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Community

Stone Soup Supper, Silent Auction to benefit community pantry

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Community Pantry will host its sixth annual Stone Soup Supper and Silent Auction on Sunday, Oct. 26, from 4:30-7 p.m., at the South Slope Community Room, 980 N. Front St., North Liberty. Event sponsors are Hills Bank & Trust Company and South Slope Cooperative Communications.

NL American Legion Auxiliary to host free annual Veterans Day dinner Nov. 11

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty American Legion Auxiliary will host a Veterans Day dinner on Tuesday, Nov. 11, beginning at 6 p.m. at South Slope’s community room, 980 N. Front St., North Liberty.
The evening will include a home-cooked meal, videos, music, military ceremonies and a guest speaker, as well as door prizes. Dinner is free to veterans and one guest.
All area veterans are invited to this free annual event, sponsored by the North Liberty American Legion Auxiliary, with the venue courtesy of South Slope Cooperative Communications.

North Liberty Community Pantry awarded challenge grant for community garden project

NORTH LIBERTY– A new project in North Liberty will bring growth to the community in a whole new way.
In September, the North Liberty Community Pantry was awarded a $38,850 challenge grant from the Wellmark Foundation in order to develop a community garden. Now, pantry supporters and director Tina DuBois are in the process of raising the required matching funds, which must be pledged by Dec. 15.

Smoke Eater retires

Solon’s former fire chief looks back on 40 years as a firefighter

SOLON– For 40 years, Dan Smith responded to emergencies in Solon, Iowa City and the surrounding area as a firefighter. In September, he put his helmet on the rack for the final time as he retires from the Solon Fire Department.
Smith is the son of the late Vernon Smith, a man who served the community as mayor, town cop, city councilman and volunteer firefighter (for eight years).

Council, fire chief review need for Knox-Box requirement

Gwen Prentice appointed to planning and zoning

SOLON– It’s time to lock up a safety issue in Solon, according to Solon Fire Chief Bob Siddell.
At the Oct. 1 Solon City Council meeting, Siddell reported on Tri-Township Fire Department activities, which included an update on plans for Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 5 through 11.
“The Knox-Box situation– I need to get this thing straightened out,” said Siddell.
A Knox-Box, known officially as the KNOX-BOX® Rapid Entry System, is a small, wall-mounted safe that holds building keys for fire departments, Emergency Medical Services, and law enforcement to retrieve in emergency situations.

Solon volleyball digging for a cure

SOLON– The Solon varsity volleyball team will be “digging for a cure” Thursday, Oct. 9, during a 7:30 p.m. match against West Delaware.
The team will be hosting a bake sale, a 50/50 raffle and a silent auction featuring a football signed by former NFL player Aaron Kampman during the match. It will also be senior night for the team. Proceeds will go to the Hall-Perrine Cancer Center in Cedar Rapids.

Commuters clogging I-380

DOT survey seeks input on alternatives

NORTH LIBERTY– Commuters on Interstate 380 have more company on the road than before, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT).
And the organization is trying to find alternatives to reduce the number of drivers on the crowded super slab.
Iowa DOT representatives presented a two-pronged assault to reduce the number of daily drivers during a public information open house Thursday, Oct. 2, at the North Liberty Community Library.

Solon Public Library

Monthly drawing winner

Every month the Friends of the Library sponsor a drawing for a $10 prize. All you have to do to participate in this drawing is to read a book checked out from the Solon library (or listen to one) then enter your name to win the prize. The name is picked at the end of each month. September’s winner was Deb Honts.

Teen Read Weekh

Pumpkin picking

A midseason morale boost for Solon cross country team

SOLON– Mid-season in cross country. Each week, another meet or two. Another 200 runners. Training miles pile up. Progress? Some, but you want more. Sometimes you need to stop– and smell the pumpkins.
Well, pick them anyway.
With meets nine days apart, Solon’s boys and girls cross country team detoured from the grassy course to the pumpkin patch last week. Almost 60 bodies bent, reached, cut, pulled, dragged, tossed and loaded pumpkins on to hay wagons at the Glenn Shima farm west of Solon. The results of their work day are on display… and for sale… 2-1/2 miles west of Solon on Highway 382.

DOT: How’s your driving?

Weigh in now on commuter traffic, alternatives studies

NORTH LIBERTY– Commuters on Interstate 380 have more company on the road than before, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT).
And the organization is trying to find alternatives to reduce the number of drivers on the crowded super slab.
Iowa DOT representatives presented a two-pronged assault to reduce the number of daily drivers during a public information open house Thursday, Oct. 2, at the North Liberty Community Library.

Penn Landing Farmers’ Market enjoys productive first season

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– There are just two Sundays left to get fresh, locally-grown, homespun goods at the Penn Landing Farmers’ Market.
This was the first season for the bi-monthly market, co-organized by Veronica Tessler and Lesley Tripplett. Tessler is the owner of Yotopia, the frozen yogurt shop that opened in Grand Rail’s Penn Landing commerce center in North Liberty this past May, and Tripplet owns Dumpling Darlings, a Korean-style dumpling stand.
And the first season went very well, said Tessler.

CCA schools among those struggling with No Child Left Behind rules

OXFORD– The state of Iowa saw an increase in the number of schools “in need of assistance” designation under the controversial No Child Left Behind (NCLB). According to a report published Tuesday, Sept. 16, by the Iowa Department of Education, 852 out of 1,288 Iowa schools, or 66 percent, failed to meet federal proficiency standards, an increase over last year’s total of 64 percent.
The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school district is among those considered in need of assistance by the federal government.