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Solon Economist

Solon Archery qualifies for World Tournament

By Gary Mechtensimer,
Solon Archery Team head coach
Special to the Economist

Once again, I am so blessed and fortunate to be on a remarkable journey with the Solon Archery Team.

Spartans sweep Anamosa, drop close game to IC West

ANAMOSA– The Spartans racked up 32 runs and a doubleheader road sweep against winless Anamosa June 19.
Solon had 17 hits in a 21-9 win, and another healthy 11 hits in an 11-0 five-inning shutout.
The twin WaMaC East Division wins moved the Spartan baseball team to 15-8 on the season.
Solon had suffered a 19-0 lopsided loss, its third in a row, against Davenport Assumption June 14, before breaking the streak with a 2-1 win against Clear Creek Amana June 15.
The Spartans dropped a close 4-3 game with Iowa City West (in Iowa City) over the weekend before erupting offensively at Anamosa.

Lady Spartans split with Anamosa at Ft. Dodge tourney

ANAMOSA– Solon’s varsity softball team moved to 19-8 on the season June 19 with a doubleheader split at Anamosa.
The Lady Spartans lost 7-6 and won 11-4.
No statistics were available at press time.
Solon had picked up a pair of losses over the weekend while participating in a Fort Dodge tournament June 16-17, going 2-2 overall. The Lady Spartans downed Clear Creek Amana (CCA), 8-3, and shut out Harlan, 8-0. The losses came against No. 5 Class 4A Bishop Heelan, 5-3, and to Jesup, 8-7.

Joe Meder honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

Rural Solon resident presented with recognition at World Taxidermy Championships®

PEORIA, Ill.– May 19 was a special day for Solon’s Joseph Meder. One of the most esteemed honors that can be bestowed on a taxidermist was awarded to Joe during the award ceremonies of the World Taxidermy Championships® recently held in Peoria, Ill. Since the award’s inception in 2007, the World Taxidermy Championships® Lifetime Achievement Award has been awarded every two years. Meder is the fifth person to receive this special honor.

Lauren Whitehead takes seat on Solon council

Solon Mayor Steve Stange administers the oath of office to Lauren Whitehead at the beginning of a June 7 Solon City Council meeting. Whitehead was the winner of a May 30 special election to fill the unexpired term for former council member Mark Krall. The term runs through December. (photo by Doug Lindner)

Solon Retirement Village seeks support for palliative care unit

SOLON– The Solon Retirement Village (SRV) is in the process of applying for a certificate of need, from the state, to add a four-bed palliative care unit to the campus. As part of the application process, letters of support are being requested from the following groups/individuals with a hard deadline of Wednesday, June 21.
It is recommended applicants obtain as many support letters as possible, including letters from the following:
• Family members of individuals who had to leave the community in recent years for end-of-life care.
• Current residents of SRV or their family members.

Renovated St. Mary auditorium to feature two levels of residential

Added parking solves problems

Council informally approves revised Solon Lofts & Commons plan

SOLON– It’s all about the parking.
It was a decidedly different tone as members of the Solon City Council considered a revised plan to renovate the old St. Mary auditorium into a mix of residential and commercial uses.
In January, after a terse exchange between developer Bill Wittig and Mayor Steve Stange, the council voted down a site plan for Solon Lofts & Commons citing the lack of off-street parking provided.
At a June 7 meeting, the differences were apparently all ironed out.

"Making Alzheimer's A Memory" Dinner and Dance

Wednesday, June 21, 4-8 p.m.
Palmer House Stable
Catering by Hy-Vee
Music by the Mill Creek Band
Tickets: $25 each, includes meal, entertainment and a commemorative T-shirt.
For information about the support group, questions regarding the event, or to purchase tickets to the Making Alzheimer’s a Memory Dinner and Dance, call Jacobi Feckers at 319-624-3492 (work) or 319-930-5484 (cell) or email
nursingadmin@solonretirementvillage.com.

Shueyville High School Alumni Association in need of help

SWISHER– The Shueyville High School Alumni Association is looking for people who attended Jefferson and Monroe Townships’ grade schools to assist in maintaining the history of schools in the area. Each year an annual banquet is held.
If interested in attending the banquet or more information, contact Kathryn Birky at kmbirky@southslope.net, 321 Jefferson Ave. SW in Swisher or by calling 319-857-5305.

Senior Advocates bus trip to Neil Smith Wildlife Refuge June 22

SOLON– The Senior Advocates are scheduling a charter bus trip Thursday, June 22, to the Neil Smith Wildlife Refuge, in Prairie City, 20 miles east of Des Moines. The bus leaves the Solon Recreation and Nature Area at 9:30 a.m., lunch will be at Giorgio’s, in Colfax, with arrival at the refuge around 1 p.m. A 5-mile bus drive through the area will provide a view of the herd of 75 bison and 25 elk living within the refuge. The prairie is a natural habitat for a diversity of grassland birds, wildflowers and perhaps a monarch butterfly or two.

Solon school audit released

SOLON– Nolte, Cornman and Johnson P.C. today released an audit report on the Solon Community School District in Solon, Iowa.
The district’s revenues totaled $19,582,705 for the year ended June 30, 2016, a 6.66 percent increase from the prior year.

Ely News by Lenna See

Rebecca See, of Dubuque, and Ronald See spent the Easter weekend in Chicago visiting relatives. On Saturday they attended memorial services for a cousin, Alan Johnson. On Easter Sunday they went with the family to the East Book Club in Chicago for dinner and also visited with Les and Doris Teichner.