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April 29th

“Spring into Nature!” May 3

Trees Forever, Bur Oak Land Trust team for “Spring into Nature!” field day near Solon to showcase native plants, spring flowers May 3

SOLON– A new partnership will highlight the beauty of spring with a nature walk.
“Spring into Nature!” is a free field day sponsored by Trees Forever and the Bur Oak Land Trust that will feature many varieties of native plants from trees to prairie to spring ephemerals- those short-lived woodland wildflowers that mark the start of spring. The free event will be Sunday, May 3, at Turkey Creek, a Bur Oak Land Trust property on 107 scenic acres of prairie and forest near Solon.

Solon council extends interim administrator

Rasmussen to stay at least until August

SOLON– The Solon City Council needed more time.
Back in April 2014, council members approved a one-year contract for Cami Rasmussen to serve as city administrator, with the idea of eventually finding a long-term candidate for the post. Rasmussen stepped down from her job as mayor to assume the position, which was vacated by Cassandra Lippincott.
But the city has yet to interview a candidate for the permanent position, and Rasmussen’s year was set to expire April 28.
At a brief special session April 22, council members approved extending her contract to Aug. 1.

Old Gold Diner celebrate 35th anniversary

Johnny Krob entertains the capacity crowd at the Old Gold Diner’s 35th anniversary celebration Wednesday, April 15. The Old Gold Diner is Solon’s congregate meal site, and some of the original staff were present for the meal. Located in the fellowship hall of the Solon United Methodist Church, the Old Gold Diner provides a lunch meal weekdays and special events and activities throughout the month. (photo by Doug Lindner)

First phase of improvements for Ely Road coming

Johnson and Linn counties partnering on three-phase project

JOHNSON COUNTY– Commuters between Linn and Johnson counties have a while before they will see work on Ely Road.
It’s coming in late August.
The first phase of Johnson County’s plan to upgrade Ely Road (W6E) will begin at the Linn County border and extend just four-tenths of a mile southward. Phase 1 includes replacing a deteriorated culvert and grading and widening the roadway’s foreslopes– the ground that goes from the shoulder to the bottom of the ditch.

Solon's Ed Hadenfeldt set to retire

longtime coach and teacher Going,but won’t be gone

SOLON– Ed Hadenfeldt has been a fixture of the Solon Community School District for 36 years in the classroom, the wrestling room and on the gridiron sidelines. But now he says it’s time to try something else for a few years.

Spring Scrimmage

Hawk Talk

The cold and cloudy spring scrimmage held Saturday had a blend of good, bad and things to work on.
I’m going to start with the defense because I think they have a chance to be pretty special.

Defense

Iowa’s defense was and should be embarrassed after the blowout by Tennessee in the bowl game. The Volunteers racked up 283 yards on the ground, averaging 5.5 yards per carry. They were 17-22 passing with 178 yards, including a flea flicker pass that went for 49 yards and a score.

Family update

Walkin'

As regular readers noticed, this column has been MIA past few weeks.
I guess I just hit the wall. After some 20-odd years of walking readers through stories about my home life, family, travels and opinions about current events I just ran out of creative shoe leather.

Big - bad or beautiful?

Food For Thought

Not many years ago, people were complaining that all the characters in movies and television were too slim and lovely to be taken seriously. The average American didn’t look like a movie star, wasn’t fashion-model slender and couldn’t relate to the ideal image projected by movies, television and Madison Avenue.

April 22nd

Six Clippers to compete this week at Drake Relays

DES MOINES– The 106th Drake Relays are being held Wednesday, April 22, through Sunday, April 26, at Drake University in Des Moines. High school competition starts Thursday afternoon and continues on Friday and Saturday.

CCA girls eighth at Tigerrette Relays

TIPTON– The Clippers track and field team of Clear Creek Amana (CCA) finished eighth in team points at the Tipton Tigerrette Relays on Thursday, April 16.
Mount Pleasant won the meet with 107.20 points followed by Mount Vernon, Northeast, Monticello, Keokuk, Regina, Tipton and CCA (27 points). Springville, North Cedar, Mid-Prairie, Durant, Camanche, Easton Valley and Lisbon rounded out the field.