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Solon Economist

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.

Spartans tame Mustang offense in 34-14 win

Solon defense holds Mount Vernon to 19 total yards

MOUNT VERNON– Logan Linderbaum can now add punt returner to his resume.
The Solon senior lineman plucked a blocked punt out of mid-air and rumbled 18 yards to the Mount Vernon 17-yard-line, setting up a Brandon Kramer touchdown that gave Solon a 19-7 lead right before halftime Friday night.
The Spartans tacked on two more scores in the second half and went on to a 34-14 road win over the Mustangs, moving to 2-0 on the young football season.

Cross country girls 4th, boys 5th at Bob Brown Classic

IOWA CITY– Heat and humidity took its toll.
Facing 90-degree late afternoon temperature, meet officials rolled back the start times and combined the fields at the Sept. 4 Bob Brown Classic in Iowa City. The mercury was closer to 80 by the 6 p.m. varsity and junior varsity girls 4 kilometer race, and when the boys stepped to the line for their combined 5k race about 35 minutes later on the University of Iowa’s Ashton Cross Country Course.

Düster paces Solon boys

Connecting Solon with trail system

Construction on missing link to Linn County begins in 2015

SOLON– Runners, walkers, bicyclists and snowmobilers in Solon will soon be connected to the Cedar Valley Trail in Linn County by a new multi-use trail, said Supervisor John Etheredge at the Aug. 20 joint meeting between the Johnson County Board of Supervisors and the Solon City Council.
“We’re working on land acquisition and trail planning to bring that trail down from Linn County all the way into the City of Solon,” he said.

Speed limit to 20 mph on Main St.

Solon slowing down

Council holds joint session with county

SOLON– Progress is slowing at city hall, and it’s not just the reduction of the speed limit from 25 to 20 miles per hour on Main Street approved by the city council at its Wednesday, Aug. 20, meeting.
The public hearing on the fire station addition was delayed due to emerging requirements for publication of the notice, and a resolution outlining payment terms for a temporary lift station for Windmill Estates Part 6 was passed without buy-in from the developer, extending the discussion.

Vote on $25.5 million bond Sept. 9

District emphasizes long term plan for four buildings;

SOLON– Let’s try to explain the vision for addressing growth in the Solon Community School District in less than 100 words:

New owners bring love of the game to the Lake MacBride Golf Club

Couple takes a shot at the golf industry

SOLON- Rich Currie recounts the best round of golf he’d ever played.
Almost.
After going out for a friendly game with a friend, Rich decided to call it quits at the 16th hole. The game had become too drawn out, too time consuming for him to continue; so with two holes left, the two threw in the towel. Afterward, Rich’s friend tallied up their scores, then looked at him in astonishment.
“He said ‘Dude, if you had finished, you probably would have broke 80!’” Rich said. “I could not believe it. I couldn’t believe I didn’t stay.”