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Solon Economist

Seeking to contact recent Solon alumni

SOLON– If you graduated from Solon in the years 1990 to 2000, Solon’s 175th Anniversary committee would like to hear from you. Please email sandrahanson@southslope.net or call 319-624-2710 so the committee may forward information to you about Solon’s 175th Chautauqua Sept. 18, 19 and 20.
Kick-off will be an all-alumni banquet at Celebration Farm Friday, Sept. 18, followed by Saturday morning tours, music and skits in the big Chautauqua tent located on Solon’s Recreation and Nature Area grounds. Ecumenical services and music in the big tent Sunday.

9 Lady Spartans to Drake Relays

DES MOINES– Twas a time, when a couple qualifiers for the Drake Relays were a big deal for Solon and many schools. Billed as ‘America’s Amateur Athletic Classic,’ the Relays (through this weekend in Des Moines) have been a showcase for college and world-class athletes, as well as the best of Iowa’s high schools for a century.

Solon boys third at Marengo, fourth at Jesse Day Relays

DAVENPORT– Solon’s boys notched two solid track and field performances last week, taking third place at the Ruth Ahrens Invitational in Marengo and fourth place at the mixed-school Jesse Day Co-Ed Relays in Davenport.
Tuesday, April 21, the Spartans will host the Denny Gruber Relays, named in honor of longtime head boys track coach and teacher Denny Gruber. On Friday and Saturday, several members of the team (yet to be determined) will participate at the prestigious Drake Relays in Des Moines. WaMaC, district, and state meets will be held in mid-May.

Beginning of the dream

Cycling enthusiasts swarm trail meeting

SOLON– Gary Gray loves riding his bicycle, especially from his home in Cedar Rapids to Ely on the Hoover Trail. Before the trail went in, bike riding was getting more and more exciting than he’d bargained for. “Ely Road has gotten more traffic so it’s a little harder (to ride on) now. The trail to Ely has made it so much easier, it’s just mindless biking now… no cars. And just think, it’s only five more miles to Solon.”

SHS Drama presents “12 Angry Jurors” April 17-19

SOLON– The Solon Drama Department is proud to present “12 Angry Jurors” as its 2015 spring play. The show, renamed from the 1957 film “12 Angry Men,” is an American classic that explores our justice system, prejudice and the power of the individual. The show takes place over the course of one evening in the jury room as 12 jurors deliberate on their verdict. Tempers flare and each juror’s morality is tested. Did the 19-year old boy kill his father or is there room for reasonable doubt?

Prostate Cancer Awareness Seminar April 30 at St. Mary

SOLON– A Prostate Cancer Awareness Seminar will be held on Thursday, April 30, at 7 p.m. in the St. Mary Catholic Church parish hall in Solon.
One in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime. Prostate cancer can be a serious disease, but most men diagnosed with prostate cancer do not die from it. In fact, more that 2.5 million men in the United States who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point are still alive today.

RAGBRAI information meetings to be held April 17 and 20

SOLON– The City of Solon will host two informational meetings for Solon businesses, local churches and non-profit organizations interested in having a vendor booth for RAGBRAI July 24 in Solon. The community is invited to attend one of these meetings to be held at city hall on Friday, April 17, at 10 a.m. or Monday, April 20, at 7 p.m. City staff will review the route through Solon, Main Street business outdoor service areas and vendor booth information.

Field of Cubes April 18 at SHS

SOLON– Speedcubing is solving a Rubik’s cube and other three-dimensional puzzles as fast as possible. Field of Cubes 2015 is Solon’s first-ever speedcubing competition. It will be held at Solon High School on Saturday, April 18, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Registration is at 9 a.m. Cost is $5-$15 at the door, depending on the number of competitions entered. Spectators are welcome, and there is no charge for admission. If you want to learn more about cubing or would like to see people from Iowa and surrounding states solve cubes in less that 20 seconds, please stop by at any time.

Another controversial rezoning for Newport Road

Supervisors approve change to residential for Jeff and Judy Stevens

IOWA CITY– The Johnson County Board of Supervisors just can’t alleviate the rough ride that comes with Newport Road.

Trees Forever and the Bur Oak Land Trust team for spring field day near Solon May 3

SOLON– A new partnership will highlight the beauty of spring with a nature walk. “Spring into Nature!” is a free field day sponsored by Trees Forever and the Bur Oak Land Trust featuring many varieties of native plants, from trees to prairie to spring ephemerals - those short-lived woodland wildflowers that mark the start of spring.
The free event will be Sunday, May 3, at Turkey Creek, a Bur Oak Land Trust property on 107 scenic acres of prairie and forest near Solon.

Chautauqua group seeking to contact recent Solon alumni

SOLON– If you graduated from Solon in the years 1990 to 2000, Solon’s 175th Anniversary committee would like to hear from you. Please email sandrahanson@southslope.net or call 319-624-2710 so the committee may forward information to you about Solon’s 175th Chautauqua Sept. 18, 19 and 20.
Kick-off will be an all-alumni banquet at Celebration Farm Friday, Sept. 18, followed by Saturday morning tours, music and skits in the big Chautauqua tent located on Solon’s Recreation and Nature Area grounds. Ecumenical services and music in the big tent Sunday.

Solon Women’s Club to host May Day breakfast Saturday, May 2

SOLON– The GFWC/Iowa Solon Women’s Club will be hosting a May Day Breakfast at the Solon Methodist Church from 7-11 a.m. on Saturday, May 2. Egg and meat casseroles, homemade kolaches and rolls, fruit, orange juice, coffee and milk will be served.