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Solon Economist

Solon All-Alumni Basketball Tournament Saturday, Oct. 8

SOLON– Head Varsity Boys Basketball Coach Jason Pershing announced an All-Alumni Basketball Tournament for former Solon athletes on Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Solon High School gymnasium.
Teams or individuals may register for the double-elimination tournament at a cost of $10 per participant. Bring a reversible jersey or a dark and white shirt. Tip-off is scheduled for 9 a.m.
Contact coach Pershing at jpershing31@gmail.com with any questions.

Solon Dollars for Scholars 2016 Gala Saturday, Oct. 15

SOLON– They’re providing hope for every student
An exciting evening of great food and lively bidding is planned for Saturday, Oct. 15, as Solon Dollars for Scholars hosts the 2016 Gala at the Celebration Barn, located at 4045 245th St. in Solon. The doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Registration is required for the event. For online registration, go to solon.dollarsforscholars.org or register by mail with a donation of $45 per guest to: Solon Dollars for Scholars, P.O. Box 551, Solon, 52333.

2015-16 Solon High School Yearbooks available for pickup

SOLON– Parents of 2016 graduates who ordered yearbooks, the yearbooks are available for pick up in the high school office during business hours. This pertains to graduates who do not have siblings attending the high school. Siblings of 2016 graduates have been contacted and yearbooks were distributed to them. Parents are asked to make every effort to pick up yearbooks as soon as possible. The high school has extras available for those unable to order one last year. The yearbooks are $50 and checks can be made payable to Solon Community Schools.

Center for the Arts Open House set for Jan. 15

SOLON– To celebrate the opening of the new Solon Center for the Arts, an open house is scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 15, from 2-4 p.m. There will be guided- and self-guided tours through the facility with music provided by talented students playing the brand new Steinway grand piano.

Flu vaccination clinics at Solon Schools Oct. 11, 18 and 25

SOLON– The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) visits Lakeview Elementary Tuesday, Oct. 11; Solon Middle School Tuesday, Oct. 18; and Solon High School Tuesday, Oct. 25, all from 3:30-6 p.m., to administer flu vaccinations to the public.
The clinics offer flu shots QIV, High Dose Flu (for ages 65 years and older) and pneumonia vaccine (available upon prior request).

Pack taking shape as cross country hits midseason

Girls fourth, boys ninth at Solon invite

SOLON– Packs can be good in cross country. “It’s a sport where you are out there, running by yourself for 20-some minutes. You want to get up with someone you know; to push each other… to keep going. Then, it’s all about the team,” explained Solon Head Coach Emy Williams.

Spartans rally past Demons

Solon overcomes 15-0 deficit for victory over Washington

WASHINGTON– As is custom in Washington at Case Field, local Legion members began to raise the flag to the rat-a-tat of a snare drum roll and the band joined in with the National Anthem. The Washington Demons recognized service men Friday, Sept. 16, during the Class 3A District 5 game against the Solon Spartans, as uniformed members of the military and local firemen and law enforcement were invited by the Demons to join them on the field for the anthem. The back of the Demons’ uniforms bore the words pride, valor, respect and honor in camouflage trim.

No. 3 West Delaware sweeps Lady Spartans

SOLON– The varsity volleyball Lady Spartans were overpowered in straight sets by West Delaware Sept. 13 in Solon.
West Delaware, currently ranked No. 3 in Class 3A by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union, defeated Solon 25-11, 25-14 and 25-22.
The Lady Spartans jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the first set, but West Delaware broke open a 7-7 tie and took control, pushing the lead to six points at 15-9, and then using an eight-point run to close it out.

Old Gold Diner to lock up the femme fatales

Annual fundraiser culminates with lock-in Sept. 28

SOLON– It’s time for the community to join together in a jailbreak.
Solon’s Old Gold Diner will conclude a month of fundraising activities Wednesday, Sept. 28, with a special meal, entertainment and a lock-in of female jailbirds who will have to raise bail money for the program before their release.
Last year’s Old Gold fundraiser featured the incarceration of five men who were willing to become “jailbirds” for a short amount of time, raising bail for their release by asking friends, family and program-supporters to make cash donations to the cause.
This year, it’s the women’s turn.

He’s passionate about beer

Bill Heinrich rides the craft beer wave

SOLON– Beer is an amber alcoholic beverage brewed by the fermentation of cereals, usually malted barley, and flavored with hops. Beer has been around since at least the fifth millennium B.C. in ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia.
In 2012, according to The Beer Institute, Americans consumed 6.3 billion gallons of beer in the previous year with an individual average of 28.3 gallons.
Whatever the 2016 consumption statistics are, Brian Heinrich can rest assured his Kickshaw Barrel Works ORB, a small-batch craft beer, will have contributed to them.

Troop 120 can drive Sept. 17

SOLON– Solon Boy Scout Troop 120 will be holding a can drive Saturday, Sept. 17, from 8 a.m. until noon. Bring redeemable cans or bottles to the south end of the St. Mary Catholic Church parking lot. Scouts will also be canvassing neighborhoods to make collections. Contact Tim Broghammer at 319-389-7297 for more information or to schedule a pick up.

Ely Fall Fest Sept. 16-18

ELY– The ninth annual Ely Fall Fest returns Sept. 16-18. The weekend festival begins Friday night with a Moonlight 5K and 1-mile run at 7:45 p.m., followed with a community celebration. Saturday is an all-day festival featuring over 20 activities and events, including kids’ inflatables and games, an adult co-ed softball tournament, a cornhole tournament, pet parade, youth punt/pass/kick competition, magic show, wiener dog race and live music throughout the day. The day is capped with a fireworks display at dusk. Sunday is devoted to the Classic Car Show from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.