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All Iowa Reads selection

The 2012 All Iowa Reads title is Tracy Kidder’s “Strength in What Remains,” only the second nonfiction book in the program’s nine-year history. “Strength in What Remains” tells the story of Deogratis, or Deo, who as a 22 year old medical student barely escapes the Hutu slaughter of Tutsis in Burundi. He arrives in New York City in 1994 with no English skills and $200. The story moves back and forth, from Africa to New York. And although the horror of events in Africa is almost indescribable, living poor on the streets of New York as a young black man with no money is not an easy life either.

New members appointed to Solon’s library board

Mayor Cami Rasmussen made the following appointments to the library board effective Jan. 1. Jackie Nemecek is the new county representative replacing outgoing Margaret Pardini. Jeff Schadler is the replacement for Chuck Panzer, and Kevin Wise was appointed to the unexpired term of Ron Herdliska, recently elected to the city council. These three new members join reappointed board members Deanna Kleinsmith and Kari Pyle, along with current members T.L. Green and Paula Sears. Library board meets on the fourth Monday of the month at 7 p.m.

Preparing for May groundbreaking

SOLON– Organizers continue to push forward on the progress for the Habitat for Humanity home in Solon. There are many opportunities for people to get involved with the project to be ready for groundbreaking approximately May 1. If you would like to donate money, Solon’s Habitat for Humanity now has five bird houses placed throughout Solon; one at each of the churches, one at Sam’s Main Street Market, and another at the public library set up for donation money. Habitat is also requesting for people who donate to see if any employers would match funds given to help benefit the project.

Items still needed for girls’ soccer team garage sale March 31

SOLON– The Solon girls’ soccer team is having a garage sale on Saturday, March 31, at Jim’s Septic in Solon.
If you have anything you would like donate, they will do pick ups. Just call Lori at 319-930-2443 or email lmckinnie@gwaea.org to set up a pickup time. They would be happy to get items early and will store it until the sale. The team would appreciate any help with this fundraiser.

Solon Economist, Leader garner awards at Iowa newspaper contest

DES MOINES– The Solon Economist and North Liberty Leader newspapers received numerous awards in the INA 2012 Better Newspaper Contests earlier this month. The contests were judged by the Nebraska Press Association as part of the INA 2012 Convention and Trade Show held Feb. 2-3 at the Des Moines Marriott Hotel.
Nearly 3,800 entries in dozens of categories were judged by class, based on circulation. The Des Moines Register was named as the Iowa Newspaper Association “2012 Newspaper of the Year.”

Solon’s Maggie Snider masters a sport for the ages

IOWA CITY– Two figures stand facing each other. They are clad in protective clothing, their faces protected by mesh. Weapons are drawn, an epée, a saber or perhaps a foil. Deft movements and swift swordsmanship ensue as the pair battles to a resolution. But there is no violence, there is no bloodshed. The vanquished lives to duel again.
It’s a hobby and it’s a sport.