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April 15th

Snipes reappointed to fill council vacancy

Replacement for Mark Krall sworn in April 6

SOLON– For the second time, Dale Snipes has been appointed to the Solon City Council.
Snipes was originally selected in February of 2015 to replace former council member Ron Herdliska, and in a twist, Herdliska was tabbed to fill Snipes’ seat when he stepped down, in July of 2016, due a change in his employment.
This time, Snipes replaces longtime city councilor Mark Krall, who vacated his seat in March and will fill a term set to expire at the end of the year.
The decision was made at an April 5 city council meeting.

Sixth title for 5th Street Jazz

5th Street Jazz wins its in Class 3A competition at the 2017 Iowa Vocal Jazz Championships

SOLON– Solon High School’s 5th Street Jazz vocal ensemble participated in the Iowa Vocal Jazz Championships nine times and won the Class 3A title five times, but the group was not invited to participate in 2016.
It made this year’s competition special for Solon seniors.
“My sophomore year, I was in Blame It On Our Youth, and we got third at championships, so it was very hard last year, being in 5th Street and not qualifying,” Solon senior Elizabeth Hand said.

Married 70 years

Walkin'

Harold and Vernabelle (nee Sickler) Fleck marked their 70th anniversary this April in their longtime home in Rolling Meadows, Illinois.
Harold is the son of a butcher and grocery store keeper on Chicago’s north side. After WWII ended, Harold got out of the army and took a job as a deliveryman for the Marshall Fields Department Store. Vern was a farm girl from Wisconsin who came to the big city with her twin sister Isabelle to take jobs at the War Bond Department, housed in the Merchandise Mart.
They met by chance through a roommate.

Truth in packaging

Food For Thought

I think the people who design the packaging and labels for products are becoming as sneaky as the telephone solicitors we have to deal with these days. If you buy a bottle of grape juice that says “100% juice” you expect it to be pure juice, right? Then, when you read the fine print, you see the first ingredient listed is water. The second ingredient is grape juice concentrate. Well, okay, so the water is to reconstitute the juice concentrate.

Spring Football 2017 (part three)

Hawk Talk

This is the third part of a series of breaking down Iowa Hawkeye football.
I’ve covered the offensive line, tight ends, wide receivers and fullbacks.
This week I’ll look at quarterbacks, running backs and the defensive line.

Hawkeye quarterbacks

Iowa loses two-year starter C.J. Beathard, who will go down as one of the top quarterbacks ever to play at Iowa.
C.J. started 28 games for the Hawkeyes and won 21.
Beathard had a great career, but you could wonder how much better he could have been if he hadn’t been injured.

Spring Football 2017 (part three)

Hawk Talk

This is the third part of a series of breaking down Iowa Hawkeye football.
I’ve covered the offensive line, tight ends, wide receivers and fullbacks.
This week I’ll look at quarterbacks, running backs and the defensive line.

Hawkeye quarterbacks

Iowa loses two-year starter C.J. Beathard, who will go down as one of the top quarterbacks ever to play at Iowa.
C.J. started 28 games for the Hawkeyes and won 21.
Beathard had a great career, but you could wonder how much better he could have been if he hadn’t been injured.

Laurie Eash

Laurie Eash
Laurie Eash, 63, of Solon, died suddenly from a heart attack on Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, while visiting her grandchildren.

What’s so funny about that?

Food For Thought

I find myself watching more television lately than I have in the past. Not that I’ve become addicted to certain programs and hate to miss them, but because I’m getting older and find I need to just sit and relax once in a while during the day. The TV set is there, so I grab the remote and flip through the channels to see if there’s anything interesting going on. I’ve never been good at remembering on which channel or at what time certain programs appear, so it’s always a hit or miss matter when it comes to what I end up watching.

April 5th

Trojans kings at Kingston Stadium

CEDAR RAPIDS– The Iowa City West High Trojans track and field team won seven events Tuesday, March 28, at Cedar Rapids Jefferson’s 58th annual John Ask Relays, and took the team championship with 170 points. Cedar Rapids Prairie was second with 101, followed by Bettendorf (88), Cedar Rapids Kennedy (72), Linn-Mar (61), Cedar Rapids Washington (60) and the host J-Hawks (36).

The Creek runs deep this year

North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity girls soccer team is in a position they’ve not been in before as the 2017 season looms ever larger on the horizon. Coach Matt Harding, in his fifth year with the Creek Girls, explained.
“We finally have depth at all positions, a luxury we haven’t had in the past,” Harding said.