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Solon Public Library

Babygarten starts in September

Babygarten will be starting up again on Friday, Sept. 6, and meet for six weeks through Friday, Oct. 11. The program will be from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m. on Fridays and is designed for children ages newborn through 24 months and their caregivers. Each week there will be rhymes, songs and time for free play. Registration is required. Call the library with any questions or to register.

Window display for August

Solon School News

New school staff

The Solon Community School District is pleased to welcome the following new staff:
Munson, Jacob: HS At-Risk
Shah, Brittanie: 0.5 Reading Recovery
Carls, Keri: Begindergarten
Brown, Elizabeth: First grade
O’Hare, Jennifer: Second grade
Richmann, Kalle: HS special education
White, Jim: Varsity softball
Vry, Kylie: Ninth softball coach
Scheetz, Jodi: Assistant softball coach
Link, Amy: MS-HS nurse
Johnson, Natalie: Lakeview associate
Sedlacek, Stacy: Lakeview associate
Anderson, Chris: HS math
Miller, Melanie: HS 0.5 science

Online license renewal goes live

DOT lets you renew in your pajamas

DES MOINES– You can do your banking online. You can pay your bills online. It is even possible in some places to order a pizza via your computer.
And now, you can also renew your Iowa Drivers License.
Gov. Terry Branstad signed House File 355 into law on May 15 authorizing electronic renewal for standard operator (Class C) licenses and identification cards with a few restrictions. Mark Lowe, the director of the Iowa Department of Transportation’s (IDOT) Motor Vehicle Division said, “We are looking forward to making the driver’s license renewal process as easy as possible.”

Seventh and eighth grade football equipment handouts Aug. 15, 19

SOLON– Students interested in playing seventh and eighth grade football will have equipment handouts on the following dates and times:
Eighth grade, Thursday, Aug. 15, starting at 4 p.m. in the athletic hallway at the middle school.
Seventh grade, Monday, Aug. 19, starting at 4 p.m. in the athletic hallway at the middle school.

Connecting to a higher power

Former engineer now guiding the flock at Solon United Methodist Church

SOLON– Scott Keele Kober used to design power lines to connect communities to the electrical grid. Now, as the Pastor of the Solon United Methodist Church (UMC), he connects people to become a community, and to connect that community to the highest power: God.

Advocates honor Stinochers for 60 years of service

Decades at the Legion and Beef Days with Bob and Jean

SOLON– Jean Stinocher had no clue how to bake a kolache when she first moved to Solon– but if anyone knows a thing about kolaches, they know the Czech pastry is difficult to make just right on the first try.
“The first ones were hockey pucks,” Jean said with a grin. “But I’ve got it mastered and I make pretty damn good ones right now.”
“And pies,” barked her husband, Bob Stinocher, who said he stashes a slice away before others eat the rest. “If you don’t believe it just ask some guys at the Legion.”

State auditor releases City of Solon audit report for 2011-12 fiscal year

DES MOINES– The state auditor’s office has released the results of a City of Solon audit report for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2012.

Solon Public Library

Summer Reading prize winners drawn

The Summer Reading Program has concluded for the year and all of the winner’s names have been drawn. Watch this column next week for the listing of all the lucky winners. The Summer Reading Program is made possible by the support of the many generous sponsors who donate prizes and money earmarked for the event. Please visit the library and see the full list of our generous sponsors.

Storytime continues

Lady Spartans finish sixth

FORT DODGE– Solon entered the state softball tournament last week ranked No. 3 in Class 4A. The Lady Spartans had lost two games the entire season, both of them to eventual 4A champion Dallas Center-Grimes.
High-powered offense? Check. Solon scored 404 runs on the year on 555 hits.
Unhittable pitching? Check. Opponents bat a measly .168 when facing a Lady Spartan on the mound.

Solon settles for sixth place at 4A softball tournament

Lady Spartans defeat Waverly-Shell Rock

SOLON– The Lady Spartans finished the 4A state softball tournament with a 1-2 record Wednesday, good for sixth place.
Solon defeated Waverly-Shell Rock 10-0 in five innings Wednesday in the consolation final, then fell to Winterset 7-4 in the consolation final Wednesday evening.
The Lady Spartans ended up in the consolation bracket after a 6-1 upset Tuesday at the hands of Washington.
The girls rebounded against Waverly-Shell Rock, scoring five runs in each of the first two innings. The first inning featured doubles by Taylor Nearad and Kara Misel, and a two-run home run by Riley Ogden.

Spartan trapshooting team aiming to win

SOLON– From Friday, May 31, through Sunday, June 2, members of the Solon Spartan trapshooting team were in Cedar Falls participating in annual state level competitions.

Council approves city hall construction bid

Council sets to find enough money for metal roof

SOLON– The design is set for the new Solon City Hall.
Now the city just needs to find a way to pay for it.
At a July 2 meeting, the Solon City Council approved a bid from Garling Construction of Belle Plaine and Cedar Rapids for the building of the new city offices.
At last week’s July 17 session, the council members started gathering fund balances together to deal with about $120,000 in cost overruns for the fiscal year that ended June 30.
And to find about $17,000 for a metal roof.