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Swisher Legion Chili Cook-Off Feb. 4

SWISHER– The Swisher American Legion will host its annual Chili Cook-Off Sunday, Feb. 4, at the Legion. Bring one crock pot of your best chili to the Legion by 2 p.m. to be considered for first, second and third place prizes. One entry per person. The entry fee is $5.
After judging is complete, the public is welcome to an all-you-can-eat chili supper for $5. Cook-off contestants receive free admittance to the chili supper with their entry fee. For more information regarding the Swisher American Legion Chili Cook-Off, call 319-560-6111.

New activities director

Casey Hack of Midland to succeed Zach Wigle

By Trent Bowman
Solon Economist
SOLON– The Solon Community School Board acted Friday, Jan. 26, to hire Casey Hack as Solon’s new Activities Director.
Responsibilities of an activities director include administrative duties, as well as implementing and supervising student programs.
Hack’s contract begins July 1, when he will replace Zach Wigle. Wigle will transition to principal for the new Solon Intermediate School.

KCs breakfast Feb. 4

SOLON– The Solon Knights of Columbus (KCs) will host an all-you-can-eat breakfast on Sunday, Feb. 4, 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 6 through 11 and free for ages five and younger. Eggs, biscuits and gravy, sausage and pancakes will be served.

Lake Macbride State Park activities update Feb. 28

SOLON– Iowa State Parks have begun a new tradition of hosting annual informational meetings to update the public on park activities. Lake Macbride State Park will be hosting its annual meeting Wednesday, Feb. 28, at 6 p.m. at the Solon Public Library meeting room. Topics will include visitation, trends in Iowa State Parks, recent projects and volunteer efforts/coordination.

Local communities offer outdoor skating

By Trent Bowman

“The best things in life are free,” sang Barrett Strong in 1959 on his “Money (That’s What I Want)” single.
The cities of North Liberty, Solon and Ely found a way to capitalize on Iowa’s traditionally cold winters and are offering free outdoor ice skating in designated areas.
Ever since Mike Reeves, the Solon Parks and Recreation activities director, can remember, that’s the way it’s been in Solon.

Women’s Club applications due Feb. 1

SOLON– The GFWC/Iowa Solon Women’s Club sponsors scholarships and music campships with a Feb. 1 deadline each year.
Scholarship packets are available at the Solon Middle and High School guidance counselor’s office or through the music instructors. These scholarships are sponsored by the GFWC/Iowa Solon Women’s Club.
Email requests to Karen Martinek at karengfwc@gmail.com or Eileen Hageman at eileen.hageman@gmail.com. All applications must be postmarked on or before Feb. 1.
• GFWC/Iowa Solon Women’s Club Scholarships

Women’s Day of Renewal

St. Mary Saturday, Feb. 3

SOLON– On Saturday, Feb. 3, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., set aside a day to allow God an opportunity to touch your life in a new way. Presenters Sr. Anne Marie Walsh and Patty Schneier have spoken at many conferences and retreats, helping women see their great dignity and belovedness as daughters of the Father; and the greatness of their calling, precisely as women, to the whole of humanity. Register for St. Mary Women’s Day of Renewal at www.solonstmary.org.

SEBA Junior High Honor Band

The weekend of Jan. 20 and 21, the Southeast Iowa Bandmasters Association (SEIBA) Junior High Honor Band was held at Iowa City West High School. This year’s guest director for the band was Dorothy Jacobi, former Solon Middle School band director. Representing Solon Middle School were Garett Martin (eighth grade, alto saxophone), Gabe Hinman (eighth grade, alto saxophone), and Kayla Young (seventh grade, tenor saxophone). (contributed photo)

SHS Scholarship Fair

SOLON– Solon High School (SHS)is in the early phase of organizing the Scholarship Fair and awards ceremony at the high school. Any interested groups are welcome to participate in this process.
The Scholarship Fair is a day when interested groups may hand out scholarship applications (or directions to apply) to the Senior class students.
A Turn In Day is then hosted when a representative of the interested group can come to collect the applications. It typically lasts about 30 minutes to an hour.

Old Gold Diner February activities

• Thanks to the Lite Window and Door Company for sponsoring the January meal. Many noticed the changes on the south side of Solon, but now we know a little bit about what is there. It’s not just windows and doors, they have blinds, too. You don’t need to leave town to find solutions for your home.

• FYI Old Gold Diner will be closed Feb. 19 for Presidents Day.

• Bingo is most Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m. is penny bingo and following lunch, play is for prizes with a black out final game for a free Old Gold Diner meal ticket as the prize. There will be no bingo Feb. 13.

Linderbaum, Hoyle win WAMAC titles

Solon 2nd at WaMaC

MAQUOKETA– With two champions and 11 total place winners, Solon’s varsity wrestlers took second at the WaMaC Conference wrestling tournament Saturday, Jan. 27, at Maquoketa.
Senior Tyler Linderbaum cruised to the title at 285 pounds, while junior Mike Hoyle dominated some quality opponents for the top spot at 182.
The Spartans had five wrestlers in the finals, with sophomores Zeb Gnida (120) and Jax Flynn (160) and senior Zach Wegmann (220) grabbing runner-ups.

Spartans hold off Blazers, 66-61

Solon racks up conference wins against Beckman, Anamosa

SOLON– The Spartans were able to avenge a road loss from earlier in the season, holding off the Dyersville Beckman Blazers, 66-61, at home Friday, Jan. 26.
Beckman handed Solon’s varsity boys a 70-60 loss in Dyersville Dec. 15.
The win, paired with a 59-57 nail-biter at Anamosa Jan. 23, moved the Spartans to 11-6 on the season with four games remaining.
Solon jumped out to a 27-12 first-quarter lead against Beckman, but the Blazers clawed their way back before halftime and only trailed by four heading into the fourth quarter.