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Community

Solon fire department continues decades-old tradition of education

Lakeview students still learning the basics of fire safety

SOLON– One by one, kindergarten students at Lakeview Elementary got up on their hands and knees and crawled out of the small gymnasium to the lobby where a fire engine was waiting outside.
It’s the same thing they should be doing if there’s smoke in their home– it’s a lesson taught every year by members of the Solon Tri-Township Fire Department.
Stay low and go.
“We try to touch on some key points every time,” explained Capt. Tim Bell.

Solon Legion hosting silent auction for disabled veterans Oct. 21

SOLON– The Solon American Legion will host a silent auction Friday, Oct. 21, beginning at 6 p.m. in support of the disabled veterans who will be deer hunting locally through a joint program between the Legion, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and English Outfitters.
The Legion invites residents of the community to bid on items at the silent auction. The proceeds will be used to support the disabled veterans hunting program.

Flu vaccination clinics at Solon High School Tuesday, Oct. 25

SOLON– The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) visits Solon High School Tuesday, Oct. 25, from 3:30-6 p.m., to administer flu vaccinations to the public.
The clinics offer flu shots QIV, High Dose Flu (for ages 65 years and older) and pneumonia vaccine (available upon prior request).

Our Lord’s Church October Fest luncheon Saturday, Oct. 29

SOLON– Our Lord’s Church will host October Fest on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The luncheon will serve three kinds of hot soup, hot dogs and chili dogs will also be served from 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Kolaches, cinnamon rolls, cream puffs and lots of other baked goods will also be available. Cheese Curds from Ely’s Dan and Debbie’s Creamery will be on hand as will breads from Sykora’s Bakery. Kalona Ice Cream Bars will also be available for $2, however please call for large orders.
A review of Christmas gifts and crafts will be part of the event.

Solon Old Gold Diner planning for Christmas Tree Walk

SOLON– Last year’s Christmas Tree Walk at the Palmer House Stable was such a success, the Old Gold Diner is going to do it again.
With the help of area individuals, businesses and organizations, the Old Gold Diner would like to make the tree walk an annual event. The group is seeking representation from Solon area residents and clubs to serve on a committee to plan the 2017 event with an eye toward adding more features. Set-up for the Christmas Tree Walk is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 2. The tree walk will be held Saturday, Dec. 3, starting at 9 a.m.

Finding a water supply

Shueyville, Swisher city councils step up for Jeffferson-Monroe department after Cedar Rapids cracks down on fire hydrant use

By Chris Umscheid
Solon Economist
SHUEYVILLE– Water supply has been a chronic issue for the Jefferson-Monroe (Swisher) Fire Department.
The all-volunteer force of 27 members serves Swisher, Shueyville and the surrounding rural areas of Jefferson and Monroe townships. Typically, firefighters hook their pumping engines to fire hydrants while battling a blaze in town. However, neither city has a municipal water supply, which means every drop of water used at a fire must be trucked in, like fighting a fire in rural areas.

Presentation on testicular cancer Thursday, Oct. 27

SOLON– St. Mary Catholic Church will be hosting a presentation on testicular cancer Thursday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. at St. Mary Parish Hall in Solon.
The event will feature Kenneth G. Nepple, MD FACS, a Clinical Assistant Professor with the University of Iowa Department of Urology; and Solon native Cody Kroul, a recent testicular cancer patient.

Swisher Auxiliary Annual Turkey Homemade Turkey Dinner Nov. 5

SWISHER– On Saturday, Nov. 5, from 4:30-7:30 p.m., the Swisher Auxiliary hosts its Annual Homemade Turkey Dinner. Adult meals cost $10 and kids meals are $5. The Junior Auxiliary will host Turkey bingo upstairs through dinner. Bingo cost is $1 per game with winners receiving a turkey to take home. Arts and crafts will be offered for children attending the event during bingo.

Police still looking for two suspects of multiple-vehicle theft

I-380 car chase ends in Tiffin

North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana school district experienced its second lockdown ever last Thursday, Oct. 13, after a car chase involving the Cedar Rapids Police Department ended west of Tiffin, just a few miles from the high school and middle school.
According to authorities, a male and female suspect fled in a stolen pickup truck west of Half Moon Avenue on Highway 6 and are still at large.

2016 Stone Soup Supper Oct. 23

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Community Pantry invites the public to attend the 2016 Stone Soup Supper on Sunday, Oct. 23, from 4:30-7 p.m. at the South Slope Community Room, 980 N. Front St.
The dinner includes a variety of soups donated by area business and individuals including Barb Dixon, Blue Bird Cafe, Kava House, Matt Zacek, Mirabito’s, Naomi’s Kitchen, Red’s Alehouse, Rocky O’Brien’s Public House and Vito’s.
A silent auction will run throughout the event with a variety of great items. Follow the pantry on Facebook as it posts pictures of various items for sale.

Nominations sought for Hall of Fame

NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty is seeking nominations for 2016 induction into the community’s Hall of Fame. The award was developed in 2013 to recognize individuals who provided extraordinary public service and dedication to the community.

Untapped physical therapy

Wilton woman stresses women’s health at new North Liberty clinic

By Shianne Fisher
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– When she needed physical therapy for a torn ACL in high school, Beth Dessner didn’t anticipate getting into the profession.
With the opening of a new Integrated Therapy Specialists clinic in North Liberty, she’s now celebrating nearly 20 years serving Iowans for anything from a bad hip to chronic migraines.
“I’ll do anything,” said Dessner. “I just had an 8-year-old with an injured elbow; I love that.”