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Archive - 2011

December 12th

DVD collection anniversary

It’s now been a year since the library started the DVD collection and it has proven to be a very popular addition with our patrons. We now have almost 800 DVDs. In one year we’ve had 6,247 DVD check-outs, over 500 per month.

Free Christmas Meal at Our Lord’s Church

Our Lord’s Church will be serving a free Christmas meal Sunday, 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 a reservation.

Special Old Gold Diner events scheduled for Dec. 16 and Dec. 21

SOLON– The Solon Community School preschool will be entertaining during lunch at the Old Gold Diner Friday, Dec. 16. Please call 319-624-2251 for lunch reservations to enjoy their visit. It’s believed that Santa Claus might appear for the Dec. 16 meal.
A class of fourth graders will be sharing a meal with the seniors Wednesday, Dec. 21. Please sign up by calling 319-624-2251. The goal is to have a senior for every fourth grader.

Outgoing officials: Keep working on city hall

SOLON– Don’t give up.
Outgoing elected officials shared that advice last week as they discussed last month’s failed city hall bond issue.
It was a short agenda and a short meeting for the Solon City Council Wednesday night (Dec. 7). On tap was a general discussion of the Nov. 8 election results during which the $1.35 million bond issue for the purchase of the Brosh Chapel and Community Center was rejected by two-thirds of voters.
Mayor Rick Jedlicka and council member Sue Ballantyne, both ending their terms, offered encouragement to the remaining council members.

Auxiliary planning Boys’ State plaque

SOLON– The Solon American Legion Auxiliary is planning a plaque to honor the Solon students that attended the American Legion Boys State program. The Legion needs the names of the boys and the year they attended. Please call Rita Brannaman at 319-624-2272 or Jim Leland at 319-624-2384; or e-mail information to jimleland@southslope.net.

Watching the watchers: Eastern Iowa birdwatchers are interesting species

IOWA CITY- A Great Blue Heron is quickly located on a distant shoreline. A Mallard couple is mucking in the water near the shore. The water is lower than anyone can remember, the result of a dry spell continuing into autumn this year.
Then, an urgent call:
“Mystery sparrow!”
Instantly, there is a flurry of movement as 20 pairs of hands move optical aids to their own eyes to scan the brush, shore or tree line.
“What do we got?”
The “mystery” bird is identified as a Lincoln’s sparrow.

Board previews bleachers; approves turf bid

By B. Adam Burke
Solon Economist
SOLON– Shive-Hattery Architecture and Engineering made its Outdoor Events Center (OEC) schematic design presentation to the Solon school board on Monday, Dec. 5.
The design stage will allow the district to sign off on basic design elements before the architects move ahead with specific design elements, said John Fitch, Shive-Hattery’s civil engineer for the project.

CLASSIFIED

HELP WANTED

CHURCH OFFICE MANAGER The Shueyville United Methodist Church is seeking a part time office manager. Primary responsibilities include preparing printed materials, greeting the public and general church office administration. Contact Rev. Thomas Carver, tcarver@shueyvillechurch.org, (319) 848-7213. 12/28

Hawk Talk

MEN'S BASKETBALL
Before the season started, everyone close to Iowa basketball said the one key player the Hawks had to have healthy was point guard Bryce Cartwright.
Bryce was held out of the University of Northern Iowa game because of a leg injury and Devyn Marble started his first game of the season at point.

Harold Wilkinson

Harold Wilkinson, 74, passed away Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011, after a long battle with pulmonary fibrosis. Memorial services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 12, at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, with Rev. Harlan Gillespie officiating. Visitation was held Sunday, Dec. 11, at the Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home. Private family inurnment took place at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery.