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8th graders hosting can drive for D.C. trip Aug. 17

SOLON–Solon eighth graders planning to attend a trip to Washington, D.C., will host a can drive on Saturday, Aug. 17, in Solon.
Students will be going house-to-house in Solon collecting empty refundable cans and bottles from 9 a.m. until noon. To schedule a pick-up, call 624-1502 and leave a message. Cans and bottles can also be dropped off at 605 Windsor Dr., Solon.

Seventh and eighth grade football equipment handouts Aug. 15, 19

SOLON– Students interested in playing seventh and eighth grade football will have equipment handouts on the following dates and times:
Eighth grade, Thursday, Aug. 15, starting at 4 p.m. in the athletic hallway at the middle school.
Seventh grade, Monday, Aug. 19, starting at 4 p.m. in the athletic hallway at the middle school.

Hawkeye football schedule

hawk talk

By Don Lund
Sports Writer
This is the second part of a two-part story on the Iowa Hawkeye football team schedule.
Last week I thought Iowa would be favored against Northern Illinois, Missouri State and Western Michigan. The Hawks should be underdogs in away games against Iowa State and Minnesota.
The homecoming game against Michigan State could be a toss-up.

Dorothy Strong

Dorothy (Gorman) Strong, 87, of O’Fallon, Ill., died July 29, 2013, at Mercy Hospice Center Iowa City.
Local survivors are nieces and nephew: Charlene (Al) Rozinek of West Branch; Phyllis (Steve) Black and Mike (Cathy) Fountain of Iowa City; Joyce Fountain of Tiffin; and Barb Fountain of Mt. Pleasant.
Preceeded in death by her husband Ed, parents, two brothers, sister Ethtyle Fountain, nephews Tom and Pat Fountain, nieces Marlene Teymer and Glennys O’Brien.

Helmut ‘Hal’ Knolmayer

Helmut “Hal” Knolmayer, 67, of Granger, passed from this life on Thursday, July 18, 2013. A prayer service was held on July 22 at Iles Funeral Homes in Madrid.
Hal was born on May 28, 1946 in Dornbirn, Austria, to Edmund and Anna (Farkas) Knolmayer. He was a 1966 graduate of Woodward-Granger High School, where he shined as a football player. Hal was employed as a detail painter with Massey Ferguson in Des Moines, until they closed. He then worked in construction. May he rest in peace.

John Haddy

John M. Haddy, 54, of Cedar Rapids, died of cancer Saturday, July 27, 2013, at Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy, Hiawatha. Services were held July 30 and 31 at Cedar Memorial Park Chapel of Memories. Father Fred Shaheen officiated. Burial was in St. George Cemetery.
John was born April 30, 1959, in Cedar Rapids. He graduated from Washington High School and later received his undergraduate and master’s degrees from University of Northern Iowa. He taught at Kirkwood Community College for more than 20 years.

Lake Gandolfo

food for thought

“That’s why there’s fence,” our guide Emanuele pointed to a pile of rocks across the trail in front of us, “there’s, how do you say in English, avalanches in this area.”
The area was on the shore of Lake Gandolfo, about 15 miles southeast of Rome. Among the 8,000 residents that live near the lake are two rather famous ones: Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis (in the summer).

The world of make-believe

food for thought

As I was surfing my way through the dearth of summer television choices one Saturday evening not long ago, I came upon an old black and white Lawrence Welk program that had been taped in the 1960s. A wholesome-looking young couple was dancing and singing a love song about how nice it was to be holding each other close, feeling safe and cherished, while they danced. And, for some reason, that song took me right back to the late 1940s and early 1950s when I was a daydreaming, romantic teenager myself.

Scherf raising birds of courage for your table

Love of nature, respect of farmers leads to poultry-raising

SOLON– The Bald Eagle has been the natural representative of the United States since 1782, when congress adopted the gallant bird onto the centerpiece of the great seal. It is now an unmistakable figure of America, but founding father, Benjamin Franklin never agreed with the choice– he liked the turkey.
In a letter to his daughter, Franklin said the turkey, “is besides, though a little vain and silly, a Bird of Courage…”

Jet stream

Solon firefighter Matt Boerjan helps Keanen Carey in a waterball fight during Solon Beef Days July 20. The fire department set up a Future Firefighters Waterball Contest on South Dubuque Street, giving kids a chance to enjoy a smaller version of the contest. The department hosted adult water fights at the city park earlier in the day. See page 16 for more photos from Beef Days 2013. (photo by Chris Umscheid)