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Neighbors send SOS on Scales Bend boat storage

Board approves first reading to rezone land

JOHNSON COUNTY– One local developer has proposed a plan for an outdoor boat storage facility close to North Liberty, and the idea has taken on water with disapproving neighbors.
However, in its formal meeting of Aug. 8, the Johnson County Board of Supervisors approved the first reading of a rezoning request by Duane Kunkel of Solon that would allow him to stay on that course.

Jet stream

Solon firefighter Matt Boerjan helps Keanen Carey in a waterball fight during Solon Beef Days July 20. The fire department set up a Future Firefighters Waterball Contest on South Dubuque Street, giving kids a chance to enjoy a smaller version of the contest. The department hosted adult water fights at the city park earlier in the day. See page 16 for more photos from Beef Days 2013. (photo by Chris Umscheid)

Scherf raising birds of courage for your table

Love of nature, respect of farmers leads to poultry-raising

SOLON– The Bald Eagle has been the natural representative of the United States since 1782, when congress adopted the gallant bird onto the centerpiece of the great seal. It is now an unmistakable figure of America, but founding father, Benjamin Franklin never agreed with the choice– he liked the turkey.
In a letter to his daughter, Franklin said the turkey, “is besides, though a little vain and silly, a Bird of Courage…”

Staying on the island

Johnson County Fair Queen Cassidy Bringle awaits the crowd’s choice on the winner for the Family Survivor competition on July 23. The friendly contest was just one of dozens of entertainment opportunities for fair goers at the 2013 Johnson County Ag and 4H Fair, held July 22-25. The 17-year-old Bringle won the crown from among 16 other queen contestants this year, a record number in the fair’s 19-year history. (photo by Eric Hawkinson)

Advocates honor Stinochers for 60 years of service

Decades at the Legion and Beef Days with Bob and Jean

SOLON– Jean Stinocher had no clue how to bake a kolache when she first moved to Solon– but if anyone knows a thing about kolaches, they know the Czech pastry is difficult to make just right on the first try.
“The first ones were hockey pucks,” Jean said with a grin. “But I’ve got it mastered and I make pretty damn good ones right now.”
“And pies,” barked her husband, Bob Stinocher, who said he stashes a slice away before others eat the rest. “If you don’t believe it just ask some guys at the Legion.”

Lady Spartans finish sixth

FORT DODGE– Solon entered the state softball tournament last week ranked No. 3 in Class 4A. The Lady Spartans had lost two games the entire season, both of them to eventual 4A champion Dallas Center-Grimes.
High-powered offense? Check. Solon scored 404 runs on the year on 555 hits.
Unhittable pitching? Check. Opponents bat a measly .168 when facing a Lady Spartan on the mound.

State hopes dashed in the dust

WILLIAMSBURG– The 2013 baseball season came to a sudden end last week for both the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers and Iowa City West High Trojans in substate action.
The Clippers fell 11-3 Tuesday (July 23) on the road in Williamsburg against the rival Raiders. The class 3A Substate 5, District 10 game was a continuation of Monday’s suspended game, which was halted at the end of four innings due to lightning. The contest was tied 3-3 at the time.

Solon settles for sixth place at 4A softball tournament

Lady Spartans defeat Waverly-Shell Rock

SOLON– The Lady Spartans finished the 4A state softball tournament with a 1-2 record Wednesday, good for sixth place.
Solon defeated Waverly-Shell Rock 10-0 in five innings Wednesday in the consolation final, then fell to Winterset 7-4 in the consolation final Wednesday evening.
The Lady Spartans ended up in the consolation bracket after a 6-1 upset Tuesday at the hands of Washington.
The girls rebounded against Waverly-Shell Rock, scoring five runs in each of the first two innings. The first inning featured doubles by Taylor Nearad and Kara Misel, and a two-run home run by Riley Ogden.

JECC passes emergency communications test

Center functions well during June’s severe weather

JOHNSON COUNTY– County residents should be glad to hear that at least one return on their investment equals better safety for everyone.
North Liberty Mayor Tom Salm is a member of the policy board for the Joint Emergency Communications Center (JECC), the central facility that dispatches emergency resources and personnel from fire departments, law enforcement agencies and medical responders countywide.
Salm told the North Liberty City Council earlier this month that June’s severe weather incidents put the JECC facility and its personnel to the test, and all passed with flying colors.

Spitting image

Harrison Vanderhorst winds up for the spit; the young man was encouraged to participate in the sunflower seed spitting contest held at North Liberty’s Centennial Birthday Bash on July 13. The day was filled with games and food, a picnic and friendly competitions held at Penn Meadows Park and the North Liberty Recreation Center. The evening brought a Hairball concert at Liberty Centre Park, sponsored by the University of Iowa Community Credit Union. (photo by Lori Lindner)

DIGGING IT

Michael Sharp and Owen Einwalter look on as youth services librarian Carey Major shows them how to make a fossil using materials like macaroni and feathers. It was all part of Afternoon Adventures, an elementary-aged hour of fun that’s part of the Solon Public Library’s Summer Reading Program. Turn to page 24 for more photos. (photo by Doug Lindner)

Lady Spartans slap Sabers in regional

Solon beats DeWitt 9-1 in semifinal

SOLON– The Lady Spartans are on a roll.
A 9-1 win Saturday night, July 13, at home against Central Clinton-DeWitt in a Class 4A regional semifinal gave Solon a 38-2 record and 14 consecutive wins.
The Spartans were the visiting team on the scoreboard and as the visitors, went to bat first. A five-run first inning gave Solon a cushion against the 25-16 Sabers.