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Archive - Jan 2013

Date

January 22nd

Rebound at Maquoketa

Lady Spartans fall to Anamosa, Regina

SOLON– Solon’s girls rebounded after a disappointing loss at Anamosa, but the Lady Spartans dropped to 8-7 overall after going 1-3 on the week.
Finishing off a stretch where six of seven games were on the road, the Lady Spartans traveled to Maquoketa for a win before hosting Iowa City Regina Saturday and losing to the leaders of the Cedar Valley Conference, 51-45.
At Anamosa Tuesday night, Solon’s girls continued to struggle with offensive output. The Lady Spartans shot 30 percent from the field and 54 percent from the line, with no players in double figures in the 40-38 loss.

Spartans rally against Regina

SOLON– It’s not easy being consistent.
After battling a tough Anamosa team tooth and toenail, Solon’s varsity basketball squad fell prey to the Cardinals of Maquoketa last week, collecting a third loss on the season before surging back against Iowa City Regina the next night.
The Spartans moved to 10-3 overall last week, solidifying their position behind Western Dubuque on the top of the WaMaC East heap.
Solon used a 23-point fourth quarter to push past Anamosa at home last Tuesday, taking a 56-48 victory from a hungry Raider team.

Gateway Rotary to host Ely soup supper Feb. 1

ELY– Gateway Rotary is holding their annual Soup Supper on Friday, Feb. 1, from 5 until 8 p.m. at the Prairie High School cafeteria. Come and enjoy great chili or chicken noodle soup while listening to the Jasmine Band. There will also be a huge bake sale and free door prize drawings throughout the evening. Raffle tickets can be purchased before or during the event. Proceeds go to support projects like Prairie Edge K-12 and Alternative HS, PrairieWood Transition Center, Pages For Hope and area community projects. Tickets can be purchased in advance by going to www.gatewayrotary.org.

District agrees to start school Aug. 20, 2013

SOLON– Graduation day will fall on May 18, 2014, and school will start on Aug. 20, 2013, as the Solon school board passed next year’s calendar at its January meeting.
Board members also asked a calendar committee for different start date options for 2014-2015 and 2015-2016. The committee will also look at building in some snow days during the school year to avoid a late start to summer vacations.
For high school principal Nathan Wear, “It’s not so much the early start. It’s ending the semester by (winter) break.”

Hacking away at budget

Used leaf vacuum to save city thousands

SOLON– Snip, snip, snip.
In just over a week, the members of the Solon City Council hacked approximately $170,000 from the projected 2013-2014 budget.
In a special meeting Jan. 9, and again during a regular session last week, the city took the scissors to non-essential budget requests, attempting to narrow the gap with an unanticipated drop in valuation for the upcoming fiscal year.

Solon softball/baseball teams can drive Feb. 9

SOLON– The Solon High School softball and baseball programs are conducting a can drive on Feb. 9 from 1 until 5 p.m. to raise money for an indoor hitting facility project.
The goal is to eventually build or rehab a shed on district property that can be used year round (but primarily during the winter months) for indoor hitting and throwing training for softball and baseball players. Softball and baseball players will be going door to door to collect cans/bottles.

Meal and a Movie Jan. 25

SOLON– The Solon Senior Advocates will host the monthly Meal & a Movie Friday, Jan. 25.
“The Odd Life of Timothy Green,” is a fantasy drama Walt Disney Pictures film about a magical pre-adolescent boy whose personality and naïveté have profound effects on the people of a drought-stricken town in North Carolina. Claimed to be a special and unique film. Catered meal: meat loaf, potatoes and pies $7.50. Call 319-624-2710 for reservations, or sign up at Old Gold Dining.

Solon KCs free-throw championship on Jan. 27

SOLON– All boys and girls ages 10 to 14 are invited to participate in the local level of competition for the 2013 Knights of Columbus (KC) Free Throw Championship. The local KC Council #12129 competition will be held on Sunday, Jan. 27, at 1 p.m. at the Solon High School.

Optimist Club basketball contests Sunday, Jan. 27

SOLON– The Optimist Club of Solon will hold basketball contests, including dribbling, passing and shooting, on Sunday, Jan. 27, at 12:30 p.m., at the Solon Middle School gym.
The categories are ages eight through 13, boys and girls divisions. First, second and third place awards are presented to each age group, along with boys and girls champion awards.
A registration form can be downloaded at solonoptimist.org.

Dollars for Scholars seeking stuffed animals

SOLON– Please donate any stuffed animals you no longer want to Solon Dollars for Scholars for the spring carnival. They can be dropped off at the Solon Public Library before Feb. 20.