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May 7th

Solon KCs hosting spaghetti supper Saturday, May 6

SOLON– Solon’s Knights of Columbus (KC) host its annual spaghetti supper Saturday, May 6, from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church Parish Hall.
The KCs will be serving a spaghetti dinner with garlic bread and salad in exchange for a free will donation. Doug Thompson’s famous spaghetti sauce will be available for carry-out sale.

Gardens past

Walkin'

A snake resided in Grandma Sickler’s garden.
We’d visit her at the farm at least twice a year. Even though Wittenberg was only a five-hour drive it was a world apart from our life in the suburbs of Chicago. There was a real barn complete with a hayloft, an outhouse, farm animals, live trout in the watering tank (Grandpa put them there) and cousins galore more than willing to show their “city slicker” relatives the ropes of the rural life.
Grandma said she liked the snake because it kept out rodents and birds. She also noted that if you didn’t mess with it, it wouldn’t mess with you.

Here we go again

Food For Thought

The orders have all been sent in to the seed catalogs, we planted the spinach early, a few radishes and some onion sets, hoping for no frost and some really early spinach salads. We didn’t get the potatoes planted by Good Friday, but managed to do it over the Easter weekend– close enough, we hope. We should get the peas in right away, too. They really do better before the weather gets too warm. In fact, I remember snow on the pea vines when they were in bloom one spring, and it didn’t hurt them one little bit. I think that was the year we first used pea brush.

Peter “Pete” A. Rudish Jr.

Peter “Pete” A. Rudish Jr., 67, of Mount Vernon, passed away Friday, April 28, 2017, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids. The family greeted friends May 3 at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Marion. Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 4, at First Assembly of God, Cedar Rapids, conducted by Reverend Rick Gail and Reverend Brad Singleton. The family will greet friends one hour prior to service at the church. Burial will be at a later date.

The state of Swisher

Mayor Chris Taylor helps chart the future of small-town Iowa

SWISHER– Running for city office, and most recently for chair of the Johnson County Democrats, both sort of came about by accident, said Swisher Mayor Chris Taylor.
Happy accidents, he noted, that began with his bid for a Swisher City Council seat in January 2014.
“I remember sitting at my kitchen table and thinking, ‘Well this isn’t something I’ve done before,’” he shared. “I have no background in politics, but I thought it’d be a good way to get to know my community better, help the community ask some bigger questions about what it wanted to be, where it wanted to go.”