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Archive

June 22nd, 2017

Finding his place

Mercy Family Medicine of Solon welcomes seasoned MD Acherkan

SOLON– Dmitriy Acherkan always knew he wanted to be a doctor.
“I don’t even recall the time when I made this decision. It was pretty obvious from, I don’t know, 4 or 5 years old, that I was going to be a doctor,” he said.
Dr. Acherkan joined Mercy Family Medicine of Solon a few months ago but has practiced medicine for over 30 years.
He reminisced on his early career as a surgical oncologist, which allowed him to care for patients from discovery of a tumor through surgery or chemotherapy.

Solon Lions to sponsor free vision screening at Beef Days

SOLON– The Solon Centennial Lions Club will sponsor free vision screenings for children 6 months to 6 years of age at Kids Corner during Beef Days Saturday, July 22, starting at noon.
“We encourage families to bring their children in for a free vision screening,” said Scott Kleppe, club president. “The actual screening takes less than a minute, but the benefits can last a lifetime.”

Wigle named principal for new Solon Intermediate

School district begins process for merging fourth and fifth grades

SOLON– The name of the school district’s new fourth- and fifth-grade center will be Solon Intermediate and its principal will be current activities director Zach Wigle.
Solon Community School District Superintendent Davis Eidahl made the announcement to school staff and parents via email June 14.
Wigle came to the district at the beginning of the 2016-17 school year, succeeding Keith McSweeney, who stepped aside when the position was increased to full time.

Council to restrict "Citizen’s Speak"

Action expected on proposed guidelines for public input

SOLON– The Solon City Council is going to look at modifying the way it interacts with the public.
At a meeting June 7, council members and Mayor Steve Stange discussed a resolution establishing guidelines for the Citizen’s Speak portion of regular council agendas.
The changes unsettled two residents, both former council members.
No action was taken, but the resolution is expected to appear again on a future agenda.

Prime Time in, Game Time out

Hawk Talk

I’ve already talked about Game Time shutting down this summer after 16 years of playing in North Liberty.
It’s kind of sad for me because I was there at the beginning helping Randy Larson, who also runs the Prime Time League, get Game Time going.
Prime Time moved to North Liberty in 2001 because it was air-conditioned, but there was only one basketball court at the time and there would be three games a night for Game Time, four for Prime Time.
I kept the stats and sometimes did play by play for North Liberty Television.

Merry TePoel

Merry TePoel, 71, of Solon, died Thursday, June 15, 2017, at her home.
Celebration of Life Services were held Monday, June 19, at Brosh Chapel and The Avacentre, in Solon. Burial followed at Oakland Cemetery. Visitation was from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday, June 18, at Brosh Chapel, in Solon.

George Carl Bortz

George Carl Bortz, 96, of Solon, died Friday, June 16, 2017, at the Solon Nursing Care Center. Celebration of Life Services were held Tuesday, June 20, at Brosh Chapel and The Avacentre in Solon. Burial followed in Oakland Cemetery in Solon. Visitation was Monday, June 19, at Brosh Chapel in Solon.

So it’s happening again

Walkin'

I always thought I’d write volumes when retired and had time to devote to putting fingers to keyboard, but the reality is, well, I don’t know. It keeps getting harder and more challenging for me to come up with a topic that seems new and fresh for this space. And when I do come up with an idea, the old gray cells just don’t have the same capacity to turn an idea into a story that has a common thread.
So to hell with the thread, here’s some things going on in my life of late.

Looking back–’way back!

Food For Thought

Now that Memorial Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and the graduations are out of the way, we have time to sit back and think about what those observances mean to us. They are about people in our lives, their achievements and the contributions they made to the world in one way or another. While most such celebrations honor the past, graduations are more about the future. Granted, the graduation ceremony itself recognizes accomplishments and celebrates the completion of a stage in learning. Graduation is also called Commencement, and that word means “beginning.”

June 14th

Eight Trojans earn soccer honors

2017 MVC Boys’ Soccer All-Division selections

North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– The West High Trojans earned their ninth state soccer championship on Saturday, June 3, after entering the 2017 state tournament as the No. 8 seed with a 13-7 record. On Monday, June 5, the Mississippi Valley athletic Conference (MVC) released its All-Division selections for Athlete of the Year, Coach of the Year, Team of the Year, as well as First, Second, Honorable Mention and All-Academic teams based on regular season performances.