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January 11th

Solon Parks and Rec. needs you

Solon Parks and Recreation Board seeking new member

SOLON– Live in the city limits of Solon and would like to be involved in the policy-making for equipment use, maintenance, and conduct of the parks, playgrounds, and programs sponsored by the city? Become a commission member. More information is on the city website (solon-iowa.com, under “Government” and “boards and commissions”), as well as the application (under “How do I ?” and “apply for”). If you have questions, call or text Mike Reeve at 319-594-1978 or email him at mike-reeve@solon-iowa.com.

Senior Conversations Jan. 19

to include exercise techniques

SOLON– The Friday, Jan. 19, Senior Conversations will involve senior exercise techniques. Carol Tobias, who held weekly Tuesday morning sessions at Our Lord’s Church and St. Mary Catholic Church, will bring her regimen to the Solon Public Library at 9 a.m. explaining ways to hedge against osteoporosis, high blood pressure and other health-related issues. There is no fee, and no registration necessary– just come and join us in this healthy, low-impact exercise.

Optimist Club basketball contests

At old middle school gym Jan. 28

SOLON– The Optimist Club of Solon will host its annual Basketball Contests Sunday, Jan. 28, at the former Solon Middle School (Iowa Street) gymnasium. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. and the contests start at 1 p.m. Contests will include dribbling, passing and shooting for boys and girls ages 8 through 13. First, second and third place awards will be given to each age group and to overall boys’ and girls’ champion. Contestants will need to bring their own basketball.

Christmas tree pick-up Friday, Jan. 12

SOLON– Johnson County Refuse will be picking up Christmas trees on Friday, Jan. 12. Please place on the curb near your garbage and recycling.

“Famous” Kettle-Fried Chicken Dinner

Sons of the American Legion host annual Chicken Dinner Saturday, Feb. 3

SOLON– The Solon Sons of the American Legion will host their annual “Famous” Kettle-Fried Chicken Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 3, at the Solon Legion. The menu includes all-you-can-eat, delicious kettle-fried chicken, cheesy potatoes, oven-baked beans, bread, dessert and drinks. The meal will be served from 5-7:30 p.m., with take-out available. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 6-12 and children under 6 eat free. Proceeds benefit Solon community and veterans projects.

Downtown Vision

A deeper look at Solon’s downtown

SOLON– A pedestrian mall and a bed and breakfast district could be part of the future for downtown Solon.
Both were presented conceptually Dec. 20 as Solon City Council members mulled the findings of a downtown visioning project recently completed by MSA Professional Services, the same consulting firm which assisted with the city’s comprehensive plan update in 2015.
Council members did not extensively discuss the results, but were expected to prepare comments prior to accepting the document at a future meeting.

City prepares for community center

Council looks to budget for Iowa Street facility staff

SOLON– It’s the next step for Solon.
The city and the school district have worked for months to develop a partnership to operate the former middle school on Iowa Street as a community center.
At a Jan. 3 meeting, Solon City Council members and City Administrator Cami Rasmussen discussed how to staff it in the upcoming fiscal year.
“This is I think a transition plan to get us from where we are to where we need to go to get this building functioning for the community,” Rasmussen told council members.

Indivisible 37/73 to host meeting Jan. 13, in Tipton

TIPTON– Indivisible 37/73 (our Iowa Senate and House Districts) is a non-partisan political action group whose purpose is defined in its mission statement, “Being the voice of democracy, inclusion, respect and fairness through information and effective action.” Anyone interested in supporting this mission is welcome to join.

Hunting and fishing licenses expire Jan. 10

Hunting and fishing licenses start to expire Jan. 10

DES MOINES– Hunters and anglers are encouraged to purchase their 2018 license before their 2017 license expires. Annual Iowa hunting and fishing licenses expire on Jan. 10. License holders who purchased the three-year option should check the date range printed on their license for expiration.
Iowa’s 2017 hunting seasons began closing in January (see list).
Small Game– Pheasant: Jan. 10; Quail, gray partridge, ruffed grouse and squirrel: Jan. 31; and Cottontail rabbit: Feb. 28.

Men play three

Hawk Talk

The Hawkeye men’s basketball team had three games last week; two at home and one on the road.
They started the week getting knocked off by Michigan, 75-68.
The Wolverines, who came into the game shooting 39 percent from 3-point range, shot 53 percent in the first half, 44 percent for the game.
They made 11 threes, Iowa made six.
Iowa, which has a deep bench, was outscored 37-17 on bench points, lost the turnover battle, 18-9 and was behind 10-2 on fast break points.
Not getting back on defense and leaving open shooters had the Hawks’ five-game winning streak stopped.