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Solon Economist

Optimist Easter Egg Hunt reset

SOLON– The Optimist Club of Solon will host its rescheduled Annual Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, April 19, at 1:30 p.m. at the west end of the Solon Recreation and Nature Area. The event is for children of all ages. Bring a basket for your goodies.

Imagine No Malaria Pancake Supper April 27

SOLON– The Solon United Methodist Church will be hosting an Imagine No Malaria Pancake Supper on Sunday, April 27, from 5 until 7 p.m. in the Family Life Center across from the church.
The evening will feature live entertainment. The menu includes pancakes with a variety of toppings, sausage patties, scrambled eggs, fruit, juice, milk and coffee. A free will offering will be taken with all proceeds going to Imagine No Malaria, a charity whose goal is to end death and suffering from malaria by providing insecticide-treated bed nets to the people of Africa.

St. Mary to host blood drive on Monday, May 5

SOLON– Solon will host a community blood drive from 3:30 until 6:30 p.m. on Monday, May 5, inside the St. Mary Catholic Church Fellowship Hall.
To donate, please contact Diane Wurzer at 319-624-2719 or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org.

Women’s Club to host May Day breakfast May 3

SOLON– Highlight May 3 on your calendar to remind you to attend the GFWC/Iowa Solon Women’s Club May Day Breakfast at the Solon Methodist Church from 7 until 11 a.m. Egg and meat casseroles, homemade kolaches and rolls, fruit, orange juice, coffee and milk will be served.
The cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children (ages 5 through 12) tickets are available from GFWC/Iowa Solon Women’s Club members or at the door on May 3. Bring your family and friends and receive a special deal: five adult tickets for $25 and/or five children tickets for $12.

Tree questions 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.
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.

A great start to the season

Lady Spartans overwhelm West Liberty in first home game

MARION– Solon’s Lady Spartan soccer squad traveled north to Marion last Tuesday and won their first game of the season, 4-0.
Junior Ali Herdliska scored the first goal on a great shot from the outside four minutes into the first half with an assist from Senior Anna Seydel.
The new season has brought strong freshmen to the team.
Ninth grader Josie Durr dominated the scoreboard with one goal in the first half and two more in the second.

Girls win Williamsburg track meet

Lady Spartans score in all but one event

Heading toward the middle of the track season, Solon’s girls continue to rely on balanced performances throughout the lineup. However, key contributions are showing up from several freshmen and a few other new faces in the lineup.
Solon won the April 8 Williamsburg Invitational with wins in seven events, and by scoring in all but one of the 19 events.

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.