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Solon schools, staff take the challenge for ALS Association

Bucket brigade

SOLON– It was two buckets of fun for the students and staff at Lakeview Elementary Aug. 28.
Both Solon Schools Superintendent Sam Miller and Lakeview Principal Jodi Rickels undertook the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge as the culmination of a weeklong fundraiser to help fight Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease,
Lakeview students had raised the most money among the district’s three attendance centers, and their prize was to host Miller’s ice water bath.
The goal had been to raise $1,000 district wide.
The total was closer to $4,000.

Solon library display honors railroads and railroaders

All aboard at the Whistle Stop

SOLON– In May of 1869 the Burlington, Cedar Rapids & Minneapolis Railway Company began construction of a railroad in Burlington. By 1871 the line had extended to Cedar Rapids via West Branch, Elmira, Oasis, Solon and Ely. In 1875 the railroad went into receivership and was sold to the Burlington, Cedar Rapids & Northern in 1876 before being purchased by the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific in 1885.
100 years later, in 1985, the Rock Island Railroad, better known as “The Rock,” was gone, it’s line through Solon completely abandoned and later pulled up.

Too close for comfort

Hawk Talk

One of the biggest knocks on Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz is that his teams play up or down to the opponent.
That works well when you’re playing up to a good team but can get a little nerve wracking when you play down to a team that you are big time favorites against... like Ball State.
Remember Hawk fans, this isn’t the same Ball State Cardinal team that Iowa beat 56-0 (2005) and 45-0 (2010).
These Cardinals won 17 of the last 19 games and have knocked off two Big Ten schools along the way.
Iowa’s come from behind 17-13 win over Ball State last Saturday was anything but pretty.

Michele Meyer

Michele Meyer, 58, of Ely, died Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center. Celebration of Life services were held Sept. 6 at Brosh Chapel in Cedar Rapids. A private family inurnment will be at a later date.
Michele was born May 30, 1956, in Emmetsburg, the daughter of Louis and Norma (White) Gross. She married Steven Russell Meyer on April 27, 1974, in Jefferson. Michele worked for many years at Verizon in Cedar Rapids.

Patricia Martens

Patricia P. Martens, 77, of Marion, died Aug. 30, 2014. Graveside services were held Sept. 8 at Palo Cemetery, Palo.
Survivors include her daughter, Laura Martens of Marion; grandson, Reggie Harris of Cedar Rapids; and his daughter, Arianna; granddaughter, Stacie Horn of Marion; brother, Larry (Rosemary) Swanson of Florida; son-in-law Maden Pal of North Liberty; brother-in-law Lloyd (Alice) Martens; and several great friends who also were her family.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Marty; and daughter, Diane Pal.

Gladys Cubbage

Gladys Lucille Cubbage, 94, of Cedar Rapids, died Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, at Manor Care. Funeral Mass was held Sept. 5 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Rockwell. Burial was in Dougherty Cemetery, near Dougherty.

Robert Craig

Robert D. Craig, 80, of Cedar Rapids, passed away after a courageous two-year battle with cancer Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, at the St. Luke’s Hospice Center. Services were held Sept. 5 at Murdoch-Linwood Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cedar Rapids, by Chaplain Paul Rehn. Private burial will be held at a later date.

Lawrence Bartlett

Lawrence Bartlett, 88, of Penfield, New York, formerly of Solon, died Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014.
Loving husband, brother, father and grandfather; survived by his wife of 63 years, Ann; children, Steve (Joanne), Ron (Johanna), Kathleen, Theresa; grandchildren, Keenan, MacLain, Carson, Austin, Riley, Quinn, Mattia and Evelyn; brother, Jim (Audrey); nieces and nephews.

Bacon, hot dog cannons, fish or no fish

Walkin'

Quick: Which Iowa university has the Spartans as its team mascot?
Is it a) the University of Iowa, b) Iowa State University, or c) Dubuque University?
Sabra and I do what we call credit card camping while on our bike trips. Maybe in our younger days we’d be up for setting up a tent, but the older we get, sleeping on the ground becomes less appealing. Roughing it, for us, is a Motel 6.

Food fights. The initial skirmishes

Food For Thought

My mother made stew often in winter. It was crowded with big chunks of tender beef, potatoes, carrots and onion in a rich sauce similar to thin gravy, laced with garlic, bay leaves, and thyme. It had simmered most of the day in a big kettle on the stove, filling the house with its enticing aroma and, steaming up the kitchen windows. His mother made soup. A clear, tea-colored broth swimming with bits of meat and vegetables and reminiscent of last Sunday’s roast beef.