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Solon Economist

Solon High School Community Service Day Monday, April 24

SOLON– Students at Solon High School will be doing community service projects throughout the community Monday, April 24, from 12-3 p.m.
Students are looking forward to giving back to the community that has given so much to our schools. This year, the high school would like to extend an invitation to elderly residents in the community. If you have an outdoor project, we would like to help. Also, if you are a business in Solon and need a few hands, we can do that too! Students will spend the afternoon throughout the city helping businesses and residents in need.

Testing the field

Girls 6th at Kingston: Kerkhoff wins 400, shuttle hurdle first against big schools

By Joe Wilkinson
Special to the Economist
CEDAR RAPIDS– You get better by running against the best. With that in mind, Solon posted a sixth-place finish in the J-Hawk Relays Saturday, April 1, at Kingston Stadium in Cedar Rapids.
“We see the cream of the crop from Eastern Iowa here each year,” observed Solon girls track coach Brent Sands, referring to the depth of the 14 teams, a combination of 4A and 3A schools. “It gives us a chance to face good competition– and let that help us through the year; to show we can compete.”

Tipton produces rays of hope for Spartans

Slim preseason for Spartan track and field

TIPTON– The sun shrugged off the clouds briefly on Tuesday, March 28, much as the athletes did with their sweats taking to the track and field, at the opening of the boys’ outdoor season in Tipton.
The drive out to the meet saw windshields peppered with specks of moisture as the thermometer read 52 degrees, threatening a cloudy, damp and cold start to the season, but that all changed.

Girls open soccer season with 11-1 win

SOLON– “We are set up this year to do amazing things,” Solon head coach John Tucker said of this year’s Lady Spartan varsity soccer team. “We have high goals and expectations, knowing that we are returning a very good team, with another year of experience under their belts.”
The Solon girls opened the 2017 season with an 11-1 road drubbing of West Liberty Monday, April 3.
Tucker has spent the last 13 years coaching and amassed a career record of 151-65. This year, his assistant is Andrea Keegen. Last year’s record for the Lady Spartans was 11-9 and they went 4-3 in conference play.

Four straight for boys soccer

SOLON– It was a clean sweep for the boys’ varsity soccer squad.
The Spartans opened the 2017 season with a 3-0 win at Iowa Mennonite in Kalona Thursday, March 30, then ran the tables at the Spartan Classic invitational held Saturday, April 1, at the Solon Outdoor Events Center.
Solon chalked up three wins at the home tourney, including a 5-0 victory over Bellevue Marquette Catholic in the championship match

Solon Center for the Arts to host three performances

SOLON– Ariel (Ellen Cross) wants to be part of your world as the Solon High School production of “Disney’s The Little Mermaid” debuts Friday, March 31, at 7 p.m. in the Solon Center for the Arts.
Additional performances will be Saturday, April 1, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, April 2, at 2 p.m.
Pre-sales are over, but what tickets remain will be on sale an hour before each performance.

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.

Comfort crafted with love

Solon WWII veteran presented with Valor Quilt by auxiliary

SOLON– Dean Moel, a veteran of World War II, was the recipient of a Valor Quilt Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Solon American Legion Stinocher Post. Valor Quilts are patriotic-themed quilts presented to selected veterans in honor of their service and sacrifice.
Solon Legion Auxiliary member Jean Stinocher, who assembled the blocks comprising the quilt before sending it out for final assembly, said, “He was very happy and proud to receive it.” And added, “We were happy to give it to him.”

City approves $150k for 121 on Main

Questions on site plan go unanswered

SOLON– A one-time, $150,000 investment into 121 on Main will be made by the city.
At a March 15 meeting, city council members voted 4-0 in support of a lump sum payment to HPR Investments LLC for a Main Street commercial/residential development planned west of Big Grove Brewery.
The city expects to use an internal loan to cover the initial expense, to be paid back through Tax Increment Finance (TIF) revenues.
One member of the public, however, said the city had not gone far enough in requiring off-street parking for the project.

Council votes down Lofts plan

Lack of parking, terse words derail site plan

SOLON– That ended badly.
The site plan for a proposal to rehabilitate the former St. Mary Catholic Church auditorium went down in flames when discussions over parking requirements devolved at a Solon City Council meeting Jan. 11.
For nearly 45 minutes, city officials and Bill Wittig, representing Prairie Equity Group, LLC, went back and forth on the need for off-street parking to accommodate potential first- and second-floor commercial tenants of the building.

Shueyville United Methodist Men’s Pancake Supper March 31

SHUEYVILLE– The Shueyville United Methodist Men’s Pancake Supper is Friday, March 31, from 5-7 p.m.
Come enjoy good food and fellowship with friends.
The pancake supper is an all-you-can eat supper which includes pancakes, eggs, ham, sausage, hash browns and beverage. The supper is used to support mission activities, both at home and around the world.
The church mailing address is 1195 Steeple Ln. NE, in Swisher, but is located in Shueyville, just 3/4 mile east of Interstate 380 on Exit 10.
Cost for adults is $6, ages 3-12 is $3, and those under 3 are free.

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.”