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Solon Economist

Friends of St. Bridget’s Memorial Day Mass Monday, May 26

SOLON– The Friends of St. Bridget’s Foundation announces that a Memorial Day Mass for Veterans and deceased loved ones will be offered at St. Bridget’s Cemetery on Monday May 26, at 9 a.m. The church and cemetery are located at 2136 St Bridget’s Road NE, Solon (take Highway 1 to Morse Road.) All are welcome. Please bring your lawn chairs. In case of rain, Mass will be held in the church.

Solon district to host Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast May 23

SOLON– The Solon Community School District will host its 2013-14 Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast Friday, May 23, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Lakeview Elementary Media Center.
If you have volunteered for the school district during the past school year, please feel free to attend as a token of the district’s gratitude.

Auditorium plans shaping up for September vote

Board continues tweaking

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist

SOLON– In two weeks, everyone should have a much clearer picture of the direction the school board is going with its plans for a new middle school and auditorium.
At least, that’s what Superintendent Sam Miller thinks.
Updated concept drawings and price estimates were presented to the members of the Solon Community School District’s (SCSD) Board of Education last week as they continued preparing a bond issue for consideration by district voters later this year.

Beef Days Committee awards $30,000 in donations

SOLON– Solon Beef Days Committee is proud to announce recipients of this year’s Beef Days donations, which are requested up through February and earmarked each year in April to be given back to the community and surrounding area. The following organizations and activities were chosen on the merit of their projects as this year’s recipients.
Solon Park & Rec. (first and second of three-year commitment):$4,000
Solon Post Grad Scholarships: $2,500.
Win with Reading Program (Author Sponsor):$1,200.
Solon Spartan Stadium (third of five-year commitment): $2,000.

On to state track meet

Lady Spartans qualify relays and individuals for state

By Joe Wilkinson
Special to the Economist

MARION– Cold rain and a monster throw stand out after a runner-up finish by Solon’s girls in the May 15 regional track meet in Marion. Solon qualified all seven relays and 10 girls in eight of the 12 individual events for the May 22-24 state track meet in Des Moines.

Boys win six events to claim district title

By Ed Hadenfeldt
Special to the Economist

MARION– The Solon boy’s track team, riding the strength of six first-place finishes, claimed the team title at last week’s district track meet held at Marion.
Team scores:
1. Solon
2. West Dubuque
3. Marion
4. Xavier
5. Wahlert
6. Anamosa
7. Maquoketa
Event champions included:
Shot put: Dalton Ferguson, 59’10;
Discus: Tanner Wymer, 153’10;
200-meter dash: Connor Ham, 22.69;
110-meter high hurdles: Connor Ham, 14.67;
4x100 meter relay: Jordan Wymer, Nate Christensen, Brandon Childs, Connor Ham; 44.57;

Spartans repel Raiders’ attack

Postseason begins next Tuesday

SOLON– The postseason begins Tuesday for the Solon boys varsity soccer team.
The Spartans travel to Davenport Assumption for a Class 2A substate 4 quarterfinal at 5 p.m., with the winner to advance to face Marion Thursday, May 29. The regional final is set for Saturday, May 31, at Central DeWitt.
Solon ended its regular season Tuesday night with a road game against Vinton-Shellsburg. Results were not available at press time.

Ending the year on a high note

Jazz vocal ensemble 5th Street Jazz poses proudly with their state championship trophy (photo courtesy of Joel Foreman)

Steve Stange appointed mayor of Solon

Residents have two weeks to call for special election

By Paul Deaton
Solon Economist
SOLON– The city council appointed Steve Stange mayor at a May 7 meeting, and decided to appoint, rather than elect, his replacement on the council.
City voters have until Wednesday, May 21, to file a petition for a special election if they disagree with Stange’s appointment.
Stange had expressed an interest in the position after previous mayor Cami Rasmussen resigned her post to accept an interim position as city administrator.

American Legion Auxiliary’s Poppy Days in Solon May 17 through 26

SOLON– Each year the American Legion Auxiliary distributes poppies to commemorate the sacrifice of our servicemen and women who gave their lives in our country’s wars. The tradition of having the memorial flower honor the war dead began after World War I when returning soldiers brought memories of the battlefield poppies which were immortalized in Canadian John McCrae’s poem “In Flander’s Fields” whose opening lines are familiar to millions around the world:
“In Flander’s Fields the poppies blow,
Between the crosses row on row…”

Milli Gilbaugh to read May 17

SOLON– Local writer and artist Milli Gilbaugh will be reading from her short stories Saturday, May 17, at 1 p.m. at the Solon Public Library as part of a meeting of the local chapter National League of American Pen Women.
The public is welcome to attend.

Spartans finish runner-up at WaMaC track meet

VAN HORNE– The Solon varsity boys track team won five events en route to a runner-up finish at the 16-team WaMaC conference track meet held this past week.
Senior thrower Dalton Ferguson swept the throwing events, winning the shot put with a throw of 56’5 and the discus with a toss of 153 feet. Connor Ham won the 110-meter high hurdles with a time of 14.94, the 100-meter dash in 11.49, and the 200-meter dash in 22.58.
Other place winners included :
Discus: Tanner Wymer, fourth, 145’8;
Long jump: Zach Nunemaker, third, 20’1.5;
High jump: Matt Roeder, seventh, 5’10;