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Community

Join Solon Cub Scouts!

SOLON– Boys in kindergarten through fifth grade who are interested in joining Cub Scouts are invited to the Lake Macbride State Park primitive campground on Saturday, Aug. 26, starting at 1 p.m. Feel free to stop out anytime and learn what Cub Scouts is about. For additional information, contact Shelly Merrick at slmerrick2@msn.com or Hal Kleinsmith at halkleinsmith@aol.com.

New Solon Robotics room Open house

SOLON– Fifth through 12th grade students can check out the new robotics rooms in the lower level of the old middle school, below the Central Office, on Thursday, Aug. 31, from 5-6:30 p.m., Sept. 1 from 3:15-6 p.m., and Sept. 2 from 8-10:30 a.m.
Solon Robotics competes in FIRST Robotics First Tech Challenge (FTC) and VEX Robotics around the state. Competition challenges change each season so the game is always something new. Stop in the Solon Public Library to see the display.
Questions can be sent to coach Bill Mattaliano at solonrobotics367@gmail.com.

St. Mary time capsule

By Lindsay Steele
The Catholic Messenger

The Catholic community in Solon is known for its Czech roots. So when a time capsule from 1875 revealed a German-language newspaper, everyone was puzzled.
“It’s a mystery,” Father Tim Sheedy, pastor of St. Mary Parish-Solon, said at the time.

Bob Wright wins the Car!

Bob Wright, (center) winner of Beef Days Raffle, is handed the keys to his new Ford Focus from Lynch Ford in Mount Vernon by Beef Days Committee member Don Ellis (right) as Beef Days Committee President Scott Kleppe looks on. (contributed photo)

State releases policy for 2017-18 free and reduced price meals

DES MOINES– The Iowa Department of Education, Bureau of Nutrition and Health Services, has announced its policy for free and reduced price meals for children unable to pay the full price of meals served under the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program and the Afterschool Care Snack Program.
State and Local school officials have adopted the following family size and income criteria for determining eligibility:
INCOME ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES
Effective 7-1-2017

Swisher Fun Days

Kali Poe of Swisher takes her turn in the kiddie tractor pull Friday, July 28, in downtown Swisher. The event, sponsored by the Jefferson-Monroe Township Fire Department, was one of many that made up the 2017 Swisher Fun Days.

Ranshaw name preserved

Highway 965 receives honorary title

NORTH LIBERTY– It makes sense.
Ranshaw Way, the new honorary alias for Highway 965, once ran alongside 40 acres owned by one of North Liberty’s original settlers with the same name.
“Throughout the conversation, Ranshaw kept kind of making its way up the list,” said North Liberty City Council member Jim Sayre at an unveiling ceremony Friday, Aug. 11, on the lawn of the historic Ranshaw House off Penn Street. “It’s a great name.”

School board candidates speak

TIFFIN– Five out of six candidates for three seats on the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District’s Board of Directors participated in a candidates’ forum held Wednesday, Aug. 9. Current Board members Bob Broghammer (District No. 2) and Eileen Schmidt (At-Large) are running for re-election against Scott Rohret, Kathy Swenka and Shawn Zierke. Nikki Knapp, who was unable to attend, is running for the District No. 4 seat being vacated by Jim Seelman.

Making life sweet

SOLON– “As market goes, that’s about a premium,” Ron Puettman said as he inspected a frame of comb honey pulled fresh from a hive that currently resides on the North Liberty pumpkin farm of Dean and Katie Colony. “When the bees put honey into a comb and cap it off, it’s at its purest and most perfect form,” Puettmann noted.

Antique Roadshowing, Aug. 23

SOLON– The Solon Public Library is hosting the first Antique Roadshowing Wednesday, Aug. 23, from 9 a.m. until noon for the August Senior Conversations. Dick Taber and Michelle Juehring, expert antique presenters who spoke at the June conversations’ event on various ways to pass on family valuables, will return to perform appraisals for a modest charge.
So much interest in the June event prompted this exciting follow-up. Fifteen-to 20-minute appointments may be made for either antique items or jewelry pieces by calling 624-2710.

City Water to lake area homes?

Golf course subdivision approaches council for assistance in dealing with arsenic

SOLON– The City of Solon is going to investigate the possibility of becoming a rural water supplier.
Residents of a rural subdivision adjacent to the Lake MacBride Golf Course asked the city to consider extending water service three miles to their 14 homes, and at a July 26 meeting, council members authorized city staff to continue working on the proposal.

Bur Oak seeking volunteers Aug. 19

SOLON– Join the Bur Oak Land Trust on Saturday, Aug. 19, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Iowa City to remove invasive species from its Big Grove property.
Bur Oak, a collection of nine preserved natural areas in Iowa, needs 15 people to help remove honeysuckle, autumn olive and multi-flora rose at 3999 Starry Night Ln. NE in Solon. The volunteers will head to a local event partner for a free Surly beer after the clean-up.