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Solon Economist

From recovery room to victory stand

Lady Spartans claim Iowa Valley title by 60 points

By Joe Wilkinson
Special to the Economist
MARENGO– Nearly two weeks without a track meet had Solon’s girls anxious to get to work again. But it was nothing like the months of waiting and wondering faced by Molly Duckett. Surgery in November helped heal a torn labrum in her hip. Months of rehab meant a slow path back to the track.

Spartans challenge 4A teams at IC West

Solon boys seventh at Hollingsworth Relays in Iowa City

IOWA CITY– Coaches Mark Sovers, Dan Dall, Brad Wymer, Riley Takes, Denny Gruber and the Solon Spartan boys track team stepped up on Saturday, April 9, lining up next to 4A competition and the West High Trojans at West High School’s Hollingsworth Relays.
They stood the measure of their 4A competition, finishing seventh overall against 11 other larger school teams, with their presence felt in several events.
When Coach Sovers was asked what he felt about the boys competing against 4A competition, he smiled, peering through his darkened glasses, and said it would be good for them.

Ely News by Lenna See

Roberta Rowell, of Mechanicsville, formerly of Solon, was surprised on Saturday, March 12, when her sister and niece, Georgia Dick, of Baltimore, N.Y., and Jennifer Ayers, of Cicero, N.Y., arrived to visit for a few days. They were joined by Marcus Ferreter, of Cedar Rapids, and enjoyed dinner at Ryan’s restaurant in Cedar Rapids on Monday. They went to the Reformatory and the Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa and enjoyed dining at the General Store, in Stone City, where they were joined by Roberta’s daughter and granddaughter Tina Angell and Crystal Wherry, of Anamosa.

Ely group brainstorms future rec. center

Committee explores $2 million project

ELY– A newly formed Ely committee doesn’t expect people to memorize the name behind the acronym. It just wants people to join in on the conversation.
The Community, Cultural, Recreational, Educational and Civic (CCREC) committee met for the first time in March 2015 and has toyed with the idea of a new community center since.
“We’re just a small group of folks brainstorming through the whole process,” said committee chair Bob Mreen. Community involvement at this point is low, he noted, but anyone is welcome to attend meetings. Six people currently make up the group.

Earth Day Kick Off April 17 launches Methodist initiative

SOLON– Get a head start on Earth Day with family-friendly fun in Solon. The Kick Off to Earth Day will be Sunday, April 17, 1-4 p.m. at the Timber DOME Lodge, at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area.
The no-cost event will feature everything from making pine cone bird feeders, tote bags from T-shirts (no sewing!), a guided nature walk, coloring, puzzles, word games and fun facts.
In addition, displays will promote composting, rain gardens, the importance of pollinators and healthy food options.

Learning the ropes

Lakeview fourth graders promote heart-healthy life

SOLON– Being active can be fun.
For 90 minutes, Lakeview Elementary’s fourth graders were very active.
The entire class invaded the Solon High School gymnasium Friday, Feb. 26, to participate in Jump Rope for Heart, a community service program and fundraiser of the American Heart Association (AHA).

Solon Senior Advocates cancel trip to LeClaire; Bluff Lake on deck

SOLON– The Solon Senior Advocates have cancelled the April 21 trip to LeClaire and Davenport due to the lack of participation, scheduling instead a Friday, April 22, trip to Bluff Lake Catfish Farm for shrimp and prime rib. Participants will leave from the Solon Recreation and Nature Area at 2 p.m. Trip cost is $6. Call 624-2710 for reservations.

SHS Art Club’s Empty Bowls Luncheon to End Hunger April 9

SOLON– On Saturday, April 9, the Solon High School Art Club will host the Seventh Annual “Empty Bowls Luncheon to End Hunger” in the Solon High School Commons from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Guests will be served a modest lunch of soup and bread in a ceramic bowl handmade by a local student, educator or community member for a suggested minimum donation of $10. Guests are encouraged to keep the bowl with the club’s compliments and gratitude.
All proceeds will be donated to the Johnson County Crisis Center Food Bank and Solon Food Pantry.

Lakeview PTO hosts 5th Annual Spartan Dash Saturday, April 23

SOLON– The Lakeview Elementary PTO will host its Fifth Annual Spartan Dash on Saturday, April 23, rain or shine. The Spartan Dash is a fun and crazy fitness event serving as the Lakeview PTO’s largest fundraiser of the year. Interested individuals should sign up to participate in the event with a “family team.”

SHS students place at Future Business Leaders Conference

CORALVILLE– Four students from Solon High School attended the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) State Leadership Conference in Coralville on March 31-April 2. There were over 900 students from across the state in attendance.
FBLA is the largest business career student organization in the world, with nearly a quarter-million students in 6,000 chartered high school and college chapters. Its mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs.

Lakeview Care for Kids summer program registration begins April 11

SOLON– The Lakeview Care for Kids summer program begins on June 6 and ends on Aug. 5. Before and After School Program (BASP) is then closed until the first day of the new school year. There are field trips three times per week, including swimming trips to local pools. The program offers breakfast, hot lunch and two snacks per day. Each summer the program participates in the Beef Days Parade, a favorite activity of the kids during the summer. Registration for the program is April 11-15.

Senior Advocates seek nominations for Solon Senior of the Year 2016

SOLON– May is designated as Older Americans Month and the Solon Senior Advocates are seeking nominations for Solon Senior of the Year. Please send in your written nomination of the person you feel best fits the criteria of this award, someone who has given of themselves in service to the community through volunteerism, enhancing the well-being of others or someone always ready to assist or provide help when needed. Nominees should live in Solon or the immediate area and be over 60 years of age.