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Community

Solon Economist holiday schedule

The Solon Economist has several more changes coming at the end of the year.
There will be an early deadline of Thursday, Dec. 19, for the Dec. 25 issue. The Dec. 25 issue will also be mailed a day early.
Beginning with the Jan. 8, 2014, edition, the publication date of the Economist will be permanently changed by one day, with the result that our papers will be arriving in most mailboxes on Thursday instead of Wednesday.
This change is being made to align our publication with the other newspapers in our small chain.

Free Christmas meal at Our Lord’s Church in Solon Dec. 25

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

Recycle defunct Christmas lights at middle school

SOLON– The Solon Middle School (SMS) Earth Team is collecting defunct Christmas lights to recycle and keep out of the landfills. Please drop them off at the SMS office by Jan. 7.

Solon foundation seeking feedback for new project

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist

SOLON– Solon could use this.
What is it?
That’s what the Solon Area Community Foundation would like to know.
The foundation wants Solon residents to provide some ideas for community improvement it can make happen.
Within reason.
“We can’t undertake a swimming pool, it has to be smaller,” foundation president Larry Meister explained. “Bigger than a breadbox, smaller than a pool.”

Solon Public Library

Friends mini-tree contest

Congratulations to Julie Drum who won the popular vote prize for her Dr. Seuss tree. There are still a few days left to bid on the mini-trees at the library. Bidding ends at noon on Dec. 14. A few trees have already been purchased using the “Buy It Now” option, and that option is still available.

Adult reading prize winner

CCA district talks projects

School board holds special meeting

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

OXFORD– If voters in the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school district approve a $48 million bond issue in February, the district board of directors wants to do more than just hit the ground running.
The board wants to be able to move ground and begin construction as quickly as possible to make room for students as buildings become increasingly cramped. That means drawing plans now so the related projects can go out for bid right after the election, with construction work beginning later in the spring.

Speed limit to decrease on 965 north of Scales Bend

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader

NORTH LIBERTY– Travelers will drive a bit slower for a ways longer on Highway 965 north of Scales Bend Road.

New Kids’ Campsite offers safe place to play all day

NORTH LIBERTY– Kids in North Liberty don’t have to go far to cozy up inside a tent, slide down a slippery log or swim with the frogs and fishes.
The North Liberty Recreation Center has it all, right inside the door.

Enjoy Orange Leaf frozen yogurt to help feed, clothe others in the North Libety community

NORTH LIBERTY– Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt in North Liberty has pledged a portion of its sales to help feed others in need this season.
“Being new to the community, we at the North Liberty Orange Leaf wanted to find a way to get involved and support our community. The North Liberty Community Pantry helps our community daily and especially right now during the holidays,” said Orange Leaf manager Matt Suckow.

Feed your neighbors, shop locally this holiday

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty-area businesses are finding new ways to spread the giving spirit this season.
More than 30 local businesses have pledged to either make a donation or create a promotion to generate funds for the North Liberty Community Pantry. Promotions range from donating a portion of their sales to providing items to auction or making a donation for every Facebook “like” they receive. Participating businesses include retailers to restaurants, service companies and more, making it easy for anyone to shop local and support others.

Oxford-area Masons to offer free meal Dec. 22

OXFORD– Oxford-area Masons will offer a free meal on Sunday, Dec. 22, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Oxford American Legion Post 537, 128 E. Main St, Oxford. The meal will consist of chili and potato soup, along with veggie and cheese trays.
The American Legion Auxiliary will present Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus from 1 until 3 p.m. The Masons from Canopy Lodge No. 290 in Oxford will be serving soup from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., while supplies last.
Everyone is welcome to come to the legion and enjoy free soup and enjoy the Christmas season.

Tiffin boys’ basketball team to host spaghetti supper Dec. 21

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) boys’ basketball team will host its annual spaghetti supper on Saturday, Dec. 21, from 3 until 7:30 p.m. in the CCA High School commons area, during the boys’ and girls’ basketball games. CCA Clippers basketball will host the West Branch Bears. Game times are 1:30 p.m., freshman boys; 3 p.m., girls’ JV; 4:30 p.m., boys’ JV; 6: p.m., girls’ varsity; and 7:30 p.m., boys’ varsity.
Cost for the spaghetti supper will be: adults age 13 and up, $7; seniors and ages 12 and under, $5. The public is encouraged to attend.