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Our Lord’s Church annual candy and gift sale Fri. and Sat. Dec. 5-6

SOLON– Our Lord’s Church will be holding its 10th annual candy sale Friday, Dec. 5, from 3 until 7 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 6, from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Featured are a large variety of homemade candies as well as gifts and homemade items. Enjoy a cup of coffee and work your way around the room and select your items.

Senior of the Year: Rita Brannaman

A spirit of independence and courage

SOLON– If you know Rita Brannaman well, she probably has your birthday marked on her calendar.
She’s that kind of person.
“I care for other people,” she said.
Brannaman, 85, was named Solon Senior of the Year for 2014 by the Solon Senior Advocates this spring, an honor she shared with Fred Bark.
A lifelong resident of the Solon area, Brannaman has been a longtime volunteer for the Solon American Legion Auxiliary, a charter member of the Solon Women’s Club, an officer with the Sutliff Bridge Authority, and involved in a number of other local organizations.

Back to the drawing board for E&J Electric’s expansion plan?

Proposal for apartments above storage units

SOLON– “We’ve got a disagreement,” said City Attorney Jim Martinek.
“But we disagree on what, though?” asked E&J Electric owner John Schmidt.
Apparently, what constitutes a commercial garage.
Schmidt went before the Solon City Council Nov. 5, seeking input on his concept plan to combine storage for his business with upper-level apartments adjacent to the E&J Electric location on East Main Street.
He came away from the meeting uncertain.
“I have no clue what I’m supposed to do next,” Schmidt told council members.

Solon Food Pantry to provide Thanksgiving boxes Nov. 24

SOLON– The Solon Community Food Pantry will provide Thanksgiving boxes with all the fixings for a meal again this year. Boxes may be picked up during regular hours Monday, Nov. 24, from 2 until 6 p.m. All those interested who have not registered, please visit the pantry Monday, Nov. 17, or call 319-430-8655 for more information.

Old Gold Diner: more activities

SOLON– Wanted: Persons interested starting some new and revisited activities at Solon’s Old Gold Diner.
The Old Gold Diners would like to start a quilting group again, with beginners welcome. The type of group and the meeting date will be determined after it is known how many people are interested.
Also, organizers would like to start an Old Gold Diner kitchen band. You wouldn’t need to know how to play any instrument; you would just need a good imagination and be willing to have a little fun. For either of these activities, contact Duane at 624-2251 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on weekdays.

Register now for boys basketball

SOLON– Learn the fundamentals of basketball, proper sportsmanship, competition, teamwork, and most importantly– have fun– as part of the Solon Recreation Department’s 2015 boys basketball program.
Registration for grades three through six will run from Nov. 20 until Dec. 15. Fee is $38 for Solon City residents (includes shirt) and $43 for non-resident s (includes shirt). After the deadline, registrants will be charged a late fee of $15.

Interested in playing indoor soccer?

SOLON– The parks and recreation director at Lisbon is looking to see if there is enough interest in the area to start an adult (16+) Futsal indoor soccer league.
You can go to the following website to find out more information: http://www.futsal.com. But in short, it is basically Indoor Soccer played five-on-five and uses a low-bounce Futsal ball. It uses a basketball court to play on, or similar indoor area.
If you are interested in playing, go to the Solon Parks and Recreation Facebook page and click on “Like” for this posting.

Third time the charm for the Lady Spartans

3A CHAMPIONS

CEDAR RAPIDS– They believed in themselves, and it worked.
The Solon volleyball team saved its best for last, whipping through the Class 3A state tournament without losing a set and claiming the title Friday, Nov. 14, against Mount Vernon at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids.
Solon enjoyed a 48-29 kill advantage over the Mustangs, led by senior Jordan Runge with 18 kills, a 66 percent kill efficiency and four blocks. Senior Jordan Smith added 13 kills and 12 digs.

Nearad, Smith help power Solon semifinal win

CEDAR RAPIDS– Taylor Nearad doesn’t have a name for her serve. Maybe she should think of one.
“My dad calls it the curvy serve,” Nearad said.
Nearad’s sizzling, spinning serves helped Solon’s volleyball team wrest control of a Class 3A semifinal from third-ranked Nevada Thursday, Nov. 13, propelling the Lady Spartans into a championship game for the third straight year.
Nearad’s nine aces and fellow senior Jordan Smith’s 18 kills fueled a Solon attack that ended up sweeping the Cubs 25-20, 25-13, 25-21

Thanksgiving meal at Our Lord’s Church

SOLON– Our Lord’s Church will be serving a free Thanksgiving meal Thursday, Nov. 27. All are welcome. Reservations are not required but would be helpful. The meal will be served at noon at the church, 131 N. Market St., Solon. Rides and deliveries are also available. Call Duane and Anna at 319-841-2243 (a local call from Solon) with questions or reservations.

Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service Nov. 23 at St. Mary

SOLON– Solon’s combined Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service will be held Sunday, Nov. 23, at St. Mary Catholic Church, with a 5 p.m. soup dinner and a 6 p.m. service. The service will be led by Father Tim Sheedy and will feature the combined choirs of Solon United Methodist, St. Mary and Our Lord’s churches. Come join and give thanks.

Solon voters support LOST cause

Big five say no; Solon and four others say yes

JOHNSON COUNTY– While the 2009 vote for a Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) marked the closest public measure election results in Johnson County history– with a margin of seven votes in Iowa City– last week’s outcome was more disparate.
Smaller communities in the county managed to pass the one-cent sales tax measure, but the contiguous cities of Iowa City, Coralville, North Liberty, Tiffin and University Heights– which were combined into a single voting block– failed to reach a majority.