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May 22nd

Solon community rallies to support Mary’s Meals

SOLON– The excitement is building as Solon prepares to welcome Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, founder of Mary’s Meals, who will include a stop in his visit to Iowa to launch his recent book.
MacFarlane-Barrow will talk about his new book “The Shed That Fed A Million Children: The Extraordinary Story of Mary’s Meals,” on Friday, May 29, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Solon.

Solon Music on Main Street concert series returns June 3 for 6 weeks

SOLON– Solon’s Music on Main Street Concert Series will kick off a six-week program on June 3 featuring “Kindred Spirits.”
Concerts begin at 7 p.m. on Wednesday evenings starting June 3 for the six-week run. Attendees are urged to bring lawn chairs and a picnic basket to enjoy music and the community.
The Iowa City Community Band will perform June 10 followed by Leo Shima Country Sounds on June 17.
The Eastern Iowa Brass Band will take the band stand on June 24.

Solon’s Fifth Street Jazz earns new state title

By Lori Lindner
Solon Economist
SOLON– This spring, Solon High School’s Fifth Street Jazz vocal ensemble earned the district’s fifth state Iowa Jazz Championship title in eight years.
It puts Solon in front of its other 3A level competitors across the state in terms of championships earned, and gives vocal music director Joel Foreman yet another reason to sing praises for his dedicated students.
Going to championships is an auditioned process, and schools must submit an audio recording even to be considered to attend. About 30 to 35 schools are chosen to compete each year.

Proposed UTV ordinance sent to council committee

Golf cart ordinance also to be reviewed

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist

SOLON– The Solon City Council is continuing down the path of allowing utility terrain vehicles (UTVs) on city streets, but there are some reservations.
At a May 6 meeting, council members referred a draft ordinance allowing utility vehicles to the streets committee, along with the golf cart ordinance approved back in 2011.
Three city council members, however, had concerns about the proposed utility vehicle ordinance and about the enforcement of the current golf cart law.

Parents test out Walking School Bus in Solon

By Jen Moore
Solon Economist

SOLON– Kelsey Bumsted and Kari Juhl call themselves the “wheels on the bus.”
Though the pair is responsible for bringing a Walking School Bus to Solon this past March, they say it’s the kids who have been the ones in the driver’s seat.
“It’s the big topic at school. The kids are really the ones making it grow,” Bumsted said. “We’re just making sure (they’re safe) while they just pick up new people left and right.”

Seniors depart

Solon senior Eric Holtorf gives his mother Jennifer a hug after his name was read at Solon High School’s graduation ceremony Sunday, May 17, in the high school gymnasium. (photo by Doug Lindner)

New policy provides a more thorough approach in preventing and handling bullying

Zero tolerance

SOLON– Solon is taking a firmer stand when it comes to bullying in schools.
At the May 11 school board meeting, administration presented the first reading of the district’s updated anti-bullying/harassment policy, which was approved by the board.
Solon Community School District defines bullying as “intentionally aggressive behavior, repeated over time that creates an imbalance of power. This type of behavior can include but is not limited to the following: targeted acts or threats, or intent to hurt someone with no regret or remorse for the intended victim.”

Hawkeye women’s basketball wrap part 2

Hawk Talk

This is the second part of a two-part look at the great season the Hawkeye women’s basketball team had this year.
Iowa finished 26-8, 14-4 in the Big Ten, which was good enough for second place.
The Hawks went to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1996 and the senior class is the winningest class since 1991 with 93 victories.
Iowa averaged 79.5 points per game, which is a program record for scoring offense for the second straight year.
Samantha Logic, Bethany Doolittle and Melissa Dixon were the highest-scoring trio in Big Ten history with 4,379 points.

Pole stories

Walkin'

I’ve been getting ready for my second annual fishing trip to northern Minnesota and the Bender’s fishing camp.
Been there a half-dozen times, but last year was so much fun I decided to go every year.

What I learned about leftovers

Food For Thought

My paternal grandmother was a child in Germany before emigrating to the United States as a young teenager. She was from a large family. I’m not sure just how many siblings she had, but the one family photo of them that I remember looked like enough children to populate a country schoolhouse. Possibly close to a dozen all told.