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November 19th, 2016

Council moves ahead with water storage project

Work on 400,000- gallon ground storage reservoir to start in spring

SOLON– It will take Solon to a whole new level.
Bids for the construction of a 400,000-gallon water tank at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area will be awarded next month.
The project, originally expected to start in the spring of 2016, will now get underway a year later, with completion sometime in the fall of 2017.
The ground storage reservoir (GSR) will triple the capacity of the city’s municipal water storage, currently limited to a single 200,000-gallon water tower.

Mercer, Morris elected

Solon narrowly leans to Clinton in presidential race

SOLON– Lynn Morris will fill out the remaining year of her appointed term as a member of the Solon City Council, and Shawn Mercer will be a newcomer.
Morris and Mercer received 896 and 802 votes respectively in the Nov. 8 general election, according to results posted by the Johnson County Auditor’s Office.
Mercer, while alone on the ballot for a three-year term, was opposed with a write-in campaign conducted by former council member Dale Snipes. It was actually Snipes’ term on the ballot, Snipes resigned from the council in July and had been replaced on an interim basis by Ron Herdliska.

A busy weekend

Hawk Talk

By Don Lund
Sports Writer
The women’s and men’s basketball teams opened the season with doubleheaders on Friday night and Sunday afternoon. They each won both games.
The Hawkeye women started things off with a 96-76 win over Oral Roberts.
What a difference a week makes.
Last week, in Iowa’s exhibition, the Hawks started slow and got rolling in the second half. Last Friday, the Hawkeyes jumped out to an 11-4 lead, led 53-30 at half and cruised to their first win of the season.
Lisa Bluder went with her platoon system again.

Iowa defeats Michigan 14-13

Hawk Talk

Something was missing.
The Hawkeyes had lost three straight at Kinnick Stadium after going undefeated at home last season.
North Dakota State knocked off Iowa, 23-21, on a 37-yard field goal as time ran out on Sept. 17.
Northwestern beat the Hawks, 38-31, on Oct. 1.
On Oct. 22, the Badgers came to Kinnick and left with a 19-7 win.
Last Saturday, under the lights, the magic at Kinnick was back.
Freshman Keith Duncan split the uprights from 33 yards out as time ran out and the Hawks knocked off the third-ranked Wolverines, 14-13.
Iowa is 3-1 this season when scoring 14 points.

Roger L. Thompson

Roger L. Thompson, 58, of Ely, died Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids. Memorial services will be held Thursday, Nov. 17, at Hope United Church of Christ in Hiawatha. Visitation was Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at Brosh Chapel & The Avacentre in Solon.
Survivors include two daughters, Alyssa and Amanda Thompson, and a son, Adam, all of Ely; his mother, Nadine of Cedar Rapids; three brothers, Mark (Doni) of Ely, Scott of Cedar Rapids and Bill (Becky) of Marion; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father.

Allen Joseph Serovy

Allan Joseph Serovy, 91, of Solon, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, in his home. Funeral Mass was held Monday, Nov. 14, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Solon with Fr. Tim Sheedy presiding. Burial followed at Sts. Peter and Paul Cemetery, near Solon. Visitation was held Sunday, Nov. 13, at St. Mary Catholic Church. Brosh Chapel and The Avacentre in Solon cared for Allan’s arrangements.

John A. Pierce

John A. Pierce, 65, passed away Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, in Solon, after a courageous battle against pancreatic cancer and a recent stroke.
A celebration of life will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Solon United Methodist Church, followed by a gathering at Lake Macbride Golf Course from 4-7 p.m. Patrons are requested to wear Black and Gold or Cubbie Blue.
Memorials are established with the American Cancer Society and the Solon Community Food Pantry, where he volunteered.
Jones-Eden Funeral Home, in Washington, is in charge of cremation.

Willie “Wil” Hurd

Willie “Wil” Hurd, 44, of Solon, died on Friday, Nov. 4, 2016. Celebration of life services were held Saturday, Nov. 12, at Brosh Chapel and The Avacentre in Solon. Full military rites were conducted by Iowa Honor Guard. Visitation was Friday at Brosh Chapel.

Stinking and exploding

Walkin'

Talk about your emotional swings.
In just 10 days, I went from the elation of the Cubs winning the World Series to the deep depression of the election of Donald Trump.
This week’s column was going to be about my earliest days of fandom for the loveable losers. I even started writing it before Tuesday:
Dave (Buzz) Buzello and I were as a thick as thieves in our preteens.
He lived a half-dozen houses down the street. Our mutual life’s goal was to discover a secret formula that would either: A.) Stink to high heaven or B.) Explode.

Don’t blame it on Stephen King

Food For Thought

Clowns have always been frightening to little kids. The recent epidemic of scary clowns doesn’t surprise me, for I remember the clowns of my childhood as alarming. To my young eyes, they were noisy, unpredictable, invasive and extremely odd in appearance. We went to the circus at least once every year, sometimes twice if more than one troop of performers came to town during a summer.