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August 23rd

St. Mary Catholic Church to host Harvest Festival Sunday, Sept. 20

SOLON– St. Mary Catholic Church in Solon will host its annual Harvest Festival on Sunday, Sept. 20, from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. The community is invited to enjoy a chicken dinner, children and family activities, silent auction and more. Tickets are on sale at the church.

Solon Methodist 175th Homecoming Celebration Sunday, Aug. 30

SOLON– Solon United Methodist Church will host a 175th Homecoming Celebration Sunday, Aug. 30, to commemorate the church’s origin, history and accomplishments over the last century and three-quarters.

The secret to long life: “Just say, yes dear”

2015 honoree went from WW2 battlefields to Solon State Bank

SOLON– Don Erusha has been a part of the Solon community since taking on duties at the Solon State Bank in 1963, retiring as Executive Vice President in 2000, and has had a hand in several key endeavors since. For his contributions to Solon, Erusha was named one of two 2015 Seniors of the Year.
The 92-year old acknowledged his busy past. “I was (busy), but not anymore. I’m not doing very much around here anymore,” he said.
Erusha continues as a member of the Solon Area Community Foundation (SACF), an organization he helped start.

Construction underway on middle and high school sites

Foundations could be finished this month

SOLON– Construction for Solon’s new middle school and high school center for the arts are underway, and foundations for both projects could be finished by the end of August, said Story Construction Project Manager Randy Johnson.
Johnson addressed the Solon Community School District Board of Directors at its Aug. 10 meeting to provide an update on the projects’ progress. With the last of the contracts for the project signed by board president Dick Schwab that evening, Johnson said contractors are now ready to purchase materials and dive into the work.

Solon Booster’s Bash Golf Outing on Saturday, Aug. 22

SOLON– The Solon Athletic Booster Club will be sponsoring the 15th annual Booster Bash Golf Outing on Saturday, Aug. 22, at the Lake Macbride Golf Course. The event is open to anyone interested in supporting the student athletes of the Solon Community School District.

Hoover Nature Trail meeting to Aug. 26 at Solon City Hall

SOLON– On Wednesday, Aug. 26, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Solon City Hall council chambers, located at 101 N. Iowa St., all interested persons are invited to attend a meeting to discuss the proposed extension of the Hoover Nature Trail in Johnson County between Solon and Ely.
There will be a short presentation at 6 p.m. Johnson County Conservation Board and consultants on the project, McClure Engineering Company, staff will be present to discuss the proposed trail extension. 

Hawkeye football preview

Hawk Talk

For the next three weeks, I’ll break down the Iowa football team.
No doubt, last season was a frustrating.
After Iowa beat Illinois in the 10th game of the season, they were sitting at 7-3, 4-2 in the Big Ten, and if they won out they would win the Big Ten West. Of course, the Hawks dropped their last three games, including a blowout in the bowl game.
During Media Day last Saturday, Aug. 8, there was a feel of optimism, the Hawkeye players and coaches are ready to move on and make last season motivation for this year.
This week, we’ll examine the Hawkeye offense.

No more beer

Walkin'

As you read this it has been one full month since I’ve consumed a cocktail or beer. It hasn’t been easy, but the choice was a no-brainer: gout has been ravaging one foot or another these past four months and it was time to decide whether to give up being able to walk or quaff.
It’s been a good run, however.

The need for butt glue

Food For Thought

“I think it’s writer’s block,” my friend said. “I can’t seem to think of anything interesting to write about.”
This, from a talented woman who writes delightful poetry and entertaining essays, and has something new to share with the writers’ group at nearly every twice-a-month meeting.
“Take an imaginary tour of your grandmother’s house,” someone suggested.
Others said, “Write about one of those old family anecdotes that get told at family reunions or around the dinner table on Thanksgiving.”
And, “Do you have any relatives who might be called ‘characters’?”

August 15th

Clippers everywhere!

CCA staff, students get cuts for a cause

TIFFIN– When is getting a haircut nothing short of an act of love?
When it is done to benefit the nonprofit organization that provides prosthetic hairpieces to pediatric patients.
Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Middle School student council organized a Locks of Love hair cutting and fundraiser event– a hair raiser, if you will– in May before the end of the school year. Stylists Kati Burns of 965 Salon & Spa in North Liberty and Dannelle Soppe and Breanna Gassmann of Shear Inspiration in Anamosa donated their time and talents to give the haircuts, with the tresses being donated to Locks of Love.