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Solon Economist

Legion Riders host annual Palm Sunday breakfast on March 29

SOLON– The Solon American Legion Riders will host the annual Palm Sunday all-you-can-eat breakfast on Sunday, March 29, from 7:30 - 11:30 a.m. at the Solon American Legion. The menu consists of scrambled eggs, pancakes, hash browns, bacon, sausage links, biscuits and gravy, orange juice, milk and coffee. Tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 6-12 and children under 6 eat free.

Lady Spartans tackle field at early WaMaC East indoor meet

MOUNT VERNON– Coming off the WaMaC East Division meet March 21 at Cornell College, Solon’s girls can point to throws and longer sprints as a couple bright spots heading toward the season’s first outdoor action March 31 at Tipton.
Team scores are not kept during the WaMaC indoor meets; with coaches experimenting with their lineups and some schools in the middle of spring break. But it does provide a peek at the strengths and potential weak spots once the outdoor season begins.

Mehaffey Bridge “Walk And Bike First” event to allow limited pedestrian/bicyclist traffic across March 28

IOWA CITY– As construction moves forward on Mehaffey Bridge, which spans the Iowa River/Coralville Reservoir in unincorporated Johnson County, the Johnson County Board of Supervisors announced a special “Walk and Bike First” event that will allow residents to get a preview of the new bridge at a leisurely pace. Parking will be available at the boat ramp.

Trapshooting can drive March 28

SOLON– The Solon Trapshooting Team will conduct a can drive fundraiser on Saturday, March 28, from 8 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the Solon Fire Department. For more information, contact Gerald Chaloupka at 319-624-2825.

Prescribed burn planned for Solon Prairie in March or April

 SOLON– The Johnson County Conservation Board (JCCB) is planning to conduct a prescribed burn at the Solon Prairie some time between March and April, weather conditions permitting.

Spartan Clothing and Sports Equipment Sale March 28

SOLON– The Junior Post Prom Committee will host a Spartan Clothing and Sports Equipment Rummage Sale to help fund the Post Prom Party for Solon High School students. The rummage sale will take place on Saturday, March 28, in the Solon High School commons from 8 a.m. until noon. If you would like to donate or have any questions, please contact Angi Shelangoski at ashelangoski@solon.k12.ia.us or 319-624-2007.

Legion Riders host annual Palm Sunday breakfast on March 29

SOLON– The Solon American Legion Riders will host the annual Palm Sunday all-you-can-eat breakfast on Sunday, March 29, from 7:30 - 11:30 a.m. at the Solon American Legion. The menu consists of scrambled eggs, pancakes, hash browns, bacon, sausage links, biscuits and gravy, orange juice, milk and coffee. Tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 6-12 and children under 6 eat free.

Solon High School Anatomy and Physiology discussion on April 8

SOLON– The Solon High School Anatomy and Physiology class will facilitate a discussion of the book, “The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus,” by Richard Preston on Wednesday, April 8, from 4-5:30 p.m. in the Solon High School media center.
Copies of the book are available at the Solon Public Library.
Participation of community members makes for a great educational opportunity for students. Be a part of a unique learning experience.
Contact Kathy Kaldenberg via email at kkaldenberg@solon.k12.ia.us for more information.

Amazing to others

SCSD Media Specialist Kathy Kaldenberg to retire after 12 years of service

SOLON– “Obvious to you, amazing to others.”
It’s the title of a YouTube video by entrepreneur Derek Sivers that describes how ideas that seem so simple and, well, obvious, to one person could be mind-blowing and awe-inspiring to someone else.
It’s a quote that Solon Community School District (SCSD) Media Specialist Kathy Kaldenberg tries to remember each day. She’s used it on her blog and has posted the video to her Twitter account as a reminder to everyone about what they have to offer the world.

Fate of SCSD orchestra pit waiting in the wings

Board continues to work with architect, construction manager to find savings

SOLON– Solon school board members are hoping for the best but planning for the worst.
Board members met again with the district’s architectural firm and construction manager during a March 10 meeting to continue the search for alternates and possible cost savings to bring a $25.5 million bond issue project in on budget.
Preliminary cost estimates indicate the two projects to be funded by the September 2014 bond issue– the construction of a new middle school and a performing arts center addition to the high school– are trending towards the high side.

City chooses MSA to update Solon Comprehensive Plan

SOLON– The City of Solon has hired MSA Professional Services to help update the community’s Comprehensive Plan.
At a March 4 meeting, city council members voted to approve MSA’s proposal at a cost of $12,000.
The Solon Comprehensive Plan was last updated in 2008. The plan serves as a guide for future development decisions that includes demographic information as well as planning recommendations.

Living Last Supper performances in March

SOLON– Members of the Solon United Methodist Church and St. Mary Catholic Church will present five Living Last Supper performances during Lent, including the first performance at St. Mary Catholic Church in Solon. The Living Last Supper is a dramatic interpretation where each disciple reflects upon their life with Jesus in the setting of Leonardo Da Vinci’s famous painting. Local performances will be on Monday, March 23, at 6:30 p.m. at the Solon Care Center, on Thursday, March 26, at 6 p.m. at St. Mary Church in Solon, and on Tuesday, March 31, at 7 p.m.