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North Liberty Cub Scouts hold spring recruiting

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Cub Scout Packs are holding their annual spring recruiting drives. This is a great time to join the country’s largest youth organization, the Boy Scouts of America. Scouting is fun, educational, and a program with a purpose. Since 1910, Scouting has emphasized the environment, fitness, citizenship, and character building. Scouting helps develop boys’ values of duty to God & Country, and helping others. Cub Scouts is for boys who have finished kindergarten through fourth grade.

Dr. Allen N. Lang

Doc Lang, veterinarian, farmer, fisherman, and family man, passed on last Sunday, May 17, 2009, in Solon. Allen resided at the Solon Care Center with his wife of 66 years, Elsie Mehlhop Lang. Allen was 88 years old at his death.
Allen was born to Charles and Martha Lang on June 21, 1920 and grew up with his two sisters Phyllis and Vione on the family farm in Remsen, located in northwest Iowa. At Remsen High School, Allen met his future wife Elsie. Allen and Elsie both attended Iowa State University, where Allen received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1944.

Elizabeth “Betty” E. Latch

Elizabeth “Betty” E. Latch, 74, of Rockwell, died Thursday night, May 14, 2009, at the Rockwell Community Nursing Home.
A Memorial Mass was held Monday, May 18, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Rockwell. A gathering for family and friends was held May 17 at Sacred Heart School, with a Scripture service at 5 p.m. Visitation continued one hour before services at the school. Inurnment was in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Rockwell. Fullerton Funeral Home, Rockwell, was in charge of the services.

Donna Kasner Keyes

Donna Kasner Keyes died April 15, 2009, at her son’s home in Lakewood, Colo. She was born to Ted and Beulah Kasner in Cedar Rapids, where in 1949 she married Eugene Kessler at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. They lived in the rural Solon area and were married for many years before she divorced him and married Lt. Edward Keyes, a retired Army officer. Donna and Edward lived in Florida until Edward’s fatal heart attack in March 2009, when Donna moved to Lakewood, Colo.

Helen Johnson

Helen Johnson, 85, of Elkader, died Saturday, May 16, 2009, at Kingston Court in Elkader following a sudden illness. Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 20, at Zion Lutheran Church, Clayton Center, with Rev. Rudy Lechner officiating. Visitation was held before service at the church on Wednesday. Burial followed at Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Clayton Center.

Herman A. Eagle Jr.

Herman A. Eagle Jr., 60, of Greenfield, Mo., passed away May 19, 2009, at home after a short battle with cancer. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 27, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Riverside, with family present one hour before services. A luncheon in the church basement will follow services. Brumback Funeral Home, Stockton, Mo., is in charge of arrangements and cremation.

Guest Opinion

Obama came into office with a major goal of reasserting our reputation as a nation with a high moral code, a nation who trumpets the rule of law and religiously follows the Geneva Convention and the United Nations anti-torture treaty. He thought by closing Gitmo, and stating as strongly as he has our Anti-torture Policy he could put Bush and Cheney’s outrageous torture policies behind us and look forward.

Guest Opinion from the Iowa House

Fiscal Year 2010 begins on July 1 of this year and the budget recently passed by the Iowa Legislature will go into effect. The State anticipates collecting $6.97 billion. $820 million of that is returned to individuals and businesses in the form of tax refunds and $400 million will be forwarded to school districts which have enacted a 1-cent sales tax. That leaves about $ 5.85 billion available to the State. The Legislature may only appropriate 99 percent of this anticipated revenue, so our $5.77 billion budget constitutes the State’s General Fund.

Looking back at– and forward to– UI Men's hoops

IOWA CITY– The Hawkeye men’s basketball team struggled through a second consecutive losing season going 15-17, but there is light at the end of the tunnel.
Ten of those losses were by eight points or less, including six by four points or less.
Iowa had two seniors graduate and lost four due to transfer but have five players that started last year.
The Hawks opened strong jumping out 10-4 beating Kansas State, UNI and Iowa State. K-State finished 22-12 and made it to the second round of the NIT. UNI went on to win their conference title and made it to the NCAA tournament.

Food for Thought

Several friends have remarked that they were surprised to learn that I was one of the panel of speakers at the Johnson County Historical Society a couple of Saturdays ago. The occasion was the opening of an exhibit featuring stories of the towns of Johnson County.
Nobody was more surprised than I was!
Our Solon History Group had put together some photos and text for the project at the request of the project organizers and I had pretty much considered the whole thing done and over with. We were now beginning to collect and sort photos and material for a pictorial book on Solon history.