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Archive

September 24th, 2012

Hawk Talk

Last week I talked about how tough it was for me and a lot of fans when the Hawkeyes lose a football game. It seems like the week takes forever and there are a lot of negative waves out there.
When the Hawks lose, 32-31, to a team that they are favored to beat by 15 points, the sky will surely be falling.
Central Michigan had a bye week so they had two weeks to get ready for Iowa. They sure did a good job, especially on offense.
We’ll look at the good, bad and ugly this week.

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St. Mary Harvest Festival Sept. 30

Saint Mary Catholic Church will hold a Harvest Festival on Sunday, Sept. 30, from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at the church. A pork and chicken dinner will be served at a cost of $10 for adults and $6 for children aged 6 through 12. Tickets will be sold after weekend Mass or during the week at church. Carry out is available.
The Harvest Festival includes dinner, family and children activities, a country store and a silent auction.

Motorcycle fatality claims Solon man

SOLON– A 32-year-old rural Solon man was killed in a motorcycle accident over the weekend.
According to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department, William Bartlett was riding a 2004 Harley Davidson late Friday night or Saturday morning when the motorcycle left the road near 4665 Sutliff Rd. NE and struck a parked vehicle.
The accident was reported Saturday morning, Sept. 22, at 8:09 a.m. Johnson County deputies conducted an investigation and determined the crash likely occurred sometime after midnight Friday. Bartlett was deceased at the scene.

Solon post prom seeking used clothing for sale

SOLON– Solon’s Post Prom Party committee will be holding an “All Solon” used clothing and sporting goods sale at the Solon Middle School (date to be determined). Please donate any used Solon Spartan apparel as well as any sporting goods equipment such as cleats, gloves, athletic apparel, etc. Please make sure donations are clean and in good condition. Donations can be dropped off at any of the three schools in labeled boxes and will be collected Oct. 1 through 19. All proceeds for this fundraiser will be used for the 2013 Post Prom Party.

Methodist Club J.A.M. to start on Wednesdays

SOLON– The Solon United Methodist Church is once again holding Club J.A.M. (Jesus and Music) each Wednesday from after school until 5 p.m. Club J.A.M. is offered to all Solon students in grades kindergarten through fourth grade. Pre-registration is required. For students coming from Lakeview Elementary, teachers will only release students with a parent permission slip. Club J.A.M. students meet in the small gym by the green/yellow cabinets and walk together to the church. To register, please contact Renee Masters at mastersr@soloniaumc.org or call the church at 319-624-2489.

Clearing the air on grading shifts at SCSD

I’d like to take some time to explain why and how Solon plans to overhaul the way it assesses its students.
The Solon Community School District (SCSD) chose to look at its grading practices during the 2011-2012 school year. What we discovered was that teachers held wildly different policies for grading student work. We also discovered that some of our district’s college freshmen were reporting difficulty in retaining information for their first set of collegiate finals.

Head over heels for Kids First gym

SOLON– Former Solon resident Blake Kittrell is bending over backwards to help kids stay fit, accept challenges and have fun.
These days, quite literally.

Our Lord’s Church fall festival Oct. 13; pre-orders for Dutch Letters

SOLON– Our Lord’s Church, 131 N. Market St., will have its eighth Annual Fall Festival Saturday, Oct. 13, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. A soup luncheon will start at 10:30 a.m., serving homemade chili, chicken noodle, and ham and bean soups, along with hot dogs and chilidogs. The bake sale includes Kolaches, pies, cakes, cookies, bars, some candy, fresh farm eggs, bread from the Sykora Bakery and other member specialties. The festival will again be selling Dutch Letters, a pastry from Pella and (new this year) fresh cheese curds from the Kalona Cheese Factory.

Pantry shelves getting bare

SOLON– The Solon Community Pantry is helping with the food budget of 25 families, serving 76 people. Our shelves are getting bare as we are providing more than we are taking in. The items we need the most are canned fruits, juices, tuna helper, pasta sides and canned or frozen meat. Donations may be made Mondays, 9 a.m. until noon. Thank you so much.