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Solon Economist

Local cats get scattin’

California vocal artist drops by for bebop vocal sessions

SOLON– Bringing the American tradition of jazz to the center stage of the Solon high school, Kerry Marsh sat in for a couple sessions with vocal groups at Solon High on Friday, Jan. 11.
Marsh was in Iowa for several dates, including at Waukee and Pleasant Valley (North Scott) high schools.
Talking music history and driving out cool sounds from his own voice box instrument, Marsh played piano and led the clinic with his own jazz improvisation, singing “scat” style (think Ella Fitzgerald, Cab Calloway or Mel Torme).

Solon library closing for upgrade Feb. 8

New features, more interaction with new circulation software

SOLON– It’s time for an upgrade.
The Solon Public Library will be closed Friday, Feb. 8, to allow for training on a new software system that will streamline and update the library experience for patrons and staff.
The current circulation and management software programming is almost a decade old, more like a century in terms of recent technology advances, and its replacement will provide a host of options.
“We’ve got a lot to learn yet,” library director Kris Brown said Friday. “I think overall it will be easier and users can interact more with it.”

Holding down the fort

Six inches of snow for Solon

Lucas TePoel and Zach Harp took advantage of last Wednesday’s snow to dig a hideaway in a large pile of snow just off Main Street in Solon. An arctic air mass was followed by about six inches of snow last week, prompting the cancellation of area schools. (photo by Doug Lindner)

Defensive gem

Spartans stymie Mustangs, 52-31

SMOUNT VERNON– It was the best game of the year defensively, said head coach Brad Randall.
The Solon varsity boys dismantled the Mount Vernon Mustangs, 52-31, last Tuesday (Jan. 30), their only game of the week.
But the Spartans have a full slate this week, including senior night hosting Dyersville Beckman Feb. 6 and road trips to West Branch and Williamsburg Thursday and Friday.
In Mount Vernon, Solon held the Mustangs to 13 first-half points and led 44-23 at the end of three quarters.

Feeling optimistic

Lady Spartans play top WaMaC teams tough

SOLON– Sometimes, a loss can feel okay.
Even though the short-handed Lady Spartans didn’t come away with a win last week against Mount Vernon and Western Dubuque, they gave the two top teams in the conference a run for the money.
With different starters sidelined for each of the home varsity matchups, the girls dropped to 10-10 on the season with a single game remaining.

Three Solon wrestlers advance at sectional

TIFFIN– The Solon varsity wrestling team crowned two champions and earned a third berth in the district tournament to be hosted by Solon Saturday, Feb. 9.
Individual champions for Solon at the sectional meet in Tiffin included Louis Gnida at 113 pounds and Lance Evans at 195 pounds. Logan Linderbaum took second place at heavyweight.
Gnida pinned Mount Vernon’s Levi Wade and earned a 9-5 decision over Keaton Sherwood of Benton Community. Evans pinned one opponent and took a 9-0 major decision over Conner Welch of Mount Vernon.
Other results for Solon included:

Solon softball/baseball teams can drive Feb. 9

SOLON– The Solon High School softball and baseball programs are conducting a can drive on Feb. 9 from 1 until 5 p.m. to raise money for an indoor hitting facility project.
The goal is to eventually build or rehab a shed on district property that can be used year round (but primarily during the winter months) for indoor hitting and throwing training for softball and baseball players. Softball and baseball players will be going door to door to collect cans/bottles.

New Griefshare session begins Jan. 31

SOLON– St. Mary Catholic Church, Solon United Methodist Church and Our Lord’s Church of Solon are co-sponsoring a community support group for those experiencing loss in their lives. Griefshare will begin Thursday, Jan. 31, in the adult room at St. Mary. Griefshare is a program to help individuals cope with the loss of a loved one and to once again experience joy in their lives.

Solon Methodist Church soup supper Feb. 8

SOLON– The Annual Solon United Methodist Church Soup Supper will be held Friday, Feb. 8, at the church, serving from 5 until 7 p.m. The menu includes oyster stew, chicken noodle soup or chili, hotdogs, relish, pie, and beverage for $6 adults and $4 children under 12. There will also be live entertainment.

Switching SEATS?

Supervisors hoping cities will help fund service

Supervisors hoping cities will help fund service

By B. Adam Burke
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– Contracts with Iowa City and Coralville for the county-wide para-transit bus service, SEATS, will expire at the end of June. But Johnson County supervisors have already decided they want to end their subsidy of the service.
The program provides riders around the county with door-to-door transport and anyone outside the city limits of Iowa City, Coralville, North Liberty and University Heights can request a ride that comes with a half-hour window for pick-ups.

Coralville Lake bald eagle watch and expo Feb. 9

IOWA CITY–The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Coralville Lake will be hosting a Bald Eagle Watch and Expo on Saturday, Feb. 9, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. This event is free to the public and will have two different locations going simultaneously. The indoor venue will be at the Brown Deer Golf Club, 1900 Country Club Dr., Coralville. The outdoor venue will be a viewing site at the Tailwater West Picnic Shelter downstream from the dam at Coralville Lake.
Indoor expo venue