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Solon Economist

City doesn’t want to take lead on Gallery Acres West

City: DNR not helping with water issue

SOLON– The city can’t investigate providing rural water if it doesn’t know how many local subdivisions would be interested.
And the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is apparently not very interested in helping determine that number.
According to discussions at the Oct. 18 meeting of the Solon City Council, the DNR stepped back from its lead role in determining whether municipal water could help resolve arsenic issues in developments outside the city.
For the city’s elected officials, the news brought their interest in researching the problem to a screeching halt.

Solon Wrestling Club Starts Nov. 2

SOLON– The Solon Wrestling Club announced the beginning of the upcoming youth season for students in grades K-8. The club’s emphasis is learning the fundamentals of wrestling and having fun. The Solon Wrestling Club is lucky to bring back youth head coach and college All-American Dale Handley for a fourth season.

Czech mates

Carl Richey and Czech student Daniel White make most of visit

SOLON– “I told my parents, let’s do this,” Carl Richey said when he saw the flier posted at school last fall.
It described an opportunity to participate in a summer exchange program sponsored by the Czech Heritage Foundation.
High school students of Czech, Moravian or Slovak ancestry living within 100 miles of Cedar Rapids and Iowa City were eligible to apply to the Foundation’s Homestay program, which has awarded 55 scholarships since it began in 1983.

Revised site plan approved

Alley dining for new restaurant scaled back

SOLON– Everything’s okay now.
After two weeks to iron things out, two prospective Main Street neighbors have mended the fence.
As a result, the members of the Solon City Council, at an Oct. 18 meeting, unanimously approved a revised site plan for a new restaurant at 122 E. Main St., the former location of the Solon Station.
The site plan was tabled at an Oct. 4 session after Salt Fork Kitchen owners Jay Schworn and Eric Menzel said they had not been approached about a plan to use an alley between the two buildings as an outdoor dining area.

November 2017 activities for Old Gold Diner

October is a blur and we are sliding into November. With a little hiccup we had a informative sponsored meal. Rick Jedlicka visited to remind us about Medicare, its components, and its supplements to help with our healthcare needs.
• Bingo is held most Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning at11 a.m. with 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. The second Tuesday of the month there will be no afternoon bingo, just morning.

Perfect season

Spartans end regular season 9-0 with 43-0 win over Trojans

Solon hosts Decorah Friday in first round of 3A football playoffs

SOLON– The Spartans ended the perfect regular season at 9-0 (7-0) with a 43-0 exclamation-point victory over the Fairfield Trojans Friday, Oct. 20, at Spartan Stadium.
A Senior Night win capped the Spartans’ perfect season of “Do what we do!” as the Solon defense held Fairfield to 53 total yards passing and just two yards rushing on 21 carries in 48 minutes of football.
The defensive performance set up Solon’s offense to accumulate 162 yards passing, going 10-17, and rush for 214 yards on 33 carries.

Seconds count; Kiersten Conway on to state

Lady Spartans just miss qualifying as a cross country team

SOLON– A season spent near the top of the pack has paid off for Solon freshman Kiersten Conway. She will be on the starting line Oct. 28 at the State Cross Country Meet in Fort Dodge. Conway was sixth in the Oct. 19 regional qualifying meet in Solon.

Lady Spartans fall in five sets

Solon falls to West Liberty in first round of playoffs

WEST LIBERTY– Too bad it couldn’t have gone on a little longer.
But the season for the Solon varsity volleyball team came to an end in the first round of the Class 3A District 7 playoffs Oct. 18 in West Liberty.
The Lady Spartans pushed the Comets, formerly ranked No. 13, to the limit but fell in five sets (25-15, 14-25, 25-27, 25-22, 15-10).

Solon Parks & Rec Dept.

Boys Basketball grades 3-6: Registration will start around Nov. 17, with a coaches meeting to be held on Wednesday, Dec. 13. Games are played on Saturdays in January and February, tentatively starting Jan. 20, in the Lakeview Elementary gymnasium. Registration forms will be distributed to Solon students through the school and also available on the Solon Parks and Recreation website and at City Hall.

Mayor: No conspiracy

Heated exchange at council meeting to extend water

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist
SOLON– Council member Lauren Whitehead felt out of the loop.
But Mayor Steve Stange assured there was no conspiracy to extend city water to a county subdivision three miles outside of town.
Despite an earnest start, the closing moments of the Oct. 4 Solon City Council meeting devolved into argument and heated words as the city’s mayor and a former council member clashed verbally.

Fourth Annual Spooky Spartan Trail moves inside Oct. 21

SOLON– The Solon Secondary Schools PTO will host its fourth annual Spooky Spartan Trail on Saturday, Oct. 21. All ages are welcome at the less scary, lighted version from 5-6 p.m. Those interested in maximum scaring should attend from 7-9 p.m. For this year only, the trail moves inside the former Solon Middle/High School at 301 S. Iowa St., rumored to be already haunted. Concessions and assorted Halloween trinkets will be available for purchase, and games and a scary movie will provide entertainment in the lobby for those awaiting their turn to enter.

Tickets to go on sale for “Disney’s Mary Poppins” Oct. 27

SOLON– Solon Center for the Arts will present “Disney’s Mary Poppins” Friday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 11, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 12, at 2 p.m.
Tickets will be available online at 10 a.m., Friday, Oct. 27, at www.midwestix.com/organizations/solon-center.
Tickets for “Disney’s Mary Poppins” will also be sold in-person in the Solon Center for the Arts Lobby on Saturday, Nov. 4, from 10 a.m. until noon, Monday, Nov. 6, from 6-8 p.m. and Thursday, Nov. 9, from 6-8 p.m. The box office will also be open one hour before each show Nov. 10, 11 and 12.