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January 9th

Little Tykes basketball program offered for first/second graders

First and Second grade boys and girls are invited to learn the basic fundamentals of basketball, proper sportsmanship, teamwork and most importantly, have FUN! The Saturday morning program will be held at the Lakeview Elementary gym beginning Feb. 22. Online registration is available at https://solon-iowa.cogran.com/.

Solon Public library

Best books of 2013

Every December, the editors of the New York Times pick their top adult fiction books of that year. Below is the list of titles for 2013 that we have available at the Solon Public Library.

Brannaman named Women’s Club Jennie Award winner

Charter member of Solon Women’s Club honored

SOLON– Rita Brannaman of the Solon Women’s Club was chosen as winner of the 2012-2014 GFWC/Iowa Federation of Women’s Clubs’ (GFWC) “Jennie Award.” The General Federation of Women’s Clubs awards one woman from each state this honor during each two-year administration for lifetime personal excellence. The GFWC Jennie Award is named in honor of GFWC’s founder, Jane Cunningham Croly, who wrote for national newspapers under the pseudonym, Jennie June.

Sharp to retire from VA director’s post

Solon’s Barry Sharp pleased with the progress in serving health needs of veterans

By Alex Kline
Solon Economist

IOWA CITY– Walking through the Veteran Affairs (VA) Medical Center in Iowa City can be intimidating to say the least. Even on Christmas Eve, the hallways of the VA are full of patients and staff bustling in and out of exam rooms. Among the many faces, one is familiar, and he will say “hello” to everyone.
This friendly face is that of Iowa City Veteran Affairs hospital medical director and self-proclaimed “Solon-oid,” Barry Sharp. He will be retiring from the position in January after seven years at the Iowa City campus.

Veterans Memorial breakfast Jan. 19

SOLON– The Veterans Memorial Committee will be hosting a special breakfast Sunday, Jan. 19, from 7:30-11:30 a.m. at the Solon American Legion. The menu will include pancakes, sausage, biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, hash browns, bacon, juice, coffee and milk. The cost for adults is $7, and $4 for children ages 6-12. Children age 5 and under eat free. All proceeds go to the Veterans Memorial Fund for maintenance purposes.

Boy Scout Troop 120 soup supper Saturday, Jan. 11

SOLON–Solon Boy Scout Troop 120 is hosting its annual soup supper on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, at St Mary Catholic Church from 5 until 7 p.m. The soup supper features homemade soups of all varieties. Previous year’s soups have included traditional choices such as chicken noodle and chili as well as some not so traditional selections such as demok (spinach and coconut milk) and shrimp chowder. This all-you-can-eat meal also includes fresh baked bread made by the Scouts the morning of the supper and a wide assortment of desserts.

Christmas tree pickup Jan. 10

SOLON– The City of Solon Christmas tree pick up will be Friday, Jan. 10. Please have trees placed at the curb by 7 a.m.

She’s a Very poplar girl

McKenna Cole tracks trees as they filter Solon wastewater

SOLON– You wouldn’t expect most high school seniors to spend much time at Solon’s waste water treatment plant behind Randall Park. But on a blustery Saturday morning, McKenna Cole and her father were ducking around two planter boxes attached to a vat of wastewater, making quick adjustments to her experimental filtration system.

Not meant to be

By Don Lund
Sports Writer

Iowa lost to the LSU Tigers 21-14 last week in the Outback Bowl on New Year’s Day. It just wasn’t meant to be.
First Mike Meyer, the second-best field goal kicker ever at Iowa (Nate Kaeding is number one), missed a 35-yard chip shot in the third quarter with no wind.
Then Kevonte Martin-Manley fumbled a punt, LSU recovered and drove for a score. Kevonte hasn’t done that all year.
Finally John Lowdermilk had a pick-six as he intercepted a pass on his own 28, broke free and crossed the goal line… but he dropped the ball before he scored.

Hawkeyes - Up and down for UI sports

Hawk Talk

By Don Lund
Sports Writer

Last week was the last time, until next October, I get to cover the four sports I’ve been writing about since I came on board in 2001.
On Monday, Dec. 30, the Hawkeye wrestlers won their 23rd Midlands Championship, crowned three champions and scored a tournament record 187.5 points.
How about redshirt freshman Thomas Gilman (125) beating defending Midlands champ Jarrod Garnet 6-1 to win his first title?
Tuesday, Dec. 31, saw the Hawkeye men’s basketball team, despite missing 17 free throws, take down Nebraska, 67-57, at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.