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Community

City doesn’t want to take lead on Gallery Acres West

City: DNR not helping with water issue

SOLON– The city can’t investigate providing rural water if it doesn’t know how many local subdivisions would be interested.
And the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is apparently not very interested in helping determine that number.
According to discussions at the Oct. 18 meeting of the Solon City Council, the DNR stepped back from its lead role in determining whether municipal water could help resolve arsenic issues in developments outside the city.
For the city’s elected officials, the news brought their interest in researching the problem to a screeching halt.

Tickets to go on sale for “Disney’s Mary Poppins” Oct. 27

SOLON– Solon Center for the Arts will present “Disney’s Mary Poppins” Friday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 11, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 12, at 2 p.m.
Tickets will be available online at 10 a.m., Friday, Oct. 27, at www.midwestix.com/organizations/solon-center.
Tickets for “Disney’s Mary Poppins” will also be sold in-person in the Solon Center for the Arts Lobby on Saturday, Nov. 4, from 10 a.m. until noon, Monday, Nov. 6, from 6-8 p.m. and Thursday, Nov. 9, from 6-8 p.m. The box office will also be open one hour before each show Nov. 10, 11 and 12.

Solon Wrestling Club Starts Nov. 2

SOLON– The Solon Wrestling Club announced the beginning of the upcoming youth season for students in grades K-8. The club’s emphasis is learning the fundamentals of wrestling and having fun. The Solon Wrestling Club is lucky to bring back youth head coach and college All-American Dale Handley for a fourth season.

Czech mates

Carl Richey and Czech student Daniel White make most of visit

SOLON– “I told my parents, let’s do this,” Carl Richey said when he saw the flier posted at school last fall.
It described an opportunity to participate in a summer exchange program sponsored by the Czech Heritage Foundation.
High school students of Czech, Moravian or Slovak ancestry living within 100 miles of Cedar Rapids and Iowa City were eligible to apply to the Foundation’s Homestay program, which has awarded 55 scholarships since it began in 1983.

Revised site plan approved

Alley dining for new restaurant scaled back

SOLON– Everything’s okay now.
After two weeks to iron things out, two prospective Main Street neighbors have mended the fence.
As a result, the members of the Solon City Council, at an Oct. 18 meeting, unanimously approved a revised site plan for a new restaurant at 122 E. Main St., the former location of the Solon Station.
The site plan was tabled at an Oct. 4 session after Salt Fork Kitchen owners Jay Schworn and Eric Menzel said they had not been approached about a plan to use an alley between the two buildings as an outdoor dining area.

November 2017 activities for Old Gold Diner

October is a blur and we are sliding into November. With a little hiccup we had a informative sponsored meal. Rick Jedlicka visited to remind us about Medicare, its components, and its supplements to help with our healthcare needs.
• Bingo is held most Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning at11 a.m. with penny bingo and following lunch, play is for prizes with a black-out final game for a free Old Gold Diner meal ticket as the prize. The second Tuesday of the month there will be no afternoon bingo, just morning.

Penn Elementary library gets facelift

Whimsical mural welcomes students with life and color

NORTH LIBERTY--The first time that Penn Elementary teacher-librarian Mary Priske saw the school’s new library after she was hired in 2016, her mouth dropped open. “I’d never seen such a beautiful library space in a school,” she recalled. “This is just everything I could ever want. Lots of spaces for comfortable reading, classroom teaching, tutoring, the lab is right there.”
Priske credits her predecessor, former Penn librarian Debra Dorzweiler, with the impressive design of the library. “She helped plan the space. She really thought of everything.”

Six candidates running for Oxford City Council

Two four-year and one two-year term up for grabs

Two four-year and one two-year term up for grabs
North Liberty Leader
OXFORD– Six candidates for city council are on the ballot for the Tuesday, Nov. 7, election in Oxford. Four (Brian Cooling, Harry Dolder, Vicki Kasper and Margaret Reihman) are chasing a pair of four-year seats. Cooling and Dolder are incumbents hoping to retain their seats. Two others (Jason Struzynski and Bobby Wade) are challenging for a two-year term to fill a vacancy on the council.

NL Police collecting unused meds, Oct. 28

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Police Department, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), will collect expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the North Liberty Police Department, 5 E. Cherry St., for safe disposal. This service is free and anonymous. Tablets, capsules and all other solid doses will be collected. Liquid medications in their original containers will be accepted as well. Needles and inhalers will not be accepted.

Swisher Halloween Party and Soup Supper Oct. 29

SWISHER– The Swisher Junior Auxiliary will host its Halloween Party and Soup Supper on Sunday, Oct. 29, from 4-6 p.m., with Trunk O Treat to follow at 6:15 p.m. in the parking lot. The event will be held at the Swisher American Legion, 68 3rd St. SE, in Swisher.

CCA approves first bid for the new elementary, plans bond sales

CCA approves first bid for the new elementary, plans bond sales
By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
OXFORD– Dirt will soon be moving in Tiffin at the site of the new, and as yet, unnamed elementary school. The School Board of Directors for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District approved a $655,000 bid for early grading at the site during a special meeting Wednesday, Oct. 11, in Oxford. The meeting included a public hearing on the bid and preceded a regularly scheduled work session.

Spooky (and less spooky) fun

NORTH LIBERTY– October brings a ton of Halloween fun to North Liberty, including a variety of public events. And with this year including a Friday the 13th, who knows what’s going to happen?
Learn the real history of the Salem Witch Trials, when more 200 were accused of witchcraft– and 20 were executed– in Colonial America at Devil Has My Consent on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 6:30 p.m. in the North Liberty Community Library.