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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.

Double-digit wins keep Solon unbeaten

Spartans shoot lights-out in conference wins

SOLON– It’s a 4-0 start for the Solon varsity boys basketball team.
The Spartans continued the undefeated start to the season with a 67-45 win over Central DeWitt at home Dec. 8 and a 77-64 victory over Western Dubuque on the road Dec. 11.
In both games, Solon jumped out to an early lead, shot a high percentage from the floor and enjoyed a marked advantage at the free throw line.
The Spartans limited the Sabers to 13 first-half points in the Dec. 8 home win.

On track for Christmas

Luke Stevenson of North Liberty watches the toy train set, operated by Eric Auran of Art & Antiques, at the North Liberty Community Center’s Breakfast with Santa event Dec. 5. Stevenson was one of about 350 children who came to the 10th annual breakfast co-sponsored by the city’s recreation department and the North Liberty Lions Club, which provides area children the chance to take photos on Santa’s lap, eat a pancake breakfast and enjoy holiday activities. (photo by Lori Lindner)

Annie

Orphans, billionaires, the President and a charming little dog

SOLON– There are no hard knocks when it comes to the Solon High School (SHS) drama department; only rave reviews.
Roughly 60 students comprised the cast, crew and orchestra of SHS’s production of “Annie, the Musical,” a Broadway adaptation performed Nov. 13-15 to nearly sold-out crowds at each show. With the help of several volunteers to help with set decoration and props, director Jessica Frerich said the community came together to create another successful show.

Steve Clark pays attention to detail

USS Iowa model built with grandkids

SOLON– Steve Clark has crafted toys over the years for his grandchildren. But he made his latest toy along with them: a scale model replica of the USS Iowa battleship.
Born and raised in Mount Vernon and a 1967 graduate of Mount Vernon High School (MVHS), Clark now lives in Solon. Since 1979, he’s been teaching industrial arts at Clear Creek-Amana High School.
Clark and his four grandchildren, who live in Mount Vernon, have built the USS Iowa battleship model over the past two years.