• strict warning: Non-static method view::load_views() should not be called statically in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/sites/all/modules/views/views.module on line 837.
  • strict warning: Non-static method view::db_objects() should not be called statically in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/sites/all/modules/views/includes/view.inc on line 1367.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_argument::init() should be compatible with views_handler::init(&$view, $options) in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_argument.inc on line 745.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_filter::options_validate() should be compatible with views_handler::options_validate($form, &$form_state) in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_filter.inc on line 589.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_filter::options_submit() should be compatible with views_handler::options_submit($form, &$form_state) in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_filter.inc on line 589.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_filter_node_status::operator_form() should be compatible with views_handler_filter::operator_form(&$form, &$form_state) in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/sites/all/modules/views/modules/node/views_handler_filter_node_status.inc on line 14.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_plugin_style_default::options() should be compatible with views_object::options() in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/sites/all/modules/views/plugins/views_plugin_style_default.inc on line 25.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_plugin_row::options_validate() should be compatible with views_plugin::options_validate(&$form, &$form_state) in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/sites/all/modules/views/plugins/views_plugin_row.inc on line 135.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_plugin_row::options_submit() should be compatible with views_plugin::options_submit(&$form, &$form_state) in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/sites/all/modules/views/plugins/views_plugin_row.inc on line 135.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.

Solon Economist

Music on Main Street concert series begins Wednesday, June 1

SOLON– Solon’s Music on Main Street Concert Series will kick off the 2016 schedule Wednesday, June 1, at the downtown bandstand featuring “Keelah and the Boys.”
Concerts begin at 7 p.m. each Wednesday evening. Bring your lawn chairs and a picnic basket and enjoy some wonderful music. In case of rain, concerts will be moved to St. Mary Catholic Church. If you would like to financially contribute to Music on Main Street or provide sponsorship or concessions on a concert evening, please contact Nancy Upmeyer at 331 1553 or nancyupmeyer@hotmail.com.
2016 Music on Main Street

Saving more of the grove

Bur Oak Land Trust launches capital campaign to purchase more Big Grove timber

SOLON– Imagine you’re in the heart of Iowa City on a busy day– cars, people and concrete.
Now think about being 7 miles away, standing in the middle of the Bur Oak Land Trust’s Big Grove Preserve, a centuries-old forest populated with tall hardwoods– calm and quiet, broken only by the occasional songbird.

May activities for Old Gold Diner

Thank you to an anonymous friend for providing the April sponsored meal. Thanks to Jeanne Erhart for providing an overview of what happens at the Old Gold Diner. And also thank you to Scott Keele Kober for giving an overview of the Solon United Methodist Church. The church has been the home of the Old Gold Diner since the very beginning of the program.
• Bingo is held every Tuesday and Thursday, with penny bingo at 11 a.m. and, following lunch, play is for prizes with a black-out scoring a free Old Gold Diner meal ticket as the prize.

Shueyville to host community blood drive Tuesday, May 3

SWISHER– Shueyville will host a community blood drive from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3, at Shueyville Community Center, inside the gym.
To donate, please contact the Blood Center at 800-747-5401 or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org and use code 1778 to locate the drive.

Spring cleaning and the city-wide garage sale

Get ready for city-wide garage sales, to be held June 3 and 4. Registration forms are now available on our website and in the library. Register online and pay your registration fee ($10 for in-town sales and $5 for out-of-town sales) at the library. Registration deadline is 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 31. The Friends of the Library organize this event, offering advertising and garage sale signs for up to 80 listings, which will be placed on a map made available to the public. The Friends also hold a sale with proceeds benefitting the library. We gratefully accept donations for that annual fundraiser.

Girls break meet records on way to title

Senior Tanner Wymer remembered at Denny Gruber Coed Relays

SOLON– On an evening steeped with bittersweet memories, Solon’s track teams built some happier moments with twin wins in the 2016 Denny Gruber Co-Ed Relays Tuesday, April 19, at the Solon Outdoor Events Center.
From the girls, it was– again– strong field event showings and balance through the running events to build a 126-106 margin over Mount Vernon. Running third was Marion (88), with North Cedar (79), Davenport Assumption (75), Vinton-Shellsburg (65.33), Dyersville Beckman (27) and Iowa City Regina (19) following.

Spartans take first at home meet

SOLON– Tuesday, April 19, was Tanner Wymer’s birthday.
The Solon boys and girls track and field teams did what they could to honor him, first by wishing him a happy birthday, complete with balloons, then by championing the home track meet in both boys and girls competition.

Solon sending seven to Drake Relays

SOLON– Everything track and field stops in Iowa this weekend, as eyes turn to the Drake Relays. Billed as America’s Athletic Classic, the Blue Oval hosts pre-Olympic, university, college, Iowa high school and even middle school competition in Des Moines.

Lady Spartans take 3-1 soccer win from Mt. Vernon

MOUNT VERNON– The Lady Spartan varsity soccer squad extended its win streak to three with a 3-1 road win over Mount Vernon Friday, April 22.
Josie Durr, Jade Flansburg and Nichole Oberthien each scored for Solon. Oberthien was credited with an assist.
“Teams have been marking up on Josie, so we are working to get other players into the offense,” commented Solon Head Coach John Tucker. “They can try to shut down one facet of our offense, but will not be able to shut it all down.”

Spartans first at West Liberty’s Maxson Relays

By Jeff Hess
Solon Economist
WEST LIBERTY– The Spartans won their second meet in a row, with a bit of a twist in the cast due to a conflicting soccer match, on April 22 in West Liberty at the Ron Maxson Relays. The Spartans scored 150 team points to top Mount Vernon (133.5), Lisbon (110), West Liberty (94) and Tipton (60.5) in the 11-team deep field.
Solon’s Spencer Lawson made his track and field debut this season, leaping to first in the long jump with a 20-5 and a third in the 100-meter dash.

McSweeney declines

SCSD changes activities director from half- to full-time

SOLON– The Solon Community School District has decided to expand its half-time Activities Director position into a full-time role. The change will take effect at the start of the 2016-17 school year.

Macbride Raptor Project free Family Day Saturday, May 7

SOLON– Macbride Raptor Project (MRP) monthly Family Day will be held on Saturday, March 7, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Family Day is free and open to the public. The Raptor’s Nest (MRP educational center) will be open with staff and volunteers available to answer questions about the project and the raptors. Snacks and crafts will also be provided for guests.