiered
1) Ashley Briggs, North Liberty
Adult Open - Tiered
2) Ashley Briggs, North Liberty
3) Monica Walz, North Liberty

NLCF Treasure hunt ends Sept. 9

NORTH LIBERTY– A treasure hunt, with a grand prize of four tickets to the Sept. 23 Iowa Hawkeyes’ football game versus Penn State (complete with parking pass and tailgate), is set to help raise funds and awareness of the North Liberty Community Fund (NLCF).
Entry fees for the Grow Our Community Treasure Hunt are $25. Participants will visit local businesses to collect stamps on a Community Fund card, from Aug. 1 to Sept. 9. Entering is simple, and you can pick up your entry form and map at Great Western Bank in North Liberty beginning Aug. 1.

The making of a Graham Champion

Rose McAtee honors Tom Wall with swine project

IOWA CITY­– “You’re going to be the one in your family who’s going to show hogs,” the late Tom Wall said to Rose McAtee, a fifth grader at Solon Middle School and junior member of the Graham Champions 4-H club.
Rose remembered the conversation she had with Wall at the annual Special Olympics banquet with which her family helps.
“He talked to me for about an hour about hogs,” she said. “He was a big pig farmer. We were kind of close to him. Then when I heard he passed away, I wanted to show hogs in honor of him.”

Spotlight drive-a-thon Saturday, Aug. 26

SOLON– Solon Spotlight presents a great fundraiser in conjunction with West Branch Ford with an opportunity to earn up to $6,000 to benefit all Solon students in the performing arts. It only takes 300 drivers 18 years or older to make it a reality.

Join Solon Cub Scouts!

SOLON– Boys in kindergarten through fifth grade who are interested in joining Cub Scouts are invited to the Lake Macbride State Park primitive campground on Saturday, Aug. 26, starting at 1 p.m. Feel free to stop out anytime and learn what Cub Scouts is about. For additional information, contact Shelly Merrick at slmerrick2@msn.com or Hal Kleinsmith at halkleinsmith@aol.com.

New Solon Robotics room Open house

SOLON– Fifth through 12th grade students can check out the new robotics rooms in the lower level of the old middle school, below the Central Office, on Thursday, Aug. 31, from 5-6:30 p.m., Sept. 1 from 3:15-6 p.m., and Sept. 2 from 8-10:30 a.m.
Solon Robotics competes in FIRST Robotics First Tech Challenge (FTC) and VEX Robotics around the state. Competition challenges change each season so the game is always something new. Stop in the Solon Public Library to see the display.
Questions can be sent to coach Bill Mattaliano at solonrobotics367@gmail.com.

St. Mary time capsule

By Lindsay Steele
The Catholic Messenger

The Catholic community in Solon is known for its Czech roots. So when a time capsule from 1875 revealed a German-language newspaper, everyone was puzzled.
“It’s a mystery,” Father Tim Sheedy, pastor of St. Mary Parish-Solon, said at the time.

Bob Wright wins the Car!

Bob Wright, (center) winner of Beef Days Raffle, is handed the keys to his new Ford Focus from Lynch Ford in Mount Vernon by Beef Days Committee member Don Ellis (right) as Beef Days Committee President Scott Kleppe looks on. (contributed photo)

State releases policy for 2017-18 free and reduced price meals

DES MOINES– The Iowa Department of Education, Bureau of Nutrition and Health Services, has announced its policy for free and reduced price meals for children unable to pay the full price of meals served under the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program and the Afterschool Care Snack Program.
State and Local school officials have adopted the following family size and income criteria for determining eligibility:
INCOME ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES
Effective 7-1-2017

Swisher Fun Days

Kali Poe of Swisher takes her turn in the kiddie tractor pull Friday, July 28, in downtown Swisher. The event, sponsored by the Jefferson-Monroe Township Fire Department, was one of many that made up the 2017 Swisher Fun Days.