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Solon Economist

Candy drop replica brings back memories for mother

By Chris Umscheid
Solon Economist

IOWA CITY– Things were tough in West Berlin in the summer of 1948. The Soviets blocked all roads and railroads leading to the three Western-held sectors of Berlin. To provide food and other necessities of life to the stranded people, the U.S. Air Force (USAF) began an aerial supply operation, which became known as the Berlin Airlift. For 462 days, planes flew to Tempelhof Airport in Berlin loaded with food, clothing, even coal. Local children flocked to the fence surrounding the airport to watch the planes land and take off again.

All Hands on Deck!

Bonnie (Erika Bailey) gets a lift from some sailors during “Heaven Hop,” one of the many musical numbers during Solon High School’s production of “Anything Goes,” presented Nov. 15-17 at the Solon Middle School Auditorium. Turn to page B6 for more photos from the Cole Porter musical.

A debt we can never repay

SMS event honors our nation’s veterans

By Chris Umscheid
Solon Economist

SOLON– America has a debt problem.
Chris Croy, commander of American Legion Post 460 in Solon said a Google search on the Internet for “national debt” provides over 28 million topics related to government spending and deficits. It does not, however address what he calls our nation’s greatest debt: “that which America owes to her veterans.”

Closer to compromise on Main Street

Council discusses potential agreement with general contractor

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist

SOLON– Solutions were on the horizon for the city last week, as Solon council members found quick consensus on a direction to resolve a dispute with the contractor for the 2012 Main Street improvement project.
A quick decision was also made regarding the city’s Tax Increment Finance (TIF) budget for the next fiscal year.
Short two members and juggling a quorum, the Solon City Council met last week at a bit of an accelerated pace, shuffling the agenda to arrange action items.

Solon Public Library

LEGO Club

The popular Lego Club meets the first Monday of the month from 6:30-7:30 p.m. That means that Dec. 2 will be the next meeting night. Come and join the fun.

Tree decorating contest & auction

Solon School News

Solon media services Barnes & Noble book fair fundraiser Dec. 7

SOLON– The Solon Community School District Media Services’ annual Barnes and Noble book fair will be held Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. at Coral Ridge Mall. Your support is appreciated. Over $1,000 in store credit was earned at last year’s sale.

Spring facilities meeting Dec. 11

Spartans on track for continued success

Solon looks to extend district title streak

SOLON– They’ve won 83 percent of their games over the last 10 seasons, are the reigning district champs, and have been for nine years running. And coach Brad Randall thinks the Solon Spartans varsity boy’s basketball team can do it again.

Rebuilding

Lady Spartans short on basketball experience

SOLON– Tony Nicol isn’t totally starting from scratch as he prepares the Lady Spartans for the 2013-2014 girl’s varsity basketball campaign, but he’s got a lot of work to do.
The Spartans finished 11-12 last season, good for third place in the WaMaC conference. That team featured six seniors: Kristen Purdy, Rachel Purdy, Kara Misel, Karly Kramer, Brittney Stinocher and Emma Rickels. In the wake of their graduations, Nicol finds himself with three returning starters.

How to get cheap or free internet access at home

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School leaning toward $25M bond issue

Look for a vote in spring of 2014

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist
SOLON– Twenty-five million dollars.
That’s the projected price tag of a bond issue the Solon Community School District (SCSD) Board of Education expects to put before voters in spring of 2014.
But it still isn’t clear what the money will buy.
The district has a wide range of options, including a new middle school and a high school auditorium, and some of those were discussed again at a Nov. 11 board meeting.
What is clear is that the district will have approximately $25 million in bonding capacity to work with.

Our Lord’s Church annual candy and gift sale Fri. and Sat. Dec. 6-7

New Yoga class to begin this week
SOLON– Solon Parks and Recreation is offering a yoga class that began Tuesday, Nov. 19. The class will be held on Tuesday evenings in the lower level of Brosh Chapel Community Center from 5:45 until 6:45 p.m.
Registration forms can be found on the city website at www.solon-iowa.com under the parks and recreation page.
Forms are also available at the city office. The five-week yoga class will meet on the following days: Nov. 19, Nov. 26, Dec. 3, Dec. 10 and Dec. 17.