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Community

Machine Shed Mantra

Senior football dads keep the spirit alive

SOLON– The “Machine shed mantra” has been a part of Solon football tradition since 1985, when Maury Miller, Coach Kevin Miller’s father, scrawled “Bear Season” on the building in reference to a rivalry game between the Solon Spartans and the West Branch Bears.
The original intent was to elevate the level of competition and has done so, for the last 32 years.

Water we going to do now?

Packed house for Gallery Acres West meeting with DNR

SOLON– It was a long meeting.
So what comes next?
Members of the Solon City Council and a standing-room-only crowd packed into City Hall Tuesday, Oct. 24, to question representatives of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) about efforts to resolve water supply issues for a nearby rural subdivision.
No official action was taken from council members and it wasn’t clear whether the marathon meeting shed any new light on how best to deal with unacceptable levels of arsenic in Gallery Acres West’s (GAW) drinking water.

SHS presents “Disney’s Mary Poppins” Nov. 10, 11 and 12

SOLON– Solon Center for the Arts will present “Disney’s Mary Poppins” Friday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 11, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 12, at 2 p.m.
Tickets are available online at www.midwestix.com/organizations/solon-center.
Tickets for “Disney’s Mary Poppins” will also be sold in-person in the Solon Center for the Arts Lobby on Saturday, Nov. 4, from 10 a.m. until noon, Monday, Nov. 6, from 6-8 p.m. and Thursday, Nov. 9, from 6-8 p.m. The box office will also be open one hour before each show Nov. 10, 11 and 12.

Holiday Tree Decorating Contest

SOLON– The GFWC/Iowa Solon Women’s Club and the Solon Public Library are sponsoring the Holiday Tree Decorating Contest at the library. The proceeds from the contest will be given to the Solon Splash Pad Fund.

Construction on 180th Street NE to county line completed

IOWA CITY– 180th Street NE, from Utah Avenue NE to the Johnson-Cedar county line, will reopen to traffic by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 25.
The improvements planned for this project are complete and only minor touch-up work along the roadway may take place over the next couple of weeks. Drive carefully through the project area and be aware of equipment and workers in the right-of-way.

Advocates attending “Elf The Musical” Wednesday, Nov. 15

SOLON– The Solon Senor Advocates are planning to attend a performance of “Elf The Musical” Wednesday, Nov. 15, at Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse in Rock Island.
“Elf The Musical” is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Based on the 2003 movie starring Will Ferrell and James Caan. Leave the Solon Recreation and Nature Area at 10:15 a.m.
Call 624-2710 to join the trip.

Solon man charged with felony theft after credit card purchases

NORTH LIBERTY– A Solon man has been accused of purchasing over $20,000 of personal items on company credit cards over an 18-month period.
According to court documents, Virgil Dewayne Olney, 43, was charged with unauthorized use of a credit card (over $10,000) and theft in the first degree, both Class C felonies.

Swisher Auxiliary to host Annual Homemade Turkey Supper and Turkey Bingo Saturday, Nov. 4

SWISHER– Swisher Auxiliary’s Annual Homemade Turkey Supper and Turkey Bingo will hosted Saturday, Nov 4, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at the Swisher American Legion, located at 68 3rd St. SE, in Swisher.
Cost of the event is adults $10, children 6-12 years old $5 with under 5 admitted free.
The Junior Auxiliary will also host a turkey bingo upstairs. Cost is $1 to play bingo for the opportunity to win a frozen turkey. Bingo begins at 4:30 p.m. and lasts until the turkeys are gone. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Free Thanksgiving Meal at Our Lord’s Church Thursday, Nov. 23

SOLON– Our Lord’s Church will serve a free Thanksgiving meal Thursday, Nov. 23. All are welcome. Reservations are not required but would be helpful. The meal will be served at noon at the church, located at 131 N. Market St. in Solon. Rides and deliveries are also available. Call Duane and Anna at 319-841-2243 (a local call from Solon) with questions or reservations.

Senior Advocates seeking to raise funds for van upkeep

SOLON– Solon Senior Advocates is asking the community to help maintain the organization’s trip program for seniors. The Advocates’ yearly $3,000 insurance and maintenance costs exceed what can fairly be charged to area seniors. The Advocates purchased a 15-passenger mini-van from the University of Iowa in 2014 in order to take seniors on monthly restaurant road trips and excursions to area interests.

Ely News by Lenna See

Edward and Loretta Jenson, of Pelican Rapids, Minn., spent a few days visiting her brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Eileen Jacobson. They were en route to their winter home in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Dan and Debbie’s Creamery receives Iowa Entrepreneur Award

WEST DES MOINES– For several years, Dan Takes had a vision of starting a creamery right by the family’s Linn County dairy, and they would provide farm fresh dairy products to local consumers. Dan’s wife, Debbie, knew how much work would be necessary for the creamery, and with six children, Dan’s business vision needed to wait for the right opportunity.