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May 18th, 2016

Solon Girl Scouts make quilts for veterans

Solon Daisy Girl Scout Troop #5356 completed a “Pay It Forward” service project by making fleece blankets for the dialysis unit at the Veterans Administration (VA) hospital and hand-delivering them. The troop also learned about dialysis and made cards for the VA patients. (contributed photo)

Memorial Day Mass at St. Bridget’s Church set for 9 a.m.

SOLON– Memorial Day Mass for veterans and deceased loved ones will be held Monday, May 30, at 9 a.m. at St. Bridget’s Church of Nolan Settlement, 2136 St. Bridget’s Rd., Solon. Please bring your lawn chairs as Mass will be offered in the cemetery. In case of rain, it will be held in the church. All are welcome.

Solon firefighters annual breakfast Sunday, May 29, at fire station

SOLON– The Solon volunteer firefighters would like to invite the public to their annual breakfast.
The firefighters will be serving breakfast at the fire station Sunday, May 29, from 6:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Adult admission is $6 and children are $4. The breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, fried and scrambled eggs, milk and coffee. This is one of two annual fundraisers for the firefighters’ association.

Solon students rock Assessments

This year’s scores were the best in Solon school history

By Nora Heaton
Solon Economist
SOLON– Matt Townsley can describe Solon schools’ Iowa Assessment scores in three words: “We rocked it.”
Townsley, the Solon Community School District (SCSD) director of instruction and technology, said Solon students’ performance this year was the best in the district’s history.
The district’s goal states that 90 percent of students will be proficient and 25 percent of students will be highly proficient in tested areas.

Solon Poppy Days May 21-May 30

SOLON– Memorial poppies, made by hospitalized and disabled veterans, will be available in various businesses in Solon from May 21 through Memorial Day.
The red poppy has been the symbol for honoring and remembering the men and women who served and died in services to our country since 1921.
The poppy was immortalized by Canadian Colonel John McCrae in his poem “In Flanders Fields” after WWI and also is used in Canada, Great Britain and other countries to honor the war dead.

Setting the table for outdoor dining

Council gets first look at proposed Main Street policy

SOLON– The vision for outdoor dining on Solon’s Main Street came into a little sharper focus at a May 4 city council meeting, but it’s still a little blurry around the edges.
In March, Red Vespa Pizzeria and Wine Bar owners Aziz and Angie Longou asked the city to consider allowing seasonal outdoor service by leasing a Main Street parking spot in front of their business.
In April, council members agreed and directed city staff to develop guidelines to allow sidewalk and street seating for Main Street eateries.

Hidden habitat

Over 400 attend Macbride Raptor Project family day

SOLON– You may not know it exists, unless you’ve been there.
From a bird’s eye view, the Macbride Raptor Project, nestled into the Macbride Nature and Recreation Area, seems to be situated on the tip of a gravel wing; down below it is home to more than 20 birds of prey– three of which have been featured in the project’s new family day. The third event was held Saturday, May 7, and featured the American kestrel, North America’s littlest falcon.

The year is 1982

Hawk Talk

In 1982, the first CDs were sold in Japan, the Weather Channel was on cable TV for the first time and the Iowa Hawkeye football team, which had its first winning season in 20 years in 1981, went 8-4, 6-2 in the Big Ten.
You could buy a gallon of gas for 91¢ and a US postage stamp cost 20¢.
In entertainment, Michael Jackson released his second album, “Thriller.”
E.T., Rocky III and On Golden Pond were the top movies.

Robert D. “Bob” Parker

Robert D. “Bob” Parker, 63, of North Liberty, passed peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, on Saturday, May 14, 2016, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. A memorial service was held Wednesday, May 18, at Lensing Funeral Home, Iowa City, with Father Ed Fitzpatrick officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The North Liberty Fire Fighters Foundation or to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society .

Walking in the rain

Food For Thought

I guess it’s a little late for April showers, but warm springtime rains remind me of many soggy days of my youth when I strolled home from school, more or less oblivious to my wet clothes and dripping hair. There was no lunch program at our schools, and just about everybody went home for lunch, and most of us walked, and we walked back again after eating what was, for most families, the main meal of the day.