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A tremendous responsibility

North Liberty Library’s veteran appreciation day reminds us of the demands of military service

NORTH LIBERTY — He was 24 years old and holding a lead container filled with the ingredients of an atomic bomb.
Joe Segreti didn’t think anything of it at the time. It was just a part of his job.
Segreti, an Iowa City resident and patron of the North Liberty Community Library, said he was among the lucky ones in World War II.

“Better than a dream”

Solon’s Ginkens goes Hollywood and finds “Western Religion”

SOLON– It’s easy to call Solon’s Bill Ginkens a Renaissance man. He’s been a photographer, painter, musician, horseman and short-order cook at the former Reggie’s Weenies in downtown Solon. Now, he adds actor to his list of accomplishments.
Ginkens landed a role in the independent movie Western Religion, written and produced by James O’Brien, without even trying.

Nothing is his kryptonite

Hawkeye Kid Captain Lincoln Ortman honored by his school, Hawkeye team members

NORTH LIBERTY– It’s not every day that North Bend Elementary School starts the morning with the entire student body and staff wearing black and gold and chanting “I-O-W-A!”
But then, it’s not every day that the North Bend community invites the Iowa Hawkeye football players to visit or throws a pep rally to honor one very special student.

He’s Got a Rock ‘n’ Roll Heart

Solon’s Kevin Samek inducted into Iowa Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame

SOLON­– Amped and energetic, uninhibited and intense, young rock musicians often have dreams of making it from their parents’ garages all the way to the big time.
Most don’t make it out of the garage.
Fate played a different tune for Kevin Samek of Solon.
In the 1970s, Kevin joined the rock band Windfall Jac, lending his vocal stylings to the band covering artists like Led Zepplin, ZZ Top and Eric Clapton.

Hard work and kindness:

Former NFL player and bestselling author visits Solon Middle School with a message about the importance of reading

SOLON– Former NFL player and current young adult novelist Tim Green sometimes speaks in CAPITAL letters.
Green, a former defensive end for the Atlanta Falcons from 1986 to 1993, used his interest in sports and reading to weave together a message about the importance of books and hard work for a packed audience of students and teachers in the Solon Middle School gymnasium Oct. 28.
The dynamic speaker and author stressed to his audience the importance of books as a gateway to other worlds and experiences, and as the training room for their minds.

Women of Troy to state tournament

Women of Troy Sweep Lions 3-0 in regional final

MARION– The West High Women of Troy avenged a pair of regular season losses to the Linn-Mar Lions with a 3-0 sweep Tuesday, Nov. 3, in a Class 5A regional final match, and earned their second consecutive state tournament appearance.

Spooky Spartan Trail

The Solon Middle School PTO hosted the Spooky Spartan Trail Friday, Oct. 30, at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area. The fundraiser featured semi-frightening scenes along the cross coutry course adjacent to the Timber DOME Lodge. At left, Carter and Quint Chickering pick out some treats from a volunteer before moving on down the trail. (photos by Doug Lindner)

Plan X

Clear Creek Amana Middle School adapts to space challenges

TIFFIN— At Clear Creek Amana (CCA) middle school, dealing with continued delays in the construction of a much-needed addition has caused the school district’s initial backup plan to give way to several subsequent contingency plans, said Principal Brad Fox.

Women of Troy to regional final

Third win over City moves West one match away from state

IOWA CITY– Once again, the West High Women of Troy proved conventional wisdom doesn’t count for much, as they showed it is possible to beat a quality team three times in one season. The myth busting occurred Thursday, Oct. 29, as West High faced rival City High in a Class 5A regional semifinal match at West, and won, 3-1. The teams first met on Sept. 8, at West, for the annual “Battle for the Spike,” which the Women of Troy took, 3-2. The rivals faced each other again, later that month, in the Dubuque Invitational with West winning, 2-0.

County celebrates Mehaffey Bridge opening

JOHNSON COUNTY– Mehaffey Bridge is finished.
Officials from Johnson County, representatives of VJ Engineering and Iowa Bridge and Culvert, and members of the public gathered in the rain Wednesday, Oct. 21, to conduct a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of the two-year project.

Solon leaves Dubuque Golden Eagles in a fog

Spartans end regular season 5-4; rematch with Demons looming

DUBUQUE– A constant misty drizzle did not deter the Solon Spartans from rolling into the “Rock Bowl” and securing their berth in the postseason.
Solon’s varsity football team defeated Dubuque Wahlert, 31-13, Oct. 23 to finish the regular season 5-4.

On to State Cross Country for Coberly

Düster just misses cut; girls seventh, boys eighth

FAIRFIELD– With a personal best time, Solon senior Trisha Coberly extended her season for another week. She toes the starting line at high noon Saturday as the gun sounds for cross country’s Class 3A state meet in Fort Dodge.
Coberly rode her 19:21 5-kilometer finish to sixth place at the state qualifying meet Oct. 22. “It doesn’t feel like it’s hit me yet,” she said, minutes after the race around the Fairfield reservoir city park. “I know it will in time. I’m just glad to go. Didn’t get to go the last two years.”