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Archive - 2013

December 22nd

Solon Public Library

Cleaning out DVDs?

If you are cleaning out your DVD shelf to make room for new additions to your collection, why not donate your old ones to the library? Your donation of goods is tax-deductible and we will either add them to our collection, or the Friends of the Library will sell them at a book sale and we can use the money to purchase new releases. It’s a win-win. We’re especially interested in any old exercise DVDs you have that you no longer use– these get a lot of circulation in the winter months as people work on New Year’s resolutions.

St. Mary to host Financial Peace University in January

SOLON– “Liberating! Invaluable! Great!” are words that have been used by graduates to describe Financial Peace University (FPU). This nine-week program helps people get to a place of well-being with regards to finances. Graduates have been able to substantially reduce debt, save for the future, meet personal financial goals, and give like never before. FPU consists of weekly video classes taught by financial expert Dave Ramsey and coached by people who have graduated from the course. Classes will be held at St Mary Catholic Church, 1749 Racine Ave., Solon. Classes start Sunday, Jan.

Arctic Wolf brings display to life

By Antonia Russo
Special to the Economist

SOLON– Once again the Solon library window takes us to Russia for our holiday display. We have visited the glittering late 19th Century world of the Tsar with Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite.” Now we return to view a winter scene in Stalin’s Russia with Sergei Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf.”
Far in the north, at the edge of a snowy forest– set amidst birch trees, is Grandfather’s cabin. Here, Grandfather, Peter, the little bird, the duck, wolf, and hunters perform the musical drama that has delighted children for generations.

Deer disease outbreak no longer in effect

By Alex Kline
Solon Economist

JOHNSON COUNTY– The outbreak of hemorrhagic disease (HD) that killed over 1,000 deer in Iowa this year has ended, said Department of Natural Resources (DNR) deer project biologist Tom Litchfield. With shotgun season, some hunters might be wondering what the local deer populations will be like after back-to-back outbreak years.
Though this year’s reported cases of hemorrhagic disease was much less than the almost 3,000 suspected deaths of 2012, the quick progression and spreading of the disease can be detrimental to local deer numbers.

County approves $3.7 million design

By Lori Lindner
Solon Economist
JOHNSON COUNTY– Last Thursday, Dec. 5, the Johnson County Board of Supervisors took a significant step toward replacing a county facility that was damaged by fire last spring.
It came at higher price than the board would have hoped, but members justified it for its longevity, functionality and accordance with the county’s efforts toward sustainability and reduced energy consumption.

Solon looks at open enrollment caps

School board also continues facilities discussions

By Alex Kline
Solon Economist

SOLON– When do you decide to close the doors on open enrollment?
The Solon school board discussed options for open enrollment benchmarks at the Dec. 9 meeting. Superintendent Sam Miller presented a framework that set parameters at which open enrollment could be closed at each grade level.
Though the number wasn’t a flat rate, most grades close at five students before target capacities, a level approved by the board last year.

Moving to higher ground

Volunteers from the Solon United Methodist Church youth groups and from United Action for Youth gathered in the brisk conditions at Randall Park Tuesday afternoon to help spread sand and mulch for the relocation of the park’s playground equipment. The city made the decision earlier this year to move the playground to higher ground after spring flooding eroded the base. (photos by Doug Lindner)

Free Christmas meal at Our Lord’s Church in Solon Dec. 25

SOLON–Solon Boy Scout Troop 120 is hosting its annual soup supper on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, at St Mary Catholic Church from 5 until 7 p.m. The soup supper features homemade soups of all varieties. Previous year’s soups have included traditional choices such as chicken noodle and chili as well as some not so traditional selections such as demok (spinach and coconut milk) and shrimp chowder. This all-you-can-eat meal also includes fresh baked bread made by the Scouts the morning of the supper and a wide assortment of desserts.

Boy Scout Troop 120 soup supper Saturday, Jan. 11

SOLON–Solon Boy Scout Troop 120 is hosting its annual soup supper on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, at St Mary Catholic Church from 5 until 7 p.m. The soup supper features homemade soups of all varieties. Previous year’s soups have included traditional choices such as chicken noodle and chili as well as some not so traditional selections such as demok (spinach and coconut milk) and shrimp chowder. This all-you-can-eat meal also includes fresh baked bread made by the Scouts the morning of the supper and a wide assortment of desserts.

SHUTDOWN

UI wrestlers blank Buffalo 46-0

By Don Lund
Sports Writer

The Hawkeye wrestlers took every match last week at Carver-Hawkeye Arena against Buffalo, winning 46-0. That included two pins, six majors and two technical falls.
“That’s how it should be,” said Iowa head coach Tom Brands. “It doesn’t matter who the opponent is. You may not get a shutout every time, but you strive for it. We still have weights where we have to be ready to go the entire match.”
That should be a good warm-up for top-ranked Penn State this Saturday at Carver.