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December 19th

Daniel Besler

Daniel J. Besler, of Milpitas, Calif., passed away at his home in Milpitas on Dec. 2, 2012, surrounded by family and loved ones.
Dan was born in Dubuque, on Oct. 5, 1950, a twin to brother Dick, son of Margene (Reiff) and Urban J. Besler of Hopkinton. He grew up in rural Hopkinton, graduated from Western Dubuque High School, and enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1971. He spent much of his adult life at sea and living on land in California. In 1989, Dan met the love of his life, Trina Villicana and they married in 1991. After 21 years of service, Dan retired from the Navy in 1992.

Ronald Baldwin

Dr. Ronald F. Baldwin, 88, of Vinton, died Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, at his home in Vinton. Private family services were held Dec. 13 with interment in Maplewood Cemetery, Vinton.
Ron was born March 2, 1935, in Charles City, the son of Fred M. and Irene L. White Baldwin. Ron served in the United States Army from 1957 until 1960, in the Army Security Agency. He was employed by Vinton Community Schools as an educator for more than 30 years, retiring in 1996. He also taught at Marble Rock School and Williamsburg Community Schools.

The smell of fear

Writing about our recent addition of five chickens to the Fleck household has caused me to reminisce about my spouse and her animals.

Memories of Christmases past

Certain holidays stick in children’s minds, not necessarily for any spectacular perfection, but often for something as simple as an unexpected guest, unique gift, or unusual weather, or any variations from expected events. I must have been in first or second grade when Santa left Pinocchio under the Christmas tree with my well-stuffed Christmas stocking lying across his wooden knees.

Road trips for the Hawks

Last weekend the Hawkeye men’s and women’s basketball teams traveled to Des Moines to take on the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) and Drake, winning both.
The Hawk men played the Panthers on Saturday, jumping out early and holding on, 80-73.
Last year, Iowa lost to both UNI and Iowa State, so this was a good win.
Devyn Marble and Mike Gesell were the one-two punch that knocked out the Panthers.
Devyn did it all last Saturday, playing 37 minutes, scoring 30 points with four rebounds, two assists and two blocks.

December 13th

Free Christmas Meal at Our Lord’s Church

SOLON– Our Lord’s Church will be serving a free Christmas meal Tuesday, Dec. 25. All are welcome. Reservations are not required but would be helpful. The meal will be served at noon at the church, 131 N. Market St., Solon. Rides and deliveries are also available. Call Duane and Anna at 841-2243 (a local call from Solon) with questions or reservations.

Solon takes down Maquoketa and Anamosa, remains undefeated

ANAMOSA– So far, so good.
The Solon Spartans remained undefeated in the young varsity basketball season last week, capturing wins on the road at Maquoketa and Anamosa, and entering the Associated Press high school poll, ranked No. 4 in Class 3A.
After two lopsided wins to start the season, the Spartans moved to 4-0 against an always pesky Maquoketa team and a surprising Anamosa squad.
“I like where we’re at,” said head coach Brad Randall. Solon has had four of its first five games on the road, and if the Spartans can win Tuesday at Central DeWitt, seven of the next nine will be at home.

Solon Lady Spartans handle Maquoketa, Anamosa

SOLON– After a 1-2 start, the Solon Lady Spartans have reeled off three straight wins.
Solon’s varsity girls hosted Maquoketa and Anamosa last week, outscoring their opponents 123-63.
After Tuesday’s home game against Central DeWitt, however, it’s five straight on the road, including a Dec. 18 matchup with No. 9 Western Dubuque.
“I am pleased with the progress of the team at this point in the season,” first-year head coach Tony Nicol said. “The transition into my system has gone more smoothly than I had expected.”

Historic Dillon’s Furrow marked in Solon

SOLON– History was marked in Solon on Sunday, Nov. 25, when a plaque was set next to Highway 1 on Main Street. The marker recognizes a point in time along the line that 173 years ago was known as the new military road from Iowa City to Dubuque.
It was built for $20,000 and, after surveying, was plowed by Lyman Dillon, of Cascade. Dillon, 39 years old and born in Utica, N.Y., was single and the owner of a saw mill.

NL's diamonds under pressure

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty’s comprehensive plan for developing its city parks has been in place since 2009, but increasing demand for organized recreation has kicked it into high gear.
The North Liberty City Council and the city’s parks and recreation commission met jointly last Thursday, Dec. 6, to talk about plans for two of the city’s major park spaces: one of the oldest of the community’s parks, and the newest to date.