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Solon heads into tournaments

SOLON– Solon’s varsity volleyball team took advantage of an opportunity for a conference win with a 3-0 sweep of Anamosa on Senior Night Oct. 13.
The game featured the return of sophomore Grace Keith, sidelined since early in the season by an ankle injury.
“The team really looked confident with her back on the floor,” said Head Coach Peter Gustin. “It’s been a slow process incorporating her back in, and her jump count will be limited moving forward.”
Senior Josey Hajek was also back in the lineup after an ankle sprain at the Waverly-Shell Rock Invite Oct. 3.

Happy harvest

NL Pantry celebrates first gardening season

NORTH LIBERTY – The Growing Together Garden, in the backyard of the North Liberty Community Pantry, flourished in its first year.
The pantry held a Taste and Tour event at the garden on Oct. 11. Garden Coordinator Ilsa DeWald and Nick Bergus, of the pantry’s Board of Directors Garden Committee, led attendees on a tour through the Growing Together Garden and the pantry itself.
Pantry garden volunteer Judy Bornkessel attended the event with her 12- and 6-year-old granddaughters, Annika and Beckett Kruse.
As Beckett sampled some kale, her grandmother explained the purpose of the garden.

Clippers vanquish Vikings on the gridiron

CCA 27, Vinton-Shellsburg 7

VINTON– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity football Clippers improved to 4-4 on the season with a non-district win on the road in Vinton Friday, Oct. 16. The Clippers raided the Vinton-Shellsburg Vikings and took a 27-7 victory from their WaMaC foes, dropping the Vikings to 2-6 overall.
The Vikings scored on their first drive of the game after receiving the opening kickoff and put the Clippers in a 7-0 deficit.

Honor, bravery and appreciation

Local fabricator says “thank you” in a big way

SOLON— There are many traditions in the fire service, including the Maltese Cross, the time-honored symbol of firefighters. The Maltese Cross is considered a badge of honor and a symbol of protection displayed by American firefighters.
In Solon, it’s also a sign of gratitude and appreciation.
Bill Frees, owner of Newport Fab and Machine, Inc., recently fabricated and donated a Maltese Cross emblem to the Solon Fire Department.

Home stretch ahead

Boys finish 11th, girls 10th at North Linn

TROY MILLS– The stakes go up in the final days of the 2015 cross country season. Solon’s boys and girls go from Thursday’s WaMaC conference meet to the state qualifier next week, and hopefully on to state, Oct. 31.

Great shakes

NL’s fourth annual dog plunge makes a splash

NORTH LIBERTY– Tails were wagging and wet fur was flying at the North Liberty Aquatic Center, Sept. 10 and 11, during the city’s fourth annual Doggie Plunge event.
Each year as the city closes its outdoor pool to human customers, Aquatics Director Katie Gerot and her staff get ready to entertain four-legged friends who also enjoy getting wet. In order to be pet-friendly, the water must be properly prepared by cutting off chemical treatments and dropping the water level below the system’s filters.

Spectacular Senior Night for West

Trojans pick up second win, 63-27, over Hempstead

IOWA CITY– The West High Trojans put on quite a show Friday, Oct. 9, as they celebrated Senior Night with a 63-27 win over Dubuque Hempstead. The win elevated the Trojans to 2-5 overall, 2-0 in Class 4A District 7, while the Mustangs slipped to 5-2 overall, 1-1 in district play.

Remembering Solon’s fallen

Window display tells the story of Solon’s war veterans

SOLON– In November 1942, a Japanese torpedo sank the USS Juneau, a light cruiser. Among the dead were five brothers from Waterloo: George, Francis, Joseph, Madison and Albert Sullivan. News of the deaths of the five Sullivan brothers became a rally cry for the war effort as their story went nationwide.

Rounding first and heading toward second

Officials pitch dirt for Penn Meadows sports pavilion

NORTH LIBERTY– A major project in Penn Meadows Park is in full swing.
A groundbreaking ceremony on Sept. 21 marked the spot for the new Penn Meadows Park Pavilion and Commemorative Baseball Diamond, a collaborative project between the City of North Liberty and the North Liberty Youth Baseball and Softball (NLYBS) organization. The new pavilion will include a concession stand, a shelter with seating, a storage area and much-needed restrooms.
NLYBS President Scott Rundle led off the event with remarks about the facility.

Solon High School Homecoming Court announced

The 2015 homecoming court for the Solon Community School District was announced last week in advance of Homecoming Week. The king was to be named at the Homecoming Parade Wednesday evening, while the queen will be crowned at halftime of Solon’s varsity football game against Central DeWitt Friday. The Homecoming Court includes: (front) Lillee McAtee, Katy Misel, Katie Moore, Jade Flansburg, Eva Platz and Jenna Roskopf; (back) Dylan Doyle, Nate Christensen, Cherif Longou, Tanner Wymer, Jalen Howsare and Steven Wilson. (photo by Doug Lindner)

Solon falls to Washington, 28-14

Spartans unable to exorcise Demons

WASHINGTON– Washington rolled into Friday’s game on top in Class 3A District 5 with a 3-1 record. Solon journeyed to Washington in third place in Class 3A District 4 at 2-2.
Washington arrived after a 23-0 win over Fairfield. Solon showed up after shellacking Marion, 35-0, in a rain-soaked offensive.
Both teams were looking to make a statement. Washington did, with a 28-14 win.

Migrating to Mexico

Project documents butterflies

KENT PARK— Every fall, monarch butterflies pass through Johnson County on their way to their winter home in Mexico, a journey of over 2,000 miles. Scientifically inclined minds have often pondered where the little wonders come from, where they go and what, if anything, affects their journey. During an afternoon event Saturday, Sept. 12, at F. W. Kent Park, 65 of the colorful fliers were tagged and documented as they headed south.
Kristen Morrow, a Naturalist with Johnson County Conservation, led the event for 80 people.