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Solon Economist

SMS named model school

Herdliska outlines program at school board meeting

SOLON– Solon’s middle school is creating better readers.
The middle school was recently honored by Solution Tree as a 2017 Professional Learning Community (PLC) Model School, joining the ranks of Lakeview Elementary and Solon High School, past recipients.
The honor came following a concentrated effort to improve the school and make the curriculum more personalized.
Solon Middle School Preported on the effortsduring a Monday, March 19, meeting of the Solon Community School District Board of Education in the media center of the new middle school building

Bundled up for egg hunting

It was mostly sunny, but cold and windy as the Optimist Club of Solon held its annual Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, March 31, at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area. Over 100 area kids ran into the stiff breeze to take advantage of the hunt, as well as complimentary bubbles and kites.

Winter Drumline performing at Percussion Festival, April 7

MARION– The Solon High School Winter Drumline will be performing at the Marion Percussion Festival, hosted by Marion High School Music Department in conjunction with the Iowa Music & Arts Association Saturday, April 7, at Marion High School.
The festival doors open at 1:30 p.m. It begins with several hands-on clinics presented by experts in the areas of marching and concert percussion including Eric Thompson, Tym Healey, Dave Leatherman, and Joe Perea. In addition, area schools have the opportunity to receive a clinic for their drumline or percussion section.

Emanuel Ax with Orchestra Iowa at Solon Center of the Arts April 15

SOLON– Sunday, April 15 will be an evening you don’t want to miss. At 7:30 p.m., multi Grammy winning pianist, Emanuel Ax will be performing works from Brahms with Orchestra Iowa at Solon Center of the Arts. Mr. Ax has performed all around the U.S., Europe and even Carnegie Hall. He’s received Grammy awards for his personal work and with Yo-Yo Ma, a world renowned cellist. Tickets for this event can be purchased through Orchestra Iowa. This is sure to be a wonderful night filled with beautiful music.

Boys sweep Spartan Classic Soccer tourney

Solon rolls up 24 goals in three matches to open season

SOLON– The Spartans opened the season with a bang.
The Solon varsity boys soccer team racked up 24 goals in three matches while hosting the Spartan Classic Soccer Tournament Saturday, March 31, in Spartan Stadium.
The Spartans went 3-0 for the day, opening with a 9-0 drubbing of Monticello before rolling over Bellevue Marquette Catholic, 10-0. Solon ended the afternoon with a 5-0 win over Mediapolis. Solon’s defense stifled the three teams in the shut-outs, with senior keeper Eric Weetman collecting two saves against Monticello in his only opportunities for the day.

Corridor Bicycle Showcase March 30

IOWA CITY– An open house showcasing bicycles– from commuter to electric to adventure– will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, March 30, in the south side of the parking ramp of the Health and Human Services Building, located at 855 S. Dubuque St. in Iowa City. The public is welcome to drop by anytime during this free event hosted by the Johnson County Green Team. Door prizes and free bicycle maps will be available.

Optimist Easter Egg Hunt Saturday

SOLON– The Optimist Club of Solon hosts its Annual Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, March 31, at 1:30 p.m. at the east end of the Solon Recreation and Nature Area. The event is for children of all ages. Bring a basket for your goodies.

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.