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May 8th

DNR to hold Solon water quality monitoring workshop June 7

IOWA CITY– IOWATER, Iowa’s statewide volunteer water quality monitoring program, will host an introductory IOWATER Workshop on June 7 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at the Solon United Methodist Church. During the one-day workshop classroom instruction will be combined with hands-on training as participants learn how to monitor and assess the quality of their local streams, rivers and lakes.
IOWATER emphasizes a perspective based on the watershed, or the area of land that drains into a body of water, and what citizens can do to protect and improve local water bodies.

Solon Public Library

New computers

We are in the process of updating our public computers. It is currently a work in progress, but over time, we will have all new computers with updated software and faster speed for patrons use.

Storytime

Storytime is a library program that takes place every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. for children ages 2 through 5. Each themed session includes stories, songs, and rhymes followed by a craft. Younger siblings are always welcome to attend. The themes for the rest of May include “Going on an Adventure,” “Bugs,” and “Ways to Travel.”

Early out

All-star/alumni game June 8 to raise funds for basketball program

SOLON– The Solon high school boys’ basketball program with hold an all-star/alumni game fundraising event on June 8 at 7 p.m. at the Solon High School gymnasium. Requested donation is $5. All proceeds will go toward the boys’ basketball program.

Solon Advocates select Brannaman and Bark as Seniors of the Year

SOLON– The Solon Senior Advocates’ recipients of the 2014 Senior of the Year award are Rita Brannaman and Fred Bark. Both Rita and Fred have given their time, energy and resources to the betterment of the community and are well deserving of this yearly award.
Senior of the Year was first awarded in 2006 to Jack Neuzil. In the following years, recipients included Wayne Croy, Milt Hunt, Pat Ikan, Marie Kroul, Elaine Reynolds and Bev Noska, Anna McAtee and Jean and Bob Stinocher.

Give us a kiss

Lakeview Elementary Principal Jodi Rickels smooched a pig at an assembly Friday, May 2, after losing a bet with Lakeview students who went “hog wild” about reading. Students were challenged to complete a variety of reading activities, log their participation and turn their documentation to force Rickels to kiss a pig. After an announcement that Mrs. Rickels had hidden some reading reports in her office, the final tally favored the student body, and Rickels was obliged to pucker up. (photo by Doug Lindner)

Former mayor to continue role as city administrator

City hires Rasmussen for one-year deal

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist

SOLON– The City of Solon didn’t have to look very far for a new city administrator.
Former mayor Cami Rasmussen has entered into an employment agreement with the city to serve as city administrator for a term of one year.
According to acting mayor Steve Stange, the move assures continuity for city operations and stability for the city budget. At the end of the one-year agreement, the position will be advertised and a long term candidate will be sought, Stange said.
For now, however, the move buys the city some time.

Eleanor Vavriek

Eleanor Vavricek, 95, of Center Point, died Friday, May 2, 2014, at the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy in Hiawatha. Celebration of Life services were Monday, May 5, 2014, at Brosh Chapel in Cedar Rapids, with the Rev. Sheri Andersen presiding. Burial was in Czech National Cemetery.

Kenneth Paul

Kenneth Ted Paul, 87, passed away Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids from a cerebral hemorrhage. A funeral service was held May 3 at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Center in Marion. Burial was at Layfayette Cemetery in rural Alburnett.

James McCabe

James Edward McCabe, 70, of Coralville died Thursday, April 24, 2014, at Windmill Manor following an extended illness. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated April 28 at St. Thomas More Church with Father Walter Helms officiating. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Hospice Compassus of Cedar Rapids or St. Joseph’s Cemetery.

Berniece Greiner

Berniece Greiner, 91, of Iowa City died Sunday, April 27, 2014, at the Crestview Nursing and Rehab Center in West Branch.
Graveside services were April 30 at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Iowa City. Online condolences may be sent for her family through the web at www.gayandciha.com.