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Solon Economist

Softball can drive Sunday, Nov. 13

SOLON– The Solon softball program will host a can drive Sunday, Nov. 13, from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.
Drop off redeemable cans and bottles at the Solon softball field. Players will also go door to door in neighborhoods. Contact Athena Lance at athena@southslope.net or 319-533-0179 to schedule a pick up.

Solon Middle School’s Annual Veterans Day Program Nov. 11

SOLON– Solon Middle School (SMS) hosts its annual Veterans Day program Nov. 11 at 1 p.m. in the SMS Auditorium. The school is pleased to have Army Ranger Quintin Bigelow, a 2003 Solon High School graduate who served in Afghanistan and Iraq, as the guest speaker. The American Legion will be in attendance and members of the Solon Middle School band will perform. Handmade cards will be made for veterans in attendance by the fifth and sixth grade students. Refreshments will be served following the program, provided by the Solon Middle School PTO.

Women’s Club and library to host Holiday Tree Decorating Contest

SOLON– The GFWC/Iowa Solon Women’s Club and the Solon Public Library are sponsoring the Holiday Tree Decorating Contest to be held at the library. The proceeds from the contest will be donated to the Solon Splash Pad Fund.

St. Bernadette’s Parish Fall Soup Supper and Bake Sale Nov. 13

WEST BRANCH– St. Bernadette’s Parish will host its annual Fall Soup Supper and Bake Sale on Sunday, Nov. 13. Serving will be at the church at 507 Orange Street in West Branch, from 3-7 p.m. Homemade chicken noodle soup and chili are featured, along with pie, cake, ice cream and a beverage. Cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children 3-10. Carry-out is available.

Swisher Auxiliary Annual Turkey Homemade Turkey Dinner Nov. 5

SWISHER– On Saturday, Nov. 5, from 4:30-7:30 p.m., the Swisher Auxiliary hosts its Annual Homemade Turkey Dinner. Adult meals cost $10 and kids meals are $5. The Junior Auxiliary will host Turkey bingo upstairs through dinner. Bingo cost is $1 per game with winners receiving a turkey to take home. Arts and crafts will be offered for children attending the event during bingo.

Solon Parks & Rec Department

Girls Basketball: Practice has started. Games are played on Saturdays in November and December, starting Nov. 5, in the Lakeview Elementary gymnasium. The schedule is posted on the Solon Parks and Recreation website.

Spartans take round one

Win over bobcats advances Solon to face No. 1 Pella Friday, Nov. 4, at home

SOLON– After several dreary days, the sun peeked from the heavens and shone favorably on the Spartans.
Benton Community’s Bobcats traveled to Solon for the first round of the Class 3A football playoffs and the Spartans’ responded with an offense that wracked up 49 points and a defense that limited the Bobcats to just 14.
That effort places the Spartans on a collision course with No. 1-ranked Pella on Friday, Nov. 4, at Spartan Stadium, starting at 7 p.m.

Shafer leads Solon girls to 15th place at state cross country meet

FORT DODGE– Solon’s girls showed they were up to the challenge with a 15th place showing in the 2016 Class 3A state cross country meet Oct. 29 in Fort Dodge.
Though ‘last’ in that championship field, they outpointed every 3A team sitting at home for the day. Their finish matched a slow, steady improvement from middle of the pack showings early in the season to conference and district meet runner-up finishes and a No. 14 ranking from the Iowa Association of Track Coaches heading into state.

Developers unveil plan for St. Mary auditorium

Commercial, residential mix planned for former church building

SOLON– There may be a new use on the horizon for an old Solon building.
The former St. Mary auditorium and an adjoining property were the subject of a mixed-use concept plan before the members of the Solon City Council Oct. 19.
Prairie Equity Group, LLC, of Iowa City, is proposing to renovate the 1915 building into commercial storefronts and 16 upper-level condominiums, with the conversion of a separate lot into a gated parking area.

Women aim to revitalize Swisher

Downtown business owners uniting for Nov. 5 block party

SWISHER– The namesake of the rebranded bar in downtown Swisher is no doubt obvious to current residents, but the stories behind the “Main Street” boutiques may only be familiar to natives.
Rebekah Neuendorf, co-owner of Black Squirrel Tap & Beer Garden, open since August at the old Shooter’s locale, said choosing the bar’s name was fairly straightforward.
“Everybody who comes into town notices the black squirrels,” she said. “For the local people, they know they’re here. It kind of becomes a cool story and good talking point.”

Appointed council seats to fill

August decision puts one-year and three-year terms on ballot

SOLON– The City of Solon will be piggybacking on the Tuesday, Nov. 8, general election in order to fill two unexpired city council seats.
In August, the members of the city council voted to appoint Ron Herdliska on an interim basis to replace Dale Snipes, who resigned at the beginning of July.
Herdliska agreed to serve a portion of Snipes’ term, which extends through 2019, and council members approved placing the unexpired term on the November ballot.

Silent auction to support SMS teacher Roger Thompson Nov. 2

SOLON– Solon Middle School staff are holding a silent auction to support teacher Roger Thompson, recently diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer. The silent auction will be Nov. 2 from 3:30-6:30 p.m. and Nov. 3 from 1:30-6:30 p.m. in the middle school cafeteria.
Auction items include handmade quilts, four tickets to Solon High School’s winter musical, gift cards from local restaurants and businesses, a signed Iowa football, baked goods, two tickets to the Iowa-Nebraska football game, gift baskets and much, much more.