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Solon Economist

Be A Hunger Hero, May 13 at SRNA

SOLON– On Saturday, May 13, from 9 a.m. to noon, Be A Hunger Hero at Solon Recreation and Nature Area.
This event is for the entire family to enjoy a morning full of hero themed activities. A super-hero training course provided and ran by Iowa Gym-Nest, cape decorating, Solon firefighters, bounce houses, and face painting are all provided for participating children.
One mile and 5K fun runs will start at 9:30 a.m. The runs take place on the paved trail around the recreation and nature area and partially on the graveled Lake MacBride Nature Trail.

Solon senior advocates May newsletter

2017 Advocate Trips

All trips originate at Solon Recreation and Nature Area.
• Thursday, May 18: Kalona; Salina Bontrager, bakery, Stringtown, Country Store, Perry Bender greenhouse. $50.
• Thursday, June 22: Prairie City, Neil Smith Wildlife Refuge. $20.
• Thursday, July 20: Waterloo, John Deere Museum. $25.
• Thursday, Aug. 17: Villages of Van Buren County; cost to be announced.
To make reservations for an Advocate trip, call 319-624-2710 or email sandrahanson@southslope.net.

Restaurant Road Trip May 4

On to Drake for Solon girls

SOLON– Was it the shoes?
Solon sophomore Abby Smith was doing okay early this season in the high jump, clearing 4-10, 5 foot once, and picking up a couple points in the event for her team.
Add a new pair of jumping shoes, though, and she’s scaling new heights.
At Solon’s April 18 Denny Gruber Coed Relays track meet, she laced up her new footwear and cleared 5-4.
That was good for third place at the meet named for her grandfather, a former head track coach at Solon, who still volunteers as the school’s– and Abby’s– jumps coach.

Solon boys fourth at Denny Gruber Relays

Spartans begin late season climb

By Jeff Hess
Solon Economist
SOLON– Great things have happened at Solon Stadium. The community has come together, military services have been honored, fallen comrades remembered and records have been set. Tuesday, April 18, was no different as the lights of the stadium shown brightly on the athletes competing in the Denny Gruber Relays.
This year’s Denny Gruber Relays supported tradition in a big way as the girls’ track team captured first place and the boys’ track and field team captured fourth in a field of stout competition.

Solon golfers hanging tough

Spartans 1st or 2nd in tournament action

SOLON– The Spartan varsity golfers are tearing up the links this season.
Solon won its home invitational April 7 and has placed second in tournaments at Central DeWitt April 18 and West Delaware April 22.

Old Gold Diner - May activities

• April was another good month at The Old Gold Diner. We enjoyed what we learned about bees and beekeeping from Ron Puettmann. Bees are amazing creatures and the beekeepers are doing us all a favor by helping the population of bees grow.

• A big thank you to the George and Gladys Chaloupka family for sponsoring the April meal. What a wonderful way to remember them, friends and family that came enjoyed that time together.

7th grade girls second, 8th grade sixth

SOLON– The future was so bright, the Solon High School track coaches almost had to be wearing shades as the Solon Middle School girls competed under sunny skies, at home on April 11, in the opening meet of their track season. The eighth grade girls finished sixth with 55 team points, behind Mid-Prairie (119), Clear Creek Amana (106.5), Williamsburg (94), Anamosa (76), and Benton (61), but bested Regina (44.5). The seventh grade girls were runners-up to Mid Prairie (130) but spent much of the meet knocking on the door before finishing with 119 team points.

Solon girls soccer

SOLON– The Lady Spartan varsity soccer team scored 18 combined goals against West Delaware and Anamosa last week.
On the road in Manchester April 17, Solon roughed up the Hawks, 11-0, led by senior Josie Durr with eight goals. Sophomore Taylor Ryan added three goals and four assists. Taylor Noonan also had an assist.
Keeper Brianna Smith recorded one save in the shutout.
At home against Anamosa April 21, it was six goals for Durr and one for senior Tara Lance in a 7-0 win. Junior Megan Tucker aided with two assists. Smith had three saves in goal.

Notch two wins for Solon boys soccer

SOLON– Solon’s varsity boys moved to 9-3 on the soccer season with a home win over West Delaware and a road victory against Anamosa last week.
Senior Ben Carr, junior Isaac Vang and sophomore Luke Yetley all scored for the Spartans in a 3-0 win April 20 hosting West Delaware. Carr also had two assists. Keeper Eric Weetman recorded a shutout with help from the Solon defense, which kept the Hawks out of striking range most of the match.

Opening in August

Board members, staff tour new building

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist
SOLON– School board members and middle school staff took a sneak peak at their latest work-in-progress last week.
The new Solon Middle School, located on 11 acres along Racine Avenue adjacent to the high school, is not quite complete, but it’s on schedule for its August opening.
Furniture has been ordered and will arrive in July, according to Solon Community School District (SCSD) Superintendent David Eidahl.
Eidahl said the district’s administration is putting a plan together for the transition to the new building.

Cub Scout can drive April 29

SOLON– Solon Cub Scout Pack 120 will collect redeemable cans and bottles on Saturday, April 29, from 1-5 p.m.  Scouts and parents will collect throughout the community. Donations can be dropped off at the St. Mary Catholic Church parking lot from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Donations will be used to provide camping opportunities and other Scouting activities.

May Day Breakfast May 6

SOLON– Highlight May 6 on the calendar to remember to attend the GFWC/Iowa Solon Women’s Club May Day Breakfast at the Solon Methodist Church from 7 to 11 a.m. Egg and meat casseroles, homemade kolaches and rolls, fruit, orange juice, coffee and milk will be served.
The cost is $6 per adult and $3 for children (ages 5-12) tickets are available from GFWC/Iowa Solon Women’s Club members or at the door on May 7. Bring family and friends and receive a special deal, five adult tickets for $25 and/or five children tickets for $12.