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May 7th, 2012

Back to school?

By B. Adam Burke
Solon Economist
SOLON– Credit classes in the summer at Solon High School are on the table for a school board vote. Classes will start no earlier than June 1 and go no later than Aug. 15.
“We don’t know if students will sign up,” Solon High School Principal Nathan Wear flatly told the board last week. He said they’d need only 12 students to make it worthwhile.
The classes will have 16 days and 126 hours of instruction from teachers.

Solon pantry prepares for opening

SOLON– Keep it simple. That’s the advice Jeff Kapparos, director of the Southeast Linn Community Center, gave Solon food pantry organizers who were seeking a model for housing and sharing food with those who are struggling to feed their families.
“Don’t make it more difficult than it needs to be,” he said.
The plain-spoken advice from Kapparos, who helps run the Lisbon food pantry serving Southeast Linn County families, came as the Solon food pantry gets set to open its doors on June 4 for the first time to redistribute donated food to those in need.

Solon breaks ground on new Habitat for Humanity home

Father James Vrba, Pastor Dennis Arnold, Mayor Cami Rasmussen and Rev. Carol Kress joined Vicki, Chanse and Kurt Shover, as well as Mark Patton, Executive Director of Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity, for a groundbreaking ceremony last Tuesday, May 1, at 413 S. Dubuque St. in Solon, the site of the community’s first Habitat for Humanity home. Each of the three Solon clergy provided a blessing as part of the ceremony.

Our Lord’s Church garage sale May 12

SOLON– Our Lord’s Church in Solon will be holding a garage sale fundraiser Saturday, May 12, from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Included will be a plant sale with perennials and annuals, and a kolache and bake sale. Garage sale items and some antiques will also be featured. The sale will be held at the church, 131 N. Market St., Solon.

Storytime themes

On May 15, the theme will be the letter “P” and on May, the theme will be “Favorites.” There will be no Storytime on May 29.
Storytime meets at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays in the meeting room of the library for preschoolers ages two through five, their parents, caregivers and siblings.

Last early out activity

Movie Clips

“Abduction” (2011, PG13, Action/Mystery) A thriller centered on a young man (Taylor Lautner) who sets out to uncover the truth about his life after finding his baby photo on a missing persons website.
“Contraband” (2012, R, Action/Crime/Drama) To protect his brother-in-law from a drug lord, a former smuggler heads to Panama to score millions of dollars in counterfeit bills. Stars Mark Wahlberg, Giovanni Ribisi and Kate Beckinsale.

Solon American Legion Riders poker run May 12

SOLON– The Solon American Legion Riders have scheduled their annual poker run for May 12. The route travels to Marshalltown, Newton, Knoxville, Oskaloosa and Riverside and returns to Solon. Registration begins at 8 a.m., with last bike out by 9:30 a.m. Last bike in by 6 p.m. for the poker draw. Cost is $10 per bike and $5 per passenger.

Old Gold Menu

Wednesday, May 9:
Sponsored meal: Baked ham, oven browned potatoes, steamed spinach, ice cream cup, birthday cake.

Thursday, May 10:
Loose meat burger on whole wheat bun, O’Brien potatoes, creamy coleslaw, Mandarin oranges, apple delights cookie. BINGO/BP Foot Clinic.

Friday, May 11:
LS roast pork, crispy cube potatoes, baked beans, broccoli, strawberries and bananas. Cards.

Monday, May 14:
Cook’s Choice. Dietician.

Tuesday, May 15:

Solon teachers get 4% increase with new contract

SOLON– Teachers have unanimously ratified a 3.9 percent raise in their new contracts with the Solon Community School District. The two sides reached an agreement that will also bump pay for coaches and activity staff for extra duty days.
Solon’s union representative, high school teacher Karry Putzy, said the agreement was good for students as well as teachers because it allows teachers to be more engaged and not worried about insurance and job security.
She said collective bargaining was important for Iowa and helps to create a better environment in the schools.

Upcoming Dates

Thursday, May 17: Early dismissal, 1 p.m. for district in-service.
Friday, May 18: Seniors’ last day.
Sunday, May 20: Commencement exercises, HS gymnasium, 2 p.m.
Monday, May 28: Memorial Day Holiday.
Tuesday, May 29: Last student day, 11:30 a.m. dismissal.
Wednesday, May 30: Teacher work day.
Please check out the school’s online calendar for many other upcoming events and schedules.