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Community

Solon students knit and donate scarves

Students from Solon spent the last three months in stitches. Since the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in 2012, Solon’s middle and high school students have been knitting and donating scarves to second graders at Jackson Elementary in Des Moines. This year, 71 scarves were shipped to Des Moines as a random act of kindness for those second graders who died on that fateful day. “I feel like students really enjoyed this project,” said seventh-grader Elly Schadler. “What hit me was that one scarf can make a child’s Christmas.

SCSD accepting preschool applications for 2015-16

SOLON– The Lakeview, All Aboard, Play & Learn and Solon Learning Academy preschools are currently accepting applications for 2015-2016 openings.  
Please go to the Solon Community School District website beginning Monday, Jan. 12, at www.solon.k12.ia.us, and complete the following steps:
• Click on the “Lakeview” link at the top of the district home page.
• Click on the “Information” tab.

“I love this ground”

Local property owner fights City of North Liberty against eminent domain

CORALVILLE– Gary Weinman’s three children grew up on a pristine Johnson County acreage surrounded by farm fields. The family hiked and played in the timber among stands of mature trees where deer, foxes and wild turkeys still roamed unmolested. They waded barefoot in Muddy Creek for reprieve from the hot summer and skated across its frozen surface in winter. They worked to return five acres of row crops, through reseeding and restoration efforts, back into a rolling prairie landscape, ripe with native Iowa grasses and flowers as beautiful as they are ecologically important.

Clear Creek school board examines security concerns

Construction progresses, questions arise about workers

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY — Construction of the new elementary school and the addition to the middle school are progressing, and the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District Board of Directors is looking ahead to the next phase of work.
Once the middle school addition is completed in time for the start of the 2015-2016 school year, renovation will begin on the existing building, which will potentially put construction workers inside the building during the school day.

Blood drive to be held at the NL Recreation Center Jan. 12

NORTH LIBERTY– The University of Iowa (UI) DeGowin Blood Center will hold a blood drive at the North Liberty Recreation Center on Monday, Jan. 12, from 4 until 7 p.m. in the Gerdin Conference Rooms 1 and 3 (lower level). All successful donors will receive a Black & Gold winter hat.
If you are interested in scheduling an appointment to donate blood at this blood drive, please call 319-356-2058 with an appointment time that works for you. Sign up online at: www.uihealthcare.org/bloodcenter.

Save with CCA college credit classes; info meeting Jan. 26

TIFFIN– On Monday, Jan. 26, Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School will host an evening devoted to information regarding college credit in high school at 7 p.m. in the high school commons.
With the new Kirkwood Center at the University of Iowa opening next fall, there will be more opportunities to get postsecondary credit while still in high school. This can save thousands of dollars in tuition or certification costs.

Six Appeal vocal band returning to CCA Jan. 29

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) is pleased to announce that Six Appeal is returning to perform at the Performing Arts Center (PAC) on Thursday, Jan. 29, at 7 p.m. Six Appeal is a high-energy a cappella group from the Twin Cities area.

Boy Scout Soup Supper Jan. 17

SOLON– The Solon Boy Scout Troop 120 is hosting its annual soup supper on Saturday, Jan. 17, at St Mary Catholic Church from 5-7 p.m. The soup supper features homemade soups of all varieties. Previous year’s soups have included such traditional recipes as chicken noodle and chili, to some not so traditional soups such as Demok (spinach and coconut milk) and shrimp chowder. The supper is all-you-can-eat including fresh baked bread made by the Scouts the morning of the supper and a wide assortment of desserts to choose from.

Love and joy come to you

Youth group members of the Solon United Methodist Church in grades five through 12 met under the gazebo at Solon City Park in downtown Solon on Wednesday, Dec. 17, for an old-fashioned night of Christmas caroling. The caroling event was capped off by an evening of crafts, cocoa and Christmas treats at the church’s fellowship hall. (photo by Lori Lindner)

Swisher’s Fun Days tradition

Legion invites community to join in the planning

SWISHER– It’s a slice of traditional small-town Americana: veterans proudly marching, polished fire trucks with lights flashing and sirens blaring, friendly waves from a line of tractors and kids filling bags with candy tossed from floats. It’s Fun Days in Swisher, and for over 30 years it has been a summer time standard in this northwest Johnson County community.
Swisher American Legion Post 671 started the annual event for the good of the community.

Financial literacy: Small change making a big difference

United Way of Johnson County partners with MidWestOne for program

By Lori Lindner
Solon Economist
NORTH LIBERTY– Banking and saving; debit cards and credit cards; paying bills and paying off debt; insurance, taxes and investing…
Regardless of income, navigating the maze of financial decision-making is never simple. Yet money management is more often learned through the school of hard knocks than through any educational institution or formal curriculum.
Fortunately, a new financial literacy program is now helping guide the way for some Johnson County residents.

Solon KCs breakfast Jan. 4

SOLON– The Solon Knights of Columbus (KCs) will host an all-you-can-eat breakfast on Sunday, Jan. 4, 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 six through 11 and free for ages five and younger. Eggs, biscuits and gravy, sausage and pancakes will be served.