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October 24th

Solon softball team collecting cans Nov. 1; also selling take-and-bake 

SOLON– The Lady Spartan Softball team is holding a can drive and fall fundraising event. The can drive will be Sunday, Nov. 1, from 9 a.m. until noon. Drop off your cans at the softball field. The Lady Spartans will also drive around Solon to collect cans. Team members will be selling pans of homemade take-and-bake lasagna and apple crisp, which are great for holiday guests and gatherings. An 8x8 apple crisp pan can be purchased for $12 (take-and-bake) and a 9x13 pan lasagna will be $15 (take-and-bake).

Solon American Legion to host full breakfast Sunday, Nov. 8

SOLON– The Solon American Legion will host a full breakfast fundraiser for the Legion Color Guard Sunday, Nov. 8, from 7 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the Legion.
Legion members will serve eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, pancakes, hash browns, coffee and juice.
Cost for adults is $8, children $4, and children 12 and under eat free. Members of the Legion, Auxiliary, Sons of the American Legion or American Legion Riders who have paid their dues are invited to eat at no charge as the Legion’s guests. All proceeds benefit the Solon American Legion Color Guard.

Bur Oak Land Trust Celebration of Autumn fundraiser Oct. 24

SOLON– Bur Oak Land Trust presents the ninth annual “Under a Cider Moon… A Celebration of Autumn” fundraising event on Saturday, Oct. 24, from 5:30–9 p.m. at the Celebration Barn, located at 4045 245th St. NE.
Reservations are required and tickets are $50 ($25 tax deductible).
Come enjoy live and silent auctions, local wines and beer, and hors d’oeuvres while supporting conservation in and around Johnson County.

Dipping their toes in the water

Cedar River Tank Tour owners stays afloat

“Somethin’ ‘bout a boat
Sittin’ on the sea
Out there in the wind
Floatin’ on the free
Take you ‘round the world
Bring you back home
Gives a man hope…”
- Jimmy Buffett’s “Somethin’ ‘bout a boat.”
SOLON– Maybe the song should be, “Somethin’ ‘bout a stock tank.”
Several years ago, Cedar River Tank Tours started out as a conversation over cocktails in a garage. It evolved into a local tourism business based in Solon, growing in patrons and popularity.

School construction still moving forward

Precasts should be completed near the end of the month

SOLON– Construction is progressing on the Solon Middle School and Solon High School Center for the Arts.
Story Construction Project Manager Randy Johnson provided an update on the projects to the Solon Community School District’s Board of Directors at its Oct. 12 meeting.
Up next is the precast work, which Johnson said should be done by the end of October or beginning of November.
“You’ll see a big crane over there, so that’ll be exciting,” he said. “I’m sure the kids will be interested in seeing all that stuff.”

The magic continues, 40-10

Hawk Talk

I want you to think about this for a minute.
If I told you before the season that the Hawkeyes would win at least eight or nine games, I think most of you (including me) would think that would be a decent season.
Now with Iowa winning its first seven games, if Iowa wins ONLY eight or nine, it will be a disappointing season.
What a fun year!
What a tough group of players!
I was worried about Northwestern for two reasons.
First, Iowa played one of its best games of the year last season crunching the Wildcats, 48-7.

Richard H. Ahrendsen

Richard Henry Ahrendsen, 81, of Olin, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, at the Jones Regional Medical Center in Anamosa following a long illness. He was a resident of the Anamosa Care Center for nine months until suffering a stroke on Tuesday, Sept. 29. Funeral services were held on Monday, Oct. 12, at Lahey Funeral Home in Olin. Burial followed in Oakland Cemetery at Solon. Visitation was held on Sunday, Oct. 11, at the funeral home.

This is the year

Walkin'

I woke up with a sore arm the other morning.
It was probably just another dull unexplained ache of age 63, but then again, the pain was sharp and in the elbow, making me think I strained it the night before.

Oct. 25 Stone Soup Supper, Silent Auction to benefit NL Community Pantry

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Community Pantry will host its 7th Annual Stone Soup Supper and Silent Auction on Sunday, Oct. 25, from 4-7 p.m. at the South Slope Community Room, 980 N. Front St., North Liberty. The event is sponsored by Hills Bank and Trust Company, University of Iowa Community Credit Union, and South Slope Cooperative Communications.

How much is too much?

Food For Thought

It was just a movie after all, but it brought back memories of a long-ago television program called “The Millionaire.” Every week on that half-hour program, an anonymous multimillionaire gave away a million dollars to a working class person, then sat back and observed how the windfall changed that person’s life. There always seemed to be some problem that accompanied the gift and made us, the viewers, wonder if having so much money was a blessing or not. Apparently many of us didn’t have the self control or good judgment to deal with sudden riches.