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October 22nd

Solon Public Library

Third grade BINGO

The Solon Public Library is ready for third grade BINGO. We have copies of the BINGO sheets and books on the different topics displayed on top of our nonfiction section. If you have any questions or need help finding a book on a specific topic, do not hesitate to stop by the circulation desk. Each month, during third grade BINGO, we will update the books on display and have new BINGO sheets available.

Halloween party Oct. 27

St. Mary youth trick-or-treating for pantry Wednesday, Oct. 29

SOLON– The youth of St. Mary’s will be canvassing Solon neighborhoods Wednesday, Oct. 29, trick or treating for non-perishable food items for the Solon Food Pantry.

Duncan and Samek seek seat

SOLON– There will be two candidates competing for a single three-year term on the Solon City Council in the Nov. 4 general election.
Steve Duncan and Kevin Samek will both appear on the ballot as council candidates, along with unopposed mayoral candidate Steve Stange. Duncan was appointed to fill Stange’s term on the city council in June, while Samek has previously served two terms as a council member and is seeking to return.

Board tweaks early retirement

Revised incentive program to be offered this school year

SOLON– It’s a fiscal management tool first, and a reward for service second.
The Solon school board has tweaked its early retirement policy and plans to offer the incentive again for the 2014-2015 school year.
At an Oct. 13 meeting, board members unanimously approved revisions to the district’s voluntary early retirement program for certified staff, creating a set $40,000 benefit for qualifying employees who are at least 55 years of age and have completed 10 consecutive years of service to the schools.

A little short

Hawk Talk

When I did the preseason schedule and Maryland was on it, I have to admit I don’t ever remember seeing the Terrapins play football.
The preseason magazines said they had some great wide receivers, a good quarterback and a great kicking game. They were right!
I thought Maryland would score against the Hawks, but I also thought Iowa could score against them.
I was kind of right as the Maryland offense scored 31 points, Iowa scored 31 but a pick-six by the Terrapins ended up being the difference in the game; Maryland 38, Iowa 31.
Dropped passes, penalties and poor tackling.

Annual cemetery walk Oct. 26

IOWA CITY– The Johnson County Historical Society is hosting the Annual Cemetery Walk: Beyond the Grave on Sunday, Oct. 26. This year it will be held in Coralville’s Oak Hill Cemetery with tours beginning at 6, 6:30, 7, and 7:30 p.m. Oak Hill Cemetery is on 1st Avenue just north of Interstate 80. This event is free and open to the public. Costumed actors will retell the lives of Coralville’s former residents. Keep warm through the evening with soup donated by the North Liberty Brown Bottle.

Turkey supper Nov. 1 at Swisher Legion

SWISHER– The Swisher Auxiliary Annual Homemade Turkey Supper will be held on Saturday, Nov. 1, from 4:30 until 7:30 p.m. at the Swisher American Legion. 68 3rd St. SE. Adults $9, kids six to 12 $5, and kids under 5 eat free.
Swisher Junior Auxilary will be having Turkey Bingo upstairs from 4:30 p.m. until the turkeys are gone. The public is welcome.

Halloween fair and soup super Oct. 26

SWISHER– The Swisher American Legions Junior Auxiliary will be hosting a Halloween fair and soup supper on Sunday, Oct. 26 from 5 until 7 p.m. at the legion. Please bring a non-perishable canned good to help support the homeless veterans food pantry. Activities will include kids crafts, hayrack ride, s’mores and hot chocolate. Wear your costume and bring your decorated pumpkin for the costume and decorated pumpkin contests. All you can eat soup will be located downstairs for $5. Trunk-or-treat will follow the event in the legion parking lot.

Ray Shramek

Ray Shramek (“Sandy Beach Hoot Owl” / “Peezo”), 76, of Solon, died Thursday, Oct 16, 2014. Celebration of life services were on Tuesday, Oct. 21, at Brosh Chapel in Cedar Rapids, with Deacon Phillip Saunders presiding. Burial followed at Anderson Cemetery, Swisher.
Ray was born May 7, 1938, at his home in Swisher. He married Leona Kadera on April 19, 1960, at the First Presbyterian Church near Ely. Ray was employed by F.J. Krob Co. in the Solon and Ely areas for 44 years, from August 1956 until his retirement in August 2000.

James “Jim” Polaschek

ames H. “Jim” Polaschek, age 37, of North Liberty, formerly of Cresco, died suddenly from an unknown medical complication at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics on Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014.
A funeral service was held on Oct. 17 at First Congregational Church in Cresco with Pastor Tim Sir presiding. Visitation was Thursday, Oct. 16, at the church. Hindt-Hudek Funeral Home in Cresco, is in charge of arrangements.