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April 13th, 2018

Nominate the 2018 Senior of the Year

SOLON– May is national Older American’s Month and the Senior Advocates are seeking nominations for the 2018 Solon Senior of the Year.

Quilt of Valor

Navy vet and dinosaur guy wrapped in honor

SOLON– Jack Neuzil and his wife Fran were wrapped in his new Quilt of Valor, standing in front of a crowd in the lobby of the Solon Center for the Arts.
“You don’t know how important this is,” Neuzil quipped. “Up until recently I used to do a lot of projects. They kept me warm.
“I haven’t been able to do them for the last year, and this is going to save me.””
Neuzil, a longtime contributor to a vast number of Solon community projects and best known for his wooden dinosaurs, was presented his Quilt of Valor at a ceremony March 25.

Questions asked, changes requested

P&Z gives input on county comprehensive plan

IOWA CITY– They’ve had their say. The Johnson County Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) reviewed the final draft of a proposed comprehensive plan for the county during a Thursday, April 5, work session. The five-member commission requested several changes, which were dutifully noted by Planning, Development and Sustainability (PDS) staff. P&Z gave the plan one final review, with its changes in place, during a regular meeting on Monday, April 9, and approved the plan on a 5-0 vote, sending it to the Johnson County Board of Supervisors for adoption.

Background

City looks to rebuild Parks and Rec.

Council creates new advisory board with rural representation

SOLON– More big changes are coming.
The conversion of the former middle school into a community center has prompted the city to shake up its structure regarding parks and recreation programs.
At an April 4 meeting, council members took the first step in dismantling the Solon Parks and Recreation Commission, replacing it instead with an advisory team which will include rural representatives.

Ghost busted

Walkin'

The ghost is back.
Long time readers of this column know I have history with the other-worldly dating back to the 1990s when I lived in one of the half-dozen, 100-year-old, two-story brick buildings that make up downtown Solon. My loft apartment was originally the meeting place for the local Masonic Lodge, a mystical, civic service organization with roots in the Middle Ages.

Mark Hearn

It’s been a trip… Dancing across the light fantastic of my life! I have been fortunate to take 63 trips around the sun, and what an incredible adventure it has been. Beginning my life in an Iowa small town, born into a loving family that, along with my parents and siblings, included grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. I learned quite a bit from my grandmothers, who always had their ways of imparting pearls of wisdom that guided me throughout my life. My mother, Shirley, was a saint putting up with my mischievous boyhood and my father, Roger, was a source of knowledge and strength.

A purse that’s “big enough”

Food For Thought

It may be coincidence but about this time every year, I find myself going through my purse and weeding out all the old expired appointment cards, credit cards, receipts, shopping lists and other leftovers of my life. I’m always surprised at how much of that stuff loiters around clear at the bottom amid the chewing gum wrappers, paper clips, assorted coins and what appear to be cookie crumbs, though I swear I never carried cookies around in my purse.

Seussical flashes across the stage

Liberty High’s first musical plays tribute to Dr. Seuss’ works

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High School’s first musical is in the books. The show, “Seussical the Musical,” was the product of a series of books written by Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss.
Stephen Flaherty (music) and Lynn Ahrens (lyrics) took Seuss’ works, such as “Horton Hears a Who,” “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas,” “Horton Hatches the Egg” and others, and crafted them into a musical that opened off Broadway at the Richard Rogers Theatre in New York City in 2000.

Spring football 2018

Offensive line and tight ends

Last week, I looked at the linebackers and defensive backs.
This week, I’ll talk about the offensive line and tight ends.

Iowa lost two starters; they were good ones.
Sean Welsh and James Daniels have a shot to play in the NFL.
Welsh was named All-Big Ten last fall after lettering four years for the Hawkeyes.
As a freshman, he was named First Team Freshman All-Big Ten, starting seven games.
Welsh started every game his last three years and had a couple of starts at tackle.

April 12th

Yoga for every body

Wellfinity brings yoga and wellness coaching to North Liberty

NORTH LIBERTY– It was a calm and sunny Saturday morning as just over a half-dozen students began their weekend with a yoga session. Counseled by words of mindfulness, the intimate class was led in a series of stretches and poses, de-stressing from the work week over a subtle backdrop of ambient music, tucked away in a dimly lit sanctuary north of Cherry Street.
Wellfinity opened its doors to North Liberty on Feb. 1. A culmination of many years of experience, it focuses primarily on yoga, wellness coaching and an alternative medicine known as reiki.