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Area schools combat vaping

Solon hosts informational session for parents

SOLON– It looked like a typical teenager’s bedroom: a pile of clothes on the floor, stuff on the bed, an array of items on the nightstand and on the desk. As concerned parents surveyed the scene, with guidance from Prelude staff, it quickly became apparent there was contraband hidden in plain sight.

Think right, do right

Solon’s “Shoe Guy” Greg Morris, honored as Iowa’s Firefighter of the Year

SOLON– Greg Morris had a lot of titles over the years: husband, father, ardent fans of University of Iowa athletics know him as “The Shoe Guy,” volunteer firefighter, and now he’s added another.
Morris, from Solon, is the 2019 Iowa Firefighter of the Year.

Bitter winter and wet spring delays outdoor pool opening

NORTH LIBERTY- We’re all looking forward to summer, but the wet spring and bitter winter will continue to have an impact on the summer outdoor pool opening.

Fareway and managers celebrate 20th anniversary

Second generations learning values carting groceries

NORTH LIBERTY- You can learn a lot of basic skills working for a grocery store.
Like being punctual.
Myron Hoffman was the tender age of 16 when he started work at the Fareway Store in his hometown of Carroll, after school let out his junior year in high school.
He knows the date by heart.
May 28, 1980.
“It was a Wednesday, 6 a.m.,” the North Liberty Fareway grocery manager recalled.
He’s been with the Boone-based chain ever since.

Dudes and Donuts combine for breakfast at North Bend

Connecting families with their school

NORTH LIBERTY– Friday, April 19, was supposed to be a day off from school for students at Clear Creek Amana’s North Bend Elementary, in North Liberty. Instead, it became a regular school day due to so many snow days this past winter.
However, the bitterness of having to go to school to kick off the Easter weekend was sweetened.
Literally.
The school held its fourth annual Dudes and Donuts breakfast the hour before the start of classes, giving the kids a sweet start to their school day.

The dragon maker

Author Sarah Prineas drops latest title, “Dragonfell”

SOLON– Sarah Prineas created a world where cities run on magic.
Now she’s made another where dragons hoard teacups.
“Dragonfell,” her 11th book for HarperCollins, was released in hardcover in March.
It takes place in an otherworld, on the cusp of industrial revolution, with less room for magic and dragons.
Rafi Bywater, accused by a factory owner of being “dragon-touched,” is cast out of his village, and begins a journey to discover the truth, befriended along the way by Maud, a wanna-be dragon scientist.

Around the world

Van Allen celebrates diversity at 2nd International Night

NORTH LIBERTY– The flags of many nations waved at James Van Allen Elementary March 28.
Twenty-two countries were represented at Van Allen’s second annual International Night, which brought between 500-800 people to the North Liberty school, according to Mandy Bezoni-Puaina, one of the founders of the event and an English Language Learner instructor.
The evening provided a showcase of national heritage, allowing the young student population to demonstrate its diversity and fellow students to familiarize themselves with cultures other than their own.

Resolved

Fledgling debate team looking to grow

SOLON– “We’re the Solon speech and debate program,” Jesse Miller announced.
Miller and teacher/coach LeeAnn Gilroy stood in front of the Solon school board members at a March 11 meeting.
“We used to be the program,” the Solon senior clarified. “It’s grown. I guess you could say it’s doubled over the course of a year.”
The two were there to spotlight the young debate program as part of a regular agenda slot for celebrating achievements.
Miller qualified for the National Speech and Debate Association National Championships each of the last two years.

It’s all about the mission

NLFD initiates overnight shifts with part-time firefighters

NORTH LIBERTY- In 1986, actor Tom Cruise, portraying a Navy fighter pilot in the movie “Top Gun,” declared “I feel the need, the need for speed!” While Cruise’s line became a popular catch phrase, firefighters have historically felt the need for speed, with good reason.

Senior to senior

Solon Senior Support looks to bridge gap between generations

SOLON– They want to make sure senior citizens have the help they need.
A group of Solon High School (SHS) students and a local pharmacist have joined forces for an ambitious project– the establishment of a non-profit to assist seniors with a variety of tasks from a simple visit to tackling technology issues.
The organization they’re forming, Solon Senior Support, will attempt to match Solon senior citizens with volunteers from the community and the high school.

Nearly double

Liberty High’s second Dance for a Difference raises $43k for the sickest kids

NORTH LIBERTY– Nearly double last year’s total.
Liberty High’s second annual Dance for a Difference managed to accomplish it in just a few hours Sunday, March 3.
The school’s “Difference Makers,” a student-run organization, started the Liberty High tradition last year in an effort to raise money to help the sickest kids: those battling cancer or other life-threatening illnesses.

CCA’s latest enrollment projections show more students, and more buildings

OXFORD– Rob Schwarz, CEO of RSP, an educational planning firm under contract to the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District, got right to the point.
“Surprise, surprise, you’re enrollment is going to continue to increase, and it’s going to continue to increase at a rate greater than what we saw last year,” he said.