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Community

Trojans crown three wrestlers at Dick Mellinger Invitational

West ties with Ottumwa for team title

North Liberty Leader
BURLINGTON– Iowa City West High crowned three champions in Burlington High School’s Dick Mellinger Wrestling Invitational Saturday, Dec. 5.
Keaton Speicher won the 113-pound bracket after pinning Mediapolis’ Isaac Bybee in 3:28; Nelson Brands took the 145-pound bracket by pinning Keokuk’s Donnie Rose in 5:35; and Donovan Doyle won at 195 pounds with a fall in 1:40 over Burlington’s Mason Hartman.
West and Ottumwa tied for first place in team points with 366. Mediapolis was third with 326, followed by Keokuk (322), Burlington (210) and Davenport North (89).

Solon students explore careers at new Kirkwood center

44 SHS juniors and seniors have attended classes at recently-opened regional site

CORALVILLE– Whether looking to work in a mechanic’s shop, an operating room or a courthouse, Solon students can find plenty of avenues to explore.

Steve Clark pays attention to detail

USS Iowa model built with grandkids

SOLON– Steve Clark has crafted toys over the years for his grandchildren. But he made his latest toy along with them: a scale model replica of the USS Iowa battleship.
Born and raised in Mount Vernon and a 1967 graduate of Mount Vernon High School (MVHS), Clark now lives in Solon. Since 1979, he’s been teaching industrial arts at Clear Creek-Amana High School.
Clark and his four grandchildren, who live in Mount Vernon, have built the USS Iowa battleship model over the past two years.

Old Gold Diner Christmas Tree Walk at stable Saturday, Dec. 5

SOLON– Solon’s Old Gold Diner will host the first-ever Christmas Tree Walk at the Palmer House Stable Saturday, Dec. 5, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Trees from different organizations, businesses and individuals or families will be on display, with entertainment throughout the day. A free-will offering is requested, and proceeds will be shared with area non-profits, not including the Old Gold Diner.
The McAtee Trio (Sami, Lillee and James) will perform at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., and the Solon United Methodist Church Bell Choir will entertain at 1 p.m.

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, Solon.

KC breakfast with Santa Dec. 6

SOLON– Please join the Solon Knights of Columbus for Breakfast with Santa Sunday, Dec. 6, from 8 a.m. until noon at St. Mary Parish Hall in Solon. Enjoy a delicious breakfast by the Knights of Columbus including omelets, biscuits and gravy, sausage, scrambled eggs, pancakes and pastries. Cost: 12 and older, $6; ages 5-11, $3; and 4 and under are free.
Visit with Santa (don’t forget your camera), and enjoy crafts and goodie bags.

St. Bridget’s Christmas Party Dec. 6

SOLON– The annual St. Bridget’s of Nolan Settlement Christmas Party will be Sunday, Dec. 6, at St. Bridget’s Church, located at 2136 St. Bridget’s Rd. NE, beginning at 2 p.m. Entertainment will be provided and a visit from Santa is expected. Everyone in the community is welcome to attend.

Free Christmas meal at Our Lord’s Church Friday, Dec. 25

SOLON– Our Lord’s Church will serve a free Christmas meal Friday, Dec. 25. All are welcome. Reservations are not required, but would be helpful. The meal will be served at noon at the church, located at 131 N. Market Street. Rides and deliveries are also available. Call Duane or Anna at 319-841-2243, a local call from Solon, with questions or for a reservation.

Clearing the snow from Johnson County roads

By Kevin Braddock
Maintenance Superintendent for Johnson County Secondary Roads

 JOHNSON COUNTY– Winter doesn’t officially begin until Dec. 22, but as Iowans, we know the snow and ice can come well before then. Now is a good time to remind residents of the Johnson County Secondary Roads Department’s Snow Removal Policy, available on the Secondary Roads web page at www.johnson-county.com.

Gun ban discussion draws crowd in NL

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty Mayor Amy Nielsen has learned that gun ownership is a touchy subject.
Discussion on city policy regarding firearms on public property brought citizens out in force at the North Liberty City Council meeting Nov. 24, resulting in expulsion of one individual and a backlash of criticism prior to the meeting and in the days to follow.

Veterans honored at local schools

NORTH LIBERTY– Veterans were the honorees of the day at schools across the country Nov. 11, including Penn and Van Allen elementary schools in North Liberty.

Van Allen
Van Allen Elementary School has celebrated the day of remembrance for a number of years, with the school’s Team 2 students and teachers hosting local veterans for a brief assembly and refreshments, and inviting guests to individual classrooms. Some of the veterans give presentations to classes and speak of their time in the military.

District gears up for Liberty High

Parents, students await additional answers

IOWA CITY– About 50 North Liberty parents and students attended an information meeting on Nov. 23, held by the Iowa City Community School District, to address questions about the Liberty High School transition.
Matt Degner, the district’s director of schools, presented plans for the new school, then held a question-and-answer session with audience members in the Iowa City West High theater.