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Solon Economist

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.”

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.

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.

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.”

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.).

Ely News by Lenna See

The Ely Town and Country Club met at Gwen’s Restaurant in Lisbon on Monday evening, March 20, at 5 p.m. There were 28 members and 10 guests present. Norman and Terry Zahradnik were the hosts. The program was slides from their trip to Alaska.

Advocates seeking nominations for 2017 Senior of the Year

SOLON– May is nationally designated as Older American’s Month and to honor our seniors the Solon Senior Advocates are seeking nominations for the 2017 Solon Senior of the Year.
Send in your written nomination for the person you feel best fits the criteria of this award, someone who has given of themselves in service to the community through volunteerism, enhancing the well-being of others or someone always ready to assist or provide help when needed.
Your nominee should live in Solon or the immediate area and be over 60 years of age.

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.