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Nora Heaton

Volunteering is a win-win

Solon Senior of the Year: Dave Frisbie

SOLON– Why volunteer?
“I hadn’t thought about it,” said Solon Senior Advocates’ Senior of the Year honoree Dave Frisbie. “I think of all the people who have volunteered before me, and I just do it.”
Having always been service-oriented, his main concern was not whether to volunteer but how and where to do it. He settled on a few key areas in his life: helping maintain trails at Lake Macbride, driving for Table to Table and the Solon Senior Advocates, and doing chores for seniors at no charge.

Please unsubscribe

Wurzer tries to save school district from unwanted mail

SOLON– The contents of Solon Community School District staff mailboxes should be a little slimmer next month– and that’s a good thing.
For the last few months, Solon Middle School associate Diane Wurzer has been collecting unwanted mailings sent to staff at Solon schools, contacting the companies sending these mailers, and unsubscribing from their lists.

True community space

Morse Community Club embraces life in the village

MORSE– The Morse Community Club, at 2542 Putnam St NE off Iowa Highway 1, is the place to be if you’re looking to kick back and enjoy community fellowship. People there chat about work and crops, and update each other on how the family is doing. It’s a relaxing, family-oriented, community-minded atmosphere, said Brian Tucker, who has been a member of the club for the past five or so years.

Devoted to serving kids

Youth librarian Cassi Elton ready to reach out to Solon

SOLON—Solon’s kids were welcomed to the library’s Storytime with a ukulele last week, as new Youth Services Librarian Cassandra (Cassi) Elton sang and strummed “If You Want to Read a Book” to the tune of “If You’re Happy and You Know It.”
Elton, who began in her new role on Sept. 18, will be facilitating and planning weekly Storytime, instructing Babygarten, and organizing early-out activities and teen programming.
Working with boisterous children sounds like a fun challenge to her, rather than a scary task. She loves kids’ contagious enthusiasm.

A family affair at the Johnson County Fair

Solon's five Düsters participate in Johnson County Fair

SOLON– Seven ribbons and five days later, the Düster family came to the conclusion of yet another Johnson County Fair.
It’s a busy week for many families in the county. But the Düsters are unique in that they have five children in 4-H– at the same time.
All five kids started 4-H in fifth grade and are still going strong– although the oldest, who just graduated from Solon High School, participated in his last fair this year.

Meet Eric Ewald

New Van Allen principal already at “home” in North Liberty

NORTH LIBERTY – Eric Ewald is two months into his new job as principal of Van Allen Elementary, and he’s feeling right at home.
That’s partly because he is home. Ewald, his wife and their two kids live and spend their days in North Liberty already. For Ewald, living and working in the same community is a major plus. Moreover, Van Allen is a great fit, he said.
Ewald will bring to Van Allen an emphasis on what he considers his two biggest strengths as a principal: relationships and communication.
Relationships start with kids, he said.

A habit of volunteerism

SOLON– For Marcy and Larry Olson community service is just the right thing to do – whether it takes the form of Marcy’s food deliveries to seniors in Solon or Larry’s route transporting children with special needs to and from school.
If you ask them why they do it, they’ll reply: just because.
“I don’t really think about it, I guess,” Larry said. “It’s just something I do.”

Takes family to open Ely creamery

Dan and Debbie’s Creamery will sell milk and ice cream, opening July 30

ELY– The opening-soon Dan and Debbie’s Creamery in Ely will sell white and chocolate milk, squeaky cheese curds and homemade ice cream. But it will also sell some things that are non-quantifiable: the security of knowing your milk comes from happy, well-treated cows, the satisfaction of finding a tasty and high-quality product by a local business, and the knowledge that your dollar supports a business built and maintained by an entire family.

Preparing SCSD students for success

Strategic Plan: postsecondary success and lifelong learning

SOLON– The Solon Community School District officially approved its Strategic Plan at the June 13 Board of Education meeting.
The Strategic Plan describes a vision for the district, identifies its beliefs and values, and lays out goals.

Takes family comes together to open Ely creamery

Dan and Debbie’s Creamery will sell milk and ice cream, opening July 30

ELY– The opening-soon Dan and Debbie’s Creamery in Ely will sell white and chocolate milk, squeaky cheese curds and homemade ice cream. But it will also sell some things that are non-quantifiable: the security of knowing your milk comes from happy, well-treated cows, the satisfaction of finding a tasty and high-quality product by a local business, and the knowledge that your dollar supports a business built and maintained by an entire family.

Board discusses fourth attendance center

Architects to present latest design to school board in June

SOLON– What will the Solon school district’s fourth attendance center look like?
We’ll know more later this month.
The Solon Community School District Board of Education met with Struxture Architects in a special April meetingd to consider three different design options with drawings and costs for each. The cost of a full remodel to the current middle school would be just over $10 million.

Teaching a love of language

 SOLON– Most of Solon knows Lori Lindner as a reporter and photographer for the Solon Economist and North Liberty Leader newspapers. For the past 10 years, Lindner helped record the towns’ news and photographed its events.
But these days, she’s writing more lesson plans than news stories. This spring, she transitioned into a new role in Solon: the youth services librarian for the Solon Public Library.