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Community

City prepares for community center

Council looks to budget for Iowa Street facility staff

SOLON– It’s the next step for Solon.
The city and the school district have worked for months to develop a partnership to operate the former middle school on Iowa Street as a community center.
At a Jan. 3 meeting, Solon City Council members and City Administrator Cami Rasmussen discussed how to staff it in the upcoming fiscal year.
“This is I think a transition plan to get us from where we are to where we need to go to get this building functioning for the community,” Rasmussen told council members.

Downtown Vision

A deeper look at Solon’s downtown

SOLON– A pedestrian mall and a bed and breakfast district could be part of the future for downtown Solon.
Both were presented conceptually Dec. 20 as Solon City Council members mulled the findings of a downtown visioning project recently completed by MSA Professional Services, the same consulting firm which assisted with the city’s comprehensive plan update in 2015.
Council members did not extensively discuss the results, but were expected to prepare comments prior to accepting the document at a future meeting.

“Famous” Kettle-Fried Chicken Dinner

Sons of the American Legion host annual Chicken Dinner Saturday, Feb. 3

SOLON– The Solon Sons of the American Legion will host their annual “Famous” Kettle-Fried Chicken Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 3, at the Solon Legion. The menu includes all-you-can-eat, delicious kettle-fried chicken, cheesy potatoes, oven-baked beans, bread, dessert and drinks. The meal will be served from 5-7:30 p.m., with take-out available. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 6-12 and children under 6 eat free. Proceeds benefit Solon community and veterans projects.

Christmas tree pick-up Friday, Jan. 12

SOLON– Johnson County Refuse will be picking up Christmas trees on Friday, Jan. 12. Please place on the curb near your garbage and recycling.

Senior Conversations Jan. 19

to include exercise techniques

SOLON– The Friday, Jan. 19, Senior Conversations will involve senior exercise techniques. Carol Tobias, who held weekly Tuesday morning sessions at Our Lord’s Church and St. Mary Catholic Church, will bring her regimen to the Solon Public Library at 9 a.m. explaining ways to hedge against osteoporosis, high blood pressure and other health-related issues. There is no fee, and no registration necessary– just come and join us in this healthy, low-impact exercise.

Solon Parks and Rec. needs you

Solon Parks and Recreation Board seeking new member

SOLON– Live in the city limits of Solon and would like to be involved in the policy-making for equipment use, maintenance, and conduct of the parks, playgrounds, and programs sponsored by the city? Become a commission member. More information is on the city website (solon-iowa.com, under “Government” and “boards and commissions”), as well as the application (under “How do I ?” and “apply for”). If you have questions, call or text Mike Reeve at 319-594-1978 or email him at mike-reeve@solon-iowa.com.

Women’s Club application deadline Feb. 1

SOLON– The GFWC/Iowa Solon Women’s Club sponsors scholarships and music campships with a Feb. 1 deadline each year.
Scholarship packets are available at the Solon Middle and High School guidance counselor’s office or through the music instructors. These scholarships are sponsored by the GFWC/Iowa Solon Women’s Club.
Email requests to Karen Martinek at karengfwc@gmail.com or Eileen Hageman at eileen.hageman@gmail.com. All applications must be postmarked on or before Feb. 1.
• GFWC/Iowa Solon Women’s Club Scholarships

Water Summary Update: Dry end to 2017 offsets wet start to year

DES MOINES– Iowa received a statewide annual precipitation of 33 inches in 2017, more than two inches less than normal, according to the latest Water Summary Update from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
The year began with a wetter than normal spring, followed by drier than normal summer and fall months, with the exception of a very wet October.

Changing lives

Solon grad changing lives of individuals with autism in Utah

AMES– Autism is a neurologic condition that makes it difficult for individuals to communicate, form relationships with others, and use language and abstract concepts.
Through music therapy, individuals with autism can overcome the challenges they face everyday. While a student at Solon High School, Rachel Kucera found it to be her passion when her grandfather was in a nursing home.
He wasn’t able to speak but Kucera saw first hand how music therapy could spark his inner life. From that moment on, Kucera knew her passion.

Hometown News by Lenna See

Solon News

Laurie Broghammer and Annelee Machacek visited with Matthew, Elizabeth and Annette McCue, of New York, at the home of Matthew’s parents, Mike and Kathy McCue, in North Liberty on Thursday evening, Dec. 21. Laurie was Matthew’s nanny when he was a baby.

Leo and Elaine Shima were Christmas Eve supper guests of Kevin, Sherri and Allen Shima.

Kevin, Sherri and Allen Shima were Sunday morning, Dec. 24, breakfast guests of Leo and Elaine Shima.

Ice safety reminder

DES MOINES– The recent blast of arctic air is growing ice on lakes and ponds over much of Iowa. Anglers are starting to get out for the popular early ice fishing of the season.
“Many of us look forward to ice fishing each winter,” said Joe Larscheid, chief of fisheries for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR). “It is a fun, social activity best enjoyed with family and friends.”

Confinement sites sign up

DES MOINES– Counties interested in evaluating construction permits for proposed animal feeding facilities must adopt and submit a construction evaluation resolution to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) between Jan. 1 and 31.
About 87 counties pass a resolution each year, which allows them to review construction permit applications required for larger totally roofed animal feeding operations (confinements).