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Archive - 2013

November 29th

Solon Public Library

LEGO Club

The popular Lego Club meets the first Monday of the month from 6:30-7:30 p.m. That means that Dec. 2 will be the next meeting night. Come and join the fun.

Tree decorating contest & auction

Closer to compromise on Main Street

Council discusses potential agreement with general contractor

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist

SOLON– Solutions were on the horizon for the city last week, as Solon council members found quick consensus on a direction to resolve a dispute with the contractor for the 2012 Main Street improvement project.
A quick decision was also made regarding the city’s Tax Increment Finance (TIF) budget for the next fiscal year.
Short two members and juggling a quorum, the Solon City Council met last week at a bit of an accelerated pace, shuffling the agenda to arrange action items.

A debt we can never repay

SMS event honors our nation’s veterans

By Chris Umscheid
Solon Economist

SOLON– America has a debt problem.
Chris Croy, commander of American Legion Post 460 in Solon said a Google search on the Internet for “national debt” provides over 28 million topics related to government spending and deficits. It does not, however address what he calls our nation’s greatest debt: “that which America owes to her veterans.”

Special election for Swisher

Election in January, Gudenkauf remains mayor pro tem

By Chris Umscheid
Solon Economist
SWISHER– The bomb was dropped Monday, Nov. 11, but the shock waves continued to tremble in this northwest Johnson County community a week later.
Mayor Tim Mason, and city clerk Connie Meier both resigned suddenly during the Nov. 11 meeting, making council member Mary Gudenkauf the mayor pro tem and leaving the city of just under 900 without a city clerk.

All Hands on Deck!

Bonnie (Erika Bailey) gets a lift from some sailors during “Heaven Hop,” one of the many musical numbers during Solon High School’s production of “Anything Goes,” presented Nov. 15-17 at the Solon Middle School Auditorium. Turn to page B6 for more photos from the Cole Porter musical.

It was a great weekend to be a Hawkeye fan

By Don Lund
Sports Writer

It was a pretty good weekend for Hawkeye fans.

Wrestling

On Friday, the Iowa wrestlers had three wins and went 29-1 in individual matches including 24 pins. That’s the first time in program history Iowa scored 50-plus points in three consecutive duals.
“It all starts with Clark and Ramos and goes through the rest of the lineup,” said head coach Tom Brands.
Cory Clark is a 125-pound redshirt freshman and he is fun to watch.
Tony Ramos is the top-rated wrestler at 133 pounds. Both had three pins.

COMEBACK CITY

Hawk Talk

By Don Lund
Sports Writer

I sometimes have to choose from a couple of headlines to start the story.
For Saturday’s 24-21 win over Michigan, I thought either “OH MY-MY” or “COMEBACK CITY.”
I asked one of my homeboys, Tad, who is from Sioux City and was at his first Hawkeye game, to pick one and he went with the “COMEBACK CITY.”
Good call, Tad.
I’m not sure why, but when the score was 21-7 at half Saturday at frigid Kinnick Stadium, I had a flashback to 1997, when Tim Dwight and Tavian Banks were seniors for the Hawks.

Gary Shields

Gary Lee Shields, 69, of Marion, died Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. He was in palliative care at Unity Point (St. Luke’s) and UIHC. Memorial service was held on Nov. 18 at the Cedar Memorial Chapel of Memories. The Rev. Emory Gillespie and the Rev. Ed Shields officiated. Inurnment was in Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery.

Mark Postl

Mark S. Postl, 62, of Swisher, died Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, at his home, with his family and care bear puppy beside him.
Mark chose to be cremated. His family greeted friends Monday, Nov. 25, at Lensing Funeral Service in Iowa City. Memorials donations may be directed to The Mark Postl Memorial Fund.

Patrick Guard

Patrick (Pat) Joseph Guard, 65, of North Liberty, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, into the hands of our loving Lord. A Funeral Mass was held on Nov. 21 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Solon, with the Rev. James Vrba officiating. Burial was at St. Mary Cemetery in Solon. As a member of the founding board of directors, the family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Community Foundation of Johnson County. Patrick was born on April 15, 1948, the son of Louis H. and Cleta Guard, in Geneva, N.Y. He was united in marriage to Deborah Lynn Seymour on March 2, 1985.