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Solon Economist

Cedar Rapids Horsemen’s Club Christmas soup supper Dec. 3

WESTERN– The Cedar Rapids Horsemen’s Club hosts its annuals awards banquet and Christmas soup supper on Saturday, Dec. 3, at the club house, 11808 Club Rd., in Western. Social hour begins at 5 p.m., a meal is served at 6 p.m. and after the meal, Santa Claus will arrive at 7 p.m. Awards will be presented following Santa’s visit. Bring a soup or dessert to share, and a wrapped gift for your child. Santa will distribute these when he comes after dinner. High Point and year-end awards will be presented and announced. Contact Toby at 319-270-4235 for more information regarding the soup supper.

St. Bernadette’s Parish Fall Soup Supper and Bake Sale Nov. 13

WEST BRANCH– St. Bernadette’s Parish will host its annual Fall Soup Supper and Bake Sale on Sunday, Nov. 13. Serving will be at the church at 507 Orange Street in West Branch, from 3-7 p.m. Homemade chicken noodle soup and chili are featured, along with pie, cake, ice cream and a beverage. Cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children 3-10. Carry-out is available.

Old Gold Diner to welcome fourth graders from Lakeview Nov. 16

SOLON– Old Gold Dining is hosting a fourth grade class on Wednesday, Nov. 16.

Softball can drive Sunday, Nov. 13

SOLON– The Solon softball program will host a can drive Sunday, Nov. 13, from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.
Drop off redeemable cans and bottles at the Solon softball field. Players will also go door to door in neighborhoods. Contact Athena Lance at athena@southslope.net or 319-533-0179 to schedule a pick up.

Solon American Legion hosts Member Appreciation Time Nov. 12

SOLON– The Solon American Legion will host a Member Appreciation time from 2-5 p.m. on Saturday Nov. 12. Attendees can get a 2017 card at the Legion during the afternoon’s activity. Anyone interested in joining the American Legion is welcome to attend.

Old Mill Creek plat approved

Second access, wetland mitigation delay expansion

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist

SOLON– It’s been a long time coming.
Solon City Council members approved a preliminary plat for the third addition of the Old Mill Creek subdivision at a Nov. 2 meeting.
The new phase has been over 10 years in the making, and will expand the residential development on Solon’s west side by 46 lots.
“This has been long-awaited,” City Administrator Cami Rasmussen told council members.

A weekend for heroes

Solon Legion helps veterans gather to hunt and to heal

LAKE MACBRIDE– Nine disabled veterans spent three days bow hunting deer last month in the Sugar Bottom Campground and Coralville Lake area thanks to an extensive cooperative effort. It was the second such hunt, with the first being a shotgun deer hunt last year.

Free Thanksgiving meal at Our Lord’s Church Thursday, Nov. 24

SOLON– Our Lord’s Church serves a free Thanksgiving meal Thursday, Nov. 24. All are welcome. 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 reservations.

Protheroe among teachers who traveled to Germany

SOLON– This summer, 100 social studies and STEM teachers from the United States and Canada will travel to Germany as fellows of the Transatlantic Outreach Program (TOP).

Winter sports Soup and Hoops Nov. 18

Basketball programs raising funds with soup supper Nov. 18

SOLON– Blizzard conditions put a damper on attendance at last year’s inaugural Soup and Hoops.
Second-year varsity girls basketball coach Lisa Bishop is hoping for better weather Friday, Nov. 18, when the Solon High School winter teams reach out to the community with the kickoff event.
Doors open at 5 p.m., with scrimmages for the freshman and sophomore boys’ and girls’ basketball teams beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Spartans exit playoffs, 28-14

Last season’s 3A champ steals Solon’s playoff football hopes

SOLON– The Pella Dutch stole the Solon Spartans’ football playoff hopes on Friday, Nov. 4, at Spartan Stadium with a 28-14 defeat. It was the last game for many members of the Spartan varsity team and they finished the season doing what they do, playing with heart, conviction and fortitude.
The Dutch advanced to compete at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls against Cedar Rapids Xavier on Thursday, Nov. 10.

City rearranges parking in busy Fox Ridge neighborhood

New stop signs coming to Windflower Lane

SOLON– Growth means more people and more people means more vehicles.
And in the Fox Ridge subdivision on the city’s south side, vehicle parking has become an issue.
Council member Steve Duncan, a resident of the subdivision, has consistently expressed concern about the parking habits of contractors and of some businesses in the neighborhood.
At an Oct. 19 council meeting, small changes in the subdivision’s street layout were approved in hopes of providing a solution.