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Archive

June 26th, 2014

Robert Vavra

Robert Dean Vavra, 66, of Roseville, Minnesota, passed away unexpectedly June 6, 2014.
A son of Arnold and Agnes (Kriz) Vavra, he was raised in Ely and graduated from Prairie High School in Cedar Rapids, Michigan State University and the University of Minnesota. Robert was a longtime employee of Unisys.
He was patient, charitable and loved.
Surviving are his wife, Betty; sons, Matt (Sarah) and Nick; grandsons, Gabe and Max; brothers, Tom and Bill (Marian); nieces, Andrea (Mak) and Christy; and many friends and family worldwide.

Nadine Speer

N. Nadine Speer, 90, of Marion died Friday June 13, 2014, at Northbrook Manor. Services were held June 17 at Sharon United Methodist Church. The Rev. Hyeunmee Kang officiated. Burial was at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery.

Walter Shaffer

Walter E. “Jake” Shaffer, 91, longtime resident of Iowa City, died Tuesday, June 17, 2014, at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City.
Funeral services were held June 20 at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City, with burial following at Memory Gardens Cemetery where military honors were provided.
Memorial donations can be made in Jake’s memory to the Quad City Honor Flight Association. Online condolences may be sent for his family through the web at www.gayandciha.com.

Barbara Olson

Barbara Olson, 63, died unexpectedly on the morning of Tuesday, June 17, 2014. A Celebration of Life was held on June 21 at Motley Cow Café in Iowa City. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Barbara Olson Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 5312, Coralville, IA 52241.

Bender’s Fishing Camp

Walkin'

(Recently, I spent a week with my brother Bob and his friend Gonzo at Bender’s Fishing Camp in northern Minnesota. The place is so beautiful and away from everyday life that it is almost mythical in my thinking, a place like Avalon. In the far recesses of my mind, I’d like to write a play that takes place at the camp. Here’s how it would start).

The setting: Benders Fishing Camp in Northern Minnesota.

Lawn mowing

Food for Thought

I remember the lawns surrounding the houses where we lived when I was a child. The grass was sparse and interspersed with dandelions and assorted other non-grass things that, at least, were green for most of the summer. My dad mowed with a push mower with a whirling cylinder of curved blades that he kept razor sharp. As far as I could tell, everybody mowed their own lawns, even Dr. Stone who lived at the end of our block, and Henry Reem, who had the biggest insurance agency in town and could afford to take his family to mountain dude ranches and seaside resorts every year.

June 18th

Lady Spartans move to No. 2

SOLON– That was a close one.
Emily Ira helped her own cause, singling in Taylor Nearad and pinch-runner Grace McCarty in the fourth inning to give Solon a 2-0 win over No. 12 (4A) West Delaware at Manchester Monday evening.
Ira pitched seven scoreless innings for the win, striking out 14 batters and issuing only one walk while scattering five hits.
It was the 17th win of the season for the undefeated Lady Spartans, who moved up to second place in the Class 4A rankings issued June 13 by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union.

Solon girls make first-ever tourney appearance

Lady Spartans fall to Regals

DES MOINES– How many times can a teenager say they made history?
For the Solon girls’ soccer team, that’s a resounding “Yes, we can!”
The Lady Spartans traveled to Cownie Soccer Park in Des Moines last Thursday for their first-ever appearance at the state tournament, paired up in the first round with Iowa City Regina in the Class 1A bracket.
The two teams had met just weeks earlier at Iowa City, where the Regals prevailed, 2-1.
Unfortunately for Solon fans, the rematch at state ended the same way, with Regina taking a 4-1 win over the Lady Spartans.

Baseball Spartans win sixth in a row

Solon sweeps Independence and Center Point-Urbana

SOLON– Make it six in a row for the Solon varsity baseball team.
The Spartans swept home doubleheaders against Independence and Center Point-Urbana last week to move above .500 for the season.
Solon started the year 0-3 with losses to Cedar Rapids Jefferson and Maquoketa, but since then the team has been steadily improving, offensively and defensively.

Lake Macbride to host July 4th fireworks, boat parade

SOLON– Celebrate Fourth of July fireworks over Lake Macbride at dark.
The Fourth of July boat parade will start at the Lake Macbride causeway at 4 p.m. Please come and decorate your boat. Rain date is Saturday, July 5.
Donations toward the fireworks are welcome and can be sent to: Mark Ramsey, 1598 Spartan Cir. NE, Solon, IA 52333.