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Gabbard: The cost of war is too high

POTUS hopeful makes quick stop by the lake

SOLON– When Paul Julius went to his first caucus, he showed up not knowing who Barack Obama was, and ended up in Obama’s camp.
“That was a really proud moment,” he said. “Yes! It started here in Iowa– that kind of got his name out.
“This sort of had the same feeling,” he said of hosting presidential candidate U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D- Hawaii) Oct. 9 in the backyard of his rural Solon home. “I did something I believe in, and even though it was small, it’s what I could do.”

Legion helps heroes with hunt

SOLON– After Don Erusha’s passing in March, his son Mike asked Solon American Legion Past Commander Jim Leland’s help in finding two disabled veterans interested in an antelope hunt in Wyoming.
Mike Erusha, a resident of Wyoming, is part of the organization “Hunting with Heroes Wyoming” which honors disabled veterans with an all-expense paid, guided antelope hunt out of Casper, Wyo.
“I found two very qualified veterans that fit the bill,” Leland said.

Wizards work their hoops magic in the Creek

CCA foundation brings Harlem Wizards back for fundraiser

TIFFIN– Choreographed chaos reigned on the hardwood of the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School Monday, Oct. 7, as the Harlem Wizards professional basketball team played a benefit game against CCA teachers in support of the CCA Foundation.

New software program approved for water, wastewater

Council authorizes $19,000 for start-up and subscription

SOLON– Dave Richards placed a huge three-ring binder stuffed full of pages onto the table.
“That’s 2018 just for the sewer plant,” Richards explained.
Inside the binder were the monthly reports for Solon’s wastewater treatment facility, which Richards oversees.
The stack of reports was on display at an Oct. 4 city council meeting where Solon Public Works Director Scott Kleppe proposed a new cloud-based software program, WaterTrax, to reduce the time his employees spend managing reporting requirements.

Looking out for wildlife

NL Scout Dominick Shover takes on a crusade against discarded fishing line

NORTH LIBERTY– According to Dr. Ellen K. Rudolph on her blog Portfolio (www.drellenrudolph.com), “Monofilament fishing line is by far the most dangerous kind of debris encountered by wildlife.” Fishing line (often cut and left in place after getting snagged and tangled in shoreline trees, shrubs or underwater debris) often entangles and kills birds, fish, turtles, frogs and other small mammals, sometimes even injuring or killing pets. Hooks attached to the line can injure or kill as well, especially if the animal swallows it.

Clear Creek Amana attends Quad Co. Soil Judging Contest

MUSCATINE– More than 150 FFA members from 12 schools competed in the Annual Quad County Soils Competition. The Soil Contest was held by the Soil and Water Conservation Districts from Iowa, Keokuk, Poweshiek and Mahaska Counties put on the event.

Dungeons and Dragons, anyone?

Kurth hopes to develop new adult programs for library

SOLON– Solon is a lot like home for Alexis Kurth.
Kurth, the new adult services coordinator for the Solon Public Library, grew up in XXXX, Ore., a small town south of Portland.
“It’s actually very similar to Solon in a lot of ways,” she said, except XXXXX has a hop festival instead of Beef Days. “It was very much the same feeling when I went to Beef Days as it was being a kid at the Hop Festival, so that was pretty cool.”

Homecoming for the Bolts

Parade and Powderpuff football lead up to gridiron clash with the Clippers

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High School celebrated its Homecoming Week with a parade and Powderpuff Flag Football Game on Thursday, Sept. 26, ahead of Class 3A District 5 varsity football against rival Clear Creek Amana on Friday, Sept. 27.
The parade started on the Liberty campus, wound its way around the adjoining neighborhood and returned to campus with a cookout following. The Powderpuff game pitted senior girls against junior girls in flag football with varsity football players acting as their coaches.

Bolts sink the Boats

Liberty High outlasts CCA, 28-21

NORTH LIBERTY– Last year the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers and Liberty High School’s Lightning clashed for the first time in Class 3A varsity football with the “Boats” taking a lopsided 37-7 win for CCA’s 2018 Homecoming Game. On Friday, Sept. 27, the “Bolts” returned the favor in a much closer game for their 2019 Homecoming as The Lightning zapped the Clippers 28-21 in the first week of District 5 competition.

A brush with sunset

Pinterest partiers paint with Westcot

SOLON– The sun trailed slowly into the west, illuminating a tall tree.
And there was Lianne Westcot’s subject.
Westcot, a local artist, had her easel and paints set up in front of the large windows in the Solon Public Library’s reading area. A group of women were gathered around her Sept. 18 as part of the library’s latest Pinterest Party– a crash course on plein air (outdoor) painting.
Westcot is a member of the Iowa Plein Air Painters, a group of four-to-eight regular Solonites who paint every Sunday at a variety of outdoor locations, announced each week on the group’s Facebook page.

Antiques, muscles and classics fill downtown Swisher

Swisher Men’s Club Car Show celebrates the horseless carriage

SWISHER– The streets of downtown Swisher filled with a variety of antique, classic, and other custom cars, trucks, and motorcycles on Saturday, Sept. 14, as the Swisher Men’s Club held its ninth annual Car Show.

Warren tours NL’s Golfview Mobile Home Park

Democrat presidential candidate rails against private investment firms putting profits first

NORTH LIBERTY– Earlier this year residents of the Golfview Mobile Home Park in North Liberty found out via a letter the park had been sold, and the new owners were going to increase the lot rent by 58 percent (from $284/month to $450). Havenpark Capital, a Utah-based investment firm also purchased Midwest Country Estates in Waukee, Sunrise Village Mobile Home Park in Iowa City and West Branch Village in West Branch. Havenpark Capital raised those rents from 69 percent (Waukee) to 28 percent (Sunrise).