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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.

Buona sera, Solon

New restaurant brings Italy to Main Street

SOLON– There are many things to love about Italy: its wine, its warm people, its masterful historic artists, bold history and ancient architecture.
Its food.
The Red Vespa Italian Restaurant now brings some of those fine Italian qualities to the heart of downtown Solon.
Aziz and Angie Longou are the couple behind the venture, the long-anticipated eatery that opened Aug. 25. Aziz has many years of experience as a chef and restaurateur in the Corridor area.
“I started cooking in 1978, and I think I did a good job,” said Aziz.

Strumming away the road work blues

Jeffrey C. Capps performed his roots/rock music for the crowd gathered at Penn Landing Aug. 30 for a party to celebrate the end of construction on Highway 965 in North Liberty. The event featured live music, activities for children and the regular farmers’ market. For more photos of the event, see page A8. (photo by Doug Lindner)