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May 27th

Three summer sessions of Solon boys basketball camp

SOLON– Solon boys basketball is excited to offer three summer sessions of basketball camp in June and July.
Session I runs June 8-11 and costs $50; Session II also costs $50 and will be held June 22-25; while Session III runs July 20-21 at a cost of $25. Special pricing is available for more than one session.
Campers will receive individualized instruction from Solon’s coaching staff as well as from guest coaches that have played at a high level. 

City Wide Clean Up Day June 13

SOLON– The City of Solon will host its annual City Wide Clean Up Day on Saturday, June 13, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. City residents may drop off garbage and recyclables at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area. Those dropping off should be prepared to present identification.

Solon FBLA can drive May 30

SOLON– Save your pop cans. As a way to raise money to help a student attend and compete at the National Leadership Conference, Solon FBLA will conduct a pop can drive on Saturday, May 30, from 9 a.m. to noon. Those wishing to drop off cans and bottles may do so at the high school. Those wishing to donate but unable to do so during the day of the can drive, please contact Jodi Leimkuehler at the high school at 319-624-3401.

Supervisors, Shueyville discuss improvements to Curtis Bridge Road

Unique situation, unique proposal

SHUEYVILLE– For anybody who has driven the length of Curtis Bridge Road in northwest Johnson County, to say it is in bad shape would be an understatement. Its dilapidated condition led county officials to move the road up on its Five-year Road Maintenance and Improvement Plan, with work scheduled to begin late this summer.
Some surface material will be ground down, and the road will be widened two feet on either side before a hot asphalt overlay is applied for a smoother ride.

Dr. Davis Eidahl selected by school board as new Solon superintendent

Ottumwa super to replace Miller

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist
SOLON– After his semifinal interview with the Solon Community School District Board of Education last week, Dr. Davis Eidahl knew Solon was the right place.
“The questions that the board asked, the priorities that they identified, they’re really focused on that student achievement, making sure that those students that enter into the Solon district, they leave with a tremendous educational advantage because of the experiences they had,” Eidahl said. “And that is really right up my alley and something that excites me.”

Hawkeye men’s basketball

Hawk Talk

By Don Lund
Sports Writer
The Iowa basketball team keeps climbing up the ladder.
Fran McCaffery’s record since he came to Iowa in 2010 is 11-20, 18-11, 25-13, 20-13 and 22-12.
The Hawks have been to the NCAA Tournament the last two years and won a first-round game for the first time since 2001.
For the second straight year, Iowa had a first team All-Big Ten pick in Aaron White.
The Hawks had a six-game winning streak in the Big Ten, the longest Big Ten winning streak since 1986-87.

Gertrude Swanson

Gertrude I. Swanson, 97, of Lone Tree, passed away on Tuesday, May 19, 2015, at the Pleasantview Home in Kalona. Funeral services were held on Saturday, May 23, at the Sorden-Lewis Home for Funeral and Cremation Services in Lone Tree. Burial was in the Lone Tree Cemetery. Following committal services at the cemetery, a time of food and fellowship was held at the United Presbyterian Church in Lone Tree. Visitation was on Saturday, May 23, at the funeral home.

Gary Kloubec

Gary Lee Kloubec, 69, of Amana passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 19, 2015, from pancreatic cancer at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids. Funeral mass took place Friday, May 22, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Oxford. Burial followed in Hala Cemetery near Walford. Visitation was held with a vigil and sharing on Thursday, May 21, at Clover Ridge United Methodist Church in Walford, located at Highway 151. Brosh Chapel in Cedar Rapids is in charge of arrangements.

The adventures of Pearl

Walkin'

We almost put Pearl down recently.
Born into a cage at a puppy mill, the first time in her life she set foot on grass didn’t come until she was six months old. We let her off leash in our backyard hoping she’d bound about. Instead, she found a leafy cave under a bush by a wall, crawled in, curled up and shivered.
With a little TLC from Sabra, our friends Curt and Sue and me, she took a few tentative steps that afternoon. We played cards on the patio not far from her and eventually she dared a peek. From then until now her progress has been an eight-year slog.

The poetry of spring

Food For Thought

“In the spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.” I don’t think there’s ever been a spring that somebody didn’t recite that line from Tennyson. I’d heard it for a good many years before I became curious about where it came from. That line from “Locksley Hall” is followed by further description of romance and warns maidens that after the passion has waned “he will hold thee ... something better than his dog, a little dearer than his horse.” which is not all that flattering for any lady to learn.