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Solon Economist

Register names SCSD one of Iowa’s 2016 Top Workplaces

SOLON– Solon Community School District was awarded a 2016 Top Workplaces honor by The Des Moines Register. The Top Workplaces list is based solely on the results of an employee feedback survey administered by WorkplaceDynamics, LLC, a leading research firm specializing in organizational health and workplace improvement. Several aspects of workplace culture were measured, including alignment, execution and connection, to name a few.

Solon Old Gold Diner planning for Christmas Tree Walk

SOLON– Last year’s Christmas Tree Walk at the Palmer House Stable was such a success, the Old Gold Diner is going to do it again.
With the help of area individuals, businesses and organizations, the Old Gold Diner would like to make the tree walk an annual event. The group is seeking representation from Solon area residents and clubs to serve on a committee to plan the 2017 event with an eye toward adding more features.
“We hope, once again, to have a lot of fun with this project and give people the opportunity to get in the spirit of the season,” said Old Gold Diner Manager Duane McAtee.

Council passes cell tower site to BOA

Verizon designate seeks to site tower on south side

SOLON– It will be left to the Board of Adjustment to decide whether or not a cellular tower can be constructed within the city limits of Solon.
The Solon City Council informally declined to consider adding cell towers as an acceptable use in the municipal zoning code at a meeting Oct. 5.
The city was asked to amend the zoning code to allow for the siting of a tower for Verizon Wireless, represented at the meeting by Brian Kabat of Buell Consulting Inc. of St. Paul, Minn.
The 130-foot tower is planned for a light commercial district on Stinocher Street adjacent to F.J. Krob Co.

High School Performing Arts Fall Fundraiser Oct. 3-23

SOLON– Solon High School Performing Arts is again doing its annual Fall Fundraiser. Oct. 3-23. Eighth-12th grade members of the band and choir are selling holiday greenery, cheesecakes, fruit, meat and cheeses. Greenery is scheduled for delivery mid-November and food items deliver the first week of December. See a Solon music eighth-12th grade student to purchase fundraiser items. Don’t know a music performer but want to make a purchase? Contact Kathy Gourley at 319-848-6046 to have a student make a sales call.

Spartans continue to ride the crazy train

Solon moves to 6-1 on season with 26-0 win

SOLON– It is heard at almost every football game. It inspires football fans and teams alike, but has somehow become a theme song for this season’s Spartan Football express.
“All aboard! Hahaha…
I, I, I, I… [fade]
Crazy, but that’s how it goes…
I’m going off the rails on a crazy train
I’m going off the rails on a crazy train…”
- “Crazy Train” by Ozzy Ozbourne.
Following last year’s 6-5 record and redistricting, this season the Solon Spartans have definitely boarded a crazy train.

Lady Spartans race into postseason

Cross country girls second at North Linn, champs at IMS

TROY MILLS– Heading into conference and postseason cross country meets, Solon’s girls are ‘packing it in’... in a good way. All five scoring runners were within 27 seconds of each other at the finish line as the Lady Spartans captured runner-up honors in the 19-team North Linn Invitational, Oct. 8.
That builds momentum as the starter’s pistol cracks Thursday, at home for the WaMaC Conference Meet at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area, and a week later, again on their home course, for the state qualifying meet.

Crowds build as cross country season hits final stretch

Spartans 20th overall at North Linn, fourth at IMS

TROY MILLS– Expect a crowd at North Linn every year.
The October cross country meet features hundreds of runners– 25 schools provide entries on the boys side, with 22 represented in the girls competition. And there are just as many fans packed around the course, threading around and through the rural Troy Mills athletic fields, school buildings and woods.
“The crowd is crazy; people yelling. There is some pushing as the pack tries to get sorted out; to try to stay ahead of somebody,” recalled Solon sophomore Jorel Justus of his first trip around the course.

Lady Spartans sweep Central DeWitt

Solon’s Paige Gallagher (9) and Abby Smith (12) battle at the net with a Central DeWitt player during the Lady Spartans’ 3-0 sweep of the Sabers Oct. 6 on Senior Night. Solon won, 25-13, 25-19 and 25-20 to collect the first home victory of the season. (photo by Doug Lindner)

Fall leaf pick up begins Oct. 17 in Solon

SOLON– The Public Works Department will begin leaf pickup on Mondays starting Oct. 17 and will continue through Nov. 30.
Rake leaves in a pile on the City right-of-way area in front of your house (between the sidewalk and the street curbing). Be sure your pile of leaves is no further than 5 feet back from the curb or the edge of the street. The vacuum hose cannot reach the leaves if they are too far back.
Rake only leaves into piles. The vacuum cannot pick up other types of yard waste such as sticks, brush and garden refuse.

Solon Knights of Columbus all-you-can-eat breakfast Sunday, Oct. 9

SOLON– The Solon Knights of Columbus (KCs) will host an all-you-can-eat breakfast Sunday, Oct. 9, from 8 a.m. until noon at St. Mary Catholic Church parish hall. The cost is $6 for ages 12 and older, $3 for ages 6-11, and free for ages 5 and younger.
The KCs will serve scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, sausage, pancakes and omelets on request.

Scouting for Food Oct. 15

SOLON– Scouting For Food will take place in Solon on Oct. 15. 
Scouts will distribute donation bags Oct. 7-10 and collect filled bags on Oct. 15 from 9 a.m. to noon. Donations collected in Solon will be delivered directly to the Solon Food Pantry.
A donation drop box will also be placed at Solon City Hall from Oct. 3-14 for anyone not receiving a bag or living in city limits

Solon Dollars for Scholars 2016 Gala Saturday, Oct. 15

SOLON– They’re providing hope for every student
An exciting evening of great food and lively bidding is planned for Saturday, Oct. 15, as Solon Dollars for Scholars hosts the 2016 Gala at the Celebration Barn, located at 4045 245th St. in Solon. The doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Registration is required for the event. For online registration, go to solon.dollarsforscholars.org or register by mail with a donation of $45 per guest to: Solon Dollars for Scholars, P.O. Box 551, Solon, 52333.