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Solon Economist

Spartans compete at WaMaC indoor meet

MOUNT VERNON– The 2014 edition of the Solon boys track team had its first chance to compete at the WaMaC indoor meet, held Saturday, March 22, at Cornell College in Mount Vernon. Team scores were not kept, allowing a variety of athletes to compete in various events.
Results for Solon included:
55 meter dash: Grant Goldsberry, 7.41; Dalton Hoit, 7.61.
200 meter dash: Grant Goldsberry, 25.91; Austin Kennedy, 26.54; Colton Hansel, 26.90; Jackson Walker, 28.93.
400 meter dash: Liam Bell, 1:04.14.
800 meter run: Patrick McGill, 2:20.46; Ben Backers, 2:34.62.

Jazz at the Commons March 30 at SHS

SOLON– Everyone is welcome to come enjoy the performances and have dinner with their families as Solon High School presents Jazz at the Commons Sunday, March 30, at the high school commons with performances by the high school jazz bands and choirs. Live Jazz begins at 5 p.m. All proceeds from food and other donations will support the Solon High School Jazz program.

Teams sought for PTO kickball tourney April 5

SOLON– A Kickin’ For Kids Kickball Tournament, sponsored by Solon Middle School PTO, will be held Saturday, April 5, at Lakeview playground and T-Ball Fields.
The cost is $175 per team, and all teams will have nine to 14 players. Option 1: half of the team must be SMS students and all teams must have at least two adults. Option 2: Competitive play (for older kids and businesses wanting to participate).

Solon Scrip raise money for the school district

A new way to fundraise

SOLON– With the new Solon Scrip program, raising funds for the school district by selling magazine subscriptions and chocolate bars door-to-door might be on the way out for good.
Solon Scrip raises money for all three school PTOs through gift cards offered by both local and national vendors.

SCSD calendar committee frustrated with process

High school principal drops out of group’s leadership role

SOLON– The committee charged with making recommendations for the Solon district’s start and end of school year is frustrated with the process.
And high school principal Nathan Wear has accepted responsibility for the poor communication and stepped down as chair of the group.
Calendar committee members Brandi Radcliffe and Tom Altman appeared before the Solon school board at its March meeting to clarify the role of the committee during the events leading up to the approval of a 2014-2015 school calendar in February.

SHS drama department presents “Into the Woods” April 4-6

SOLON– Who knows what you will discover when you go “Into the Woods?”

Trapshooting can drive March 22

SOLON– The Solon Spartan trapshooting team will hold a can drive at the Solon fire station on Saturday, March 22, from 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Proceeds will help with operating costs (targets, registration, etc.). For questions or pickup call 319-624-2825.

Jazz at the Commons March 30

SOLON– Everyone is welcome to come enjoy the performances and have dinner with their families as Solon High School presents Jazz at the Commons Sunday, March 30, at the high school commons with performances by the high school jazz bands and choirs. Live Jazz begins at 5 p.m. All proceeds from food and other donations will support the Solon High School Jazz program.

Solon seniors struggle with transportation

SOLON– Solon Senior Advocates president Sandy Hanson has her hands full.
Not only does she work to keep the Old Gold Diner going, but she is also often fielding calls from Solon’s seniors who are concerned about how to get to their medical appointments.
“I get a call about every two weeks asking how they can get to their appointments,” Hanson said. “I would really like to get Solon on the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, but we need volunteer drivers.”

T-shirt artwork sought for the 2014 Solon Beef Days celebration

SOLON– The Solon Beef Days Committee is soliciting T-shirt designs to mark the 2014 Solon Beef Days celebration to be held on July 18 and 19.

South Slope workers ratify contract

NORTH LIBERTY– Representatives of South Slope Cooperative Communications and members of the Communication Workers of America (CWA) announced Monday the two groups had reached a collective bargaining agreement effective until September 2015.
The CWA and South Slope management had been involved in a contentious dispute over contract terms since Oct. 31, when the workers’ previous contract expired. South Slope locked workers out based on the lack of an approved contract, and the union subsequently voted down a proposed new contract.

See the forest for the trees?

DNR addresses Macbride forest management plan

By Paul Deaton
Solon Economist

SOLON– When Anthony Sells built the first sawmill with an upright saw in Big Grove Township in 1839, there were a lot of nearby trees. Things changed as the land was cleared for development, to the extent that when the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recently marked a number of mature trees in the state park, people noticed and wondered what was going on.