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January 25th, 2017

Meal and a Movie Jan. 27

SOLON– The Meal and Movie Friday, Jan. 27, at the library will feature a much-acclaimed true story film depicting the heroic measures of a pilot, played by Tom Hanks, who managed the crash of an airliner into the East River, saving the lives of all those aboard. Meal at 11 a.m., movie to follow. Call 624-2710 for reservations by Thursday, Jan. 26.

Neighbors air Main Street parking concerns

Council passes first reading to rezone mayor’s house

SOLON– The rezoning of 131 W. Main St. was the agenda item.
But the discussion was about downtown parking.
Solon’s city council approved the first reading of an ordinance amending the zoning of Mayor Steve Stange’s residence from residential to commercial at a meeting Jan. 18.
During a public hearing on the request, neighbors took the opportunity to vent their feelings regarding parking on their end of Main Street.
“Big Grove takes over this whole area on the weekend, absolutely, without a doubt,” said D.R. Miller of 131 W. Main St.

Penn State drops Iowa, 26-11

Hawk Talk

Going into the Penn State wrestling, meet I had a little better feeling than I did against No. 1-ranked Oklahoma State.
The Cowboys had every wrestler ranked, while the Nittany Lions had eight ranked, two at No. 1.
Going into the match, the Hawkeyes also had eight ranked, with Thomas Gilman No. 1.
But then the bomb was dropped before the match was started– Sam Stoll (285 pounds) was out for the season with a torn ACL.
Tough break for Sam, who was coming off season-ending knee surgery and had only been wrestling for a month.

Hawkeye women go 2-0

Hawk Talk

The Hawkeye women, for the first time this season, won back-to-back games in the Big Ten.
They started at Rutgers and finished at Carver-Hawkeye Arena against Minnesota.
Iowa had a big 71-59 road win at Rutgers last week.
I know every win is big in the conference, but if the Hawkeyes want to get back to the Big Dance in March, a couple of wins on the road will help.
The Scarlet Knights were 3-0 at home in conference play with victories over Penn State, Wisconsin and Michigan State.

Free tax preparation assistance available

IOWA CITY– Tax time just got a little less stressful. Thanks to the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, qualifying low- to moderate-income workers in Johnson County can receive free tax preparation assistance from trained volunteers. VITA 2017 services began Wednesday, Jan. 25, and clinics will be available at several locations, days and times in Iowa City, Coralville and North Liberty through Wednesday, April 12.

A+ Accounting and Tax

Tax season is upon us once again, and A+ Accounting is ready to assist you with your tax preparation needs.
A+ Accounting has been in business since 2000 and is located in North Liberty.
A+ specializes in preparing personal, sole proprietorship, partnership and corporate tax returns, and the company’s fees are generally lower than what the franchise tax chains charge.
Kevin Schmidt is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with 22 years of tax preparation experience and is the owner of A+ Accounting and Tax.

Oliver M. Walkner

Oliver M. Walkner, 84, formerly of Cedar Rapids, died Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, at Solon Nursing Care Center following a long illness. Oliver’s wishes were to donate his body to science through the Deeded Body Program at the University of Iowa. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28, followed by an open house from 1:30 until 3:30 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 4150 Bluejay Dr., Cedar Rapids. Brosh Chapel & The Avacentre in Cedar Rapids is serving the family.

Eugene (Gene) Lee Kunkel

Eugene (Gene) Lee Kunkel, 85, of West Liberty, died peacefully on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, at The Bird House, Hospice Home of Johnson County in Iowa City. 
Funeral service was held Monday, Jan. 23, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in West Liberty. Visitation was Sunday at the Henderson-Barker Funeral Home in West Liberty. Burial was in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery, West Liberty. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.hendersonbarkerfuneralhome.com. Memorials may be made to The Bird House, Hospice Home of Johnson County.

Marian L. Ciha

Marian L. Ciha, 89, of Solon, died Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, at Solon Nursing Care Center.
Memorial services will be held at 6:30 pm Wednesday, Feb. 1, at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City, where there will be a time of visitation from 4 p.m. until the services. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Marian’s memory to the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation or the Junior Diabetes Research Fund of Eastern Iowa. To share a memory, thought or condolence with her family, please go to the funeral home website at www.gayandciha.com.

Bucket lists

Walkin'

Mark March 4 on your calendar and join me in celebrating the World Champion Chicago Cubs at the Frida Kahlo Mexican Restaurant, 101 Windflower Ln., Solon (off of Hwy. 1, south edge of town) from 7 to 9 p.m.
Kevin “BF” Burt is lined up to play. Goat tacos will be served for the first 100 attendees, as well as a beer selected by brew master and friend Jeff Allen to match. If the keg spits we’ll pass the hat and buy another. Put on your favorite Cub gear and be prepared to sing “Go Cubs Go.” Everyone is invited; especially Cardinal fans.