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Bookend wins

Blazers and Blue Raiders fall to Solon

SOLON– The Lady Spartans varsity team welcomed the Anamosa Blue Raiders to their home court on Tuesday, Jan. 26, and did just what they had to do. Solon defeated the Blue Raiders, 40-34, and sent them north with a loss.
The varsity Lady Spartans were up by six points in just over a minute of play through the combined efforts of Dakota Doyle, Bryce Hinkel and Hannah Bluder. Anamosa’s coach quickly called a time-out to have an animated conversation with the Raiders’ varsity squad that reverberated in the gymnasium.

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Lynn Morris appointed to Solon City Council

City quickly fills seat vacated by Grover

SOLON– The “No Vacancy” sign has been turned back on.
At a Jan. 6 Solon City Council meeting, Mayor Steve Stange read a letter of resignation from council member Casey Grover.
By the Jan. 20 meeting, newly-appointed member Lynn Morris was sworn into office.
Morris, 52, has been a resident of Solon since 2003, and recently served a term on the city’s Board of Adjustment.
During the same Jan. 6 meeting in which Grover’s resignation was announced, council members approved a motion to appoint a replacement.

A visit from Capitol Hill

Clinton visits North Liberty

NORTH LIBERTY– Two weekends, two former U.S. Secretaries of State.
That’s the recent dignitary count for North Liberty.
Many in the community welcomed former Secretary Madeleine Albright on Sunday, Jan. 17, and former New York Senator and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Sunday, Jan. 24. Both women were here to stump for Clinton as she campaigns to become the Democratic nominee for the 2016 presidential election.
A crowd of about 700 people gathered in the gym at Garner Elementary School to hear Clinton’s speech.

Flushable wipes: bad reputation is no bum rap

NL resident, public works want people to know what’s behind clogged sewer line

NORTH LIBERTY– The claims that personal hygiene cloths are “flushable” and “septic and sewer safe” may be a load of crap.
Flushable wipes were the apparent cause of a sewer backup that occurred in two homes in Arlington Ridge subdivision in North Liberty two weeks ago.

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 parent pedals for autism supplies

Brad Raasch and sons trek 230 miles to assist Lakeview Elementary

SOLON– The Raasch brothers– Preston, 5, and Zander, 4– call it the Big Adventure.
Their father, Brad Raasch, calls it “the right thing to do.”
For six days in August, Raasch and his sons cycled over 230 miles– the distance equivalent to traveling from Solon to Chicago– to raise funds to purchase supplies for children on the autism spectrum at Lakeview Elementary.
Raasch set up a funding page on the Crowdsource site YouCaring, listing a target goal of $500.
“To be honest, I wasn’t sure if we’d make that $500,” Raasch said.

Solon mourns loss

Body of Solon senior recovered from Coralville Lake

SOLON– A senior at Solon High School has died as a result of an accidental drowning in the Coralville Reservoir.
The body of Tanner Wymer, 17, of rural Iowa City, was recovered at approximately 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 4, about 20 hours after the canoe he was riding in capsized while on open water.
According to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, Wymer and Michael Felton, 51, Solon, were in a canoe on the Coralville Reservoir near Twin View Heights Sunday, Jan. 3, when the canoe capsized.

Christmas Tree-ts

Around 200 people attended the first annual Christmas Tree Walk sponsored by Solon’s Old Gold Diner Dec. 5 at the Palmer House Stable on Main Street. Twenty-five individually decorated Christmas trees were on display throughout the day, and free-will offerings were collected for Solon nonprofit organizations. The event also featured live music, with the McAtee Trio (Sami, James and Lillee) pictured at right. (photos by Doug Lindner)

Solon wrestlers split double dual

SOLON– Solon’s varsity wrestlers upended Anamosa but were edged out by Western Dubuque in a double dual meet held Dec. 17 at the Solon High School gymnasium.
The Spartans walloped Anamosa, 64-18, but fell to Western Dubuque, 43-26, to move to 2-3 on the dual season.
“Our three losses have come to three of the top teams in the WaMaC,” said Head Coach Blake Williams. “Each meet has been a one or two match difference. In each meet we had a match or two where we were ahead and almost got a pin, but ended up getting pinned. That is a 12-point swing in a dual meet.”

Holiday beat

Shop With A Cop event brightens holidays for local families

CORALVILLE— Christmas was a little brighter this year for six North Liberty families, thanks to the efforts of the North Liberty Police Department (NLPD) and its first-ever “Shop With A Cop” event. Six kids were paired with police officers on Tuesday, Dec. 15 at the Wal-Mart in Coralville. Together, they patrolled the aisles in search of gifts for the kids’ families.

Is that you, Santa Claus?

Eight-month-old Lacey Kay Marie Scheib peers intently at the man with the white beard and red suit during Santa’s visit to the Solon Public Library Dec. 7. Scheib was one of nearly 200 children who came to sit on Santa’s lap during the event. Kids were given a candy cane and could also make a scratch art ornament or build a holiday-themed LEGO set. (photo by Doug Lindner)

Dolfi Kalm wins volleyball gold medals

Even at age 74, volleyball dreams do come true

LISBON– The year 2015 has been a year of dreams coming true for Lisbon’s Dolfi Kalm, formerly of Solon. Kalm won a pair of gold medals in national volleyball championships in Detroit and Minneapolis. However, the road to those championships was far longer than the several hours spent driving the highways.
A native of Maynard, Kalm started his teaching career in Atkinson, Neb., moved to Oklahoma to teach and moved back to Nebraska for three years, ahead of taking a principal position in Gladbrook.