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Librarian looks to inspire love for reading

Carey Major feels privileged to work in community

SOLON– Building castles out of Legos® isn’t a typical activity during most everyone’s workday, but for Solon Public Library’s children services librarian, Carey Major, it’s part of the normal job description. Major spends many of her days telling story-time to preschoolers, creating finger plays, interacting with students of all ages, and building Lego® creations.
“Basically my job is to make a fool of myself, and I love it,” Major said with a chuckle.

American pickers

Ray Novotny picks apples from the scoop of an endloader operated by Glenn Shima on his rural Solon farm on Sugar Bottom Road. Shima said the two, both 86 years old, have been picking apples from the Granny Smith tree for years. Most are given away, he said. (photo by Doug Lindner)

A mission of love

One veteran’s quest to help his fellow veterans win the battle against PTSD

CEDAR RAPIDS– “People sleep peacefully in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.”
It’s a quote of uncertain origin, but there is no uncertainty about whom it was said.

St. Mary to host Solon blood drive Thursday, Oct. 24

SOLON– A Solon community blood drive will be held from 3 until 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24, at St. Mary Catholic Church, 1749 Racine Ave. N.E., inside Fellowship Hall.
To donate, please contact Deb Gaddis at 319-624-2844 or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org.

Our Lord’s Church Fall Festival Oct. 19

SOLON– Our Lord’s Church will hold its ninth annual Fall Festival Saturday, Oct. 19, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the church, located at 131 N. Market St., Solon.
A soup luncheon will start at 10:30 a.m. serving homemade chili, chicken noodle, and chicken tortilla soup, along with hot dogs and chili dogs. The bake sale will include Kolaches, pies, cakes, cookies, bars, some candy, fresh farm eggs, bread from the Sykora Bakery and other member specialties. The church will again be selling Dutch Letters, a pastry from Pella, and fresh cheese curds from the Kalona Cheese Factory.

Great expectations

Hawk Talk

By Don Lund
Sports Writer

When your team wins 25 games, makes it to the finals of the NIT, returns four starters and has maybe the best depth ever, fans should be excited.
That’s why the Iowa fans are looking for a big season from the Hawkeye basketball team.
Last summer, Randy Larson, who runs the Prime Time basketball league, said Iowa had the best talent he’s seen in his 30 years of following the Hawkeyes.
Kirk Speraw, assistant basketball coach for the Hawkeyes, agreed.

John Shimon

John C. Shimon, 75, longtime resident of Iowa City, died Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, at Mercy Iowa City. A celebration of John’s life was held October 12 at the Iowa City VFW, Post 3949.
Memorials in John’s name can be made to the Iowa City Animal Shelter.

Mary Oldfather

Mary Lehman Williams Oldfather, 94, of Manchester, died Oct. 4, 2013. She was born Dec. 27, 1918, to James Williams and Amelia Lehman. She was the eldest of three children with her brother, Robert C. Williams, and sister, Margaret Williams Loghey. After graduating from Fairbank High School, Mary went on to Upper Iowa University, graduating with a teaching degree in music. She taught her entire life.

Ruth Lerdal

Ruth Margaret (Meyer) Lerdal, 99, died peacefully and surrounded by family at her home in Bickford Cottage on Oct. 3, 2013.
A funeral service was held Oct. 10 at the Renwick United Methodist Church in Renwick. Memorial contributions may be made to the Iowa City Hospice, the Renwick Public Library, a charity of choice or a donation to someone in need in Ruth’s honor.

Esther Larimer

Esther Louise (Wolfe) Larimer, 84, of Sun City, Ariz., passed away Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. A celebration of life will take place at a later date.
Survivors include her daughters, Rebecca (Ted) Grenis of Ely and Sherrie (Kevin) Northway of Springville; son, Rollin Larimer of Urbana; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sister Betty Rutherford of Marion; brother-in-law, Tony Nuttall of New Mexico; three nephews and two nieces.