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Solon Economist

SHS Art Club hosts 8th Empty Bowls Luncheon Saturday, April 8

SOLON– On Saturday, April 8, the Solon High School Art Club hosts the Eighth Annual Empty Bowls Luncheon to End Hunger in the Solon High School commons.

Optimist Club’s annual Easter Egg Hunt set for Saturday, April 15

SOLON– The Optimist Club of Solon hosts its Annual Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, April 15, at 1:30 p.m. at the east end of the Solon Recreation and Nature Area. The event is for children of all ages.

May Day Breakfast May 6

SOLON– Highlight May 6 on the calendar to remember to attend the GFWC/Iowa Solon Women’s Club May Day Breakfast at the Solon Methodist Church from 7 to 11 a.m. Egg and meat casseroles, homemade kolaches and rolls, fruit, orange juice, coffee and milk will be served.
The cost is $6 per adult and $3 for children (ages 5-12) tickets are available from GFWC/Iowa Solon Women’s Club members or at the door on May 7. Bring family and friends and receive a special deal, five adult tickets for $25 and/or five children tickets for $12.

Dan & Debbie’s Creamery to host Taste of Iowa April 8 in Ely

ELY– Come taste the delicious flavors and products that are made locally right in the wonderful state of Iowa on Saturday, April 8, from 1-4 p.m. at Dan & Debbie’s Creamery (1600 Main St.).

A renewed sense of focus

Quilters sew sensory blankets for Solon special ed classrooms

SOLON– It didn’t take long for Cameron Dziubinski to notice a difference in some of his students.
“When Cam came back to us and told us he had four kids that sat still for instruction, and he was so thrilled, it’s because they have this on their lap,” said Nancy Trow, an eighth-grade math teacher at Solon Middle School, as she held up a small weighted blanket.
Trow and four other middle school staffers spent one day during Spring Break sewing eight of the sensory blankets for special education classrooms at Lakeview Elementary and the middle school.

Hwy. 30 bypass work near Mt. Vernon

MOUNT VERNON– Road construction work to grade the roadway and construct several new bridges and culverts on the U.S. 30 Mount Vernon/Lisbon bypass between Irish Lane, just west of Mount Vernon, and Charles Avenue, just east of Lisbon, require shoulder closures, road closures, and intermittent lane closures from Monday, April 3, to late September 2018, weather permitting, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s Davenport construction office. Construction not requiring lane closures will also occur during daytime hours.

4th Annual Brett Smith Memorial Run/Walk Saturday, April 22

SOLON– The Fourth Annual Brett Smith Memorial Run/Walk will be held on Saturday, April 22, in Solon.
Register at www.brettrunsolon.org. The Brett Smith Memorial Run/Walk will feature both a 1-mile fun run, and a timed 5K race. Both will start and finish at Randall Park.
The cost for the 1-mile is $15; the cost for the 5K is $20; children 12 and under are $10. All proceeds from the race will be donated to to Chandler Johnson, a 14-year-old Solon student diagnosed with a very aggressive brain tumor Feb. 23. Offer support on Facebook by searching “Cheering for Chandler # maximum effort.”

Solon High School Community Service Day Monday, April 24

SOLON– Students at Solon High School will be doing community service projects throughout the community Monday, April 24, from 12-3 p.m.
Students are looking forward to giving back to the community that has given so much to our schools. This year, the high school would like to extend an invitation to elderly residents in the community. If you have an outdoor project, we would like to help. Also, if you are a business in Solon and need a few hands, we can do that too! Students will spend the afternoon throughout the city helping businesses and residents in need.

Testing the field

Girls 6th at Kingston: Kerkhoff wins 400, shuttle hurdle first against big schools

By Joe Wilkinson
Special to the Economist
CEDAR RAPIDS– You get better by running against the best. With that in mind, Solon posted a sixth-place finish in the J-Hawk Relays Saturday, April 1, at Kingston Stadium in Cedar Rapids.
“We see the cream of the crop from Eastern Iowa here each year,” observed Solon girls track coach Brent Sands, referring to the depth of the 14 teams, a combination of 4A and 3A schools. “It gives us a chance to face good competition– and let that help us through the year; to show we can compete.”

Tipton produces rays of hope for Spartans

Slim preseason for Spartan track and field

TIPTON– The sun shrugged off the clouds briefly on Tuesday, March 28, much as the athletes did with their sweats taking to the track and field, at the opening of the boys’ outdoor season in Tipton.
The drive out to the meet saw windshields peppered with specks of moisture as the thermometer read 52 degrees, threatening a cloudy, damp and cold start to the season, but that all changed.

Girls open soccer season with 11-1 win

SOLON– “We are set up this year to do amazing things,” Solon head coach John Tucker said of this year’s Lady Spartan varsity soccer team. “We have high goals and expectations, knowing that we are returning a very good team, with another year of experience under their belts.”
The Solon girls opened the 2017 season with an 11-1 road drubbing of West Liberty Monday, April 3.
Tucker has spent the last 13 years coaching and amassed a career record of 151-65. This year, his assistant is Andrea Keegen. Last year’s record for the Lady Spartans was 11-9 and they went 4-3 in conference play.

Four straight for boys soccer

SOLON– It was a clean sweep for the boys’ varsity soccer squad.
The Spartans opened the 2017 season with a 3-0 win at Iowa Mennonite in Kalona Thursday, March 30, then ran the tables at the Spartan Classic invitational held Saturday, April 1, at the Solon Outdoor Events Center.
Solon chalked up three wins at the home tourney, including a 5-0 victory over Bellevue Marquette Catholic in the championship match