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Solon Economist

Jerry Linderbaum Memorial Alumni Basketball Tournament Dec. 31

SOLON– The Solon Athletic Booster Club will sponsor the Jerry Linderbaum Memorial Alumni Basketball Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 31. Tip off is scheduled for 9 a.m. with proceeds from the event going towards the Jerry Linderbaum Scholarship Fund and Solon Basketball Program.

The Downtown Dachsund: From beach bucket to boutique

Melissa and Tom Reed follow entreprenurial spirit to Dows Street

ELY– “Why isn’t there a collapsible beach pail?”
Three and a half years ago, Melissa and Tom Reed’s first entrepreneurial project began with that simple question. Upon arriving at Myrtle Beach while on vacation, their son Landon looked around and said, “I want a bucket.” With no buckets to be found at the beach, they had to pack up and go into town to buy one.
When it came time to go home, Landon was very disappointed his new bucket had to be left behind.
“It created so many memories, he wanted to take it with us,” Melissa recalled.

Denise Hoy named new Ely City Administrator

Successor to Aaron Anderson comes from Conrad, begins Jan. 1

Successor to Aaron Anderson comes from Conrad, begins Jan. 1
ELY– The City of Ely hired a new city administrator, Denise Hoy, to fill the job vacated by Aaron Anderson, who left to take a position out of state in September of this year.
Denise will step into the position on Jan. 1. Before taking the position in Ely, Denise worked for the City of Conrad as the City Administrator and Clerk.

Just in time

The City of Solon is pleased to announce the completion of its first traffic signal installation at the intersection of Main Street and Market Street (Highway 1). This signal became active Tuesday morning, Dec. 6. 

Free Christmas meal at Our Lord’s Church Sunday, Dec. 25

SOLON– Our Lord’s Church will serve a free Christmas meal Sunday, Dec. 25. Everyone is welcome to attend. Reservations are not required but would be helpful. The meal will be served at noon at the church, located at 131 N. Market St. Rides and deliveries are also available. Call Duane or Anna at 319-841-2243, a local call from Solon, with questions or for reservations.

Jerry Linderbaum Memorial Alumni Basketball Tournament Dec. 31

SOLON– The Solon Athletic Booster Club will sponsor the Jerry Linderbaum Memorial Alumni Basketball Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 31. Tip off is scheduled for 9 a.m. with proceeds from the event going towards the Jerry Linderbaum Scholarship Fund and Solon Basketball Program.
For more information regarding the tournament or more information regarding participation, contact Coach Jason Pershing at jpershing31@gmail.com or Adam Stahle at astahle10@gmail.com.

Advocates plan Dec. 14 restaurant trip to CR’s Lighthouse Inn

SOLON– The Solon Senior Advocates are planning a restaurant trip Wednesday, Dec. 14, to the Lighthouse Inn Supper Club in Cedar Rapids leaving from the Solon Recreation and Nature Area at 4 p.m. Upon returning, the Advocates plan to tour the many remarkable Christmas displays in Solon. Please call 624-2710 for reservations.

Facilities Usage Meeting Dec. 7

SOLON– The Facilities Usage Meeting will be held Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m. in room 403 at Solon Middle School. The topic of discussion will be the upcoming gym usage schedule for January through April. Please make sure your team has a representative present. Contact Jody McSweeney with any questions at 319-624-3401, ext. 1300.

Solon’s Maggie Snider wins second national fencing title

RICHMOND, Va.– Maggie Snider of Solon competed in the USA Fencing North American Cup, taking first place in the Division 1A Women’s Epee event. The event included top youth, college and adult fencers from around the country. 
With this win, Snider clinched first place for the 2016-2017 season of USA Fencing Division 1-A Women’s Epee. This is her second career national title, and her first division win.
Snider trains at the Iowa City Fencing Center (ICFC) with Judy O’Donnell, and she is coached in competition by 2012 USA Olympic Head Coach Roberto Sobalvarro. 

Passing the baton

Ambition twirlers carry on tradition started by Golden Girls

IOWA CITY– Longtime Hawkeye fans remember Diana Reed as the “Golden Girl,” the baton twirler who performed with the University of Iowa (UI) Marching Band at football games and won the title of “Miss Iowa” in 2007.
Jessica Baker, 23, remembers Reed as the teacher and coach of Diana’s Golden Twirlers, the program Reed founded to offer twirling classes for an eager group of kids which included Jess and her younger sister Julia.

Waterfowlers honor missing friend, hunter

Solon waterfowlers hold autumn hunt in memory of Tanner Wymer

SOLON– A clear day, light southeast wind; with temperatures in the low 50s. It would be a great morning for a mid-autumn walk. Not so much for attracting geese to a picked corn field.
A small flock had worked the 30 decoys dotting the corn stubble west of nine layout blinds just outside Solon Oct. 23.
“Two geese were close enough for a shot, but we held up, thinking the group might circle once more,” explained Colton Dall.
It did not. Still, it was not a washout. A couple hunters worked a wooded creek, about 70 yards away, dropping a duck.

Lady Spartans pick up first win

Solon girls move to 2-2 with win over Washington

SOLON– The Lady Spartans turned up the pressure, and with it came the first win of the season.
Fueled by 28 total steals, half of them from senior Josie Durr, Solon routed Independence 59-24 during a home non-conference varsity basketball game Nov. 29.
Durr led all scorers with 25 points and added eight rebounds to pace the team. Junior Sam Miller added six points, as did junior Brianna Smith and sophomore Gabby Marty. Smith had six rebounds, including four on the offensive glass, while Marty pulled down five boards.