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News

No post-Thanksgiving surge

Eidahl provides COVID update at school board meeting Parents asked to consider game plan for possible closures

SOLON The Solon Community School District (SCSD) made it past Thanksgiving with no serious surge in COVID-19 cases, but its urging parents to be prepared in early 2021.
Superintendent Davis Eidahl provided an update on the districts response to the pandemic during a Dec. 17 school board meeting.
So (we) really appreciate our families and their efforts with mitigation outside the school day, which were pretty sure had a positive impact on our current data, he noted.

3 more months

City and school renew community center lease New location at fire station?

SOLON– Three months at a time.
The City of Solon and the Solon Community School District agreed to a three-month lease for the former middle school and current community center on South Iowa Street.
The new lease begins Jan. 1, 2021, and runs through March 30, 2021.
Council members approved their side of the agreement at a regular meeting Dec. 16.
The city scaled back the operation of the community center in an attempt to cope with high utility bills and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on recreation programs.

Kunkel ready for sheriff’s role

Priority on domestic violence, technology investigation

SOLON– You don’t get to say it very often in Johnson County.
There’s a new sheriff in town.
Brad Kunkel will take the reins from retiring Sheriff Lonny Pulkrabek with the end of the calendar year.
The rural Solon resident and former city council member soundly defeated Al Fear in the June primary and was unopposed in the Nov. 3 general election.
Now he’s prepared to make good on his campaign pledges and is working with Pulkrabek on a smooth transition.

Lone rangers: Number of state park officers declines despite growth in visitors

DES MOINES– Iowa’s state park rangers, certified peace officers safeguarding the state’s premier outdoor recreational areas, are confronting an increasingly endangered species: themselves.
Budget cuts severely thinned the ranks of state park rangers over years, to 35 this year from between 45 and 55 in the late 1990s, State Parks Bureau data shows.

Bill Bryson’s “The Body” discussed Jan. 7 and 14

SOLON– Students enrolled in the Anatomy and Physiology class at Solon High School will facilitate small group discussions of Bill Bryson’s book, “The Body,” on Thursday, Jan. 7, and again on Jan. 14, from 12:30-1:30 p.m., as part of the Community Read program organized by science teacher Dawn Posekany.

IC Hy-Vee serves up meals for Solon seniors

100 meals for milestone Kirk Ferentz win

SOLON– It’s been a difficult year for seniors weathering the pandemic indoors.
So, when Hy-Vee offered up 100 free meals to celebrate the 100th Big Ten football win for University of Iowa Head Coach Kirk Ferentz, Solon was ready to accept.
On Thursday, Dec. 10, the Iowa City Waterfront Hy-Vee delivered the meals to the Solon United Methodist Church where a group of volunteer drivers were awaiting.
Solon was selected in large part because of its dedication to serving its senior population, according to Hy-Vee’s Nicole Reisen.

Solon Community Food Pantry announces Emergency Assistance Program

SOLON– Many in the Solon community are experiencing food insecurity and financial shortfalls, and the Solon Community Food Pantry is trying to address the emergency financial concerns of residents.
Pantry staff contacted Becci Reedus, executive director of CommUnity Crisis Services and Food Bank in Iowa City, for information and guidance. Reedus and crisis center staff helped local organizers establish the Solon Community Pantry in 2012.

Holiday help for Solon Legion Auxiliary

Solon Middle School students assisted in wrapping Kleenex boxes for the Solon American Legion Auxiliary Unit. Auxiliary members annually wrap the holiday gift distributed at the Solon Nursing Care Center by Solon Legionnaires and Santa during the holiday. Due to COVID-19, the wrapping and distribution of the gifts were in question. Therefore, Auxiliary member and middle school teacher Beth DeVries summoned the help of students to aid in this worthwhile Auxiliary project. Pictured amongst the wrapped gifts are seventh graders Aly Bulechek and William Katzer. (contributed photos)

Lakeview preschool accepting applications for 2021-2022

SOLON– The 2021-2022 Lakeview Elementary preschool application opens on Monday, Jan. 4, 2021, by 8 a.m.
The school website was updated, so please follow these directions to find the applications: go to www.solon.k12.ia.us; click on “Sites” at the top of the page and select Lakeview; click on “Menu” at the top of the page; and click on “Lakeview Preschool” located below the Preschool Applications.
The application deadline is Friday, Feb. 8, 2021.
Applicants will be notified on Monday, Feb. 26, 2021 as to the status of enrollment.

Robotics club can and bottle drive Saturday, Jan. 2

SOLON The Solon Robotics club will be holding a can and bottle collection on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021, from 8 a.m. to noon.
We have a smaller group this season because of COVID-19 restrictions, so please bring your donations to the bus parking area, behind the Solon Community Center auditorium on Iowa Street, noted robotics coach Bill Mattaliano. We will try to have students out with parents in vehicles to collect around town.
If you have donations to be picked up, please email (solonrobotics367@gmail.com) or call (319-541-6855) Mattaliano to arrange pickup.

Some parents uncooperative

Solon district nurses busy with contact tracing Board expresses 100 percent support for protocols

SOLON– If kids are going to stay in school, strict contact tracing must take place, Superintendent Davis Eidahl said.
“That’s just the way it’s got to be,” he noted.
But not everyone has been happy to receive a phone call from school nurses Kris Elijah and Amy Link.
“When working through a case, parents can take their frustrations out on us,” Elijah said via email.
The two Solon Community School District (SCSD) nurses were on hand for a Nov. 19 meeting of the board of education to share their experiences responding to increased COVID-19 positive cases and quarantines.

Holiday Decorating Contest winners announced

SOLON– The Holiday Decorated Trees and Wreaths were judged and the winners for each category are, as follows: Trees-Seasonal Category, “An Old-Fashioned Christmas” donated by Ellison Insurance; Book/Movie/Game Category, “Baby Shark” donated by Lisa Kaefring; Creative/Artistic Category, “Stress Free Tree” donated by Ward’s Counseling Services; -Nature Category, “Dino-mite” donated by James Martinek; and Sports Category, “Go Fish!” donated by Sandra Phillips.