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Meet the candidates

Four candidates for two seats on Solon City Council

SOLON– Eligible voters in the City of Solon will have their choice of council representatives in November.
Four candidates, including one incumbent, are vying for four-year terms on the Solon City Council.
The two Solon City Council seats occupied by Mark Prentice and Shawn Mercer will have their terms come to an end at the end of the year. Mercer is seeking re-election, joined on the Tuesday, Nov. 5, ballot by John D. Farlinger, Daniel P. O'Neil and Kevin Samek.

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Gabbard: The cost of war is too high

POTUS hopeful makes quick stop by the lake

SOLON– When Paul Julius went to his first caucus, he showed up not knowing who Barack Obama was, and ended up in Obama’s camp.
“That was a really proud moment,” he said. “Yes! It started here in Iowa– that kind of got his name out.
“This sort of had the same feeling,” he said of hosting presidential candidate U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D- Hawaii) Oct. 9 in the backyard of his rural Solon home. “I did something I believe in, and even though it was small, it’s what I could do.”

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Legion helps heroes with hunt

SOLON– After Don Erusha’s passing in March, his son Mike asked Solon American Legion Past Commander Jim Leland’s help in finding two disabled veterans interested in an antelope hunt in Wyoming.
Mike Erusha, a resident of Wyoming, is part of the organization “Hunting with Heroes Wyoming” which honors disabled veterans with an all-expense paid, guided antelope hunt out of Casper, Wyo.
“I found two very qualified veterans that fit the bill,” Leland said.

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Old Gold Dining to host fourth grade class

Dining program looking for more seniors to join them for lunch

Old Gold Dining will be hosting a fourth grade class on Wednesday, October 16, 2019. There are usually 23 students that come. We would like to have at least one Senior Citizen for each student. Non seniors are also welcome with a reservation and a payment of $4.00 (same as seniors) for the meal. Please try to join us for this fun occasion and visit with these young Solon school students. Call 624-2251 before noon the day before to make your reservation. We serve lunch at 11:30, so plan to arrive by 11:15. The class scheduled to come this month is Ms. McAtee, 4B.

Races set for council, school election

Plenty of candidates this time around

SOLON– There was a time when you had to find someone to run for an open seat on the school board or city council.
Not this year.
This year, there are six candidates for two open seats on the Solon Community School District Board of Education and four candidates for two seats on the Solon City Council. All terms are for four years.
In both cases, an incumbent declined to seek re-election.
In the case of the school board, Jim Hauer won’t be running. For city council, Mark Prentice won’t be on the ballot.
But there’s still a crowded field, including an incumbent in each race.

New software program approved for water, wastewater

Council authorizes $19,000 for start-up and subscription

SOLON– Dave Richards placed a huge three-ring binder stuffed full of pages onto the table.
“That’s 2018 just for the sewer plant,” Richards explained.
Inside the binder were the monthly reports for Solon’s wastewater treatment facility, which Richards oversees.
The stack of reports was on display at an Oct. 4 city council meeting where Solon Public Works Director Scott Kleppe proposed a new cloud-based software program, WaterTrax, to reduce the time his employees spend managing reporting requirements.

Teen motivates Iowa City area climate activists

IOWA CITY– Swedish teen Greta Thunberg urged 3,000 climate advocates in downtown Iowa City to take on the worldwide crisis… before it is too late.
She shared a makeshift stage at Dubuque and Iowa Streets with local students who have been “climate striking” each Friday for months. The 16-year-old has made international headlines over the last couple months, including her solar-powered boat voyage across the Atlantic Ocean to speak at the United Nations climate summit a couple weeks ago.

Dungeons and Dragons, anyone?

Kurth hopes to develop new adult programs for library

SOLON– Solon is a lot like home for Alexis Kurth.
Kurth, the new adult services coordinator for the Solon Public Library, grew up in XXXX, Ore., a small town south of Portland.
“It’s actually very similar to Solon in a lot of ways,” she said, except XXXXX has a hop festival instead of Beef Days. “It was very much the same feeling when I went to Beef Days as it was being a kid at the Hop Festival, so that was pretty cool.”

Solon Fire Department to 'Battery Up' Oct. 5

Free program offered in Solon

SOLON– The Solon Fire Department urges families in Solon to install and maintain working smoke alarms. Properly installed and maintained smoke alarms save lives every day across the country.
And the department members are ready to help.
From 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5, the Solon Fire Department will conduct a free “Battery Up” campaign offering in-home fire prevention to residents in need of assistance.

A brush with sunset

Pinterest partiers paint with Westcot

SOLON– The sun trailed slowly into the west, illuminating a tall tree.
And there was Lianne Westcot’s subject.
Westcot, a local artist, had her easel and paints set up in front of the large windows in the Solon Public Library’s reading area. A group of women were gathered around her Sept. 18 as part of the library’s latest Pinterest Party– a crash course on plein air (outdoor) painting.
Westcot is a member of the Iowa Plein Air Painters, a group of four-to-eight regular Solonites who paint every Sunday at a variety of outdoor locations, announced each week on the group’s Facebook page.

Solon High School 2019 Homecoming Court

It’s Homecoming this week for Solon High School, and the Homecoming Court gathered outside the school Friday for the traditional group shot. This year, the court includes: (front) Peyton Sands, Aira Foster, Gabbi Bullard, Ella Duster, Hannah Bock and (not pictured) Khaylor Fleck; (back) Dillon Jeworrek, Seamus Poynton, Michael Broghammer, A.J. Coons, Nolan Pattison, Joe Hickman and Joe Stahle. The king will be announced at the conclusion of the Homecoming Parade, with the queen named during halftime of the varsity football game Friday night against the Fort Madison Bloodhounds.

Antiques, muscles and classics fill downtown Swisher

Swisher Men’s Club Car Show celebrates the horseless carriage

SWISHER– The streets of downtown Swisher filled with a variety of antique, classic, and other custom cars, trucks, and motorcycles on Saturday, Sept. 14, as the Swisher Men’s Club held its ninth annual Car Show.