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Archive - 2015

December 16th

On track for Christmas

Luke Stevenson of North Liberty watches the toy train set, operated by Eric Auran of Art & Antiques, at the North Liberty Community Center’s Breakfast with Santa event Dec. 5. Stevenson was one of about 350 children who came to the 10th annual breakfast co-sponsored by the city’s recreation department and the North Liberty Lions Club, which provides area children the chance to take photos on Santa’s lap, eat a pancake breakfast and enjoy holiday activities. (photo by Lori Lindner)

City tags dog park as high priority

Revised parks plan under review

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty will officially join the hunt for land on which to place a dog park.
North Liberty Parks and Recreation Board members and the North Liberty City Council met in a joint work session Dec. 3 to review a draft of an updated Parks Comprehensive Plan, and informally added an off-leash dog park as a priority.

Wrestlers first at Oelwein Invitational

OELWEIN– Despite an inexperienced lineup, the Solon varsity wrestlers captured another tournament title over the weekend.
With 219.5 team points, Solon edged out second-place Byron High School’s (Ill.) 216 points to claim the title at the Oelwein Invitational Dec. 15.
Oelwein (195 points) placed third at its own invitational while Crestwood came in fourth with 185 points.

Lady Spartans come close against ranked Bobcats

Solon makes big leap in 43-40 loss

DeWITT– Solon traveled east on Highway 30, through the lights of DeWitt, into the darkness on the edge of town to meet the Central High Sabers on Tuesday, Dec. 8. It was a battle to the final seconds with Solon on the short side, 43-40, but the crowd in attendance and the players could clearly see the light.

Double-digit wins keep Solon unbeaten

Spartans shoot lights-out in conference wins

SOLON– It’s a 4-0 start for the Solon varsity boys basketball team.
The Spartans continued the undefeated start to the season with a 67-45 win over Central DeWitt at home Dec. 8 and a 77-64 victory over Western Dubuque on the road Dec. 11.
In both games, Solon jumped out to an early lead, shot a high percentage from the floor and enjoyed a marked advantage at the free throw line.
The Spartans limited the Sabers to 13 first-half points in the Dec. 8 home win.

Mercy’s Mobile Mammography Van available in Solon Jan. 20

SOLON– The Mercy Women’s Center mobile mammography van will be in Solon on Wednesday, Jan. 20. The van will be located at the Mercy Family Medicine of Solon Clinic. The clinic was formally known as Solon Family Practice, and is located at 510 West Main St. The mobile mammography unit has been providing convenient access to breast screening services for Eastern Iowa women for nearly 20 years.

Solon News by Lenna See

Thanksgiving Day dinner guests of Drew and Susan Smith, in Cedar Rapids, were Parker and Mary Jo Smith and daughter, of Ankeny; Shannon Smith, of Creston; Rachel Smith, of Marion; Bud Lingel and Phyllis Fiala.

Mickey and Deb Machacek were Thanksgiving Day dinner guests at the home of Barney and Betty Retterath at Meyer. Deb spent a few more days there.

Rebecca See spent the Thanksgiving weekend at the home of Ronald See. Tim See joined them for dinner on Thanksgiving Day.

Dolfi Kalm wins volleyball gold medals

Even at age 74, volleyball dreams do come true

LISBON– The year 2015 has been a year of dreams coming true for Lisbon’s Dolfi Kalm, formerly of Solon. Kalm won a pair of gold medals in national volleyball championships in Detroit and Minneapolis. However, the road to those championships was far longer than the several hours spent driving the highways.
A native of Maynard, Kalm started his teaching career in Atkinson, Neb., moved to Oklahoma to teach and moved back to Nebraska for three years, ahead of taking a principal position in Gladbrook.

Salvation Army kettle placed at Sam’s Main Street Market

IOWA CITY– The Johnson County Salvation Army has been welcomed into the Solon community. Sam’s Main Street Market is hosting a countertop Red Kettle to support the “Give Hope Today” holiday season.
Solon community member Alison Holroyd contacted the Johnson County Salvation Army to get her town involved this Christmas. With the support of Sam’s Main Street Market, a countertop Red Kettle has been placed by the check-out register. A Salvation Army bell accompanies the kettle and will be rung with each donation though Dec. 24.

Solon Booster holiday store at Dec. 21 home basketball game

SOLON– Still looking for that perfect Spartan gift? By popular demand, the Solon Athletic Boosters are offering more opportunities to shop our holiday inventory. Come get your Spartan Athletic socks, mini-basketball backboards and youth Solon clothing. Great clearance prices on colorful Solon sweatshirts and other items, too.
The Booster shop will be open Monday, Dec. 21, in the Solon High School commons during the boys basketball game against Cedar Rapids Kennedy. If you have any questions, please contact Kim Hawkins at 319-331-0758.