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January 27th, 2016

Watching the temperature rise

Walkin'

The first stop on my drive to Florida was Indianapolis. My daughter and grandson moved there a couple years ago and it was only a little off the fastest route, so it was a compelling place to rest.
The next morning, I headed out at 5:30 a.m. and began heading south. I have an outside temperature gauge in the car so I took comfort in watching the Mercury rise from 5 degrees. My goal was to make Macon, Ga., or 45 degrees, whichever came first.

The making of a book worm

Food For Thought

I pulled a volume of an old set of encyclopedias off my library shelf not long ago and discovered some tiny, neat holes appeared to have been drilled through some of the pages with a drill bit not much bigger than a needle. Oh-oh. Did I have an infestation of bookworms? I’d heard about them but had never before encountered one in person. My dictionary defines bookworm as an insect whose larvae feed on the paper and paste of books.

January 24th

City budget work off to good start

12% increase in assessed value boosts city’s 2016-17 budget numbers

SOLON– Happy days are here again.
After several years of slogging through tough budget times, the finances for the City of Solon are looking positive for the 2016-17 fiscal year.
The overall city tax rate may even drop a little bit.
A 12 percent increase in assessed value is expected to soothe the sting from a multifamily residential rollback, and early indications show projected revenues are outpacing expenses, according to City Administrator Cami Rasmussen.

Red Vespa Christmas present for library foundation

Red Vespa Pizzeria owners Angie and Aziz Longou (pictured above) offered a free Margherita Pizza to customers over the lunch hour Christmas Eve (Thursday, Dec. 24) with a suggested donation of $5 to the Solon Public Library Foundation. The fundraiser gave away 115 pizzas and raised $738 for the foundation. (photo by Doug Lindner)

Solon Dynamite dance team to host Spectacular 2016 Jan. 30

SOLON– The Solon Varsity Dance Team, Solon Dynamite, is inviting the community to attend “Spectacular 2016” Saturday, Jan. 30, at 6 p.m. in the high school gym for an evening celebrating a great season. Admission is $5, or use of a school activity pass. Bring a canned food item and receive a glow stick. Several visiting dance teams and studios will be performing along with the annual pre-kindergarten-sixth grade glow-in-the-dark clinic. Everyone is invited to attend the celebration of dance.

Alcohol ban discussion still floating around at state level

No decision regarding Macbride Beach rules

SOLON– Iowa Representative Bobby Kaufmann held a town hall meeting at the Solon Public Library Saturday, Jan. 9, to answer questions and update county residents on several issues with local impact.
A top priority for the Republican legislator from Wilton was to report on his communications with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) staff regarding Lake Macbride Beach.

KCs to hold basketball free throw contest Sunday, Jan. 24

SOLON– The Knights of Columbus (KC) Council 12129 in Solon will hold a basketball free throw contest, for competitors ages nine to 14, on Sunday, Jan. 24. The competition will be held at the Solon Middle School in conjunction with the Solon Optimists Basketball Contests. Signup and warm ups start at 12:30 p.m. with competition taking place from 1-2 p.m. Each of the winners earns the opportunity to compete in the district competition with an eye toward moving on to state and international levels.

Optimist Club basketball contests at middle school Sunday, Jan. 24

SOLON– The Optimist Club of Solon will host its annual Basketball Contests Sunday, Jan. 24, at the Solon Middle School gymnasium. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. and the contests start at 1 p.m. Contests will include dribbling, passing and shooting for boys and girls ages 8 thru 13. First, second and third place awards will be given to each age group and boys and girls champion awards. Contestants will need to bring their own basketballs.

More teeth for SCSD good conduct policy?

Task force recommends encouraging healthy choices and discouraging substance abuse

SOLON– The whole idea started with Solon students’ pride for their schools, according to Solon High School (SHS) principal Nathan Wear.
Last year, some Solon students told their teachers and coaches they felt they were losing control of their ability to lead. They were concerned about alcohol use, drug use and other poor choices among students, and leaders at SHS didn’t want younger students to think these choices were acceptable, Wear said.

Spartans lights out against Maquoketa before falling to Mustangs

MAQUOKETA– It’s been a hard winter for the Solon Spartan varsity basketball team.
The Spartans overcame a four-game slide Jan. 12 with a convincing 92-78 road win over Maquoketa, handing the Cardinals only their third loss of the season.
Solon broke the game open in the second and third quarters, out-scoring Maquoketa 48-23 in those two periods, entering the fourth quarter with a 62-43 lead. The Cardinals were held to 12 and 11 points in the second and third quarters.