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Archive - 2012

January 16th

Jan. 19 early out

The early out activity for Thursday, Jan. 19, will be crafting thumbies and kazoos from 1 until 2 p.m. for all Solon students. Thumbies are little drawings made out of fingerprints. The kids will stamp their fingerprints on paper and then draw little designs like animals and faces out of the fingerprint. The kazoos will be made from cardboard paper rolls. No registration is required. Elementary age students participating need to be picked up by their parent or caregiver at 2 p.m.
The next movie will be on early out Thursday, Feb. 2, from 1 until 3 p.m.

Gardening books displayed

To accompany the display window, a display of gardening books has been arranged nearby. Through the year, the Solon Garden Club purchased and donated many editions covering all areas of lawn and garden, landscaping and plantings. Five new books recently arrived. The love of gardening will strike any age. To get your child or grandchild interested, pick up “Ultimate Step-by-Step Kids First Gardening Book.” This book is created with the five to 12 year age group in mind. Perfect for guiding one through a Scout merit badge or a first 4-H project, this book is delightful.

Snow in the window

Even if you got your fill of snow last week, stop at the library for a little more. Enjoy the snowy view of the newest display window, “Snow Bound– the Garden in Winter,” dedicated to Betty Croy and the Solon Garden Club. Toni Russo created a winter scene of the woods and in the garden. The idea is taken from the narrative poem, “Snowbound” by John Whittier. This window will be ready for viewing on Tuesday, Jan. 24.

Solon Invitational named for Hadenfeldt

Long time coach and teacher Ed Hadenfeldt was recognized for his tremendous commitment to the Solon Wrestling Club and the Solon Community School District Saturday when Activities Director Keith McSweeney announced the Solon Invitational wrestling tournament would be renamed the Ed Hadenfeldt Varsity Wrestling Invitational. Hadenfeldt has been a teacher and coach at Solon since 1978, and has been involved in the Solon Wrestling program ever since, McSweeney said, including organizing the Little Spartan Wrestling Club.

Parks and Rec. to offer Zumba, Pilates classes, additional yoga class

SOLON– Solon Parks and Recreation will be offering a six-week ZUMBA and a six-week Pilates class starting in February. Both classes will be held on Tuesday evenings. Pilates will be from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and ZUMBA will be from 6:30-7:15 p.m.

Ready, set, go Jan. 23 for 100-day challenge teams

By B. Adam Burke
Solon Economist
SOLON– Working out, staying fit and eating right can add up to longer lives.
Solon residents Dr. Brian Fitzpatrick and Lianne Westcot are organizers behind the Solon Community Fitness Club.
They’re working on lining up teams and teammates for part of the state-wide “Live Healthy Iowa 100 Day Wellness Challenge.”
Last year, Solon teams lost a collective 250 pounds. This year participants have a chance to win prizes and by signing up with a team, can get free access to workout facilities in Iowa City.

Vets memorial breakfast

The Solon American Legion will host a Veterans Memorial Breakfast Sunday, Jan. 22, from 7:30 a.m. until 12 p.m. The menu includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, hash brown, juice coffee or milk. The cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children age six through 12. Kids age five and under eat free. Proceeds go to the Solon Veterans’ Memorial maintenance and landscaping fund.

Jedlicka, Ballantyne say so long

SOLON– Rick Jedlicka’s family was present, and he brought with him the gavel he had been given but never used, to close business after Sue Ballantyne offered the motion to adjourn.
The Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011, Solon City Council meeting was the last for two tenured and well-known elected officials.
Mayor Rick Jedlicka and council member Sue Ballantyne said their public good-byes at the end of a regular session, the last of the year and the last of their final terms.

Optimist club to sponsor student essay contest

SOLON– The Solon Optimist Club is encouraging area students to contemplate the phrase, “how my positive outlook benefits my community” and write an essay as part of the Optimist International 2012 essay contest.
The Optimist Club will judge the local student essays and determine the top winners. Winners will receive awards and the winning essays will be forwarded to the district level. College scholarships are available for district level top winners.

Rep. Jeff Kaufmann in Solon Jan. 21

SOLON– Rep. Jeff Kaufmann will hold a listening post on Saturday, Jan. 21, from 1-3 p.m. at the Solon Public Library. The public is welcome to share concerns and ask questions.