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Solon Economist

UMC to host ecumenical Thanksgiving Nov. 24

SOLON– The Solon United Methodist Church will host an ecumenical thanksgiving soup/prayer on Sunday, Nov. 24, at Solon United Methodist Church. Join members of Our Lord’s Church, United Methodist Church, and St. Mary Catholic Church at 5 p.m. for soup; and 6 p.m. for prayer. All three Solon pastors will participate. Pastor Scott Kober, of the Methodist Church, will offer the message. Members of the churches are participating with a combined choir. Please join them as they give thanks to God for our many blessings this Thanksgiving.

Solon KCs all-you-can-eat breakfast Sunday, Nov. 17

SOLON– The Solon Knights of Columbus (KCs)will hosting an all-you-can-eat breakfast Sunday, Nov. 17, 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 six through 11, and free for ages younger than six.
The KCs will be serving eggs, biscuits and gravy, sausage and pancakes, with custom omelets available upon request.

‘Anything Goes’ by Cole Porter Nov. 15 through 17

SOLON– Solon High School drama department presents Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes” on Nov. 15 at 7 p.m., 16 at 2 and 7 p.m., and 17 at 2 p.m. Come join them for a timeless classic. Tickets can be purchased in advance Saturday, Nov. 9, from 8-11:30 a.m. in the high school commons, or at the door; $6, $9 and $12.

Solon pantry to donate ready-to-cook Thanksgiving meals

SOLON– The Solon Community Food Pantry is once again offering a ready-to-cook Thanksgiving meal box to families filled with all the holiday fixings. Boxes may be picked up Monday, Nov. 25, at the pantry between 2 and 6 p.m. Please call Carol Tobias, 319-351-6707 to reserve a meal box. Monetary donations to help with our Thanksgiving meals may be mailed to Solon Community Food Pantry, P.O. Box 344, Solon, IA 52333.

Back to the dome!

Solon knocks off No. 2 Decorah on the road

DECORAH– This year, they would not be turned away.
The Solon Spartans upended the No. 2 team in Class 3A Friday night on the road, earning a spot in the state semifinals at the UNI-Dome this Thursday against Washington.
A year ago, the road ended in Decorah with a 35-10 loss.
This year, Solon took the lead and nursed a two-score margin into the fourth quarter, fending off a late rally to defeat the Decorah Vikings, 28-20.

Return Trip to State!

Spartans sweep CCA for third shot at title

By Chris Umscheid
Solon Economist

CEDAR RAPIDS– The Solon Spartans will make their third consecutive state tournament appearance after defeating the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers in three games during a Class 4A regional final at Cedar Rapids Washington High School Tuesday, Nov. 4.
The Spartans won 25-18, 25-17 and 25-17 to earn the green state qualifier banner and head for a Tuesday, Nov. 12, battle with Indianola in the quarterfinal round at the US Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids.

Spartans run away from West Delaware

SOLON– It was a perfect storm for Solon.
The Spartans dismantled one of the top offenses in Class 3A last Monday with a 49-20 win over West Delaware.
The victory put Solon into the Class 3A quarterfinals against No. 2 Decorah Friday night, and the Spartans earned a date at the UNI-Dome with a 28-20 win over the Vikings.
But as great as it was to beat the defending state champs, the team that knocked you out of the playoffs last year, the second round match against West Delaware was almost picture perfect, with Solon’s offense, defense and special teams firing on all cylinders.

‘Anything Goes’ by Cole Porter Nov. 15 through 17

SOLON– Solon High School drama department presents Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes” on Nov. 15 at 7 p.m., 16 at 2 and 7 p.m., and 17 at 2 p.m. Come join them for a timeless classic. Tickets can be purchased in advance Saturday, Nov. 9, from 8-11:30 a.m. in the high school commons, or at the door; $6, $9 and $12.

Middle school Veterans Day program Nov. 11

SOLON– Solon Middle School’s annual Veteran’s Day program will be held at the middle school auditorium on Monday, Nov. 11, starting at 1 p.m. All veterans, families and friends, and community members are invited. We are honored to have the presence of guest speaker Sergeant Leland Chandler, a World War II veteran and a former prisoner of war, at this event. The American legion will be in attendance and the eighth grade band will perform. Refreshments will be served following the event, provided by the Solon Middle School PTO.

Middle school show choir can drive Nov. 9

SOLON– The Solon Middle School Show Choirs will be conducting a can drive throughout the Solon school district on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 9 a.m. until noon. All funds will go to support the two middle school show choirs: Synergy and Affinity. For questions or early collections please contact John or Karen Tucker at 319-624-2936. Thank you for your support of Synergy and Affinity.

Free Thanksgiving meal at Our Lord’s Church

SOLON– Our Lord’s church will be serving a free Thanksgiving meal Thursday, Nov. 28. 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.

Swisher legion to host Shawnee Petersen benefit Nov. 9

SWISHER– The Swisher American Legion will host a benefit for Shawnee Petersen on Saturday, Nov. 9, beginning at 2 p.m. Shawnee Petersen, single mother of three, was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia in February. All donations collected go directly to Shawnee as a means of helping her to care for her children and to assist with the massive medical expenses she has incurred.
A full meal will be furnished by donations from the community, bake sale, silent auction, 50/50 raffle, face painting and other activities for children, live music all day, and much more.