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Solon Economist

Girls second at Williamsburg, CCA

TIFFIN– The points came all through the lineup as Solon finished second in the Creek Classic girls’ track meet April 7 in Tiffin. The Spartans scored in 15 of 19 events, with three relay titles and a pair of individual event wins. “Solid; not spectacular,” summarized coach Brent Sands. “We had some pretty low times. We’re still not where we want to be.”

Spartans jump out to 7-1 start on soccer season

SOLON– The first loss of the season for the Spartans’ varsity soccer team came over the weekend at a Hudson tournament.
Solon fell, 3-1, to host #5 (2A) Hudson after defeating Webster City and Postville.
Added to a 3-2 win over South Tama April 7 at home, and the Spartans are 7-1 on the soccer season.
Sophomore Luke Yetley scored all three goals for the Spartans against the Trojans after a scoreless first period for both squads.

Spartans 6th in Williamsburg

Ira wins 110-meter hurdles

WILLIAMSBURG – The Solon boys braved another gray, blustery, cool day in the fledgling track and field season on Tuesday, April 4, to finish in sixth place at the Williamsburg Co-Ed. Relays. Originally scheduled for Monday, April 3, the event was postponed until Tuesday due to heavy rains.
The athletes and spectators alike had to dodge mud holes and puddles while making their way between the throwers’ areas and the stadium between events.

Solon ties for 10th at Iowa City West

IOWA CITY– The Solon Spartans joined a field of 13 teams competing on Saturday, April 8, as the gray skies plaguing much of the month of March gave way to a radiant, sunny April day thrusting the boys’ track outdoor season into the spring. The teams converged on the track and field at Iowa City’s West High School for the Hollingsworth Relays.

Ely Road construction to bring detours

Roundabout at Hwy. 382 intersection coming this season

SOLON– Everyone’s favorite route between Solon and Cedar Rapids will be the subject of extensive construction this year.
Two more phases of an Ely Road (W6E) overhaul are planned for this season, including the conversion of its intersection with Highway 382 into a three-way roundabout.
Following the completion of the roundabout, the Johnson County Secondary Roads Department plans to proceed with the paving of three-quarters of a mile of Ely Road from the intersection north to 140th Street NE, adjacent to the Lakeview OHV park.

SHS Art Club hosts 8th Empty Bowls Luncheon Saturday, April 8

SOLON– On Saturday, April 8, the Solon High School Art Club hosts the Eighth Annual Empty Bowls Luncheon to End Hunger in the Solon High School commons.

Optimist Club’s annual Easter Egg Hunt set for Saturday, April 15

SOLON– The Optimist Club of Solon hosts its Annual Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, April 15, at 1:30 p.m. at the east end of the Solon Recreation and Nature Area. The event is for children of all ages.

May Day Breakfast May 6

SOLON– Highlight May 6 on the calendar to remember to attend the GFWC/Iowa Solon Women’s Club May Day Breakfast at the Solon Methodist Church from 7 to 11 a.m. Egg and meat casseroles, homemade kolaches and rolls, fruit, orange juice, coffee and milk will be served.
The cost is $6 per adult and $3 for children (ages 5-12) tickets are available from GFWC/Iowa Solon Women’s Club members or at the door on May 7. Bring family and friends and receive a special deal, five adult tickets for $25 and/or five children tickets for $12.

Dan & Debbie’s Creamery to host Taste of Iowa April 8 in Ely

ELY– Come taste the delicious flavors and products that are made locally right in the wonderful state of Iowa on Saturday, April 8, from 1-4 p.m. at Dan & Debbie’s Creamery (1600 Main St.).

A renewed sense of focus

Quilters sew sensory blankets for Solon special ed classrooms

SOLON– It didn’t take long for Cameron Dziubinski to notice a difference in some of his students.
“When Cam came back to us and told us he had four kids that sat still for instruction, and he was so thrilled, it’s because they have this on their lap,” said Nancy Trow, an eighth-grade math teacher at Solon Middle School, as she held up a small weighted blanket.
Trow and four other middle school staffers spent one day during Spring Break sewing eight of the sensory blankets for special education classrooms at Lakeview Elementary and the middle school.

Hwy. 30 bypass work near Mt. Vernon

MOUNT VERNON– Road construction work to grade the roadway and construct several new bridges and culverts on the U.S. 30 Mount Vernon/Lisbon bypass between Irish Lane, just west of Mount Vernon, and Charles Avenue, just east of Lisbon, require shoulder closures, road closures, and intermittent lane closures from Monday, April 3, to late September 2018, weather permitting, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s Davenport construction office. Construction not requiring lane closures will also occur during daytime hours.

4th Annual Brett Smith Memorial Run/Walk Saturday, April 22

SOLON– The Fourth Annual Brett Smith Memorial Run/Walk will be held on Saturday, April 22, in Solon.
Register at www.brettrunsolon.org. The Brett Smith Memorial Run/Walk will feature both a 1-mile fun run, and a timed 5K race. Both will start and finish at Randall Park.
The cost for the 1-mile is $15; the cost for the 5K is $20; children 12 and under are $10. All proceeds from the race will be donated to to Chandler Johnson, a 14-year-old Solon student diagnosed with a very aggressive brain tumor Feb. 23. Offer support on Facebook by searching “Cheering for Chandler # maximum effort.”