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Community

A Dining Dilemma

Meal sites struggle with dwindling federal dollars

By Lori Lindner
Solon Economist

JOHNSON COUNTY– Increasingly, as state and federal dollars are cut from social assistance programs, local organizations and individuals are attempting to absorb the costs.
When a funding shortfall empties the plates of our nation’s elderly– those who rely on home-delivered meal programs like Meals on Wheels or who regularly attend congregate dining sites– it can become a matter of eating or going hungry.

More than a meal at Our Lord’s Christmas

Church gears up to host 50 for holiday dinner

By Alex Kline
Solon Economist

SOLON– With Christmas quickly approaching, members of Our Lord’s Church aren’t just scrambling to put together their own meals for their families and friends, they are also preparing for a feast to feed over 50 people at their small location on Highway 1.
The church has been providing the free Christmas meal in Solon for nine years. Members of the community and those just passing by are welcome to join the church on Wednesday, Dec. 25, to enjoy a traditional feast with no strings attached.

Boy Scout Troop 120 soup supper Saturday, Jan. 11

SOLON–Solon Boy Scout Troop 120 is hosting its annual soup supper on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, at St Mary Catholic Church from 5 until 7 p.m. The soup supper features homemade soups of all varieties. Previous year’s soups have included traditional choices such as chicken noodle and chili as well as some not so traditional selections such as demok (spinach and coconut milk) and shrimp chowder. This all-you-can-eat meal also includes fresh baked bread made by the Scouts the morning of the supper and a wide assortment of desserts.

Free Christmas meal at Our Lord’s Church in Solon Dec. 25

SOLON–Solon Boy Scout Troop 120 is hosting its annual soup supper on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, at St Mary Catholic Church from 5 until 7 p.m. The soup supper features homemade soups of all varieties. Previous year’s soups have included traditional choices such as chicken noodle and chili as well as some not so traditional selections such as demok (spinach and coconut milk) and shrimp chowder. This all-you-can-eat meal also includes fresh baked bread made by the Scouts the morning of the supper and a wide assortment of desserts.

Moving to higher ground

Volunteers from the Solon United Methodist Church youth groups and from United Action for Youth gathered in the brisk conditions at Randall Park Tuesday afternoon to help spread sand and mulch for the relocation of the park’s playground equipment. The city made the decision earlier this year to move the playground to higher ground after spring flooding eroded the base. (photos by Doug Lindner)

Deer disease outbreak no longer in effect

By Alex Kline
Solon Economist

JOHNSON COUNTY– The outbreak of hemorrhagic disease (HD) that killed over 1,000 deer in Iowa this year has ended, said Department of Natural Resources (DNR) deer project biologist Tom Litchfield. With shotgun season, some hunters might be wondering what the local deer populations will be like after back-to-back outbreak years.
Though this year’s reported cases of hemorrhagic disease was much less than the almost 3,000 suspected deaths of 2012, the quick progression and spreading of the disease can be detrimental to local deer numbers.