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Archive

August 8th, 2011

New faces will represent Solon in 2012

SOLON- Iowa’s Senate and House districts have been redrawn to reflect population shifts recorded in the 2010 census. Created by Iowa Legislative Services, the map of new districts will bring several changes to the political landscape in upcoming elections.

Johnson County Fair draws bees, chickens, and men with sexy legs

IOWA CITY– Where else can you find ballet dancers, hot chili, cattle bathing, egg racing, chicken throwing and flubber making all in one place?

Solon Idol performs on the perfect night

SOLON– The night was perfect– the weather cooled down and every mom, dad, and grandparent was in attendance. The Solon Idol show was about to start... Rick Jedlicka had his list ready to host the evening’s events. The roadies, Colin Samek and Donny Bandy, had been setting up since 4:30 p.m. and it was time to start the show.
But... the show had a CD copy glitch and needed another CD player. So as in any small town productions, somebody ran home to get another CD player.

Miracles in Motion August 13 tack sale benefit

SWISHER– Miracles in Motion is holding an equine tack and Breyer horse sale at the Swisher farm on Saturday, August 13, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. All proceeds benefit Miracles in Motion, a therapeutic horseback riding facility for people with disabilities. Miracles in Motion is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

Knight Prairie hike at F.W. Kent Park August 11

OXFORD– The majority of the State of Iowa was once covered by tall grass prairies. Today, little remains of these magnificent ecosystems. The Johnson County Conservation Board is trying to change that by protecting remnant prairies and restoring some of the native vegetation that was found in the Iowa prairies, as well as restoring associated animal communities. Dave Wehde, Vegetation Specialist for the Johnson County Conservation Board and other staff will be on hand to lead an informative hike around the Knight Prairie at F.W. Kent Park.

JoCo law could pave way for wind farm.

IOWA CITY- Johnson County’s planning and zoning commissioners have put their faith in wind energy and unanimously passed an ordinance that was partly credited to PNE Wind Energy Greenfield Developer Keith Kurtz.
At a meeting Monday, Aug. 1, the Johnson County Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission considered newly developed regulations for wind energy facilities, a response to a proposed PNE wind farm east and south of Solon.

August 1st

NL Night at the ballpark Aug. 5

CEDAR RAPIDS– The entire town of North Liberty is invited to the ball park. It’s North Liberty’s Night with the Kernels on Aug. 5. Game time is 6:35 p.m. and there will be fireworks after the game. The fee is $7 per person for game ticket only, and just $9 to purchase a ticket and transportation to the game. North Liberty Recreation Department will provide transportation for at least 40 adults.
Hurry, registration ends July 27.

Optimists offer summer schedule

NORTH LIBERTY– The “Up ‘N Atom” Optimist Club of North Liberty releases its summer calendar:
July 28: Regular Thursday dinner meeting, 6:30 p.m., Pizza Ranch. Speaker: TBA
August 8: Board meeting, 6:30 p.m., Bill & Darlene Smith’s home.
August 11: Regular Thursday dinner meeting, 6:30 p.m., Pizza Ranch, Speaker: Terrence Neuzil.
August 25: Regular Thursday dinner meeting, 6:30 p.m., Pizza Ranch, Speaker: Natalie Wilkerson, North Liberty Food Pantry – Socks and Underwear Program.

School supply fundraiser in progress through August

JOHNSON COUNTY– Imagine starting school without a pencil or a package of markers like all of the other kids have. For some children in Johnson County, the first day of school is yet another reminder that they don’t have all the tools they need to succeed.
Forever Green Garden Center, 125 Forevergreen Rd., Coralville, will donate 10 percent of the proceeds from the sale of plants from Aug. 1-15 to ToGather Together to purchase school supplies for students in need in Johnson County.

Food For Thought

My dad’s father had died quite young of tuberculosis, soon after my dad graduated from high school. An immigrant from Norway, as a young man it seems he had been a bit of a dreamer; poetic, musical, a man who made violins as a hobby, and was the only photographer in the small Wisconsin town where my father grew up. He and my grandmother ran a grocery store with the help of their children. A large photo portrait of a handsome but sober-faced man was all I knew of my Grandpa Hanson.