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Solon Economist

Hidden habitat

Over 400 attend Macbride Raptor Project family day

SOLON– You may not know it exists, unless you’ve been there.
From a bird’s eye view, the Macbride Raptor Project, nestled into the Macbride Nature and Recreation Area, seems to be situated on the tip of a gravel wing; down below it is home to more than 20 birds of prey– three of which have been featured in the project’s new family day. The third event was held Saturday, May 7, and featured the American kestrel, North America’s littlest falcon.

Setting the table for outdoor dining

Council gets first look at proposed Main Street policy

SOLON– The vision for outdoor dining on Solon’s Main Street came into a little sharper focus at a May 4 city council meeting, but it’s still a little blurry around the edges.
In March, Red Vespa Pizzeria and Wine Bar owners Aziz and Angie Longou asked the city to consider allowing seasonal outdoor service by leasing a Main Street parking spot in front of their business.
In April, council members agreed and directed city staff to develop guidelines to allow sidewalk and street seating for Main Street eateries.

Solon Poppy Days May 21-May 30

SOLON– Memorial poppies, made by hospitalized and disabled veterans, will be available in various businesses in Solon from May 21 through Memorial Day.
The red poppy has been the symbol for honoring and remembering the men and women who served and died in services to our country since 1921.
The poppy was immortalized by Canadian Colonel John McCrae in his poem “In Flanders Fields” after WWI and also is used in Canada, Great Britain and other countries to honor the war dead.

Solon students rock Assessments

This year’s scores were the best in Solon school history

By Nora Heaton
Solon Economist
SOLON– Matt Townsley can describe Solon schools’ Iowa Assessment scores in three words: “We rocked it.”
Townsley, the Solon Community School District (SCSD) director of instruction and technology, said Solon students’ performance this year was the best in the district’s history.
The district’s goal states that 90 percent of students will be proficient and 25 percent of students will be highly proficient in tested areas.

Solon firefighters annual breakfast Sunday, May 29, at fire station

SOLON– The Solon volunteer firefighters would like to invite the public to their annual breakfast.
The firefighters will be serving breakfast at the fire station Sunday, May 29, from 6:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Adult admission is $6 and children are $4. The breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, fried and scrambled eggs, milk and coffee. This is one of two annual fundraisers for the firefighters’ association.

Memorial Day Mass at St. Bridget’s Church set for 9 a.m.

SOLON– Memorial Day Mass for veterans and deceased loved ones will be held Monday, May 30, at 9 a.m. at St. Bridget’s Church of Nolan Settlement, 2136 St. Bridget’s Rd., Solon. Please bring your lawn chairs as Mass will be offered in the cemetery. In case of rain, it will be held in the church. All are welcome.

Solon Girl Scouts make quilts for veterans

Solon Daisy Girl Scout Troop #5356 completed a “Pay It Forward” service project by making fleece blankets for the dialysis unit at the Veterans Administration (VA) hospital and hand-delivering them. The troop also learned about dialysis and made cards for the VA patients. (contributed photo)

Spartans taking 13 events to state

Solon boys win team title at home qualifying meet

By Jeff Hess
Solon Economist
SOLON– The skies darkened and the clouds looked foreboding, but it was the Spartan boys providing thunderous consistency intermingled with lightning-fast victories to win the 3A District 6 meet May 12 in Solon.
The district meet served as a qualifier for the State Co-Ed Track and Field Meet in Des Moines, with the winner and runner-up automatically earning the trip to Des Moines while others qualify on time/performance.

The race for state

Home stretch for girls after regional track runner-up finish

Durr scores seven goals in 11-1 win over West Delaware

Lady Spartans fall to CR Prairie and Western Dubuque

SOLON– Solon’s Josie Durr scored seven goals against West Delaware in an 11-1 win for the Lady Spartans May 10, and that ties a state record for a single game, according to girls soccer head coach John Tucker.
Nichole Oberthien added four more goals for the Lady Spartans in the home win, one of three wins in a row for Solon before the girls ran into a pair of powerful soccer opponents.
The Lady Spartans were defeated by Cedar Rapids Prairie 8-2 in Solon May 14, and dropped an 8-4 decision to Western Dubuque on the road Monday night, May 16, moving to 7-6 for the season.

Spartans post wins against West Delaware and Independence

INDEPENDENCE– The Solon boys have pitched a couple of shut-outs.
Solon’s varsity soccer squad notched two wins in a row on the road last week, defeating West Delaware 4-0 May 10 and downing Independence 3-0 May 13.
Ben Carr had two goals for Solon against West Delaware, while Brandan Childs and Dylan Doyle each added one. Childs (2), Carr and Parker Mueller had assists. Childs, Doyle and Mueller each had goals against Independence, with Carr and Luke McInnis credited with assists.
The wins moved the Solon record to 10-7.

Spartan Dash raises nearly $20K for Lakeview PTO

Members of the Solon High School soccer team dust participants with colored powder at one of the many stations along the route of the Fifth Annual Spartan Dash Saturday, April 23, at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area trail. The Spartan Dash is a family-friendly event which features a number of messy obstacles and serves as Lakeview Elementary PTO’s largest fundraiser of the year. A total of 625 runners took part, raising $19,250 for the PTO.