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She’s a Very poplar girl

McKenna Cole tracks trees as they filter Solon wastewater

SOLON– You wouldn’t expect most high school seniors to spend much time at Solon’s waste water treatment plant behind Randall Park. But on a blustery Saturday morning, McKenna Cole and her father were ducking around two planter boxes attached to a vat of wastewater, making quick adjustments to her experimental filtration system.

Played to the hilt

Sir Oblong Fitz Oblong, played by CCA’s Mollie Sherman, demonstrates what she would do if she were to take up Squire Blackheart on his challenge to a duel in the Clear Creek Amana High School drama department’s winter production, “The Thwarting of Baron Bolligrew.” For more photos of the play, see page A8. (photo by Chris Umscheid)

Clippers pick up a win from Vinton-Shellsburg

TIFFIN– Nile Rourke summed it up very succinctly.
“It feels good to start the New Year off right.”
The junior was talking about his Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers’ 55-44 win Thursday night (Jan. 2) at home against the Vinton-Shellsburg Vikings. The win improved the squad’s record to 3-5 and took away some of the sting of a pre-Christmas loss to West Branch. “It was good to be in control and to keep it for the whole game. We’ve had trouble finishing games, so it’s about time we played a full game and finished and won a game,” Rourke said.

Solon steps up to the plate

Donors make sure chickens arrive in time for holiday meal

Merry Christmas, Santa

Santa Claus and his friend Kyle share a holiday hug during Tiffin’s annual visit with Santa event at Bella Sala in Tiffin on Saturday, Dec. 14. It was the first year the city has sponsored the event, previously hosted by the Tiffin Volunteer Fire Department. (photo by Lori Lindner)

The kids who pray

Grace Community Church members carry essence of Christmas through the year

CORALVILLE– They have become known as the kids who pray.
When residents at Lantern Park Nursing and Rehabilitation Center see them coming, something changes; an energy that is almost palpable suddenly fills the air.
Members of Grace Community Church in North Liberty have always done community outreach and service projects; it’s part of the church’s overall mission. But there is something a little special when a group of children and a group of aging seniors come together to share fellowship.

All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth

Grace Fiala (right) reacts while talking to Santa Claus along with sister Grace (left) at the Solon State Bank Friday, Dec. 13. Santa Claus spent time with more than a dozen children during his annual visit to the bank. (photo by Doug Lindner)

Moving to higher ground

Volunteers from the Solon United Methodist Church youth groups and from United Action for Youth gathered in the brisk conditions at Randall Park Tuesday afternoon to help spread sand and mulch for the relocation of the park’s playground equipment. The city made the decision earlier this year to move the playground to higher ground after spring flooding eroded the base. (photos by Doug Lindner)

What if we’re just a little bit naughty?

It was HIS idea. Jolly Old Saint Nicholas conspired with Anushka Dervesh, whispering something in her ear just before her mother snapped this photo of the two of them sticking out their tongues. Santa Claus visited the North Liberty Community Center on Saturday, Dec. 7, to visit with local kids during the community’s annual Breakfast With Santa event. Children were able to enjoy a pancake breakfast, do a craft, play with Jumbe the Lion, view a toy train in action and watch a holiday video before jumping in the long line of kids waiting to sit on Santa’s lap.

Trojans defend the mats in double dual win

West 29, Hempstead 27 . . . . . West 40, Xavier 22

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IOWA CITY– The West High Trojan grapplers successfully defended their mats Thursday, Dec. 12, in double dual action against the Mustangs of Dubuque Hempstead and Saints of Cedar Rapids Xavier.
Against Hempstead, Chris Walters pinned Kaleb Phillips in 2:57 for the 132-pound match while John Milani took a 15-4 major decision from Kevin Pape in the 160 match. Aydan Wynos also won a major decision, 10-1, over Tanner Heeren. West’s varsity prevailed by a slim 29-27 margin to win the dual while the junior varsity (JV) crew fell, 36-34.

Changes on tap for Old Gold

Solon Retirement Village to provide meals beginning in 2014

SOLON– Solon’s Old Gold Dining began providing congregate meals to area seniors in May 1980, the year after the Solon United Methodist Church built its fellowship hall. In the three decades since its inception, the program has undergone various changes, from cooking meals on-site to contracting with a meal provider, serving a fluctuating number of people throughout the years to a current roster of 93 participants age 60 and older.
Over time, Old Gold Dining has become much more than a place to get hot food once a day for the price of a free-will donation.

First win for girls comes against Demons

Alex Henry 3-pointer gives Lady Spartans the lead with 5 seconds

SOLON– The Lady Spartans earned their first victory of the young basketball season after a clutch Alex Henry 3-pointer completed a comeback win against the Washington Demons Saturday, 47-46.
Solon improved to 1-3, and the win helped erase the bad taste from the previous evening when the Lady Spartans let a fourth quarter lead slip away against Center Point-Urbana (CP-U).