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Solon Economist

Industrial condo destroyed

Large dollar loss expected after Thursday fire

SOLON– The cause of last Thursday’s fire at an industrial condo in Solon is still under investigation, but assistant fire chief Scott Wolfe reported over the weekend the dollar loss will be huge.
Firefighters from around the area assisted Thursday morning when an industrial condominium on Solon’s south side became engulfed in flames.
The Solon Fire Department was called to the multiple-unit industrial condo located at 200 Windflower Ln. east of Highway 1 at 10:08 a.m. Thursday.
Wolfe said dispatchers could offer only that a paint booth was on fire.

Solon school board sets date for start of 2014-15 classes

SOLON– The board was evenly split.
Solon school board members Dean Martin and Lianne Westcot favored a later start date for the 2014-2015 school year. Members Dan Coons and Dick Schwab supported starting a week earlier.
The decision was left to board president Dave Asprey.

Old Gold Diner to host Lakeview fourth graders April 24

SOLON– Old Gold Dining will be hosting a fourth grade class on Wednesday, April 24.
There are usually 22 students that come, and organizers would like to have at least one senior citizen for each student. Non-seniors are also welcome with a reservation and a payment of $5 for the meal. Please try to join this fun occasion and visit with these young Solon school students. Call 624-2251 before noon the day before to make reservations. Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m., so plan to arrive by 11:15 a.m. The class that is scheduled to come this month is 4C.

Last chance to register for Tee-Ball and coach pitch leagues

This week is the last chance to register your son or daughter up for Tee-Ball and Rookie Baseball/Softball leagues through the Solon Recreation Department. Tee-Ball is for boys and girls currently in kindergarten or entering kindergarten in the Fall of 2013. Coach pitch baseball and softball is for boys and girls age seven and eight. Registration for all youth programs can be done online at https://solon-iowa.cogran.com. Forms can also be found on the City of Solon’s website at solon-iowa.com.

Solon Public Library

Early-out craft program

On school early-out days, the library offers free programming for school-aged children. On Thursday, April 18, we will be making a clay craft project. Program starts at 1 p.m. and pick up time is 2 p.m.

“Win With Reading” month

Solon Robotics to host open houses April 25 and May 4 at middle school

SOLON– The Solon Robotics Teams are hosting two open houses. The dates are April 25 from 3:15 until 7 p.m., and May 4 from 9 a.m. until noon at the Industrial Tech Building behind the middle school.
Solon Robotics is open to any middle school or high school student in the Solon school district or surrounding communities. Parents and students should stop in and see what next season’s challenge will be, see some of last season’s robots and meet students who are already in robotics.
Additional information is available from Bill Mattaliano at solonrobotics367@gmail.com.

SMS Dinner and Dance April 20

SOLON– The Solon Middle School will host the sixth annual “Dinner and Dance” on Saturday, April 20, with dinner beginning at 5 p.m., and the dance following at 7 p.m.
Everyone is welcome to attend the event in the middle school gymnasium. Catering will be by Ruzicka’s, with great desserts. There will also be a silent auction. Dinner entertainment will be provided by Synergy and Affinity show choirs.
Jazz Bands I and II will perform, and the Iowa Vanguard Jazz Collective will be featured.

Second annual Spartan Dash fundraiser set for Saturday, April 27

SOLON– The Lakeview PTO will be hosting its second annual Spartan Dash on Saturday, April 27, rain or shine. The Spartan Dash is a fun and crazy fitness event that will serve as Lakeview PTO’s largest fundraiser of the year. Interested individuals should sign up to participate in the event with a family team. Family teams will walk, skip, or run through obstacles set up along the one-mile trail in the Solon Recreation and Nature Area. Obstacles will be suitable for both children and adults and are guaranteed to have you laughing.

Old Gold Menu

Wednesday, April 17:
Potato crusted fish, rice Florentine, Nantucket blend veggies, Mandarin oranges, frosted banana bar.

Thursday, April 18:
LS vegetable soup, roast beef sandwich half w/cheese, tomato spoon salad, fruit cocktail, oatmeal crème cookie. BINGO.

Friday, April 19:
Pork cutlet, garlic mashed potatoes, spinach au gratin, tropical fruit, pudding.

Monday, April 22:
LS roast turkey, oven brown potatoes, country trio veggies, butterscotch pudding.

Tuesday, April 23:

Scoreless week for Spartans

SOLON– The weather has been cold and wet, and the sun didn’t shine on the Spartans as they hosted the No. 1 team in Class 1A last week.
Solon’s boys’ soccer team fell to Dyersville Beckman, 1-0, Friday in Solon, the first loss of the season. The Spartans are 3-1-1.
“We obviously picked a bad opponent to turn in our worst performance of the year,” reported head coach Jeremy McMurrin. “It would have been very ugly if it wasn’t for Joe Weeks in goal, who made 16 saves out of 17 chances.”

Lady Spartans fall to Waterloo Columbus

WATERLOO– Solon’s Lady Spartans fell to sixth-ranked Waterloo Columbus, 2-1, last Tuesday in Waterloo.
Alison McKinnie gave Solon an early lead with a goal on an assist from Abby Haas, but Columbus scored twice before the half and the second half went scoreless.
“Despite the abysmal conditions, we felt really good about our play,” said head coach John Tucker. “We controlled the ball very well and our defense did an amazing job holding their offense to just a few shots.”
Katie Silberstein was credited with five saves, and came out to smother plays before shots could be taken, Tucker said.

Spartans tracksters take first place at Iowa Valley

By Ed Hadenfeldt
Special to the Economist

MARENGO– The Solon boy’s track team turned in an impressive performance in winning the Ruth Ahrens Invitational track meet, held this past week at Marengo. The team showed tremendous balance, scoring points in every event except one.
Team scores were as follows:
Solon 140
CCA 125
Vinton-Shellsburg 85
Williamsburg 68
Regina 63
Benton 54
Alburnett 18
Meskwaki 2
First place winners included:
• 4x800-meter relay: Paul Pisarik, Tyler Appleget, Zach Kienholz, Trevor Yahr, 8:49;
• Shot put: Dalton Ferguson, 49’5.25;