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February 19th

Food for Thought

Wet soap

How many jokes or anecdotes have you heard about the difficulty of holding onto a wet bar of soap? I always supposed that was one of the reasons for the invention of soap-on-a-rope. All the new shower gels and body washes have nearly made that, and the soap dish itself, obsolete, but I think they have quite a long way to go before reaching perfection.

February 13th

Local cats get scattin’

California vocal artist drops by for bebop vocal sessions

SOLON– Bringing the American tradition of jazz to the center stage of the Solon high school, Kerry Marsh sat in for a couple sessions with vocal groups at Solon High on Friday, Jan. 11.
Marsh was in Iowa for several dates, including at Waukee and Pleasant Valley (North Scott) high schools.
Talking music history and driving out cool sounds from his own voice box instrument, Marsh played piano and led the clinic with his own jazz improvisation, singing “scat” style (think Ella Fitzgerald, Cab Calloway or Mel Torme).

Three to state meet

Lance Evans, Louis Gnida and Logan Linderbaum advance

SOLON– The Solon wrestling team advanced all three of its district qualifiers to the state tournament to be held later this week at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.
The trio consisting of 113-pounder Louis Gnida, 195-pounder Lance Evans, and heavyweight Logan Linderbaum had a near-perfect day, combining to win five of the six matches they wrestled.
Gnida took first place in impressive fashion, winning by decision 8-1 in his first match, before pinning his opponent in the finals.

Three close, exciting wins for boys

SOLON– Three tough games.
Three points difference.
Three great wins.
The Solon boys took the best shots Beckman, West Branch and Williamsburg could give, and left the court standing each time last week.
The Spartans went to the wire in each game (and overtime against West Branch), winning by 3 points in each contest with eerily similar scores.
Solon defeated Beckman 48-45 in the last home game of the regular season last Tuesday (Feb. 5), then went on the road for back-to-back games at West Branch (50-47 OT) and Williamsburg (48-45).

Last-second foul dooms Lady Spartans at Beckman

DYERSVILLE– It apparently wasn’t meant to be.
The basketball gods conspired against the Lady Spartans last week in their season finale, snatching away a winning season with a 53-52 loss against Beckman on the road at Dyersville.
“I have watched the end of the game probably 15 times and can just shake my head,” noted Solon head coach Tony Nicol.
Solon’s girls held a 1-point lead with 8.1 seconds on the clock after the two teams had battled neck and neck in the second half.

Old Gold Diner to host Solon fourth graders Feb. 20

SOLON– Old Gold Dining will be hosting a fourth grade class on Wednesday, Feb. 20.
There are usually 22 students that come, and organizers would like to have at least one senior citizen for each student. Non-seniors are also welcome with a reservation and a payment of $5 for the meal. Please try to join this fun occasion and visit with these young Solon school students. Call 624-2251 before noon the day before to make reservations. Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m., so plan to arrive by 11:15 a.m. The class that is scheduled to come this month is 4A.

Solon Community Pantry taking private appointments

SOLON– The Solon Community Pantry is now taking private appointments to better accommodate families. Appointments can be made Mondays from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. in 30 minute allotments. The pantry, located in the lower level of the Solon United Methodist Church, is very private and volunteers work with confidentiality and discretion. The pantry receives Table-to-Table items early each Monday morning that include packaged sandwiches, salads, milk, juice, yogurt, vegetables and fruits. Produce from several other sources is also available as well as non-perishable items.

Senior Advocates seek community input on purchase of new van

SOLON– The Solon Senior Advocates want to replace their aging 10 passenger van with a larger 25 passenger bus. In order to justify the purchase and attendant expenses, the group feels it should be available to various community organizations and groups. It will be necessary to schedule fee-based usage from others in addition to the Advocate’s senior trips in order to justify the purchase.

Justice center redux

Lower bond amount likely to go before voters in May

Legion fish fries begin this week through March 29

SOLON– The Solon American Legion will hold its famous Friday night fish fries Feb. 15 through March 29, from 5 until 7:30 p.m. at the legion. They will be serving Alaskan pike, and shrimp will be offered on Feb. 15, March 8 and March 29.
For $9 Adults and $4 Children (ages 5 through 12), dinner includes: fish, coleslaw, potato, bread, dessert and beverage. Children under 5 eat free. Carry outs also available.