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Mount Vernon’s 8th Annual Chocolate Stroll Saturday, June 3

MOUNT VERNON– The Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group (CDG) announced the 8th Annual Mount Vernon Chocolate Stroll will take place Saturday, June 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The music and chocolate event invites guests to stroll down Mount Vernon’s historic First Street where participating businesses and chocolate vendors will offer chocolate and chocolate products for sample and/or sale.

Solon Citywide Clean Up Day Saturday, June 10

SOLON– The Solon Citywide Clean Up Day is Saturday, June 10, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Collection will be handled at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area.
Acceptable items include: furniture, grills (propane tanks removed), bikes, lawn chairs, and other hard to get rid of items. Empty paint cans– dried without lids– will also be accepted. Tires for $5 and large tires are $10 each. Televisions and other electronics will be accepted for a $20 fee. Appliances will be collected for $20 each and lawn mowers and other gas engines for $15 each.

Solon dedicates Freedom Rock at Memorial Day service

Denny Gruber explains the images depicted on the Johnson County Freedom Rock to those gathered at a Memorial Day service Monday, May 29, at the Solon American Legion Veterans Memorial. Gruber and Linda Linderbaum, members of the Solon Area Community Foundation, were the featured speakers for the formal dedication of the Freedom Rock. The Solon Area Community Foundation sponsored the Freedom Rock utilizing a boulder donated by the Leo Shima and Kevin Shima families.

Senior Advocates bus trip to Neil Smith Wildlife Refuge June 22

SOLON– The Senior Advocates are scheduling a charter bus trip Thursday, June 22, to the Neil Smith Wildlife Refuge, in Prairie City, 20 miles east of Des Moines. The bus leaves the Solon Recreation and Nature Area at 9:30 a.m., lunch will be at Giorgio’s, in Colfax, with arrival at the Refuge around 1 p.m.

Seven honorees added to Veterans Trail

Solon Economist
CORALVILLE LAKE– For the 28th year, veterans from across Johnson County were honored with having their names placed along the Veterans Trail near the East Overlook to the Coralville Dam. Retired Major General Robert Sentman presided over the 45-minute ceremony on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29.

Regina rematch

Solon boys return to Des Moines for opening round of state soccer tournament June 1

SOLON– The Spartans haven’t given up a goal since May 2 at Maquoketa.
And that’s earned them a ticket to the James W. Cownie Soccer Park in Des Moines for the state soccer tournament.
Solon defeated Holy Trinity Catholic 3-0 in a Class 1A regional quarterfinal May 24 and held on for a 1-0 win over Columbus Community in the Substate 5 final May 27 in Solon.

Girls movin’ on

Solon defeats Northeast Goose Lake, 10-0

SOLON– The Lady Spartans aren’t done yet.
Despite losing the final three matches of the regular season, Solon’s varsity girls regrouped for the beginning of postseason play and handed Northeast Goose Lake a goose egg.
Solon shutout Northeast 10-0 in the quarterfinal round of the Class 1A Region 6 playoffs Tuesday, May 30, in Solon.
Senior Erin Capper’s header found the back of the net with 14 minutes remaining in the second period to seal the win for the Lady Spartans in a game abbreviated by the mercy rule.

Solon defeats Regina, splits with Muscatine and Indee

Juniors look to keep building momentum

SOLON– It’s hard to say whether the magic can be repeated.
But at least Solon baseball coach Keith McSweeney now has time to focus on baseball when he’s not teaching.
McSweeney’s varsity baseball team rode a winning streak into the state baseball tournament last year, shelling first-seeded Dubuque Wahlert 12-2 in the quarterfinals before falling 7-5 in the 3A semifinals to eventual champion No. 2 Harlan.
The Spartans have started the 2017 season with a 3-2 record, including a 5-4 win over Iowa City Regina May 25.

June news from the Old Gold Diner

May was a busy month. The month had five Wednesdays and there was something going on each one. Birthdays, kids, entertainment and, not one, but two sponsored meals. Also, St. Mary’s lifts and Mary Hunt provided May Day baskets for the seniors. We enjoyed Lyle Beaver and look forward to his coming again to entertain.

• Thank you to South Slope for sponsoring a meal in May. Dan Swick was back and brought the new CEO Chuck Deisbeck. We learned lots and many seniors had lots of great questions. We are proud to have brought them back to town.

Troop 120 can drive Saturday, June 3

SOLON– Solon Boy Scout Troop 120 will collect cans and bottles on Saturday, June 3, from 1-5 p.m. Scouts and parents will collect throughout the community. Can donations can also be dropped off at the St. Mary Catholic Church parking lot from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Donations will be used to provide camping opportunities and other Scouting activities.

Spartans place in shot, hurdles

Linderbaum third, Ira fifth, Walker seventh at state meet

By Jeff Hess
Solon Economist
DES MOINES– The Spartans traveled to the Blue Oval on Thursday, May 18, to battle more than just the competition in Des Moines at Drake Stadium during the 2017 Iowa State Track and Field Meet.
A dour sky, chill temperatures and strong wind gusts combined with a nagging rain to plague the first two days of the state championship competition. The event lasted three days and when the clouds finally parted on Saturday, May 20, the Spartans emerged among the finest the State of Iowa had to offer in class 3A competition.

School records shattered

Dramatic 4x400 finish sets new mark

By Joe Wilkinson
Special to the Economist

DES MOINES– A little frustration– some high points, too– and the Solon crowd going wild in the last event of the weekend. They all marked the 2017 girls Class 3A state track meet in Des Moines.
With 11 entries in 10 different events, the Lady Spartans had a lot to look forward to coming out of the regional qualifying meet. As is usually the case, getting there is job number one. There are girls from 63 other schools out to prove themselves, too.