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Solon Economist

Solon basketball players honored

SOLON– Several Spartan basketball players recently received postseason honors.
Senior Austin Miller was named to the WaMaC first team all-conference team, as well as to the first team all-substate team.
Junior Emilio Villagrana was a second team WaMaC selection, while seniors Jaden Durr and Nick Shelman both received honorable mentions.
Senior Ethan Ahern was named to the academic all-conference squad.

Boys soccer team defeats Marion and West Delaware to move to 3-4

SOLON– So far, the Spartans are undefeated at home.
Brandon Childs scored two goals on assists from Andrew West and Dylan Doyle as Solon’s varsity soccer team shut out Mmarion, 2-0, at Spartan Stadium Tuesday, April 8.
The Spartans went 1-2 at a tournament in Hudson over the weekend, defeating West Delaware, 4-0, but falling to Hudson and Postville to move to 3-4 on the year.
Against West Delaware, Childs and West teamed up for all of the scoring and assists. Childs had three goals and one assist, while West had one goal and three assists.

Backyard chickens, no; ACA and 1105 Project, yes

City chicken?

SOLON– There will be no egg-laying in Solon back yards, at least for now.
Members of the Solon City Council last week declined to move ahead with an ordinance which would allow chickens in residential areas, instead asking for a petition showing citywide support.
A new health insurance policy for city workers and a contribution to the 1105 Project were approved, however.

Young blood

SHS senior Brianna Pike achieves donation milestone

SOLON– Student Brianna Pike is a rare type.
The Solon High School senior was recognized on Monday, March 10, when she donated blood with the University of Iowa DeGowin Blood Center for the eighth time in two years. Having given a collective gallon of blood before leaving high school, Brianna is now officially a Gallon Grad, earning her a red cord upon graduation and a distinction even more significant: she is the first among Solon students to achieve the status, and also the first ever at the DeGowin Blood Center.

Time to nominate Solon’s outstanding seniors of the year

SOLON– May is “Older Americans Month” and once again it is time to submit your nominations for 2014 Senior of the Year. Nominate whom you feel has contributed to the betterment of the community and to the folks who live here. There are so many seniors who are eligible candidates that we are asking for two seniors to honor this year. This is a great opportunity to honor those who do so much good in our community. Please address your nomination to P.O. Box 99, Solon, IA 52333. The deadline is May 13.

Youth football registration April 13

n Youth Football program will be held Sunday, April 13, from 5 until 6 p.m. at the Solon Middle School cafeteria. Players will be weighed and fitted for equipment. A parent or guardian must be present during registration. Questions? Contact coordinators Brad Gunnells at 319-624-3542, Brett Arduser at 319-624-5215, or see www.spartanyouthfootball.org.

Tree questions answered April 24

SOLON– State of Iowa District 12 Forester Mark Vitosh and District 3 Forester Joe Herring will lunch with the seniors at Old Gold Diner on Thursday, April 24.
Mark will bring along the survey of Solon trees he completed last year, and answer questions about trees and their current project to restore the oak forest at Lake Macbride State Park. All are welcome to attend at the Solon United Methodist Church for lunch at 11:30 a.m., $3.25 per meal. Call Duane no later than 1 p.m. on April 23 to reserve your meal. Unable to attend? Ask a friend to attend with your tree question.

Solon Methodist Living Last Supper performances begin April 11

SOLON– Members of Solon United Methodist Church (SUMC) will be presenting five Living Last Supper performances in April, including their first interstate show and a Maundy Thursday performance at SUMC.
The Living Last Supper is a dramatic interpretation where each disciple reflects upon one’s life with Jesus in the setting of Leonardo Da Vinci’s famous painting.

SCSD seeking foreign exchange student host family

SOLON– The Solon Community School District (SCSD) is seeking one Solon family to host a high school-aged foreign exchange student for the 2014-2015 school year. If your family is interested, please contact PAX Academic Exchange at 1-800-555-6211 or go online to www.pax.org.

Third “Spartan Dash” April 26

SOLON– The Lakeview PTO will host its third annual Spartan Dash on Saturday, April 26, rain or shine. The Spartan Dash is a fun and crazy fitness event that will serve as the Lakeview PTO’s largest fundraiser of the year.
Interested individuals should sign up to participate in the event with a “family team.” Family teams will walk, skip, or run through obstacles set up along the one-mile trail in the Solon Recreation and Nature Area (SRNA). Obstacles will be suitable for both children and adults and are guaranteed to have you laughing.

Lady Spartans run with the big schools at J-Hawk Relays; take first at Tipton Early Bird

Strong showing

CEDAR RAPIDS– Finally. A warm day for a track meet. And with a fifth place finish in the J-Hawk Relays on Friday, April 4, the Lady Spartans showed they could run with the big girls. Of the 14 teams there, 10 were Class 4A schools; all among the 25 largest enrollments in Iowa. The other four were 3A teams, with Solon the smallest.

Boys win title at chilly Tipton track meet

TIPTON– The Solon varsity boys fought the elements to win a cold and windy track meet held last Tuesday at Tipton.
Team scores were as follows:
Solon: 150
North Cedar: 117
Iowa City Regina: 89
West Branch: 83
CCA: 48
Lone Tree: 41
Individual and relay place winners:
High Jump: Matt Roeder, first, 5 feet, 10 inches; Jaden Durr, third, 5 feet, 8 inches.
Long Jump: Zach Nunemaker, second, 20 feet, 5 inches; Jaden Durr, third, 20 feet, 4.5 inches; Emilio Villagrana, fourth, 20 feet, 3 inches.