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Solon Economist

Spartans down Cardinals in OT

60-57 win moves Spartan boys to 12-7 with two games left

SOLON– It took overtime, but the Solon Spartans defended their home court against an improved Maquoketa squad with a 60-57 win Friday, Feb. 2.
The Cardinals had started the season losing six of their first seven games, but were 5-1 in their last six and matched the Spartans score for score in the second half of another nail-biter.

Girls win senior sendoff

Lady Spartans break losing streak, 49-40, over West Delaware

SOLON– The Lady Spartans sent off their seniors with a win, to accompany the special recognition prior to the game, on Senior Night Tuesday, Jan. 30, defeating the West Delaware Hawks, 49-40, on the home hardwood.
The Friday, Feb. 2, game was closely contested and one of Solon’s best games for valuing the ball all season, but the Lady Spartans fell short in a loss to Maquoketa on the road, 56-46.

Solon Drama to present “Little Women”

March 2-4

SOLON– The Solon High School Drama Department presents “Little Women” on March 2-4. Tickets for shows go on sale on Saturday, Feb. 10, at 10 a.m. online through MidwestTix. Visit MidwestTix at https://midwestix.securemytix.com/events/26063.
In-person ticket sales begin on Feb. 17 in the high school auditorium lobby from 10-11:30 a.m.
Tickets are the same price through both venues, $11.50, $14.50 or $17.50, service fees are included in these prices.

Retirement Village to add palliative care

Groundbreaking expected in March for new wing

SOLON– Solon Retirement Village has been approved to add a palliative care unit onto its evolving campus, expecting to break ground in March. 
Melissa Reed, who has served as Administrator for nine years at the Solon Retirement Village unit of Solon Nursing Care, said for now, it is being referred to as the Solon Retirement Village Palliative Care Unit, “But we hope to have a more formal name as we get into the process.”
The project was approved in October by the State Certificate of Need board.
Palliative units are similar though distinct from hospice houses, Reed explained.

Priming the pump

Splash pad committee seeking county, state funds

SOLON– Solon’s splash pad committee is still not close to its goal of raising approximately $400,000.
But it’s much closer than it was two years ago.
Melissa Tiedemann, chair of the splash pad committee, told council members at a Dec. 20 meeting about $80,000 has been collected for the project.
The committee had $5,000 in March of 2016.
Tiedemann joined the committee after receiving an initial mailer from Solon Activities Director Mike Reeve and has spent the last year as chair of the committee.

Alzheimer’s awareness program at St. Mary

SOLON– Solon High School students will present an Alzheimer’s awareness presentation at 11:30 a.m., after Mass on Sunday, March 18, at St. Mary Catholic Church. The event is hosted by Colin Horning and Carl Richey, along with his mother Angela Steinbrech, grandmother Narg Steinbrech, and grandfather Ed Steinbrech, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s five years ago. The presentation itself will provide a basic rundown of the different forms and stages of dementia, how to care for loved ones or friends, and how it affects not only the patient but those around them.

Eastern Iowa Orchid Society receives Silver Certificate

NORTH LIBERTY– The Eastern Iowa Orchid Society received a prestigious Silver Certificate at the Winter Carnival Orchid Show held in St. Paul, Minn., on Jan. 27. In addition, the organization was awarded the Show Trophy for the best exhibit in the entire show.
The American Orchid Society judges scored the display for a national award and, with 85 points, was issued a Silver Certificate. This was a first for the local society.

Legion Kettle-Fried Chicken, Feb. 3

SOLON– The Solon Sons of the American Legion will host their annual “Famous” Kettle-Fried Chicken Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 3, at the Solon Legion. The menu includes all-you-can-eat, delicious kettle-fried chicken, cheesy potatoes, oven-baked beans, bread, dessert and drinks. The meal will be served from 5-7:30 p.m., with take-out available. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 6-12 and children under 6 eat free. Proceeds benefit Solon community and veterans projects.

Swisher Legion Chili Cook-Off Feb. 4

SWISHER– The Swisher American Legion will host its annual Chili Cook-Off Sunday, Feb. 4, at the Legion. Bring one crock pot of your best chili to the Legion by 2 p.m. to be considered for first, second and third place prizes. One entry per person. The entry fee is $5.
After judging is complete, the public is welcome to an all-you-can-eat chili supper for $5. Cook-off contestants receive free admittance to the chili supper with their entry fee. For more information regarding the Swisher American Legion Chili Cook-Off, call 319-560-6111.

New activities director

Casey Hack of Midland to succeed Zach Wigle

By Trent Bowman
Solon Economist
SOLON– The Solon Community School Board acted Friday, Jan. 26, to hire Casey Hack as Solon’s new Activities Director.
Responsibilities of an activities director include administrative duties, as well as implementing and supervising student programs.
Hack’s contract begins July 1, when he will replace Zach Wigle. Wigle will transition to principal for the new Solon Intermediate School.

KCs breakfast Feb. 4

SOLON– The Solon Knights of Columbus (KCs) will host an all-you-can-eat breakfast on Sunday, Feb. 4, from 8 a.m. until noon at St. Mary Catholic Church Parish Hall. The cost is $6 for ages 12 and older, $3 for ages 6 through 11 and free for ages five and younger. Eggs, biscuits and gravy, sausage and pancakes will be served.

Lake Macbride State Park activities update Feb. 28

SOLON– Iowa State Parks have begun a new tradition of hosting annual informational meetings to update the public on park activities. Lake Macbride State Park will be hosting its annual meeting Wednesday, Feb. 28, at 6 p.m. at the Solon Public Library meeting room. Topics will include visitation, trends in Iowa State Parks, recent projects and volunteer efforts/coordination.