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Solon Economist

Band can and bottle drive Saturday

SOLON– The Solon High School band will conduct a can drive at the high school band room on Saturday, March 31, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Call 319-624-2381, ext. 1112, to schedule pick up.

Coffee Shoppe Jazz Thursday, April 5

SOLON– The Solon High School Jazz Bands welcome you to Coffee Shoppe Jazz on Thursday, April 5 Solon High School Jazz Bands welcome you to Coffee Shoppe Jazz on Thursday, April 5, in the high school commons at 7:30 p.m. Enjoy the high school jazz band concert while tasting treats. The band will be selling Dan and Debbie’s ice-cream, chocolate milk, cookies and coffee.

Automated curbside garbage and recycling coming in July

Minimum $12.50 per month combined charge

SOLON– The cost and method of collecting garbage and recycling in Solon will be changing later this year.
At a March 7 meeting of the Solon City Council, Johnson County Refuse owner Steve Smith outlined his plans to convert from manual pickup to an automated system for curbside service beginning July 1.
According to Mayor Steve Stange, city officials were aware of the pending change, which would increase the minimum monthly charge for garbage and recycling to $12.50 per month.
Currently, residential households pay $6.35 monthly for recycling, and $1.25 per garbage tag.

City applies for second traffic signal

Traffic study shows warrant met for stoplights

SOLON– The vehicle counts are growing.
Time for another traffic light.
At a March 21 meeting, Solon City Council members authorized City Engineer Dave Schechinger to proceed with an application for state funds to assist with the construction of stoplights at the intersection of Highway 1 and 5th Street.
The intersection was the subject of a recent study by the Metropolitan Planning Organization of Johnson County (MPOJC), which measured traffic flow in April and again in September of 2017.

Ely News by Lenna See

Glenda Smith and Zane, of Tiffin, and Frances Buresh flew to Orlando, Fla. on Tuesday, March 13, to spend a week visiting Glenda’s son and Frances’s grandson, Blaze Smith, and his friend JoAnna, in Orlando. They stayed in the Aloft Hotel. They touched the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, attended the S.A.K. Comedy Club, went to several beaches and lakes, and other interesting sights. Zane enjoyed a lot of fishing. On Saturday evening, they attended a dinner and a tournament of the Medieval Times. They returned home Tuesday, March 20.

Meterology group, including Kyle Hugeback, wins national awards

AMES– Kyle Hugeback, from Solon, was among the students in the Iowa State University chapter of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) recently named Outstanding Student Chapter of the Year by the national organization for its innovative efforts to support membership, member growth and for their contributions to the community through educational outreach, fundraising, and events for K-12 students.

Red Cedar Chamber Music to present HarpStrings April 18 at Sts. Peter and Paul

SOLON– Red Cedar Chamber Music’s directors and core ensemble, violinist Miera Kim and cellist Carey Bostian will be joined by Iowa City native, harpist Katherine Siochi, for a concert program titled HarpStrings, Wednesday, April 18, at 7 p.m., at Sts. Peter and Paul Community Center, 1165 Taft Ave. NE.
The performance is part of Red Cedar Chamber Music’s rural outreach and is free to the public.

Hall of fame

Brad Randall honored March 9

SOLON– In 2009, Solon Head Basketball Coach Brad Randall and his team finished a perfect 28-0 season with a 55-41 win over Pella Christian in the Class 2A final to claim the school’s first boys basketball championship.
Nine years later, almost to the day, the former coach was back on the hardwood at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.
Randall, accompanied by his family, and with former assistant coaches and friends in attendance, was inducted into the Iowa High School Athletic Association Basketball Hall of Fame prior to the Class 3A championship game Friday, March 9.

Lady Spartan soccer

drawing on experience

SOLON– In his 14th year as the Lady Spartans’ Soccer Coach, John Tucker passes his head through the tether for his whistle, knowing he is not rebuilding this season.
“Not really rebuilding… We have a strong program. We are just looking for the players to step up,” he said.
It is a strong program if last season is any reflection. With an 11-8 team record during the 2016-17 season, Solon scored 95 goals on 305 shots; recorded 42 assists; and only gave up 43 goals, a 2.39 average per game, boasting 157 total saves, a save percentage of 78.5 percent.

Solon’s Briscoe member of national Gymnastics championship team

SPRINGFIELD, Mass.– Erika Briscoe, a native of Solon, and graduate of Solon High School, is a member of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater gymnastics team, which claimed the fifth national championship in program history Friday, March 23, with a school record score of 193.700 at the National Collegiate Gymnastics Association Team Championship at Springfield College in Springfield, Mass.
The Warhawks’ title is their second straight and fifth in the last seven years. The team shattered the previous program record score of 193.025, set in 2014.

Solon Old Gold Diner April Activities

• Thanks to the Catherine Bilskie representing the Solon Economist, sponsoring the March meal. The Solon Economist continues to be a very big supporter of the Old Gold Diner. We appreciate Doug Lindner and all the staff.

• Bingo is held every Tuesday and Thursday. At 11 a.m. is penny bingo and following lunch play is for prizes, with a black out final game for a free Old Gold Dinner meal ticket as the prize. March 13 there will be no bingo.

Solon Senior Advocates

2018 Advocate Trips

All trips originate at Solon Recreation and Nature Area. To make reservations for an Advocate trip, call 319-624-2710 or email sandrahanson@southslope.net.
Thursday, April 12: Maggie’s Wood Fired Pizza/Iowa City, 4 p.m. Cost is $5.
Thursday, April 19: Cedar Falls Barn Quilt Tour; 13 quilt barn sites located in and around the Cedar Falls area. $12
Friday, May 4: Bluff Lake Fish Restaurant/Maquoketa; Depart 2 p.m. $10
Thursday, May 17: Kalona, Salina Bontrager’s, cost is $55. Golden Delight Bakery, Stringtown Grocery, Community Store, Perry Bender Greenhouse.