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Solon Economist

Boy Scout Troop 120 soup supper Saturday, Jan. 11

SOLON–Solon Boy Scout Troop 120 is hosting its annual soup supper on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, at St Mary Catholic Church from 5 until 7 p.m. The soup supper features homemade soups of all varieties. Previous year’s soups have included traditional choices such as chicken noodle and chili as well as some not so traditional selections such as demok (spinach and coconut milk) and shrimp chowder. This all-you-can-eat meal also includes fresh baked bread made by the Scouts the morning of the supper and a wide assortment of desserts.

Moving to higher ground

Volunteers from the Solon United Methodist Church youth groups and from United Action for Youth gathered in the brisk conditions at Randall Park Tuesday afternoon to help spread sand and mulch for the relocation of the park’s playground equipment. The city made the decision earlier this year to move the playground to higher ground after spring flooding eroded the base. (photos by Doug Lindner)

Solon looks at open enrollment caps

School board also continues facilities discussions

By Alex Kline
Solon Economist

SOLON– When do you decide to close the doors on open enrollment?
The Solon school board discussed options for open enrollment benchmarks at the Dec. 9 meeting. Superintendent Sam Miller presented a framework that set parameters at which open enrollment could be closed at each grade level.
Though the number wasn’t a flat rate, most grades close at five students before target capacities, a level approved by the board last year.

County approves $3.7 million design

By Lori Lindner
Solon Economist
JOHNSON COUNTY– Last Thursday, Dec. 5, the Johnson County Board of Supervisors took a significant step toward replacing a county facility that was damaged by fire last spring.
It came at higher price than the board would have hoped, but members justified it for its longevity, functionality and accordance with the county’s efforts toward sustainability and reduced energy consumption.

St. Mary to host Financial Peace University in January

SOLON– “Liberating! Invaluable! Great!” are words that have been used by graduates to describe Financial Peace University (FPU). This nine-week program helps people get to a place of well-being with regards to finances. Graduates have been able to substantially reduce debt, save for the future, meet personal financial goals, and give like never before. FPU consists of weekly video classes taught by financial expert Dave Ramsey and coached by people who have graduated from the course. Classes will be held at St Mary Catholic Church, 1749 Racine Ave., Solon. Classes start Sunday, Jan.

Overtime

Spartans overcome double-digit deficit in the fourth quarter against Mid-Prairie

SOLON– It was an instant classic.
After several seasons where the Mid-Prairie/Solon doubleheader has been tipped to Solon’s advantage, the Golden Hawks gave the Spartans all they could handle Saturday.
Solon escaped with a 63-62 overtime win, but only after overcoming a double-digit deficit in the fourth quarter.
“It was an exciting game,” said head coach Brad Randall. “It was good to come away with a win.”

Lady Spartans pick apart Mid-Prairie

Defense, 18 steals lead to second win of the season

SOLON– Defense was the key.
The Lady Spartans picked up their second win of the season over the weekend with a 50-37 victory over Mid-Prairie, part of a girls/boys doubleheader Saturday in Solon.
The Lady Spartans turned up the heat on Mid-Prairie, coming away with 18 steals and some transition opportunities.
“Our game plan against Mid-Prairie was to pressure their guards,” said Solon head coach Tony Nicol. “I thought Rylee Smith did a tremendous job of frustrating Mid Prairie’s point guard.”

Changes on tap for Old Gold

Solon Retirement Village to provide meals beginning in 2014

SOLON– Solon’s Old Gold Dining began providing congregate meals to area seniors in May 1980, the year after the Solon United Methodist Church built its fellowship hall. In the three decades since its inception, the program has undergone various changes, from cooking meals on-site to contracting with a meal provider, serving a fluctuating number of people throughout the years to a current roster of 93 participants age 60 and older.
Over time, Old Gold Dining has become much more than a place to get hot food once a day for the price of a free-will donation.

Free Christmas meal at Our Lord’s Church in Solon Dec. 25

SOLON– Our Lord’s Church will be serving a free Christmas meal Wednesday, Dec. 25. All are welcome. Reservations are not required but would be helpful. The meal will be served at noon at the church, 131 N. Market St., Solon. Rides and deliveries are also available. Call Duane and Anna at 319-841-2243 with questions or reservation.

Recycle defunct Christmas lights at middle school

SOLON– The Solon Middle School (SMS) Earth Team is collecting defunct Christmas lights to recycle and keep out of the landfills. Please drop them off at the SMS office by Jan. 7.

Solon foundation seeking feedback for new project

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist

SOLON– Solon could use this.
What is it?
That’s what the Solon Area Community Foundation would like to know.
The foundation wants Solon residents to provide some ideas for community improvement it can make happen.
Within reason.
“We can’t undertake a swimming pool, it has to be smaller,” foundation president Larry Meister explained. “Bigger than a breadbox, smaller than a pool.”

Spartans off to 2-0 start

Solon wins at Western Dubuque and hosting CP-U

SOLON– It was a hard-fought win to open the season.
Solon’s varsity basketball team traveled last week to Western Dubuque at Epworth and came away with a 59-52 win.
“We expected a pretty good punch and we got it,” said head coach Brad Randall of the road win. Led by junior Spencer Haldeman, Western Dubuque came into the game highly regarded, Randall said, but the 2013-14 Solon squad proved troublesome for the Epworth team’s offense.