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November 5th, 2016

Cider house will rule

Rapid Creek Cidery to showcase craft brews at Wilson’s Orchard

IOWA CITY– You might call him the Johnny Appleseed of Johnson County.
Spend a little time talking apples with Paul Rasch and you easily imagine him sitting down with that iconic apple evangelist of the 19th century, quaffing hard cider and striking up a spirited conversation on the relative merits of heritage fruit trees and the ripening schedules of various cultivars.

Solon Middle School’s Annual Veterans Day Program Nov. 11

SOLON– Solon Middle School (SMS) hosts its annual Veterans Day program Nov. 11 at 1 p.m. in the SMS Auditorium. The school is pleased to have Army Ranger Quintin Bigelow, a 2003 Solon High School graduate who served in Afghanistan and Iraq, as the guest speaker. The American Legion will be in attendance and members of the Solon Middle School band will perform. Handmade cards will be made for veterans in attendance by the fifth and sixth grade students. Refreshments will be served following the program, provided by the Solon Middle School PTO.

Softball can drive Sunday, Nov. 13

SOLON– The Solon softball program will host a can drive Sunday, Nov. 13, from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.
Drop off redeemable cans and bottles at the Solon softball field. Players will also go door to door in neighborhoods. Contact Athena Lance at athena@southslope.net or 319-533-0179 to schedule a pick up.

Knights of Columbus spaghetti dinner Saturday, Nov. 5

SOLON– The Solon Knights of Columbus will host a spaghetti dinner Saturday, Nov. 5, at St. Mary Catholic Church Parish Hall from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The cost is a free will donation.

Solon Firefighters Dance Saturday, Nov. 5 at American Legion

SOLON– The Solon firefighters will host their 24th annual Firefighters Dance on Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Solon American Legion.
This year’s featured band is “Keela and the Boys” and raffle prizes will be given away throughout the night. The grand prize is an overnight stay at Riverside Hotel and Casino. All proceeds from this year’s dance will go to the Solon Firefighters Association. The association funds allow the department to purchase items that are not budgeted through taxation, and to supplement projects such as the department’s training facility.

Playoff tickets on sale Friday

SOLON– The Solon Community School District will be pre-selling playoff football tickets in the high school office starting Friday morning Nov. 4, from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Anyone is welcome to come and buy a $6 ticket. The school will only be accepting cash payments.

City rearranges parking in busy Fox Ridge neighborhood

New stop signs coming to Windflower Lane

SOLON– Growth means more people and more people means more vehicles.
And in the Fox Ridge subdivision on the city’s south side, vehicle parking has become an issue.
Council member Steve Duncan, a resident of the subdivision, has consistently expressed concern about the parking habits of contractors and of some businesses in the neighborhood.
At an Oct. 19 council meeting, small changes in the subdivision’s street layout were approved in hopes of providing a solution.

Hawkeye Women RELOAD

Hawk Talk

The Iowa women’s basketball team returns four starters and a freshman class ranked seventh in the nation, so it’s not a surprise head coach Lisa Bluder is ready for the season to begin.
“I really feel that we are the deepest we’ve been in a long time,” said coach Bluder. “I think we are the most balanced that we’ve been in a long, long time.”
It starts with preseason All-Big Ten pick, Ally Disterhoft.
What else can you say about the former West High Trojan named Miss Basketball her senior year in high school?

Hawkeye men REBUILD

Hawk Talk

What do you do when you lose four seniors who combined to win 89 games in the last four years?
Media Day for the University of Iowa men’s basketball team was Oct. 5 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, and plenty of optimism was around.
You start rebuilding by bringing in a top recruiting class, led by power forward Tyler Cook (6-9, 253), rated a four-star recruit.
Add three Iowa players, who grew up Hawkeye fans, and Isaiah Moss (6-5, 192), a guard that could redshirt.
Iowa Head Coach Fran McCaffery says Cook has the tools to be a star in the Big Ten.

Poisons

Walkin'

We went on our annual fall bicycle ride on the Kewash Nature Trail recently.
It was a gorgeous fall day. Sun out, temperature up and leaves in all their glory. On our half dozen or so rolls up and down the trail, we encountered a bunch of beautiful flora and fauna. On one early summer ride the periwinkles bloomed in all their blue and violet glory. On another, a huge buck with a splendid rack stood in waist high corn and watched us as we watched him.