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Solon Economist

Solon Optimist Club basketball contest winners announced

SOLON– The Solon Optimist Tri-Star Basketball Contest 2015 was held on Jan. 25 at the Solon Middle School gym. The event was held in conjunction with the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Contest.
Optimist members present assisting in the event presentation were: Denny Gruber, Master of Ceremonies and the shooting contest; Joe Krob, dribbling contest and awards presentation; Terry Krob, shooting contest and winner announcements; Rick and Sandy Thorington, registration and scoring summary and Marv Stastny, set-up and photography.

Longou hopes to open Red Vespa pizzeria in May

abatement, parking variance approved

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist
SOLON– The wheels are officially turning on the Red Vespa.
Solon City Council members approved a site plan and a tax abatement application on Feb. 18 for a proposed downtown pizzeria that is expected to open as early as May.
Red Vespa Pizzeria is located at 208 E. Main St., and will feature a handmade wood-fired brick oven baking Neapolitan pizza, according to co-owner Aziz Longou of Solon.
Council members gave their green light for the new Main Street eatery by waiving parking requirements and approving a 10-year tax abatement plan.

RAGBRAI returns

Bicycle ride to pass through Solon a week after Beef Days

SOLON– Guess who’s coming to lunch?
About 10,000 bicyclists on their way to Coralville.
The City of Solon has accepted an invitation by the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI) to participate as a pass-through town Friday, July 24.
The decision was announced at a Feb. 18 city council meeting during City Administrator Cami Rasmussen’s report.
The 43rd edition of the statewide bicycle race will begin in Sioux City Saturday, July 18, and end in Davenport Saturday, July 25, spanning a route of 462.2 miles.

If a student leaves Solon, can they still open enroll and attend?

Board amends policy to give students who move away automatic approval

SOLON– Can we keep them?
Only if the policy says so.
The Solon Community School District (SCSD) board continued its discussion of open enrollment at a Feb. 9 meeting. This time, the topic turned to what should be the policy for students who move out of the district but wish to continue to attend Solon schools.
According to the Department of Education, the district can give priority to those students as long as it’s included in the Insufficient Classroom Space Policy.

Senior Advocates seeking nominations for Senior of the Year

SOLON– May has been declared the month to honor seniors and the Solon Senior Advocates are seeking nominations for the 2015 Solon Senior of the Year. Send in your written nomination for the person you feel best fits the criteria of this award.
Qualifications for Solon Senior of the Year must be 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. The nominee should live in Solon or the immediate area and be over 60 years of age.

Booster Club’s 2nd annual celebration of athletics Feb. 27

SOLON– The Solon Athletic Booster Club will host its Second Annual Celebration of Solon Athletics on Friday, Feb. 27, at the AvaCentre in Solon with entertainment starting at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m.
Everyone is welcome for dinner and a night of entertainment with proceeds benefitting Solon High School and Middle School athletics. The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with pre-dinner music, the coaches presenting the state of each program and a keynote address by Marshall Koehn, University of Iowa football player and 2011 Solon graduate.

Spotlight Spaghetti Dinner and Musical Showcase March 9

SOLON– Mark your calendars for Monday, March 9, for the annual Solon Spotlight Spaghetti Dinner and Musical Showcase. The dinner will be held in the Solon High School commons. The menu includes: spaghetti, salad, bread, drink and dessert. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under and student performers. Serving times are from 4:45 until 7 p.m. Diners will enjoy performances by the middle school and high school jazz bands and the high school jazz choirs.

Spartans advance

Solon defeats Marion in district semifinal

MARION– The season is still alive for the Solon boys basketball team.
The Spartans traveled to Marion for a Class 3A District 8 semifinal Monday night and came away with a 42-32 victory, advancing to the district final against Cedar Rapids Xavier Thursday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. at Cedar Rapids Kennedy.
Solon led most of the way against the Indians, sparked by Emilio Villagrana’s three 3-pointers. Villagrana and Streeter McIlravy each scored 11 points for the Spartans, while Jacob Coons added 10.

Fritz, Linderbaum, Gnida place at state

DES MOINES– It was a tough draw for the Solon Spartans at the state wrestling tournament in Des Moines last week.
Solon qualified six wrestlers and three of them placed, but two faced a No. 1-ranked opponent and one faced the second-ranked wrestler in the state, all in the first round.
Senior Logan Linderbaum (285 pounds) and Louis Gnida (126) finished their high school careers in sixth and seventh place respectively at the tournament while unranked junior Cole Fritz placed sixth at 138 pounds.

No more treats from home?

New rules on snacks and celebrations are among proposed changes

SOLON– Polish up those apples. Classrooms across the district could soon see some major changes when it comes to food in the classroom.
The Solon Community School District (SCSD) board had its first reading of the new wellness policy that will give parents and teachers clearer guidelines for food in the classroom and physical activity requirements.
The board approved the policy 4-1, with Director Tim Brown voting against it. The policy will be read again at the next meeting in March and, if approved again, would go into effect for the 2015-16 school year.

Solon Legion fish fry starting Feb.20

SOLON– The Solon American Legion will host its Fish Fry on Friday nights from 5-7:30 p.m. beginning Feb. 20 and running through April 3. Dinner will include fish, coleslaw, cheesy party potatoes, bread, dessert and beverage. All-you-can-eat meals will be $10 for adults, $4 for children (ages 6-12) and 5 and under are free. Shrimp will be served Feb. 20, March 13 and April 3. Carry-outs are available. For more information, contact Jami Hromi or Cliff Bohling at the Solon American Legion, 319-624-2277.

175th anniversary committee seeks contacts for Solon alumni

SOLON– Solon’s 175th Anniversary committee is searching for alumni class lists in order to invite alumni to the celebration Sept. 18 through 20.
Kick-off of the three-day event 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 at Solon’s Recreation and Nature Area. Ecumenical services and music will be held in the big tent Sunday.