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May 13th

Solon Color Guard celebrates 70 years

SOLON– The Solon American Legion Color Guard remembered and celebrated 70 years of service to the community on April 26. Nineteen members and their guests enjoyed the evening with dinner and retelling of stories.

Poppy Days contributions aid veterans

SOLON– Every year near Memorial Day, members of the American Legion Auxiliary go door-to-door in neighborhoods to distribute poppies in remembrance of all our service men and women who died in defense of our freedom. The poppies are made by disabled and hospitalized veterans and all contributions are used in programs to aid vets and their families. Various businesses in Solon will have donation containers and poppies through Memorial Day. Contributions are greatly appreciated.

U of I Science Café May 14 at Solon's Frida Kahlo

SOLON– A Science Café is a public event that takes place in a casual setting, such as a pub or coffee house, featuring an engaging conversation with scientists about a particular topic. On May 14, from 5-6 p.m., the first Solon Science Café will be held at Frida Kahlo Mexican Restaurant. Dr.

Mary’s Meals founder MacFarlane-Barrow to speak in Solon May 29

SOLON– Meet Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow as he talks about his new book “The Shed That Fed A Million Children: The Extraordinary Story of Mary’s Meals”, on Friday, May 29, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Solon.
A non-competitive 5K run or 1 mile run/walk will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by a talk with Magnus MacFarlane at 7:30 p.m., conversation with Kevin Miller, question-and-answer session and book signing.
Kids and adults are encouraged to dress as a superheroes.

Underground tanks enhance Shueyville fire protection

Not a solution but an improvement

SHUEYVILLE– Small town and rural volunteer fire departments face many challenges, ranging from difficulties in recruiting members to having enough money to pay for equipment. The Jefferson-Monroe Twp. Fire Department, in Swisher, has another challenge.
“Our biggest obstacle here is, we have no water in the communities we serve,” said Deputy Chief Eugene Beard.

Solon RAGBRAI committee meeting Monday, May 18

SOLON– The Solon RAGBRAI Committee will meet Monday, May 18, at 7 p.m. at Solon City Hall. Those interested in providing input or assisting are encouraged to attend.
Attendees should bring ideas and enthusiasm to assist in planning for a fun, safe and memorable day for RAGBRAI riders visiting our community on July 24. Those seeking additional information should contact Solon City Hall at 319-624-3755.

Rasmussen selected as Solon City Administrator

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist
SOLON– The Solon City Council found that the best candidate for the position of City Administrator was already on the job.
Current City Administrator and former mayor Cami Rasmussen will continue in her position with a new contract after being selected by council members at the conclusion of a months-long search process.
The decision was announced at the conclusion of the Wednesday, May 5, council meeting when Mayor Steve Stange congratulated Rasmussen on her appointment.

Solon Next stop on Freedom Rock Tour

Solon Area Community Foundation funding patriotic mural at Legion ballpark

SOLON– This October Solon will represent Johnson County as part of the Freedom Rock Tour.
Originating in 1999 as a single boulder in the town of Greenfield, the tour has expanded to over 20 counties throughout the state, with each rock getting its own unique, patriotic mural.
The only question is, how do we get it here?
Denny Gruber, of the Solon Area Community Foundation, is after one rock in particular and it’s over seven feet tall, 12 feet wide and 37 feet around.
Not to mention, it’s stuck in the middle of a field, so moving it even just a few miles is no small feat.

Closing the window

Last November I told the Solon Public Library Board of Trustees I would no longer decorate the display windows. I sought no controversy or attention, and appeared alone before the Board– out of respect for the library and the legacy of the windows.
I now wish to explain my decision and correct the library’s explanations for my departure

Hawkeye women’s basketball wrap up

What a great season for the Hawkeye women.
What a fun team to watch.
Iowa finished the season 26-8, 14-4 in the Big Ten, good enough for second place.
They made it to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1996.
The senior class, Melissa Dixon, Kathryn Reynolds, Bethany Doolittle and Samantha Logic, is the program’s winningest graduating class in 21 years with 93 victories.
Melissa, Bethany and Samantha are the highest scoring trio in Big Ten history with 4,379 points.
The Hawkeyes have 53 wins in the last two seasons. That’s the best two-year run since 1988-89 (56 wins).