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Solon Color Guard celebrates 70 years

SOLON– The Solon American Legion Color Guard remembered and celebrated 70 years of service to the community on April 26. Nineteen members and their guests enjoyed the evening with dinner and retelling of stories.

Lady Spartans cruise to WaMaC title

Solon girls roll up 123 points at super meet

MAQUOKETA– With an eye now on getting entries through to the 2015 State Co-Ed Track Meet, Solon’s girls brought home two more championships last week; a 40-plus point victory margin in the 16-team WaMaC conference meet in Maquoketa, and a similar win at Monticello.

Full hearts fill empty stomachs

NL’s Holy Trinity exceeds goal in fight against hunger

NORTH LIBERTY– If just 25¢ can buy a child one meal, imagine what $22,000 can do.
That’s how much North Liberty’s Holy Trinity Church members raised, with help from the entire community and 18 area business sponsors, to benefit Kids Against Hunger this year.
West High School senior Mareda Smith, daughter of Pastor Tim Smith and his wife Lisa, along with West High graduate Abby Heller, organized Holy Trinity’s event and led hundreds of congregation members and volunteers in a day-long packing session March 28.

NL pantry garden project gets off the ground with ribbon cutting

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Community Pantry is ready to cultivate a new generation of gardeners.
Community members officially celebrated the pantry’s new project, the Growing Together Garden, with a ribbon cutting, poetry reading and tree planting on Saturday, April 25. Funded by a $38,850 grant from the Wellmark Foundation and matching dollars raised throughout the community, as well as in-kind donations of time, materials and labor, the garden is an extension of the pantry’s services to provide food to those in need.

How to save a life

Two Solon seniors reach blood donation goal

SOLON– Could a teenager dare someone to help save a life?
It could, in the case of Ty Appleget and Preston Miller, two Solon High School seniors who challenged each other to become Gallon Grads.

Filling the gap

SolonFC tries to bridge between elementary and high school soccer

SOLON– Are you ready for some fútbol?
For more than 50 Solon kids and their families, the answer is a resounding “Yes!”
This is the second year for the SolonFC, a youth soccer club initiated by a few Solon parents who saw a gap in the action for kids who love soccer. While Solon’s Recreation Department runs spring and fall soccer leagues for children in preschool through grade six and Solon High School’s soccer teams pick up new freshmen each year, there were no local soccer opportunities for players in seventh or eighth grade.

Something’s brewing in the Corridor

Kirkwood Community College, NL business capitalize on home brewing popularity

CEDAR RAPIDS– When Kirkwood Program Developer Matt Murphy first started brewing his own beer two years ago, he had a lot of questions.
In search of answers, he turned to YouTube, and found dozens upon dozens of videos produced by a young beer enthusiast who went by the handle, terpsichoreankid.
“He was one of my biggest resources starting out,” Murphy said.
“This one guy” turned out to be someone right in his own backyard; Joe Williams, a home brewing expert and owner of the Marion and North Liberty home brew supply stores, BIY (Brew It Yourself).

Old Gold Diner celebrate 35th anniversary

Johnny Krob entertains the capacity crowd at the Old Gold Diner’s 35th anniversary celebration Wednesday, April 15. The Old Gold Diner is Solon’s congregate meal site, and some of the original staff were present for the meal. Located in the fellowship hall of the Solon United Methodist Church, the Old Gold Diner provides a lunch meal weekdays and special events and activities throughout the month. (photo by Doug Lindner)

Twin titles for solon at Drake Relays

Solon’s Shelby Gunnells follows through on a throw in the 2015 Drake Relays high school shot put. Gunnells won the competition to match her 2014 Drake title.
Solon senior Connor Ham eyes the finish line during the final of the 110-meter high hurdles at the Drake Relays Friday. Ham won the event in 14.31 seconds, the fastest time of all preliminaries as well as the final. Ham placed second in the event as a sophomore and missed the finals last year as a junior.

Feed me!

Ironic comedy is Pete Huch’s curtain call

TIFFIN — For 11 years, Pete Huch has been the director of the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) high school drama department. On Saturday April 11, as the curtain came down on the third and final performance of Little Shop of Horrors, the show ended and Huch’s time as department director went dark.
“I wouldn’t say I’m giving it up,” Huch said, “but I’m allowing someone else to entertain the audiences.”
The show centers on a man-eating plant from outer space and a number of people trying to find better lives for themselves. For Huch it was a bit more.

movin’ on up

The former home of Don and Yvonne Epley heads south on Racine Avenue Thursday, April 16, after being moved off its foundation at the site of the new Solon Middle School. The home was purchased from the Solon Community School District by Dick and Judy Miller and was relocated to a family farm south of Solon. (photo by Jessica Milliman)

Raking it in

NLYBS hits it out of the park with annual field clean-up day

NORTH LIBERTY– Talk about cleanup batters.
It was a huge day at the ballpark, as more than 630 people joined North Liberty Youth Baseball and Softball (NLYBS) leaders to help with the league’s annual Field Enhancement Day on Saturday, March 28, at Penn Meadows Park in North Liberty.