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POWs: Every day a blessing

Former POWs share true accounts with Solon students at luncheon

By Eric Hawkinson
Solon Economist

SOLON– The students at Solon High School witnessed history as former prisoners of war told them their harrowing accounts of survival during World War II. It was part of Solon High School’s annual POW/MIA ceremonial luncheon Sept. 20, which honored veterans and POWs Asher Schroeder, 88, and Leland Chandler, 90, as well as those not fortunate enough to have made it home safe.
“Every day is a blessing for me,” said Chandler as he addressed the students. “I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for my wife, and the good Lord.”

Veterans Day program Nov. 11

SOLON– Solon Middle School’s annual Veteran’s Day program will be held at the middle school auditorium on Monday, Nov. 11, starting at 1 p.m. All veterans, families and friends, and community members are invited. We are honored to have the presence of guest speaker Sergeant Leland Chandler, a World War II veteran and a former prisoner of war, at this event. The American legion will be in attendance and the eighth grade band will perform. Refreshments will be served following the event, provided by the Solon Middle School PTO.

Solon Legion to host turkey dinner Nov. 3

SOLON– The Solon American Legion will have a turkey dinner on Sunday, Nov. 3, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.
The menu includes turkey and dressing, real mashed potatoes, sauerkraut, cranberry sauce, rye bread, homemade dessert, coffee and milk. The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children 6 through 12, and children 5 and under free.

School releases facilities report

Board members mull over future buildings

By Eric Hawkinson
Solon Economist

SOLON– You might want to think about replacing that middle school.
The Solon school board discussed its options for the district’s facility plan on Monday, Oct. 21. While the board did not finalize any course of action, members appeared in agreement about a consultant’s recommendations and the overall phasing of significant projects, including the addition of a large-enough auditorium at the high school.

A good win

By Don Lund
Sports Writer

Last week I talked about Iowa playing hard against fourth-ranked Ohio State and going into the fourth quarter, they were tied at 24. Iowa lost 34-24, but battled hard until the end.
This week there would be no moral victories. Either Iowa has a good win or a bad loss…
Thank goodness for Jake Rudock, C.J Fiedorowicz and Louis Trinca-Pasat.
Jake threw an 8-yard pass as he was falling down to C.J. in the end zone in overtime to give Iowa a 17-10 lead.

Rebuild or Reload?

Hawk Talk

By Don Lund
Sports Writer

There is only one senior on the Hawkeye women’s basketball team and only 10 scholarship players, so the bench might be thin, but the talent is there.
You start with All-Big Ten point guard Samantha Logic, who not only led the Big Ten in assists (6.4) but set an Iowa record for most assists in a season with 217.
“She has worked very hard on her 3-point shooting and it shows,” said head coach Lisa Bluder on Samantha. “She’s becoming more of a scoring threat and we needed her to be so.”
Theairra Taylor is the only senior but she is a good one.

Volunteers invited to assist in prairie seed harvest in Johnson County

OXFORD, IA – The Johnson County Conservation Board (JCCB) is in the midst of a fall harvest and they need your help. The JCCB has a wealth of prairie plant seeds to bring in from the prairies this fall, but they lack the time and extra hands to do it alone. They are requesting your assistance at the following seed collection event on November 3rd beginning at 9 a.m. at F.W. Kent Park Knight Prairie Pavilion Parking Lot.

Dolores Kopaitich

Dolores M. Kopaitich, 81, of Swisher died at her home on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, after a long illness. Services and visitation were held Oct. 21 at the Cedar Memorial Park Chapel of Memories. Burial was at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery, Cedar Rapids.
Survivors include her husband Tony, her children Linda (Ernie) Bena, Larry (Carol) Gabrielson, Robin Zach and Gina Kopaitich; brothers Joseph (Pat) Rizzio, David (Sandy) Rizzio and Daniel Rizzio; 13 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren, three great, great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Diane Burch

Diane Roberson Burch of Solon died Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013. She was born in New Hampton, the daughter of Harvey and Elouise Roberson. She graduated from New Hampton High School and Iowa State University with a major in agricultural journalism.

The last place you look

Food for Thought

When asked if I had any photos of my old friend Norma who died, I thought, with dismay, about the jumble of snapshots that clutter up my desk, the bottom drawer of my dresser, a box under my bed, that small wooden chest on the bookshelf, and an old suitcase in the furnace room. There are a few more places that might yield something, too, that tin box on the top shelf of the linen closet, and a fat envelope of assorted precious junk I once slipped under the place mats and tablecloths in the dining room hutch. It’d take me weeks to go through all that.