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Solon Economist

Archery Club open house Sept. 22

SOLON– The Solon Archery Club would like to invite the public to an open house to be held Monday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. at the Solon United Methodist Church Family Life Center, located at 133 N. West St. in Solon. Information packets will be handed out at that time. Club members and coaches will offer demonstrations and address any questions from interested parties. For further information, contact Gary Mechtensimer at 319-624-5027.

Lake Macbride park harvest and replanting meeting set for Sept. 29

SOLON– Interested neighbors and park users of Lake Macbride State Park have the opportunity to comment on the proposed tree harvest and replanting project scheduled for 2015. A public meeting will be Monday, Sept. 29, at 6:30 p.m. at the Solon Public Library.
In the winter of 2013, Department of Natural Resources (DNR) foresters walked 933 acres of forest cover in Lake Macbride State Park, recording data to help classify and describe the woodlands which they then used to develop a Forest Stewardship Plan for the park.

Xavier delivers 28-0 loss to Spartans

Solon hosts Marion and local veterans Sept. 19

CEDAR RAPIDS– Solon head football coach Kevin Miller hopes his team will respond in a positive manner.
No. 2 Cedar Rapids Xavier handed No. 3 Solon its first loss of the season Friday at Saints Field in Cedar Rapids, a convincing 28-0 shut-out in a Class 3A match-up.
Xavier held the Spartan offense in check, limiting Solon to just 40 yards of rushing and 121 yards of total offense.
On the flip side, the Saints, fueled by 172 rushing yards by senior running back Jay Kortemeyer, generated 369 total yards on the evening.

Solon hosts Marion and local veterans Sept. 19

The Solon Varsity Football team toured the Solon Veterans Memorial Sunday, Sept. 14, as part of the Salute to Armed Forces game being held  Friday, Sept. 19, against Marion. The team learned about the history of the Memorial and discussed duty, honor, sacrifice, responsibility, patriotism and citizenship.

Recreation Dept. Newa

SOLON– An adult recreation activity interest survey has been emailed to those who participated in an activity the last three years. If you didn’t receive one and would like to respond, the website of the survey is “https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1GdbE9zbLx5jsKlsaH2c-7msiH1eU4-Hga5XKvv2c8Nc/viewform?usp=send_form” or you can use the link located on the Parks and Recreation section of the City of Solon website. Thank you for your feedback.

Solon library display honors railroads and railroaders

All aboard at the Whistle Stop

SOLON– In May of 1869 the Burlington, Cedar Rapids & Minneapolis Railway Company began construction of a railroad in Burlington. By 1871 the line had extended to Cedar Rapids via West Branch, Elmira, Oasis, Solon and Ely. In 1875 the railroad went into receivership and was sold to the Burlington, Cedar Rapids & Northern in 1876 before being purchased by the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific in 1885.
100 years later, in 1985, the Rock Island Railroad, better known as “The Rock,” was gone, it’s line through Solon completely abandoned and later pulled up.

Solon schools, staff take the challenge for ALS Association

Bucket brigade

SOLON– It was two buckets of fun for the students and staff at Lakeview Elementary Aug. 28.
Both Solon Schools Superintendent Sam Miller and Lakeview Principal Jodi Rickels undertook the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge as the culmination of a weeklong fundraiser to help fight Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease,
Lakeview students had raised the most money among the district’s three attendance centers, and their prize was to host Miller’s ice water bath.
The goal had been to raise $1,000 district wide.
The total was closer to $4,000.

VNA flu clinic at Solon Senior Dining Sept. 17

SOLON– Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) will hold a clinic at Solon Senior Dining on Wednesday, Sept. 17, from 9 until 11 a.m. in the dining hall. The clinic will offer flu shots QIV for $32, flu mist QIV for $35, high dose flu (for ages 65+ years) for $45, and pneumonia vaccine for $90.
If a cash/check payment is received at the time of the clinic, a $3 discount will be applied.
Bring a current medical insurance card with you.

Legion Auxiliary to host spaghetti supper fundraiser Sept. 24

all-you-can-eat spaghetti supper on Wednesday, Sept. 24, serving from 4:30 until 7 p.m., at the Legion hall.
The cost is $7 for adults, $4 for children, and children under 5 eat free.
The all-you-can-eat meal includes spaghetti, homemade sauce, garlic bread, green tossed salad, assorted dressings, homemade desserts, milk and lemonade.
Proceeds are for merit awards for Solon 2015 graduating seniors.

Archery Club open house Sept. 22

SOLON– The Solon Archery Club would like to invite the public to an open house to be held Monday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. at the Solon United Methodist Church Family Life Center, located at 133 N. West St. in Solon. Information packets will be handed out at that time. Club members and coaches will offer demonstrations and address any questions from interested parties. For further information, contact Gary Mechtensimer at 319-624-5027.

Dance team needs your coupons

SOLON– It’s time to start clipping. The dance team is collecting coupons again for our overseas troops. The team will accept non-expired manufacturer coupons between now and March 2015. The dancers will clip, count and mail coupons to a naval base in Japan. If you have any manufacturer’s coupons, please send them to Solon High School attention Marjorie Lane or contact Marjorie at 319-624-3401, ext. 1116, or mlane@solon.k12.ia.us to schedule a drop off or pick up.

Lady Spartans close the door on No. 2 Mt. Vernon

Solon picks up losses to ranked teams at CR Washington tourney

SOLON– The Lady Spartan volleyball team is earning its ranking as the No. 1 team in Class 3A.
Solon emphatically turned away No. 2 (3A) Mount Vernon last week, 3-1, and spent most of the weekend battling some of the best 4A and 5A teams in the state in a tournament at Cedar Rapids Washington.
The Lady Spartans hosted Mount Vernon Thursday in front of a packed house, and despite digging a few holes, they served up a convincing win in four sets.